Rotary Club member earns fellowship

June 23, 2013|Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown
  • Terry Irwin, left, is welcomed as speaker by club President Ron Bowers at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Long Meadows.
Photo courtesy of Sharon Ruppenthal

The Rotary Club of Long Meadows announced that Sharon Ruppenthal entered into the ranks of those who have donated enough to the Rotary International Fund to earn a Paul Harris Fellowship. In her acceptance speech, Ruppenthal made a reference to the years that she put into raising the money by comparing it to the 10 years she took to earn a two-year degree at Hagerstown Community College. But, she remarked, it is all for a good cause. The Rotary International Fund raises money for humanitarian causes, like disaster relief, clean water, polio eradication and literacy.

Terry Irwin addresses Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Long Meadows welcomed Terry Irwin as a speaker recently. Irwin is a Washington County project liaison for economic development projects. As project liaison, Irwin, a Hagerstown resident, will communicate status updates regarding new building and existing building expansion projects to ensure all parties are aware of design needs and requirements. He also will guide required project and plan approvals from state, permitting and funding agencies. Irwin previously served as senior project manager in the Department of Engineering and Planning under the Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management in Frederick County, Md., where he oversaw several large-scale utility projects. He earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering technology from Fairmont State College and received a master’s degree in civil engineering from West Virginia University. The project liaison position, which will continue to support efforts to provide residents and businesses with improve communication and customer service, was created in December 2012 through the county’s restructuring plan.

NHHS class of 1968 plans reunion

The North Hagerstown High School Class of 1968 will have a 45-year reunion weekend Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20. On July 19, class members will get reacquainted at the AMVETS on Frederick Street from 7 to 11 p.m. No reservations are required. Snacks and a cash bar will be available. The restaurant in open until 8 p.m. for those who want to eat dinner there. On July 20, classmates will meet at American Legion Post 42 on Northern Avenue from 6 p.m. until midnight. A light menu will be served, prizes will be awarded and a cash bar will be available. Reservations are required for Saturday night and are due by Monday, July 1. Invitations were sent previously, but if you need information, send an email to, or call 301-665-9030.

VBS set at Longmeadow Church of the Brethren

Vacation Bible School will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 22, to Wednesday, July 24, at Longmeadow Church of the Brethren, 19642 Longmeadow Road. Registration deadline is Sunday, July 14. Classes are available for ages 3 years to children who have completed fifth grade.

TOPS Md. 0077 reports latest news

TOPS (Taking off Pounds Sensibly) Md. 0077 reported total losses of 27 1/2 pounds for the week. The best TOPS losers were Elsie Horst and Patsy Martin. The best KOPS losers were Darla Hartley and Dorothy Smith. The no-no snack for the week is cookies.

Patsy Price presented the program on “Health Benefits of Drinking Water.”

The group meets Mondays at First Christian Church 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. For more information, call Price at 301-582-2292 or Martin at 301-842-3615.

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