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Rotary recognizes students, seniors

The Rotary Club of Farmington had a full schedule of recognition at its April 7 meeting. The club honored three students and four senior citizens with its monthly Service Above Self awards.

Farmington Elementary School fifth grader Annabelle Speckan was chosen by her teachers because she is an outstanding student and a quiet leader. She has great work habits and is active in both student council and safety patrol.

Farmington High School counselor Barbara Walker chose senior Vincent Donohue for recognition because, she said, “he makes me love my job every day.”

Donohue is involved in student council and is a captain of the Tiger lacrosse team. He is in both wind ensemble and jazz band and has earned his Eagle Award as a Boy Scout.

“He’s a really good example of what (Rotary) stands for as an organization,” Walker said.

FHS senior Christian Groves got credit for always going out of his way to lend a helping hand.

Groves is active in National Honor Society and Link Crew and is captain of the Tiger football and baseball teams. He also founded Tigers Helping Hand, an organization at FHS that connects students with volunteer opportunities.

Among the older crowd, Trinity Care Center nominated Gene Brand and Pete Chown. Both men have been active driving the bus for outings at the care center.

“(Brand) makes our women feel like women,” Trinity’s Joy Lauterbach said. “When you get old, you still want to feel like you’re a person and you’re beautiful.”

Anita and Darold Ashton were recognized for the hours of volunteer work they do at Farmington’s Rambling River Center. Anita volunteers frequently at the center’s front desk, and Darold is a driver for the day-old bread pick-up.

Every month during the school year Farmington Rotary recognizes students and senior citizens who exemplify Rotary International’s motto, Service Above Self. The club meets for lunch at noon Thursdays at Celts in Farmington. Visitors are welcome.