Rotary talks projects, funding

ELKINS – The Elkins Rotary Club looked back over the past year of projects and donations Monday, while also looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

Robbie Morris, finance committee chairman, said the club is doing well financially.

“The total revenues of the club have been declining for the last three years,” Morris said. “The net income has been rising. The reason is we still have monies budgeted to give away that have not been requested. One of the things we need to do is to get the word out that we do have financial support available.”

Membership Committee Chairman Jim Schoonover told Rotary members the club began searching for corporate members in January.

“We are looking for additional people within some of the businesses,” Schoonover said. “Today, we got members from Elkins Fordland, Davis Medical Center and The Inter-Mountain. These are people where we will have multiple members. This gives us more volunteers and it allows us to have corporate memberships into the future.”

Chuck Preusch, chairman of the programs committee, thanked everyone for their help and participation over the past year. Bob Dunkerley, incoming chairman of the programs committee, said he has some great programs planned for the upcoming year, including Oliver Luck, the director of Intercollegiate Athletes at West Virginia University, who will present a program in July.

“This would be a good time to bring a guest or potential Rotary member,” Dunkerly said.

Dunkerley said the annual Polio Plus Concert is slated for Nov. 11 at Elkins High School. This year’s theme is Rotary Review, and the show will feature variety acts.

Pat Schoonover spoke about the atlas and dictionary program.

“The project costs us about $1,100 and we did not receive any grants for that this year,” Schoonover said.

Merllene Yorkey, secretary/treasurer, told members the club had provided $17,058.87 in support of community programs between 2013 to 2014, including $4,300 for the Rotary Foundation.

Yorkey said support was provided to the Elkins Little League, the Elkins Police Department for K-9 Officer Macy, the United Way, Randolph County Sheltered Workshop, Tyrand Parish, Elkins High School Project Graduation, Youth Leadership Academy Camp Horseshoe, five Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, the American Legion Girls State, Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs, the Old Brick Playhouse, the First United Methodist Church After Prom Party, the Randolph County Energy Express Program, the Read Aloud Program, Davis Medical Center Imagination Library, Mountaineer Boys State, Beverly Elementary School, Davis & Elkins College Booth Library, the Elkins Randolph County Public Library, Harman School, Midland School, Tygarts Valley Middle and High School, Valley Head Library, Allohak Boy Scout Council, the Backpack Program and the Rotary Foundation.

“We brought in four new Rotarians that will assist us in re-energizing our club,” Yorkey said. “We were able to put $5,000 into a reserve account. This will help assist us with doing a large project in a year or two from now.”

New Elkins Rotary officers and chairpersons will participate at the Rotary Installation of Officers dinner June 30 at the Elks Club.