Ceremonies, awards and monetary contributions filled the public

portion of the monthly meeting of the Brookings Emblem Club 265.

Following a flag retirement ceremony, club members presented donations to service organizations in the community.

At the March 9 meeting at the Brookings Elks Lodge, checks were

presented to Brookings Elks Lodge Food Baskets Program, Oasis Shelter

Home, Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers Inc. Food Share, South Coast

Humane Society, Soroptimists International, Guardians from Above,

Outreach Gospel Mission, His Haven of Hope and the Vietnam Memorial

Moving Wall committee.

The Emblem Club also contributed money to its own projects, such as

Americanism, which includes the Military Mail program; scholarships;

drug awareness programs; and Pot of Gold, which provides prostheses for

cancer victims, said Terry Clawson, club president.

The final presentations of the evening were prizes for the students who won the Americanism Essay Contest.

Winners in the fifth- and sixth-grade division were Sienna Worthy, first place; Emma Murdock, second; and Luke Frazier, third.

Seventh- and eighth-grade winners were Michael Jacobs, first place; Jessica Yock, second; and Derek Knowlton, third. Honorable mentions were awarded to Josh Gruden and Perry Ryan.

Ninth graders who won were Paige Van Valkenburg, first place; and Sonny Almond, second.

Prizes were a $75 U.S. Savings Bond for first place, a $50 bond for second, $20 cash for third and $10 cash for honorable mention.

Teachers participating in the contest were Nikki Darger of Kalmiopsis Elementary School, Ann Volz of Azalea Middle School and Don Steinruck of Smith River School.

The Brookings Emblem Club district encompasses the area from north of Cape Ferrelo south to the Dr. Fine Bridge over the Smith River. Because Van Valkenburg is a Smith River resident, she was able to participate in the Brookings contest even though she attends Del Norte High School in Crescent City, Clawson said.