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Monday, Sept 4 | THE GRAPEVINE

Good day, Rotarians!

Weekly chuckle from BILL STOVER’S LEXOPHILIUM: England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.  See you at Rotary this Thursday for more weekly wisdom!
HEY! Your breakfast is ready! Labor Day Breakfast at War Memorial Park (730 am – 1030 am). Tickets are available at door.

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!

Also see Meeting Notices + Club and Community announcements below –

HIGHLIGHTS from noon meeting on August 31st  

Greeter: Jim Klein
50/50:  Manny Washington sold tickets.  Page Burdette won the ticket drawing, put did not draw the jackpot card.  Page will sell tickets at upcoming meeting.
Happy Birthday, Carrie Ramsey, ‘Boston Bill’ Bowen.  Click to hear your song!
Club anniversaries –  Dr. Ramadas Kamath (33), Kathy Mason (13), Karen Spence (4), Pamla Hite (2).
Wedding anniversaries – Ryan Perks (1)
Golden Moments: Priceless smiles are now on sale for $1 each. Share yours at our next meeting!
Guests (hosts):  Annesh Sampalli (Bill Yearout/Ross Curtis), Lisa Welch (Sherri Jannell), Dr. Dwight Kemp (visiting Rotarian), Tamara Castleman, Amber Mowery, Mike Knotts (Manny Washington)
New members: Let’s all welcome Denise Phelps and Michael Knotts!

  • Club Service (Pam Wagner): Health Fair on track (see Jim Klein); Greeters needed (see Sandy Hamilton);  Facebook (see Brian Jolliff).
  • Community Service (Sandy Hamilton): Day of Caring is September 12 (see Kathy Mason); Taste of Panhandle is now on March 24 and needs committee members; Santa Breakfast is December 9 at Holiday Inn (see Penny Porter); Bob Elmer Celebrity Sports Breakfast is October 21 and needs 3 more HS sponsors at $350 each plus one general sponsor ($500) – see Kevin Knowles; Salvation Army/Angels & Bell Ringers (see Maria Lorenson).
  • Membership (Chris Johnson): Need mentors for new members (see Chris).
  • Public Relations (Elaine Bartoldson): Will start a ‘phases of Rotary’ project, featuring a short bio of each member.
  • International Service (Craig Bartoldson): Outbound exchange student (Ben Merzouk) has arrived in Argentina and inbound exchange student (Gloria Figuerido) is settling in with her host family (Rodney and Elizabeth Jenkins) and at Martinsburg HS.
  • Rotary Foundation (see Pete Mulford).
  • Youth Service (Berniece Collis): Dictionary Project underway (see Vickie Elliott).

Doug Roach and Joan Roach recognized for consistent support of Rotary  – Doug now a 8x Paul Harris Fellow!

Gloria Figueredo, our new exchange student from Paraguay, has arrived and is settling in at Martinsburg High and with her host family (Rodney and Elizabeth Jenkins). Make a point of visiting with her each time she attends – her English is great.


Chris Johnson (membership) had us pick out our favorite candy bar when we came in, then we sat at tables with people who chose the same candy bar. Besides meeting new people, we got a candy bar – plus we had like-minded nuts together.


Great work from Gail Moxley  (mixer chair), Chris Johnson (membership chair) and others.

Also see Meeting Notices + Club and Community announcements below –

HIGHLIGHTS from Evening/Satellite meeting on August 31st

Group leader – Tamilyn Clark

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.
September 7 – Holiday Inn – Manny Arvon – Berkeley County Public Schools – Updated on the school system
September 14 – Holiday Inn – Potomac Highlands Guild – Raj Masih, MD, MPH – Strategic Prevention Framework for RX Drugs
September 21 – Holiday Inn – Kanette Petry or AG Patrick Morrissey – Update on the office of the Attorney General
September 28 – Holiday Inn – Jen Stanley – RYLA
September – Faith Christian; 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
Thursday September 7 – No report received.
For more info/updates, contact group leader or go to > Satellite Facebook page

Also see Community Announcements below.

  • MEGA FOOD DRIVE! Bring your non-perishable food to any meeting – now thru  September 7th! Pete Dufourny reports that in spite of a recent highly successful drive netting $20K in cash and around 800 pounds of food, the need for more food is dire! Those needing collection tubs for their businesses, please contact Penny Porter at United Way.

  • DAY OF CARING, September 12th (Tuesday), see info below.

Our Day of Caring project is to help pack and distribute food for Berkeley County BackPack Program, located at 300 Foxcroft Ave., Martinsburg (brick office building across from the Holiday Inn). We will meet there at 9:00 and  start bagging at 9:15.  They will serve lunch about 11.  It is just a 1/2 day volunteer session.  No need to bring anything. Need 10 -15 volunteers. If you want to help, please complete the following 2 forms and email them to  Kathy Mason.
Registration Form
Confidentiality and Liability Form
Traditional Day of Caring kick-off breakfast (free) at War Memorial Park for volunteers and media starts at 730 am. IF YOUR ORGANIZATION HAS VOLUNTEERS BUT NEEDS A PROJECT, please contact Penny Porter now at United Way.

  • APPLE HARVEST ROTARY FLOAT: 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, 8:00am at the Martinsburg Holiday Inn. Admission is $15 and tickets are available at Depot Florist, Dana’s Tuxedo, in downtown Martinsburg. For more info, see Kevin Knowles or Doug Frye.

  • Dictionary Project time! Need sponsors and volunteers. Please contact Vickie Elliott

  • September 14 Crabfest! Sponsored by Sunrise Rotary.

 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)

  • Monday, Sept 4 – Labor Day Breakfast. Get tickets early & often!!​​​​​​​

  • Throughout September, public school teachers in Berkeley County may apply to the Eastern WV Community Foundation for Mini-Grants > MORE INFO


  • Farm to Fork Dinner, Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Almost sold out. For more info/buy tickets online > click here. Sponsorships – see below:

Women Of Distinction Girl Scouts Award & Dinner Our own Rotarian Vicki Jenkins will be honored this year. For date, tickets, more information, contact > Berniece Collis or Gail Moxley

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
OUR 2017-18 INBOUND EXCHANGE STUDENT – Gloria Figueredo Flores, from Paraguay
OUR 2017-18 OUTBOUND EXCHANGE STUDENT – Ben Merzouk (Hedgesville HS), to Argentina


OUR 2017 OUTBOUND SUMMER EXCHANGE STUDENT – Jemma Piasecki (Martinsburg HS), 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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Bill Yearout, [email protected]   304 263-1707