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April 9, 2018

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Community Service Committee Suitcase/Backpack Drive:  April 16th - May 7th
“Your Rotary Community Service Committee will be sponsoring a suitcase/backpack drive April 16th-May 7th in our ongoing support of the Children’s Home Society and The Davis Child Shelter.  We’re asking that each of you bring a NEW or GENTLY USED suitcase/backpack to the weekly meeting over the course of the next month.  To most of our members a suitcase represents an accessory to our vacation.  To the children living at the Davis Child Shelter they represent an indispensable part of their life that is entrusted with transporting ALL of their prized possessions through their difficult journey in life.  The shelter estimates that they go through hundreds a year.  If you have any questions please contact Ryan Fitzer,

This week’s meeting will be held at the Charleston Civic Center - Conference Rooms 202-205 the rooms are located on the second floor.

Speaker information provided by the Program Committee:

Corleen Patterson


April 9th –   Kent Leonhardt, “WV Commissioner of Agriculture,” introduced by Jerry Rouech√©

Kent Leonhardt is a longtime farmer who began his passion for the industry at a very young age while still serving in the United States Marine Corps. Towards the end of his military career, he bought a farm near Blacksville, WV that had sat abandoned for over 40 years. The farm, where he still lives today, was purchased in 1982, and started cultivating crops and raising livestock in 1997. For twenty years, Kent, with the help of his wife Shirley, raised sheep, cattle and goats and sold hay when there was a surplus available.

Kent received his formal education at the University of Missouri, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Management. While earning his degree, he took a variety of courses covering issues pertinent to agriculture as well as natural resources and environmental protection. Kent furthered his education by earning a Master’s in Business Management from Central Michigan University.
Besides earning post-secondary degrees, Kent served in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1996. During that time, he served on multiple joint service assignments leading men and women in war and peace. Throughout his service, Kent received a variety of decorations including: Legion of Merit, Combat Action Ribbon and 8 other personal decorations.
In 2014, Kent was elected to the West Virginia State Senate to serve the people of the 2nd Senatorial District. The district, at the time, was one of the largest and most rural in West Virginia. It contained parts of or all of the following counties: Marshall, Wetzel, Gilmer, Marion, Monongalia, Tyler, Doddridge, Calhoun, and Ritchie. In 2016, he was elected as the West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture.
Together, Kent and Shirley have three sons and six grandchildren. Kent is a member of the Monongalia County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and is a member of the Monongalia County Livestock Association.

April 14th – Rotary night at the Symphony, “$10/person for reception in Founders Lounge prior – Bob
April 16th – Heidi Edwards, “Nursing Shortage Crisis,” introduced by Corleen Patterson
April 23rd – Regular meeting cancelled
April 30th“Innovation Showcase Presentation,” introduced by Ed Welch

Tino Amores
April 6th 
Bob Douglas
April 8th 
Ed Welch
April 11th 


Please contact Mike Fidler at (304-546-8156) or
April  9th     Jerry Roueche
April  16th    Jeff Taylor
April  23rd    No Meeting
April  30th     Eric Nelson


Heather Nelson, "Heather"
Classification: "Real Estate - Sales."
Business Name:
Old Colony of Greater Kanawha Valley
Business Address: 1205 Virginia Street, East
Charleston, WV 25301
Business Phone: (304)
Business Fax: (304) 343-5452
Business Email:
Home Address: 103 Abney Circle
Charleston, WV  25314
Cell Phone: (
550) 7701
Proposer: Eric Nelson


Scott Finn
with regrets
Cynthia Wiseman
with regrets

Program Committee meets each Monday, at the Charleston Civic Center 1st Floor after the regular scheduled meeting. Parking is free just let the parking attendant know you are with the Rotary Club of Charleston.

Putnam Rotary Club
Meeting beginnings 12:00 noon at the First State Bank Community Room
3754 Teays Valley Road
Hurricane, WV 25526

Vandalia Club meets at the Embassy Suites in the Athletic Club at 7:30 a.m. 

Meeting begins 12:00 noon St. Albans Rotary Club at Their new meeting location is the BB&T Building (second floor) on 6th Avenue in St. Albans, WV 25177. For more information call Walter Hall (304) 757-5477, (304) 552-6547
Other Ways to Make-up a Meeting:
1. The board unanimously approved another avenue to get additional credit for attendance. In addition to attending a committee meeting, doing an online make-up, or visiting another Rotary Club you can now get one meeting credit for every new member prospect/guest you bring to a regular Monday meeting. The credit will apply during the same quarter in which you bring the potential member/guest. This is a great way to both make up attendance and recruit new members into our club. Contact Katie Capito with questions at
2. To do a make-up meeting on-line, click the link below: Rotary Club Online make-up location: on-line system is set up to provide a written confirmation of the make-up to the person who actually did the make-up. The Member is then responsible for providing the confirmation to their Rotary Club Administrator. Please forward a copy of your confirmation letter to me to receive proper credit, also check the weekly newsletter to see if I have listed your make up and name, if not this indicates that I did not receive your make-up notice.
Attendance Monday, April 2, 2018
Number of Members attended: Active: 58 Exempt: 20
Number of Guests: 1
Visiting Rotarian: 0  
Total Members Attended: 79

Online Makeup: Angie Settle
Vandalia Club:
John T. Slicer