Meeting actions and announcements: 
The Four Way Speech Test. Contest was held April 17 at Willow Brook at Delaware Run, with 21 high school students participating. Larry Harris thanked the committee for their work. He will be presenting the winning speeches at the May 14 meeting.
The District 6690 Conference is on May 18, 19, and 20 and will be in Zanesville. For more information: rotary6690.org/training-events/discon1718/?_uid=800403815
             o $20 for half day and $125 for whole conference.
             o Our club will be taking a raffle basket and there is a need for items; please let Liz know if you can help.
 
Volunteers are needed for the Paint the Stands Project at the Fairgrounds.
            o Times are 9 to 12:30 and 1 to 5.
            o Sign up at signupgenius.com/go/409094CACA72DA4FD0-grandstand or contact Scott Cubberly.
 
PIN’s Celebration of Life for Kevin Crowley is this Friday. All are invited.
 
Program Highlights: Mary Beth Freeman began the Excellence in Teaching Recognition by saying that Delaware County has great schools because we have great families and great teachers. She thanked the following Rotarians for serving on the selection committee: Judge David Gormley, George Needham, Arlene Palenshus, Joe Pemberton, Mary Jane Santos, and Steve Wells. She then asked the audience to make a name cloud of their most influential teachers online, pointing out that no matter how old we are, we always remember our teachers.
 
This year’s Excellence in Teaching honorees:
  • Heather Nutter, Intervention Specialist, Buckeye Valley Middle School; Brian Baker, principal.
  • Jennifer McCoy, Intervention Specialist at Delaware City Schools; Ric Stranges, principal.
  • Sacha Standish, Language Arts Teacher at Buckeye Valley Middle School; Brian Baker, principal.
  • Kamal Vilkhu, Dental Assisting Instructor at Delaware Area Career Center; Kris Lucas, supervisor.
 
Each of the award recipients gave outstanding acceptance speeches that echoed the importance of building strong relationships with their students and helping them to find and achieve their dreams. Mary Beth concluded the presentation by saying that these teachers emulate the Rotarian motto, “Service Above Self.” Each teacher will receive a monetary award to be used to benefit their work. Today’s book being donated to the Delaware County Library is “Would Somebody Please Scratch My Back?”