TORRINGTON – The Torrington Rotary Club honored a selection of students from each school in Goshen County. Rotary meetings were not being held in person due to COVID-19 restrictions and precautions, so the students of the month weren’t being recognized until now.
The students recognized at the Monday, March 8, meeting by the Rotary Club were Luke Boyd, Reece Robertson, Hattie Waltermire and Jadyn Hill of Southeast High School. The students from Lingle-Fort Laramie High School were Callie Fritzler, Kaylie Rafferty, Hunter Hattan and Cooper Hill. The students from Torrington High School were Thomas Heron and Kameron Stitt.
“High school principals and counselors select the students of the month and we honor them,” Rotary Club member Susan Klemola said. “We meet on Mondays at noon at the country club. We sponsor them and their family for lunch and provide them with a gift certificate and AJ’s Soda Shop gift card.”
Klemola told the Telegram she had been a Rotarian since 2009. Her father was a Rotarian since 1975. Since her father’s beginnings with Rotary, the club had always taken part in honoring local students who strived to be leaders of their generation.
“It gives us a chance to be able to honor and spotlight the students, as well as offer them a change to get scholarships,” Klemola said.
Each student’s name is placed in a hat at the end of the year and three names are drawn to receive one of the $1,000 scholarships offered by the organization. Students are also offered opportunities to get involved in service projects which directly benefit their community, while also learning fellowship, comradery and leadership skills.
Torrington Rotary Club also offers the RYLA program or Rotary Youth Leadership Award to eighth, ninth and tenth grade students. Throughout the program, students get involved in youth leadership projects, build communication and problem-solving skills, learn strategies to become leaders in their school and community and establish life-long friendships.
To learn more about the RYLA program, contact the Torrington Rotary Club at P.O. Box 418, Torrington, WY 82240, or visit the Cottonwood Country Club on Mondays at noon and attend a Rotary Club meeting.
Next Friday, March 19, Torrington Rotary Club will be holding silent and live auctions, and a reverse raffle with a $5,000 grand price. Tickets are $100 apiece and only 180 tickets will be sold.
In years past, Rotarians have hosted a wine tasting and dinner buffet with vendors coming from around the state, but they aren’t able to do it this year and decided to have the raffle and auctions instead.
The club hopes to be able to setup the wine tasting and buffet event next year.
To register and view a listing of the silent auction items and reverse raffle drawing to be held March 19 at 6 p.m., go to https://www.goshenwyo. com/torringtonwine2021. To purchase tickets, contact any local Rotarian.