Rotary awards scholarships

Pictured above, from left to right, are Bryan College’s David Holcomb, Maeve Walls, Callie Adams and Dayton Rotary Club President Debby Conner.

Dayton Rotary Club members, Bryan College leadership, students and guests gathered in the new Bryan College Stophel Welcome Center, on Friday, Dec. 4, for a delicious luncheon, Christmas holiday music and freshman class scholarship awards.

The members of the Rotary Club of Dayton said they want to thank Bryan College for again hosting this traditional Christmas season event annually since 1979.

After the gourmet luncheon and opening words from Dayton Rotary Club President Debby Conner, David Holcomb, Bryan College Vice President of Advancement and Communications, voiced a warm welcome followed by announcement of the 2020 Rotary Club scholarship recipients, Maeve Walls and Callie Adams.

Both esteemed freshman class students from Rhea County rose to the podium to thank the Dayton Rotary Club members, describe how this money will contribute to their academic endeavors and career goals and commented how Bryan College has already enhanced their lives.

The meeting activities continued with Bryan College graduate and keynote speaker Senior Pastor Jim Woychuk of Grace Bible Church, followed by a repertoire of popular Christmas songs lead by Dr. Kimberly Keck, Associate Professor of Music/Chair, Department of Performing Arts.

Holcomb closed the gathering by graciously thanking the Dayton Rotary Club for funding the student scholarships which have been awarded annually to Bryan College first-year students since the late 1950s.

The Rotary Club of Dayton was organized in 1953 as a community humanitarian service organization comprising a membership of government, business, professional and area leaders who subscribe to the motto “Service Above Self,” volunteer in their communities and promote world understanding and peace.

Annual fundraisers include a golf tournament, The Strawberry Festival Pancake Breakfast, and Daddy-Daughter Dance to generate sponsorship funds for vocational, educational, local community and international service programs.

The Rotary Club of Dayton is a distinguished chapter of Rotary International that was founded in 1905 as the world’s first volunteer service organization, and now includes more than 1.3 million members in 33,000 clubs throughout 171 countries worldwide with a mission to improve people’s lives locally, nationally and globally through a variety of service projects.

The Dayton Rotary Club is also a renowned member of Rotary District 6780, located in eastern Tennessee, which includes 65 Rotary Clubs with more than 3,600 members.