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September 12, 2013 – Meeting Roundup

The United Way Campaign Kickoff begins its annual fund raising drive on Wednesday, and Pete Mulford and his crew will be on hand at our meeting to tell us about it.
Your contributions go toward the member agencies that include: American Red Cross (Eastern Panhandle Chapter); Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County; Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County; Berkeley County War Memorial Association (Berkeley County Parks & Recreation); Berkeley Senior Services; Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Panhandle; Boy Scouts of America, Shenandoah Area Council; Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle; Care Pregnancy Center of the Eastern Panhandle; CASA of the Eastern Panhandle; CCAP/Loaves & Fishes; Children First Child Development Center; Children’s Home Society of WV; Children’s Tree House; Community Alternatives to Violence; Community Networks, Inc.; Contemporary American Theater Festival, Inc.; Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic; For Love of Children; Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital; Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers; Greyhound Rescue, Inc.; Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle; Healthy Smiles of the Eastern Panhandle; Horses with Hearts; Hospice of the Panhandle, Inc.; Humane Society of Berkeley County; Legal Aid of West Virginia; Meals on Wheels of Berkeley County; Meals on Wheels of Jefferson County; Morgan Arts Council; Norborne Preschool & Day Care Center; Old Opera House Theatre Co., Inc.; Panhandle Home Health, Inc.; Potomac Valley Audubon Society; Salvation Army; Shenandoah Women’s Center, Inc.; Shepherdstown Day Care Center, Inc.; Starting Points; and West Virginia Women Work.
If a lot of the above look familiar, it’s because our club has given to many of these agencies also. Simply put, donations received by the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, Inc. go directly to the Eastern Panhandle community which includes the West Virginia counties of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan. Dollars are donated in two ways:
1) Donor-directed (Designated) Donations to an organization of choice.
2) Basic Needs or Community Solutions (Non-designated) Donations, which United Way volunteers determine how to invest.
Find out more at this week’s meeting.

William D. Sites (1928-2013)

Rotary lost a great member with the death of Bill Sites on September 7th.  Bill Joined Rotary in December, 1979, and served as president in 1990-91.
Bill was one of the finest program chairs we have had. He once said that he came within a hair’s breadth of landing Yassar Arafat as a program but the State Department refused to issue the necessary documents to allow Arafat into the country.
Bill was also very civic minded having served as president of the school board and running for the House of Delegates.
Even after he moved to Florida, he remained an honorary member and kept a strong interest in our club.  His wife, Jeanette, said he looked forward to getting the Grapevine emailed to him each week, although he was starting to notice a lot of new names appearing that he did not recognize.

H. Joseph Edwards (1931-2013)

Former  Rotarian Joe  Edwards, father  of  Joanne  Wadsworth and  grandfather of  PP R.B.  Seem,  died  on September 14th. Joe joined our club in March, 2008 and was a member until illness forced him to leave.
He joined the navy after high school.  Upon his discharge, he became a Maryland State Policeman.  He was assigned to the state house where he met and escorted many famous people including the Queen of England.  He also received 20 commendations.  After his career as a policeman, he joined Nationwide Insurance and became district manager. He later became involved with economic development.
The best story he told was about losing the Queen of England in a Giant supermarket in Hyattsville.  She is short, and he lost sight of her while he was her escort. It ended well, though.


Answer to last week’s question:
You should have been able to figure out that October is designated as Vocational Service Month.  Herman Dixon and his committee have come up with a dynamite line up of programs that all deal with vocations for October.
This week’s question:
What is the attitude of Rotary relative to Rotarians joining their trade or professional associations? 

Our two student guests from Hedgesville High School were Robby Blair and Alexa Cincinnati.
Amanda Walls, a Martinsburg native and an accounting analyst at Geostellar, was a guest of Todd Johnson. Anita Cooper was back as a guest of her father, Walt Ridenour.
This Thursday evening is the multi-club mixer at the Hollywood Casino.  It begins at 6:30 and gives you a chance to schmooze with members of the Sunrise, Charles Town, and Shepherdstown clubs.
Wear your Rotary pin to the meeting and get two 50/50 tickets for the price of one.  Same thing happens if you wear a Rotary shirt.
We did it!   We donated more food last month in the Megafood Drive than the other Rotary clubs in the Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson Counties area. Big Mike was not let down.
September 26th we will go on a field trip to the Dillon Farm Museum. Please mark your calendars accordingly.
Bill Bowen was looking for sponsors to sponsor a high school for the Sports Breakfast.  He got them at last week’s meeting.
Thanks, once again, to all those who volunteered for the Day of Caring.
The CASA Super Hero 5k/10k/ Kids Fun Run will be held October 5th at Spring Mills Middle School. It’s $35 for the 5k run, $45 for the 10k run, and the kids’ run is free. Go to for more details.
If you see Trent Johnson before this week’s meeting, be sure to welcome him into our club.
After much confusion over who won 50/50, it was determined that Steve Cox had the winning ticket.  He failed in his attempt to find the Ten of Diamonds so there are only 39 cards left.