by Lisa Tome
"You can go anywhere in the world and find a Rotary."
That's what a member of the North East Rotary Club told members of the North East High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) last week.
The members of both organizations had a meeting of the minds and breakfast last Wednesday morning at Pier 1 restaurant. Both groups shared their mission and activities with the other.
The goals of the Rotary this year will include activities such as supplying every third grader in Cecil County with a new dictionary as well as numerous other service projects, including eradicating polio worldwide. The Rotary members also network as part of their meetings. The FBLA members also shared what will be part of their year. Members Walter Dorsett, Jessica Lukeman, Taylor Roark, Emily Bitondo, Caitlyn Hill, Kasey Lee, and Joe Rodriguez took turns speaking to the Rotarians. When FBLA club members told the Rotary that as a recruiting tool, they use soft pretzels, Rotarians said they would consider a similar treat when asking prospects to join.
The FBLA will host a hot dog sale and participate in the school wide Artoberfest. They will support Operation Battle Buddies (sending treats to troops), host a canned food drive, help with March of Dimes, and volunteer at a food pantry. Rotary member Karl Graybeal said he was impressed with the FBLA. "It was very good. At their age, there is no way I would have stood in front of a group and spoken," said Graybeal.