May 3, 2022
EVERYONE INVITED TO SHEPHERDSTOWN ROTARY 35TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT
The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown is inviting everyone to attend its 35th anniversary celebration, which will be held the evening of May 20 at Shepherdstown's Bavarian Inn.
The event will be held from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. and will include food stations, hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and music and dancing.
Tickets are on sale now on the Club's website at www.shepherdstownrotary.org. The price is $80 per person.
"This will be a fun event, with great food and great music," said Club President Steve Campbell. "Rotary is about fellowship as well as service to the community, and we hope a lot of friends and neighbors will join us for this festive occasion."
The Club was founded in 1987 with 28 charter members. Today, it continues to thrive with 69 members. Three of the Club's original charter members are still active in the organization; two of them are shown in the accompanying photo taken at the Club's April 26 weekly breakfast meeting at the Bavarian Inn: Erwin Asam, left, and Bill Howard, right. The third still-active member is John Loeffler.
From its inception, the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown has been played a leadership role in many different kinds of community-service activities. In its first year, it pioneered the Adopt-A-Highway program locally and funded a major expansion of the Shepherdstown Library's "Talking Books" program.
In 1990, it helped establish the Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, a non-profit community organization that supports the disabled and elderly.
In 2000, it established a special fund that supports advanced training for local firefighters and emergency service personnel.
In 2007, it initiated Shepherdstown's July 4 parade and community picnic, which it continues to sponsor. Since 2013, it has organized the town's Christmas parade as well.
The Club also regularly assists other community organizations by providing them with financial and volunteer support. This assistance ranges from a Charity Ball that has raised more than $360,000 for local nonprofit groups, to annual participation in the United Way's Day of Caring, to a partnership with the Charles Town Rotary Club that distributes free dictionaries and thesauruses to all the county's third- and fifth-graders each fall.