GREENVILLE — The Greenville Rotary Club held its “Rotary Gives Back” luncheon Tuesday at Brethren Retirement Community.
“This is the opportunity we have to see the fruits of our labor,” said Rotary President Kyle Lehman. “We get to give back to the community through money we’ve raised all year through different projects. It’s a fun time to see what we work for all year.”
In all, the group awarded eight $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors and $30,000 in grants to various projects being performed by community organizations.
“We try to spread it around, see what the community needs and where it needs to go and try to do as much as we can with our money,” said Lehman.
Rotary received 43 applications from graduating high school seniors across Darke County. The list was narrowed to 16 students, then further narrowed to the final eight.
Among the eight students awarded $1,000 scholarships were Greenville High School students Josh Smith, Brooke Perreira, Leah Suter, and Meg Rehmert, who were on hand to accept their awards. Four other students also received $1,000 scholarships: Greenville High School’s Rachel Hickerson, Kassidy York and Molly Hunt, and Franklin Monroe High School’s Jade Besecker.
Community organization projects receiving grants included: Alzheimer’s Association; Annie Oakley Festival; Beamsville Christian Church; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Brethren Retirement Community; Coalition for a Healthy Darke County; Darke County College Access Program, (DBA Bridges); Darke County Center of the Arts; Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross; Darke County Senior Outreach; Darke County Economic Foundation; Darke County Park District; Darke County Pregnancy Help Center; Darke County Soccer Association; Darke County Special Olympics; Darke County United Way; Empowering Darke County Youth; EUM Church; Final Bow – Center of Children’s Performing Arts; Fish Choice Pantry; Friends of the Cardinal Center; Friends of the Greenville City Parks; Gateway Youth Programs; CORSP; Gathering at the Garst/Darke County Historical Society; Grace Resurrection; Greenville Citizens Baseball League; Greenville Community Unity Group; Greenville Girls Softball Association; Greenville Goal Getters; Greenville High School-Interactive Media, CT Program; Greenville Jr. High Multiple Disabilities Unit; Greenville Middle School After Hours School Tutoring Program; Greenville Goal Getters; Hope in Recovery; Hospice of Darke County – State of the Heart Care; Illumination Ministries; The Light Foundation; Meals on Wheels; Railroad Museum, Bradford; Wayne Health Care Foundation; YMCA of Darke County; and YOLO.
In addition, Lehman received the “Rotarian of the Year ” award from the club.
Lehman expressed his thanks to Brethren Retirement Community for hosting this event as well as hosting the Greenville Rotary Club’s weekly meetings.
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