The Ellis County Republican Women held a dinner to raise funds for the Inez Lewis Scholarship and Dictionary Project Programs.

“We award two scholarships for $1,000 each to a graduating public high school senior in Ellis County,” said Ellen Miller, club president.

“This year, we had 46 applicants and have narrowed it down to two candidates and will begin interviewing for the final recipient for the spring award. The winner will be announced at our June 19 meeting,” said Scholarship Program Director Tommy Worthy.

The Dictionary Project consists of a goal to place a dictionary in the hands of every public school third grader in Ellis County. Program Director Floy Poe expressed how various officials are on-hand for presentations. Among the officials that have visited schools and assisted with the project are State Rep. Jim Pitts, Congressman Joe Barton’s wife Terry Barton, State Sen. Kip Averitt, Judge Gene Calvert, Judge Linda Sibley, Constable Curry, Ellis County Commissioner Health Sims, and Ellis County Tax Assessor-Collector, John Bridges.

“(It is) rewarding it is to see their little faces light-up with excitement and appreciation at the value of the free and important gift of education,” Poe added.

The guest speaker for Friday’s dinner, held at the Ellis County Woman’s Building, was Dr. Mary Logan, professor, business educator and English teacher.

Logan spoke about the importance of education, both in general and spiritual, for success in the lives of our children who are the future of tomorrow. Logan has taught for 32 years at the collegiate level and more recently in the public schools. S

Also in attendance was Pearl Ellis of Waxahachie.

“Mrs. Ellis has been such a great mentor and teacher to me, and she still comes in to work at University Assembly of God Church. I am trying to follow in her footsteps,” said Logan.

The Pearl Ellis Building at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, was named in honor of Mrs. Ellis who served as the librarian there for 48 years.

The dinner raised $1,400. Miller announced that everyone was so moved by Dr. Logan’s speech and in her honor, they will be making a donation to the charity of her choice. Logan chose the Holocaust Museum in Dallas.

The next meeting of the Ellis County Republic Women will be held Tuesday, May 15 and will include a special performance by CrossFire Youth a Human Video Team from University Assembly of God Church in Waxahachie.

The meeting will be held at the Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting Room.