WTAP’s Jim Wharton shares 40 years of sports memories.

Jim WhartonWTAP TV Sports Director/Anchor served up 40 years of sports memories to Rotary club members on August 15. Wharton said that covering WVU bowl games have been bitter-sweet affairs since often games come with national prestige at prime sports venues. The only thing is, when he has traveled to cover them instead of an assistant, WVU has lost six times. Despite that, Wharton said he has 40 years of good memories of covering Mid Ohio Valley sports, and looks forward to many more.

Following the meeting, when asked if the Chicago Cubs will finally win a World Series this year, Wharton said that “this is their year.”  He expressed his hope to see the Cubs and the Indians in the 2016 World Series.

Check out our Facebook page to see Jim’s connection to the Parkersburg Rotary Club.


OVU’s Jeff Dimick discusses new Alternative Energy Plant

Jeff Dimick 1 OVU’s Jeff Dimick discusses new alternative energy plant to be housed at old Dover-Parkersburg plant site during August 8 Rotary Club meeting. Dimick said the plant will convert West Virginia coal into liquid energy through gasification. The project will also include area colleges anduniversity students the chance to study alternative energy management.Jeff Dimick 2

Rotary District 7530 Governor David Raese pays a visit to Parkersburg

Gov David RaeseRotary District 7530 District attorney Governor, David Raese spoke to the club on July 25. DG Raese said each club needs to focus mainly on two things: Increasing membership by a net of two members per club; and raising dollars and awareness for Polio eradication. Raese also encouraged Rotarians to attend next year’s international convention in Atlanta, GA.

Christ Lutheran Pastor, Ian Reid speaks at Rotary meeting

Pastor Ian ReidFellow Rotarian, and Christ Lutheran Pastor, Ian Reid spoke to club members about the community gardens his church has operated successfully for the past few years. Free produce is made available three days a week to community members from all walks of life regardless of income. Reid stressed that the garden is a community effort regardless of which church one attends.

Rotarians took part in Adopt A Highway two mile clean-up

Adopt A Highway 2 MileAs part of the club’s ongoing Service Above Self activities, Parkersburg Rotarians took part in Adopt A Highway two mile clean-up in Parkersburg and Vienna on April 30, 2016.
Those taking part were:
Paul Ferrell; Bob Fehrenbacher; Don Dooley; Charlie Mulligan; Ricky Yeager; Christina Myer; Chad Crumbaker ; Andy Hartleben; and, John Fanta-Club Service Chair.

Parkersburg Rotary Club Recognizes Paul Harris Fellows

Paul Harris FellowsSeveral Parkersburg Rotarians were recognized recently for their generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation by receiving their Paul Harris Fellow pins.

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The “PHF+” designation is reserved for those who continue their contributions in $1000 increments after receiving achieving their initial PHF status.

Those present in the photo were: Randy Rapp; Don Dooley; Kim Couch; and, Bob Fehrenbacher. Others not present, but recognized for their contribution included: James Crews, PHF+2; Dr. Priscilla Leavitt, PHF+3; Mark Lewis; Randy Dick, PHF+1; Vance Golden; and Merrill O’Shea.

Founded in 1917, the Rotary Foundation transforms donations into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, they tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into projects such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Locally, Foundation grants have assisted the Mountaineer Food Bank and provided free dictionaries to fourth grade students.

The Rotary Club of Parkersburg was founded in 1919, and is one of the area’s oldest volunteer service organizations that brings business people from various occupations together to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action.