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


May 15, 2017 Grapevine

This week’s Grapevine includes numerous timely items, including this little video (especially pertinent as our next exchange student is from Paraguay)  > Rotary Orphanage Project in Paraguay 

Bill Stover’s Weekly WisdomThe early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese!
For more great wisdom, come to Rotary this Thursday!
Greeter: Oops. Caught in the rain!
50/50:  Chris Johnson sold tickets.  Jeff Adams won the ticket drawing but did not draw the winning card. Jeff will sell tickets next week.
Happy Birthday – click to hear your song
Marilyn Schoon, Heather Myers, Jim Carpenter.
Club anniversaries –  none
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):  Wiki Warzycka (our exchange student), Martinsburg HS students
Club business –
  • Thursday, May 18th – Rotary Picnic starts at 5 pm and replaces noon meeting. See announcement below and RSVP now to  Buzz PolandPete Mulford or Manny Washington
  • More greeters needed! It’s good, clean fun. Contact  Sandy Hamilton
  • Please wear your name tag at each meeting. It’s friendly and helpful.
  • REALLY BIG DEAL! June 2, Friday Rotary Foundation Dinner at HI. Get tickets now!! See details in Rotary announcements below.

    Featured table (left to right) Allen Kees, Buzz Poland, Jim Carpenter, Craig Martin, Maria Lorensen, Chris Johnson, Jim Klein

Special highlights of this meeting –

Wow! We were treated to two facinating bios by fellow  Rotarians – Debbie Mudge and Jason Stedman.

Best & Brightest from Martinsburg HS (from rt) > Justin Bishop, Ginny Vider.
Pictured from left: Maranda Ralph (Asst Principal), Wyki Warzycka (our exchange student), Ginny Vider, Justin Bishop
Club liason – Maria Lorensen.
Grapevine liason – Tiffany Arnett.
Primary contact for group is Tamilyn Clark
Satellite Facebook Page 

Bad weather and light turn out, but we met and discussed plans and donors lined up for the pancakes for polio breakfast as well as tasks yet to be completed. Unfortunately Chief Richards had to reschedule for the middle of June.  We are excited to welcome three new members this week and continue to grow in numbers.
If you have suggestions for our main program, please see Amanda Giangola, Program Chairman.

  • Best and Brightest Students each week:  May – Martinsburg HS
  • 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.
  • Thursday, May 25th (noon at Holiday Inn).  Main program – special presentation by our exchange student, Wiki Warzycka.

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 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.

  • Our new inbound exchange student (Gloria Flores) arrives in August, and we STILL need a host family for part of the period from August to December (need not be Rotarian). 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.
  • Matthew Betts, President of the Musselman Rotary Interact has earned a full scholarship from the Roy and Gwen Steele Foundation.  Matt had to complete an application that consisted of two essays as well as background information about his academic career.  He was then selected as a candidate to be interviewed.  His successful interview with the scholarship committee culminated with him being chosen as Musselman’s winner of the scholarship.  This scholarship pays all expenses (tuition, fees, room and board, lab fees, books) at any school in West Virginia.  Matt will be attending West Virginia Wesleyan University in the fall, majoring in math education.
  • ROTARY FAMILY PICNIC, MAY 18th, 5 – 8 pm, rain or shine 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 music. This event replaces the May 18th noon and evening meetings. Email RSVP now to >  Buzz PolandPete 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. If you’d like to help, please email BUZZ POLAND with your name, phone, times you can work, and preferred job.  
    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 namedates/timeslocationcausebeneficiariescosts/needsactions needed/requestedgraphic 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 18th – ED Talks >
    Saturday, May 20th. Register now >  More event info/registration.

        More about CASA.

     See/email Marilyn Schoon.

  • May 26th at noon, openhouse/lunch at Gloves Cleaning Service to celebrate 50 year anniversary. Please bring a can of food for CCAP.
  • June 10th, Saturday (8 am – 1 pm), Berkeley Senior Services – Giant Bazaar!
  • Monday, June 19, Golf Scramble at The Woods, sponsored by Tri-County Pastoral Counsel. See Jim Carpenter for more details.
  • Friday, June 23 – Shenandoah Women’s Center Golf Tournament, More details/registration, CLICK HERE

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.

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

Stay tuned for news on 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta in June (sold out).

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 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. Want to be a host family for part of next year?  Please contact Doug Frye or Craig Bartoldson – pronto!

Ben Merzouk (Hedgesville HS) –  to Argentina

Jemma Piasecki (Martinsburg HS) – to Germany.

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Is it fair to all concerned?
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 this Thursday at Rotary.
Bill Yearout , Grapevine Editor

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