E.C. Rotary Club awards scholarships

The Elizabeth City Rotary Club Scholarship Ceremony
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The Elizabeth City Rotary Club awarded scholarships totaling more than $20,000 to local high school students on Wednesday. Scholarship recipients include (l-r) Lauren Shannon, Kelsey O'Brien, Brogan Williams, John Parker Betts, Dat Tran, Kiana Banks, Caleb White, Maris Jones, Caroline Shubel, Jacob Jennings and Cailey Byrum (not shown).

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From staff reports

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Elizabeth City Rotary Club handed out more than $20,000 in academic scholarships to 11 students during the club’s annual Rotary Scholarship Awards presentation on Wednesday.

Scholarship selections are made by a committee of the club each year from applications collected from high schools in Pasquotank and Camden counties. The awards are funded through proceeds from various trusts granted to Rotary.

This year’s scholars include:

Rotary Memorial Scholarship: Dat Tran, Camden County High School, $2000. Since the 1930’s these scholarships have been funded through Rotary Club member contributions. 

Miles Clark Memorial Scholarship: Caroline Shubel, Northeastern High School, $2000; Kiana Banks, Pasquotank County High School, $2000. These scholarships were begun in 1966 with a gift from the estate of Miles Clark, an Elizabeth City native: 

A.B. Houtz and Jeanette Houtz Mast Scholarship. Lauren Shannon, Northeastern High School, $2000; Kelsey O’Brien, Pasquotank County High School, $2000. In 1968, Jeanette Houtz Mast and A.B. Houtz created their scholarship fund with gifts of various stocks. They asked that scholarships in their name be awarded to students who plan to major in music: 

William G. Gaither ScholarshipCaleb White, Pasquotank County High School, $2000. In 1980 William Gaither bequeathed a sum of money to the scholarship effort, followed a year later by his widow’s estate in a similar amount. They indicated that scholarships from this fund be awarded to students who plan to major in business.

Thornton – Little Scholarship: Brogan Williams, Northeastern High School, $2000; Jacob Jennings, Northeastern High School, $2000; Maris Jones, Northeastern High School, $2000. In 1981 the families of Tim Thornton and George Little set up their scholarship fund in the wake of a tragic airplane crash, funding it with cash and shares of stock. 

Maud and Horace Reid Scholarship: John Parker Betts, Northeastern High School, $2000. In 1991 Pete Reid established a scholarship in the name of his parents, Maud and Horace Reid, by donating two pieces of land, which were then sold to the county. 

Rotary Vocational Scholarship: Cailey Byrum, Camden County High School, $500. Since 2001 these scholarships have been funded with Rotary Club funds. Scholarships from this fund are awarded to students who plan to continue their education by studying a specific vocation. 

Meadors  awarded CG Spouses Scholarship 

The Coast Guard Spouses' Club of Elizabeth City grants a yearly scholarship to an eligible Coast Guard dependent. On May 10, the Club's Scholarship Committee announced Cassandra Meadors as this year's $1,000 scholarship recipient. 

One Mill Park features interpretive sign, millstone

Officials recently dedicated a sign highlighting Camden County’s history of wind power during a ceremony at One Mill Park.

The new sign, which includes an old millstone discovered years ago by Camden resident Alex Leary, is located at the southern tip of the county, now occupied by One Mill Park. The marker details historical information about five former grain-milling windmills that operated in the Shiloh area during the 1800’s. 

Leary, who donated the millstone, discovered it while swimming in the area some 40 years ago. During a ceremony May 15, Camden Parks and Recreation Director Tim White thanked Alex and Sandra Leary for their part in discovering, preserving and sharing history with the public.

One Mill Park features picnic pavilions, playground, boardwalk, boat ramp, restrooms and a spectacular view of the Pasquotank River and the Albemarle Sound. County Manager Ken Bowman and Camden Commissioners Tom White and Garry Meiggs were at the dedication. More of Camden County's history can be discovered at the Camden County Heritage Museum and Historic Jail, open on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 771-8333 for more information on Camden County Tourism.

Camden Woman’s Club members take honors

Two members of the Camden Womans Club won top honors at the 116th Annual GFWC-NC State Convention in Cary.

Donna Bivens Harrell was awarded the “Clubwoman with Heart Award.” This award is given annually to a Clubwoman who by her efforts provides the "heart " for her club. It is not given on the basis of community or club involvement , but rather on the person who best exemplifies the words of the Collect for Woman.

Trenia Marietta was awarded with the “Outstanding Citizenship and Patriotism Award.” This award is given annually to recognize a clubwoman for out standing work in citizenship and patriotism in her community.

Delta Kappa Gamma Pi installs new president

Kris Johnson was installed as the incoming president of Delta Kappa Gamma Pi Chapter recently during an officer installation ceremony at the Nothin’ Fancy Cafe in Edenton.

Past Eta State President, Pat Taylor, spoke on the importance of nurturing new members, as well as, those who have been members for years. Out-going president, Joy Johnson, gave a report on the Eta State 2018 Convention.

Delta Kappa Gamma is a professional honor society of key women educators in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Japan. Their mission is to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

Bush is Post 126 ‘Spring Fling’ raffle fundraiser  

David Bush is $1,000 richer after having his raffle ticket drawn in the American Legion Post 126 first-ever “Spring Fling Cash Fundraiser Raffle.” Six other ticket holders walked away with an additional $2,000 in cash.

The drawing was held May 18 at at the Post located at 111 West Academy Street. Others winners were: Jason Value, Jacquelin Hicks, Eugene Overton and Laura Bush, all from Elizabeth City.  

The organization sponsors Scout Pack 150 and funds an annual $500 Perquimans High School Band Scholarship.  

Fraternity supports Port Discover Earth Day Festival

The Epsilon Chi Lambda Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (River City Alphas) participated in the Association of N.C. Alphamen quarterly Family Day of Service on April 21.

Several members of the River City Alphas and their families spent their day of service volunteering at the 7th Annual Earth Day Festival at Port Discover Children’s Science Center in Elizabeth City. The volunteers helped children attending the event learn more about solar cars, robotics, insects, and animals through participation in various fun-filled hands-on educational activities and science exhibits designed for kids of all ages.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., founded in 1906 develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for communities.

Local pilot involved in Young Eagles program

James Elliott, an area pilot, has now given more than 100 young people a free demonstration airplane ride as part of the EAA “Young Eagles” program, which is introducing a new generation to the world of flight.

All pilots in the Young Eagles program explain the safe operation of airplanes and principles of flight before the short trips. Participating young people become official Young Eagles with the flight.

The Young Eagles Program was unveiled by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in July 1992 and has now flown more than 2 million young people between the ages of 8 and 17. EAA is a worldwide organization with 200,000 members who enjoy all facets of recreational flight. For more information, visit www.youngeagles.org.

Corprew matches FFA grant from Monsanto

Local farmer Tim Corprew donated $2,500 to the Perquimans High School Future Farmers of America on May 8. His donation matches the America’s Farmers Grow Communities Grant from the Monsanto Fund that was awarded to the Perquimans FFA in April.

Susan Perry, PCHS agriculture teacher and FFA advisor said the money will be used to provide students with opportunities to participate in FFA events and competitions.

Prayer group observes five birthdays 

Five members of the Noon Day prayer group at Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church recently celebrated five birthdays together.

Those celebrating birthdays range from ages 3 to 84 years. The group is called the Higherlevel Support for Hope. The church is located at 798 Firetower Rd., Elizabeth City. 

Brothers completes the uniform CPA exam

John Paul Brothers Jr., of Elizabeth City, is one of the 103 North Carolina candidates to complete the Uniform CPA Examination during the 2018 Q1 testing window.

The North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examiners made the announcement.