The Rotary Club of Scotland County nearly shrivelled and collapsed due to the global pandemic circumstances of the past two years. The few active members who tried to keep the group together thought the future looked bleak for the club’s livelihood. There was a threat that the club’s efforts to host BINGO and the Chicken/Chop BBQ at the annual antique fair in the Memphis plaza would be impractical in 2022, due to the club’s lack of active membership over the past two last years. Club officials rallied the community and several business leaders and retirees answered the call. Ten new members were inducted into the club at their annual banquet on June 29.
The Scotland County Rotary Club held its annual banquet on June 29, 2022 for the purpose of inducting new members, presenting fellows with checks and installing officers. Rotary club members and guests enjoyed a meal at Keith’s Cafe. After Jeff Behrens handed the presidential gavel to new club president Kevin Brown, Kevin inducted ten new members into the club. These members are: Nancy Holt-Scotland County Health Department, Kim Ludwick-Scotland County Health Department, Sarah Steele-Scotland County Health Department, Elaine Cross-Retiree, Freddie Henderson-Retiree, Jason Moss-Law Enforcement, Joe Fulk-Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri, Tasha Eggleston-Wood – incoming County Treasurer of Scotland, Wendy Nielson-Wendy’s Sinsations and Michelle VanGorkum-Scotland County Assessor.
The scholarships totaled $3,000 this year and checks for $500 were presented to six R-1 seniors from County Scotland in 2022. The scholarship recipients are: Zac Behrens attending Northwest Missouri State University, Emiley Dial attending Columbia College, Alayna Whitaker attending John Wood Community College, Kabe Hamlin attending Moberly Area Community College, Baileigh Phillips attending Truman State University, and Trayton Buckallew attending Northwest Missouri State University.
Jared Cerroni went home with a check for $3,000 for the American Patriot Scholarship. This scholarship is funded by an anonymous donor who is a retired career military officer with close ties to the County of Scotland. The donor has asked the Rotary Club of the County of Scotland to administer the scholarship on his behalf each year. Scholarship applicants provide a written essay on the meaning of patriotism and how it applies to their values, etc. The finalists then make an oral presentation to the Rotary club in May. The public is invited to contribute to this local scholarship fund to help sustain it. If interested, contact Bill Kiddoo at US Bank-Memphis Branch.
This year’s Rotary Club SC officers are: President-Kevin Brown, Attorney, Vice-President-Kristal Phillips, Corner Perk & More, and Treasurer-Corey Stott, KMEM-FM Radio.
With ten new registered members of the Rotary Club of Scotland County, along with existing active members, the Rotary club is pleased to announce that it will once again host BINGO at the Scotland County Antique Fair on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. the evenings of August 25, 26 and 27. The club will grill pork chops and chicken quarters on Saturday which will be served immediately after the parade. Please come support your local Rotary club.