|Meeting of May 15, 2013|
by Edward Miller
From The Top
President Kathy opened the meeting with the pledge led by Ann Marie Bode, and grace by Gus Fishel. Since today was our 54th Annual Ferdinand Gutmann Scholarship
Awards Luncheon, we were joined by many guests - parents, teachers, advisors
and other important people in the lives of the scholarship winners.
Kathy welcomed all of the scholarship recipients, and the many guests who came
to congratulate them, and introduced John Van Bourgondien, Scholarship Committee Chairman, who conducted today's program.
For the past 54 years the Babylon Rotary Club has provided college
scholarships to deserving students from local high schools at our Annual
Ferdinand Gutmann Memorial Awards Luncheon. The Babylon Rotary
Scholarship Program was founded by Ferdinand Gutmann, a unique Rotarian
of great personal, moral courage, who was devoted to the encouragement
and advancement of young people, worldwide goodwill and peace.
From the description of the academic and career goals provided by each
scholarship winner, it was clear that the Scholarship Committee again
chose wisely and well - this is a truly outstanding group of youngsters.
John Van Bourgondien
introduced this year's recipients, each of whom gave a brief talk on their college plans and career aspirations; they are :
Babylon High School Colleen McKeown & Olivia Smith
North Babylon High School Rachael Shaw & Tabasum Saljooki
West Babylon High School Debra-Anne Dingwerth & Sarah Bosworth
West Islip High School Samantha Wolmacher & Mary Haedrich
St. John The Baptist High School Alexander Smith & Vanessa Nguyen
Photos of those scholars present at the awards ceremony are in the
Photo Album section on the home page of the Babylon Rotary web site.
Next Week's Program
At our regular meeting next Wednesday, May 22nd, we'll hear from Brittany Aubin about the Global Poverty Project.