The Ripley Rotary was presented with two different types of awards during a recent meeting.

Steve Cogar, Scout Master and fellow Rotarian, presented Melissa Kerns, president of the Ripley Rotary, with a Community Service Award on behalf of the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians. The award is in recognition of the group’s service to the youth of the community.

Cogar also discussed the reconstruction of the Boy Scouts of America, noting there are 20 scouting units in Jackson County alone.

With the merger of the Allohak Council into the Buckskin Council, several changes have been made to the BSA.

As of February 2019, girls will be able to join Boy Scouts and earn the privilege of becoming an Eagle Scout. One of the first female troops is currently being organized in Ravenswood.

Scout camps across the area have been closed; however, Camp Kootaga in Walker, West Virginia will remain open.

Many other changes will be taking place in the near future.

“With all the changes during this reconstruction, one thing is for sure,” Cogar said. “Scouting is alive and well in Jackson County.”

Chuck Conner presented Kerns with a special hat and partnership flag from the Rotary Club of Damauli.

Conner has been traveling to Nepal for 13 years with the help of the Rotary. He tends to local children in the area by assisting with the set up of schools, health camps, and much more.

He made his final trip in 2018 and is now working on a report that details the community service and charitable contributions he has made in Nepal.

Following Conner’s update on his recent trip, Kerns recognized him for his ventures and on behalf of the Ripley Rotary Club, made Conner an honorary member.

Other items discussed:

• John Faria, director of the Jackson Public Libraries, has applied for his Rotary membership. Faria reported they have a circulation clerk who is leaving and they are in the process of interviewing for a replacement.

• Denise Toler noted the new urgent care facility in Fruth Pharmacy saw 27 patients on it opening day.

• May 2 will be the Community Health Fair.

• June 22 will be the Jackson County Community Foundation’s Annual Golf Tournament.

• The Jackson General Hospital Gala will be Nov. 9.