Lake Montezuma Women's Civic Club announces scholarship and funding awards, Woman of the Year recipients

LAKE MONTEZUMA - The Lake Montezuma Women's Civic Club ended its calendar year at its May 12 meeting, during which it approved funding awards to Beaver Creek organizations and projects, recognized Woman of the Year recipients, and also announced a student scholarship award.

This year's student recipient is Rebekah Wadsworth, a senior at Camp Verde High School. Wadsworth, who received a $500 scholarship, has been accepted at Northern Arizona University and plans to study dentistry. While working part time at Burger King for four years, she was still involved with many school and community activities.

Wadsworth is a member of the National Honor Society, yearbook and prom committee as well as being involved in ballroom dancing and Tae Kwon Do.

The club also made a total of $1,800 in funding awards to the following organizations: Montezuma Rimrock Fire District; Beaver Creek Transit; Beaver Creek Adult Center; Beaver Creek School; Rotary Club of Sedona; and Morning Starr Animal Sanctuary. Each organization received $300.

Rotary Club of Sedona will use its $300 gift to help expand its Imagination Library Program to children in Beaver Creek, working with the Beaver Creek School. The program provides books to children infant-aged to pre-kindergarten. Morning Starr Animal Sanctuary, located in Cottonwood, helps abused/abandoned animals throughout the Verde Valley, including Beaver Creek.

The funding awards were made possible by proceeds from the club's annual play, this year titled "For His Brother's Crime," directed by club member Rachel Ayars, which ran April 10 and April 11 at Beaver Creek School.

Linda Clark, LMWCC president, thanks the community for its continued support of the club's productions.

"This year was our third production resulting in the highest proceeds," Clark said. "I give special thanks to the 50/50 raffle winners who both donated their portions to the play's proceeds. I also thank the hard-working members of our club who participated in all aspects of the play, its production and promotion, as well as other club activities."

Also at its year-end meeting, the club selects the Woman of the Year recipient, someone who has demonstrated outstanding service to the club and community. This year the selection committee chose two outstanding members: Ruthann Kroese and Darla Melcher.

Kroese has provided many dedicated hours of service to help support club meetings, play productions and other activities. In addition, she's been instrumental in activities of the Beaver Creek Historical Society, including getting the Rock School House back on the roster. Kroese has supported many other community activities and organizations.

Melcher served this year as club secretary. She is also serves on the Beaver Creek Preservation and Historical Society board as publicity chairman and is secretary for the Friends of Beaver Creek Library, the Beaver Creek Readers Book Club, and the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML).

Melcher also helps at the Beaver Creek Adult Center and belongs to the Red Hat Farkel Queen's and the Bunco Babes. She has also appeared in all three Civic Club productions.   

The Lake Montezuma Women's Civic Club was established in 1968 to promote fellowship, to aid its neighbors, and to assist in civic activities of the community.

The club has about 70 members and meets the second Tuesday, September through May at Vintages Grille in Rimrock. Annual dues are $15, $5 of which supports student scholarships.

For membership information please contact Linda Hawbaker, membership chair, at (928) 592-0802 or email: linda@hawbakerhawbaker.com.

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