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July 17th Grapevine + Meeting Notice

Good day, Rotarians!

This edition of The Grapevine includes special coverage of last week’s fabulously successful Scholarship Golf Tournament. See pictures below.
Rotary Peace Fellowship Project Video > Human Trafficking
Weekly chuckle from BILL STOVER’S LEXOPHILIUM:  I didn’t like my beard at first, then it grew on me. See you at Rotary this Thursday!

HIGHLIGHTS from noon meeting on July 13th – 
Greeter: Kathy Mason (our trusty fill in)
50/50:  Doug Pixler sold tickets.  Bill Wortley won the ticket drawing but did not draw the winning card. Bill will sell tickets next week.
Happy Birthday – No Rotarians reported, but let’s raise a toast to these birthday boys/girls – Cheryl Ladd, Yul Brynner, Leon Spinks.  Click to hear your song!
Club anniversaries –  none reported
Wedding anniversaries – none reported
Golden Moments: Priceless smiles are now on sale for $1 each. Share yours at our next meeting!
Guests (hosts):  Besides several visiting/undocumented Rotarians, Leslie Crabill brought Alice Farmer, Tammy Demick, and Karen Burkhart. Rich McCune brought his wife (Judy) and 3 of his kids (Billy, Mary Kate, and Kelly). President Mike Hite brought his son, Michael Hite, Jr.  and Manuel Washington brought Mike Knotts.

A very small sampling of the Richard McCune family.
Club business –

  • Please wear your name tag at each meeting. It’s friendly and helpful.
  • The 50/50 box in use for over 25 years is temporarily lost. If anyone accidently left it somewhere, please get in touch with Pete Dufourney asap – as he is greatly suffering from separation anxieties.
  • More greeters needed. Please! See or email Sandy Hamilton.

Program highlights –

Paul Ferwerda, CFA, (Wilbanks, Smith & Thomas Asset Management, LLC) gave an interesting ‘life lesson’ talk about improving decision making when outcomes are highly uncertain.

HIGHLIGHTS from Evening/Satellite meeting on July 13th
Satellite Facebook Page 
Group leader – Tamilyn Clark. Club liason – Maria Lorensen

  • Mystery member bio – watch this space for details.


News/announcements follow this section. Program suggestions? See or email Jim Klein, Program Chair.
July 20 – Holiday Inn – Robin Kees – Telamon – Telamon Corporation provides numerous programs and services that provide customers guidance and opportunities to increase their life skills, financial literacy skills, employability, education, and alleviate barriers hindering self-sufficiency.
July 27 – Holiday Inn – Robert Stevens – Berkeley County Arts Council – The Berkeley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization incorporated in West Virginia working to ensure that Berkeley County has a vibrant, vital arts environment by promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
August 3 – Holiday Inn – Mike & Elizabeth Staubs – Mountain View Church – Haiti Mission Trip


Satellite Facebook Page 
Group leader – Tamilyn Clark. Club liason – Maria Lorensen
Usual time:  Thursday, 5: 45 pm. Usual location: The Hub. See below

  • Thursday July 20 The Hub – Matt Harvey, Prosecuting Attorney for Jefferson County
  • Thursday July 27 The Hub – Sarah Stocker Fundraiser/Celebration of Friendship
  • Ongoing – Fundraiser to defray medical expenses of Sarah Stocker (see flyer)


Also see “Community Announcements” below.

  • Upcoming Board of Directors meeting: August meeting will be at Hoss’s as the HI is booked.
  • With great sadness, we report the death of Sam Owori, RI President Elect >Details

Most likely, this will go down as the most successful golf tournament (to date) in club history. Final fundraising results are pending. A huge thanks to Allen Kees & team, the great sponsors and around 100 golfers.

 Congratulations to Gary Arntz, Craig Bartoldson, Jim Carpenter and James Klein for taking first place in the 2017 Martinsburg Rotary Tournament!  Great going guys!  They will represent Rotary in the Tournament of Champions on October 6th!  For more on the Tournament of Champions please visit

Maybe not pretty, but this is our championship team.

The swing’s the thing.

Putt Putt Champs

Golf groupies

Aaarrr… to the victors go the spoils!

Help! August 5 – 12th, Berkeley County Youth Fair: Volunteers needed for Rotary booth, especially for 8 pm to 10 pm shift on August 5th. Please email > Berniece Collis .  More about Fair

September 14 – Hold the date and watch this space for special event sponsored by Sunrise Rotary.

(see guidelines at bottom of page)
  • Thursday, July 13th at 10 am: EPTA ribbon cutting for bus shelter at Shepherd University/Martinsburg on Edwin Miller Blvd. Enjoy a nice event wth refreshments before Rotary.
  • Monday, July 24th, Martinsburg High School Golf Tournament – See Jim Carpenter asap.
  • Friday, August 18, Flamingo Fandango (see flyer).
  • Sandy Hamilton’s daughter will be conducting Cross Country camps in connection with Berkeley County Parks & Rec. For details, email Sandy Hamilton.
  •  Toni Saylor Concert Series at War Memorial Park, Saturdays at 7 pm until August 17. Details (MBC Parks & Rec).
  • Farmers Market on Martinsburg Square, Fridays from 430 pm to 730 pm until Sept 1st. Details (Mainstreet Martinsburg).
  • Free concerts on Martinsburg Square, Fridays from 5 pm to 7 pm until Aug 18th. Details  (Mainstreet Martinsburg).

As you may know, Rotary International Conventions are fun, life-changing events and most are overseas – which creates a major barrier for many club members. But in 2018, local Rotarians will benefit from some historically fortunate scheduling. The Toronto convention is an exciting location that is driveable from Martinsburg – or you can fly or take Amtrak.

2018 Rotary International Convention, June 24 – 27 in Toronto. Official online info


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President:                Mike Hite  304 267-7400/w
President-Elect:    Amanda Giangola, 304 229-6525/w
Vice Pres:               Jim Klein, 304-263-3304
Secretary:               Doug Arndt, 304 263-6906/w | 304 263-6207/h
Treasurer:               Pete Dufourny, 304 263-2170/h   
Sgt at Arms:             Vickie Elliott, 304-263-0809/w
Ass’t Governor:       Pam Wagoner, 304 263-1488/w | 304 260-9406/h
District Governor:  Mike Hornby, 304 851-7451/w | 304 579-8510/h
Maria Lorensen (2018)
Sandy Hamilton (2018)
Elaine Bartoldson (2019)
Berniece Collis (2019)
Chris Johnson (2020)
Pam Wagoner (2020)
Pete Mulford (2020)
Elaine Bartoldson, Publicity
Craig Bartoldson, Intl Service
Berniece Collis, New Generations
Sandy Hamilton, Community Service
Chris Johnson, Membership
Pete Mulford, Rotary Foundation
Ryan Perks, Grant Projects
Pam Wagoner, Club Service
Bill Yearout, The Grapevine
Robin Zanotti, Vocational Service            



Satellite Facebook Page
Group Leader – Tamilyn Clark
Club Liaison – Maria Lorensen
OUR ROTARACT CLUBS – Berniece Collis, Coordinator
Blue Ridge: Club Liaison – Maria Lorensen. Contact –  Ron Richter, Todd Johnson.
James Rumsey: Club Liason – Vicki Jenkins. Contact – Shirley Mahoney.
OUR HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT CLUBS – Berniece Collis, Coordinator
Hedgesville: Club Liaison – Vickie Elliott. Contact – Tim Belotte.
Musselman: Club Liaison – Bill Bowen. Contact – Chad Spencer.
Spring Mills: Club Liaison  – Tina Combs.  Contact pending
Faith Christian: Club Liason – Pam CurtisMarilyn Schoon. Contact – Jen Stanley
Martinsburg HS is sponsored by Sunrise Rotary Club

From Paraguay: Gloria Figueredo Flores

To Argentina: Ben Merzouk (Hedgesville HS)

To Germany: Jemma Piasecki (Martinsburg HS)
Of the things we think, say or do –
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
I hope this edition of The Grapevine helped get your week off to a fine start. We look forward to seeing you each Thursday at Rotary.
Bill Yearout, Grapevine Editor
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Phone: 304-263-1707.

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