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RLND Class V Graduation Gala

The graduation gala honoring Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) Class V participants on their completion of the 2011 -2013 RLND program was held Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Ramada Bismarck Hotel in Bismarck. The evening started with a live auction with Daryl Lies, Class V member, as the auctioneer. Gala attendees were generous as they bid on the five live auction items. Part of the funds from the live and silent auction were given to the RLND Alumni Association. Auction funds also supported the cost of a Class V perspective video and a RLND Program video.

Marie Hvidsten, RLND Program Director, briefly introduced the guests gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of Class V participants before inviting everyone to the dinner buffet.

Vawnita Best and Andrea Bowman, Class V participants, talked about the journey Class V participants had been on over the past two years and the impact the RLND Program had on each of them. The Class V perspective video was shown as Class V participants shared their insights into their experiences and what the Class V motto, Make It Happen, meant to them.

Chris Boerboom, NDSU Extension Director, talked about two words with Class V participants; respect and challenge. Director Boerboom said he had a lot of respect for their accomplishments and challenged them to continue to have an impact in their community and organizations. The 23 members of the 2011-2013 RLND Class received a RLND plaque with the class mission, “Make It Happen”, engraved under the class picture.

Nancy Olson spoke on behalf of the RLND Alumni Association, adding congratulations to Class V participants and encouraging them to become a member of the RLND Alumni Association.

Numerous contributors to the RLND Program were recognized and celebrated at the gala. A pottery piece created by Tama Smith, owner of Prairie Fire Pottery in Beach,  was given to the Leader Corps ($1,000 or more) contributors in appreciation of their contributions.

The RLND Leadership Award was presented to Julie Burgum, former RLND Council member, by Jerry Doan, RLND Council Chairperson. Jerry shared examples of Julie’s outstanding leadership on the council and thanked her for her continued support of the program.Anthony Larson and Andrew Holle, Class V participants, presented souvenir Brasil license plates to RLND Council members, thanking them for the leadership on the council.

A successful silent auction was held throughout the evening with the proceeds going to the RLND Alumni Association and to help support the Class V video. 


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