PRESIDING TODAY IS: Richard Phalunas, Past (Founding) 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 in the Donation box 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

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”

“My heart is glad, my heart is high
With sudden ecstasy;
I have given back, before I die,
Some thanks for every lovely tree
That dead men grew for me.”
-V.H. Friedlaender

“He that planteth a tree is a servant of God, he provideth a kindness for many generations, and faces that he hath not seen shall bless him.”
-Henry Van Dyke

A Light Moment

New Feature!  

MSRE-Club Member Spotlight: Introducing William (P.J.) Margelis

We hope you'll enjoy this new program feature, intended to help our dispersed E-Club members get to know each other.  (If you've not yet done so, please send a brief bio, a photo and, if possible, a "fun fact" about yourself to our club president at mtnstateerotary@gmail.com. Or feel free to send a brief video instead!)
Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, P.J. lives in Morgantown, WV, with his wife, Jane, and daughter, Sophie. A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a B.S. in Marine Transportation,  he worked at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency until attending law school at WVU.  He was an Associate at Jackson Kelly for two years before becoming an Attorney Advisor for the Social Security Administration. He and Sophie enjoy watching wrestling together (while watching Jane roll her eyes smiley). P.J. is serving our Club as an advisory board member.  

Program:  Rotary International Tree Planting Initiative--We can help!

Our E-Club board has been discussing service activities for the year, and our president has been reaching out to members individually to discuss possible activities for our geographically diverse group.  One activity that's been widely supported is providing financial support to supply books to young children through both the Imagination Library and through members' own book donations.  You will receive more information about this effort soon via email.  
However, another effort that our members can support--no matter where they live--is one that was announced earlier this year by RI President Ian Riseley: a Rotary Tree Planting Initiative.  (You may view the full announcement below.)  The goal of this initiative is for each Rotarian across the globe to plant one tree between the beginning of this Rotary year (1 July 2017) and Earth Day of 2018 (22 April 2018).  That would equal 1.2 million new trees!  As President Riseley noted, environmental sustainability should be everyone’s concern and, as Rotarians, our responsibility is not only to the people of this planet, but also to the planet itself.
Therefore, we want every member of our club to be aware of this international effort and, in some way, to help support it. Perhaps you can plant a tree in your own yard or in a nearby park or school. Or perhaps you can give (and plant) a tree as a gift to someone else this coming year: for a birth, birthday, anniversary or other milestone.  There are also conservation organizations that might welcome such a donation. We will be in touch soon with more information, should you want to participate. And if you do, please be sure to post your action on our Club's Facebook page! We would love to see and share pictures of our e-Club members and other Rotarians with the various trees they've planted!
More information about this effort is provided in the links below.  Please feel free to reach out to us with ideas on other ways we might support this--and other--service projects in the year to come.
RI President Introduces the RI Tree Planting Initiative: 
https://youtu.be/4Nz875VZ5_8  (Please copy/paste link to browser, if link does not work.)

Getting Started: 

Rotary Club Tree Planting Ideas: 
Ongoing Rotary Tree Planting Projects: 

Brochure for the Rotary Tree Planting Initiative (with list of additional resources):  https://www.esrag.org/sites/default/files/imce/ESRAG_Tree%20challenge%20brochure_ff-LO.pdf
To learn more about the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group, please follow this link:
We encourage all who attend this meeting to leave a comment below. Thank you for your interest in and service to others through Rotary!
Thank you for attending this meeting!  Please do not forget to leave a comment below and contribute in a discussion about this MSRE Plant a Tree service project!