Kay Covington, program chair for the month of January, introduced Adam Estes
, a senior at Maryville High School
was to speak to the Club on a project of his
Covington spoke for just a few minutes covering the highlights of Estes'
grew up in the Walland area, working at his
family's business, The Mill House Restaurant.However, he has always attended Maryville City Schools.When Adam entered high school he developed a tendency for leadership and was soon elected vice president of Maryville High School.He continued to pursue his desire to be a leader and was appointed to serve as a page in the U.S. House of Representatives his junior year. Once in Washington he was elected president of his page class and was chosen to work for the Speaker of the House.
As a senior at MHS
stays quite busy.He
is an Eagle Scout, president and founder of the MHS Outdoor Activity Club
, president of the MHS Classical League
and strives to be a leader and a role model in his
presentation by telling members of the Rotary
started the community-led program of Adopt-A-Grandparent.Once Adam returned from serving as a page he felt he wanted to give something back to his community for the support they had given him.He
had read a book entitled ``Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders,'' by Mary Pipher, which inspired him to focus on the elderly population.
A quote from Ms. Pipher's book brings to light the need for a program such as Adopt-A-Grandparent. ``Parents feel isolated and overwhelmed and elders go days without speaking to anyone.No generation's needs are truly met.Segregated societies are intellectually stagnant and emotionally poisoned.Only when all ages are welcomed into the great loop of life can a culture be a healthy one.''
Adopt-A-Grandparent began as an Eagle Scout community leadership project for Adam
has since developed the program into a community-wide effort.The mission of the program is to help bridge the generational gap while at the same time improving the lives of the elderly, and increase the real-world education of our young people.Adam
has recruited 25 students from Maryville High School
where they make hour-long visits to elderly resident of Maryville Housing Authority's communities.There are another 10 students waiting to be paired with a ``Grandparent'' as the program continues to develop.Adam
has worked very hard toward a goal of on-going expansion of the community-based national program. He
pointed out that in order for the program to be most beneficial to society it must become a permanent activity.He
then specifically suggested that an organization such as Rotary International was one of many groups that could be instrumental in leading the way.School groups can also be a resource for continuous growth of the program.He
would like to see the members of the group continue their efforts.Adam
said that while he
was developing the program locally is has been designed to easily expand into other nearby schools and communities. Adam
presentation by saying ``Ultimately, the future of the Adopt-A-Grandparent program depends on the citizens and their enthusiasm for a more unified community.''
President Bender made brief announcements and closed the meeting.