Meetings: Holiday Inn - Thursdays at 12:00pm-1:15pm


May 1, 2017 Grapevine

This week’s Grapevine includes numerous timely items, including this great video  > Salt Lake Rotary and Refugees 
Bill Stover’s Weekly Wisdom: If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they’d eventually find me attractive.
For more great wisdom, come to Rotary this Thursday!

Greeter: Michael Whalton
50/50:  Steve Roach sold tickets.  Jason Stedman won the ticket drawing but did not draw the winning card. Jason will sell tickets next week.
Happy Birthday! Click to hear your song

 – John Miller, James Rodgers, Doug Pixler, Vicki Barnard, John Lucas. On May 1st, Walt Ridenour will be celebrating his 99th birthday!
Club anniversaries –  Matthew Whitler (2 yrs)
Wedding anniversaries – none we are talking about
Golden Moments: Priceless smiles are now on sale for $1 each. Share yours at our next meeting!
Guests (hosts):  Ken Mann (Shepherdstown), Anita Cooper and Larry Cooper (Walt Ridenour), Wiki Warzycka (our exchange student)

Our own Michael Whalton provided a great presentation on the Eastern WV Community Foundation

Best & Brightest from Musselman HS
Bill Bowen, Dylan Collis, Leah Ratliff, Chad Spencer

L/R: Bill Wertman, Jim Carpenter, Richard McCune, Wiki Warzycka , Craig Martin, Doug Frye, Pete Mulford
Club liason – Maria Lorensen.
Grapevine liason – Tiffany Arnett.
Primary contact for group is Tamilyn Clark
Satellite Facebook Page 

  • In case you missed our April 27th meetingwe met in the man cave at the Hub. Michael Whalton was a special guest from noon club. In fact Michael is everywhere!
    Our guest speaker was Steve Truax.  The group walked down to CCAP Loaves and Fishes for a tour by Steve.  It was very inspiring.  CCAP is looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Steve.
  • Plans are coming along well for Rotary’s FREE ‘Pancakes for Polio Breakfast’ (8 am to 11 am) on Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day).  Satellite Club has taken over this ‘free’ event, and needs volunteers to work various time slots from 6 am until noon.. To volunteer, please email Tamilyn Clark with your name, phone number, and your work times.  Volunteering or not – please invite others to bring the whole family to War Memorial Park and enjoy a delicious, ‘free’ pancake breakfast with sausage, biscuits, sausage gravy and more. Voluntary contributions at the event benefit Rotary International’s mission to eradicate polio worldwide. What a great way to honor those who have served our country.


Notice for upcoming NOON meetings – 
Best and Brightest Students each week:  May – Martinsburg HS
If you have suggestions for our main program, please see Amanda Giangola, Program Chairman.

  • Thursday, May 4th (noon at Holiday Inn).  Main program features a presentation on Jackson’s Raid at the Roundhouse, by Elaine Mauck.
  • Thursday, May 11th (noon at Holiday Inn).  Main program tba.
  • Thursday, May 18th – no noon meeting!  Instead, make your plans for the Rotary Family Picnic at Poor House Farm,  starting at 5 pm. See Club announcements below for details.

Notice for upcoming EVENING (satellite) meetings – 
Usual time:  Thursday, 6pm. Usual location: The Hub. See below.
Club liason – Maria Lorensen.
Grapevine liason – Tiffany Arnett.
Primary contact – Tamilyn Clark
Satellite Facebook Page 

  • Thursday, May 4th, 6 pm at the Hub. Special program by Andrew Beckwith.
  • Thursday, May 11th, 6 pm at the Hub. Special program tba.
  • Thursday, May 18th – no meeting!  Instead, make your plans for the Rotary Family Picnic at Poor House Farm,  starting at 5 pm. See Club announcements below for details. 

Also see “Community Announcements” below.

  • Correction from April 20th meeting: Bill Stubblefield spoke about the Campaign Against Litter Fund being administered by the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation. Bill and Bonnie Stubblefield have contributed $500,000 to fund cleanup efforts that seek to change attitudes and habits of those who litter.
  • Urgent! Our new inbound exchange student (Gloria Flores) arrives in August, and we STILL need a host family for part or all of the period from August to December (need not be Rotarian). Fortunately, hosting for the second semister has been secured. Anyone who MAY have interest are urged to email Craig Bartoldson or call him at 263-8931/w  or 260-1367/h – asap!.

    Meet Gloria Flores, our 2017-18 exchange student from Paraguay.
  • Special request from Sergeant of Arms, Ross Curtis: No matter how famous or infamous you are (or think you are), please, please wear your name tag at each meeting. There are reasons for this  – and the Sergeant may be armed.
  • More greeters needed! It’s good, clean fun. Contact Sandy Hamilton
  • It is with great sadness that we report the passing of  Lt. Art Staymates(ret), 1st Division 26th Infantry Division. On April 6th, he presented the 2nd half of his fascinating WW2 experience to us – his work at the Nuremberg Trials

    .  Check out this THIS VIDEO

    (recorded in 2015) as Lt. Art Staymates recounts his life in the US military before and during World War II. From growing up in Pennsylvania to first hearing about the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Boot camp, to the moment of the D-Day landing on Omaha beach. From there onto the battle of the Bulge and the battle of Aachen, Germany (20,21 Oct 1944) where the first major battle of the war was fought on German territory. At the end of the war Lt. Staymates was in charge of the American guards who watched over some of the highest ranking Nazi henchmen, these guards were posted outside of the cells of these major war criminals . These criminals included Hermann Göring

    , Rudolf Hess, Alfred Jodl, Julius Streicher and Albert Speer. Obituary

    Lt. Art Staymates at Rotary, April 6, 2017

  • MAY 7, WATER & SANITATION AWARENESS EVENT IN BERKELEY SPRINGS: Drop by for some fun and inspiration! Our club is joining with 4 other clubs to demonstate filtration of raw water for the famous Rotary Shelter Boxes being used around the world. Event will also feature free well water testing and Interact and Rotataract clubs plan to conduct a bake sale. Brian Jolliff  and Pam Wagoner are helping to organize and serve as your point of contact. See video  > Intro to Rotary Shelter Box Project
  • ROTARY FAMILY PICNIC, MAY 18th, 5 – 8 pm at Poor House Farm (Indoor Barn). Food catered by by ROCs, with BBQ and sides. There will also be beer, wine soft drinks, games and live music. This event replaces the May 18th noon and evening meetings. Email RSVP now to >  Buzz Poland, Pete Mulford or Manny Washington.
  • May 29, Monday, Memorial Day –  Rotary’s FREE ‘Pancakes for Polio Breakfast’ – 8 am to 11 am.  Our Satellite Club has taken over this ‘free’ event, and is asking  for volunteers from our club to help. Set up is 6 am, but help is needed throughout the morning.  Look closely! If your name is NOT on the list below, and you’d like to help, please email BUZZ POLAND with the 4 pieces of info shown on the sign up sheet below.  Volunteering or not – bring the whole family to War Memorial Park and enjoy a delicious, ‘free’ pancake breakfast with sausage, biscuits, sausage gravy and more. Proceeds benefit Rotary International’s mission to eradicate polio worldwide. What a great way to honor those who have served our country.
  • REALLY BIG DEAL! June 2, Friday Rotary Foundation Dinner at HI.  Speaker announced – Jeff Goell (RI Polio Project). Elegant event, excellent speakers, silent auction (items needed), special recognition for Paul Harris Felllows, major donors, and Governor-Elect Mike Hornby. .A portion of your tcket price counts toward your foundation/Paul Harris contribution and are available now from Brian Jolliff, Mike Hite and Mike Hornsby ($50 pp).
  • SPECIAL WRNR-Rotary Foundation Drive is also in full swing. This innovative project raises money by allowing people and businesses to sponsor PSAs on WRNR for charities and non-profits. More people/businesses are needed to sponsor PSAs plus some Rotarians who would like to record some of the PSAs. 100% of proceeds go to our LOCAL Rotary Foundation. See/email Brian Jolliff or Mike Hornby for required form shown below.
    See/email Allen Kees (or call him at 304-262-4960) for more information.
  • MORE GOLF TOURNAMENTS FOR GREAT CAUSES – See community announcements below.

ABOUT COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Although the Rotary announcements (above) are the Grapevine’s top priority, I have established this special section to showcase community announcements that seem most actionable and relevant to Rotary.

  • Please understand that reliance on verbal community announcements at meetings is problematic, and time constraints rarely permit me to run down missing or unclear info during the community announcement segment of our meeting, or after the meeting.  Therefore, if you want your community announcement in the Grapevine, please provide me with the following (in writing much preferred) at our Thursday meeting, or email it to me before noon the next day > Sponsoring organization(s), event or project name, dates/times, location, cause,beneficiaries, costs/needs, actions needed/requested, graphic or flyercontact name/phone/email, and link to website, if applicable.
  • If your announcement was not included, it is likely that I did not receive all essential info at our Thursday meeting, or via email by our deadline (noon Friday). All community announcements to be published for a business or non-charitable purpose or organization should be cleared with the President.
    Thanks for your cooperation!  Bill Yearout >
  • May 2nd, this Tuesday (4 – 630 pm), at CCAP Loaves and Fishes!!
  • May 12th – Bonnie’s Bus!
  • May 18th – ED Talks >
    Saturday, May 20th. Register now >  More event info/registration.

        More about CASA.

     See/email Marilyn Schoon.

  • June 10th, Saturday (8 am – 1 pm), Berkeley Serior Services – Giant Bazaar!

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 2017 and 2018, local Rotarians will benefit from some historically fortunate scheduling. Both of these conventions will be held in exciting locations that are driveable from Martinsburg – or you can fly or take Amtrak.

BOOKING UP! 2017 Rotary International Convention, June 10 – 14 in Atlanta.
Online info and registration

.  More on Facebook


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

Rotary Club Of Martinsburg


President: Brian Jolliff 304 676-9940/w | 304 229-2151/h
President-Elect: Mike Hite304 267-7400/w
Vice Pres: Amanda Giangola 304 229-6525/w
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
Governor Elect: Mike Hornby304 851-7451/w | 304 579-8510/h

Satellite Facebook Page  

Club Liaison – Maria Lorensen
Primary contact – Tamilyn Clark
Satellite Grapevine contact – Tiffany Arnett    
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 Curtis, Marilyn Schoon. Advisor – Jen Stanley
Martinsburg: Sponsored by Sunrise Rotary Club

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

Gloria Figueredo Flores from Paraguay.
 Interested in being one of the host families? 
Please contact Doug Frye or Craig Bartoldson – soon!

Ben Merzouk (Hedgesville HS) –  to Argentina

Jemma Piasecki (Martinsburg HS) – destination pending.

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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 this Thursday at Rotary.
Bill Yearout , Grapevine Editor

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