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Beth Medved Waller joins Rotary International and visits Rotary Clubs and service projects in Uganda

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Beth Medved Waller, President Elect of the newly chartered Rotary Club of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, “The Area ONE|ders” has just returned from Uganda, a country she has visited 7 times since December 2017 as an individual trying to make a difference but lacking the connections to maximize her efforts. Rotary now binds her with the power of 1.2 million+ like-minded members to collaborate with on projects in Africa, in Virginia and around the world. Rotarians stand united in their vision that “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

This trip was Waller’s first trip to Uganda as a Rotarian.  Though she only has been a member of the service organization for approximately one month, her trip to Africa with District 7570 Governor George Karnes (of the Warren County Rotary Club) enabled her to have already accumulated years worth of unforgettable Rotarian experiences. She was embraced beyond belief at meetings of The Rotary Club of Kampala Metropolitan and the Rotary Club of Mengo and met members from more than 20 clubs throughout the trip.  During two meetings, she was invited to speak about her work with the Ugandan based non-profit she has partnered with since 2017, Light up Life Foundations. Additionally, the Warren County Rotarians attended a presentation by members of the Rotary Club of Kampala North at the development site of the future Sam Owori Rotary Vijana POA Village. The village is a vocational campus being constructed to train the next generation of Ugandans in green energy, computer technology, agriculture, plumbing, electrical skills and more.

Waller and Karnes were also blessed to be able to attend the March 31st kickoff of the enormous “Sam F. Owori Memorial Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project” in Tororo. The late Sam Owori (of the Rotary Club of Kampala) was an internationally renowned Rotarian who was to be Rotary International President this year (prior to his unexpected tragic death).  When construction is complete, nearly 20,000 Ugandans will have a safe solar-powered municipal drinking water system and hygienic sanitation facilities. In addition, through the project nearly 40 individuals have been extensively trained to install micro-flush sanitation systems. “Benefits of the Micro-flush toilet are no smell, flies or mosquitoes.  You build it once instead of every 2 years. The Micro-flush toilet is cheaper and better than a pit latrine,” according to Walter Hughes who was also on the ground in Uganda representing District 7570. Internationally beloved Rotarian Hughes spent time sharing with Beth helpful insight from his vast experience with dozens of successful service projects all over Africa. In March, Waller’s nonprofit, WHAT MATTERS, funded a pit latrine at the school she and Light up Life Foundation constructed in the remote village of Bunyade. Had she had Hughes advice along with the power of Rotarian wisdom behind her then, she would have instead installed a more affordable and more environmentally sound micro-flush system.

As a part of the Owori Memorial Grant, one such toilet system has been installed adjacent to a maternity ward  (where 50 children per month are brought into this world).  A 1000 liter water tank will also be brought to the birthing facility that currently turns away women if they are not able to provide 200 liters of water prior to admission. When visiting the less than ideal medical facility, Waller noted a tattered paper sign taped to the wall that shares the Tororo District’s vision, “To have a healthy, productive and prosperous people living in a clean environment within 10 years.” The community is now many steps closer to fulfilling that dream thanks to Rotary International.



District Governor Karnes was the lead for the Tororo Owori Memorial Grant, a project which united the entire organization and nearly every continent in the world by raising more than $228,000. George and Rotarian James Serugo (of the Rotary Club of Kampala) worked tirelessly on this project that was identified in 2016 and has involved more than 48 Rotary Districts across the world (and over 60 clubs), ranking as the largest singular international grant to date.

Norah Owori, in her comments at the kickoff ceremony in Merekit on Sunday, March 31st, eloquently shared, “I’m very grateful for the Rotarians from around the world because they have given the people of Merekit a new relief of life. I’m especially grateful to DG George (Karnes) and Rotarian (Walter Hughes).This project was promised to my late husband by his Rotary friends when he was elevated to Rotary International President Elect. The fact that you worked so hard and made this project a reality even after Sam has passed on is a great testimony to Rotary’s service to humanity.”  Waller and Karnes were kindly included in a lovely intimate breakfast and a community lunch hosted by Mrs. Owori at her home. They were also fortunate to have been able to pay their respects at the graveside of Sam Owori and attended a beautiful service at the Owori family church.

Waller met countless friendly and inspirational Rotarians and was hosted in the home of esteemed Rotarian Sarah Odongo, of the Rotary Club of Kampala, who has pledged to be a mentor in Beth’s Rotarian work as Sarah has served in many Ugandan and Rotary International leadership capacities.  Rotarian Emmanuel Sabiti of the Rotary Club of Bunga, has kindly offered to help Beth find Light up Life Foundations a new location for the Maisha Home for Children (since they were forced to vacate their prior rental). Many other kind Rotarians have expressed an interest in working with Beth and her club in future projects.

This trip was neither Waller’s nor Karne’s first experience as the beneficiaries of Ugandan hospitality and friendship.  This visit was DG George Karne’s third trip to Merekit, the community that will benefit from the Owori Memorial Grant.  Waller was shocked when she first learned that another local citizen frequented Uganda and of Rotary’s remarkable service in what has become her “home away from home” country.  Prior to this trip, which was their first time in Africa together, she heard DG George speak of the Owori project and recorded his presentation about it at the Rotary District 7570 Conference in April.  Tears streamed down her face in anticipation of their upcoming trip as she listened to Karnes describe the project.  But even at that time she never dreamed their trip would be as heartwarming and life-changing to her as it was.  She most definitely concurs with George’s words in that presentation when he shared, “Rotary has changed my life. Having the ability to do something like this project has made a huge difference in me. Rotary makes you a better mother, a better father, a better employee or employer. It makes you a better member of your community…Rotary helps us become the people we were meant to be.”

Upon return to Virginia, Beth shared with fellow members of her club, “I feel as if we have truly become a part of a new international family of like-minded humanitarians.  I’m looking forward to being able to make more of an impact in Uganda as a Rotarian and will be immediately working to identify a partner club in the Kampala area to start developing a Rotary International Grant to benefit the children I have grown to love there. The friendly Rotarian welcome I received in Uganda has also inspired me to help to coordinate a Friendship Exchange between District 7570 and District 9211 in the near future.”  James Serugo (of the Rotary Club of Kampala) says of the Friendship Exchange Program, “Rotarians from one district visit Rotarians in another district to become friends and extend service through friendship to their communities.” Waller hopes that Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike interested in working her on Ugandan projects, or joining her on a future trip to Africa, will reach out to her through her Facebook page, Beth Medved Waller or beth@whatmattersw2.com.

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Community Blood Drive to be held this Wednesday, March 3rd

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WHAT MATTERS Warren–The Front Royal Police Department is sponsoring a blood drive on Wednesday, and all eligible donors are encouraged to log onto redcrossblood.org to schedule a donation of the GIFT OF LIFE! Jeff Farmer and the American Red Cross staff are grateful for the ongoing support, especially for the amazing sponsors and volunteers who have embraced the Red Cross Blood Service’s mission during the pandemic. He reminds donors that walk-ins are not allowed during the crisis and appointments are required (to help avoid donors having to wait and limit their time in public). Many precautions are being taken by the organization to protect the safety of donors as they protect the lives of those in need by choosing to donate during the quarantine.

  • Front Royal Fire and Rescue Department (221 N Commerce Ave. Front Royal, VA 22630)
  • Wednesday, 3/3/2021, from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Complimentary Screening for COVID Antibodies for all Blood Donors

RED CROSS PROTECTIVE MEASURES

All American Red Cross Staff before reporting to work are required to take their temperature. If they have a temperature of 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit they are required to not come to work.

At check-in, anyone entering the donation site such as donors and/or volunteers will have their temperatures taken. If at 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit or above they will be asked to leave.


All equipment from computers to tablets to donation beds will be wiped down after every user with sanitation wipes and everyone will be required to use hand sanitizer through every process of the donation stations. American Red Cross Staff are required to change gloves after every blood donor as well as usual.

Anyone nervous about donating during the pandemic is encouraged to log online to view the full protective measures being taken by the American Red Cross. redcrossblood.org/donate-blood.

FROM THE RED CROSS:

We’re also committed to helping others in meaningful ways during this pandemic. For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to our donors. If you’re eligible and feeling well, we recommend scheduling an appointment now.

For detailed donor eligibility questions, please have your donors call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org. Donors can save up to 15 minutes by using RapidPass to complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online. For more information, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass.

If you’d like to learn more about scheduling a blood drive at your business or organization, please contact:

Jeffrey Farmer
DRD Representative
American Red Cross
Cell – (540) 333-3788

“You can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement.”

— US Surgeon General, Jerome Adams


About WHAT MATTERS:

WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes (and people) that matter. WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters. Every cent raised goes to the cause she’s promoting and many are matched by Beth. If you’d like to get involved with her many local or international projects, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com.

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Santa Claus is coming to Town, Warren County!

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Warren County Parks and Recreation is going above and beyond to bring Christmas joy to local families. Festivities are plentiful and underway now—watch this video to learn more and spread holiday cheer by spreading the word about the fun (and safe) activities (at home, virtual and in-person) happening this month courtesy of Warren Co. Parks and Recreation!

Here are some more Winter-Holiday programs from Parks & Recs:

Merry & Bright Holiday Themed Activity Box

Warren County Parks and Recreation and the Warren County 4-H have created the “Merry & Bright” holiday-themed activity box! Each box will include supplies, ingredients, and instructions for several holiday-themed, activities, crafts, and some sweet treats.


The box is free and limited to the first 50 registrants.  Limit one (1) per household and registrant must be under the age of 13 years old.  For more information, contact the Warren County Community Center by phone at (540) 635-1021 or via email at wcccinfo@warrencountyva.net. Registrations will be accepted from December 14, 2020, through December 16, 2020, by visiting parksandrecreation.warrencountyva.net

Pick up information will be available after registration has ended.  Contactless curbside pickup will be available.

Pictures with Santa

Come join the staff of Warren County Parks and Recreation and get your picture taken with the North Pole’s jolliest elf, Santa! We have put together a brunch box for you to enjoy. The box contains seasonal crafts and delicious treats. Photos with Santa will be taken and printed on-site.

Pictures with Santa are for children under 10 years old and must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for the pictures with Santa event is $10.00 per person. The event is limited to 50 participants; pre-registration is recommended. Only 25 people will be allowed in the building at a time.

Pictures with Santa will be on held Sunday, December 13, 2020, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Warren County Community Center, located at 538 Villa Avenue, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

Letters to Santa

Did you know that Warren County Parks and Recreation has a great relationship with Santa Claus? He will be stopping by the Warren County Community Center on December 13, 2020, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm to take pictures with you. This year Santa asked if we could help get letters from kids to him, so he could respond back to them before Christmas. Of course, we said that we are happy to help!

Visit our website for information on how to properly send your letter to Santa: parksandrecreation.warrencountyva.net

Letters to Santa will be accepted from December 7, 2020, through December 16, 2020, and letters are for children 10 years of age and younger.  Letters must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Gingerbread House Contest

Join Warren County Parks and Recreation for a Gingerbread House Building Contest! Show off your gingerbread house construction skills & artistry. The winner will receive a $25.00 gift card to Walmart.

The contest will run December 14, 2020 – December 23, 2020, and the winner will be announced on the Parks and Recreation Facebook page on December 28, 2020. Registration opens December 7, 2020. The first 25 to register for the contest will receive a free gingerbread house kit. Kits will be available for pickup on December 11, 2020.

Please post photos of your gingerbread house on our Facebook page at Warren County Parks and Recreation.

Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Santa needs your help! His elves went to play in the park and have lost their way back to Santa’s Workshop.  The elves are lost somewhere in Gertrude Miller and Lions Park; we have a map that may help you locate them.  Each elf represents a letter, and once you find all the elves, you can help us unscramble our Christmas message.

Once you have the message, please submit to twalker@warrencountyva.net.  If you submit the correct phrase, you will be entered into our Christmas Scavenger Hunt drawing for several prizes.

The scavenger hunt will be open from December 7, 2020, through December 18, 2020, and this activity is for children 13 years of age and younger.  Messages must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, December 18, 2020. Winners will be announced live via Facebook on Monday, December 21, 2020.

These programs are eligible for online registration, visit us on the web at parksandrecreation.warrencountyva.net

Additional registration information can be obtained by contacting the Warren County Community Center, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., evening and weekend hours may vary, at (540) 635-1021 or via email at wcccinfo@warrencountyva.net.

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A “COVID Christmas” message from Santa

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WHAT MATTERS Warren–The holiday season has officially arrived and this Christmas, young and old alike will be wishing for a COVID-Free 2021! Share this video with your young friends to reassure them that, though life is not as jolly as we’d like it to be, Christmas is NOT cancelled!  Watch as Santa explains the importance of staying safe and being kind. To learn more about Santa Gary (along with Mrs. Claus), visit Facebook.com/northpolegary or email sanra@northpolegary.com. The Sleigh phone is rung at 703.304.2769.

Here’s an important message directly from Santa:

“Hi boys and girls, I believe some of you are worried that I might not make it to your homes this Christmas Eve due to the COVID virus.  Please don’t worry.  I have clearance from every country and myself and all my Reindeer are all fit and well.

Due to all the restrictions in the workplace, some of my elves have not been able to help in my workshop, also we cannot get all of the materials to produce all of the toys you have asked for.  We are working as hard as we can, but some toys will not be ready.


If you do not get everything you asked for it is not because you have not been very good, in fact, you have all behaved so well during these tough times.  It is because unfortunately, I can not have them by Christmas, some of you may get what you asked for, but if your sister, brother, or friend does not please be kind to them as I know they will be disappointed.

Everyone will get presents and if it’s not exactly what you asked for, I hope you understand.

So stay safe, keep up the good work and I will see you all on Christmas Eve (but you will be asleep so you won’t see me!)  Tell your grown-ups to share with their friends so everyone knows I will be at their home for Christmas.”

Love and best wishes,

Checked Twice
Santa Gary
Northpole


WHAT MATTERS:

Are you or your group in need of a free video or article that could be created to help market your cause or event?   Or do you have an interesting story to share?  Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and Youtube. They are also shared with the Royal Examiner online (most are distributed in their daily email blast to thousands of local residents). Sign up for the Royal Examiner at www.royalexaminer.com and check out the “WHAT MATTERS Warren” tab under “Features.”

Learn more about Beth’s nonprofit,  WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com–check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.

About WHAT MATTERS:

WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters.  Every cent donated goes to the cause.  If you’d like to get involved with her local or international nonprofit work, or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com. Be sure to check out the “projects” tab for her current WHAT MATTERS Initiatives.

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“Wreaths Across America Day” will be celebrated December 19th

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WHAT MATTERS Warren — For several years, Troop 4 has participated in the national day of remembering the fallen and honoring those who serve, and as an effort to teach children the value of freedom. This year, Troop 4 will again partner with WAA to honor our Veterans.  COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place, and guests are asked to wear masks.  “It may slow us down, but it will not stop us,” said Jim Naccash, Scoutmaster for Troop 4.  “Despite the Pandemic, we continue to operate to serve our community.” Click the video below to see the video about last year’s touching event:

Donations are accepted all year to recognize each military grave in the cemetery, and WHAT MATTERS is making a “Next 10 Wreaths” challenge. Beth will match the next 10 wreaths sponsored in memory of those who have served. Wreaths are only $15 each, so please sponsor 2 or more, if you can. Also, check out the fantastic gift-giving ideas on their website (including ways to donate in memory/ honor of a loved one and to pair a donation with a purchase of a fresh wreath delivered to your door).

To support log onto wreathsacrossamerica.org. If you’d like to participate in the “Next 10 Wreaths” challenge, email hitek007@hotmail.com after placing your order and your donation will be matched as explained above.

Visit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org for more details about this touching event that flocked more than 1,200 cemeteries with wreaths for the holiday season and to sponsor a wreath for Prospect Hill Cemetery.


To purchase: Cash or checks made out to Troop 4 or wreaths may be sponsored via credit card online here.  Or visit the national site, Wreathsacrossamerica.org  click on “search for groups.” Type in Boy Scouts of America Troop 4 (VA0443P)” and select “sponsor.”

From Wreaths Across America: “Wreaths Across America’s mission touches the lives of thousands of school, scout, civic and religious groups across the country through fundraising for wreath sponsorships. These groups help us ensure that we reach our goal to place a wreath on each hero’s grave. We understand we have Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring, but our service members sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year to preserve our freedoms. In many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We hope you will join us at any of our more than 1,600 participating locations to show our veterans and their families that we will not forget. We will never forget.”

Due to recent  COVID-19 regulations, there will be limited capacity at the opening ceremony tent.  Volunteers are welcome to watch the event from the cemetery property in their cars AND we ALL can join the live streaming of the event on Social Media. (details will be posted here before the event.)

Volunteers are still invited to join the group in laying wreaths on the graves of our veterans in small groups after the ceremony. Directions will be provided at the event.  Thanks in advance for joining together to honor the memory of veterans in our community!


WHAT MATTERS:

Are you or your group in need of a free video or article that could be created to help market your cause or event?   Or do you have an interesting story to share?  Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and Youtube. They are also shared with the Royal Examiner online (most are distributed in their daily email blast to thousands of local residents). Sign up for the Royal Examiner at www.royalexaminer.com and check out the “WHAT MATTERS Warren” tab under “Features.”

Learn more about Beth’s nonprofit,  WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com–check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.

About WHAT MATTERS:

WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters.  Every cent donated goes to the cause.  If you’d like to get involved with her local or international nonprofit work, or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com. Be sure to check out the “projects” tab for her current WHAT MATTERS Initiatives.

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Attention cyber shoppers: Support a Warren Co. entrepreneur’s dream and buy a Jarvis Handheld Vacuum online – free shipping!

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Holiday gift-buying season has officially begun, and this season our community has the opportunity to buy a fantastic gift for a loved one while supporting local entrepreneur, Asanti Wilson, a 2004 Warren County High School graduate!  Watch the impressive performance of the Jarvis Handheld wet/dry vacuum in this video and click to purchase this affordable gift for anyone (and be sure to add it to your own Christmas wish list!).

Wilson is in his third year of leading his growing business, the super performance handheld Jarvis vacuum.  A powerful device perfect for auto detailing and cleaning up liquid spills throughout the car or home, the cordless and corded models start at $29.87 (with free shipping).  Founded in 2018, Jarvis has grown quickly since its launch due to its high-quality suction and accessories and it’s backing by Asanti’s passionate dream.  It was listed on Amazon in 2018, expanded to Walmart in 2020 and its online availability is growing.

Jarvis is available on  www.JarvisVAC.com, Amazon, Walmart, and Google shopping.  As we all know, reviews are what encourage us to click on a product when online browsing, so please take the time to submit a review!  After you try it out for yourself and experience its amazing results, please share a review to help Asanti in his dream of being able to expand to offer Jarvis in brick and mortar stores in 2021!

During 2020 and the Covid-induced challenges it has presented, Asanti has kept his business afloat.  He is one of the many local business owners who has benefited from the Governor’s CARES funding and used the grant to keep thriving during these challenging times. He says of the program, “It is great that our community is helping all types of businesses prosper.  It is so important for businesses to always keep a lookout for opportunities that can help their business during these challenging times.” He encourages his fellow entrepreneurs and adds, “Don’t throw in the towel yet!”


Niki Foster, President of the Front Royal/Warren County Chamber of Commerce is proud to have been a part of contributing to the resilience of local businesses owners like Asanti, “It’s wonderful that our local governments placed their faith in the Chamber to administer such a worthwhile program for our business community.   Through the Town and County Grant programs, we’ve been able to assist approximately 200 businesses and non-profits with grants totaling over 2 million dollars.  I’m so thankful for our volunteers who’ve spent hours, sometimes full days working to approve applications and get the money into the hands of local business owners who’ve needed it, in some cases to keep their doors open,” added Niki.

Let’s join together as a community and show support to this local man’s dream while benefiting from a great product for ourselves or giving the Jarvis vacuum as a gift this holiday season! Log onto www.JarvisVAC.com, Amazon, Walmart, or Google shopping–enjoy free shipping and a one-year warranty with every purchase!

JARVIS Handheld Vacuum Includes

  • Owner’s Manual
  • Quick Tips & EZ Use Card
  • 18″ Jarvis Logo Nylon Carrying Backpack
  • Extension Hose
  • Short 360 Suction Nozzle
  • Long Suction Nozzle
  • Carpet Brush
  • XL HEPA Filter
  • 100% Microfiber Towel
  • Vent Brush Duster
  • 120″ DC 12V Power Cord (corded car vacuum model only)
  • Home Quick Charge (cordless model only)y Features & Upgrades:
  • New lightweight futuristic sleek style. Beauty & Brawns all in one package.
  • Easy plug & play universal fit, for any car, truck, suv, crossover, hybrid, rv, camper, or boat with a 12V and/or cigarette lighter socket.
  • 85KPA strong suction power. More suction power versus other handheld vacuums. Save time and clean up faster with less effort.
  • Simple wash & reuse encased HEPA filter design keeps liquid and dirt away from the filter more effectively, improving longevity and vacuum performance. No need for spare filters.
  • 4 durable ABS attachments allow you to reach even the most difficult areas, like between and under the seats.
  • Cool JARVIS carrying box and backpack to store your vacuum and attachments neatly and ready for next use.
  • 30-minute run time(cordless model only)
  • 5 Hour home quick charger (cordless model only)

No more paying to use the clunky vacuum at your local car wash or lugging out the heavy house vacuum every time your kids or your guest make a mess. Clean up anytime anywhere quick and easy. Whether you are a car enthusiast, supermom, uber driver, or straight clean freak, Jarvis™ is right for you!

2 models available | 1-year warranty included

  • $59.97 cordless
  • $29.87 corded

WHAT MATTERS:

Are you or your group in need of a free video or article that could be created to help market your cause or event?   Or do you have an interesting story to share?  Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and YouTube. They are also shared with the Royal Examiner online (most are distributed in their daily email blast to thousands of local residents). Sign up for the Royal Examiner at www.royalexaminer.com and check out the “WHAT MATTERS Warren” tab under “Features.”

Learn more about Beth’s nonprofit,  WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com–check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.

About WHAT MATTERS:

WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters.  Every cent donated goes to the cause.  If you’d like to get involved with her local or international nonprofit work or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com. Be sure to check out the “projects” tab for her current WHAT MATTERS Initiatives.

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Give the GIFT OF LIFE this Holiday Season

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All eligible donors are encouraged to log onto redcrossblood.org to schedule a donation for the Community Blood Drives this holiday season. There’s no better gift to give than the GIFT OF LIFE!

Jeff Farmer and the American Red Cross staff are grateful for the ongoing support, especially for the amazing sponsors and volunteers who have embraced the Red Cross Blood Service’s mission during the pandemic.  “Virginia Hills Church and the American Legion have really stepped up to the plate and have made a tremendous difference in our being able to continue to maintain the blood supply during these challenging times,” said a thankful Farmer.  He reminds donors that walk-ins are not allowed during the crisis and appointments are required (to help avoid donors having to wait and limit their time in public). Many precautions are being taken by the organization to protect the safety of donors as they protect the lives of those in need by choosing to donate during the quarantine.

NEXT LOCAL BLOOD DRIVES

Community Blood Drive at Front Royal Fire and Rescue Dept
221 N Commerce Ave Front Royal, VA 22630
12/07/2020 | 10:00 AM – 03:00 PM


Rotary Club of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Blood Drive @ American Legion
22 W 8th St
Front Royal, VA 22630
12/16/2020 | 02:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Virginia Hills Church Blood Drive
737 Rockland Rd
Front Royal, VA 22630
12/29/2020 | 12:00 PM – 05:00 PM

RED CROSS PROTECTIVE MEASURES

All American Red Cross Staff before reporting to work are required to take their temperature. If they have a temperature of 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit they are required to not come to work.

At check-in, anyone entering the donation site such as donors and/or volunteers will have their temperatures taken. If at 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit or above they will be asked to leave.

All equipment from computers to tablets to donation beds will be wiped down after every user with sanitation wipes and everyone will be required to use hand sanitizer through every process of the donation stations.  American Red Cross Staff are required to change gloves after every blood donor as well as usual.

Anyone nervous about donating during the pandemic is encouraged to log online to view the full protective measures being taken by the American Red Cross. https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/coronavirus–covid-19–and-blood-donation.html

FROM THE RED CROSS:

We’re also committed to helping others in meaningful ways during this pandemic. For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet, and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to our donors. If you’re eligible and feeling well, we recommend scheduling an appointment now.

For detailed donor eligibility questions, please have your donors call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org. Donors can save up to 15 minutes by using RapidPass to complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online. For more information, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass.

If you’d like to learn more about scheduling a blood drive at your business or organization, please contact:

Jeffrey Farmer
DRD Representative
American Red Cross
Cell – (540) 333-3788

“You can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement.”

— US Surgeon General, Jerome Adams

WHAT MATTERS:
Are you or your group in need of a free video that could be created to help market your cause or event?  Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and YouTube.

Learn more about Beth’s nonprofit,  WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com–check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.

About WHAT MATTERS:
WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters.  Every cent raised goes to the cause she’s promoting and most are matched by Beth.  If you’d like to get involved with her local or international nonprofit work or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com.

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Upcoming Events

Apr
13
Tue
10:00 am Mah Jongg “Players Club” @ Warren County Community Center
Mah Jongg “Players Club” @ Warren County Community Center
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mah Jongg “Players Club” @ Warren County Community Center
Players will enjoy several hands of Mah Jongg against skilled opponents. This club meets on Tuesdays from April 6, 2021 through April 27, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Warren County Community[...]
6:30 pm Dance Fitness Class @ Warren County Community Center
Dance Fitness Class @ Warren County Community Center
Apr 13 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Dance Fitness Class @ Warren County Community Center
This class is for all fitness levels and anyone who is looking to have fun dancing to a variety of music styles from hip hop to swing to salsa, all while EXERCISING! This class will[...]
Apr
17
Sat
all-day Shenandoah Epic @ Caroline Furnace
Shenandoah Epic @ Caroline Furnace
Apr 17 all-day
Shenandoah Epic @ Caroline Furnace
This tried and true Epic 24-hour AR will test your biking, paddling, trekking, and navigation skills as you explore two state parks (one of them brand new!) and national forest lands. Join soloists and teams[...]
9:00 am Basic Pistol Shooting Class @ Warren County Community Center
Basic Pistol Shooting Class @ Warren County Community Center
Apr 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Basic Pistol Shooting Class @ Warren County Community Center
The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department and Defensive Firearms of Virginia, LLC will be holding a Basic Pistol Shooting Class for those interested on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.[...]
10:00 am 2nd United States Cavalry – Civi... @ Sky Meadows State Park
2nd United States Cavalry – Civi... @ Sky Meadows State Park
Apr 17 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
2nd United States Cavalry - Civil War Encampment @ Sky Meadows State Park
Get up-close and personal with history. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of a Civil War Encampment. Interact with the 2nd US Cavalry as they perform daily tasks of the Union soldiers. Activities[...]
Apr
18
Sun
9:30 am Forest Bathing Walk @ Sky Meadows State Park
Forest Bathing Walk @ Sky Meadows State Park
Apr 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Forest Bathing Walk @ Sky Meadows State Park
Join Kim Strader, ANFT Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, for a gentle walk (no more than a mile or two) where we will wander and sit. Through a series of invitations and prompts, we[...]
10:00 am 2nd United States Cavalry – Civi... @ Sky Meadows State Park
2nd United States Cavalry – Civi... @ Sky Meadows State Park
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
2nd United States Cavalry - Civil War Encampment @ Sky Meadows State Park
Get up-close and personal with history. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of a Civil War Encampment. Interact with the 2nd US Cavalry as they perform daily tasks of the Union soldiers. Activities[...]
Apr
20
Tue
all-day Mad Science Kit @ Warren County Community Center
Mad Science Kit @ Warren County Community Center
Apr 20 – Apr 23 all-day
Mad Science Kit @ Warren County Community Center
The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department Mad Science Kit contains experiments that focus on fun, interactivity, and entertainment. Participants ages 6-12 will be able to perform four (4) experiments, including Dyed Carnations, Lava Lamps,[...]
10:00 am Mah Jongg “Players Club” @ Warren County Community Center
Mah Jongg “Players Club” @ Warren County Community Center
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mah Jongg “Players Club” @ Warren County Community Center
Players will enjoy several hands of Mah Jongg against skilled opponents. This club meets on Tuesdays from April 6, 2021 through April 27, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Warren County Community[...]