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Rotary learns about Valley Counseling

 

Dan Borsheim, director of Valley Christian Counseling Center, spoke at the recent Jamestown Rotary Club meeting. He was introduced by Rotarian Curt Liechty. The center was started in 1991 in Fargo. The center grew by word of mouth and became a regional center seeing clients from several miles around Fargo. The center was started to provide a safe and confidential place to talk, help people recognize their value and worth, help manage depression and anxiety, how to communicate successfully, guide through the grieving process, help learn to forgive, strengthen marriage and enrich life spiritually. In the last five years the number of clients has doubled. There are presently 16 counselors on staff and a new building project in Fargo will have 25 offices. The new building project has a goal of $3 million, and one donor has pledged $1 million with more than $2 million raised to date. The center has an office in Jamestown and  is seeking funds to continue this service with a goal of $10,000 to operate for a year. About 1,000 people go through the center per month including all of the outreach centers.

Carrie Orn gave an update on the Rotary Wine and BrewHaha. The event was a great success, she said. She thanked those who gave silent auction items, businesses that had booths, the Quality Inn & Suites, those who donated advertising, and volunteers who helped.

Erin Paulson said the club will begin orientation meetings for new members. Dave Smette has agreed to head this up.

Paulson presided over the meeting. Gary Riffe gave the invocation, and Mike Smyth collected “Happy Dollars” to benefit club projects.

Reuben Liechty will introduce today’s program. Rick Pfeiffer will have the invocation at the May 1 meeting. Ricki Ramlo will be the song leader. Joan Morris will collect “Happy Dollars.”

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