Club President John Rufli said that the local Rotary Club was the only chapter to participate in the area, awarding the winners not only a local victory, but the area title as well. Winners received a local prize of $250 for first, $150 for second and $100 for third, with additional area prize monies of $300, $200 and $100 respective of the finish.
Rufli said that the theme entitled “Sharing Rotary” asked students how to carry the message of service above self for all mankind forward.
Rotary Secretary Sandra Myers introduced the five student speakers. “We are working to get more young people involved with Rotary. I think you will be pleased with their work today,” she told Rotarians.
Arranged by alphabetical order in last names, Keegan Davis began the competition. He discussed involving college students in Rotary activities and said a Roteract club- Rotary for college age students, would be the best way to do so. He vowed to join a Roteract club as a student at Hopkinsville Community College.
Davis also discussed the need for service in the community. He said that during a mission trip to Peru, he was told not to drink or brush his teeth with local water. “We can purify water for three cents per day. Rotary can help with that. I want others to have fresh water just as we do.”
Courtney Harrison presented her speech next and described Rotary’s service to the world, including the club’s efforts to eradicate polio with its Polio Plus program. Harrison said that the program prevents 250,000 deaths annually. She also said that she would like to be involved with Rotary’s Ambassador Scholars program to provide cultural information about the United States to, and learn about other nations from students from other countries.
“Who would not want to get involved in their communities through Rotary?” said Harrison. “We can bring a youthful change to Rotary.”
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