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Rotary Club of Martinsburg - Martinsburg WV / Grapevine  / JULY 3rd GRAPEVINE + MEETING NOTICES


Good day, Rotarians!

This edition of The Grapevine includes numerous timely items, including this little video (especially pertinent as our next exchange student is from Paraguay)  > Rotary Orphanage Project in Paraguay.
And for just chuckles, here is the latest weekly wisdom from BILL STOVER’S INFAMOUS LEXOPHILIA LIBRARY: Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils? For more weekly wisdom,  see you at our next Rotary meeting!
HIGHLIGHTS: Noon meeting, June 29th – Club Assembly
Greeter: Bill Wortley
50/50:  Kathy Mason sold tickets.  Jim Carpenter won the ticket drawing but did not draw the winning card. Jim will sell tickets next week.
Happy Birthday, Kresha Hornby. Click to hear your song!
Club anniversaries –  Charles Preston (8), Frank Van Derhoff (4),
Wedding anniversaries – Tamilyn Clark
Golden Moments: Priceless smiles are now on sale for $1 each. Share yours at our next meeting!
Guests (hosts):  Ben Merzouk (our outbound exchange student), Dana DeJarnett (Leslie Crabill), Colleen Kradel (Leslie Crabill), Sue Flanagan (Leslie Crabill), James Hersirk (Leslie Crabill), Randy Lewis (Healthy Berkeley), Joshua Jolliff (Brian Jolliff), Mike Knotts (Manuel Washington).
Club business – Please wear your name tag at each meeting. It’s friendly and helpful.

Club service awards and reports. A VERY successful year.
Kudos to Past President Brian Jolliff and many, many others – and good luck, President Mike Hite!
  • The Grapevine (Bill Yearout)
  • Rotary Foundation (Pete Mulford)
  • Public Relations (Elaine Bartoldson)
  • Membership (Chris Johnson)
  • International Service (Craig Bartoldson)
  • New Generations (Berneice Collis)
  • Vocational Service (Robin Zanotti)
  • Community Service Overview (Sandy Hamilton)
  • Community Service/Taste of the Panhandle (Leslie Craabill)
  • Community Service/Day of Caring (Kathy Mason)
  • Community Service/Santa Breakfast (Penny Porter)
  • Community Service/Salvation Army Bell Ringers & Angels Project (Maria Lorensen)

Some special highlights –

Dana DeJarnett, representing the Berkeley Medical Center, presents check of $1000 to Brian Jolliff as our share of proceeds from the Wellness Screening Project

Dana DeJarnett, representing Heathy Berkeley, receives Taste of the Panhandle check of over $6000 from Brian Jolliff to help enhance walking and cycling opportunities in Berkeley County

Pam Curtis and Vickie Elliot were unable to attend our awards ceremony at the June 22 installation dinner, but received their plaques for distinguished service at Club Assembly.

Our youngest guest, Joshua Jolliff, takes a bow.
HIGHLIGHTS: Evening/Satellite Meeting, June 29th
Group leader – Tamilyn Clark; Club liason – Maria Lorensen,   Satellite Facebook Page   

  • Chad Spencer recognized for receiving Charles Brown Rotarian of the Year award.
  • Tamilyn Clark recognized for receiving the Rising Star Award & Paul Harris Fellow.
  • Elaine Bartoldson presented Wiktoria Warzycka’s Youth exchange experience for the school year of 2016/2017.

If you have suggestions for our main program, please see , Program Chairman Jim Klein.

  •  July 6th at Holiday Inn:  Mr. Neil Doran, Executive Director of the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport will discuss MRB – the Eastern Panhandle’s Connection to the World.
  • July 13th at Holiday Inn:  Paul Ferwerda, CFA, (Wilbanks, Smith & Thomas Asset Management, LLC) will suggest five ways to improve decision making in investments where outcomes are highly uncertain.

Usual time:  Thursday, 5: 45 pm. Usual location: The Hub. See below.

  • July 6th: 5:45 PM at The Hub: Program: Member Bio – very interesting and revealing!
  • July 13th: 5:45 PM at The Hub: Program: Member Bio – also very interesting and revealing!

Group leader – Tamilyn Clark; Club liason – Maria Lorensen,   Satellite Facebook Page   

Also see “Community Announcements” below.

  • Mike Hornby announced that James Rumsey Rotaract and Blue Ridge CTC Rotaract recently received Rotary’s Presidential award for acheivement. These were the only Rotaract clubs in our district to receive these awards.
  • Allen Kees announced that our scholarship Golf Tournament coming up on July 12 still has room for more golfers, sponsors and volunteers. So far we have over $10K in sponsorhips, and 80 golfers. We’d like to hit 100 golfers and raise more $$$!
  • Board of Directors meetings: July meeting changed to the 11th. August meeting will be at Hoss’s as the HI is booked.
  • Follow the western tour/final days in USA of our exchange student, Wicktoria, and her fellow exchange students on Facebook.
  • JULY 12TH (WEDNESDAY/THE WOODS) – ROTARY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT! See/email Allen Kees (or call him at 304-262-4960) for more information.



  • 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).

Link to upcoming United Way activities

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
Rotary Club Of Martinsburg

Please report any errors or updates to Bill Yearout, The Grapevine.

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President:               Mike Hite304 267-7400/w
President-Elect:     Amanda Giangola  304 229-6525/w
Vice Pres:              Jim Klein304-263-3304
Secretary:              Doug Arndt304 263-6906/w | 304 263-6207/h
Treasurer:               Pete Dufourny304 263-2170/h   
Sgt at Arms:           Ross Curtis 304 754-5560/w
Ass’t Governor:      Pam Wagoner304 263-1488/w | 304 260-9406/h
District Governor:  Mike Hornby304 851-7451/w | 304 579-8510/h
Board members:Need updates
Special assignments and committee chairsNeed updates

Satellite Facebook Page
Group Leader – Tamilyn Clark
Club Liaison – Maria Lorensen
ROTARACT CLUBS – Berniece Collis, Coordinator
Blue Ridge: Club Liaison – Maria Lorensen. President – Eileen Kusnirak.
James Rumsey: Club Liason – Vicki Jenkins. President – Shirley Mahoney.
HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT CLUBS – Berniece Collis, Coordinator
Hedgesville: Club Liaison – Vickie Elliott. Advisors –  Brad Sensel, Tim Belotte.
Musselman: Club Liaison – Bill Bowen. Advisor – Chad Spencer.
Spring Mills: Club Liaison  – Tina Combs.  Advisor – Scott Barner
Faith Christian: Club Liason – Pam CurtisMarilyn Schoon. Advisor – Jen Stanley
Martinsburg: Sponsored by Sunrise Rotary Club

Wiktoria (Wiki) Warzycka at Martinsburg HS. From Poland/Denmark

Gloria Figueredo Flores from Paraguay, our 2017-18 inbound exchange student.

Ben Merzouk (Hedgesville HS) –  to Argentina

Jemma Piasecki (Martinsburg HS) – to Germany.
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Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
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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
Grapevine email > [email protected]
Phone: 304-263-1707.


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