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Riverbend Rotary Awards Scholarships

October 03, 20231 min read

Riverbend Rotary Awards Scholarships

The Riverbend Rotary Club recently awarded $3,000 scholarships each to two 2023 graduates of Alton High School: Madison Ingram and Rebekah Blackmon.

Madison is the daughter of Jennifer and Chad Ingram of Godfrey. She is pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas. Madison is also participating in the STEMTeach KU program, a program where students can pursue a teaching license alongside earning a degree in one of several STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. A member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta while at Alton High, Madison was involved in extracurricular activities in music and theater, as well as many service projects and academic excellence.

Rebekah is the daughter of Yeberzaf Yigzaw and the late Barnard Blackmon. She is attending California Institute of Technology (Caltech), majoring in Physics, with a minor in Neurobiology. While attending Alton High School, she was involved in many organizations including, Minority Excellence, National Honor Society, Upward Bound, Math Team and Student Council. In addition to tutoring students at Alton High, she participated in several outside academic activities, including a six-month virtual neuroscience program and Stanford University’s SPINWIP program for the next generation of women in physics. 

The scholarships were possible through various Riverbend Rotary fundraisers, including an annual trivia night. The next trivia night is set for Saturday, March 9, 2024 at the Alton-Wood River Sportsman’s Club in Godfrey.

Rotary, the world’s first service club organization, is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. The local Riverbend Rotary Club meets at Noon every Thursday at Senior Services Plus in Alton. For more information on membership, please visit https://riverbendrotary.com.

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Eric McRoy

Eric McRoy is a dedicated community leader and active member of the Riverbend Rotary Club. With a passion for service and a keen interest in making a positive impact on the lives of others, Eric lends his experience and expertise to various local initiatives. As a skilled communicator and enthusiastic volunteer, he enjoys sharing stories of the club's accomplishments, inspiring others to join the mission of creating lasting change in the Riverbend area and beyond.

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What is Rotary?

You've certainly heard about it, but do you really know what is ROTARY? There are several chapters around your neighborhood.

Riverbend Rotary

Our commitment to making a difference extends beyond our local community to create lasting change on a global scale.

We are proud to be part of international efforts, such as END POLIO NOW, which showcases the power of collaboration and dedication in achieving shared goals.

However, our most significant impact

is felt right here in the Riverbend area, where our passion for service and community development is truly transformative.

Our club members work tirelessly to champion local causes, support community projects, and drive sustainable initiatives that enrich the lives of our neighbors.

From mentoring youth and promoting education to fostering environmental stewardship and addressing social challenges, Riverbend Rotary is a catalyst for positive change.

We invite you to join us in our mission to create a brighter future for our community and the world, one project at a time.

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About Rotary District 6460

The Rotary motto: Service Above Self. Rotary, the world’s first service club organization, is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders.

Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Rotary District 6460 contains Rotary clubs that serve west central Illinois in the United States of America.

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Hope

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Caring for
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Spirit of Giving

Riverbend Rotary Members Support the Salvation Army's Mission to Transform Lives

Started from the vision of one person.

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Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000.

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1.4 million friends, neighbors, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Just A Little Help Can Make Big Difference

1.2 million

There are over 36,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas worldwide, with approximately 1.2 million members.

$4 Billion

The Rotary Foundation, which supports Rotary's humanitarian and educational programs worldwide, has invested over $4 billion in life-changing, sustainable projects since it was founded in 1917.

$2.1 Billion

Rotary in the USA has played a key role in the global effort to eradicate polio, with Rotary members contributing over $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to the cause.

Rotary International's Unwavering Mission: Eradicating Polio and Empowering a Polio-Free World.

Rotary International has been at the forefront of the global fight against polio for over three decades, working tirelessly to eradicate this devastating disease.

Through strategic partnerships with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary has made remarkable strides in immunization efforts, reaching millions of children in even the most remote corners of the world.

Since launching the PolioPlus program in 1985, Rotary International and its partners have helped to reduce polio cases by 99.9%, saving countless lives and preventing lifelong disabilities.

The continued dedication and support of Rotary members worldwide are crucial in achieving a polio-free world, ensuring that future generations can live without the fear of this debilitating disease.

Join us in our unwavering commitment to end polio once and for all, and be part of a global movement that is truly transforming lives and making history.