“The Kenedy Rotary Club is proud to have sponsored the Miss Karnes County Pageant again this year,” said Kenedy Rotary Club President Ford Patton. “Rotary Club members have volunteered their time for fifty-two years since the Pageant’s inception in 1962 in order to raise college scholarship money for contestants. Unfortunately an error occurred at this year’s Pageant in the announcement of winners for the Miss Karnes County Queen, the First Runner-up, and Second Runner-up positions. The error was due to a glitch in the computer program used to tabulate votes for these positions. The error affected these three positions only, and did not affect the tabulation of votes for Miss Congeniality, or the Little Miss and Mister Karnes County positions.”
Paton explained that the Rotary Club sincerely regrets its mistake, and apologizes to each of the three young ladies who were announced as winners at Saturday’s Pageant.
“These three ladies conducted themselves as well as anyone during the pageant activities, and had nothing whatsoever to do with the mistake,” Patton said. “The mistake was the Rotary Club’s mistake, and we accept full responsibility for it.”
Patton aded that the mistake was not the fault of the judges who volunteered their time and judged the contestants fairly. The mistake occurred in the club’s tabulation of votes, and not in the scoring of the contestants. The Rotary Club expressed thanks to each of the judges for their assistance with this year’s pageant, and expressed apologies to them, as well, for the unfortunate mistake.
“Once we became aware of the mistake and were able to verify how it occurred and why, the next question was, ‘What to do?’” Patton said. “Staying silent and hoping the matter would somehow pass and be forgotten was really not an option. You see, Rotary Clubs have a pledge that is referred to as ‘The Four-Way Test,’ which is recited at the end of each of the Kenedy Club’s meetings. The Test consists of four questions Rotarians are encouraged to ask themselves as they go about their lives. The first question that should always be asked is, ‘Is it the truth?’ With that in mind, there was no doubt that the club needed to step forward, admit the mistake, and do the best it could to do the right thing for the young ladies involved.”
Club members met with the three young ladies who were announced as winners at the pageant to inform them of the mistake and offer sincere apologies.
“This was difficult, but much better if they heard it from us rather than from a rumor at school or elsewhere,” Patton explained. “We have reiterated to each of them that the mistake was ours and not theirs, and that the Rotary Club will honor the scholarships promised them.”
Club members also met with the three young ladies who were chosen as winners by the judges, but unfortunately were not announced at the pageant.
“Again, we have tried our best to explain the mistake that occurred, and apologize for it,” Patton said. “These young ladies will also receive the scholarships which they deserve.”
“The Kenedy Rotary Club cannot change what has occurred, but we want to be up front and honest about the unfortunate mistake with everyone and especially the Pageant contestants. The Club thanks all of the contestants in this year’s pageant, and once more apologizes for any embarrassment our mistake may have caused.”