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Monday, October 9th | THE GRAPEVNE

Good day, Rotarians!

What happened to LAST week’s full-featured Grapevine? Shortly after it was completed, the Martinsburg Rotary website was migrated to a new server. The October 2nd issue (and several back issues) of The Grapevine were forever lost in the migration. Oops!
Weekly ‘wisdom’ from Bill Stover’s Lexophilium: Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool, so I gave him a glass of water. For better weekly wisdom, just 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 NEEDED NOW: Bill Yearout will be moving out of the area soon and we are in urgent need of a replacement. The format of The Grapevine is such that weekly updates require minimal writing time. If you may have an interest in this very important job, please contact  Mike Hite  (304 267-7400/w) or  Bill Yearout  (304 433-1772) asap. Thanks!

Also see Meeting Notices + Club and Community announcements below –

HIGHLIGHTS from noon meeting on October 5th. 

Special thanks to Maria Lorensen for taking notes and pix for this issue of The Grapevine.
Greeter: Ross Curtis
50/50:  Pam Curtis (filling in for Penny Porter) sold tickets.  Buzz Poland  won the ticket drawing, put did not draw the jackpot card.  Buzz will sell tickets at upcoming meeting.
Happy Birthday, Gloria Figueredo, Gail Moxley, Denise Phelps, Darrell Shull, Kevin Starliper.  Click to hear your song!
Club anniversaries –  Jim Rodgers (19). Wow – congrats, Jim!
Wedding anniversaries – none
Golden Moments: Priceless smiles are now on sale for $1 each. Share yours at our next meeting!
Guests (hosts):  Dr. Dwight Kemp (visiting Rotarian), Amanda Weber (Heather Dern Myers), Anita and Larry Cooper (Walt Ridenour)
New members: Watch this space!
Venue and Program Holiday Inn – Gloria Figueredo (our exchange student from Paraguay) gave an outstanding presentation which provided interesting insight on her life as an exchange student and about her home country.

Four generations of the Smith family accompanied Gloria (just behind Jim Smith). Jim’s grandson is the host family. Gloria presented us with a Rotary flag from Rotaract District 4850.

HIGHLIGHTS from Evening/Satellite meeting on October 5th  

Group leader – Tamilyn Clark  |  Satellite Grapevine reporter – Natalie Stains
Program: Amy White with PurposeFULL Paws, with service dog “Trick”

Meet ‘Trick’, service dog from PurposeFULL Paws

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 12 – Holiday Inn – Randy Lilly, Berkeley County Emergency Notification System
October 19 – Holiday Inn – Barbara Sherman, Stroke — signs and symptoms as well as basic prevention
October 26 –  At Hospice of the Eastern Panhandle – Bekah Johnson.  You will need to purchase your own lunch if you wish to eat. For a $6 box lunch prepared by Hospice, please email  Maria Lorensen asap! Or you can stop off at Rocs, Rt 9 at Kelly Island Rd (or elsewhere) to pick something up.
Featured high school students –
October – Hedgesville; 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 12 – 5:45 p.m. at The Hub – Tim Cooke, Medical Director & CEO of Martinsburg VA Medical Center
For more info/updates, contact group leader or go to > Satellite Facebook page

Also see Community Announcements below.

  • October 17 at Shepherd University –  Panel discussion on Human Trafficking. Contact Pam Wagoner.
  • WANT TO MARCH WITH ROTARIANS IN THE APPLE HARVEST PARADE? The Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival is fast approaching  and the parade is Saturday, October 21st We are calling for volunteers NOW –  from all 3 groups – Sunrise, Noon and Satellite. Contact Mike Hite  304 267-7400/w.

  • BOB ELMER SPORTS BREAKFAST, Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8:00 am at the Martinsburg Holiday Inn. Admission is $15 and tickets are available at Depot Florist and Dana’s Tuxedo. Sports Celebrity is star fullback, Owen Schmidt (WVU and Seattle Seahawks). Kevin asked members to consider buying tickets to donate to high school athletes. For more info, see Kevin Knowles or Doug Frye.


  •  The Rotary Foundation on a roll in Martinsburg! Chairman Pete Mulford wants you to know that, over the years, our members and the 79 Paul Harris Fellow in our club have contributed over $200K to the Foundation. Our ranks of Paul Harris Fellows is growing, and the goal for this year is $20K. We are looking for several more committee members to help us achieve this goal. Contact > Pete Mulford


(see guidelines at bottom of page)

  • This Tuesday, October 10th – at Hospice. Don’t miss this!

No RSVP required. Just go!

  • APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL (Oct 19th to 22nd) – For all events and info, CLICK HERE. Don’t forget that Rotarians are marching in the parade this year, are hosting the Bob Elmer Sports Breakfast and promoting the Apple Trample 5K run, named in honor of Bob Baronner.

  • The Great Gatsby Gala, 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
Bill Yearout, 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


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.
Bill Yearout, Grapevine Editor
Grapevine email > [email protected]
Phone: 304-263-1707.

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Please provide all essential info in writing (a printed flyer is perfect) to Bill Yearout at our Thursday meeting, or email to [email protected] promptly after meeting – or before noon Friday at  latest.
Please do not submit stories or narratives, as time does not permit rewriting to fit our format. Also, please understand that circumstances at meetings are such that reliance on verbal announcements is problematic, and time constraints rarely permit running down incomplete, unheard or unclear info, especially with info presented in the community announcement segment of our meeting.
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.
Limiting use of special emails:The Grapevine is our general means of communicating with members between meetings. Therefore, to help us avoid excessive emails to our members, please observe The Grapevine’s Friday noon deadline so that your info may be included in the next week’s edition. Any material for a special notice, bulletin or email should be especially pertinent to club activity and too time-sensitive to wait until the next Grapevine.  If in doubt, please check with President to insure inclusion.
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.
Got it wrong or left something out? Please email [email protected] right away with all essential info  so that it may be published in the next edition of The Grapevine.
With The Grapevine, each Rotarian is a reporter.  As editor, I mainly compile, edit and publish.  Thanks for your support and cooperation.
Bill Yearout, [email protected]   304 263-1707