Community Club

I attended my first Rutland Community Club meeting Tuesday but I am ashamed that it took me so long to get to one.  I was one of five people there along with several members of the Envirothon Team.  The Team will progress to the national competition in late July and was at the meeting to request community support to help defray their expenses.  It was a good feeling to be there to help the Club spend $500 on such a worthy group.  The Envirothon Team will be doing some quick fundraising – such as a car wash — to help defray the teams’ travel costs to Arizona.  I know my van regularly needs a good wash and it would be another way to support the group. Watch for information on their fundraising efforts!

Other things that the Community Club discussed included the improvements to the Rutland website, the painting of the hamburger sign which should begin this month and, of course, UffDa Day in October.

Envirothon Team Wins State!

envirothon.jpgA note of congratulations is long overdue for our area youth.  The “Water Bugs” Envirothon Team are the First Place Winners of the North Dakota Envirothon Competition that was held at Crystal Springs Bible Camp near Medina last month.  The photo at left shows the team: (L-R) Jordaan Thompson, John Breker, Maria Breker, Shelly Pherson, Brady Haussler, Bre’Anna Hanson. The “Water bugs” will travel to Flagstaff, AZ, to compete in the national competition July 28 through August 3, 2008.

The Envirothon Competition is a problem-solving,natural resource competition for high school students.  The students are tested on their knowledge of forestry, soils, water, wildlife, and a current environmental issue, which this year was “Recreational Impacts on Natural Resources.”

The goal of the Envirothon is to cultivate awareness and enhance knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues, while developing critical thinking skills, building partnerships, and being committed to take responsible actions as adults.  Thanks to the Wild Rice Soil Conservation District for sponsoring them, to Joe and Patty Breker for being advisors and to Amanda Slykerman for being their coach.  Others who helped them prepare for the competition also deserve recognition:  Aquatics—Trace Hanson, 319 Watershed Coordinator and Dales Esser, Bureau of Reclamation; Wildlife—Kristine Askerooth, Tewaukon Refuge; Soils—Dave Breker NRCS; Forestry—Joe Zeleznik, NDSU Forestry; Current Issues—Julie Hassebroek, NDSU Extension.

Good luck at the Nationals!