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Rotary Club Appreciation Roses

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A little appreciation goes a long way with employees.

Business manager Leland Tong believes that's especially true in the high paced Bakken oil patch.

This week he delivered 34 dozen roses to his colleagues at Great Plains Women's Health Center.

He says the growth in Williston has created a camaraderie among employees that he believes the roses help to reinforce.

(Leland Tong, Great Plains Women's Health Center) "So it's more than just thanking them for their service to Great Plains as much as saying that we're all in this together and we're going to keep trucking along. They work hard and they deserve it."

The fundraiser is put on each April by the Williston Rotary Club and has grown over the past three years raising as much as $5,000 this year.

Tong says the 'structured opportunity' to say thank you has become a mainstay at the clinic, and he says the added bonus is that Rotary will reinvest the money back into the community.

(Serena Christianson, Williston Rotary Club President) "The Rotary theme, each year it's something different and this year it's, 'Engage Rotary, Change Lives.' I think with this, we're able to engage the community and have them be a part of something that we're doing. The idea of appreciating your employees makes them feel a part of what they're doing."

Christianson says the Rotary Roses are among the top fundraisers each year for the club, second only to the Auction for Action.

The money will stay local with an education and literacy focus for scholarships.

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