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March 13, 2014 – Meeting Roundup


This week we will have Robin and Michael Schaeffer speak to us about their project, BE-Hive.

BE-Hive, A Family Inspiration Place, Inc. helps children with their parents discover, embrace and implement their natural instinct to follow the best principles to improve their lives while inspiring those around them. BE-Hive is a fun-filled inspirational activity center where families find that they can have a great family life by nurturing character-driven relationships and continuing this at home. Home is where the best opportunity exists for children to start on the path to a fulfilling and meaningful adult life of character. BE-Hive is located in the downtown historic district of Martinsburg, West Virginia. Displays in Be-hive’s storefront windows celebrate family values and invite children with their parents to the fun that awaits them.

BE-Hive was founded in 2012 by Robin and Michael Schaeffer as a West Virginia non-profit corporation, and has Federal 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt status. The BE-Hive’s mission is to help families with children find creative and fun ways to practice incorporating great life principles into their everyday lives at home, while at the same time offering a new venue for family entertainment in historic downtown Martinsburg.

BE-Hive features an interactive “town” complete with a Bank where people make deposits in relationships; a Candy Store brimming with sweet inspirations, a Bakery serving cupcakes frosted with character, a BE-stro with “humble pie” And a market that offers lots of BE-Honey! There is also a Book Nook, Kid’s Corner, Theater, and Game Room. BE-Hive offers a venue for artists, craft persons, musicians, storytellers, actors, singers, hobbyists, etc. to share their talent and inspire families. “The sky is the limit” regarding the different kinds of programs that may be fun and inspiring to families. It’s a great place for a birthday party, especially for younger children. One of my granddaughters had her third birthday party there and the kids had a blast. There was more than enough to keep them entertained. My son-in-law, Tony Martirano, has entertained kids by singing songs specifically aimed at 3-9 year olds and loves to entertain there.

BE-Sure to be at the meeting this week to learn about this gem in downtown Martinsburg.


Robotics Rock!

We got to meet the members of the West Virginia state champion robotics team from James Rumsey and their advisor, Chuck McClain. The group, named the Penta Package, introduced themselves and told us a little more about their participation in the Vex World Robotic Championship in Anaheim, CA. The team demonstrated its latest robot which we were told still needs to be improved for the championship.
VEX Toss Up Field
VEX Toss Up is played on a 12’x12’ square field configured as seen at left. Two alliances – one “red” and one “blue” – composed of two teams each, compete in matches consisting of a fifteen second autonomous period followed by one minute and forty-five seconds of driver-controlled play. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Scoring your colored BuckyBalls and Large Balls into the Middle Zone and Goal Zone, by Stashing your colored BuckyBalls and Large Balls into the Goals, and by Hanging or Hanging With A Ball, at various heights, off your colored Bar at the end of the match. There are a total of twenty (20) BuckyBalls and eight (8) Large Balls available as Scoring Objects in the game. Most Scoring Objects begin in designated locations on the field, while some are available to be loaded prior to the Match.
The team is trying to raise money for their trip, so you might want to help.


Answer to last week’s question:
A district assembly is a meeting of the incoming presidents, secretaries, and other designated club leaders of all clubs in the district with the district governor. The main purpose is to help implement the Rotary International theme for the forthcoming year and to motivate incoming presidents in leadership roles in club, district and RI activities.
This week’s question:
What is the district conference?  

Our two student guests from Hedgesville High School were Hunter Knight and Adam Ruppenthal. Both are members of the state champion baseball team.
Mark Spangler, financial advisor with Edward Jones in the Inwood office, came as a guest of Pete Mulford. Roy Young brought his wife, Joanne, a retired music teacher. Drew Bartoldson, a recent Shepherd University grad with a degree in communications, came as a guest of Elaine Bartoldson.
The 29th annual Community Wellness Screening will be April 12th from 6am to 10am at the Dorothy McCormack Center. The cost is a bargain at $40 and the men can get an optional PSA test for $35. Call 304-264-1232 for questions or to register. Last year we only had 40 participants. In years past, all the slots were filled and we had to turn away people. Tell everyone you know about this terrific test. Chris Knight is looking for five volunteers to help out on April 12th from 6am to 10am at the Dorothy McCormack Center. It is a lot of fun and the Hospital Staff do most of the heavy lifting but need volunteers for the flow of traffic. Please email Chris [email protected] if you can participate this year.
March 27th there will be a new member orientation at the Purple Iris at 10am. As this is a requirement for membership, all new members are encouraged to attend.
The board decided to do Pancakes for Polio on Memorial Day at War Memorial Park. We’ll need a ton of volunteers.
We presented a check for $1,000 to Donna Van Metre, principal of James Rumsey as she wasn’t at the meeting where the principals of the four high schools got a check.
Bucky Strauch won 50/50, but only won the privilege of selling tickets this week. Only 19 cards remain.