PRESIDING TODAY IS: Diana Martinelli, E-Club President

bellDing! We’re now in session.

Welcome all – Visitors, fellow Rotarians and guests alike to this E-Club program!

Remember the smiling pot. Donations to our E-Club help support our service projects.

We’d like to respectfully remind all visitors that if they would like to contribute the normal cost of a meal for your makeup, we would be grateful. These funds go directly to our many and varied service projects around the world. You can make a contribution through the Give/Donate link on the homepage. Or you can write a check to:  Rotary E-Club of District 7530 and mail it to Treasurer MSRE, 115 Hoffman Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26505.

Four-Way Test

At the beginning of each meeting we remind ourselves of the The Four-Way Test.  Therefore, please remember to ask yourself always . . .

Of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

A Reflective Moment

“We rise by lifting others.”
Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.”
           --Robert Ingersoll (U.S. attorney, Civil War veteran, politician, orator) 1833-1899  


A Light Moment

Lexophilia: a word used to describe those who have a love for words, e.g. phrases such as ““to write with a broken pencil is pointless.” Here are other examples, which were submitted to a lexophile competition:
  • A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
  • The batteries were given out free of charge.
  • A dentist and a manicurist were married; they fought tooth and nail.
  • A will is a dead giveaway.
  • A boiled egg is hard to beat.

New Feature!  

MSRE-Club Member Spotlight:  Joe Palumbo

We hope you'll enjoy this new program feature, intended to help our dispersed E-Club members get to know each other.  

Originally from Utica, NY, and now living in North Carolina, Joe and his wonderful wife recently celebrated their 8th  wedding anniversary. They have two amazing boys: one is almost 7 and has Down syndrome; the other is 4. During Joe’s 20+ years working in health care, he has held numerous leadership roles and is currently the Director of Hospital Service Access at Duke University Health System’s Patient Revenue Management Organization. Last May, he earned his MBA from North Carolina State University.
Joe has served his profession as the Education Chair, Vice President and President for the North Carolina Association of Healthcare Access Management, and he has worked with the local community through participating in the Fayetteville, NC, ALS walk and by coaching 4- to 6-year-olds in soccer. Perhaps lesser known is his past work in broadcasting. He was an on-air disc jockey in New York in the late ‘80s, working at stations WKGW, WNYZ and WLZW, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Joe reports he is eager to contribute to our E-Club and to help others in need. Thank you, and welcome, Joe!

Our E-Club Meeting Topic:  Why Stay in Rotary?

You may be wondering why you should respond to our secretary-treasurer Brett White’s recent dues notice. Allow me to provide you with a few reasons why your continued membership in Rotary is worth the price you pay:
  1. By being a Rotarian, you are part of an international network and the world’s largest service organization. Rotarians support each other and contribute to both local communities and the worldwide one. Your dues help support these efforts, and your membership in e-Rotary gives you a convenient and time-efficient way to do so. Despite Rotary’s size and international scope, 90% of Rotary funds go directly to support service efforts. 
  2. Rotary members unite at home and across the globe to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges—challenges that individuals cannot accomplish unless banded together by the thousands across professions and cultures. We focus our efforts in six areas:
    • promoting peace,
    • preventing diseases,
    • providing access to clean water and sanitation,
    • enhancing maternal and child health,
    • improving basic education and literacy,
    • and helping communities develop.
A recent example of Rotary’s work is our response to the ferocious hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Rotarians continue to work on the ground to help bring relief to these communities, and Rotary's partner, ShelterBox, is providing support to families displaced by the storms.
  1. We are especially dedicated to ending polio in our lifetimes. Rotary members have persevered in this fight since 1979 and have now helped eradicate polio in all but three countries worldwide. In all, more than 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated since 1988, and more than 16 million people who otherwise might have been paralyzed are walking today.
We are SO VERY CLOSE to finally ending this terrible disease, and when we do, you’ll know that as a Rotarian, you played a direct role in the victory. Learn more about this amazing work in the brief article here: https://www.rotary.org/en/five-things-know-about-polio
  1. Finally, our Mountain State E-Club members have a passion for helping others—in whatever state or country they reside—and we are eager to create bonds, albeit virtually, that together allow us to contribute to Rotary’s vision of health, peace, education and prosperity.  
These are the reasons I choose to pay my dues and to serve others through Rotary. I hope you too will continue your commitment to our Rotary E-Club, so we may continue to support Rotary’s local, regional and worldwide network of humanitarian service. If you’ve not yet done so, please go online at www.msre.org , click on the “Give Now” button and pay your dues today. We’ve made it easier than ever to do so; please don’t delay. 
Rotary connections through professional and recreational interests
As a Rotary member, you may want to explore joining a “fellowship” group around a particular passion or profession. The 2017-2018 Rotary Fellowships directory lists nearly 75 such groups, including one for E-Clubs, Chess, Educators, Singles, Lawyers, Physicians, Wellness/Fitness, and Lovers of Autos, Stamps, Wine, Whiskey and more!
There are discussion groups, too, on a wide variety of topics, and if there’s no fellowship or discussion group you’re interested in, you may want to start one! These activities are another way to connect with like-minded people around the world and another reason to remain in Rotary.
If you’re still hesitant about remaining in Rotary, please take just a few minutes to watch the following video and see why others choose to remain:
Happy autumn to you and yours; we thank you for your time, support and service.... Please remember to leave a comment!