November 21, 2013 – Meeting Roundup
Our speaker this week is Roger Engle, a native of Hedgesville and a retired science teacher at South Hagerstown High School. He began writing in the mid-2000s after retiring from his 30-year teaching career. His first work was a collection of childhood memories intended to be shared with his immediate family. When his daughter—a graphic designer and independent publisher—read several of his early stories, she believed he had captured a part of West Virginia history that would be of interest locally, if not beyond. She urged him to pursue a wider audience than just his family, and offered to help him turn his collection of stories into an independently published book. Since the book’s release in August of 2012, the local, regional, and national response has been unimaginable. What began as a very personal endeavor has turned into a very public affair, with book signings, speaking engagements, awards galas, and much anticipation of a sequel. Stories from a Small Town: Remembering My Childhood in Hedgesville, West Virginia follows the author on a mental journey throughout his hometown, and in doing so, rediscovered his childhood around every corner. With tenderness and grit, he reveals both the challenges and the opportunities of growing up in a working-class family during self-sufficient times. These stories take place between the years 1948 and 1964 and meander at a pace governed by the whimsy of a child.
After retiring, Roger has been active in Martinsburg and currently serves as president of the board of directors for Martinsburg/Berkeley County Parks and Recreation. He spends his leisure time gardening, traveling and eating lots of barbecue as a certified judge of the Kansas City Barbeque Society and of course, writing.
Shenandoah Women’s Center
Answer to last week’s question:
If you have been to any of the meetings this month, you know that the club is offering to match any donation you make to The Rotary Foundation up to $500. This is a terrific deal and a win/win for all of us. The offer ends this month, so Wednesday will probably be the last chance to take advantage of it. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.
This week’s question:
We all got our The Rotarian magazine this week. What is the cover story? (This should be the easiest question to answer ever!)
We had two visiting Rotarians—Kenneth Mann from the Shepherdstown club and Jim Whitacre from the Martinsburg/Sunrise club.
Serena Mills, property manager agent for Potomac Housing, was a guest of Page Burdette. Leota Shillingburg, a former member who is branch manager in Inwood for Susquehanna Bank and board member for the Shenadoah Women’s Center, was a guest of the club. Mike Hite and Mike Hornby brought Doreen Schaffner, owner of Panhandle Printing & Design and Stepping Stones Cottages. Larry Cooper was back chauffeuring his father-in-law, Walt Ridenour.
Ryan Perks, Pam Wagoner, Pam Curtis, and Taylor Perry were nominated to fill two board seats for 2014-16.
Tickets are available for Taste of the Panhandle. Now is the time to buy them because (a) there are less than 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.
December 7th we will host the second annual Rotary Breakfast with Santa. There will be a bring-your-own camera photo op, a buffet breakfast, 3 crafts to take home, and a Santa shop for gift giving. It’s perfect for your kids or grandkids.
The Shepherdstown club is hosting “Our Ball, Your Charity” on December 6th. It will be at the Shepherdstown Fire Hall and promises an elegant evening of dining and dancing. Call Elizabeth Granzow at 301-514-7870 for information.
Charlene Gilliam tried her luck at drawing the Ten of Diamonds and went down in defeat. The deck is down to 30 cards and the pot continues to grow. Charlene will be selling tickets at our meeting on Wednesday.