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The Scotland County Rotary Club held their annual banquet on June 16, 2021, for the purpose of presenting scholarship recipients with a check and induction of a new member. Rotary club members and invited guests enjoyed a meal at Keith’s Cafe, followed by scholarship check presentations. The scholarships totaled $2,000 this year and $500 checks were presented to four 2021 Scotland County R-1 Seniors. The scholarship recipients are: Jenna Blessing, attending Mizzou and daughter of Henry and Julie Blessing; Clara Davis, attending Mizzou and daughter of Jeff and Trinity Davis; Kylee Stott, attending Central Methodist University and daughter of Travis and Amy Stott; and Anna Triplett, attending Mizzou and the daughter of Curt Triplett and the late Vanessa Triplett.
Jenna Blessing went home with an additional check in the amount of $3,000 for the American Patriot Scholarship. This scholarship is funded by an anonymous donor who is a retired career military officer with strong ties to Scotland County. The donor asked the Scotland County Rotary Club to administer the scholarship on the donor’s behalf each year. Applicants of the scholarship provide a written essay on the meaning of patriotism and how it applies to their values, etc. Finalists then provide an oral presentation. The public is welcome to contribute to this local scholarship fund to help perpetuate it. If you are interested, contact Bill Kiddoo at US Bank-Memphis Branch.
Rotary District 6040 District Governor, Donald Gladhart, from the Rotary Club of St. Joseph gave a presentation on Rotary International projects and regional club updates followed by the induction of new member, Corey Stott, to the membership roster of the Scotland County Rotary Club. Also in attendance was Ray Klinginsmith, Past President, Rotary International 2010- 2011. Past President Klinginsmith gave a few remarks regarding the history of the Scotland County Rotary Club which he helped charter over 40 years ago in Memphis.
This year’s SC Rotary Club officers are: President-Jeff Behrens, Gerth Funeral Service/Gerth & Baskett Furniture; Secretary-Amy Farris, Tri-County Electric Cooperative and Treasurer-Cole Tippett, Tri-County Electric Cooperative.
Rotary will once again be hosting BINGO at the Scotland County Antique Fair on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, August 26, 27 & 28. The club will be BBQing Pork Chops and Chicken quarters on Saturday to be served immediately following the parade. Please come out and support your local Rotary Club.