Gina Smith of Center National Bank in Plymouth helped to get the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans started, the first of its kind in the world . Smith (middle) joined Eldon Tessman (left) in congratulating Army veteran Brittany Ritchie Sievers at a club meeting in October.

Smith, a branch manager and assistant vice president at Center National, helped start the club to focus specifically on veterans. While members required to have military experience, the club's service projects will focus on assisting vets. It is already attracting attention from groups in other states.