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Rotary Members Gather for Picnic

August 16, 2008
By Wayne Sheets, Contributing Business Writer

For the first time in the history of the Rotary Club of Elkins, President Pat Schumann extended an invitation to former members and members of the club's sister organization in Tucker County to attend its annual family picnic. The invitations resulted in more than 90 Rotarians, past and present, and members of their families, joining the picnic at Alpine Shores picnic grounds on Monday evening.

"I am extremely pleased to see so many of our former members and members of the Tucker County club joining us," Schumann said. "I think we have a good thing going here and look forward to next year's event."

Several of the guests from Tucker County expressed delight in being asked to join the celebration. Many former members of the Elkins club also expressed excitement about being asked to attend.

Expert chef Tom Williams, with the help of Rotarians Dan Bucher, Mike Taylor and others, prepared his famous barbecued chicken. Hot dogs were also a part of the fare accompanied by baked beans, coleslaw, rolls and soft drinks.

Several engaged in games for the young and young-at-heart. It appeared that the young usually won more so than the young-at-heart, however.

Attendees were entertained with hits from the past and present by the "Rotary Rambles," a local country and pop band.

The Randolph County Community Arts Center will present musicians, yodelers and dancers from Helvetia at a free Brown Bag Concert at the RCCAC at noon Wednesday.

The performers will offer a sample of Swiss yodeling, folk songs, and dances presented at the community celebrations in Helvetia throughout the year. There will be music from two alphorns, flag-tossing and the traditional talerschweingen (a coin tossed in a milk bowl that rolls to produce a distinctive musical sound.) The songs will be sung in the Canton Bern dialect as passed down through several generations of Helvetians.

The concert is sponsored by Davis Trust Co.

Last week I mentioned that the last "Fresh Food Friday" would be at the town square on Aug. 29. Well folks, I was wrong again. (I don't know where I keep getting all this wrong information. I think the dates are being changed on me on purpose.) The last Fresh Food Friday of the summer will be Aug. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Throughout the summer, these events have been sponsored by the Randolph County Development Authority at the town square. Vendors provide fresh food, mostly prepared on site, as the customers watch, lending a touch of European-style dining to Friday afternoons.

Everyone is invited to gather at the town square and enjoy "lunch under the sky" one final time for the summer.

Third Ward Elementary School will celebrate its "First Day of School Holiday" on Aug. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is a full day of school so parents may leave after the balloon launch beginning at 11 a.m. The students will then get ready for lunch. This is a "holiday" because the school is celebrating the "First Day of School" in the excitement of education.

Organizers said it is a "holiday" because employers in the local area are asked to support this educational endeavor by permitting their working parents time off with pay to attend the event. Last year, 18 employers let their staff members off with pay to participate.

According to Principal Barry S. Band, it is a proven fact that parental involvement is critical to a child's academic success. In his bulletin announcing the event, Band said, "The goal for our students is to make them aware of various business careers for their future. Henceforth, by permitting parents to attend the "First Day of School Holiday" from their own business careers, each business demonstrates the importance of family relationships as it relates to the workplace."

The celebration will begin with a breakfast for parents and students who wish to participate. An opening assembly and activities in the classroom will follow. The culmination of the celebration will conclude with a special holiday send off.

Band also said, "The 'First Day of School Holiday' is a time for students, teachers and parents within the community to come together to build partnerships for learning. This will be unique for the school and the community forming a continual partnership among parents, teachers and students, all working together toward the common goal of ensuring an excellent education for the children a Third Ward Elementary School."

Here is one more reminder: Davis & Elkins College is welcoming returning and new students next week. On Aug. 23, community businesses will have an opportunity to share in orientation festivities at the college. The administration and staff invite area businesses to take part in the "vendor fair" on Hermanson Plaza (by the chapel) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for business owners to showcase what their business can offer locally to incoming students and their parents. For instance, this is a great opportunity to make a basket full of useful items for a student to use during exam week, or for a birthday or other special occasion, and have it displayed on your table, along with plenty of rack cards or business cards for parents to take home as a reminder of what is available for them right here in the community. This would be a great time, too, for local attractions to advertise what they have to offer as entertainment venues. Vendors are to provide their own tables and chairs.

For more information, call Scott Goddard at 637-1352 or Kara Fisher at 637-1301.

The Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce will host its initial book review of "Unleashing Capitalism," edited by Russell Sobel on Sept. 5, at noon in the meeting room of the Holiday Inn Express. Sobel will be present to lead the review. Chamber members and guests are invited to attend. Call the chamber office at 636-2717 if you plan to attend so they will know how many books and lunches to order. Davis Health Systems is sponsoring this event.

The chamber's quarterly meeting will be on Sept. 10 at 11:45 a.m. at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. Call the chamber office to make reservations to attend. They need to know how many lunches to prepare.

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Here's another date to jot down in your events calendar: A "Business after Hours" will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Cancer Care Center. More information will be forthcoming.



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