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