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July 24, 2014 – Meeting Roundup – Faith Community Coalition for the Homeless


The Faith Community Coalition for the Homeless (FCCH) is an ecumenical organization dedicated to helping homeless individuals in Berkeley County. The Coalition holds meetings with speakers and breakout sessions to discuss the area’s homeless problem and to set short and long term goals to address it. Also the Coalition holds fundraisers to contribute to an emergency fund for the homeless. With an estimated homeless population of 500 residents in Berkeley County, the Coalition is a valuable resource for an underserved portion of our community. Some of the challenges the Coalition hopes to tackle include lack of adequate shelter space, lack of transportation, lack of storage space and the absence of a shelter for families.

Group Organizer Elizabeth Granzow will give us more insight into the FCCH for this week’s program.

cold, homeless & hungry

“cold, homeless & hungry” by Rebecca Gaines / CC BY-NC 2.0

Roger Lewis

613981_1[1]Roger Lewis, a member of the Martinsburg Rotary club since 2006, passed away July 16, 2014 at age 77.

Roger was born and raised in Martinsburg in the same neighborhood he lived in at the time of his death. Roger was both small town and cosmopolitan, having spent much of his adult life in New York City and Europe as a shoe buyer and retailer. He moved back to Martinsburg in the late 1990s and became very involved in his home town and its renovation. Roger was elected to the Martinsburg city council in 2000 and was in the middle of his fourth four-year term at the time of his death. During his tenure he saw the extension of Raleigh Street, the renovation of the town square, and numerous other improvements to the city. Roger put his money where his mouth was and bought and renovated the building where the Peking Restaurant is. He also was involved with the Berkeley County Arts Council as well as numerous other organizations.

Our club has lost a valuable member and a great Rotarian.


Answer to last week’s question:

August is designated as Membership & Extension Month. It is a time to promote membership development within the club (internal extension) and new clubs (external extension). Also to emphasize that club growth is the business of every Rotarian.

This week’s question:
What Vocational Service subcommittees are recommended for clubs?

Amanda Vance, an investment representative with the Bank of Charles Town and former branch manager at the Hedgesville branch, was a guest of Leslie Crabill. Lois Burdette came as a guest of Page. I brought my wife, Betty.

An Interact club has been chartered at Spring Mills High School. We will have the members as guests at a future meeting.

Our district will be hosting the PRESIDENT OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL on Monday August 4th. District Govenor Jason Piatt as well as President Christina Johnson have asked for 100% attendance from our active members. As one of the biggest and most active clubs in our district, we may not be able to accomplish 100% but we need to at least ensure we have a large presence at this event. This is the first time a sitting president of RI has ever visited our district and the location is so close to all of us. To put this in perspective, the president of RI has 365 days in their year as president. There are 33,000 clubs and 527 districts around the world and he chose to come to our neck of the woods. This may very well be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet and hear the RI President live. Mike Hornby has booked a motor coach from Detailed Destinations which will hold 32 people, so please let me know if you will be joining us.

The Taste of Panhandle committee will be having it’s first meeting next Thursday at 11:00am at the Purple Iris. Anyone interested in being on the committee is welcome!

The proposed United Way Day of Caring project for this year is to repaint the dining room at Berkeley Senior Services. This would be an afternoon project as it is used before then. Let Kathy Mason know if you can help.

We still need volunteers (and aprons) for August 9th for the Youth Fair. Contact Berniece Collis for details and volunteering.

The new card is the Queen of Hearts. Page Burdette had no luck finding it, so he’ll sell tickets this week.