This week's Rotarian in the Spotlight: Deb Severson

How long have you been a Rotarian? 25 years as of January 2016, my first club was in La Crosse.

Who was your sponsor? My first sponsor was the CPA who was the auditor for the company I worked for at the time in La Crosse, WI. When I moved to Minnesota, Kyle Haugen was my local sponsor

Why did you join Rotary? I was really interested in what Rotary was doing with International Youth Exchange and the fight to eradicate polio. Growing up when polio was a contagious disease was a frightening time, so to know that Rotary International was leading the way to eradicate it was a huge draw.

What is your vocation? I am an organizational development leader focused on start-up companies and companies going through major transition periods such as turn-around situations.

What do you do in your spare time? Spending time with family and friends is really important, but with them, I love to play golf, go kayaking, cooking, do wine and beer tours, hiking and just about anything that is rock climbing or bungee jumping however.

Deb was recognized for her 25-year anniversary with Rotary.