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November 6, 2014 – Meeting Roundup – Debbie Hammond, Author


This week, former Rotarian and Berkeley County Administrator Deborah Hammond will be speaking to us.

Deborah is a 1980 Cum Laude graduate of Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, with a double major in history and political science, and a 1982 graduate of the University of Virginia with a Master of Planning. She also received the Certificate of Highest Merit from the West Virginia Leadership Academy. She worked for thirty-one years in local government positions for the City of Wilmington, North Carolina and Berkeley County government respectively before retiring in March, 2014. She has been fulfilling a lifelong dream to write since March. She lives in Falling Waters with her husband Bill Hammond who is also a former member of our club.

At the November 6th Rotary meeting, Deborah will speak about her new novel “In the Eye of the Storm” and about the writing process; where the ideas originate and the process of developing story lines and characters. She has a second book currently in the edit and formatting process and four more books in development at the present time. Deborah’s books are available at in both paperback and kindle versions.

The following is a brief description of her book on Amazon: Elizabeth Majors sets upon a fateful voyage from her home in Wilmington, North Carolina to London, England to secure her inheritance held in trust with London solicitors. She is thrust into a web of intrigue and danger far beyond her knowledge and ability. The simple mission to obtain her inheritance leads to threats upon her own life and to the lives of others she comes to hold dear. In her quest she relies on the trust and affection of Captain James O’Rourke who has transported her far beyond the shores of post-Civil War Wilmington, North Carolina. Will his love be enough to save her from plots against her life and her fortune in the ever widening Eye of the Storm?

Find out more at the Purple Iris this week.


Club Assembly

10369894_10153053203114552_984523354950576997_n[1]President Chris began the club assembly by stating the goals she set at the previous club assembly and where we stood on these goals. The goals that have been accomplished include: a successful golf tournament; applying and receiving a district grant for a community project; and chartering an Interact Club at Hedgesville High School (at one time they had an extremely active Interact Club).

The goals that have yet to be completed include establishing a Rotaract Club at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and having an increase in our membership by a net of at least 16 members. With the help of Sherri Janelle, we are well on our way to establishing the Rotaract club. Under Robin Zanotti’s lead, we have 11 new members with only the loss of a couple of old members.

Robin reported that we are also establishing a spouse membership (this will require a change in our by-laws) where a spouse can join, pay the appropriate dues, and pay for meals when the spouse attends the meeting. The spouse would have full voting privileges. She also asked members to bring guests who might be interested in joining. In fact, the guest form has been altered with a box to check if your guest wants to join our club.

Robin addressed retention by talking about our orientation program and renewal of the mentoring program.

Margaret Cogswell and Elaine Bartoldson are heading up the Health Screening program this year.

Mike Hite reported we are solvent. On the downside, 87 members are past due on their dues.


Answer to last week’s question:

The first member of our club to become a Paul Harris Fellow was N. Blaine Groves who was also the first member of our club to serve as district governor. He also was responsible for our club being the first in the district to host an exchange student.

This week’s question:

Blaine Groves was the first member of our club to serve as district governor. Who was the only other member of our club to be district governor?

Olivia McGoldrick and Cody Hottle were our two student guests from Spring Mills High School.

Dana Knowles, owner of Dana’s Tuxedo, was a guest of her husband, Kevin. Bill Wortley brought Steve Fisher, a retired Air Force and federal government employee who traveled to Africa with Bill, Marilyn, Pam, and Ross. Leigh-Ann Gipe, a cleaning engineer with Groves Cleaning Services, came as a guest of her boss, Manuel Washington.

D. L. “Robbie” Robinson, retired Air Force and American Legion Assistant Director, was a guest of President Chris. He presented the club with pictures from Boys State and Girls State. The club helps sponsor our local boys and girls.

Tom Keys is still at Johns Hopkins, but hopes to be home either on November 2nd or 3rd. Cards to his home would be welcomed.

Roy Young reported that George Hatzes, a long-time member of our club, is no longer able to attend our meetings due to mobility problems. He still would love to hear from our members and keep up with the club.

There will be 50 tickets available for the Taste of the Panhandle on November 6th for our members. Cost is $75 each and these may be the only tickets available. The others are being snapped up by sponsors, so bring your check book with you if you want to attend. Or, you can purchase a sponsorship as they are still available. The TOP is being held on January 10th.

Speaking of events, Panhandle Home Health is holding a Holiday Gala on November 15th. Tickets are still available.

You missed a good time if you didn’t come to the club mixer last Wednesday. There were 35 members of our club and the Sunrise club there. President Chris has promised another mixer in January. It was a lot of fun.

I forgot to write down who won 50/50 (it wasn’t me). I know they did not draw the Queen of Hearts, though.