Rotary Club of East Manatee Named Top Spellers In Literacy Council’s 3rd Annual Adult Spelling Bee
Bradenton, FL – Sept. 21, 2009 – The Rotary Club of East Manatee County once again took home the “Bee” trophy as top team in the Literacy Council of Manatee County’s Annual Adult Spelling Bee by out-spelling Whitney National Bank. The Rotary team sealed the championship by correctly spelling herbivorous.
“As Yogi Berra said, ‘This is like déjà vu all over again,’” says Lori Johnson, executive director of the Literacy Council. “We obviously had very good—and very competitive—teams this year. We really appreciate the great support from the teams, the spectators and the other sponsors—and look forward to doing it again next year.”
“Most important,” she added, “Everyone had fun while raising funds to provide tutoring services—free of charge—and improve adult literacy in Manatee County, where approximately 22 percent of adults can’t read well enough to fill out a job application or read the instructions on an aspirin bottle.”
Ten teams competed in the recent contest, which was conducted at the Bradenton Elks Lodge on 75th Street West. In addition to the Rotary of East Manatee and Whitney National Bank, teams included Bright House Networks, City of Bradenton, CPA Associates, Des Champs & Gregory, Manatee Memorial Hospital Foundation, Rotary Club of Palmetto, Village of the Arts, and West Bradenton Rotary Club.
Approximately 190 guests and participants enjoyed an evening of fun and food plus an opportunity to win a number of silent auction items, including a bronze and aluminum sculpture donated by local artist, Victor Garcia, and two round trip airline tickets donated by AirTran.
The Literacy Council is a community-based literacy organization and a United Way Partner Agency. Its mission is to empower adults to independence by providing free, one-on-one tutoring for adults who want to improve their ability to read, write, understand and speak English in order to achieve their full potential as individuals, parents, workers and community members.
Volunteer tutors are always needed and a two-session Tutor Training class is conducted regularly. The next Tutor Training will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the United Way Community Room, located at 1701 14th Street West in Bradenton. For more information or to register for Tutor Training, call Lori Johnson, executive director, at 941-746-8197 or e-mail her at email@example.com.