Rotary District Governor Ed Powell, District 7530, who is wrapping up his time as district governor, stopped by Tuesday's Buckhannon Rotary meeting to honor the club and several Rotarians for their work and efforts.
Powell honored the club with a Rotary International Significant Achievement Award for its work with the annual Rotary blood screening event in conjunction with St. Joseph's Hospital.
The award recognizes outstanding community projects, Powell said.
The Inter-Mountain photo by John Clise
Rotary District 7530 District Governor Ed Powell honors the Buckhannon Rotary Club with a Rotary International Significant Achievement award for its work with the annual Rotary blood screening event.
Buckhannon Rotary President Steve Foster says the event allows the club to put $50,000 back into the community each year through various efforts.
Powell recognized Jodi Light as Rotarian of the Year. Light is a past district governor and was instrumental in a recent effort to raise funds for the Mountaineer Food Bank for the purchase of food for residents and fuel for the food bank to use in delivery vehicles.
Powell also recognized two assistant district governors during his remarks - Kim Harrison, from the Weston club, and Lois Nelson from the Elkins club.
Dan Martin and Rigo Rameriz were recognized as multiple Paul Harris Fellows. Martin is a Paul Harris Fellow plus eight, and has perfect attendance during his 25 and half years as a Rotary member. Rameriz is a Paul Harris Fellow plus three.
Also during the meeting, Bob Post, representing the Frank B. Bartlett American Legion Post 7 discussed an ongoing project the post has undertaken to see mandatory patriotism classes placed in West Virginia schools.
Post said it is important that history not be overlooked. He suggested that the classes be taught through the true experiences of veterans from all wars, spanning from World War II to present day.
"These classes need to use factual information," Post said. "It is important to teach why it is important to defend our country from all foes."
He said the Legion post has had several meetings with education official at the state level and classes are set to begin in the fall of this year in grades K-12 to teach patriotism, love of country and Americanism.
"We learned that those in charge at the state Board of Education do listen and will make changes based on evaluation of the facts given," Post said.
Members of the Legion post have been speaking to fifth- and sixth-graders in Upshur County the past two years to address these issues. He said the group has enjoyed the experience and has been very happy with the questions asked by the youngsters regarding patriotism.
Post also shared his experience as a 7-year-old learning at home about the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
He noted that the sacrifices made at home included food rationing and other rationing to make sure the troops fighting overseas had the tools to defend the country in time of war.