$90,000 for 90th anniversary

By Trent Wilkie, Edmonton Examiner

The Rotary Club of Camrose will celebrate its 90th anniversary by trying to raise $90,000.

“Generally, we raise between $50,000 and $60,000,” said Rotary director of community services Morris Henderson “but this year with the building of the Rotary Youth Centre we got a lot of buy-in from the community and we ended up raising more than that. So, thinking about how well we did with the centre, and thinking of our 90th anniversary coming up, Rotary president Dawn Anderson thought that we should target $90,000.”

The Camrose Rotary Club opened the doors to the youth centre during Canada Day celebrations. Former Camrose Rotary Club president Shirley Rostad welcomed guests and told the story of how a $25,000 donation led to the opening.

The Rotary Club, seeking to build on its successes, aimed its talents somewhere else.

The main event for this attempt will be the club’s annual Black Tie Gala. This year the event will be held on Saturday, May 3, and will be at the Norsemen Inn. But the Rotarians aren’t banking only on that.

“We also do what is called the Rotary Cares draw,” Henderson explained. “Three hundred tickets are available to purchase for $100 each. You have a chance to win a thousand dollars a month for each month in 2014.”

The club is also looking ahead and has an open call for submissions from those in the community seeking assistance for new local projects that benefit the Camrose community. Projects looking for funding from $5,000 to $50,000 will be considered.

“What we want is project requests come in this month and we will take a look at them next month, hopefully early January,” he said. “Then we will approve which ones we want to move forward with and we will get them involved in promoting the Black Tie.”

With that said, the Rotary Club is an optimistic group when it comes to raising money. But, from Henderson’s perspective, they are also realists.

“We have some reserves if things go sideways,” he said laughing. “We don’t stick our necks out too far.”

Information for those interested in donating as well as upcoming Rotary events can be found at www.clubrunner.ca/camrose.


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