Holy cow…it’s January already!! 2020…a new year, a new decade. Where does the time go?
We have a lot to look forward to in the coming six months – the District 5170 Richard D. King Speech Contest, a visit from our District Governor (date TBD), our Niles Rotary Reverse Raffle Fundraiser, more service projects, social events and interesting speakers, the recommencement of Fellowship Fridays, the District Conference, the Rotary International Conference, more fines for Ray Pedersen (J), and, finally, the demotion of yours truly and ascendency of President-Elect Dirk to the throne!
Speaking of Dirk and the Reverse Raffle, have you bought your ticket and started selling to others? This year’s event looks like it’s going to be a real winner – Dirk and his crew have secured Campo di Bocce as the venue, which will give us more space than we are used to. Once again, a ticket will get a sit down meal for two, a one in three hundred fifty chance to win $5000, oodles of other chances to win money, a fun-filled evening with lots of good people, an opportunity to bid on silent and live auction items, and, best of all, the experience of having made a real contribution to our community.
This is Niles Rotary’s signature event. Net proceeds go the Niles Rotary Foundation, which then donates the money through a granting process to local causes. The back of this year’s flier has a list of some of the charities we have supported over the years. Check it out – it’s very impressive. This also is a great opportunity to heighten community awareness of Rotary in general and Niles Rotary in particular, as our guests see first-hand what a vibrant, energetic, fun-loving, and service oriented group we are, and they get to experience the pleasure of giving back.
Of course, to make the event the big success it deserves to be, we have to sell tickets – 350 of them. With just under 100 members, that’s 3 to 4 tickets per member. Not hard to do if you believe in the cause, which all of us must. So go to your family, your friends, your neighbors, your work associates, people you do business with…anyone you can think of. Give them the opportunity to feel the power of Niles Strong in action.