SALEM — For any of you who despair about the future of America, you might want to attend the Salem Rotary Club’s annual scholarship luncheon.
It was held this past Tuesday at the Hawthorne Hotel.
One bright-faced, well-dressed teenager after another — 28 in all — rose from their chairs to accept scholarships from the service club ranging from $500 to $3,000. Students said a few words about where they’re headed to college and what their majors will be.
There were future psychologists, nurses and bio-medical engineers among them.
Some came from the Dominican Republic or other distant lands. Some of their stories were heart-warming and inspiring. The luncheon gave everyone in the room a good feeling about these terrific young people, the majority of whom graduate tonight from Salem High.
“It’s a great day to be a Rotarian,” gushed Rotary member Rob Lutts.
And, while we’re at it, let’s not forget Salem Rotary.
Do you realize that over the past two decades they have raised and awarded $1.2 million in scholarships to local students attending Salem High, Bishop Fenwick, St. John’s Prep and other schools?
The club also has stashed almost $500,000 in a separate scholarship fund, a growing endowment.
Rotary does so much good in this community that it almost makes you want to overlook all the goofy things they do — like the time the president of the club dressed as a chicken.
There are a lot of stories in the Witch City that never get reported. And thank goodness for that.
Like the one this week about the police detective who showed up for work wearing one brown and one black shoe. It was all the talk at police headquarters.
Fellow flatfoots pondered how this poor sole could solve a crime when he couldn’t locate two matching shoes?