The Rotary Club of Warren County presented the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center with a check for $5,355 at their weekly meeting. The FRWRC was designated as one of the beneficiaries receiving half of the proceeds from the Rotary Club of Warren County’s 2019 Gala fundraiser. Watch this short video as the women from the resource center accept the award and speak briefly about the Dare to Dream Grant they offer to local women to help them achieve their dreams. Learn more at: www.frwrc.org (applications are now being accepted for 2020 grants).
Every year in July, Rotary members are asked to submit applications from nonprofits in Warren County/Front Royal to be considered for Gala Beneficiary. It has to be a local organization and go to a local project. The Service Committee reviews all applications at the August Service Committee meeting, makes their selection and then submits it to the BOD for approval. Learn more about Rotary Club of Warren County: www.warrencountyrotary.org.
House of Hope making a REAL difference to local homeless population
HOUSE OF HOPE RESIDENT HIGHLIGHTS – “Sharing real stories about real people.”
The House of Hope (local transitional program for homeless men) is so proud of many of its residents who have shown real progress and dedication to the program. Life can be difficult… but it’s never too late to try and turn it around. If you are ready, the House of Hope has tools to offer you including life skills training and budget strategies.
STORY OF THE WEEK – Resident #2:
Since he has been at the house, he has been able to get his driver’s license reinstated, find a permanent $15 an hour job with overtime, able to get his IPAD out of hock, solve a tax problem that had been haunting him for three years, register to vote, work on increasing his credit rate, purchased a vehicle, and received a $2 an hour raise. He is fully cooperating with life management and supporting the house by doing his chores and other needs when asked. He spent some time with one of his music friends. Together they have produced three songs to be sent off to a record label. While on a weekend visit with friends he was offered a beer and did not stop drinking for two weeks. He was allowed to come back and start over. He secured a good job within a few days and then was offered a $25 an hour job. He was able to take this job because he had a car. A friend of his offered him the opportunity to share the rent so he decided to move out. Within days, he knew he had made a mistake and asked to come back. He is being allowed to come back. Hopefully this time things will fall in place, creating a turning point in his life.
Donations are always welcome. Community support is how we keep the doors open for these men who are ready to get on track! warrencountyhomeless.org/donate
Explore our website to learn more. THANK YOU!
Teacher Appreciation with the Rotary Club of Warren County – School year 2020/2021
Teachers who navigated this unique challenging year all deserve awards! The Rotary Club of Warren County decided to express a small token of appreciation by providing a yummy breakfast for the teachers and staff of our Warren County Public School system. Warm apple cider donuts from the Apple House, apples, granola bars, hot coffee and water were on the menu for the teachers to enjoy!
As a club, members enjoyed coming together to serve the community once again. Rotarian Krista Beahm delivered breakfast every morning during this project! She noted, “The teacher and staff appreciation was a success! This was a much deserved treat for the wonderful WCPS employees for all they have done this past school year.”
A note to the teachers:
Rotary believes education is a right. Our members across the globe unite to educate and uplift students through scholarships and service. The Rotary Club of Warren County wants to thank our teachers and staff for their dedication to our youth during this difficult year! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!!!
Please watch this video to not only see the project in action, but to hear a few fun shout outs from teachers to the students, including a message from a Warren County Middle School Principal – Amy Gubler, Rotary Teacher of the Year – Luke Heater, and School Dean – Carolyn Sheppard.
Thank you to our sponsors:
- Rotary Club of Warren County
- Jean’s Jewelers
- Melanie Hamel – Weichert Realtors
- Jen Avery – Crum Realty, Inc.
Royal Shenandoah Greenway walking tour experience
Several years ago, I had a fun experience with former mayor and friend, Jim Eastham. We set out together to tour an upcoming real estate listing. As we drove through town, Jim was telling me all about the Royal Shenandoah Greenway, pointing here and there, explaining where the full loop of trail was going to go one day.
Fast forward to July 2019, I set out to create this walking virtual tour for the Royal Shenandoah Greenway after its completion. I stopped in to see Felicia Hart that day and gathered a few props, like my cool LOVE Shenandoah t-shirt from the visitor’s center and Discover Front Royal sunglasses! I set out in only flip flops to walk the approx. 5 mile loop.
Here we are now, May 2021, and I am finally releasing this video! You will notice how much has changed since I first filmed. As we walk the Main Street stretch, several businesses have moved in and out! You will also notice the changes in Happy Creek.
Real Estate Marketing Tool
There are a few goals I am hoping to accomplish with the posting of this 20+ minute walking tour of the Shenandoah Greenway. My original reason was to provide people with a sample of one of the highlights of our area. As a realtor, I can use this video as a marketing tool to help potential buyers fall in love with the Shenandoah Valley!
As a community partner, I am hoping tourism might like to use this video. Missing my old friend Felicia Hart, but I am hoping some new #DiscoverFrontRoyal team members find this video helpful when showing off all we have to offer. The Royal Shenandoah Greenway provides a safe space to enjoy nature, walk your dog, or take a jog!
Stay At Home Adventure
Two years ago, I could not have imagined a worldwide pandemic that created a situation where so many are homebound. I am hoping this video might be a fun way for folks to feel like they are getting out & about but from the safety and comfort of their home. Hoping the retirement communities can share and liven up a boring day by virtually traveling!
Virtual Exercise: 20 Minute Walk A-Long
Virtual exercise video! Is it a gloomy rainy day and you can’t get out to walk? Well, play this video on your treadmill. Watch the trail and all that surrounds it as you walk virtually. The music was selected with this purpose in mind! Better yet, play this summer time video in the winter when you are missing the warm sunshine!
Scenes to expect on the Greenway:
- Begin at Eastham Park
- Soccer Fields
- Dog Park
- The Shenandoah River
- Skyline High School
- Cross over 340
- Ressie Jeffries Elementary School
- Samuels Public Library
- Burrel Brooks Park
- Happy Creek
- Rural King
- Cross over South Street
- Florence Smith Playground
- Happy Creek Arboretum – butterfly action
- Main Street shops and businesses
- United Methodist Church
- St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church
- Luray Ave – Bowman Park
- Skyline Middle School
Hope you enjoy this virtual tour of the Royal Shenandoah Greenway:
Meet May’s business sponsored pet of the month, Scarlett
Scarlett is a 5-year-old, we are thinking Shar Pei mix, who is ready for some love! Scarlett would really thrive as the only dog in the family, but would be okay with cats and children! Watch this video to see how she is friendly and not overly energetic. Age 5 sometimes brings a little extra calm to a pooch.
The Humane Society has adjusted their appointment requirements. Feel free to stop out during the week to visit with the animals. Appointments are just required on the weekends. Please take 5 minutes to fill out an online application. Someone from the shelter will call you and schedule your meet and greet time shortly after you submit your application: humanesocietywarrencounty.com
Are you a business and would like to sponsor a pet of the month? OR would you be interested in learning more about a Business Partner Membership? Let’s talk! (540) 635-4734
Adoption fees sponsored by:
- Maria Martinez / Bill Powers
Powers Insurance Agency, Inc.
135 North Royal Avenue | Front Royal, VA 22630-2613
Adoption & video sponsored by:
- Jennifer Avery, REALTOR ®
“Your Happy Home Expert!”
CRUM REALTY, INC.
318 S Loudoun Street, Winchester VA
Call today to schedule a chat about your real estate options: 540-683-0790
River clean up with the Rotary Club of Warren County
Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Warren County set out Saturday to clean up the Shenandoah! They collected trash along the shoreline, including multiple tires. Let’s all try to keep the waters clean! This river has taken care of us for decades… let’s return the favor and keep her trash free.
The Shenandoah River helps us grow crops because of the rich soils, allowed for trade up and down the waters in the old days, and helps wildlife flourish. Thank you Shenandoah River… “Daughter of the Stars!”
Clean up crew: Ellen Aders, Kahle Magalis, Shane Goodwin, Michael and Sherry Williams
Benefit for Mason Ryder: Local Front Royal boy in need of liver transplant
Let’s help Mason, a local 8-year-old boy who lives here in Front Royal!
Please watch this video to meet Mason and his family. Learn a little about his journey with Dyskeratosis Congenita and get excited about the upcoming fundraiser. Mason has been recommended for liver transplant pre screening, and we all need to support the best we can:
To learn more, visit: Mason Ryder’s Journey with Dyskeratosis Congenita
Event: June 19, 2021
Time: 3 pm to 8 pm
Location: 1481 Hazard Mill Rd, Bentonville VA 22610
More Info: Facebook Event Page
- Raffle Items, Live Music, Lego Auction (made by Mason)
- Hot Dogs or Hamburgers | 2 Sides – BYOB – tickets $10.00
- Raffle Tickets – $1.00 each | Drawings will be announced starting at 7pm
- Cornhole Tournament – $10.00 entry fee
- Call Pam Coyle for details: 540-233-2597
If you can not attend and still want to donate, click this link: Mason’s GoFundMe