This morning we were thrilled to hear from Edwina "Eddie" Benites-LM, the newly appointed Executive Director of Jefferson County Development Authority. Mrs. Benites-LM is a government relations and economic development expert with 20 years of success. She has experience as a staffer in the US Senate, as a federal lobbyist primarily representing governmental entities, and as a small business owner. She earned a master's degree in rural development through the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and her undergraduate degree is through George Washington University. She recently earned a graduate certificate in Excellence in Local Governance through the University of Maryland. Benites-LM serves on various boards and commissions in Frederick County, coaches youth basketball, and is a mom of four.
This morning we heard a wonderful presentation by Stephanie Williams. She presented on "The New Great Game - Russia and the New Middle Powers are Shaping the World Order." She has extensive experience in international mediation, diplomacy, and security policy.
The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown has inducted Matthew Hoffman as a new member.
Matt is Director of Career Services at Shepherd University, and an academic advisor and instructor for first-year experience courses. He is also the on-campus advisor to Shepherd's Rotaract Club, Rotary's service organization for university students.
A native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, he has two degrees from Shepherd: a 2019 bachelor's degree in communication and new media and a 2021 master's in college student development and administration.
He lives in Shepherdstown with his girlfriend Liz and dog Elsa.
The Shepherdstown Rotary Club comprises two groups of members: a morning group that meets weekly on Tuesdays and an evening group that meets bi-weekly on Wednesdays. Both groups meet at Shepherdstown's Bavarian Inn.
Matt has joined the morning group, and his induction ceremony was held at that group's August 22 meeting. The accompanying photo shows him right, with the club's vice president Cara Keys, left, and president, Jim King, center.
SHEPHERDSTOWN AND CHARLES TOWN ROTARY CLUBS
DONATE SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR NEEDY CHILDREN
As the new school year begins, the Shepherdstown and Charles Town Rotary Clubs have provided 150 needy Jefferson County elementary school children with backpacks filled with school supplies.
The backpacks have gone to children at four elementary schools, T.A. Lowery, North Jefferson, Ranson, Blue Ridge and the Shepherdstown Day Care Center.
The four schools are all Title I schools, which means more than 40% of their students come from low-income families. The Shepherdstown Day Care Center also serves low-income households. The schools require families to purchase the supplies contained in the backpacks but there are always families that are hard-pressed to do so.
The Rotary Clubs worked closely with administrators at the schools and Day Care Center to ensure that the backpacks would go to children from families most in need, and the supplies were ordered from lists supplied by each institution.
Each institution got backpacks with grade-specific supplies for 30 children in grades 1 through 3, and each backpack contained up to 23 supply items.
The total cost of the backpacks and supplies was more than $5,200. The Shepherdstown Rotary Club covered approximately sixty percent of the cost with its own funds. The remaining forty percent was contributed by the Charles Town Club using its own funds and a grant from Rotary District 7360, which comprises the Rotary clubs in this area.
The backpacks and supplies were obtained from Blusource, a Guthrie, OK, firm that specializes in wholesaling school supplies. In this case, Bluesource contributed to the project by giving the Rotary Club a discount of 6 percent.
In all, the shipment of backpacks and supplies from Bluesource weighed three-quarters of a ton. The Shepherdstown Community Club generously allowed its building to be used as the staging area for these materials, and some 37 Rotarians, family members, and members of the Jefferson and Washington High School Interact clubs gathered there on Saturday, August 19, to place the supplies in the backpacks and organize them for delivery. The accompanying photo shows most of this group inside the Community Club.
A team of five Rotarians delivered the finished backpacks to the schools and the Day Care Center on Monday, August 21, and the institutions distributed the backpacks to the students.
The project was spearheaded by the Rotary Club's Youth Service Committee and members Walt Eifert (Shepherdstown) and Julia Yuhasz (Charles Town). Much of the work was done by Kim Eifert, a retired Berkeley County teacher, who handled the contacts with the schools and the Day Care Center, and also organized the staging of supplies.
Ram Fest is your chance our coaches and talk all things Shepherd Athletics!
Special punch card to sample all of the Bavarian Brother’s home brew beers, Sliced Bratwurst over Sauerkraut, Pork BBQ Smoked brisket, Steamed Shrimp with cocktail sauce & remoulade, Wings, Veggie kabobs, Soft pretzels, Steamed clams & brats, Cheese Display, Assorted mini desserts!
We have some AMAZING Raffle prizes for this year's tournament!
You could win a week at a beach house in Bethany Beach, DE!
Or you could win one of these fantastic prizes, so bring some cash on Friday Sept 22 at Cress Creek and buy some raffle tickets to support this great cause.
Thank you to the following folks for their generous donations:
River Riders - Snow Tubing Gift Certificates
Estate Jewelers - 2 items of jewlery
Mountaineer Popcorn Company- Gift Certificate
Maria's Taqueria - Gift Certificate
Big Cork Vineyards - Wine tastings
Almost Heaven Pub And Grill - Gift Certificate
Trophies "R" Us Inc - Golfer memorabilia
Antietam Creek Vineyards - Wine and glasses
Insurance Outfitters- car wash basket of goodies
868 Estate Vineyards- 2 Bottles of wine and 2 tastings
Bozzo Family Vineyards - Wine tastings
Briede Family Vineyards - HUGE Basket, 5 bottles of wine!
Devil's Due Distillery - Basket of cheer
Cocina Plantosaurus - Gift Certificate
Black Draft Distillery- Bottle of vodka
Shepherds Blessings LLC - Basket
Annie Baronner- BEACH HOUSE!! and Basket too!
Grapes and Grains Gourmet - Bottles of wine
Bluemont Vineyard - Bluemont Experience Package
Christian Caine Jewelers - 2 Gift Certificates
Elizabeth Jannelle - Etched wooden salad servers
Maria Littlefield - Original artwork
Walt Eifert - Handmade Wine rack
Alfredo's Mediterranean Grill and Steakhouse - Gift Certificate
Four Seasons Books- Gift Certificate and tote bag
Kome Thai & Sushi Bistro - Gift Certificate
Please welcome our newest Rotarian, Madison Palmer!
Madison grew up in North Carolina and moved to Morgantown, WV in 2016 to pursue her B.S. in Forensic & Investigative Science with a crime scene examination emphasis. Upon completion, she worked on her M.S. in Forensic & Investigative Science while working on her research thesis, "Determining the Spatial Origin of Striations and Projectiles", and teaching undergraduate labs and online classes. In doing that, she discovered her love for teaching, and is now going into her second year teaching at Jefferson High School. Madison teaches forensic science, AP physics, and biology. She is also our advisor of the Interact Club at Jefferson High and is currently running for faculty senate secretary in hopes of becoming more involved at the school.
This past June, Madison married her husband, Hunter Palmer, who is a dentist at the Charles Town Dental Center. The couple met at WVU and later moved to Harper's Ferry, where Hunter was born and raised. Madison fell in love with the area and wants to give back to the community.