Elkins Rotary Club has assembly day

Elkins Rotary members attended a club assembly day Monday to reflect on their past accomplishments and upcoming events.

Reports were offered from each committee. Rotary members Chuck and Lisa Preusch head up the program committee.

“I want to thank the membership for the many suggestions for weekly programs,” Lisa Preusch said. “We have our programs booked through the end of October. But we can always use more suggestions.”

Rotary Club secretary-treasurer Merllene Yorkey updated members on attendance and the tin cup collections.

“Our summer attendance numbers were very good, coming in at 70.65 percent,” Yorkey said. “The tin cup collections for July and August went to (K-9) Officer Macy of the Elkins City Police. We sent her $442.09.”

Christy Tribble, vice president of the club, reminded members of the upcoming Rotary Fun Night. This yearly event includes games, a live auction, a silent auction and plenty of fun – it is also a major fundraiser for the club.

“This year, the event will be held March 22 at the Beverly Fire Hall,” Tribble said. “We are starting to collect auction items, so keep us in mind.”

Membership committee chairman Jim Schoonover delivered news on the club’s membership.

“Our membership is as low as it has ever been,” Schoonover said. “We need to remember to invite others to join us. Following the Forest Festival, our committee will get together and come up with some sort of a membership event.”

A large initiative of the Elkins Rotary Club is giving each fifth-grader in Randolph County a Webster’s International Atlas.

“I am looking for volunteers to help distribute them in the schools,” Pat Schoonover, Rotary member, said. “In return, you get to see a lot of young kids excited who still want to read. They enjoy using the books to see where they are and where they want to go.”

Rotarians across the world are concerned with the eradication of polio. Polio Plus committee chairman Bob Dunkerley shared information about an upcoming Rotary event.

“The Polio Plus concert will take place Nov. 11 at the Elkins High School auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.” Dunkerley said. “The event will offer folks a wonderful evening of entertainment.”

Dunkerley said he plans to make sure the event has a patriotic theme.

“In response to the Rotary motto of ‘Service above self,’ I hope we can honor veterans for their service above self,” Dunkerley said. “The event coincides with Veterans Day and that is a connection we need to celebrate.”

Dunkerley said tickets for the event are $10, and are available from any Elkins Rotary member.