St. Joseph’s Landing building transformation plans

jon-defibaughRotarian Jon Defibaugh discusses St. Joseph’s Landing building transformation plans during the November 14 weekly meeting. Defibaugh, the facility’s site manager, said an official ribbon cutting is slated for November 21 at 10:00 am.

Great Bowls of Fire chili Cook-Off

chili-cook-off-1chili-cook-off-2 Doug, Hank, and Mark represented Parkersburg Rotary club’s entry in the Chamber’s Great Bowls of Fire chili cook-off on Saturday. Thanks for your service, guys!

End Polio Now

Wood County and Parkersburg Rotary Clubs will mark historic progress toward a polio-free world, while urging community support to end the paralyzing disease

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PARKERSBURG, W.VA. – Rotary clubs in Vienna and Parkersburg will be among thousands reaching out on World Polio Day, October 24, to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

WVU’s Antonik speaks to Parkersburg Rotarians

wvu-john-antonikJohn Antonik, Director of Digital Media for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics spoke to Parkersburg Rotarians
about the WVU football and basketball teams competing in the BIG 12 Conference. While the nearest Big 12 opponent
geographically is Iowa State, WVU is a great fit in the conference Antonik said.

A native of New Martinsville, W.Va., Antonik received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from WVU in 1990 and a master’s
degree in sport management from WVU in 1992. He also the author of several books on WVU Football.

Dr. Heather McCarter speaks about the Out of the Darkness Walk

dr-heather-mccarterDr. Heather McCarter speaks to Rotarians about  the Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention scheduled for 9:00 am on September 24 at City Park.

McCarter lost her sister 10 years ago as a result of suicide, and hopes now to save other lives through prevention methods.

Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 15 and 64.

Jody Murphy explains the Launchpad initiative

jody-murphy-executive-director-of-the-pleasants-co-chamber-of-commerceJody Murphy, Executive Director of the Pleasants Co. Chamber of Commerce explains the Launchpad initiative to Rotarians during the club’s September 12 meeting. The event is slated for September 28 at the Parkersbug Art Center and will award $5,000 in prize money to the winning “business start-up idea” similar to the TV show format of Shark Tank.

Wood Co. Clerk, Mark Rhodes Speaks to Rotary

Mark Rhodes speaksWood Co. Clerk, Mark Rhodes outlined the many duties of his office during the August 29 weekly meeting. Rhodes succeeded Jamie Six as County Clerk and later won by five votes over his opponent out of 22,000 votes cast in the general election.

Erin Augenstein on Social Media Strategy

Erin AugensteinAt the August 22 meeting, SmallTalk founder and CEO, Erin Augenstein (Twitter handle: @erinaug) told Rotarians that social media apps like Facebook are valuable tools in obtaining new customers who are often seeking referrals and advice rom their Facebook friends before purchasing. Augenstein consults with area small businesses on social media strategy.