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Rotary Club of Martinsburg - Martinsburg WV / Grapevine  / October 23, 2014 – Meeting Roundup – District 7360 Global Grants

October 23, 2014 – Meeting Roundup – District 7360 Global Grants


PP Mike Hornby will discuss the international water projects to be funded by District 7360 Global Grants as well as the Rotary Foundation 100% participation drive the Club is undertaking this year.

November is fast approaching and as all you know, it marks the Foundation part of our Rotary Calendar. At the beginning of the year District Governor Jason Piatt had challenged the Foundation Leadership team with funding and completing a water project on each and every continent this year (excluding Antarctica). We accepted this challenge and have identified 3 global grants in North and South America, 1 global grant in Europe, 3 global grants in Africa, 1 global grant in Asia and a very worthy Rotarian backed water project in Australia. All these projects are Rotarian backed and approved by Rotary  International. The funding for each is different and the needs vary from place to place but each is just as important as the next. We have partnered with dozens of International Clubs as well as local clubs to complete our goal.

There are hundreds of pages of details and pictures for each project but to keep it simple the District has created a little graphic presentation. At the bottom of the page are these slides with the nuts and bolts on each project as well as contact info.

If you have any questions for Mike Hornby, please call his cell at 304-851-7461.

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essroc_logo[1]Italcementi Group, a family-owned business, is a world leader in cement production with annual sales topping 4.7 billion euros and operations located on 4 continents. We got to see the flow chart for the local installation—ESSROC.

The Italian based company employs 250 people in West Virginia and is the fifth largest cement producer in the world. There is enough limestone in Martinsburg to last over 50 years.


Answer to last week’s question:

Bob Elmer was a member of our club from 1975 until his death, a Paul Harris Fellow, and president of the club 1981-82. He worked for in advertising for the Journal for many years and also wrote a weekly sports column. He worked for a newspaper in Baltimore in the late 40’s and was one of the pioneers of television, having broadcast the first televised tennis match. He also did public relations for Charles Town Races in the late 50’s. He was noted in Rotary for only giving his biography to 1955 as he ran out of time (needless to say, Bob had the gift of gab). He and Charlie Beall were also responsible for starting our roster book. But it was because of his love of sports that the sports breakfast is named in his honor.

This week’s question:

Who was the first member in our club to become a Paul Harris Fellow?

Our two student guests from Spring Mills were Hope Spriggs and Austin Custer.

Our lone visiting Rotarian was C. D. Linton, a member of the Martinsburg/Sunrise club.

Our other visitor was Saunny Winstead, a Life, Health & Bank Specialist with the Newland Insurance Agency, who was a guest of Dawn Brown.

Kevin Starliper, who was proposed by Ross Curtis, will become a member this week if there are no written objections.

We will also install seven new members this week.

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 Interact club at Spring Mills High School has invited us to a tail gate party on October 31st at 5:30 pm. It will be held in the far left side of the parking lot.

October 29th, 5:30 pm, Heatherfields at Holiday Inn, cash bar. Members of the Sunrise Rotary Club have been invited to mix and mingle. This is the first quarterly mixer of the Rotary Club of Martinsburg, hosted by the Bloody Mary Club. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Tom Keys underwent surgery on Friday. There is no word of his condition, but cards would certainly be welcomed.

The pot is over $250 and the deck holds 36 cards including the Queen of Hearts. John Overington failed to find it, so he will sell tickets this week.

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