July 5, 2012
Rotary Club Honors Forrester, Kigar and Six SCR-1 Grads
The Scotland County Rotary Club's scholarship recipients for 2012 are (L to R) Logan Payne, Derrick Muntz, Kristine Reckenberg, Elizabeth Duzan, Kiley Frazier and Kelsey Enlow.
Elaine Forrester, Alisa Kigar and six members of the Scotland County R-1 High School class of 2012 were honored by the Scotland County Rotary Club at the organization's annual awards banquet and officer installation ceremony, held June 27 at the Main Street Café in downtown Memphis.
The Rotary Club recognized Forrester with its Community Service Award and Kigar, one of her daughters, as Rotarian of the Year. The club gave scholarships to Elizabeth Duzan, Kelsey Enlow, Kiley Frazier, Derrick Muntz, Logan Payne and Kristine Reckenberg.
Forrester was honored for embodying the Rotary International motto, "Service Above Self."
A member of the First Christian Church since 1964, Forrester has been a Nursery Sunday School teacher for over 25 years and regularly delivers Meals on Wheels. She has been a song leader and a deaconess. She organizes many of the "Young at Heart" senior citizen activities and assists with many other ministries and jobs at the church.
Forrester manages the upkeep of the Edinburg Church near her home. She's a member of the Edinburg Cemetery Association, mows the cemetery lawn and organizes the annual Edinburg Reunion each September.
Forrester also is a longtime member of the Downing House Historical Society. She has helped raise over $11,000 for the organization by collecting aluminum cans for 25 years. During that time, she has smashed thousands of cans and made many trips to recycling centers to collect the proceeds.
A member of the Rutledge Chapter 343 Order of the Eastern Star, Forrester has held numerous OES offices including District Deputy. Five years ago, she was selected as the Missouri delegate to the South Dakota Grand Chapter. She also is a member of the American Legion Post #20 in Kirksville.
Dallace Shumacher, outgoing president of the Rotary Club of Scotland County, is pictured with the club's Community Service Award winner Elaine Forrester.
Forrester has been a school bus driver for nearly 40 years. She started as a contracted driver, owning her own bus, for the Rutledge School District in the fall of 1972, and has driven for the Scotland County School District ever since the closure of the Rutledge district. She still mows the Rutledge School lawn.
A 1964 graduate of Gorin High School, Forrester has been married to her husband, Sterling, for 47 years. She is the mother of Angela Westhoff and Alisa Kigar, and she has four grandchildren (Megan, Shelby, Eli and Elsie) and one great-grandchild (Harper).
Kigar, marketing specialist at Scotland County Hospital, was recognized for behind-the-scenes work she contributes to the Rotary Club. She has chaired the club's publicity committee, taking photos and writing press releases for club activities. She and her husband, Jim, a fellow Rotarian, recently hosted a dinner for the Rotary International Group Study Exchange Team from Romania - just one instance where Kigar (or both Kigars) stepped up to help the club and community.
Forrester accepted the award on behalf of her daughter.
Each of the Rotary Scholarship recipients received $500, and all are going on to college. Duzan will attend Hannibal-LaGrange University; Enlow, Truman State University; Frazier, the University of Central Missouri; Muntz, the physical therapy program at Indian Hills Community College; Payne, the gunsmith program at Pine Technical College; and Reckenberg, the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
Elizabeth Reel, a member of the Schuyler County Rotary Club and a Past Assistant District Governor, delivered the keynote speech, encouraging attendees - the scholarship winners in particular - to seize opportunities that present themselves.
Current Assistant District Governor George Koontz, a Scotland County Rotarian, inducted the 2012-13 club officers. They are: President David Shalley, President-elect Daisy Murphy, Secretary Evan Tuchinsky, Treasurer Jeff Behrens and Sergeant-at-arms Brent Walker.
Outgoing President Dallace Schumacher thanked members for their service during his 2011-12 tenure, and Shalley closed the ceremony with wishes for a successful year.