President Amanda Walls called the meeting to order and Jim Russell led the invocation, pledge, and Four-Way Test.
Ron Denney introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians. Brandi Morris was a guest of Michael Huff. Lt. Joe Parker was a guest of James Ring. Jack Jeffares was a guest of Jason Wyatt.
Carol Catanzarite Collected Happy Dollars. Mike Loudon led the club in the singing of “Home on the Range.“
President Amanda announced that the Four Lakeland Clubs were able to go to the City Commission meeting and make a contribution of $10k for the ongoing success of Common Ground Park. The District Training Assembly is on April 29th at the Law Center in Tampa. Please let Julie Townsend know if you would like to attend. Please also pay attention to the district events on the table & in the e-mail blast. In May is the final Coffee Talk with Amanda – please contact Steph Colon to sign up. Thursday, June 22 is the annual Rotary Dinner & Celebration at Lone Palm Golf Club. Please save the date.
Rick Maxey introduced the program, which is our local Rotary Scholarship Recipients. Rick thanked the Scholarship Committee which was involved in the review & selection of these scholarship recipients. Each year we give out five, $1,000 scholarships to local students.  This year’s recipients are:
Savannah Seger – she attends Harrison School of the Arts and plans to attend FSU this Fall. She plans to earn her JD and would like to major in Finance as an undergrad. She enjoys budgeting, analyzing stocks, and researching how money makes the world go around. She also founded the Asian Culture Club at her high school.
Lauren Butler – her mother is from Jamaica, and her father is from the Bahamas. She is very involved in the Key Club, local elementary schools, and the literacy society. She works at Chickfila where she was promoted to a training coach position. She plans to major in English & Law at UCF and wants to eventually earn a doctorate degree.
Kyle Naab – He’s been through a number of trials but has managed to make the most of his opportunities. He plans to attend UCF and plans to pursue a degree in Finance. He expressed his sincere gratitude to our club and to his mother for her involvement in his life.
Careagan Williams – She attends Harrison School of the Arts. She has always loved the art of storytelling and has been involved in the musical arts since she was a child. She plans to attend The University of Florida and plans to pursue a degree in Fine Arts. She has been awarded several awards including a “Future Broadway Star” designation.
Emely Lopez – she is graduating from Lake Gibson High School and will be attending Southeastern University to major in Nursing and minor in Music Ministry. She attends Fellowship Church. She enjoys serving people and helping them and believes that her path in ministry and nursing will allow her to do that.
Congratulations to all of our scholarship recipients – what a wonderful group of young leaders with such bright futures.
President Amanda concluded the program with her word of the week: “pertinacious,” which means “stubbornly persistent.”
Next week’s program will be “Owls’ Nest Rescue & Research.”