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Monday, September 18th | THE GRAPEVINE

Good day, Rotarians!

Weekly chuckle from BILL STOVER’S LEXOPHILIUM: If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they’d eventually find me attractive.
See you at Rotary this Thursday for more weekly wisdom!

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 September 14th. The meeting was live-streamed on Facebook.

Special thanks to Marilyn Schoon for taking notes and pix for this issue of The Grapevine.
Greeter: Lori Taylor
50/50:  Vickie Elliott sold tickets.  Craig Martin won the ticket drawing, put did not draw the jackpot card.  Craig will sell tickets at upcoming meeting.
Happy Birthday, Ed Arnett, George Karos, Steve Roach, Michael Whalton, Foster Sirbaugh, Leota Shillingburg.  Click to hear your song!
Club anniversaries –  Trent Sherman (4).
Wedding anniversaries – none
Golden Moments: Priceless smiles are now on sale for $1 each. Share yours at our next meeting!
Guests (hosts):  Peter Christensen (Chris Johnson), Angel Valasquez (Chris Johnson), Dr. Dwight Kemp (visiting Rotarian), Wade Rohrbaugh (Keven Knowles, ), Steve Crowell (Bill Stover), Chris Clark (Buzz Poland), Evan MacKenzie (Jim Klein), Taylor Watson, Buzz Poland),  Carol Ann Silberman (Manny Washington), Landon Moyer (Chris Johnson),  Jehan Lighan (Chris Johnson),
New members: Watch this space!
Venue and Program Holiday Inn – Potomac Highlands Guild – Raj Masih, MD, MPH – Strategic Prevention Framework for RX Drugs.

Raj Masih, MD, MPH – Strategic Prevention Framework for RX Drugs.

Left to right: Victoria Canfield, Shalin Thomas from Faith Christian Academy


HIGHLIGHTS from Evening/Satellite meeting on September 14th  

Group leader – Tamilyn Clark

In lieu of a regular meeting, members attended the Crab Fest at Whitacre Farm, sponsored by Sunrise Rotary.
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 21 – Holiday Inn – Kanette Petry, Office of the Attorney General.  “Identifying and Recognizing Scams and Identity Thieves”
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 21 – Meet at 5:45 pm at The Hub.
For more info/updates, contact group leader or go to > Satellite Facebook page

Also see Community Announcements below.

  • Interact/Faith Christian school is collecting shoes to send to Haiti with one of the students. Jen Stanley (sponsor) will have a box at Rotary for the next two weeks. Please bring in your gently used shoes.
  • DAY OF CARING, A HUGE SUCCESS! Kathy Mason reported that 12 Rotarians volunteered for the Backpack Program on the Day of Caring. Because the program uses plastic grocery bags in large numbers, Kathy asked club members to bring plastic bags to her at Rotary instead of recycling them, and she’ll take them to the Backpack Program.

  • DISTRICT GRANT APPLICATION: A dual grant with the Shepherdstown Rotary Club on human trafficking, was turned in on September 14th.
  • October 17 at Shepherd University –  Panel discussion on Human Trafficking. Contact Pam Wagoner.
  • 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. Kevin asked members to consider buying tickets to donate to high school athletes. For more info, see Kevin Knowles or Doug Frye.

  • Dictionary Project time! Need sponsors and volunteers. John Overington asked for few more Rotarians to help with the dictionary project at Potomack Intermediate next week. Contact him or Vickie Elliott if you can help.

 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)

  • Throughout September, public school teachers in Berkeley County may apply to the Eastern WV Community Foundation for Mini-Grants > MORE INFO
  • The St. Joseph community festival will be held on September 23.
  • 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:

  • The Apple Trample 5K run, named in honor of Bob Baronner, will be held on October 21.
  • 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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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.
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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.
Bill Yearout, [email protected]   304 263-1707