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Everything's coming up Roses for Rotary

Roses are set out on display by Breakfast Rotary Club members on pickup days for the annual Roses for Rotary fundraiser, so ticket-holders can go through and pick out their own sweet-smelling roses if they wish to do so. This year's pick-up dates are set for Thursday, Nov. 4, Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at Flowers by Val and Affairs by Brittany in Detroit Lakes, as well as Heart O'Lakes Realty in Frazee. Tickets are still available from all Breakfast Rotary members as well as at Heart O'Lakes Rea...

You want to show someone how much you care? Say it with roses!

That's the philosophy behind the Breakfast Rotary Club's 18th annual Roses for Rotary.

Starting early in October and culminating in three days of rose shopping for ticket holders, Nov. 4, 5 and 6, the event has become the club's biggest annual fundraiser.

At just $17 per dozen roses, the fundraiser is an increasingly popular way for Detroit Lakes and Frazee area residents to show their love for that special someone.

"There's nothing better to light up a person's face than to give them roses," said Carol Winskowski, co-chair of the annual fundraiser.

And with the Minnesota Deer Hunting Opener taking place the same weekend, "hunters can bring your significant others some roses for (keeping them company) while you're gone," said fellow co-chair Sue Braun.

She said some people even like to buy a dozen roses and give them away one at a time, as a "random act of kindness."

Winskowski added that it's also a nice idea to buy roses for single or widowed friends and neighbors who are living alone and don't have loved ones close at hand.

Though the traditional red is still the most popular color, the Breakfast Rotary will be selling "roses in all different colors," from white to black and many shades in between, Braun said.

"There is a color choice for everyone," Winskowski added.

One increasingly popular choice is a "lollipop bouquet," Braun said, featuring a dozen roses in 12 different colors.

"They're really vivid, bright colors," she added, including a particularly rare shade of green that is not dyed, but specially bred to grow in that color.

Because of the variety of colors in the bouquet, "they go with anything," said Braun.

Rose tickets are available for $17 per dozen from all Breakfast Rotary members and at Flowers by Val and Norby's in downtown Detroit Lakes as well as at Heart O'Lakes Realty in Frazee.

Roses can be ordered in advance or purchased on one of the three scheduled pickup days: Thursday, Nov. 4 and Friday, Nov. 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as Saturday, Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pick-up will take place at either Flowers by Val or Affairs by Brittany (across from La Di Da) on Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes, as well as at Heart O'Lakes Realty in Frazee, Winskowski said.

"You can come in and pick them up either before or after work," Braun added -- or during the day if it's more convenient.

On all three days, all the different colors of roses "will be set out so you can go through (the displays) like a department store and pick out your favorites, which is really fun," said Braun.

Though Rotary members are pre-selling tickets for the event, "walk-ins are welcome," Braun added.

Winskowski noted that proceeds from the rose sales will be donated to the various youth and community service projects that Rotary sponsors, from Dollars for Scholars (in both Detroit Lakes and Frazee) to Day of Caring, the Boys & Girls Club, Lakes Crisis & Resource Center, and activities organized by Interact, the student Rotarian organization -- just to name a few.

Besides Braun and Winskowski, other committee members involved in planning this year's event included Donna Kohler and Val Voigt. Several other Morning Rotary Club members will be assisting with next week's pickup event as well.

"We're all volunteers," said Winskowski. "We get excited not only to raise this money for our service projects but also for people to leave with such beautiful roses in hand."

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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