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Monday, October 23rd | THE GRAPEVINE

Good day, Rotarians!

Weekly ‘wisdom’ from Bill Stover’s Lexophilium: Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.  OK. For some decent weekly wisdom, you’ll just have join your friends this Thursday at Rotary!

Timely club business –

  • ROTARY ON FACEBOOK: Our Martinsburg Rotary Facebook page is geared to ALL members,  plus we have a special and separate Satellite Rotary Facebook page that also welcomes everyone.  Both feature in-depth info on some of our events, and the ability to RSVP, register, buy tickets, etc.  Please give them both a LIKE – and feel free to browse, post, comment and participate!
  • NEW GRAPEVINE EDITOR: This is the last Grapevine published by Bill Yearout, who is moving to Kansas. District Governor Michael Hornby will take responsibility for The Grapevine, starting this Thursday. Please see thank you message from Bill (at bottom of club announcements).

Also see Meeting Notices + Club and Community announcements below –

HIGHLIGHTS from noon meeting on October 19th. 

Greeters: Debbie Mudge
50/50:  Jonathan Bodwell sold tickets.  Jim Klein  won the ticket drawing, put did not draw the jackpot card.  Jim will sell tickets at upcoming meeting.
Happy Birthday, Margaret Cogswell, Brad Janes, Fred Parsons, Jane Yearout (spouse) –  Click to hear your song!
Club anniversaries –  none
Wedding anniversaries – Brian Jolliff (and Debbie), Amanda Giangola (and John)
Golden Moments: Priceless smiles are now on sale for $1 each. Share yours at our next meeting!
Guests (hosts):  Shannon Weber (Joe Brookreson).
New members:  Steven Crowell, Lisa Fausey, Jocelyn Doyle. Congratulations and welcome to Rotary!
Venue and Program Holiday Inn – Barbara Sherman, Stroke – WVU Medicine

Barbara Sherman provided a very informative and life-saving presentation about strokes –  signs and symptoms as well as basic prevention.

Hints on how to spot and survive a stroke.

HIGHLIGHTS from Evening/Satellite meeting on October 19th  

Group leader – Tamilyn Clark  |  Satellite Grapevine reporter – Natalie Stains

Special guest – District Governor Mike Hornby

For more info/updates, contact group leader or go to > Satellite Facebook page
Also see Meeting Notices + Club and Community announcements below –


 If you have suggestions for our main program, please see or email Program Chairman Jim Klein.
October 26 at Hospice of the Eastern Panhandle – Bekah Johnson.  If you wish to eat, you MUST reserve a lunch by Monday, October 23rd! Reserve a $6 box lunch prepared by Hospice, or reserve a special meal package to pick up at ROCs Mountaineer Mart (on Rt 9) just before the meeting. Call or email Maria Lorensen now at 304-264-0406 (or 304 869-6224) to reserve your meal!
November 2 at Holiday Inn – Julie Gaver – Motivational Speaker
November 9 at Holiday Inn – WV Secretary of State, Mac Warner.
November 16 at Holiday Inn – Mine Dogs/Perry Baltimore
November 23  – Thanksgiving. No Meeting! Eat Turkey
November 30 at Holiday Inn – Club Assembly (5th Thursday of any month)
Featured high school students –
November – Musselman; January – Martinsburg; February – Spring Mills; March – Hedgesville; April – Musselman; May – Martinsburg.


Usual time:  Thursday, 5:45 pm. Usual location: The Hub. See below for updates/exceptions
Group leader – Tamilyn Clark  |  Satellite Grapevine reporter – Natalie Stains
Thursday, October 26 – 5:45 p.m. at The Hub  – Program pending.
For more info/updates, contact group leader or go to > Satellite Facebook page

Also see Community Announcements below.

Vickie Elliott (project chair) and Dr. Ramadas Kamath (project co-founder) celebrate news that all schools now have Rotary volunteers to pass out dictionaries and that distribution will soon be complete!

BOB ELMER SPORTS BREAKFAST, Saturday, October 21, 2017. Special thanks to Kevin Knowles and Doug Frye for making this another huge success!

Sports Celebrity: WVU football star – Owen Schmitt

APPLE TRAMPLE – Special thanks to Dana DeJarnett!


Great fun! After taking picture, Bill Yearout joined walk down to King Street.

NOVEMBER – ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH! Pete, Mike and our club are on a roll…

On behalf of our club, Mike Hite accepts RF achievement award from chairman, Pete Mulford.


P.S. We are moving to the community of Cedar Creek (Olathe, KS), NOT Cedar Lakes (a retirement community) – as stated in my email this morning. 🙂


(see guidelines at bottom of page)

  • Free lunch? Karen Spence has the info – and it’s not a Rotary lunch.
  • HALLOWEEN GHOSTLY GALA – at the Roundhouse, Thursday, October 26th. Contact Amanda Giangola304 229-6525/w
  • The big, annual Hospice Gift Card Raffle is coming up! Contact  Maria Lorensen  (304-264-0406) about huge prizes and other details.
  • 5K on Saturday, November 11 at Poor House Farm. Sponsored by Faith Community for the Homeless to benefit the Good Samaritan Free Clinic. Registration at 10 am. Race at 11 am.
  • The Great Gatsby Gala, Saturday, November 11 at the Purple Iris.  Annual event to benefit Panhandle Home Health.  Email Chris Johnson or call 304 263-5680, ext 122.

AFP Fund Raising Award Dinner – This is a big deal. The contact for this event should email particulars to  [email protected].

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

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President:                Mike Hite  304 267-7400/w
President-Elect:     Amanda Giangola304 229-6525/w
Vice Pres:               Jim Klein, 304-263-3304
Secretary:               Doug Arndt, 304 263-6906/w | 304 263-6207/h
Treasurer:               Pete Dufourny, 304 263-2170/h   
Sgt at Arms:            Vickie Elliott304-263-0809/w
Ass’t Governor:       Pam Wagoner, 304 263-1488/w | 304 260-9406/h
District Governor:   Mike Hornby, 304 851-7451/w | 304 579-8510/h
Maria Lorensen (2018)
Sandy Hamilton (2018)
Elaine Bartoldson (2019)
Berniece Collis (2019)
Chris Johnson (2020)
Pam Wagoner (2020)
Pete Mulford (2020)
Elaine Bartoldson, Publicity
Craig Bartoldson, Intl Service
Berniece Collis, New Generations
Sandy Hamilton, Community Service
Chris Johnson, Membership
Pete Mulford, Rotary Foundation
Ryan Perks, Grant Projects
Pam Wagoner, Club Service
Mike Hornby, The Grapevine
Robin Zanotti, Vocational Service            


Group Leader – Tamilyn Clark
Club Liaison – Maria Lorensen
OUR ROTARACT CLUBS – Berniece Collis, Coordinator
Blue Ridge Club Liaison, Maria Lorensen. Contact, Ron Richter, Todd Johnson
James Rumsey Club Liason, Vicki Jenkins. Contact, Shirley Mahoney
OUR HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT CLUBS – Berniece Collis, Coordinator
Hedgesville Club Liaison, Vickie Elliott. Contact, Tim Belotte.
Musselman Club Liaison, Bill Bowen. Contact, Chad Spencer.
Spring Mills Club Liaison, Tina Combs.  Contact pending
Faith Christian Club Liason, Pam CurtisMarilyn Schoon. Contact, Jen Stanley
Martinsburg HS is sponsored by Sunrise Rotary Club

Gloria Figueredo (Flores), our 2017-18 inbound student from Paraguay. She is attending Martinsburg HS and her host family is Rodney and Elizabeth Jenkins.


Wiktoria Warzycka, our preceding (2016-17) inbound student from from Poland/Denmark


Ben Merzouk (Hedgesville HS), our 2017-18 outbound student to Argentina


Jemma Piasecki (Martinsburg HS), our 2017 outbound summer student to Germany

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 each Thursday at Rotary.
Mike Hornby, Grapevine Editor
Grapevine email > [email protected]

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Please provide all essential info in writing (a printed flyer is perfect) to Mike Hornby at our Thursday meeting, or email to [email protected] promptly after meeting – or before noon Friday at  latest.
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Photos and attachments: Please avoid low quality, low resolution photos. Due to a variety of issues, we normally do not publish attachments to The Grapevine.
The absolute deadline for submitting material to The Grapevine is noon Friday for the weekly issue that goes out Monday. This deadline is necessary so The Grapevine may be compiled and uploaded on Friday afternoon for automatic distribution very early each Monday – to our members and to the print shop, where it is printed/mailed for timely receipt by members who don’t have email.
Community announcements: Although Rotary announcements are the top priority, a special section is maintained to showcase community announcements for charitable purposes of charitable organizations that seem most actionable and relevant to Rotarians. If your community announcement meets these standards but was not included, it may be because clear/written info was not received at our Thursday meeting, or via email by our deadline. Any community announcement to be published for a non-charitable organization or purpose should always be pre-cleared with the President.
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Know of a member who is not receiving The Grapevine? Please ask them to email [email protected] promptly so that the problem may be addressed.
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With The Grapevine, each Rotarian is a reporter.  As editor, I mainly compile, edit and publish.  Thanks for your support and cooperation.
Mike Hornby, [email protected]