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Scramble For Life!

Thank you to the Dietz and Monnin families for their outstanding work on the 6th annual Right to Life golf outing. The weather was cool and moist, but 17 teams braved the elements to complete the course. We are grateful to all the participants and to all of our generous sponsors.

Mark your calendars for next year! Saturday, May 13, 2017

Eagle Sponsors

Flinn Veterinary Clinic, Sidney • The Hoge Family: In Memory of Megan • Upper Cervical Health Centers, Botkins

Birdie Sponsors

CBT Company • Freshway Foods • McCrate, DeLaet & Co. • Meyer's Tavern • Sidney Electric

Par Sponsors

Lacal Equipment • Osgood State Bank • Tin Cup Quality Water • Wells Brothers • Gary & Anita Bornhorst • The Fullenkamps: In Memory of Dale • Brian & Kathy Monnin

Hole Sponsors

Area Energy & Electric • Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home • Bergman Drywall • Dietz Painting • Custom Foam Products • IC Church Ladies Sodality • Koenig Equipment • Drs. Michael & Teresa Trygstad • Palazzo • Prueter's Body Shop • Repacorp, Inc. • Silver Cross • St. Lawrence Ladies Sodality • Tony & Jill Arnold • Chris & Heather Monnin • Steve & Rita Monnin • Ben & Erica Paul • The Ray Limbert Family: In Memory of Elizabeth & Jacob • In Memory of Cara Meyer

Oratory Contest 2016Russia Senior Takes Top RTL Speech Prize

Update: Congratulations to Erin Gaerke for winning second place at the Ohio Right to Life state oratory contest!

On Monday, February 15, six students from Shelby County schools took on the daunting task of public speaking, competing in the annual Pro-Life Oratory Contest sponsored by Shelby County Right to Life. The event concluded with Russia High School senior Erin Gaerke winning first place and moving on to the state competition in April. Runner-up was Nathan Platfoot, a senior at Botkins High School; and third place went to Jacob Schmiesing, a junior at Lehman Catholic High School. (Pictured, left to right, are Schmiesing, Gaerke, and Platfoot.) Gaerke and Platfoot both also placed in last year's contest.

The speeches were judged by Tara Adams, Amy Gleason, and Pastor Jon Schriber. The event was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sidney. The first through third place winners receive cash awards of $300, $150 and $100, respectively.

Speeches were to be in the 5 to 7 minute range and focused on the topics of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia or stem cell research. The winning speech presented the question: “How will history remember us?” Gaerke wondered whether her generation would be remembered like the ancient “Spartan mothers leaving their weak children on the cliffside to die,” or rather, as she hoped, that “History will remember us as the Pro-Life Generation.”

RTL thanks Pastor Jon and St. John's for once again hosting the contest; each of the judges, all of whom have served for this contest multiple times in recent years; RTL members who provided refreshments; and Anne Schmiesing for coordinating the event.

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