Members from the Benzie, Manistee, and Gaylord Rotary Clubs traveled to the Dominican Republic at the end of January to help build a vocational center that will benefit a community that has a 75% unemployment rate. The group of 15 volunteers, which included students from Benzie Central and adults, laid concrete blocks, built columns for walls, transported cement with wheelbarrows, then filled buckets and passed them up a ladder, and were then poured into the column forms that contained rebar. My wife and I were blessed to spend the week with this amazing group of students and adults. They were hard working, kind, and so compassionate with the kids and people of Santo Domingo. Our hosts and their entire staff, could not have been better organized, more welcoming, or more accommodating. This was a life changing event for all of us. What a privilege it was to serve a community that so badly needs help. If you would like to learn more about the Rotary Club to which I belong to please click here.