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North Stokes High School "Graduating Class of 2022."

Updated: Oct 6, 2022

Speech delivered by Ann Jones, Youth Services Chair of the Rotary E-Club of Global Trekkers.

To all of you, your parents, your teachers, and the organizers of this awards event it is an honor to participate in your awards program today.

In June of 1972 I was where you are….an excited high school graduate. Like you probably, I was excited and a little nervous about what the future would hold. I am especially honored to be back to where life after high

school began many years later. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to spend most of my working career here in Stokes County, which also led to me becoming a member of our Rotary E-Club of Global Trekkers.

I am Ann Jones, the Youth Services Coordinator for the Global Trekkers. Ray Pifer, our club Past President and Treasurer is also with us this evening. Our entire club is excited and waiting from around the world for us to post pictures of your special event. Our Rotary Club was developed to carry on the work of the former Walnut Cove Rotary Club. We owe much

gratitude and thanks to Ray Pifer for initiating the development of our club to continue the work of Walnut Cove Rotary.

Even before the pandemic made Zoom the necessary meeting place for many of us, our Club began meeting via Zoom when we were formed about six (6) years ago. We invite you to join us for a meeting and will be happy to provide you with a link so that you can learn more about all that we do.

As our guiding principle, we share the Four Way Test each week. Of the things we think, say or do, the Four Way Test is a test used by Rotarians world-wide as a moral code for personal and business relationships. Each year Rotary sponsors a Four Way Test Speech Contest.

Representing North Stokes High School and The Rotary E-Club of Global Trekkers this year is a very special young lady and we want to say thanks for her contribution and effort to participate and for her being the humanitarian that she has become.

(Photo left: Ann Jones and Ray Pifer with Raygan Hawkins).

We presented to Raygan Hawkins earlier this evening a bouquet and a gift to say “Thanks”.

NB: Ann and Ray also presented Raygan with a check for $100 in appreciation of her contribution to the 4 Way Test Speech Contest.


I feel greatly blessed to be a part of the Global Trekkers who work tirelessly to help give back to the communities of Stokes County. We also acknowledge that without the support of many of you our scholarship program would not be possible. We want to thank those of you who provide corporate sponsorship and to the many individuals, too numerous to mention, who offer support to our fund-raising projects throughout the year.

Each year we ask the scholarship committee here at North Stokes to select a graduating senior considered to be the Most Improved Graduating Senior and who will be the recipient of a $500 scholarship to the college of their choice from the Rotary E-Club of Global Trekkers.

For 2022 this scholarship is being awarded to Anastazia Tynio! (Pictured below with Ray Pifer and Ann Jones)

Congratulations to all of you!

Ann Jones

Youth Services Chair

Rotary E-Club of Global Trekkers

NB: Anastazia will be attending the North Carolina State University.

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