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Local area students spend a week at Camp Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Brainerd Rotary Club installs new officers

The Brainerd Rotary Club recently conducted their change of gavel ceremony and inducted new officers and board members for the 2012-2013 Rotary year.

Outgoing President Rick zumBrunnen passed the gavel to new President Dan Hegstad at the event on June 26 at Madden’s Town Hall. During the evening, presentations were made to honor Rotarians who had passed away during the past year, as well as those officers who were completing their service on the Rotary Board of Directors and the Brainerd Rotary Foundation Board of Directors.

New Brainerd Rotary officers inducted were: Dan Hegstad, President; Brad Person, President-Elect; Debby Erickson, President Nominee; Dan Brown, Secretary; and Bill Potvin, Treasurer. Board of Directors inducted were: John Landsburg, Community Service-Youth; Andy Rangen, Public Relations; Rod Rangen, Community Service-Fundraising; Dave Schaeffer, International Service; Mike McConkey, Membership; Jeff Torfin, Club Service; and Rick zumBrunnen, Past President.

Brainerd Rotary meets at noon on Tuesdays at the Red Roof Inn in Brainerd.

Local area students spend a week at Camp Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Camp was recently held on the beautiful University of Minnesota, Crookston campus. Each camper is sponsored by their local Rotary club and this year there were 144 RYLA campers that were sponsored by 56 Rotary International Clubs from District 5580 and one school district. Kade Platta, Cameron Trott and Emily Gorman were sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Sunrise Rotary Club and Wade Geisenhof, Megan Haverkamp, Veronica Nelson and Luke Ringhand were sponsored by the Brainerd Noon Foundation Rotary Club.

Most of the students that participated in this years RYLA camp will be High School seniors in 2012-2013. Camp RYLA’s mission is to provide outstanding high school students with a variety of educational and recreational activities. These activities provide numerous opportunities for leadership and team building, and they are designed to expand, improve and refine the participants’ leadership skills. Campers are hosted by the Crookston Rotary Club, Rotary International District 5580 and UMC. Information about Camp RYLA is available by calling (218) 464-1213 or at the RYLA website at

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