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New Rotary Club of Buckhannon Upshur has first meeting

The Inter-Mountain photo by Amanda Hayes Members of the newly chartered Rotary Club of Buckhannon Upshur pose for a picture at this week’s meeting. The group is officially club number 90490 in the organization.

BUCKHANNON — “Congratulations and welcome to the 30 charter members of the new Rotary Club of Buckhannon Upshur, West Virginia, USA!”

The email above from Rotary International makes the Rotary Club of Buckhannon Upshur officially club number 90490 in the organization.

Club president Dr. Dan Martin said this was very good news to receive.

“We have lots of support from the charter members and there is a lot of energy,” he said.

The club can also begin accepting new members to continue growing.

While waiting for the club to be chartered, the members of the Rotary Club of Buckhannon Upshur have been busy.

They jumped in with the support of WVU Medicine/St. Joseph’s Hospital to make sure the fall blood screening would take place.

“The blood screenings went extremely well,” Martin said of the Oct. 5 and 12 dates, as well as the satellite locations that have been scheduled such as the senior center.

“We had incredible cooperation from St. Joseph’s Hospital and a lot of community support,” he said.

About 1,500 people went through the blood screenings at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School in Tennerton and Community Care of West Virginia in Rock Cave. Close to 9 percent of people chose to have the Hepatitis C test – which was offered for the first time this fall. About 50 people also took advantage of getting a flu shot at the blood screening.

Terry Cronin said, “A lot of people came up and were really thankful that Rotary did the blood screening again. There was concern and worry there wouldn’t be one this fall. I think a big thank you needs to go out to Lisa [Wharton] and St. Joseph’s Hospital for making that possible.”

District 7545 Governor Shari Messinger will visit the club Nov. 29 to officially deliver the charter.

“We are excited about things and we are now looking for service projects and ways to give back to the community,” he said. One service project already underway is to assist Kelley Tierney State Farm with bringing in soup for the B-UMS and B-UHS pantry program.

The club also can now move forward with setting up a bank account, completing other paperwork and finalizing the club.

For now, the club is meeting most Tuesdays at noon at Chapel Hill UMC but is also trying some Tuesday evening meet-and-greets.

“We needed to try it,” he said. “We needed to look at some other options. We have had other folks come out to the evening meetings, meet us, get introduced and ask questions.”

For more information about the club, look up Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur on Facebook. The previous Buckhannon Rotary Club is no longer in existence after a 100-year history.

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