We are proud of our Bemidji Rotary Youth Award recipients! These high school students developed leadership skills at the 2013 RYLA camp held in Crookston. From lefft to right: Chris Keenan, RYLA counselor, Isaac Blesser, Jenna Lee, Shaena Bromenshenkel, Erin Jones and Hank Imsande, RYLA coordinator.
Dragon Boat Festival
Lori Paris (left) and Kristi Bissonnette (right), Co-Chairs of the 2013 Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival present a check to Steve Modich (center) of the Buena Vista Ski Patrol. Approximately 30 Ski Patrol members provide training and steers people for all dragon boat team practice sessions as well as on Friday Night Sprint
Cup and Saturday race day.
Other area organizations that were also recognized for assisting the Lake Bemidij Dragon Boat Festival were Beltrami County First Responders, Sentence to Serve, Beltrami County American Cancer Society, Letís Go Fishing, BHS Dance Line, and Boy Scout Troop 25.
The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce and Bemidji Rotary Club are co-founders of the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival. The Dragon Boat
Festival committee disperses nearly $9,000 to community organizations that assist with the festival. The festival proceeds also support the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Tourist Information Center and Bemidji Rotary projects such as local playground projects, funding local organization grant requests and international projects, to name a few.