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Rotary Club of Edmond recognizes Edmond Community and Scholastic Leaders

by Andy Lester
4/28/2010 4:41:00 PM

      Do you ever despair about the future of our community, our state and our nation? Do you ever wonder where our future business and community leaders will come from? If so, I have good news. Our program this week will demonstrate the high quality of both our current and future citizen leaders.

      On Wednesday, the Rotary Club of Edmond will publicly recognize the winners of four of our community and scholarship programs. We will meet the Four-Way Test Contest winner, the Four-Way Test Speech Contest winner, the Ida Freeman Teacher of the Year, and the 2010-11 Rotary Club of Edmond Scholarship award winners.

      Two of the awards concern the Rotary Four-Way Test. Although you know the Four-Way Test, it never hurts to see it again. Translated into more than 100 languages, it asks:

Of all the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

      The Four-Way Test Contest winner is a business or person who exemplifies the Four-Way Test in his or her business dealings. Every year, we have several excellent nominees. We’ve had some great winners in the past. This year, the winner is Funds for Learning, LLC. Accepting the award will be John D. Harrington, who co-founded the organization in 1997.

      The Four-Way Test Speech Contest winner is Falan Fronko. A home-schooled high school senior, Falan has earned a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and hopes to become a Marine Animal Specialist. She will present to us her winning speech, and will participate in the District Speech Contest this weekend.

      Most of us know Ida Freeman’s Teacher of the Year, David Nichols. He is also Edmond’s Teacher of the Year. A fifth grade teacher of science and math, Nichols also started the nationally acclaimed Ida Freeman Elementary School Chess Club (whose members regularly trounced Edmond Rotarians in annual chess contests).

      Our 2010-11 Scholarship winners are Michelle Danser of Edmond North High School, Michaela Kohler of Edmond Santa Fe High School and Hannah Adel of Oklahoma Christian Schools. Michelle Danser is a Hope Center volunteer and a member of the Edmond Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. Michaela Danser, a member of both the Pom Squad and the Marching Band, has volunteered hundreds of hours at OU Medical Center. Hannah Adel volunteers countless hours to about a dozen different organizations, is a member of the cross-country team and is her class valedictorian.

      Those of us who are a part of the Edmond community have been blessed with so much. But with citizens and leaders like these, I know our best days are yet to come.

      Please give a warm Rotary Club of Edmond welcome to all of our special guests.



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