Selma Rotary to award scholarship

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 15, 2008


The Selma Rotary Club was host for several special guests during its Monday meeting at the St. James Hotel.

The service organization&8217;s members visited with a special delegation from Brazil, part of the Rotary International Group Study Exchange.

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Visiting from Brazil were Marcelo Bras Corr/a, 38, of Bauru, the team leader; Carmen Lima, 37, of Presidente Prudente; Eloizi Cristina Dedemo, 29 of Marilia; Ivy Wiens, 29, of Bauru and Samantha Quintiliano of Duartina.

The team members from Brazil exchanged banners with the Selma service club during the luncheon presided over by Selma Rotary Club president Bob Myers.

Of the visit, Myers said, &8220;Our first purpose is peace and understanding one another&8217;s culture.&8221;

Rotarians also believe in reaching out to one another, and this contact just helps, Myers added. For example, if a Rotary club in another country wanted to build a water well, but didn&8217;t have the resources to complete the project, another club in another county could help.

Additionally, members of the Selma club and those from Brazil heard presentations by six students from area high schools.

Each year, the Rotary club gives scholarships to deserving high school seniors. A single $750 scholarship is given, based on votes by the Rotarians for the best presentation. Each other student receives a $250 scholarship.

Those giving presentations on Monday were Trisha Stacey, Meadowview Christian School; Tabitha Carswell, Dallas County High School; Kimberlyn Byrd, Southside High School; Courtney Cole, Selma High School; Shauntay Gooden, Keith High School; and Peyton Dismukes, Morgan Academy.

The winner of the $750 scholarship will be announced later.