Program Highlights:
Turning Point Update
Paula Roller, Executive Director of Turning Point, provided an update on how the $25k donation we provided was being used.  The funds are being used to help update the old Delwood Child Home at 500 N Liberty Street.  The Renovations should be complete by the end of July.  Once renovations are complete, they will spend August and September getting the building move-in ready.  The will host an Open House the 1st Friday of October to show off their new home.  All Rotarians are welcome!  The home will consist of 13 bedrooms, each with their own bathroom (3 of which will be efficiency apartments where families may stay up to 1 year).  One other exciting thing being added to the home is a Kennel area to accommodate family pets.  This new kennel area will help ensure our furry friends are safe alongside their family members.  Paula noted that they have a fundraising goal of $3.2 Million and have currently raised $2.5M.  They have moved into the public fundraising stage of their campaign.  This means they have an open request out to the community for donations. Gifts large and small are welcome!  She thanked us all for our support and help in making this new home happen!
 
Scholarship Winners
Phil Ulery discussed the application and review process for the Rotary Scholarships.  Students submitted applications with transcripts, letters of recommendation, activities, honors and college acceptance letters.  The students submitted information about their career aspirations and an essay on why they deserved the scholarship.  The committee of Scott Cubberly, Brandon Fellers, Arlene Palenshus and Alice Frazier along with Phil, reviewed 23 applications from students from Hayes, Buckeye Valley, the Career Center and Delaware Christian and selected today’s winners. By pure chance, our two winners, who go to different schools, have known each other since they were 2.  Anna Wells (Hayes High School) and Analise Lajeunesse (Buckeye Valley) attended with their parents.
 
Anna will be attending Miami University and will study Integrated Mathematics. She hopes to be a teacher someday.  Her recommendation letter indicated that she is always willing to help and lend a hand.  She stood out as a role model and has a positive attitude.  She recently helped with the Arnold Classic and stood out to the volunteer coordinator as someone with a strong work ethic.  She has been involved with Track and Field, Student Council, Tutoring and NHS.  She thanked her grandfather, a Delaware Rotarian – Steve Wells, for being a wonderful example. 
 
Ana will be attending the University of Cincinnati where she will study architecture and hopes to integrate her degree with the Peace Corps.  She has been involved in Track, Ski Club, cross Country, Student Council, 4H and NHS.  Her recommendation letter noted that she has strong attention to detail, passion for the arts, and is very organized. 
 
This week’s book being donated to the Library is Truck full of Ducks. 
 
Red Badge speeches were made by: Lynsey Dinovo, Brittany Sisson, and Nicole Tackett.