Deadline For Gordon Parks Photography Contest Sept. 25

The 2019 Gordon Parks Celebration to feature Photo Contest

Fort Scott-The Gordon Parks Celebration, scheduled for Oct 3- 5, 2019, at Fort Scott Community College, will feature a photo contest sponsored by Merl Humphrey Photography and inspired by a quote by the Gordon Parks-directed film The Learning Tree.

The theme of the contest, “My Learning Tree, Life Lessons Learned” is for any amateur photographer. Photographers are invited to capture the essence of this metaphor from Mr. Park’s film.

Non-professional photographers of any age and skill level are invited to take pictures for the project and may enter up to two photos. There will be a first place ($100), second place ($75) and third place ($50) prize and up to five honorable mentions. All photos submitted will be on exhibit during the 16th Annual Gordon Parks Celebration on Oct. 3 – 5, 2019. All photos will also be posted on the Museum Facebook page.

Photographs must be submitted via e-mail to gordonparksphotocontest@fortscott.edu. All photos must be JPEG in format and limit file size to less than 2 MB. All entries will be confirmed via email. Photographers should submit (in their email) a title, along with their name, address, email, and phone number. If under 10 years old please include parent’s information. Photos should be received via email by Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the latest.

For more information email gordonparkscenter@fortscott.edu or by phone call 223-2700, ext. 5850.

 

Forgive by Pastor James Collins

Pastor James Collins

Forgive

And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.Luke 11:4a

David Gallagher, 54, of Haworth, Oklahoma, died on Friday, July 25, 2008. He was on his way to work an overnight shift. According to the police report, the wreck happened about 11:35 p.m. David was westbound on State Highway 3 when a car rear-ended him, forcing his pickup off the right side of the road. His truck rolled and came to rest on the driver’s side. David died at the scene.

The young man who hit David walked away from his vehicle without a scratch. Of course, he was intoxicated. He fled but was later picked up by police. He was charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatality accident.

David’s wife, Kathy, was devastated. The hurt she felt over the loss of her husband quickly turned to hate. She hated the drunk driver that took her husband’s life. She hated living without David. She hated her heartache. She hated that she didn’t know what to do about her hate.

During her time of grief and hate, God spoke to Kathy through the still small voice in her heart. God said one word.

God said, “Forgive.”

Why should I forgive?” she argued.

Because of what unforgiveness is doing to you.”

That’s not reason enough.”

Have you forgotten how much I have forgiven you? Have you forgotten how I loved you so much that I gave my one and only Son for your sins? Who are you to hold the driver’s sins against him?”

Kathy realized that God was right. So, she did something amazing. She went to the McCurtain County Jail to visit the man who killed her husband. She handed him a Bible and said, “I want you to have this Bible. I want you to know Jesus.” Then she said, “I also want you to know that I forgive you. I want you to have a good life.”

The point is: Failing to forgive someone is like taking poison yourself to get back at that person. It doesn’t make sense.

Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “…Forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.”

Think about was Jesus is saying for a moment. He is saying that we should ask God, “Forgive me the way I forgive other people.” Do you really want God to forgive you the way you forgive others?

If you are holding on to some bitterness that is built up in your heart from not forgiving somebody, you can let go of it today.

Listen to the voice of God speaking to you. He has a word for you. God is saying, “Forgive.”

Through Jesus you can forgive.

I know without a doubt that forgiveness is possible. I learned it from my aunt, Kathy, when she forgave the man who killed my uncle, David.

James Collins is pastor of Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church. He can be reached by email at james@thepointis.net.

What’s Happening in Fort Scott by the Chamber of Commerce Sept. 21

21 Inaugural Kruger Classic Fundraiser for The Sharing Bucket at Woodland Hills Golf Course (sponsored by Holmtown Pub) – 2414 S. Horton, 7am registration, 8:30am shotgun start (see flyer below)

$60 per golfer, $240 per team (skins included). A limited number of carts are available; please reserve ahead of time, on a first-come, first-served basis

Contact James Wood (620-224-9687) or Les Russell
(620-215-3199) for pre-registration or hole sponsorships

Registration starts at 7am. Rules and hold assignments at 8am. Shotgun start at 8:30am

Working in conjunction with Care to Share, a portion of the proceeds will be donated on behalf of John Kruger

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each flight

21
Farmer’s Market – Skubitz Plaza (in front of the historic fort)

Saturday Mornings, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Fort Scott Farmers’ Market is a farmer driven and run market. The farmers work hard to produce the very finest produce available. We also provide a great venue for community organizations to promote their mission and raise funds

We are focused on fresh locally produce farm products
21 Fort Scott Community College 100th Anniversary Celebration Tailgate Party – 2108 S. Horton, 4:30pm

The tailgate party will start at 4:30 at Frary Field with free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, etc. No reservation needed, just show up and help us celebrate this momentous occasion.

For more info on the upcoming centennial events, click

22 Team Trivia at the Boiler Room Brewhaus –
10 S. National, 3-5pm

Exciting, fun and challenging team trivia. Put your team together (maximum of 8 teams, maximum of 5 members on a team)

$5 per person. Cash prizes for winning team.
Pre-register at the tap room

24-25
Story Time, hosted by the Fort Scott Public Library –
201 S. National, 10-11am

Join Miss Val and other local families for a themed story time, featuring 2-3 books read aloud, songs or fingerplays, craft, and snack, along with a play table for before and after the stories. All story times welcome any age children and teens
Some themes are based around seasons, holidays, and annual events, while others are chosen by regular attendees
For more information, visit www.fortscott.mykansaslibrary.org
Enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and snacks related to our theme in the downstairs event room. Hope you can come. Tell your friends!
24 T.O.P.S Meetings held weekly on Tuesdays at Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Ave., 10:30am
24 Employer Luncheon on WorkKeys hosted by the Chamber – FSCC Burris Hall, 2108 S. Horton,
11:30am-1pm

The Chamber will host a luncheon meeting for employers to provide information on WorkKeys testing that is available for both students and adults to take through ACT & KansasWorks.  This session will review what the testing is, how to utilize the results to help with successful hiring and employee retention, and how to utilize data to review impact

24 Fort Scott Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room,
2108 S. Horton, 12-1pm
24 Farmer’s Market – Skubitz Plaza (in front of the historic fort)

Tuesday evenings, 4-6pm

Fort Scott Farmers’ Market is a farmer driven and run market. The farmers work hard to produce the very finest produce available. We also provide a great venue for community organizations to promote their mission and raise funds. We are focused on fresh locally produce farm products

25 Breakfast Bingo at Buck Run Community Center –
735 Scott Ave., 9-10am

Come drink some coffee and play some bingo at Buck Run. Staff will provide the bingo cards, the caller, and the coffee. Prizes provided by the Fort Scott Recreation Commission

25 Rotary Meeting – Presbyterian Church,  308 S. Crawford St., 12-1pm
25
Adult Coloring Program – Fort Scott Public Library,
201 S. National Ave., 2-4pm
Join us in the library events room for a relaxing afternoon of coloring and conversation. Library provides coloring pages, pens and pencils, and snacks. Bring your own beverage of choice (no alcohol, please)
25
TAG – Teen Advisory Group – Fort Scott Public Library –
201 S. National, 4:15-5:15pm

Join Teen Advisory Group members in the library events room. This event is exclusively for middle and high school students. We have meetings weekly, including a games & snacks night, community service project, book club meeting, and craft night each month. Members can help the library develop programs, displays, and book collections that better serve teens! Make a difference in your community while having fun at TAG! Each meeting includes food, drinks, and a good time with your fellow teens. See you at TAG, and bring your friends!
26
Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce and a 70 year celebration at 8am. This week’s Chamber Coffee is being hosted by Diehl Banwart Bolton – Certified Public Accountants. Immediately following the coffee, we will be celebrating their 70 years in business! (See flyer below)
Location: Empress Event Center, 7 N. Main St.
26 Horticultural services at the Bourbon County Courthouse every Thursday – 210 S. National,
9am-3:30pm (See flyer below)

Krista Harding, Horticulture Agent for the Southwind Extension District, has office hours at the Extension office inside the Bourbon County Courthouse every Thursday. In an effort to better serve residents of Fort Scott and the surrounding communities, Krista is there weekly to answer questions and offer advice on lawn and gardens, trees and shrubs, flowers and insect. Bring your spotted leaves, strange looking insects or wilted flowers and let her help you! This a free service and is available to all community members. Questions? Call 620-223-3720

26 Pioneer Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room,
12pm-1pm
26 Thursday Card Players – Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Ave., 6-9pm

Free weekly event to anyone that wants to play cards, drink coffee, eat snacks, and socialize

26
A Star is Born, or Died – Boiler Room Brewhaus,
2 S. National Ave., 7-9pm

Join Boiler Room Brewhaus on Thursday evenings from
7-9pm for karaoke fun. Cheer on your favorite local star!
27
Weekly Livestock Sale at Fort Scott Livestock Market. Starting at 10am on both Fridays & Saturdays
Fridays:  Cows, Pairs, Big Bulls
Saturdays:  Stocker & Feeder Cattle, followed by any cows
& bulls that come in late Friday & Saturday. Cafe open both sale days. You don’t have to be a buyer, just to come watch the sale and visit the cafe!
27
Friday Night Concert in the Park – Heritage Park Pavilion, 1st & Main, 7pm

Friday Night Concert in the Park – Sponsored by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce

This Friday Night Concert will feature “Christian Strings” (local area dulcimer players), gospel and hymns directed by local Marilyn Adcock
The concerts are organized by Ralph Carlson. If you or someone you know is interested in performing, contact Ralph at rscarlson@classicnet.net
28-29 Doug Hazelbaker Memorial Breakaway, Calf Roping and Steer Wrestling at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds (see flyer below)

Steer wrestling, calf roping, over 40 calf roping, open breakaway, 14 and under breakaway

Cowboys for Cancer Crisis Fund is a non-profit organization under IRS section 501(c)3. All donations made to help with this event are tax deductible. If you want to become a buckle sponsor or help in another way, please message Jana Hazelbaker or Alaina Holmes on Facebook

28
Farmer’s Market – Skubitz Plaza (in front of the historic fort)

Saturday Mornings, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Fort Scott Farmers’ Market is a farmer driven and run market. The farmers work hard to produce the very finest produce available. We also provide a great venue for community organizations to promote their mission and raise funds

We are focused on fresh locally produce farm products
28 Special Olympics of Kansas Golf Scramble at Woodland Hills Golf Course – 2414 S. Horton, 9am

Fundraising golf scramble for the Special Olympics of Kansas, put on by the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Department. Raffle tickets for tremendous prizes are one for $10, three for $20, eight for $50 or 20 for $100. You do not have to participate in the tournament to win any of the prizes.  Contact Ben Cole, Steve Anthony, or Sean Goans for more information, to register, or to buy raffle tickets

28 Southeast Kansas Grazing School – ReproLogix,
2031 Indian Rd., 9am-3pm (see flyer below for complete details)

Topics:
– Extending grazing season with cover crops
– Pasture fertility and weed control
– Rotational and strip grazing

For more information or to RSVP, please call a local extension office:
– Southwind Extension District: Fort Scott –
(620) 223-3720
– Wildcat District: Girard – (620) 724-8233
– Cherokee County: Columbus – (620) 429-3849

29 Team Trivia at the Boiler Room Brewhaus –
10 S. National, 3-5pm

Exciting, fun and challenging team trivia. Put your team together (maximum of 8 teams, maximum of 5 members on a team)

$5 per person. Cash prizes for winning team.
Pre-register at the tap room

30 Uniontown Varsity Girls 18-hole match at Woodland Hills Golf Course – 2414 S. Horton, 1pm shotgun start
30 Maker Monday for Kids & Teens at Fort Scott Public Library – 201 S. National Ave., 2-3pm

“Marvelous Monday for Homeschoolers & Friends”

KDOT Project In Bourbon County Sept. 24

Milling project covers 12 locations

 

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) expects to complete a milling project at 12 highway locations in southeast Kansas next Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 24-25, weather permitting.

 

The milled material will be used in future highway preservation projects.

 

KDOT maintenance crews will place asphalt patches on each milled section. Flaggers will direct one-lane traffic through each milling site, with brief delays. The road work is scheduled to take place between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day.

 

Sept. 24 milling locations:

  • U.S. 69, Bourbon County, 0.4 miles north of the 12th Street intersection at Fort Scott;
  • U.S. 69, Bourbon County, north of the KDOT maintenance shop at Fort Scott;
  • K-7, Mami County, 2.7 miles north of the Linn-Miami county line;
  • K-31, Anderson County, near the intersection of K-31 and Osage Street at Kincaid;
  • U.S. 400, Cherokee County, 2 miles east of Cherokee;
  • U.S. 400, Labette County, 2.2 miles west of the Labette-Cherokee county line.

Sept. 25 milling locations:

  • U.S. 75, Montgomery County, 1 mile north of Independence;
  • U.S. 166, Montgomery County, 0.5 miles east of the Montgomery-Chautauqua county line;
  • U.S. 166, Chautauqua County, 2.5 miles west of the U.S. 166/K-99 junction;
  • K-99, Elk County, 1 mile south of Howard;
  • K-99, Elk County, 3 miles south of the U.S. 400/K-99 junction;
  • K-99, Greenwood County, 1.3 miles south of the U.S. 400/K-99 junction.

Dustrol Inc. of Towanda is contractor on the $19,780 project. Driver are reminded to watch for the signs and flaggers and slow down at the work zone. Persons with questions may contact Priscilla Petersen at (620) 902-6344.

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For information about obtaining an alternative format, contact the KDOT Office of Public Affairs,

700 SW Harrison St., 2nd Floor West, Topeka, KS 66603-3754 or phone 785-296-3585 Voice/Hearing Impaired – 711.

New Golf Course Super Starts In Busy Season

 

Doug Guns, Woodland Hill Golf Course Superintendent started his job Sept. 16, 2019.

Woodland Hills Golf Course Superintendent Doug Guns is 42 years old and has been in the golf business since he was 19.

“So that’s 23 years,” Guns said. “I was going to college and needed a summer job. A local golf club needed help at the clubhouse. I learned all about the maintenance of the greens.”

He attended  West Virginia University at Parkersburg and Pennsylvania State University.

“I started as an art major and when I got into golf, I switched majors to plant-soil sciences,” Guns said. “The last two courses have been business management classes online from Penn State.”

He started as Woodland Hills Golf Course Superintendent on Sept. 16, after being at Girard’s golf course for four seasons.

 

Doug Guns sits in one of the 30 golf carts available for rent to the public.

His duties include equipment maintenance, irrigation maintenance, supervising personnel, public relations and “Keeping the greens healthy,” he said.

“It’s like an ecosystem, each part of the course has different soil qualities,” Guns said.

Jon Kindlesparger, the current superintendent, is staying on until the end of the year to help the transition, he will then retire.

“It’s nice having his knowledge and experience here,” Guns said.

Guns lives in Girard.

The bulletin board at the Woodland Hills Club House lists the costs of playing golf at the club.

 

Golf carts that can be rented are lined up near the entrance to the Woodland Hills Golf Clubhouse.

Busy Season at Woodland Hills

The next few weeks are busy on the course:

  • The Kruger Golf Classic is Sept. 21, with registration at 7 a.m. It is a four-person scramble. Contact James Wood, 224-9687 or Les Russell, 215-3199.
  • The Special Olympics of Kansas Benefit Golf Scramble is  Sept. 28. The cost is $50 person and is a four-person scramble, sponsored by the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office. Contact Steve Anthony at 215-2392 or Ben Cole at 223-1440.
  • The Elks Lodge Benefit Tournament is Oct. 5 with an 11 a.m. registration. This is to benefit the Christmas baskets the lodge distributes each year. Cost is $60 per person. Contact the lodge at 223-5821.

The Fort Scott High School, Uniontown High School, and Fort Scott Community College golf teams use the course daily, Shannon O’Neil, clubhouse manager said.

On Oct. 14-15, regional high school tournaments will be held at the course, with the outcome deciding who goes to state in golf, he said.

O’Neil offers lessons in an annual junior golf camp in June and July.

He also does private lessons for both adults and children.

 

There have been two major updates at Woodland Hills in the last few years: a new clubhouse was built in 2015-16, and a new golf cart barn built in 2018.

 

Storytime on Tues. and Wed. Morning at the Public Library

Fort Scott Public Library Youth Librarian Valetta Cannon interacts with storytime children as they help present an action poem about mermaids. The children pictured, left to right, are Blakely Graham, Amelia Chaplin, Marlie Seaver, and Deacon Davied. Photo by Jamie Graham.

Storytime at the Fort Scott Public Library is offered two times a week.

“Storytime offers families early literacy skill-building, group interaction, and more through identical, themed weekly story hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m,” Valetta Cannon, youth librarian, said.
During a typical storytime, Miss Val reads two to three stories, sings and shares fingerplays with the children, and guides them through creative play, a craft project, and a snack.
Children are able to request favorite themes for future storytimes as well.
For more information and a list of upcoming themes, see the Fort Scott Public Library Facebook events page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/FortScottPublicLibrary/events or visit the library’s website at https://fortscott.mykansaslibrary.org/.
Children 2nd grade and below should remain under adult supervision at all times.
Storytime is free and no pre-registration is needed. Miss Val hopes to welcome your family soon.
The library is located at the corner of National Ave. and Second Street in Fort Scott.

American Legion Post 25 Scuttlebutt

Post 25 Scuttlebutt 

Membership 

A thank you to all Post 25 members who renewed this year or joined as new members and helped Post 25 achieve the Department of Kansas ‘Early Bird” award. Only a handful of the more than 300 Kansas Legion Posts met this milestone achievement of having 75% or higher membership by September 15th. Fort Scott Post 25 and Moran Post 385 were the only two 2nd District Posts to be earn this award.

Our next goal is to reach 100% membership. We are close to this goal and only need 14 members to renew to reach 100%. Let’s be the 1st Legion Post in our District to reach 100%. 

You can easily renew online at www.legion.org. It’s safe and secure and takes less than five minutes

You can also mail in your $40.00 renewal to the Post 25 Finance Officer.

Darrell Spencer

1183 185TH ST

Fort Scott, Ks, 66701.

I can also arrange to meet with you to pick up your renewal.  I’m retired so I can easily work around your schedule to meet you, but no 3 AM meetings please!

You can also pay your 2020 dues at our next general membership meeting on October 7th. 

LEGION Act 

Any Veteran who has served one day on active duty since December 7, 1941 and was honorably discharged can join the Legion. This is due to the LEGION Act recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump. If you know of a local Veteran who meets this new, expanded membership requirement, invite them to a Post 25 meeting or contact me about a membership form. There are probably several hundred Bourbon County Veterans who are not aware of the LEGION Act and they can now join the American Legion.

If you know of one, invite them to join the American Legion. We are a community of Veterans “Still Serving” and should encourage like minded veterans to join us.

Upcoming Events 

October 1. National Commander Bill Oxford will at Moran Post 385 at 12:45 PM. 

October 7. American Legion Post 25 meet and greet at Memorial Hall starts at 6:30 pm. 

October 7. American Legion Post 25 general membership meeting at Memorial Hall starts at 7:00 pm. 

October 10. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 25 general membership meeting at Memorial Hall starts at 6:00 pm. 

October 10. American Legion Post 25 Color Guard meets at Memorial Hall starts at 7:00 pm. 

October 12, 2019.   EISENHOWER PILGRIMAGE in Abilene starts at 9:30 am. See enewsletter for more information. 

November 2, 2019. Fort Scott American Legion Post 25 Vintage Toy/Comic Books/Sports Cards Show from 9 am – 3 pm.  See attached flyer for more information. 

 Informational Items 

National Commander Bill Oxford will be at the Moran Legion Post on October 1 at 12:45 pm. Lunch will be served and will be followed by remarks by the National Commander.

This is a rare opportunity to meet and greet the American Legion National Commander. All area Legionnaires are encouraged to meet the National Commander. I plan on going and can take five members with me. Let me know if you’d like to ride with me. 

Auxiliary Unit 25’s first outreach program is to provide support to Veteran mothers of newborn babies at the Topeka VA Medical Center.  They are currently collecting needed items for newborns and all donations are greatly appreciated.  Diapers, body wash and shampoos, blankets and clothing are among the items requested. Call Unit 25 Vice President Marilyn Gilmore at 785.214.5618 for more information or to donate items.

 

Our Taurus G2C raffle is almost sold out. It is hoped we can have the drawing for the winning ticket at our October 7th membership meeting. The winner will be contacted, and information provided on picking up their new pistol.  

The Post 25 fundraising collectibles show on November 2 is taking shape. All proceeds will go towards our scholarships for Boys and Girls State, Cadet Law and other Post sponsored programs. Volunteers will be sought to contribute a few hours to make this 1st ever collectibles show a success.

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please reply to this email. Less than 10 tickets are left. 

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. 

Carl Jowers. Post 25 Commander.

620-215-1688

carljowers@gmail.com

Complete Each Other by Patty LaRoche

Patty LaRoche

In last week’s article I shared that the people in the Florida subdivision where Dave and I are living aren’t very friendly. That’s not all bad. Most of the time Dave isn’t at the ballpark we are together, finding new ways in which our differences complement each other. That’s a good thing.

Actually, it’s how God designed the spousal relationship, as described in the book of Genesis. Adam and Eve’s partnership balanced independence and interdependence as they worked in tandem in the Garden of Eden. Only when the enemy enticed Eve, telling her that she could be like God, that it all went to pot. Our Creator’s best is that we are a team…which brings me back to Dave and me having fun together.

One way is crossword puzzles. I start them, get as far as I can and then hand them over to Dave because he knows a lot about categories in which I am inept: geography, history, sports, old movies and vehicles, all of which, in my opinion, require way more crossword knowledge than I care to know. As for the blanks remaining after Hubby corrects my mistakes and fills in his answers, we turn to Google.

We now have progressed from 1,000 to 2,000-piece jigsaw puzzles. Dave thought it challenging to buy ones in which nine-tenths of the pieces are the same color, and since I rely on color and Hubby relies on shape, for every 100 pieces he finds, I find two, and yes, I admit, in my frustration I have squeezed some into places in which they don’t belong. Dave does not think that brings us closer together… but it does give us something to talk about.

My husband has introduced me to TBN, the network with old movies and no commercials. We watch two or three a week. I have tried to introduce him to the fact that there are better actors than John Wayne, but sometimes we just have to “agree to disagree.” Because of me, Dave now watches America’s Got Talent, and then we discuss who should win. When there is confusion, like last night when we watched a “Transformer” movie and I couldn’t tell the good guys from the bad, Dave explains what’s going on. (Seriously, you’ve seen one robot, you’ve seen them all.)

I have learned to help Dave chart (using codes) the daily activities for the pitchers he is rehabilitating. He is patient with my questions: “What is PTP?” “What is “PFP?” “What is TF?” “What is FG?” “What is sock?”

Answers, respectively, in case you are interested: pitcher’s throwing practice; pitcher’s fielding practice; touch and feel; flat ground; sock.

I press for more information. “What does S.O.C.K. stand for?”

Sock.”

What’s that supposed to mean?”
“The pitcher throws a sock.”

A sock? Like a sock you wear? Well, if that isn’t the silliest thing I’ve ever heard.”

Patty, I just need you to code, not comment.”
“Okay, but I still think it’s silly.”

When Dave is at the ballpark, I am writing my book or an article. For most (ahem!) of the things I write about him, I ask his opinion. This past week, he deleted an entire article when I tried to give him credit for saving a pitcher’s career. Daily we discuss our family, that we need to give up potato chips, how President Trump should stop Tweeting, our frustration with politics and prayer requests.

Interesting, isn’t it? All that time I spent wondering why it was so hard to make friends here in Jupiter, and the best one I ever could have was sitting right beside me!

Fort Scott Rotary: “Service Above Self”

Fort Scott Rotary Members sing the Rotary anthem before the meeting on Sept. 18.

Rotary is a service organization of approximately 47 people, Rhonda Dunn president of the Fort Scott Club, said.

“We share a dedication to the ideal of service above self,” she said. To this end, Rotary has been at the forefront of fighting against a disease.

“Rotary International has helped eradicate polio worldwide, the most in third-world countries,” Dunn said.

Dunn hams it up while singing the Rotary Club song.

Locally they support numerous clubs and organizations and also award a local high school student with a scholarship.

Every Wednesday they gather in the basement of the Presbyterian Church, Third and Crawford street, for a lunch meeting from noon to 1 p.m.

Greetings, songs, and announcements begin the meeting, followed by an invited speaker sharing information of local interest.

On Sept. 18,  a little less than 20 of their 47 members were present.

This month there is a cup on the table to be passed around for a donation to the Fort Scott High School Pantry, which provides food and clothing for students at the high school.

Every two months a different organization is benefitted from this type of donation including the Riverfront Festival, the Beacon, Care to Share, Good Ol’ Days and the Presbyterian Good Samaritan Fund.

For more information , contact Dunn at radunn65@gmail.com.

Flags at the Fort Scott Rotary meeting Sept. 18.