A groundbreaking ceremony took place in October of 2018 for the Elkins Town Square Amphitheater project. From left are Voras Haynes, Snowshoe Foundation vice president of the board of directors; John Carte, Snowshoe Foundation board member; Brad Walters, Elkins Rotary Club president; Dave Parker, Fifth Ward Elkins councilman; Carman Metheny, Third Ward Elkins councilman; Hoy Ferguson, town square amphitheater project chairman; Robbie Morris, Randolph County Development Authority executive director; Mike Taylor, Randolph County Commission president; Mark Scott, Randolph commissioner; and Van Broughton, Elkins mayor. (Photo courtesy of The InterMountain.)
The Rotary Amphitheater in Elkins Town Square
October 20, 2018 — Officials broke ground in mid-October 2018 on a project that officials say will benefit the community for years to come. After only a year of fundraising efforts, a $139,000 project will come to life as early as 2019 in the Elkins Town Square.
The Rotary Club of Elkins, through amphitheater project chairman and Rotary Club member Hoy Ferguson, has worked to raise funds for the construction of the amphitheater that will be used for live entertainment and other activities downtown.
“This project demonstrates what occurs when businesses, citizens, governmental agencies and non-profits work together for a common objective,” Ferguson said during the groundbreaking ceremony. “The Rotary amphitheater in Elkins Town Square will become a centerpiece for gatherings for Elkins and greater Randolph County.”
Ferguson shared his appreciation for the nearly 100 businesses, organizations, agencies and individuals who contributed to the project.
The Snowshoe Foundation, which contributed $25,000 to the project, was represented by Voras Haynes, vice president of the board of directors, who said he believes this project will be a great addition to the Elkins community.
Following the groundbreaking ceremony, Ferguson elaborated on the project, saying the project was able to be completed quicker than expected due to overwhelming community support.
“The process started a little over a year ago. Our local Rotary Club was looking for a project to do in our community and we decided on building the amphitheater here in our town square,” Ferguson said. “The public reaction to the project has been outstanding. Within a short period of time — within 12 months — we were able to raise all the funds necessary to start construction here within the next two weeks.”
He added he believes the new amphitheater will provide a gathering place for a multitude of downtown Elkins events.
Elkins Rotary Distributes Student Atlases
Nov. 14, 2017
Randolph County fifth graders were recently visited by members of the Rotary Club of Elkins and received free editions of the 2017 edition of Merriam Webster’s Student Atlas.
Over 335 books were distributed to fifth graders in the county.
Randolph County is home to ten public elementary schools, and each school recently visited by a member of the Rotary club. Pickins was not included since the elementary school has no fifth graders this year.
“The Rotary Club of Elkins had been donating dictionaries to the county schools for many years,” said Pat Schoonover, Project Service chair. “We changed to the Student Atlas in 2010.”
“The Atlas is a great resource for each of these students,”
Schoonover explained. “It provides maps of U.S. states and countries around the world. It offers information not normally found at the school or in any other book.”
Students of North Elementary received their atlases lasr week amid an excited display of questioning and an enthusiastic offering up of a “Hip, Hip Hooray” to the Elkins club.
Each year the Rotary Club of Elkins works with Rotary International to procure the funds for the project, and each year the Randolph County Board of Education approves the project. Club members, with the help of the fifth grade teachers throughout the county, distribute the books.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Audrey Fulmer, one of the fifth grade teachers at North Elementary. “It’s a book each student can call their very own.”
|Rotary Club of Elkins Summer Round-Up|
|The new Rotary International year began July 1 and the Rotary Club of Elkins was ready for a new year of community service with the installation of new officers and Board members to serve during the 2017-2018 year.
Installation of Officers and BOD
Continuing Board Directors included: Matt Davis, Patricia Schoonover, Jeffrey Welshonce, Sid Gillispie and Jon Steen.
|Community service initiatives kicked off in mid-July with the Randolph County Humane Society’s “Woofstock”, an annual fundraising event that brings needed funds to the county’s animal shelters.
The Rotary Club of Elkins offered their popular Chicken BBQ, with all proceeds going toward the Randolph County Humane Society (RCHS). A check for nearly $1500.00 was handed to Lisa Preusch, RCHS Board Director at the following Monday Rotary meeting.
During the Augusta Heritage Festival in mid-August, another two hundred chickens flew off the Rotary BBQ pit!
This event was a club fundraiser with proceeds to be used throughout the 2017-2018 Rotary year for various community projects.
|Blood & Health Screening|
|Also, in mid-August nearly 75 local residents took advantage of discounted prices during the recent Rotary Club of Elkins Blood & Health Screenings. This bi-annual event, held at the First United Methodist Church in Elkins, in partnership with Davis Medical Center, is one of the Rotary Club of Elkins’ community service projects. The next Blood & Health Screening is scheduled for February 2018.
Youth Health Services and Advanced Hearing Solutions, both of Elkins, offered health tips and hearing tests at the event.
A drawing for an Amazon Echo Dot was also held, with Chad Harmon holding the winning ticket.
|Family Rotary Picnic|
|Elkins Rotarians said goodbye to the summer season with an evening of fellowship during the annual summer Family Picnic. Catered by The Vintage of Elkins, the downhome picnic buffet was enjoyed by attending Rotarians, family and friends.
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