The Rotary Club of Clarke County, Virginia was Chartered on 10 October 1998, some nine months after the first organizational meeting at the Battletown Inn. The Charter was presented by District Govenor Ron Ferrill. The extension of Rotary into Clarke County was under the inspiration and leadership of Joseph R. Kerr, a member of the sponsoring Stephens City Rotary Club, and a President of the Stafford, Virginia Rotary Club. Later, he was assisted by Past District Governor Kemp Denning and the District Govenor representative Ron Napier, a member of the Front Royal Rotary Club.
The club met at noon, every Wednesday at the Battletown Inn in Berryville before moving to the Episcopal Church in Boyce. The club again returned to Berryville where it met in the Fellowship Hall of Grace Episcopal Church. As of April 2013, the club moved to Berryville Presbyterian Church, where meetings are currently held. Joseph Kerr served as the Club President for the first two years. He was succeeded by Charles Schutte, Jr., Clyde Lamond III, Brian Jenny, Tom Leahy, Michael Hobert, Brad Snowden, Steve Brown, Jim Wink, Ken Rivett, Dale Coumes, Marie Murphy and Chris Rosen. Cynthia Leahy is the current Club President.
Club major programs and projects include two scholarships each year to Clarke County High School Students, an International Water and Sanitation Project in Bangladesh, partnerships with the Free Medical Clinic, the FISH Food Pantry, the Clarke County Parks and Recreation Shelter Project, numerous charitable organizations, and The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
The Club's fundraising activities include: an annual Casino Night, a Golf Tournament, and and other fundraising projects.
(Written by Kemp Denning)
Upcoming Speakers / Events
Stop Hunger Now Project w/Area 1 Clubs and Interact Students at Sherando High School:
Saturday Feb 13 beginning with Registration at 8:00 AM and Packaging of meals to begin immediately after. Any residents who wish to participate are welcome to join the effort to package meals. Inclement weather date is Sat, Feb 20.
Feed Our Neighbor Project (Stuff The Truck Event):
April 9 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Rotarians, Interact Students and other citizens will meet at the Route 522 Walmart off of Route 522 South of Winchester, east of Stephens City to collect food for the FISH Food Pantry
6th Annual Casino Night
Saturday April 16 : Doos open at 5:00, Gourmet heavy Hord'oeuvres : 5:30 - 6:30. Gaming begins at 5:30 - 8:30 PM. Prizes awarded at 9:00 PM Cash Bar w/Beer and Wine. Tickets are $40.00 each . $500 in Funny Money for play with admission.