Southwest Wake: Community


Sarah Peterson

Cary Girl Scouts earn Gold Awards

Amanda Reza and Sarah Dillingham Peterson, both of Cary, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

For her Gold Award project, Reza worked with Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve to educate the public about the protected nature park. She attended the Friends of Hemlock Bluffs meetings and collected information to inform local communities. Much of the knowledge she gathered was posted on the preserve’s website and Facebook page. Reza also created a video documentary of the nature preserve featuring filmed clips of the park’s natural habitats and beauty.

Reza is a sophomore at Enloe High School and a member of Girl Scout Troop 351.

For her Gold Award project, Peterson researched three American Revolutionary War battles that took place in North Carolina. She created a brochure for the Children of the American Revolution organization detailing the battles. She took steps to link the brochure to the website of CAR’s parent organization, the Sons of the American Revolution. She made presentations to various groups in an effort to help the community learn more about the history.

Peterson is the daughter of Grant M. and Brenda S. Peterson. She is a senior at Green Hope High School.

Apex Rotary Club gives awards

The Apex Rotary Club recently gathered at Montague Lake for its 44th annual meeting. The following received awards: Eddie Bacon, Rotarian of the Year; Alan Maness, Sharon Galluzzo, Cat Kerns and Olivia Scott, Distinguished Service Award; and Bonnie Fischer was recognized as a third-time Paul Harris Fellow.

Olivia Scott was installed as president; Rachel Campbell as president-elect; Eddie Bacon as treasurer; Lisa Garrity as secretary; and Dwight Cochran will serve as immediate past-president.

The board of directors includes: Kevin Atkins as international service chair; Mike Borgert as community service chair; Skip Bishop as club director; Nancy Haywood as membership chair; Sandy Digman as rotary foundation chair; Cat Kerns as vocational service chair; J. C. Knowles as public relations chair; Alan Maness as club fundraising chair; and Bruce Velsor as club communication officer.