The members of the Ripon Rotaract would like to thank all who came out to play and support our 3rd Annual Broomball Tournament; held January 19th on the downtown hockey rink.
“Everyone had fun, the weather was accommodating and it was a great time was had by all,” said Rotaract President Samantha Westphal.
A special thank you goes out to Howard Hansen and all the volunteers who helped put the hockey rink up in the week prior to the tournament, for all of their hard work.
Broomball is a winter sport that combines elements of both field and ice hockey; where teams use special brooms to move a ball over the ice, but the players don’t wear skates. The Rotaract holds their annual Broomball tournament every year on the third Saturday in January. The tournament is open to teams of 5, for anyone over 18 years old; doesn’t require any past experience with the game to play and all equipment is provided by the Rotaract.
Congratulations to Ripon Rotaract Club member Ellis Bosveld who was selected to be one of the four GSE team members from District #6270 who will be traveling to Argentina next April. Ellis was nominated as a potential Group Study Exchange (GSE) team candidate by the Ripon Rotary Club.
Ellis is a graduate of Ripon College who works for Carl Hennig Agency in Berlin. The GSE team will be in Argentina for approximately a month next April. Rotary District #6270 pays for the team’s airfare, and the Rotary District in Argentina (through clubs in the district) is responsible for housing, food, transportation, and activities --- many of which are very job specific. A team consists of four young professionals, ages 25-40, all of whom are non-Rotarians, and a team leader, who is a Rotarian. It is a reciprocal program, as next spring District #6270 will host a GSE team from Argentina for approximately a month. Generally four or five clubs serve as hosts, and the team spends four or five days in each location. Several years ago Ripon Rotary served as a host club for a GSE team from Taiwan. Over the past few years Ripon Rotary has partnered with Rotary clubs in either Fond du Lac or Oshkosh to serve as a one day host, and has served as a one-day host to GSE teams from Brazil, the Philippines, Sweden, Italy, and Australia (one-half day last year.)
The first major community service project the Ripon Area Rotaract conducted was a sandbox fill.