April 18th Potato Project Update: Now Banana Project!


·         Date: Saturday April 18, 2009. Time: 7:00am until complete.

·         Location: North King Street, Knutti Hall, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown.

·         The Bananas will come via refrigerated transport so they will remain stored there until we unload

·          Since they´re arriving in boxes, we could use as many wheelbarrows and/or hand-trucks as possible

·         Bring Gloves as we’ll be handling 1000, 40-pound boxes!

·         The former Potato Bag cutting prep exercise for Friday night is CANCELLED (we don’t need mesh bags anymore…think bananas!)

Bananas.jpgThere will be no potatoes on Saturday. The farmer that normally provides the potatoes was able to sell all of his harvest for this week. While he  has been generous in past donations, due to the poor economy he must also provide for his family.  Alternatively, David Gross, on behalf of the Shepherdstown Rotary/Shepherd University Rotaract Club, and the Society of Saint Andrew have been able to source 40,000 pounds of fresh bananas. These are being transported from a wholesaler in Philadelphia via refrigerated transport. The produce is still green and has 7-10 days of shelf life.

The story behind the bananas is that they are harvested and shipped from Costa Rica without any order. A wholesaler in Philadelphia is responsible for the distribution of the bananas through the grocery retail network.  Sometimes this results in a surplus that will go to waste.  This naturally changes the nature of the work that needs to be done.  Instead of bagging potatoes, there will be 1000, forty pound boxes that need to be unloaded from the back of the semi-trailer, sorted according to the receiving food agency´s allocation, and loaded onto food agency´s vehicle upon arrival for pick-up. We still need help and seek those with the ability to lift forty pounds without any problems. This will not be appropriate for children or persons with physical limitations.  I am grateful to be able to still provide a great service project to the community in the absence of potatoes. This is still an opportunity to raise awareness that hunger exists even in a wealthy country like the United States. This is still an opportunity to fill the local food banks with much needed food. Thank you in advance to any volunteers that answer the call for the addressing needs of the community.

We are grateful to Tom Maiden/fellow Rotarian, currently serving our country in Iraq for making the project possible through his generous donation towards paying for the transportation costs.

For more information, please call Community Service/Shepherd University
304-876-5402, or,

December 2007 Event Schedule
Posted: November 28, 2007


Though our club meeting ´regulars´ have heard the December event announcements, many of you may only be in touch via our cyber communication media so here´s the latest for the Holiday season...

Saturday, December 1 @ 10:00amShepherdstown Holiday Parade 

Black hats (supplied), Red sweaters/jackets, black slacks.  Assemble by the Lutheran Church @ 09:45

Tuesday, December 4 @ 07:30am – Club Assembly

We’ll be ‘passing the hat’ at the next two breakfast meetings to collect TIPS for Bavarian Inn wait staff in appreciation for the fine dining service they have provided for us throughout the year.  Please attend and contribute.

Friday, December 7 @ 7:30pm – Christmas Charity Ball

This is our ‘crowning event’ of the year! 

Location:  Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department

Cost: $75/person

Who to call for tickets:  Dale Homan – 876-6002  or e-mail:

6 Reasons why you and your friends should attend this year’s Charity Ball:

1.  Gala celebration to launch the Holiday Season

2.  Proceeds benefit local community services (Shepherdstown Day Care, Shepherdstown Library, SVFD-D.Lee Morgan Training Fund)

3.  No auctions! Your admission includes eligibility for high-end door prizes (includes a weekend for 2 and the Homestead Resort!)

4.  A portion of your ticket is tax deductible ($30)

5.  Live band - music by Détente

6.  Great food and open bar!

Tuesday, December  18 @ 07:30amAnnual Christmas Breakfast
Featuring a surprise musical performance!  Bring your significant other…gratis.



Rotary Honors Shepherdstown Day Care Center Board Member Saundra Mooreland
Posted: November 30, 2006

The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown honored Saundra Mooreland, former Chair and current Board member of the Shepherdstown Day Care Center, as Rotary’s Vocational Service award recipient for 2006.  Rotary International presents a vocational award to someone in the community who has exemplified outstanding professional achievement while maintaining very high ethical standards.  Rotary’s Vocational Service chair, Greg Jaranko commented that “Saundra has been a passionate advocate for the long-term success of the Day Care Center and has provided the positive ethical foundation needed for our children and our future.”

In Memorium: Charter Member Henry Snyder
Posted: May 15, 2006  
Founding member and Paul Harris Fellow, Henry Snyder, age 92, died at his home on May 12, 2006.  He enjoyed a very successful career with Martin Marietta and was a devoted public servant in Jefferson County serving several terms as County Commissioner.  Henry was a long-time member and elder of the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, and is survived by his wife of 66 years, Edna.
The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown will miss Henry as we honor him for all he has done for Rotary and our community.

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito visits Shepherdstown Rotary
Posted: April 26, 2005

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito addressed the Shepherdstown Rotary Club on Thursday morning at the Bavarian Inn.  The Congresswoman noted several major initiatives pursued by the U.S. House in the past year which include:

            • Passage of the Class Action Fairness Act
            • Passage of the Energy Bill which promotes R&D efforts for both traditional and emerging technology energy sources
            • Social Security Reform with respect to problem identification and recommending optional and flexible investment options

Capito entertained several questions from the inquisitive group and when asked about the three most pressing issues affecting the Eastern Panhandle today, she identified:

  • Infrastructure and the efforts pursued by the Army Corps of Engineers to improve it.
  • Transportation to include Route 9 upgrades and the MARC train service
  • Jobs - how to create them and retain our intellectual capital while attracting new business to West Virginia


Shepherdstown Rotary, Shepherdstown Library, and Shepherdstown Youth Center coordinate efforts for “Rotary Reads Day”


      In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Rotary International, the Shepherdstown Rotary Club, in cooperation with the Shepherdstown Library and Shepherdstown Youth Center, participated in a literacy project designed to encourage local children to spend more time reading.  25 Children from the Youth Center met at the Library to be introduced to their “Reading Mentor” from the Rotary Club.  The Mentor and Student then walked to Four Seasons Books on German Street, where they selected and purchased a book for the Student.  After reading together for an hour, the Student kept the book as a souvenir of the event.


    While the Student was the obvious beneficiary of the event, the volunteers also received an important benefit by the activity.  Hali Taylor of the Shepherdstown Libraray observed, “It was wonderful to see the kids´ responses to the event - but I have to say, it´s priceless to see an adult, who in some cases has had no contact with non-family youngsters in years, reconnect to that spark in a child´s eyes and heart.


    Due to the great success of the event, the Youth Center, Library, and Rotary groups are planning on additional activities to benefit the Children of Shepherdstown and the surrounding area.  This is one example of Community Groups cooperating and pooling resources to assist one another in combined projects.  It is hoped that other local non-profit and professional groups use examples such as this one to communicate with one another for mutual projects that benefit Shepherdstown.


Charity Ball Beneficiaries Presented in January
Posted: January 25, 2005

The Shepherdstown Rotary Club distributed nearly $14,000. among 7 worthy, local community non-profit organizations from the proceeds raised during our most successful December 15th Annual Charity Ball.  These organizations provide many value added services for our Jefferson and Berkley County neighbors, who rely upon community financial support to sustain their ongoing efforts.

The recipients of the fund-raising contributions are pictured here during January’s Rotary meetings at the Bavarian Inn.  Funding contributions will be used toward the following programs:

  • First In Your Family for the Educational Sponsorship program benefiting High School students towards their college education
  • CASA of the Eastern Panhandle to train volunteers to be Court appointed special advocates for children at risk 
  • Good Shepherd Caregivers will use contributions to sustain direct program operational costs in support of indirect volunteer service assistance 
  • Shepherdstown Day Care funding will be used to secure new playground equipment
  • Shepherdstown Public Library will expand their “Talking Books” program to benefit visually impaired, commuters, students, and beginning readers
  • Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department will dedicate contributions to the D. Lee Morgan Endowment fund for training fire and ambulance service providers
  • Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra for funding scholarships, professional coaching and music in the youth orchestra string program

Shepherdstown Day Care Center Accepts Rotary Donation
 Posted: January 11, 2005

Steve Warner, President of the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown, presented a check for $3,000. to Ruth Brown, Executive Director, and Saundra Moreland, President, of the Shepherdstown Day Care Child Development Center.  The donation is being used to improve the playground equipment at the Center.

The Shepherdstown Day Care Child Development Center is located on German Street extended and is largely dependent upon community support to provide facilities for quality child care since 1973.  The mission of this non-profit, non-discreminatory center is to create a safe, positive, and stimulating environment and lay the foundation for mature and responsible adults.


15th Annual Holiday Charity Ball – Celebrate Rotary

Posted: December 5, 2004


180 Rotarians and guests attended Friday evening’s gala event celebrating Rotary’s active participation to help our community.  Nearly $14,000. was raised from ticket sales, sponsorships, and auction proceeds which will be distributed among select local community nonprofits who provide needed services for our Jefferson and Berkeley County neighbors.  The Shepherdstown Rotary Club is especially grateful to the Charity Ball sponsors for their support in helping us fund this annual event.

More photos and text may be located in the Charity Ball section under the Community Service webpage.


JCS Television - Cable Channel 19 - Robert Perks, Director
Posted: November 30, 2004

Rob Perks delivered a multi-media presentation at this morning´s Rotary meeting illustrating the impact JCS Television 19 has had on our community and the wonderful opportunity the County Board of Education has provided our 9th-12th grade students.  In fact, JCS 19 is the only WV county station to cable-cast live television programming, scripted, produced, filmed, and edited entirely by it´s part-time student staff.  Besides winning a coveted Telly Award for “The Birthday Basket” video production, Rob has been credited by the Jefferson County School Board for being largely responsible for the acquisition of a $6 million economic grant and successful passage of the $19 million SBA bond through his creative video production skills.  The JCS Television 19 programming schedule may be located at:


Shepherdstown Resident Jeanne Muir promotes the Washington Heritage Trail
Posted: November 24, 2004

Jeanne Muir, Proprietor of the Thomas Shepherd Inn and Board member of the Washington Heritage Trail, provided factual information and described the value of the Washington Heritage Trail.  The Trail covers over 112 miles, spanning across Morgan, Berkeley, and Jefferson counties and dates back to George Washington´s first visit to the Panhandle in 1748.

More information on the Trail may be located at:



Shepherdstown Rotary Annual Charity Ball - Ticket Sales

Posted: November 23, 2004

As of November 23, we still need to sell about 100 more tickets to the Charity Ball to get to capacity.  If you haven´t made your reservations please do so ASAP and, by all means, encourage friends and relatives to come.   Ken Mann has plenty of invitation sets that you can give out or you can just collect the money ($70 per person) and call their names in to Ken or John LoefflerChecks should be made payable to ´Shepherdstown Rotary Foundation´

Just in case you don´t know, the Charity Ball is Friday, December 3, 8 p.m.,
at the Clarion Hotel . . . black tie optional.  The success of this event is vitally important to our efforts to provide much needed support for local human service agencies. Please spread the word . . . and let´s fill the place!


McMurran Hall Holiday Decorating Event – Saturday November 20

Posted: November 22, 2004

12 Shepherdstown Rotarians donated their time on Saturday and Sunday mornings to adorn the facade of McMurran Hall with wreaths, garland and lights in preparation of Shepherdstown´s annual Holiday town lighting event this Friday, November 27.   Community Services chair, Ken Mann coordinated the efforts of all who donated their time to make this project a success.  Check out the Community Services webpage for more photo coverage of Rotarians ´decking the Hall with boughs of holly´  and tree decorating activities that occured over this past weekend. 



Fellow Rotarian Lois Turco presents - Avocations and Vocations: The Acquisition of Transportable Skills for a Culturally Diverse Life
Posted: November 9, 2004

Whether growing up in Washington, D.C. during the 50s or living in the Sub-Continent and Middle East for most of her adult life, fellow Rotarian Lois Turco managed to acquire transportable skills that resulted in many avocations and vocations.  Adapting to life in many different cultures brought enrichment and an appreciation of tolerance to the lifestyles of others.

Lois shared her life experiences as a spouse in the Foreign Service of the 60s, her volunteer work in East Pakistan, her vocational background teaching English as a second language, her work with the Department of State, and follow-on career as a networking technologist, during her classification talk at the November 9 Shepherdstown Rotary meeting.  Read more about Lois’ presentation in the November 16th issue of the Rotary Router.


Jefferson High School

Mock Interview Program

Date:    Wednesday, November 17

Times:  08:00 – 11:00 and 12:00 – 3:00

  • Scheduling 20-minute interviews for approximately 90, 10th graders
  • 10 Volunteers required for 2 shifts (5 - morning and 5 - afternoon)
  • Participation counts towards Rotary Club Service credit
  • Interview questions and evaluation forms will be provided
  • Hosted by:  Marcia Stengel of the JHS English Department : 725-8491
  • Rotary Point of Contact: Lois Turco - Vocational Services Committee

Greg Didden - Distinguished Recipient of the Rotary Vocational Service Award

Posted: October 26, 2004

Shepherdstown Real Estate magnate Greg Didden was honored as this year´s Shepherdstown Rotary Vocational Service  Award recipient.  This annual award is given to a business person or public servant in Jefferson County who meets specific criteria and demonstrates the ethical standards identified with the object of Rotary.  Greg is a well-respected real estate broker, has taught many real estate courses and serves on may local and regional boards.  He is a Eucharistic Minister, an avid tennis player, loves music and is totally devoted to his family.  Greg is always eager to offer a helpful suggestion, treats everybody with dignity and respect, and is a problem solver extraordinaire.


Day-of-Caring, Morgans Grove, Foundation Dinner, Choo-Choo…

Posted: September 7, 2004

·        September 14: Jefferson County United Way Day-of-Caring – Meet at the Bavarian for breakfast and project assignments.

o        Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers:  Phil Hill

o        Shepherdstown Day Care Center: Peter Corum

o        The City of Shepherdstown - Cullison Park Project: Ken Mann

·        September 15: Morgans Grove Park property annexation vote at 7:30 pm.  Decision to expand existing Men’s Club-owned park to include 11.6 adjacent acres and donate to the County.  See Paul Pritchard for specifics.

·        October 2: Choo-Choo-Boogie – Music and dancing at the Shepherdstown Train Station.  See Rob Northrup for tickets.

·        October 30: Adopt-A-Highway.  Meet at the Hoxton Agency at 08:00

·        November 12: The Annual District Foundation Dinner – “Celebrate Rotary”  will be held at the Ramada Inn, State College, PA.  All Paul Harris Fellows will be honored at this event.


First In Your Family Founders Awarded Rotary District Governor´s Award

Posted: Tuesday, August 24

The founders of the First in Your Family program, Tom and Dee Taylor, were recently awarded Rotary’s highly coveted “District Governor´s Award” for outstanding successes the Taylor’s have achieved through this Education Sponsorship Program for select high school students with a strong aspiration to earn a college degree.  The program is designed to provide an opportunity, encouragement, professional mentoring, and financial assistance for 21 gifted students to be the first in their family to attend college. 

The Shepherdstown Rotary Club, through the efforts our own Vocational Services committee, has solicited the Club’s professional expertise to conduct college prep sessions and sponsor onsite work visits.  Students have developed interviewing, financial, and time management skills through our collective efforts and dedication on behalf of many community volunteers.


167th Air Guard Hosts Annual Rotarian Fly-Over
Posted: Tuesday, August 24

An invitation has been extended to the local area Rotary clubs to participate with the annual Rotarian Fly-Over sponsored by the 167th Air Guard on Tuesday morning, September 7.  Those Shepherdstown Rotarians interested should contact President Steve ahead of time and report to the Guard facilities at the airport at 08:30 for the pre-flight briefing.

Shepherdstown Rotary Welcomes New Member, Tom Trumble
Posted: Tuesday, August 17

Tom is an Adjunct Professor at Shepherd University and teaches courses in quantitative research methods, campaign management, and American government.  He has served on several Jefferson County community service projects including the Board of Zoning Appeals, Jefferson County Board of Education, and the Jefferson County-Preservation Alliance to Save our Heritage.  Tom is a retired Commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and served in both Viet Nam and Germany.  Fellow Shepherdstown Rotarians Mary Lehman, Paul Pritchard, and Greg Corliss sponsored Tom for active membership in our club.


Welcome Japanese Exchange Student, Kaori Iwamoto
Posted: Tuesday, August 17

The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown and the Shepard family of Shepherdstown are proud to sponsor and host our International exchange student Kaori Iwamoto to our community for the 2004-2005 academic year.  Born in Kuamoto, Japan and currently living in Fukuoka, 17-year old Kaori will be studying alongside 3rd year classmates at Jefferson High School this Fall to learn as much as she can about our American culture. 

Rotary clubs coordinate a high school-age student exchange program that sends nearly 8,000 students abroad for 3 months to a year.  Through the joint sponsorship among the three local host families and Rotary, both living accommodations and spending money are provided for Kaori.

Kaori’s special interests include reading books and Karaoke for entertainment.  Kaori ultimately would like to pursue a teaching career to share the Japanese culture with other nationalities so that they may better appreciate the civilization and customs of her native homeland.


Rotary Club of Shepherdstown Announces Day of Caring

Postsed: Tuesday, August 2

The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown has committed our membership participation for the annual United Way Day of Caring project detail volunteer effort scheduled for Tuesday, September 14.  The Community Services committee selected 3 local projects from the Jefferson County UW project list that will make a difference in our community.  The projects and points of contact include the following:

·        Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers:  Phil Hill

·        Shepherdstown Day Care Center: Peter Corum

·        The City of Shepherdstown - Cullison Park Project: Ken Mann

Give one day this year to help others!


Rotary Youth Exchange Student Off To Germany

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Katherine Shepard, a Shepherdstown resident and Jefferson High School junior, will be spending her next year in Germany as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student.  Katie shared a presentation with the local Rotary Club illustrating her life experiences with family and academics, and a look into what she might expect living and learning in a very different culture with her host family.  Katie is most excited about embarking on her new adventure and is currently making preparations to join her Rotary family abroad next month.


Installation of New Club Officers

Posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2004

The 2004-2005 Board of Directors officially assumed their roles with the Shepherdstown Rotary Club on July 6.  The new BOD includes: Steve Warner-President; George Alwin-Vice President; Alex Shaw-Treasurer; Lee Cook-Foundation Treasurer; Enrico Caruso-Secretary; Catherine Irwin-Past President; Lois Turco-Vocational Services; Rob Northrup-International Services; Ken Mann-Community Services; Darek Swietlik-Club Services.  Past President, Phil Weiner was also presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship award on this momentous occasion.


Shepherdstown Rotary Club Attendance

Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2004

The Shepherdstown Rotary Club reported membership attendance of 89% for combined regularly scheduled meetings and make-ups during the month of May, 2004.  This is the highest attendance recorded for all clubs in District 7350.


2003-2004 Paul Harris Awards
Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Three community residents were honored at the annual Paul Harris Memorial Dinner, held at the Bavarian Inn on Wednesday evening, May 26.  The Paul Harris Fellow Award is the highest honor the club awards to members of the local community for sustained “Service Above Self” and to express appreciation for contributions towards the humanitarian and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation.  


The 2003-2004 Paul Harris Fellows are:  Town Council member Cynthia Cook, fellow Rotarians Meade Dorsey and Keith McCall, and former Shepherdstown Rotary Club President Phil Weiner

Shepherdstown Rotary Club #24552, District  7350, established 1987.
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