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November 14, 2013 – Meeting Roundup

shenview3_800_02_1__1_[1]This week, Ann Smith, Executive Director of the Shenandoah Women’s Center  (SWC) will speak about the Center’s role in the community. The SWC is committed to providing services that address the needs of domestic violence and sexual assault victims/survivors and their non-offending family members. In addition, they strive to educate the community so as to change the fundamental beliefs and practices that allow abuse to continue.

The Shenandoah Women’s Center, Inc. (SWC), is a non-profit, community-based agency that was founded in 1977 by a group of community volunteers, who wanted to help women who were being abused by their partners. They formed the area’s first crisis hotline for battered women. Since then, SWC has grown into a comprehensive resource and counseling center offering multiple Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

SWC is funded in part by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, the West Virginia Division of Criminal Justice Services, the U.S. Department of Justice Violence Against Women Act and Victims of Crime Act, the United Way, the Baltimore Conference of United Methodist Women, the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services, United Way of Berkeley County, United Way of Jefferson County, United Way of Morgan County, Phillip Morris Foundation, U.S.Cellular, and private contributions and donations.

The SWC is dedicated to the self-empowerment of battered or abused persons and their children, and, therefore, is committed to the elimination of personal and societal violence in the lives of women, men and children. The SWC believes that violence against women and children results from the use of threat of force or actual force to achieve and maintain control over others in intimate relationships, and also results from domination and societal abuses of power. The SWC recognizes that the abuses of power in society fostering battering and perpetuate conditions which condone violence against women and children.

Therefore, it is the mission of the Shenandoah Women’s Center to work for the major societal changes necessary to eliminate both personal and societal violence against all people. The Shenandoah Women’s Center, as a community resource center, offers counseling, education, shelter, support, and advocacy for any person who experienced or is threatened by domestic or sexual violence. The Shenandoah Women’s Center identifies, investigates, and seeks to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault.

Rotary Youth ExchangeAlso, this week we will hear from Mora Garay, our exchange student from Argentina.

Mora is from Corrientes, which is in the northeastern part of Argentina near the border with Paraguay. With an average temperature of 70° in Corrientes, it is probably taking Mora a while getting used to our autumn (and soon to be winter) temperatures. Corrientes is the capital city of the province of Corrientes, Argentina, located on the eastern shore of the Paraná River, about 1,000 km (621 mi) from Buenos Aires and 300 km (186 mi) from Posadas, on National Route 12. It has a population of 328,689 according to the 2001 Census. It lies opposite its twin city, Resistencia, Chaco. With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi), Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the second largest in Latin America and the largest among Spanish-speaking nations. Argentina claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands (Spanish: Islas Malvinas), South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

Come this week to find out about the Shenandoah Women’s Center and our exchange student.

Croatian Exchange

Annalice Mollica had the chance of a lifetime, and she took it. Annalice is a senior at Hedgesville High School who, during her junior year, applied to be a Rotary Exchange Student. Her application was accepted and she was sent to Croatia for ten months. She was especially pleased to go there because Hedgesville had hosted a Rotary Exchange Student from Croatia, and he had painted a wonderful picture of his homeland. Annalice gave us a slide presentation showing her two host families and some of the things they did to make her feel at home, such as carving a pumpkin at Halloween. She also showed us the beauty of Croatia. Just as the exchange students do in our district, Annalice became close friends with several of her fellow exchange students. Through these friendships, she was able to travel to much of Europe including Italy, Austria, and France. What an Experience!


Answer to last week’s question:
November is designated as Rotary Foundation Month. It is a special time for clubs to support, promote, and participate in Foundation programs.
This week’s question:
What is our club doing to support The Foundation during November?  

Our student guests from Musselman High School were R. J. Stephens and Tearsa Engle.
Our lone visiting Rotarian was Kelly Tanksley from the Sunrise club. She is director of development for the Martinsburg/Berkeley County Libraries.
President Mike Hornby brought Ken Reed, owner of Reed’s Pharmacy with stores all over the Eastern Panhandle. Ron Stephens, Assistant Superintendent for Berkeley County Schools, was a guest of Kathy Mason. Pete Mulford brought Jacob Gregory, Manager of two US Cellular locations. Todd Beckwith, Senior Vice President/Loans at City National Bank, was a guest of Rick Pill. Layne Diehl brought Teresa Holmes, a Career Growth Strategist and Life Coach. Barbara Fallon was a guest of the club, who was here with her granddaughter and our speaker, Annalice Mollica.
Tickets are available for Taste of the Panhandle. Now is the time to buy them because (a) there are only 50 tickets available and (b) they are only $65 each until January 1st when they go up to $75 each. See Kathy Mason for tickets.
And, speaking of Kathy Mason, congratulations on her nomination by the club for Distinguished Volunteer! It was well deserved.
Since this is Foundation Month, the club will match any contributions you make to The Rotary Foundation up to $500. You can become a Paul Harris Fellow for half the cost.
We will be accepting nominations for two new board members this week. If you read the memo President Mike sent out, the new by-laws, if accepted, will be lowering the number of board members.
Musselman High School won our contest for decorating the Little Libraries, but all of them were excellent. We awarded each school $250.
Sharon Novak tried her luck at finding the elusive Ten of Diamonds, but only won the right to sell tickets this week. Only 31 cards are left in the deck.