Rina Orellana Receives REAP Officer of the Year 2008 Award

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Adriana Dungan, adungan@msn.com, Phone: (402) 494-1013 or Elisha Smith, elishas@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007
Lyons, NE - On the eve of the Center for Rural Affairs’ MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success conference held in Columbus, Nebraska on February 27, 2008, Rina Orellana was honored for her efforts, integrity, and leadership. Rina received the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Officer of the Year award.
The Center for Rural Affairs works to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities. This is the second year they hosted MarketPlace, an entrepreneurial conference.

“I didn't expect this award; it really got me by surprise! I never thought that I could receive such a privilege. It was a pleasure to receive this honor and to be included in an organization such as the Center for Rural Affairs that have these programs that give us the opportunities to achieve our dreams as part of the community that we live in and to work towards the future for the generations to come,” expressed Rina.

Since its inception in 2006, Rina has served as Secretary of the Columbus Hispanic Networking Group serving Latino businesses in Columbus, Nebraska.

“Rina became involved with REAP after attending a Business Plan Training course. She was elected secretary for the group, and has gone above and beyond to keep the group on track by scheduling meetings, notifying members and potential members of meetings, and making sure everything is in place before meetings,” remarked Adriana Dungan, the REAP Hispanic Business Center Director.

In the fall of 2007, an increased workload at her job forced Rina to resign her duties. Happily, she still participates and is a good promoter of REAP and the Columbus Networking Group.

(Pictures courtesy of Rhea Landholm from Sheldon, IA)

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