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Tyrone Rotary hosts District Conference at Blair County Convention Center

The Rotary Club of Tyrone hosted the District No. 7350 Conference May 13-15 at the Blair County Convention Center.
Nearly three years of planning and hard work by the 34 Tyrone Rotarians and their spouses came to an end as 400 Rotarians from 44 clubs in the district got together for planning sessions, youth exchange and good fellowship.
Programs such as the polio plus, million meals, youth exchange and the Rotary Foundation were well attended.
The Tyrone Club was responsible for the conference due to Kelly Wike becoming District No. 7350 Governor for July 2004 through June 2005. Wike has had a challenging year traveling and keeping up her duties. She said she has a lot of good memories and made many new friends as she visited a lot of old friends. She will continue to serve and help future Rotarians.
Rose Black served as conference chair and Donna Isenberg co-chair. Randy and Jan Miles were in charge of registration. Bill Fink was the club photographer. Terri Swann put together the program booklet. Bud Boom, Gregg Hoover, Tim Nowlin and Denny McClellan had a very busy weekend as Sergeants At Arm making sure each session and event was properly equipped.
Amy Stever, Tammy Boom, Revel Kemp and Sally Thomas enjoyed their busy week looking after inbound and outbound exchange students. They visited the Logan Valley Mall, The Horseshoe Curve and treated them to a Curve Game as well as put together an entertaining luncheon for everyone.
Richard and Carla Mae Baumgardner and Fred Thomas were in charge of the hospitality suite which was fully stocked with beverages and all kinds of goodies. Bill Bell, who could not attend, made a huge banner that displayed smaller banners representing each club. Paul Espy, Fran Brunhuber, Scott Hiller, Bernie Sherwin and Jeff Waring were in charge of displays. Each club was asked to display a board representing their club.
Roberta Ramsay and Dr. Jim Ramsay were out visiting the clubs, promoting the conference throughout the year. Attorney Ned Newlin and Relda Newlin were in charge of the Sunday memorial service where all deceased members were honored. Kathy Krinks was in charge of the Rotary Store which sold Rotary items.
Ginny Dollar was in attendance as an honorary member of her deceased husband Past District Governor John Dollar. Dr. Jim Ramsay challenged the club as to every Paul Harris donated to the Foundation he would match, which resulted in seven. At the conference Dr. Ramsay presented his wife Roberta and each one of his five children with a Paul Harris. Leaving one left that he presented to Betty Babe in honor/memory of deceased Rotarian Dr. Carl Babe who was the person responsible for keeping Dr. Ramsay in the area when they first came. A Paul Harris is a $1,000 donation made to The Rotary Foundation.
Through raffles and chances sold at the conference, the Tyrone Rotary Club donated $900 to The Foundation for sustaining members and $2,832 to Million Meals which goes to feed the hungry in the world.
Saturday night was a Gala event entertainment by Deana Bogart and formal dress.
Rose Black and Donna Isenberg said they could not have been any more proud of the Tyrone Club as each member stepped up and took part in such a huge event. They were pleased to be able to bring and keep the business in Blair County. They added that Kelly Wike did an outstanding job as District Governor for the Tyrone Area.