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GUEST COLUMN: Wanted: Positive attitudes, sayings

We want to hear from everyone! Brainerd Rotary is asking the question, “What do you love about living in the Brainerd Lakes Area?” We will be displaying the answers as photos throughout the whole area during the summer months. It is called A Positive Charge, and we hope everyone will be a part of it.

All you have to do is show up to have your photo taken holding a hand-written sign with your positive saying. There is no cost involved, just a few minutes of your time. We provide the materials; all you need to bring is your positive saying. Props or costumes are welcomed as a way of expressing your interests and photos can be taken individually or in group shots.

The black and white photos will be displayed all through the lakes area between Memorial Day and Labor Day; everywhere from Fort Ripley to Crosslake, Merrifield to Lake Shore, Crosby to East Gull Lake, and all points in between. So, if you consider yourself a resident, a visitor, or just a lover of the lakes area, we encourage you to participate in this uplifting event.

Photos will be taken at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd on Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29 from noon to 7 pm, and Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary, just pick the date and time that works best for you and show up, have your photo taken and watch for it to appear in a local business, government building, billboard or other location throughout the summer. If you are under 18, please make sure to bring your parent with you to sign the photo release.

If you'd like more information about Positive Charge, check to view a video about the event, or find us on Facebook.

Motivational speakers Dennis and Wendy Mannering have stated, “Attitudes are contagious.  Are yours worth catching?”  We want to catch all the positive attitudes this area has to offer and spread them for everyone to see!  

THERESA GOBLE is president of the Brainerd Rotary Club.