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  • 01 Jun 2017 12:37 PM | Jeff Bowers (Administrator)

    The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown has inducted Robert Wyatt as a new member.

    The induction ceremony was held at the Club's May 30 regular breakfast meeting at the Bavarian Inn.

    Wyatt is the Executive Director of a Brunswick, MD-based organization called Building Veterans. He and his wife Lori founded the organization in 2011.

    Building Veterans is focused on supporting homeless and soon to be homeless veterans. It provides them with housing, reentry service, employment counseling and placement, recovery, and healing from the hurts of war. The program boasts comparatively lower recidivism rates and higher recovery rates than any other such program in the area.

    Wyatt's empathy and compassion for veterans in need are informed by shared Viet Nam experiences and post-war challenges that made reintegrating back into life stateside difficult for many. He served in Viet Nam in 1968-69 as a Navy Seabee (Construction Battalion). During that time, he worked in villages building schools and hospitals.

    Wyatt was educated at the University of Rhode Island and Seabury Western Seminary. In his ministry career, he has held positions responsible for congregational development and evangelism with The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland; The Lamb Center ministry partnership; and Church Army USA, an Affiliated Ministry of the Anglican Church in North America.

    Wyatt’s life work in ministry continues a strong family tradition of service to God and country. He considers himself fortunate as his avocation and occupation are the same.

    When he is not ministering to homeless vets, teaching in jails, or working with partners to build non-profit communities, he enjoys woodworking, bird watching, kayaking, and gardening with his wife Lori. They will celebrate their 50th anniversary in July. They have two sons, seven (soon to be nine) grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. They reside in Harpers Ferry.

    Wyatt is shown on the left in the above photo, with Club member Tom Miller, right.

    The Shepherdstown Rotary Club's membership currently totals 64.

  • 12 Jan 2017 2:40 PM | Jeff Bowers (Administrator)

    Tickets are on sale now for the Shepherdstown Rotary Club's 16th Annual Wine-tasting Dinner, which will be held on Friday, March 10.

    The event will be held at Shepherdstown's Bavarian Inn starting at 6:30 p.m.

    Members of the community are welcome to attend.

    The event will include an elegant multi-course dinner featuring wines carefully chosen to complement each course.

    Wine expert Christina Morris Thornton, of Winesellers Ltd. and The Country Vintner, will preside over the dinner, explaining the history and characteristics of the various wines served. The wines will come from the Inn's award-winning wine list, which contains over 600 different labels.

    The wines served, which are always chosen to be affordably priced, will be available for purchase by the bottle or case.

    Admission is $70 per person; $20 of that amount will be tax-deductible.

    All proceeds from the sale of dinner tickets and wine purchases will be used to help fund Shepherdstown Rotary Club programs that benefit children and young adults.

    Dress for the event will be business formal, with black tie optional.

    Special room rates will be available at the Inn that weekend for those who choose to stay there while attending the event.

    Go to the Shepherdstown Rotary Club website at for full details and a registration form. Or contact Peter Smith at or 304-876-1139.

    The deadline for reserving seats is March 7.

  • 08 Sep 2016 11:16 AM | Jeff Bowers (Administrator)

    The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown has inducted Meghan Metzner as a new member. The induction ceremony was held at the Club's September 6 regular breakfast meeting at the Bavarian Inn.

    Metzner has been a communications specialist at Platinum PR in Shepherdstown since October 2014. Her primary focus is marketing and promotion for economic development through a variety of platforms including web, social media, print and radio.

    She is a 2014 graduate of Hood College, where she majored in Communications Arts, with a Minor in Business Administration. She resides in Hagerstown, Md., with her husband, Sam.

    The Shepherdstown Rotary Club's membership currently totals 67.

    [Metzner is shown on the right in the above photo, with Club President Sandy Sponaugle, right, and Membership Chair David Gross, center.]

  • 02 Sep 2016 11:40 AM | Jeff Bowers (Administrator)

    The Shepherdstown Rotary Club has donated $250 to the Shepherdstown Middle School Band Program.

    The funds will be used to support music clinics for students participating in the School's award-winning Jazz Band.

    These clinics, which are held monthly during the school year, bring professional jazz musicians and outside music teachers to the school to provide expert instruction in jazz technique, style, tone, rhythm and interpretation.

    This helps the Jazz Band to maintain a high standard of excellence. The Band frequently wins high honors in competitions.

    The Rotary Club presented its donation to Jazz Band members at the Middle School on August 30.

    (The accompanying photo shows members of the Band with school Principal Rebecca Horn, far left; Rotary Club President Sandy Sponaugle, far right; and Band Director Chadsey Conant, to Ms. Sponaugle's right.)

  • 25 Aug 2016 11:26 AM | Jeff Bowers (Administrator)

    The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown donated $1,639 to Horses With Hearts, a Martinsburg nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic riding for children and adults with disabilities.

    The donation was made on August 23 at the club's regular weekly meeting at the Bavarian Inn.

    (Photo: Rotarian Dana Orsini, left, presenting a ceremonial check to Kay Barkwill, Co-founder and Executive Director of Horses With Hearts.)

    The Club's donation will be used to help construct fencing at Horses With Hearts' 31-acre property, which is located off Files Cross Road.

    The property was given to the organization by Trinity United Methodist Church in Martinsburg  just two years ago and it is still under development. About 12 acres still remain to be fenced at an estimated cost of about $30,000.

    The organization is relying on donations and grants to complete this work and other projects.

    Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so on the organization's website at A $60 donation will finance one eight-foot section of fencing.

    Horses With Hearts currently operates on a part-time, seasonal basis from spring through fall and serves about 40 individuals. The long-term goal is to add an indoor riding facility that will allow full-time, year-round operation and a significant expansion of service. 

  • 04 Aug 2016 3:40 PM | Jeff Bowers (Administrator)

    The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown has inducted Angela Hill and Margaret Tice as new members. The induction ceremony was held at the Club's August 2 regular breakfast meeting at the Bavarian Inn.

    Hill and Tice are co-sponsors of the Jefferson High School Interact Club, which was recently established with assistance from the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown. As sponsors, they are serving as advisors and cooperative leaders for the Interact Club's members. The Club currently has 23 members.

    Interact is a Rotary-inspired service organization for students ages 12-18. Its members have fun while engaging in service projects and learning about the world.

    Ms. Hill is Jefferson High School's Finance Secretary. Previously, she was the Program Manager at Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, a nonprofit organization that provides support services to elderly and disabled Jefferson County residents. Her community service has included being president and treasurer of the Jefferson High School Cougars Football Boosters, and registrar and coach for the American Youth Soccer Organization. She was born in Winchester, VA, grew up in Jefferson County and is a graduate of Jefferson High School. She currently resides with her family in Ranson.

    Ms. Tice has been teaching in Jefferson County schools since 2000, and she currently teaches at both Jefferson and Washington High Schools. Specialized in teaching at-risk students, she is involved with both schools' summer schools, which are aimed at helping students recover credits lost from having failed classes. She also teaches French at Washington High School, and math at Jefferson. Before she became a teacher, Ms. Tice served in the U.S. Air Force and at the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, MD. In the Air Force, she received intensive language training and spent six years as a cryptologic linguist in Germany. Her community service includes volunteering at Briggs Animal Shelter, helping to procure a wheelchair-accessible van for two local boys suffering from Muscular Dystrophy, and organizing and chaperoning trips to Europe for local high students. Ms. Tice is originally from Morgantown. She has a BA in French from West Virginia University a Master of Teaching degree from Marshall University. She resides in Charles Town.

    The Shepherdstown Rotary Club's membership currently totals 67.

  • 26 Jul 2016 1:50 PM | Jeff Bowers (Administrator)

    The Jefferson High School Interact Club is hosting a car wash to raise money for the people of West Virginia who were devastated by last month’s flood.  The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, August 20, 9am-3pm.  The students will be providing a full service to get your automobile sparkling clean including automatic touch-free wash, hand drying exterior, and vacuuming interior for a suggested donation of $12.00. 

    Bring your car to Whale of a Wash, 104 Maddex Square Drive, Shepherdstown (located behind the Quality Inn Hotel). The rain date will be Sunday, August 21, 9am-3pm.  Please come out, tell your family and friends, and support the Interact Club’s first community service event to contribute to the West Virginia flood relief effort. The New Generations Committee and the Interact Club would like to thank Hank Walters for his generous support of this project.

  • 14 Jul 2016 9:18 AM | Jeff Bowers (Administrator)

    The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown has teamed up with Ezekiel’s Place (a local nonprofit organization) and the Waterfront Rotary Club of Cape Town, South Africa, to help a South African school renovate a portion of its plumbing and sanitation system.

    The Atlantis Secondary School is located in Atlantis, which is 56 kilometers north of Cape Town.

    Home to some 68,000 people, Atlantis is an impoverished area that struggles with high unemployment, crime and drugs, especially among its young people.

    Its Secondary School was built for 850 students but currently is bulging with 1,500. The school also frequently serves as a venue for community meetings and events.

    Its plumbing and sanitation system has been urgently in need of renovation because of past neglect, misuse and vandalism.

    The Waterfront Club stepped in to undertake this project as part of an ongoing effort it has mounted to accomplish similar renovations at a total of nine schools in Atlantis. The Club is working with its provincial government's education office, the Western Cape Department of Education (WCED), on this effort.

    As Rotary Clubs often do, the Waterfront Club has been seeking international partners to assist with its school-renovation effort. Last December, it submitted a proposal to support the Atlantis School project to Richard Anson, of Shenandoah Junction, a former World Bank economist who is both a member of the Shepherdstown Rotary Club and the Co-Director of Ezekiel's Place.

    Discussions ensued and in January the Shepherdstown Rotary Club and Ezekiel's Place entered into a formal agreement with the Waterfront Rotary Club to support the Atlantis project. The Shepherdstown Club and Ezekiel's Place contributed $1,500 and $500, respectively, toward the project's total cost.

    The needed renovations have now been completed.

    The headmaster of the Atlantis School, Mr. Charles Marthinusen, who has a reputation for being diligent, has taken the primary responsibility to ensure the adequate operation and maintenance of the renovations.

    All those involved in the project hope it can serve as a positive example for the other Atlantis schools undergoing renovations, and also serve as a positive example of international partnerships.

  • 06 Jul 2016 4:09 PM | Jeff Bowers (Administrator)

    The historic town of Shepherdstown, WV held its annual Independence Day parade and community picnic on Monday, July 4.

    These events have been organized by the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown since 2007. Their goal is to provide a wholesome, family-oriented Fourth of July celebration for the town.

    In spite of a threat of heavy rain, the weather stayed dry enough to allow the parade and picnic to go forward and draw large crowds.

    The parade included 74 units, a new record high. A wide variety of local organizations participated.

    The picnic was held right afterwards, at the town's Morgan's Gove Park. Music was provided by two local bands and many children's activities were offered. The Rotary club sold food and beverages to help cover the parade and picnic costs.

  • 06 Jul 2016 4:06 PM | Jeff Bowers (Administrator)

    The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown installed its officers for the 2016-2017 year on June 28.

    The installation was held at the Club's regular breakfast meeting that day at Shepherdstown's Bavarian Inn.

    The new President will be Sandy Sponaugle. Walt Eifert will be Vice President. The other officers will be as follows: Secretary, Enrico Caruso; Treasurer, Karen Kinnett; Foundation Treasurer, Paul Woods; Past President, Dana Orsini.

    Ms. Sponaugle is president of Platinum PR, a marketing and public relations firm in Shepherdstown. She has been a member of the Shepherdstown Club since 2014.

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