To the Editor,

For the past 32 years, the Rotary Club of Waxahachie has offered a bike ride in order to fund scholarships for deserving students at Waxahachie High School, Global High School, and Navarro College. This year, not unlike years past, we were able to gift $23,000 in scholarships.

Saturday was our annual bike ride. Over 700 riders participated (many from outside of our city). Rotarians worked very hard, in 100 degree temperatures marking trails, organizing runners during registration, and manning water/refresh stations. Unfortunately, after marking the trails on Friday night and before the bike riders embarked on their ride early Saturday morning, someone in a Waxahachie subdivision marked thru the color coded directional signs causing the riders to be disorientated. They did not know which way to turn or thought they were on the wrong path. Once again, many of our riders are from outside of our city limits and did not know the correct way to continue their ride or worse…once they had gone too far, did not know their way back to a water station or the Start Finish Line.

We in Waxahachie love living here. We enjoy our beautiful city and enjoy showing her off to visitors. The 4th of July Parade, the Crape Myrtle Festival, the Gingerbread Trail, our historic Courthouse and downtown area showcase, at its best, Waxahachie uniqueness and beauty. At the bike ride, Rotarians hear countless words of praise about the friendliness of our citizens and beauty of our city. The visitors sharing their thoughts want to return. We want them to return. Many sleep in our hotels the night prior and eat in our restaurants the evening after the ride. This benefits the economic development of Waxahachie.

The Rotary Club of Waxahachie deeply appreciates the generosity of so many friends, affording us the opportunity to offer scholarships to young people in our community.

Unfortunately, there is meanness all around. It is especially sad when it rears its ugly head here at home.

David Hill, Past President, Rotary Club of Waxahachie