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BHS Students Honored by Rotary

Submitted by Pat Plantenberg on Sat, 02/17/2018 - 09:48

On February 13, the Rotary Club of Townsend and the Montana Rotary District 5390 District Governor Joe McBride and his wife Libby recognized a special group of Broadwater High School students: Ronnie Steele, Parker Hufnagel, Daniel Wyse, Olivia Lynn, TommiJo Steele, and Taylor Noyes. These students most of whom attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) last year, came back to school in late August 2017 fired up and ready to do something special. The students noted the 2017-2018 Freshman Class had some issues. The RYLA students and some of their friends worked with Beth Ihle, their Rotary Club of Townsend Advisor, to develop and execute a Team Building and Leadership Training session for the Freshman Class, the BHS Class of 2021.

A professional leadership consultant was contacted for a suggested agenda, school administrators were informed and gave their blessing to the idea and $1,000 to help pay for the training, and funds were raised by the Rotary Club and the students from the Broadwater County Development Corporation and Broadwater Community Foundation. On January 9th, the $3,000+ training was held in the old Masonic Lodge and 62 freshman members of the Class of 2021 attended. The reviews of the project were all positive. Rotarians and the students met with school administrators on February 13 and the school wants to continue this type of training in the future.

The District Governor presented a certificate of appreciation to these six special students for their efforts.

In addition, the students completed all paperwork required to form an Interact Club, which is a Rotary Club for students 12-18 years of age. The name “Interact” comes from the words “International” and “Action”. The school is very supportive of this new club. The Rotary Club of Townsend has been trying to get an Interact club formed for many years and thanks to these students it is ready to begin. The District Governor was honored to formally sign his first Interact Club Charter with the students present. The District Governor and his wife Libby also presented each student an Interact pin.

An Interact Club must complete at least one local community service project each year which the 2018 Freshman Class Team Building and Leadership Training is a perfect example. The Interact club must also complete one project that increases International understanding each year. The students have decided to host all 2017-2018 Foreign Exchange students in Montana for a weekend gathering in Townsend.

Finally, the District Governor personally invited all of the new Interact Club students to his Rotary District 5390 District Assembly and Interact Conference at Fairmont Hot Springs April 27-28.

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Contacts: Patrick Plantenberg (431-4615/