Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge West Virginia
Kiwanis Gardens North Project
In Memory Of Bernie Knott
Dr. Bernard Wayne Knott passed peacefully into life with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ surrounded by members of his earthly family on Monday, February 5, 2018. He was known by family and friends as a variety of names – Wayne, Bernard, Bernie, Babe, Dad, Papa, Doctor Knott and Doc and was loved and admired by many.
The oldest child of Mary Anna Michael Knott of Charles Town, WV, and the late Bernard Anthony Knott, he was born on March 10, 1947, in Frederick, MD, and was raised on a dairy farm.
In 1970, he married the love of his life, Adele Abrahamson. In addition to Adele, he leaves behind his legacy in his children, their spouses and grandchildren: John and Melissa Knott, Rudy, Leila and Riese (Ranson, WV); Matthew and Laura Knott, Alexis, Zachary and Sierra (Harpers Ferry, WV) ; Mark Knott and Rachel Hochman (Woodstock, VT); Rebekah and Barry Bridgette, Anthony, Emma and Jackson (Bakersfield, CA); Luke and Kristine Knott, Cooper and Paige (Martinsburg, WV) ; and Sarah and Nathan Cross, Hendrick (Martinsburg, WV). He is also survived by his siblings and spouses: Barbara and Tom DeRocher (Middletown, MD); Patricia and Bob Funk (Charles Town, WV); and Doug and Diane Knott (Charles Town, WV), and many cousins, nephews and nieces. A firm believer in the power of education, he earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and secondary education from Shepherd College, a master’s degree in environmental science from Shippensburg University (PA) and his doctorate in educational technology from Nova Southeastern University (FL), all while working full-time to support his family.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving as a computer specialist during the Vietnam War. Dr. Knott began his teaching career at Martinsburg High, then worked for Berkeley County Schools, before transferring to Jefferson County Schools where he was a teacher and later an administrator. He was assistant principal at Jefferson High School from 2004 until his retirement in 2012. He was most fulfilled in those roles in working with at-risk youth and helping them make it through school to become active members of society.
In addition to his employment, he was very active with the Kiwanis Club of Shepherdstown, WV Kiwanis Key Club Committee, St. Agnes Parish, Blue Ridge Rabbit & Cavy Club, the Jefferson County Farm Bureau, Jefferson County Fair Board of Directors and was the Jefferson County 4-H rabbit project advisor. He was a mentor and role model for many young people throughout the state of WV through his work in education and with the Key Club. His interests and hobbies were wide and varied -- gardening, reading (especially science fiction!), raising rabbits, building things and traveling the world with his beloved wife, especially as an ambassador for Kiwanis International. Family and friends gathered on December 23, 2017, for a Celebration of Life (living wake) at the Clarion Hotel in Harpers Ferry. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Shepherdstown, WV, on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:00 am, with Rev. Dr. Mat Rowgh officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the WV Key Club District Foundation, c/o Mrs. Jan Shelburne, One Bank Plaza, Wheeling, WV 26003 or the St. Agnes Scholarship l Fund, PO Box 1603, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.
Governor Nathaniel’s Corner
Happy 2018 WV Distrist!
I was honored to represent this great district in the 129th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade.
Click on the link to see the float in the parade
Governor Nathaniel’s Corner
Greetings my fellow Kiwanians and members of the great WVDistrict!!!! A lot has occurred since my last letter. We have another new club!!! I would like to extend my personal thanks to Past-Governor Rocco Cipriano for building a new club in Division 6, the Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge West Virginia! Let’s all welcome them to the WV District! I will be attending their Charter Celebration at the end of this month. Also, with the help of the Eye of the Tiger Team Lead Kendra Skidmore, WV Formula Chair KellieLaraba, Regional Development Strategist Lanton Lee, Governor-Elect Sam Payne, Immediate Past Governor Ted Streit, Past Governor John Kyle, and President Irvin Scarberry of the East Huntington Club and I have spent the past couple of days going out into Barboursville recruiting new members for a new club there.These are exciting times for the WV District!! And my thanks to you, the members of this great District for allowing me to lead you on this journey this year as we grow this District so that we can continue to serve the children of the State of WV. #WVKidsNeedKiwanis
Yours in Kiwanis Service,
Governor Nathaniel Kyle
As the new Kiwanis year begins, I want to thank Immediate Past Governor Ted and his District board for the work they did this past year. They have every reason to be proud of the year that
they had and all the successes we had as a District, especially the opening of the first new club in four years in the District - the Vienna Club. I want to welcome them to the WV District and to Kiwanis International!! Now as we look ahead to the 2017-18 year, we still have a lot to do. Membership should always be at the front our minds as Kiwanians because as we all know, more hands = more service. Now with that being said, here are my Goals for the District in 17-18.
Build Seven New Kiwanis clubs- Like I stated above, more hands =more service, and the more clubs we have in this great District, the more children we can serve. Increase current club membership and help clubs retain current members with help from the District Formula team- I want to see current clubs grow, as well as build new ones, and the District Formula Team can help clubs do so. Whether that be by educating members, or by planning a Club Boost. We are here to help the clubs and we will do whatever we can do to help.
Continue to collect pledges for The Eliminate Project - We as Kiwanians have committed ourselves to this amazing effort, but the work is far from over. We still have a long way to go until we reach the finish line of the $110M, but with the continual generosity of Kiwanians, I know we can finish the work we started five years ago.
Continue to increase involvement with our Service Leadership Programs - K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club, Circle K, and Aktion Club, and to in-crease sponsorship of those Programs- Members of those programs are the future of our amazing organization and we need to do whatever it takes to grow and mentor those you men and women to mold them into future Kiwanians. To quote International President Jim Rochford, “The SLP’s are the best thing Kiwanis does bar none” and I whole heartly agree with him.
HAVE KIWANIS FUN!! - We need to have fun with whatever it is we are doing and make ourselves visible to our communities so we can attract new members to join our clubs or perhaps build a new club.
One thing we all will hear a lot about over the next year is Formula 409. What that means is, 409 newsclubs throughout the world, making it the largest growth for Kiwanis in the Modern Era. Ladies and Gentlemen, my class of fellow Governors have committed ourselves to this and so have we, the members of the17-18 District Board. So I ask you as members of the WV District and Kiwanis International, and as humanbeings, will you join us as we grow our organization so we can help more children in our great State whoneed us now more than ever. #WVKidsNeedKiwanis
Yours in Kiwanis Service,
Governor Nathaniel Kyle