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We were extremely pleased to award 2013 scholarships
to the following Darke County Students:
Sam Armstrong Kent Holmes
Simon Hoying John Liette
Margaret Prakel Brooke Robinson
Ashley Studebaker Makayla Wilson
Sam Bowers Teha Richards
Savannah Haubert Tara Guillozet
Micaela Adkins Shelby Schepis
Sidney Hunt
Next meeting of the Senior Scribes
will be
9:30 a.m. ─ January  23, 2014 ─ at Heartland of Greenville

Senior Scribes Scholarship Board Meeting
4:00 p.m. - December 20 at Brethren Home Retirement Community
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The Senior Scribes

Writing, Adaptation and Community Service

February 2, 2013

“The Senior Advocates was the brain child of Jane Williamson, Lyn Bliss and a few other seniors who love to write. They raised the question: “The Advocate has a page for young people published by teens - The Teen Advocates - who love to write... why not a page for Senior Advocates?”

“It was my pleasure to lend support and cooperation to the group to help get them off the ground. The first Senior Advocate Page was published on April 21, 2007.

“Over time the page and the group evolved. Seniors began meeting regularly to formalize their approach to providing content for the page. Lyn built the layout each week. The program was so successful that two more avenues grew from it... they began working with Teen Advocates and a successful monthly magazine, Mature Times, was added to their offerings.

“However, the group’s community service didn’t stop there. It spawned another group - the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund, a separate 501c3 organization - for the purpose of providing financial aid to aspiring public communications students. While the scholarship program is a separate entity, all Senior Advocates participate in fundraising projects throughout the year. Over the first two years, one special one-time/one-class $150 scholarship and six $1,000 scholarships were awarded.

“On November 17, 2009 the Senior Advocates voted to end their association with the Advocate and to become associated with Ball Publishing (now Brothers Publishing) and the Early Bird -- under their new name “Senior Scribes.”

“Since then, the Scribes have written a number of stories and features covering local events and people for the Early Bird. Also featured is a special Senior Scribe page twice a month. Not only have the talents of a number of our members been showcased, but they have offered a valuable service to Early Bird readers.

“That was nearly four years ago. And just like everything else with “seasoned citizens,” time has flown and we continue to enter new fields of endeavor.

“The Senior Scribes web site was the next step to reaching a larger group of seniors than ever before. Lyn Bliss put extraordinary time and effort into it and it offered a world of information – as well as an additional writing outlet – to today’s seniors.

“Renewed interest by our young writers has spawned yet another group, the Teen Scribes. Seniors are working with these young people to help them develop and expand their writing opportunities.

“Then, a little over two years ago, a new opportunity presented itself. Thanks to a donation to the Scribes, a new web hosting service suddenly presented itself. The question? What to do with it?

“The answer? County News Online ("CNO"), a community news, sports and information service for Darke County readers and a new source of fundraising for the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund. In 2011, thanks to the generous donations of CNO sponsors, $2,500 was raised for scholarships. In 2012, another $10,800 in scholarships and education expenses was provided to college-bound teens.

“We hope you enjoy the group’s offerings... they are always "by seniors, about seniors, and for seniors". We also hope you will enjoy our offerings at County News Online. As sponsorships change regularly, you will find the most current list of sponsors by perusing the pages of CNO by clicking HERE. Please tell our sponsors “Thank You” for supporting scholarships for Darke County teens.”

Bob Robinson
    Editor Emeritus, The Daily Advocate
    Editor, County News Online

County News Online
 is published by
 The Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund

    Bob Robinson, Editor
Amanda Olson, Assistant Editor
George Starks, Sports Editor
Lyn Bliss, Associate Editor
    Dylan Knoop, Sports Photographer
Jaime Wombolt, Marketing Director
    Kurt Fritsch, Web Master
Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.
Contributions are tax-exempt to the extent provided by law.

Paid for by the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund (SSSF)
Al Greiner Treasurer, P.O. Box 116, 5833 Cardinal Lane, Greenville, OH 45331
Not paid for or endorsed by any entity other than those paid sponsors appearing herein.
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