"Flip to Read" - Fundraiser for Books Initiative


The Warrenton Rotary Club held a "Flip to Read" pancake dinner on Thursday, October 25th, at Mariam Boyd Elementary School in Warrenton as the first in a series of fundraisers to support a club initiative to provide books for local third-grade students.
     "The Rotary Club wants to help improve the literacy of all Warren County third-graders by buying books for all thrid-graders," said Rotary President-Elect Bill Miller as he discussed the fundraiser during the Board of Education's Sept. 11th meeting.
     The club plans to purchase sets of books for third graders at Mariam Boyd, South Warren and Vaughan elementary schools, and Northside K-8 School.  Another fundraiser is planned for 2019 to benefit a different school.  The Rotary Club will focus on one school each year until the four schools have received books.
     Rotarians pictured from left to right are: Roger Greisinger, Doug Sobey, Bill Miller, Butch Meek, Susan Brown, Spencer Scott and Frank Holt.  Other Warrenton Rotarians involved in the fundraiser were Sears Bugg, Calvin Alston, Richard Hunter, Kelly Poythress and Lisa Handy.
     The club thanks all who supported the effort.


Rotary Club Gains Another Member

     Rotary Club of Warrenton Membership Chairman, Doug Sobey, welcomes new member Lisa Handy at a recent meeting.

Warren County Economic Development Update

Stacy Woodhouse, Warren county Economic Development director, was the speaker for the October 16th meeting of the Rotary Club of Warrenton.  He reviewed several ongoing projects including creating a Warren county Tech Lab that could involve web developing, web design and computer coding activities.  The area he discussed that created the most questions was the progress in attracting a second grocery store to the Warrenton area.  He is involed in several possible approaches and is hopeful that something positive will pan out in the near future.

Local Rotarians Learn About ShelterBox

Jim Miller was the recent guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Warrenton.  He gave a presentation about Rotary Internationa;'s partnership with ShelterBox to provide disaster relieft worldwide.  ShelterBox delivers essential aid people need to begin rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of a disaster.  Boxes shipped contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home.

Plans for Christmas Parade Announced

     The Rotary Club of Warrenton announces that they are partnering with the Town of Warrenton as civis sponsors of the 2018 Christmas Parade.
     This year's theme is "Be the Inspiration".  Rotary is asking parade participants to showcase how their organiztion is involved with environmental issues that affect health and welfare both locally and around the world.  Participants in the parade are encouraged to show how they are providing inspiration in their communities.
     Cash prizes will be awarded to the best floats.  Entried will be judged Saturday December 8th at 5:00pm.  Rain date is set for December 9th.
     Parade entry forms can be obtained from the Town Hall located at 133 South Main Street or from Tar Heel Tire Company, or visit the Warrenton Festivals page on FaceBook.

Health Care Facility Opens in Fanklin County

Clint Kendall, chief operating offier for Maria Parham Franklin, was the recent guest speaker of the Warrenton Rotary Club.  He shared that Maria Parham will be partnering with Franklin County to bring healthcare back to the area based on the need in the rural community.

An Open House will be held today (Wednesday) at 100 Hospital Dr., Louisburg, from 3:30-7pm to celebrate the upcoming opening of the Emergency Room and Geriatric Behavioral Unit at Maria Parham Franklin.

Quilt Lizzy comes to Rotary Club

Susan Harris, owner of Quilt Lizzy, was the guest speaker for theSept. 18th Warrenton Rotary Club meeting.  In discussing her award-winning business, Harris told club members about an Iron Quilt Competition she is planning in Warrenton next year and the Quilt Lizzy Kids camp being held later this year. 

Over the summer, Quilt Lizzy held a week-long Baby Lock Kids Camp to teach young people sewing basics, such as how to make button holes.  At the end of this week, participants took home with them new Baby Lock sewing machines.

District Governor Visit

Rotary District Governor, Donna Pefley will make her first official visit as Governor to the Warrenton Rotary Club next week, August 21st.  At this time she will share with us not only the goals of Rotary International President Barry Rassin, but her plans for her upcoming year as Governor.  Also in attendence will be Assistant Governor, Johnny Whitfield of Roxboro.

Rotary Club Inducts New Members

The Warrenton Rotary Club welcomed two new members this month, Calvin Alston and Kelly Poythress.  Pictured with them from left to right are: Membership Chairman Doug Sobey, Alston, Poythress and President Frank Holt.

Awards Scholarship

The Warrenton Rotary Club presented the H.M. Robinson Scholarship to Jordan Goode on July 31.  Goode will attend the University of North Carolina this fall and plans to study Biology.  Her Long-term goal is to become an orthodontist.  Pictures from left to right are: Dr. Jimmy Crenshaw, Roger Griesinger, Lucille Robinson, Doug Sobey, Jordan Goode, Faye Goode and Gregory Goode.

Warren County Planning and Zoning

Ken Krulik, from the Waeen County Planing and Zoning Board was a recent speaker at the Warrenton Rotary Club Meeting.

Warren County American Legion Auxiliary visit Rotary Club

Members of American Legion Post 547 were featured during the June 12 meeting of the Warrenton Rotary Club.  They discussed their goals and objectives, ongoing projects such as assisting grade school reading programs, food drives for the edlderly and providing scholarships for local students.  Commander Mary Dortch-Williams shared information about the organization's building fund effort.  Pictured from left to right are American Legion members Vice Commander Melissa Green, Dortch-Williams and Mary Terry, auxiliary president.  American Legion Auxiliary Post 547 meets evey third Monday at 6 p.m. at the Warrenton Rural fire station on South Main Street, Warrenton.

Rotary Club Honors Fallen Military Personnel

During a ceremony on Warrenton’s Courthouse Square, the local community remembered members of the armed forces who gave their lives in service to the United States.

The event was presented by the Warrenton Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce of Warren County, with the assistance of the town of Warrenton.

Heavy rains forced the rescheduling of the ceremony from Monday. However, Chamber Executive Director Craig Hahn said that today’s date also is significant. The modern observance of Memorial Day grew out of a Day of Remembrance originally held on May 30.

Citizens gathered around the Courthouse Square memorial honoring military personnel who died in World Wars I and II. Officer M. Groves of the Warrenton Police Department and Sgt. D. Greene of the Norlina Police Department raised an American flag on the flagpole that stands sentinel over the monument before lowering the Stars and Stripes to half staff, where it remained until sundown.

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Warren County District Court Judge Visits Rotary Club

     Judge Ben Hunter, resident district court judge, addressed the Rotarians about the different types of court cases heard in district court and gave an overall description of the functioning of the judicial branch in North Carolina.

Rotary Club Plants Trees at Park

   Members of the Warrenton Rotary Club were on hand yesterday morning for the planting of three mature crepe myrtle trees at the new Hayley-Haywood Park in Warrenton.  The club donated the trees as part of a Rotary International project.  Participating were: Warrenton Public Works Director Bill Perkinson, Rotary Program Chairman Bill Miller, Carl Burroughs, Rotary Club President Roger Griesinger, James Davis, Francisco Cortez, Chris King, Joe Burchette, Oscar David and Rotary Foundation Chairman Bill King.

Tax Administration in Warren County

     Starlin Beatty, Warren County tax administrator, recently addressed the Warrenton Rotary club.  He spoke about the process of listing, appraising and assessing taxable properties in the country following state laws and administrative procedures.
     Beatty's rolse as tax assessor is to maintain changes in propertty ownertship and mapping of properties showing property and township boundaries including aerial topography.  He said that pribciples used to determine appropriate tax values are fairness and equitable practices.

Emergency Management in County Topic at Rotary

     Dennis Paschall, Emergency Services Director and Fire Marshall, was guest speaker at a recent Rotary Club meeting.  Pashcall shared information about the scope of resposibility for personnel who work in emergency management, emergency ,edical services and in the role of fire marshall.
     He also discussed procedures and variable that impact response time, locations of response centers and service areas throughout the county, training and certifications of personnel, equipment needs, and statistical results of their impacts on serving residents throughout the county.

Four Way Test

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