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Rotary welcomes 2 new members

September 5, 2012
By Melissa Toothman - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Two new members officially were admitted into the Rotary of Buckhannon on Tuesday.

Kyle Nuttall and Robbie Skinner were recognized as new members during Rotary on Tuesday and their mentors affixed the Rotary emblem to their collars.

As members of Rotary, they would be welcomed into any Rotary club. Information provided at Tuesday's meeting said there are more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in the world.

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Rotarians serving as mentors of the two newest members of the Buckhannon Rotary Club, Kyle Nuttall and Robbie Skinner, present the new members with the Rotary emblem and affix it to their collars Tuesday.

"I'm excited to become part of Rotary and get involved in what Rotary does," said Nuttall, who is originally from Oregon.

Skinner is a recent graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, and also graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School.

"We are a bright spot in the state of West Virginia. I am proud to be a part of this organization because it really is the lifeblood of the Buckhannon community," Skinner said.

The golden gavel was presented to Buckhannon Rotary on Tuesday by the Rotary club in Braxton County. Buckhannon Rotary will present the golden gavel to Rotary members in Lewis County next Wednesday.

Tuesday's speaker was LeeAnn Brown, director of community engagement and leadership development of West Virginia Wesleyan College. Brown spoke to Rotarians about student involvement in organizations that support service and leadership in the community.

"I have all the faith in the world that our young people really will provide the leadership and guidance that it's going to take for us to get through some serious social issues," Brown said, adding that she thinks West Virginia Wesleyan College is "especially poised to assist with that."

"We are beginning to see more and more positive results when our students are involved in service and leadership," she said, adding that the college has 19 students this year who received service scholarships.

Wesleyan Service Scholars is a growing program. She said service scholars devote their time on a weekly basis with projects integrated into their schedules.

Students don't have to be on scholarships to get involved in other similar programs at the West Virginia Wesleyan.

The Center for Community Engagement and Leadership at the college has other service and leadership programs that students can be involved in.

More information about the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development is available at

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