Evening Rotary talks college, career readiness

Published 2:31 pm Friday, December 9, 2016

The Washington (evening) Rotary Club met Thursday evening at the Washington Yacht & Country Club. After a social period in the Upper Deck, members gathered in the Pamlico Room for dinner and business. President David McLawhorn called the meeting to order, and Russell Smith gave thanks for the meal.

Before the program McLawhorn reminded members of their Salvation Army bell-ringing duties. The evening club will be ringing the bell at Walmart on Dec. 16. Members invite all their friends and family to come by and bring checks or cash! Club members Jeff Larson and David McLawhorn serve on the local Salvation Army board. The evening Rotary Club is proud of its record of support for the Salvation Army.

Program Chairman Jay Sullivan was called upon next to introduce his guest speaker. Heather Collins serves as director of College and Career Readiness at Beaufort County Community College. This was formerly known as the Basic Skills program and helps adults with less than a high school education achieve academic success. Class times are very flexible and can accommodate most any schedule. Students start at their own level of proficiency and proceed at their own speed until they achieve their goals. Collins stressed that students are taught that this is only the beginning in the self-improvement process. All are encouraged to continue their education. After a question and answer period Collins was presented the highly coveted Rotary pen. Bill wall led members in the Four Way Test and good nights were said.