The club will host its founding members in a panel with both current and former members and their guests. Founding members scheduled to participate include former First Lady Gayle Manchin, former WV Secretary of State Betty Ireland, and WV Association of Counties Executive Director Patti Hamilton. Other founding members include influential Kanawha County newsmakers Lyne Ranson, Nancy Tonkin, Karen Price, and Jane Cline.
“We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to learn about the history of our club as well as talk about ways to enhance future service to this community.” said Stephanie Coleman, President of Vandalia Rotary Club. “Our members can gain so much by hearing from such strong women who are pillars in our community.”
Coincidentally, 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of women in Rotary, which is poignant because the Vandalia Rotary Club was chartered by women.
Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. with the panel discussion starting at 8 a.m. Current and former members of Rotary are invited to attend, as well as guests who are interested in learning more about becoming members of the club. This special event will begin a year-long celebration of the club’s formation with more events to be scheduled soon.
WHAT: Vandalia Rotary Founder’s Celebration
WHEN: Wednesday, July 27
WHERE: The Athletic Club- Embassy Suites, Charleston
CONTACT: Kaarmin Ford, [email protected], 304.550.7138.
About the Vandalia Rotary: Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need to working toward a polio-free world. Locally, the Vandalia Rotary has afforded funding to local non-profits as has provided service to local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill’s “Suits for Success” initiative and the recent flood relief efforts.