KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Three Henley High School graduates were awarded Justin George & Bob Davies Scholarships recently.

Grace Bernardino, Riley Knutson and Ashleigh Panchot each received $500 from Linkville Kiwanis. The students are all Key Club members, who have actively served their school and community.

Key Club members around the world are learning how to lead and stand for what’s right through service and volunteerism. In partnership with local Kiwanis clubs, high school students are making a positive impact through service.

High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.

The Linkville Kiwanis scholarship is named for two former Kiwanians who exemplified the service and volunteerism for which the international clubs are known.

Justin George was a local fire chief who was known to enjoy working with local youth and strongly believed in the ideals of Key Club:

  • Leadership » Leadership is grounded in humility and service to others. A true leader listens, recognizes, and empowers.
  • Character building » Character is built by everyday acts of kindness, integrity and teamwork to grow stronger relationships and communities.
  • Caring » Compassion for others is a cornerstone of the Key Club experience, inspiring action and service to one’s community.
  • Inclusiveness » We welcome people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to join in serving and making a positive difference in our world.

Bob Davies was a local accountant whose legacy includes recruiting many current Kiwanians and partnering with Key Club members on service projects. He not only lived the principles of Kiwanis, but held others responsible for living into these precepts:

  • To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life.
  • To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
  • To promote the adoption and application of higher standards in scholarship, sportsmanship and social contacts.
  • To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship.
  • To provide a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render unselfish service and to build better communities.
  • To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and good will.

Linkville Kiwanis meets noon Wednesdays at Sideline’s Pizza in downtown Klamath Falls.

Sandy Handsaker, left, chair of the Linkville Kiwanis Scholarship Committee, and Barbara Morrison, far right, treasurer of Linkville Kiwanis, presented Grace Bernardino, Riley Knutson and Ashleigh Panchot scholarships in memory of Justin George and Bob Davies at a recent honors night.