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New Martinsville Rotary Holds Regular Meeting

By Staff | Sep 25, 2019

Pictured are the Rotary’s Students of the Month Piper Gaines and Joshua Rice.

New Martinsville Rotary met on Wednesday, September 18, for their regular meeting at Quinets Court Restaurant in New Martinsville. Attending the meeting were Piper Gaines and Joshua Rice, this month’s Rotary Students of the month. President Larry Blalock called the meeting to order and those in attendance sang My Country Tis’ of Thee, recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, and were led in Prayer by Rotarian Dr. David Bridgeman.

Rotary student of the month Joshua Rice was recognized by the Rotary for his recent title of Semifinalist for the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. It was noted Rice is the first Magnolia Student in 16 years to qualify for the test. The achievievement makes Magnolia High School the only public school in the entire area from Parlersburg to Hancock County with a National Merit Semifinialist.

Also on Wednesday, the Rotarian Matt Herrick introduced Terri Tyler, guest speaker for the meeting. Tyler spoke to the group about the Community Festival of Trees Charity Quarter Auction which was held this past weekend at the Mollohan Center.

She noted it is a fun event that gives people a chance to win some great prizes at a low cost while having a good time.

Tyler explained how quarter auctions work and how prizes are donated by different business and companies. She mentioned it’s not unusual to win a nice prize for $1. This year, proceeds from the event go to three different organizations: Friends of Wetzel County, Short Line Engineer Energy Kids, and the Mew Martinsville Rotary Club.

Tyler spoke about the Community Festival of Trees and the work that goes into decorating them to prepare them for the auction. All proceeds from the Christmas tree auction, which is held later, also benefits the three groups mentioned. On Friday, November 22, from 7-10 p.m. the Community Festival Of Trees will hold a dance with music by Remedy. There will be a 50/50 raffle, Blind “Pack the Can” Auction, and Crazy Hat Contest. It’s a bring your own beverage event and no one under 21 is permitted. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15.

From the New Martinsville To Rotary: Dear Friend,

Rotary is where neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers share ideas and take action to create lasting change. We are at it once again by combining forces from Wheeling, Moundsville, and New Martinsville, WVa.

On October 19, 2019 our three clubs will “Rise Against Hunger” and fill bags with nutritious ingredients that can be transported to communities that have a high prevalence of food security issues. These meals also go to help people in times of crisis such as hurrucanes and other natural disasters.

We believe our efforts can go even further with your support of our “Rise Against Hunger” event. There are several levels so that you can choose the sponsorship that fits your business.

The Banquet level at 1,000 will provide approximately 3,000 meals, and the Entree Level at $500 would supply approximately 1,600 meals, and the Hors d’oeuvre Level at $250 could send nearly 800 meals to those in need. With your help, we can make huge changes for those struggling to find a nourishing meal and worry daily if they will have something to eat.

Thank you for your consideration and support of our efforts to improve the lives of people around the globe as well as in our own communities. For more information on “Rise Against Hunger” events, visit www.riseagainsthunger.org. Sincerely, Rotary Clubs of Wheeling, Moundsville and New Martinsville.

Rise Against Hunger, October 19, 2019 Sponsorship Levels – Banquet $1,000; Entree $500: Hor d’oeuvre $250. Make checks payable to: Moundsville Rotary; Send to: Sharon Welsch, 26 Little Grave Creek Rd, Glen Dale, WVa., 26038.