A total of 56 people volunteered to donate blood, and 45 were able to give during Bemidji's blood drive on March 9. Fifteen people gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine, which collects two units of red blood cells during the donation, so a total of 60 products were collected. Every community and everyone within each community has a stake in an adequate blood supply. Blood will be available only because of blood drive sponsors, coordinators and volunteer donors.
The Bemidji Archery Club recently donated $500 to the Bemidji 4-H Archery Program. Beltrami County 4-H youth are busy all year, and youth learning and advancing their skills in the Archery Project are no exception. The continued support of 4-H community partners such as the Bemidji Archery Club allows this program to provide and maintain equipment and facilities for the youth to practice and build their skills and confidence. The Bemidji Archery Club leases space for their winter range at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds, December through April.
The Bemidji Cooperative Association recently donated to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, as part of the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Pictured are Galen Teichert, general manager of the Bemidji Cooperative Association, presenting a check to Mary Mitchell, manager of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf.
Karl Bleser, Bemidji Rotary Club president, presents a $750 donation to Pat Rice, chairman of Bemidji Area Friends of Concordia Language Villages Essay Contest, and Denise Phillippe, director for staff development, Concordia Language Villages. The money will be used as a scholarship for a student to attend a full week at one of the Concordia Language Village Camps this summer.
Scott Turn and Lori Paris, representatives of the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival core committee, present Bemidji Rotary Club President Karl Bleser with a check for $4,500 from the proceeds of the 2014 festival. The Bemidji Area Chamber and Bemidji Rotary Club, founding organizations of the of the annual Dragon Boat Festival, each realized net proceeds of $4,500 from the event. In addition, the Dragon Boat Festival paid out $9,000 to other community non-profit organizations from the proceeds of the event.
The Bemidji Sunrise Rotary was recently involved in a dictionary project, distributing dictionaries to all third-graders within the Bemidji school district. This is the eighth year the Bemidji Sunrise Rotary club and High School Interact Club have given dictionaries to third-graders and the fifth year every third-grader in the Bemidji area received at dictionary.
In February and March, more than 500 youth from across Minnesota gathered to participate in the annual 4-H Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) youth leadership conferences. The five regional two-day BLU leadership events were filled with activities that help youth learn and practice valuable leadership skills that they will be able to take back with them to their counties and communities, and use throughout their lives. This year's conference theme was, "Tune into You," which focused on understanding what makes you unique, self-acceptance, and accepting the uniqueness of others.
The Knights of Columbus recently donated to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. Pictured (from left) are Dan Shea, Knights of Columbus financial secretary; Mary Mitchell, Bemidji Community Food Shelf manager and Bob Schlichting, Knights of Columbus treasurer.
BEMIDJI -- Justin Klander has joined the BSU Foundation as a major gifts officer based in the Twin Cities. The 2001 BSU business administration graduate will work to re-engage the nearly 12,000 alumni who live and work in the Minneapolis St. Paul area. Klander also is board vice president of the BSU Alumni Association. "While attending BSU, I was fortunate to serve as the student representative on the foundation.
BEMIDJI -- Kyle Shepherd has been named assistant vice president and branch manager of RiverWood Bank at 1260 Paul Bunyan Drive in Bemidji. After graduating from Park High School in Cottage Grove, Minn. Shepherd moved to the Bemidji area where he attended BSU, graduating in 2008 with a degree in business management. He has been in the banking profession for the last eight years and is an ICBA Certified Consumer Lender. A community volunteer and advocate, Shepherd has been actively involved in Habitat for Humanity and served as a team leader for Hubbard County Relay for Life.