The Greater Albany Rotary Club recently named three new members, gave out awards and scholarships, and announced exchange students for 2012-13.
The club’s three new members are Eric Hearn, Clint Bentz and Dr. Kevin Ross.
Several members were awarded Paul Harris Fellows.
Mark McNabb was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow plus six.
Zac O’Bryan accepted a Paul Harris Fellow award on behalf of his late father, Bill O’Bryan, whom the organization wanted to recognize for all he did for the community.
Ed Goering received his Paul Harris Fellow plus two. Debbie Blasquez recognized her daughter, Becca, with her Paul Harris plus three and John Kollaer was awarded his first Paul Harris Fellow.
The club recognized several high-schoolers as students of the month.
Senior Peter Nye of West Albany High School as its student of the month for April. Peter loves playing the guitar and plans to attend college and pursue a job in the medical field.
Caitlynd Bishop from Albany Options School was named student of the month for March. She is attending Linn-Benton Community College and wants to pursue a master’s degree in sociology. Caitlynd has enjoyed being a cadet teacher for middle-school students and was recently honored with the all-district community service award.
The student of the month for February was Shasta Dahlenburg of South Albany High School. Shasta is a senior and plans to attend Western Oregon University this fall, where she will study to be a health specialist.
The student of the month is selected by the counselors and/or principals of the high schools using GARC’s criteria of “students who have overcome significant obstacles in their lives to become successful.” Each student receives a certificate and a $200 gift card to the LBCC Bookstore.
In other award news, the Rotary club gave the Steve Stocks Award for April to Brian Oare, the March award to Jessica Pankratz, and the January award to Bill Clotere.
Recipients of the Steve Stocks Award are chosen monthly based off nominations by club members who are encouraged to nominate other members they think contribute to the quality of life in our community without reward or recognition.
The club has two outbound students for this upcoming school year: Juliana Alvarez, a sophomore at West Albany who will travel to France, and Josyln Bryant, a West Albany freshman who is part of WAHS Interact 5110 and is traveling to Spain this fall.