Span­ish Fork Ro­tary/cham­ber Schol­ar­ship Awards Ban­quet

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Pres­i­dent Chris­tensen con­grat­u­lated each of the schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents on their ac­com­plish­ments and en­cour­aged them to take ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion. In ad­di­tion he asked each of them to en­sure that they thank their fam­ily and sup­port group as well as the businesses and fam­i­lies in the com­mu­nity that has helped to make this schol­ar­ship pos­si­ble.

Clay also gave an over­view of the 25th an­niver­sary of the Moun­tain land Ap­plied Tech­nol­ogy Col­lege. It has as­sumed the re­gional re­spon­si­bil­ity for the plumb­ing, elec­tri­cal, and HVAC ap­pren­tice­ship pro­grams and is the statewide provider for the gen­eral con­trac­tors ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram for As­so­ci­ated Gen­eral Con­trac­tors. The weld­ing pro­gram was started over four years ago and has grown to an en­roll­ment of over 160 stu­dents with a wait­ing list of up to 50 stu­dents. The nurs­ing pro­gram has part­nered with We­ber State Univer­sity and stu­dents can now com­plete their RN pro­gram at the MATC Thanks­giv­ing Point cam­pus.

Pres­i­dent Chris­tensen shared sev­eral sto­ries with the schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents and oth­ers in at­ten­dance in­clud­ing: Shake It Off And Step Up A para­ble is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule ‘bray­ing’ - or - what­ever mules do when they fall into wells. Af­ter care­fully as­sess­ing the sit­u­a­tion, the farmer sym­pa­thized with the mule, but de­cided that nei­ther the mule nor the well was worth the trou­ble of sav­ing. In­stead, he called his neigh­bors to­gether and told them what had hap­pened... and en­listed them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his mis­ery.

Ini­tially, the old mule was hys­ter­i­cal! But as the farmer and his neigh­bors con­tin­ued shov­el­ing and the dirt hit his back... a thought struck him. It sud­denly dawned on him that ev­ery time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back... HE SHOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP! This he did, blow af­ter blow.

“Shake it off and step up... shake it off and step up... shake it off and step up!” he re­peated to en­cour­age him­self. No mat­ter how painful the blows, or dis­tress­ing the sit­u­a­tion seemed the old mule fought “panic” and just kept right on SHAK­ING IT OFF AND STEP­PING UP!

You’re right! It wasn’t long be­fore the old mule, bat­tered and ex­hausted, STEPPED TRI­UMPHANTLY OVER THE WALL OF THAT WELL! What seemed like it would bury him, ac­tu­ally blessed him... all be­cause of the man­ner in which he han­dled his ad­ver­sity.

THAT’S LIFE! If we face our prob­lems and re­spond to them pos­i­tively, and refuse to give in to panic, bit­ter­ness, or self-pity... THE AD­VER­SI­TIES THAT COME ALONG TO BURY US USU­ALLY HAVE WITHIN THEM THE PO­TEN­TIAL TO BEN­E­FIT AND BLESS US! Re­mem­ber that FOR­GIVE­NESS--FAITH--PRAYER-- PRAISE and HOPE... all are ex­cel­lent ways to “SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP” out of the wells in which we find our­selves! - Au­thor Un­known

Con­clud­ing re­marks in­cluded en­cour­age­ment to the schol­ar­ship win­ners to be life­long learn­ers and to have per­sis­tency in their ed­u­ca­tion and in their place of em­ploy­ment.

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