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Breakfast Rotary -- a focus on youth

Thirteen years ago, I attended a Breakfast Rotary meeting for the first time. I was there to promote a new program for the Detroit Lakes Schools called School-to-Work. Prior to my presentation, a Rotarian gave a short talk on the Four Avenues of Service in Rotary. One of the Avenues is "Vocational Service". The object of Vocational Service is to "Encourage high ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society." As a coordinator of an educational program whose mission is to allow students to explore and advance their careers, I knew I had found an organization that fit my philosophy on education and career development.

I joined Rotary and in July assumed the office of president of the Breakfast Club in Detroit Lakes. As a member these past thirteen years, my respect for what Rotary does for the youth of our community and throughout the world continues to impress me. Here are some examples:

• Literacy -- Rotary makes financial contributions to area elementary schools to foster the development of reading skills. Schools, public and parochial, in Detroit Lakes, Frazee, Lake Park-Audubon, and Waubun-Ogema-White Earth have been recipients.

• Reading at Rossman -- Rotary goes into the elementary classrooms; read to the students and reinforce the importance of this skill.

• Mock Job Interviews -- Rotarians serve as interviewers. Ninth grades students from Detroit Lakes complete job applications and resumes and are interviewed one-on-one.

n Job Shadowing -- Rotarians serve as mentors for students wanting to learn more about a particular career.

• Ethics in the Workplace -- Rotarians serve as table facilitators during a one-day workshop for high school juniors and seniors to encourage ethical decision making as future business owners or employees.

• RYLA -- Breakfast Rotary sponsors students from Detroit Lakes and Frazee to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Camp at the U of M Crookston. RYLA is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth, provide an effective training experience for youth, and encourage leadership of youth by youth.

• Interact -- The Breakfast and Noon Rotary Clubs co-sponsor the 60-member Interact Club at Detroit Lakes High School (Grades 9-12). Each year, the Interact Club completes several community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. This year a donation was made to TeacHaiti. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with the local Rotary clubs. They learn the importance of developing leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others, understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work, and advancing international understanding and goodwill.

• Dollars For Scholars -- Breakfast Rotary sponsored nine scholarships for graduates of Detroit Lakes and Frazee High Schools this past spring.

• Candaleria School Project -- Breakfast Rotary, as an international project, improved the facilities and purchased eduational materials for a boarding school located near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

n And many, many more youth related programs receive funding from the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club.

So the next time you purchase Rotary Coffee, Peaches, Roses From Rotary, Meatball Dinner tickets, or a Rotary Radio Days ad from our club; rest assured that the proceeds, from these fundraisers, are being used to support the youth in our area and throughout the world. You are helping make a difference!