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Rotary Club Gearing Up Fun Night Dinner/Dance

March 22, 2008
By WAYNE SHEETS, Contributing Business Writer
    Rotary Club of Elkins President Donna Siebert has revived the club’s favorite fundraising event, the Fun Night Dinner and Dance, after a two-year absence. 

    The evening of merriment will be at the National Guard Armory  from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 4.  The theme is “A Night in the Islands.” John McDonald and the Mango Men, a Jimmy Buffet-style band, will entertain and provide music for listening and dancing. Casual island dress is the appropriate attire for the evening — no ties required.

    Tickets are $100 each for either single or couple. Why go stag when for the same price you and your favorite other can enjoy an evening of dining, dancing, mingling with old friends and making new ones? If you don’t have your ticket by now, you’d better get one quick. There aren’t many left.

    Proceeds benefit Randolph County schools and public libraries.

Parrot Heads are welcome.

    In other Rotary news, Marjory Moses, director of community health promotions for Davis Health System, informed Rotarians at their weekly luncheon on Monday that all campuses of the Davis Health System were to become tobacco free on Friday.

“The program is not designed as anti-tobacco, but rather one that prohibits its use on Davis Health System’s properties, ” Moses said. “Of course, if the program helps people quit smoking or chewing tobacco, that’s an added bonus.”

    According to Moses, the use of tobacco of any kind is prohibited on all properties owned and/or operated by Davis Health System including parking lots. 

“Our patients will not be permitted to use tobacco of any kind while in the hospital nor will our doctors, nurses and staff be permitted to use it anywhere on the premises,” she said.  “Hospitals across the country are establishing tobacco-free campuses to save lives, save money, and lead the way to a healthier worksite, community and state. We also realize that some of our visitors may not be aware of the program and while visiting patients may want to engage in the use of tobacco.  In order to help those that may violate the new restrictions, we have trained our staff in the proper and polite manner in which they are to approach violators and inform them of the new policy.


    A few weeks ago, I wrote in this column about my near disastrous encounter with two students waiting for their school bus one rainy morning on Chenoweth Creek Road. Visibility was marginal because of fog and rain. As I met an automobile coming from the opposite direction, I could not see the children standing at the edge of the highway. Just as the oncoming vehicle whizzed past me, I caught a glimpse of the two children. Had the oncoming car caused me to swerve even 2 or 3 feet to the right, I would have struck them. One can only imagine the grief and heartbreak that would have resulted had I struck the children — both for the children’s families and for Sue and me. It makes cold chills run up and down my spine yet when I think about it.

    That same day I sent a letter to Randolph County School Superintendent Sue Hinzman mentioning what happened. In the same letter, I asked whether the county’s school system had a public awareness program in effect that encourages parents to constantly remind their children of the dangers of the road while they awaited their buses. I still don’t know the answer to my question.

Perhaps there is a program in place that attempts to keep kids aware of the dangers of 4,500 pounds of steel, rubber and plastic coming at them.  If there is, it isn’t working. One would think, too, that it would not be necessary for the school system to have to remind parents to tell their children to stand a safe distance from the road while waiting on their busses — and see that they comply.  There’s the probability, too, that even if such a program is, or were, in place, the kids would not listen to, or forget, their elder’s advice.

I also know that only a small fraction of parents will read this “voice in the wilderness” of concern. Even so, if, because one parent constantly reminds his or her children of the dangers they face and it should save one life, will not this plea have been worth it?

    Folks, if you have children or have friends or neighbors who do, remind them to keep their children aware of the dangers of the highway, not only as they wait for their bus in the morning but after they disembark from it in the afternoon on their way home.  Springtime is peeking its glorious face around the corner exciting the spirit and energy level in us all, especially the children. This springtime excitement causes them to have a tendency to focus entirely on what is immediately of concern and forget the dangers that stalk their every step. 

    This tremendous responsibility does not lie with school system personnel and parents alone; it is also the responsibility of every driver that gets behind the wheel of a vehicle to keep these things in mind and to protect our children.


    For college students looking for summer work, the West Virginia Governor’s Internship Program (WVGIP) may be the answer. The WVGIP assists college students seeking meaningful employment during their summer breaks. Eligible students work in nine- to 13-week paid internships and earn minimum wage. The program strives to place students in internships by matching their interests with the needs of private businesses and state agencies.

    The program is open to students of accredited West Virginia colleges and universities and West Virginia residents who attend accredited colleges/universities elsewhere. Students must have completed at least one academic year of accredited study by June 2006 and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  Students selected for interviews must present, at the time of interview, a current transcript (official or unofficial) and two letters of recommendation from people who can provide program suitability recommendations.

    Students interested in WVGIP summer employment should visit the WVGIP Web site ( as soon as possible for complete program guidelines and to submit an application. The intern process is highly competitive and the time frame in which to submit applications is short. The application must be submitted online no later than March 31.


    According to information gathered at the Downtown Merchant’s meeting on Tuesday, plans for the gala July 4 celebration are well under way. Registrations for more than 130 antique and street rod vehicles have already been received at the Elkins-Randolph Chamber of Commerce office. Planners of the event are expecting more than 700 cars to enter this year’s event compared to more than 630 last year.  As is always the case in volunteer organizations, help is needed for every phase of the event. This is an excellent opportunity to help one of the community’s vital public service organizations and have a lot of fun at the same time. If you would like to lend a hand, give the Chamber of Commerce a call at 636-2717.  They’ll be glad to hear from you.


    Tina Mullennex is preparing to open a gift shop called Country Creations in the Bialek complex across the street from the train depot. She should have her store open within days, if not already.  We’ll have more on her store later.


    I also learned that Tabby’s Grill on located on Henry Avenue across from Jennings Randolph Federal Building has ceased doing business due to lack of patrons. Too bad really, they had good food. 


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