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Breakfast Rotary takes Best in District honors

Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary is the best. Best in the District, that is.

The service club was recently awarded the prestigious "Best in District" award at a convention in Dickinson, N.D. The district includes all of North Dakota, upper Minnesota and Thunder Bay, Canada.

"The club has grown so much in the last four years," Club President Tera Guetter said. "We've grown tremendously."

As proof of the club's growth, in 2003, the Breakfast Rotary Club was awarded the same title in the "50 members and less" category. This year, they won in the "50 to 100 members" category.

In the district, there are 43 clubs with membership at 50 or less, 30 clubs with membership at 50-100 and only four clubs with membership at 100-plus.

The Breakfast Rotary Club started in 1989, with Noon Rotary member Paul Sukke being instrumental in that, Guetter said. By 2004, the club had 50 members, and in 2008, it has 68 members.

Guetter said several people have commented that 68 member is impressive, "especially for a morning club."

The Noon Rotary Club has just under 100 members, she added.

It was also in 1989 that women were allowed to join Rotary. Now, half of the members of the Breakfast Rotary are women and 30 percent are members under the age of 30.

She said that young enthusiasm brings new energy to the club. Members range in age from 20 to mid-70s.

Not only is Guetter proud to be a part of the Best in District club, she said being a part of a service club in Detroit Lakes is great in general. For a small city, there are many, many service clubs giving back to the community.

A few of the many local projects Breakfast Rotary is involved with are mock job interviews, Day of Caring, Dollars for Scholars and adoption of a city flowerbed.

Some of the international projects include Polio Plus, renovation project in Cabo San Lucas and sending and hosting exchange students.

To earn the Best in District accolades, as president, Guetter filled out multiple pages of an application.

"Everyone worked together to get this," she said. "I think the enthusiasm and fun we have doing these projects showed through in the application."

At the awards ceremony, not only did Breakfast Rotary receive Best in District, it was also one of 20 clubs that received a Presidential Citation for meeting certain criteria and the pillars of service.

The eight members that attend the convention took a chartered bus that was shared with several other clubs and "got to know a lot of people," both locally and from other cities, she said.

"This is really a huge honor."

For more information on the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club visit The club meets every Tuesday at 7 a.m. at Speak Easy. The Noon Club meets Thursdays at the Holiday Inn.