Rotary Donates To Charity Groups In Memory And Honor Of Leo Herrick
New Martinsville Rotary led by Local President John C. Mensore held it’s January meeting at Quinets Restaurant in New Martinsville, on Wednesday January 6. The meeting was held in person and available by zoom. Social distancing and masks were precautionary ,easures of the live meeting.
President Mensore on behalf of the Rotary introduced Don Mason and Don Macnaugtan (Director) of the Helping Hand food pantry located at 172 North Street in New Martinsville. Mason spoke first about the organization and also gave some brief comments about Leo Herrick and his work and love for the community.
Macnaughtan director and acting President of helping hand spoke about the role of helping hand and it’s history. He said it was founded by Rev. Sam Moore in 1983 at the Methodist Church on North Main Street. He said it continued and developed over the years by many volunteers, including Don Mason who shared some of his space on North Street to helping hand.
Macnaugtan added their expenses used for food and money come from many individuals, churches, groups, and the city and county commission. While he noted the corona virus made the past year an unusual difficult year, with cut hours and volunteers, the group chose twice to revise procedures and operations for safety reasons. They were closed 15 weeks and open 37. While they reduced their operation by 1/3. they did provide for 672 family visits and 2,000 person visits. He said they will reopen tomorrow January 7, with great care to avoid the virus, because there is a definate need for their operation. He offered his wholeheartedly thanks for the Rotaries support.
President Mensore presented Macnaugtan with a check for $500 on behalf of Leo Herrick who was a long time Rotarian and respected businessman in the community.
Following the first presentation Mensore turned the floor over to Rotarian Matt Herrick and Dennis Balcerek of the Catholic Charities in New Martinsville. Herrick spoke briefly about his father Leo and his love for New Martinsville and the Rotary. Balcerek spoke about his experiences as a child growing up in New Martinsville and visiting Leo’s grocery store on Rt. 2. He mentioned setting around the store drinking coke and listening to Leo. He said those were great memories of a great man who loved his community and was always willing to help others.
Balcerek also talked about the food giveaways and help the Catholic Charities provide for the community. He said times have changed and it seems like more and more people are using the service to keep food on the table. He added while more and more people are taking care of their children and grandchildren and some children are also now having to care for their parents, the need to provide is growing and all help is appreciated.
The Catholic Charites Outreach Office in New Martinsville is under the umbrella of Catholic Charities WV serving Wetzel and Tyler Counties. The office provides food and emergency assistance. The office is open Monday and Tuesdays for emergency assistance, 9:00am to 3:00pm.The food pantry is open from 9:00am -1:00pm on Monday and Tuesdays.
The Outreach Office is located on the St. Vincent de Paul Campus at 21 Rosary Rd. New Martinsville. Catholic Charities has become the largest private social service provider in West Virginia. Catholic Charities is both fiscally and administratively self-governing with a statewide governing board.
Balcerek said Leo Herrick always enjoyed being a part of the Rotary and he would especially be proud to know this donation was made in his onor and memory as a former member of both organizations. Matt Herrick presented Balcerek with the $500 donation on behalf of his dad.