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October 16, 2017

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Newsletter Information for October 16, 2017

Speaker information provided by the Program Committee:

Corleen Patterson


Oct 16th
WV House of Delegate Joshua Higginbotham will discuss his first year as the youngest WV delegate.  Introduced by Victor Grigoraci. 

Delegate Joshua Higginbotham will share how he was successful in being elected.  Josh will also share his learning experiences in serving as a delegate during his first year.  We will learn about political discourse, his duties and responsibilities of being a delegate, and juggling being a student at the University of Charleston.

The meeting will be held at the Charleston Civic Center - Parlors A-C

What were you doing when you were young? Most of us are afraid to answer that, but not Joshua Higginbotham.

Delegate Higginbotham grew up on a farm in rural Putnam County as the youngest of four children and the son of a welder. No one in his immediately family had ever attended college and none had left his home town of Poca—until he decided to pursue his own American Dream.

Over the years, Joshua has learned that hard work pays off. He’s always had an interest in politics and even wrote and published his first of three books on the subject as a sophomore in high school. He served as a Student Ambassador in six European countries at age 15, worked as a Page in the United States Senate at 16, was the President of West Virginia DECA and ran for their National President the same year, and he ran a successful campaign last year at age 19 to become the youngest Delegate in the West Virginia Legislature.

According to Joshua, it is his mission to serve God, the beautiful state of West Virginia, and his fellow man to the best of his ability. He believes that together, we can inspire a new generation of leaders by reminding them that hard work pays off and success can be achieved—even if you come from West Virginia.

In the meantime, Joshua will be graduating this December from the University of Charleston with degrees in History & Political Science with the hopes of getting his Doctorate to teach history. 

Oct. 23rd - Elizabeth Scharman, “Anti-Medical Marijuana: A Professional's View,” introduced by Pat Moyers

The meeting will be held at the Charleston Civic Center - Parlors A-C

Oct. 30th - Libby Chatfield, “From Attorney to Baker,” introduced by Marilyn Di Vita

The meeting will be held at the Charleston Civic Center - Clendenin Street - Upper Lobby - Mall Side, second floor

 Jeff Carmichael
October 12th
John Ziebold
October 12th 
Nancy Douglas
October 14th 


Please contact Mike Fidler at (304) 346-3593 or

Oct. 16th - Mark Pendleton

Oct. 23rd - Jerry Roueche

Oct. 30th - Monty Warner






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, October 9, 2017
Number of Members attended: Active: 43 Exempt: 20
Number of Guests: 3
Visiting Rotarian: 0
Total Members Attended:

Online Make-up: