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Covington Rotary has productive year — and sends Holmes High School students to study in Europe

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Is it the TRUTH?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Members of Covington Rotary have been reciting the Four Way Test since 1943, 52 weeks a year.

Over the last year members are doing what they do best: Service Above Self.

The Club is celebrating the ‘sending off’ of two students from Holmes High School to live and study in Europe for the academic year 2018-2019.

Early in the year, Rotary encouraged students from Covington High Schools to apply for this honor.

The requirements state that the students must excel academically and exhibit a financial need.

Darren Wurz, Covington Rotary President, Ericka Foley, Rotarian, Alvin Garrison, Superintendent of Covington Schools, Joe Meyer, Mayor of Covington, Jacob Dye, Exchange Student to Lyon, France, Molly Morgan, Exchange Student to Gdansk, Poland, Scott Hornblower, Principal, Holmes, High School, Dave Hartman, Assistant Principal, Holmes High School. Absent from photo, Nick Brockhoff, Exchange Student to Spain.

For three years, under the leadership of Rotarian Arnold Taylor, the Club sponsored one student per year. This year the Club is sponsoring three students.

The students have chosen to spend a year in a foreign country.

This year, Molly Morgan and Jacob Dye, juniors at Holmes High School, will be off to Poland and France. They will reside with local families, who have been identified and vetted by local Rotary clubs in Poland and France. Molly and Jacob will be immersed in the language, culture and educational systems of their respective countries.

During the year they will report regularly to the Covington Rotary. When they return next summer they will present their memories, challenges, and experiences at the Rotary meetings. Covington Rotary will underwrite all expenses associated with their travels and living expenses.

A third student, Nick Brockhoff, also from Holmes, will be going to Spain to live and study and have the same responsibilities as Molly and Jacob. While he is under the sponsorship of Covington Rotary, he will be paying his own way.

In addition to the International Student Study Exchange, Covington Rotary has had a year packed with activities and initiatives. The list includes: Pancake Breakfast, Rotary Founders Day Dinner, recognized and supported member Ken Harper, who received the Two-Headed Calf Award from Behringer Crawford Museum, member Florence Tandy, who was honored as a 2018 Woman of the Year Award. The Club donated $5100 to the Rotary Foundation.

Outbound Rotary Exchange students: Molly Morgan, Gdansk, Poland, Jacob Dye, Lyon, France
Holmes High School Students
Not present Nick Brockhoff, Spain

Rotary International, with support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is well on its way to eradicating polio around the world, Covington Rotary contributed $1500 to the cause. Covington Rotary established a Rotaract Club in Northern Kentucky. While the headquarters are at Thomas More College, students from local colleges and universities in the area are involved under the leadership of Covington Rotarian, Dr. John Wolper.

The Club named, as Paul Harris Fellows: Nancy Keathley, Tracy Jones, Randy Barnett, Gil Fauber, Carol Rogers-Rivir and incoming President, Darren Wurtz.

One of the Club’s largest undertakings this year involved the Biggest Charity Auction. The Club partnered with The Point and raised over sixty thousand dollars. The mission of The Point is to provide opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach their highest potential educationally, residentially, socially and vocationally. This was a perfect fit for the SERVICE ABOVE SELF.

As the Club welcomes new members the 50 current Rotarians will face more questions, challenges and opportunities of need, under the leadership of new President, Darren Wurz.

One thing is certain, Wurz, the Executive Committee, and club members will use the four-way test to move forward, as the Club has for 98 years.

For more information regarding information about Covington Rotary please contact Darren Wurz at 849-291-9879.

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