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From left to right, Erika Neldner (Immediate Past President), Phil Ciccone (2020-21 President), Etowah High School 2020 graduate Charlie Meyer and his mother, Angie Meyer.

The Rotary Club of Towne Lake awarded Etowah High School 2020 graduate Charlie Meyer a $1,000 scholarship for his work in the community.

Meyer, joined by his mother, Angie Meyer, accepted the scholarship at a recent Rotary Club of Towne Lake meeting, club officials said. The scholarship application included an essay component that required applicants to share how they exemplify Rotary International’s motto, “Service Above Self,” in their daily lives.

“The Rotary Club of Towne Lake 2019-20 board reviewed all of the applications submitted and selected Charlie as the winner of the scholarship,” Immediate Past President Erika Neldner said. “Charlie’s essay got to the heart of Service Above Self and he shared how his work with the Interact Club of Etowah High School impacted others in the community.”

Club officials said that, in his essay, Meyer’s words showed he understood the true meaning of “Service Above Self,, and he illustrated how his actions have met the mission of Rotary.

“Service has been a major aspect of my life, and Rotary fostered this desire to ease others’ burdens,” Myers said. “True service is not for the honor of having fulfilled a requirement for a college scholarship or accolade in life, but true service is for the benefit of others near and far. The ability to remove a burden and not request anything in return gives purpose, a purpose in which I strive to achieve throughout my life.”

Meyer was an active participant with the Interact Club of Etowah High School and the Electric Eagles Robotics Team, while also playing an instrumental participant in the Wheelchairs for Children program where students customized power wheelchairs for children with disabilities. Club officials said that Meyer will take the skills he developed through Interact Club of Etowah High School and the Rotary Club and continue at Brigham Young University to study mechanical engineering.

“Mechanical Engineers are more than the designers of the objects we see around us, they also serve everyone by creating solutions that have the capacity to impact everyone,” Meyer said. “I aspire to create products that will help overcome challenges we may not know about currently, and along the way I plan to give back. I want to train youth to see there is a greater purpose than focusing on themselves by providing internships and opportunities for younger generations to serve their communities. Just as Rotarians have served throughout their lives, I plan to serve those around me.”

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