On Tuesday, February 25, the Warren County Middle School had their Interact Club Induction Ceremony. Doug Stanley, Warren County Administrator and Club of Front Royal Rotarian, lead the ceremony by introducing the students. He noted that among these students will be tomorrow’s leaders, business professionals, doctors, lawyers and more. What a crew! Club of Front Royal President Brett Hrbek helped welcome the young Interact Club members by presenting the Interact pin with Stanley.
In conclusion, the students followed Stanley as he recited their pledge as official Interact Club members. They all promised to live by the Rotary code of conduct and remember the Rotary motto, Service Above Self. Watch the video to see the students in action:
Warren County Middle School Interact is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Front Royal, lead by teacher Jennifer Stanley.
Annual Spring Bazaar at Skyline High School
The Skyline High School Community Based Instruction Program (CBI) is hosting the 2nd Annual CBI Spring Bazaar in the high school cafeteria, April 4th, from 9am – 2pm! There will be many vendors participating, ranging from arts & crafts, home-based businesses to concessions, SOUPS and more.
This event benefits the Skyline High School Community Based Instruction Program (CBI). The Skyline High School CBI is designed for students that need instruction in functional and daily living skills. Community Based Instruction is educational instruction in naturally occurring community environments providing students “real life experiences”. The goal is to provide a variety of hands on learning opportunities at all age levels to help students acquire the skills to live in the world today. This fundraiser helps to raise funds for activities, field trips, and the basics to keep this program running!
Join the Rotary Safari Adventure 2020 Gala!
Join us for a Rotary Safari Adventure: May 9, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm | Lord Fairfax College – Corron Center
Experience a safari-themed mystery dinner with Rotary celebrating cultures around the world. This event raises money for the Warren County Samuels Public Library. Dress in a Safari theme or evening attire. Tickets can be purchased here or from any member of the Warren County Rotary Club. Tickets are $75 per guest for dinner and cash bar to include a silent auction, live auction, 50/50, music and dancing with DJ Skyhigh and surprises!
The House of Hope presents Empty Bowl Supper 2020
Empty Bowl Supper 2020 – this is a family friendly event! Enjoy gourmet soups prepared and donated by several of our local restaurants. You don’t want to miss these delicious soups and fun entertainment to benefit the House of Hope. The event will be held Thursday, March 26, from 5pm to 7pm, at the Front Royal Fire Department.
With your ticket purchase, take your pick of a variety of handcrafted beautiful bowls painted just for this special event! Use it for dinner and take it home to keep. This year we have had more groups and friends of the community than ever chip in and help paint bowls with Arline Link at The Kiln Doctor/Explore Art & Clay. Thank you!
- Soul Mountain
- The Mill
- Blue Wing Frog
- Blue Door
- The Apple House
- El Maguey
- Downtown Catering
- MC for the night: Michael Williams of MDUM Chaufeur Service
- Live Music: Passage Creek Rising
- Maybe some face painting for kids!
- We will have themed baskets available too. Buy raffle tickets and have a chance to win your favorite!
- Tickets are available online through this Facebook event. You may also purchase at No Doubt Accounting or The Kiln Doctor.
- Last minute kind of person? No problem! Available at the door or call 540-636-6753.
- Adult Tickets $30.00 | Students $15.00 | Kids (6 & Under) $5
Empty Bowl Supper SPONSORSHIP:
GOLD $1,000 | SILVER $500 | BRONZE $250
We are looking for sponsors! This year we are offering an extra special benefit to GOLD sponsorship levels. A SPOTLIGHT VIDEO🎬! Jen Avery will come out and create a short video clip that will be played the night of the event and shared on social media. Really fun way to help bring awareness to both House of Hope and your business or cause.
“WE BELIEVE IN YOU!” – shout out 📣
All sponsorship levels are invited to be part of the inspiring “We Believe In You!” shout out video. This video will also be played the night of the event. In addition, Jen will bring the video to the House of Hope and show the men. What an awesome way to show community support and inspiration! Sometimes just to know someone cares is motivation enough.
Call Jen Avery, Jenspiration!, anytime to discuss: 540-683-0790
ALL FUNDS RAISED WILL BENEFIT THE HOUSE OF HOPE.
- The House of Hope is the only residential rehabilitation program serving men in Warren County, Virginia. Opening the door to hope and housing. Learn more here.
- House of Hope, a 501(c)(3) organization
- If you prefer to DONATE, click here.
Thank you for your support in any way! Please like our Facebook page to stay current on Empty Bowl Supper updates and sponsor shout-outs!
Rotary Club of Warren County: Christa Shifflett presents a powerful new approach
Christa Shifflett, from the Warren Coalition, presented a program on Wednesday, in which she laid out the need for mentoring of students under a program that the Coalition has developed. Quite often, she pointed out, there is a residual effect when young people witness violence, abuse, or any number of other traumatic events, and this has a long term bearing on their development and life. Under this development, which she referred to as ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences), the trauma follows the child throughout his or her life. According to one study on rats, this effect is found in the genes. This means that the boy or girl could even have a reaction as a result of something a parent might have suffered, as well as abuse they may have suffered or witnessed.
One of the primary needs is for mentors for these children, who are about 11 years old. The mentors would meet with the child at lunch for about an hour, one day a week. These children may have been abused or have witnessed abuse. This has had a major effect on their development as they grew up, and has short circuited many of the developmental processes that would have occurred. She compared these children to groundhogs, who, when they pop up out of their holes, look around in all directions to sense danger and make sure they are safe. These children often do the same–they are constantly looking around, often standing with their back to the wall, not willing or able to sit still in their seats, constantly moving. This is because they don’t feel safe. But often this isn’t recognized and the kids are yelled at or sent to the principal. They don’t sit still because they are constantly looking out because they sense danger or they don’t feel safe, and they are punished.
Shifflett noted that studies of the brain at age 3 for children from a nourishing environment, and kids without that type of environment, have shown quite different development. But this is not only the case with children in school situations–she works in the jail two times a week, and can see the effects on these adults who have experienced the traumas as a child, with exactly the same situation and the same results.
These effects are real. Whether they are the result of heredity, or of childhood abuse or childhood trauma, it affects life choices, actions, and health. Shifflett pointed out that as adults, many have a life expectancy 20 years less than the average. This is why it is so important to reach out to these children (as well as the adults), to let them know that someone cares, by mentoring them and letting them know that they can have a better future. As she admitted, this was an hour and a half program in 20 minutes and this write-up only scratches the surface of her presentation.
For the complete program and to learn more about Rotary Club of Warren County, please go to www.warrrencountyrotary.org.
Join the trolley tour of local Front Royal & Warren County Commercial Properties
The whole tour was not captured, but several of the stops were: Avtex site, Kelly Court Building, Atlantic Skyline Building, Moyers Motorcars, and many stops on and around Main Street. One of my favorite tours was the Atlantic Skyline Building on Bough Drive… wow what amazing space! It is great to get a feel for the commercial inventory we have available, and to be thinking about who or what would be a perfect fit. Who knows who might be next to discover our Town or County and call it “home.” Exciting!
Sponsored by: The Town of Front Royal, County of Warren VA, Front Royal – Warren County Economic Development Authority, Blue Ridge Association of Realtors
Rotary Club of Warren County: Nancie Williams and the Shred/Cube
Nancie Williams presented to the Rotary Club of Warren County explaining how she had taken an original idea and carried it through for many years, in spite of one road-block after another, until it was finally realized. The final product will be available on March 1.
In 2005, as she was starting out in her law practice, she realized that there were very few ways to eliminate confidential materials from a computer. As she said, you could download software to eliminate social security numbers, medical records and other private materials from client files and other cases that she had worked on, but this was not a satisfactory solution, since this enabled outside operatives an access to your computer and the other files that you were working on. She came up with the idea of a device that would shred this material once and for all, with no footprint, and no outside access to your computer. She was repeated told that this was impractical, it wouldn’t work, and besides, there were already programs available to do that.
Nancie persevered, and joined forces with Alex Stieb, an engineer who told her that her idea could work, and it could be developed. But this was not to be an overnight project–it would take many years to come to fruition. She then talked about design problems with the proposed item, including applying for a patent, information within the packaging (which her 81-year-old father reviewed for clarity), manufacturing problems, website development, graphics, software certification, e-commerce, and marketing problems.
As Nancie said, it was like building a house: you had to design the cube itself, a logo, software, user interface (what you see on the screen), the box, the foam inside the box, the back of the box, a website and e-commerce. Among the bumps in the road included getting the lighting right, software certification, UPC label, security of the software and hardware, payment methods like Apple pay, Corona Virus, the shape, Version 2 preparation, a software company search, terminology of the field, and balancing job, life, and home. But she was undaunted, and as she pointed out, there are 241 million computers in the US, and many people with records, bank statements, credit card information that can be eliminated. The patent for the device is pending, and once the patent is granted in the United States, then they can apply for patents worldwide.
The device that they developed was a revolutionary concept. It plugs into your computer and it eliminates unwanted files, files that were private or privileged. It does this two ways: First, there is the regular shredding process, where the files would be destroyed as if they had been shredded; and Second, there is the burning process, where the files are completely destroyed, as if you had put them in a container and burned them. When the device is removed from your computer, there is no evidence that it had ever been attached.
This device has a great appeal to many possible users. For example, doctors and medical centers who wish to be rid of old files with patient information, including social security numbers and medical records, can now use this device to eliminate these items. In the past, they had been able to shred paper records, but the computer records presented a major problem, since they could be accesses in many ways. Nancie also pointed out that this was the case with legal records, including information about various cases and client records that the attorneys had handled. She mentioned one situation where the person had lined up his old computers and shot them, to destroy the hard drives with the personal information.
She and Alex also walked us through the process of creation, with the design, manufacturing, patent and other problems. As she said, one unanticipated problem is that their manufacturing center for the device is in China, in the province with the Corona Virus, so that is slowing things a bit. But she expects the device to go live, to be available on March 1, and the device will sell for $149.
For her complete program, please go to www.warrencountyrotary.org.
Story by: Hank Ecton