Meeting Information Location: Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center – Conference Rooms 202-204

Speaker Information for October – November 

October 28th – Terrell Ellis,   “Advantage Valley,” introduced by Jerry Roueché

Terrell Ellis is West Virginian by choice, believing that our state has tremendous untapped potential to be the best place in the country to live, work, and play.  She has dedicated 35 years of her professional life working with communities to help them live up to this potential.

She started her career as the first Executive Director of Charleston Renaissance Corporation, the city’s downtown revitalization program.  In this capacity she directed the creation of a $30 million downtown redevelopment plan. Project planning included the riverfront park and amphitheater, visual and performing arts complex (what is now the Clay Center), implementation of a $3 million streetscaping program,development of design guidelines for facade renovations, creation of a multi-million dollar low interest loan pool and business recruitment strategies. 

Ms. Ellis was then recruited to work for the West Virginia Development Office Main Street Program where she advised over twenty communities on revitalization practices resulting in over $40 million in reinvestment. 

Realizing that working in a bureaucracy did not play to her strengths, Ms. Ellis started her own consulting company to provide support to the public and private sectors on issues related to community and economic revitalization.  For 25 years her company’s work has focused on community and economic development initiatives that support economic diversification ad community revitalization. 

 In addition to her Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech, Ms. Ellis is also a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional.  She has served on numerous local, state and national organizations in a volunteer capacity.  She is the proud mother off our daughters.

November 4th –   Robert Yandow, “Citizen Response to Active Shooter Events(CRASE),” introduced by William Mullett

November 11th – Michael Graney, “West Virginia Development Office,” introduced by Harry Mills

November 18th – “Rotary Board Review,” Board of Directors 

November 25th – James Nemitz, Ph. D., “West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine,” introduced by Art Rubin           


Rotary Youth Exchange

Know a teenager that might be interested in the Rotary Youth Exchange? Have them fill out this short online form.  The Vandalia Rotary Club is looking for interested teenagers who are interested in seeing the world!  Selected teens will be spend one month traveling in eastern Europe and then will host an exchange student here for 30 days and highlight WV and the United States.…/1FAIpQLSed-vQIu9tMfwwuC…/viewform…

Exchange students unlock their true potential to:

  • Develop life long leadership skills
  • Learn a new language and culture
  • Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world
  • Become a global citizen

The Community Investment Committee (CIC) is gearing up for a new and exciting year. If you would like to join this committee, please reach out to Michelle Foster . The CIC usually meets for an hour prior to the general meeting and the meetings are scheduled on an as needed basis.  

Upcoming Event – November 15th – Rotary Night at the Charleston Light Opera Guild “Oklahoma”

You are Invited for the Holiday Kick-Off Event!  CLOG presents “Oklahoma”  Pre-Show Reception 6-7:30pm in Lounge – enjoy Heavy hors d’ouevres and drinks with fellow Rotary members and their guests.                                          Reserved Seating – click on event to register and purchase your tickets

Birthday Greetings


45 Years Ruffner Alexander Join Date: October 28, 1974

New Proposed Member:

New Member:


Greeter/Prayer for October – November

Please contact Mike Fidler at 304-546-8156 or

October 28th – Mark Pendleton
November 4th  Moore Capito
November 11th  Charlie Capito
November 18th  Andy Ceperley
November 25th –Mike Fidler

Deceased Member: 


The Program Committee, they meet weekly at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, directly 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 begins at 12:00 noon at the First State Bank Community Room
3754 Teays Valley Road
Hurricane, WV 25526   

Vandalia Club meets at Edgewood Country Club. Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 – last Wednesday of month is a social or service project.

Meeting begins 12:00 noon St. Albans Rotary Club at their new meeting location is City National Bank 560 4th Street  Saint Albans, WV 25177

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 Paul White with questions.

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 21, 2019
Number of Members attended: Active: 45     Exempt: 16
Number of Guests: 1
Visiting Rotarians: 2
Total Members Attended: 64

Online Make-up: Bobby Blakley, Jr. and Angie Settle