Oct 22, 2012

Rotaract chartered

The Central Lakes College Rotaract chapter recently received its charter as a collegiate-level branch of Rotary International. Anna Backberg of Brainerd was inaugurated as the first president of the club. Don Cavalier, district governor of Rotary International, installed the first set of officers and awarded the charter on behalf of the worldwide, service-above-self organization. Officers include President Backberg (shown), Vice President Bob Andrys of Pine River, Secretary Harlan Welsand of Brainerd, Treasurer Abdul Qadir of Pakistan, and Student Senate Liaison Shay Samuelson of Hibbing. Megan Heppner, a TRiO/Student Support Services adviser, is the club adviser. Rebecca Best, dean of workforce, economic and regional development, is the Rotary liaison. Club members this fall will be partnering with Brainerd Rotary to carry out the Reverse Raffle and volunteering at the Haunted Trail at Northland Arboretum. In the spring the club plans a large fundraiser and will be a partner with Brainerd High School Interact for other activities.