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October 16, 2014 – Meeting Roundup – ESSROC


At some point in your life you may have asked that burning question, “Is it cement or is it concrete?” The answer to that is that concrete is a composite material composed mainly of water, aggregate, and cement. Cement is a part of making concrete. Essroc in Martinsburg makes cement.

Portland cement is the most common type of cement in general use around the world, used as a basic ingredient of concrete, mortar, stucco, and most non-specialty grout. It developed from other types of hydraulic lime in England in the mid 19th century and usually originates from limestone. It is a fine powder produced by heating materials in a kiln to form what is called clinker, grinding the clinker, and adding small amounts of other materials. Several types of Portland cement are available with the most common being called ordinary Portland cement (OPC) which is grey in color, but a white Portland cement is also available.

Portland cement was developed from natural cements made in Britain beginning in the middle of the eighteenth century, and its name is derived from its similarity to Portland stone, a type of building stone that was quarried on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, England.

The development of modern Portland cement (sometimes called ordinary or normal Portland cement) began in 1756 when John Smeaton experimented with combinations of different limestones and additives including trass and pozzolanas relating to the planned construction of a lighthouse now known as Smeaton’s Tower. In the late 18th century Roman cement was developed and patented in 1796 by James Parker; Roman cement quickly became popular but was largely replaced by Portland cement in the 1850s.

ESSROC is a leading North American cement producer with over 6.5 million metric tons of annual capacity. With headquarters in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, ESSROC operates production facilities strategically located throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. They are linked through an integrated supply network connecting all ESSROC plants, terminals and markets.

They are a member of the Italcementi Group of companies. Italcementi Group is a world leader in cement production with annual sales topping 4.7 billion euros and operations located on 4 continents.

Additionally, ESSROC is a key supplier of ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. With concrete plant locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ontario and Quebec, ESSROC provides an unprecedented level of technical service to the construction market.

This week, in keeping with our Vocational Month programs, Munzer Grosh, Director of the Martinsburg Cement Plant,  Italcementi Group, will tell us more about ESSROC and cement.


Capon Springs

logoA large number of us knew about the resort at Capon Springs, but I was not one of them. It began with the “curative” powers of its water and has evolved into a resort that can house 250 guests. They offer home-cooked meals in a large dining room, golf, tennis swimming and a world-class shuffleboard area where tournaments are periodically held. There is also badminton, hiking, fishing, reading, “porching”, enjoying a relaxing treatment at their spa or napping in one of their hammocks. They are open from May to November during the year. Oh, and they have Capon Springs water.


Answer to last week’s question:

We moved to the Sheraton, which is now the Holiday Inn, in 1984. Chuck Thornton was president and Rotarian Bruce Van Wyk built and owned the Sheraton.

This week’s question:

We sponsor the Bob Elmer Sports Breakfast. Who was Bob Elmer?

Tania Bon and Brock Adams were our two student guests from Spring Mill High School. They, along with advisor Jessica Salfia, accepted a check from President Chris for $1,000 for the recently chartered Spring Mills Interact club.

Rod Hocker from the Chambersburg club was our lone visiting Rotarian.

Craig Bartoldson, publisher of The Journal, was back as a guest of his amazing wife, Elaine. Pete Mulford brought Tim Harrison, retired CFO and now a health and life broker in Martinsburg. Tina Knipe’s guest was William Vargas who is from Puerto Rico and was an assistant vice president for Review and Herald Publishing now retired.

The Good Times Show Choir will, once again, be selling their delicious apple dumplings at our meeting this week. The cost is two for seven dollars. Buy early as they tend to sell out quickly.

This is also the final meeting to buy tickets for the Bob Elmer Sports Breakfast on Saturday. The cost is only $15 and if you can’t go, you can donate it back and it will be used by a kid from the Boys & Girls club.

PP Mike Hornby has put his hat in the ring to become District Governor three years from now. PP Pam Wagoner has also put her hat into the ring to become our next Assistant Governor next year. Good luck to them both.

Frank Vanderhoof’s wife, Doris, broke her leg while visiting in New Jersey. Billy Lopp’s wife, Wilma, is in serious condition from an illness. Please send both of them cards and prayers.

We can all be proud to be Rotarians. Through grants, we have helped over 2400 people in Ecuador have potable drinking water.

RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) is being held in Hagerstown on November 15th. Robin Zanotti and Ryan Perks have signed up for it, and a few other members are interested. It’s open to all members.

Wannabe DG Mike Hornby won 50/50, but no luck on the Queen of Hearts. He’ll sell tickets this week.