The Parkersburg Rotary Club recently welcomed two new members. Mike Lewis (second left) is joined by his sponsor Chip Ferrel and Chris Miller (second right) is joined by his sponsor Kim Couch. Club President Jill Parsons (far left) formally welcomed each to the club by presenting them Rotary pins and introducing them at the noon weekly meeting.
Rotary District 7530 Governor Dave Whalen paid a visit to the Parkersburg Rotary Club on Monday, October 2. Whalen was joined by club officers Senta Goudy, Andy Hartleben, Jill Parsons and Michelle Dailey following the meeting. Whalen complimented the club for the many good works they do in Parkersburg and abroad.
WVU-P President, Fletcher Lampkin was the club’s guest speaker on Monday, August 28. He said that even though the state legislature has made deep funding cuts to colleges and universities, WVU-P tightened their belts in advance, and have experienced a surplus. Following the meeting, Lampkin (second from right) was joined by WVU-P colleagues and Rotary members, Chad Crumbaker, Senta Goudy, and Jeff Matheny.
Fellow Rotarian Bob Boone, President of the McDonough Foundation, spoke to the club about the Foundation’s history, purpose, and impact throughout West Virginia since its founding in 1962. Named after its founder Bernard McDonough, Boone said that the Foundation gives an average of $1.4 million annually to area non-profits seeking to makes the lives of citizens better.
Cincinnati Rotarian Brad Glazer exchanges club banners with Parkersburg Rotarian Mike Seeley during the July 10 meeting at the Blennerhassett Hotel.
PARKERSBURG, W.VA.—DuPont Washington Works became the latest organization to join with the Parkersburg Rotary Club with its drug prevention program in local high schools. Currently, Parkersburg South High School and Parkersburg High School have 200 students each participating in Drug Free Clubs of America (DFCA). Last year, the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation joined Ohio Valley University to offer college scholarships to students participating in DFCA.
“I am pleased to represent DuPont in contributing to the Parkersburg Drug Free Clubs of America. The Washington Works employees recognize the significance of this social issue and the impact it has on our community. We fully support the Parkersburg Rotary Club efforts in making positive improvements towards becoming a drug free community,” said Jay Valvo, DuPont Washington Works Plant Manager following a check presentation of $3,000 to incoming Rotary President, Jill Parsons and DFCA club coordinator, Bob Newell.
Drug Free Clubs of America is a voluntary program established in 2005, in which high school students with parental permission submit to voluntary drug testing. In all, nine high schools in West Virginia are participating in DFCA.
“We are happy that DuPont has volunteered to be the major recognizable corporate voice for DFCA in the Mid-Ohio Valley to insure a future drug free workforce. In addition to the funding, there are a dozen DuPont employees who have volunteered to grow the program and assist Rotary members in the schools,” said Bob Newell.
Photo caption: DuPont Washington Works Plant Manager and fellow Rotarian, Jay Valvo, presents a $3,000 donation to incoming club President Jill Parsons and club DFCA coordinator Bob Newell.
The Parkersburg and Wood County Rotary clubs are pleased to once again host the Sour Mash golf tournament. This event is in its 46th year and will be held on Friday, September 1, 2017. Proceeds raised from the event are awarded to area non-profit organizations and for scholarships for area students. If your organization would like to apply to receive a grant from the Sour Mash tournament, please download the attached form and submit it prior to July 14. See attached form for instructions and required information.
Parkersburg Rotarians Ben Shuman and Bob Newell recently offered up their culinary skills for Parkersburg South students participating in the Drug Free Schools of America program during and “end of school year cookout.” The Rotary Club of Parkersburg is the lead sponsor of the program at both PSHS and PHS. Williamstown HS is scheduled to participate later this year according to Newell who coordinates the effort for the club.
(Photo courtesy of Lindsey Anderson)