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2nd Annual Covington Rotary Quack-A-Falaya
Saturday, May 14, 2016
This year, our event has 2 major features:
The Rubber Duck Race
Grand Prize $1500
guaranteed 1 in 100 chances to win
cost to sponsor a duck: $20
from Menetre Park (4th Av boat launch) to The Chimes
prizes for best duck costumes
any craft powered by paddle is allowed
$25 per person on board
Proceeds this year will go to: Miracle League Northshore, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Blue Trails project along the Bogue Falaya, Keep Covington Beautiful, and the Covington Rotary Foundation.
Our community partners will be along The Chimes boardwalk with information about their efforts and projects in our community.
Join us at The Chimes from 11am on to welcome the paddlers and the ducks.
Free drinks while supplies last to everyone in a duck costume!
click here for details and registration
Day of Service on October 3rd -- GOLD TEAM will lead our annual Habitat Build. This is an opportunity for current and potential members to engage in Service Above Self in meaningful ways while forging important friendships and shared experiences with other members.
Our third annual World's Greatest Meal to Help End Polio on Friday, October 16 at Rock N Bowl in New Orleans. We are joining with some of the New Orleans area clubs to raise money for what we hope is the final push to eradicate polio from the planet. Polio Plus is a Rotary initiative begun in the 1980s when childhood polio crippled and killed children all around the world. Thanks to the efforts of individual Rotarians and matching grants and innovative community, corporate, and government partnerships, Rotarians have eradicated endemic polio from all but 2 of the world's countries. A remarkable achievement. Come help us -- "We are THIS Close" to preventing this disease from devastating any more lives.
Our annual fundraising luncheon for Covington Rotary's Feeding the Needy Project, now well into its second decade. The luncheon will be held on Tuesday, November 10 and features LSU baseball Coach Paul Mainieri. In the past 3 years alone, this project has rallied over 500 community volunteers and distributed over 4,000 complete Christmas meal boxes (12-14 pound turkey plus 5 sides and desserts) to help ensure that nearly 15,000 people have not just a Christmas dinner, but plenty of extras to help feed the children during the long period when the school cafeterias are closed. The Covington Food Bank considers our project to fill a critical need for families in our community.
Saturday, November 14 from 5-9pm -- BLUE TEAM will run the beer booth at Upward Community Services first Wing Cook Off. Covington Rotary at its best: pouring beer and hustling for tips! Join in some service and fellowship and fun. Families are encouraged to come and participate in the eating of the wings from the dozens of teams that are competing.
Imagine what we could achieve with even more members. If just a couple of Rotarians had the idea to eradicate polio from the planet and another couple local Rotarians had the idea to eradicate hunger among our children at Christmastime...what else can we conceive and accomplish? We hope you will bring your ideas and talents and resources and join us.
August was an opportunity for Covington Rotarians to see some of our young/old friends again on breaks between college semesters.
All three of our continuing Rotary Scholarship winners were on hand to give an update on their progress at school. We were reminded why we selected these young people as the recipients of our $4000 scholarships -- all of them are making excellent and interesting choices while at college. We even had one of our graduates return since she has formed the habit of coming to speak to us every summer!
Our Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Ethan, returned from his year in Taiwan and regaled us with tales of his adventures.
We also met our new Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Van, who is from India and will be attending Christ Episcopal School.
The weekend of August 14, our entire Youth Exchange Committee attended the Inbound Orientation at Percy Quin State Park with Rotary Youth Exchange students from 7 countries being hosted in Mississippi and Louisiana by D6190, D6820, and our own D6840.
We had a great turnout of Rotarians and a wonderful response to this event. We only had 2 tickets unsold out of 500 and raised over $9000 to put toward our projects and the organizations we support.
VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SPONSORED A DUCK!!
Plans are already underway for next year, so if you have ideas, please send them along. Special thanks to the SSA film crew who shot video from every angle, to the water crew who wrangled ducks and kept them focused, to the grounds crew who put up signage and kept everyone on task, to the supporters who came out along the way, and of course to the Ad House and The Chimes for their sponsorship.
The winners have been notified and will join us at out MAY 19 meeting at The Seiler Bar. We will also meet the winners of our college scholarships that day so it will be a fun-filled celebration. QUACK ON, Covington Rotary!
Events in April:
SUNDAY, APRIL 19 -- Beer Booth @ Covington Antiques Festival. Rotarians and friends needed for 2 1/2 hour shifts from 9:30-12; 12-2:30; 2:30-5pm. We keep all tips and split all proceeds from Saturday and Sunday with the Covington Heritage Foundation.
TUESDAY APRIL 21: Club Gathering (sounds more inviting than a meeting and is actually more accurate -- we hang out and have a discussion over a delicious lunch).
***FINISH SELLING YOUR DUCKS***
Events in May:
MONDAY, MAY 4 -- Installation Banquet @ Boule Bistro 6pm - 8:30 (?) Family-friendly; family entertainment with teenagers to watch the little ones during the "boring parts!"
TUESDAY MAY 5 -- no meeting -- but put on a sombrero or a serape and have a margarita at 5pm at The Seiler Bar or on the patio. Just for fun.
SATURDAY MAY 9 -- QUACK-A-FALAYA -- launch @ 11am @ The Chimes
TUESDAY MAY 19 -- Club Gathering with the Winners -- of the scholarship and of the QUACK-A-FALAYA
TUESDAY MAY 26 ** Special New Meeting Date ** Business Meeting to discuss and approve the 2015-2016 budget
THURSDAY APRIL 2 -- ROCKIN THE RAILS AT THE COVINGTON TRAILHEAD (BEER BOOTH) 5-8PM
TUESDAY APRIL 7 -- CLUB MEETING @ THE SEILER BAR 11:45AM-1PM
THURSDAY APRIL 9 -- ROCKING THE RAILS AT THE COVINGTON TRAILHEAD (BEER BOOTH) 5-8PM
(our Exchange Student, Joara, will receive special recognition from the St. Tammany Public Schools!)
FRIDAY APRIL 10 -- FRIDAY NIGHT FOOD FEST AT ROTARY RIVAGE IN BILOXI
SAT & SUN APRIL 11 & 12 -- ROTARY RIVAGE BILOXI (DISTRICT CONFERENCE)
SUNDAY APRIL 19 -- COVINGTON HERITAGE FOUNDATION ANTIQUES FESTIVAL ON NEW HAMPSHIRE (BEER BOOTH) 10AM-5PM
TUESDAY APRIL 21 -- CLUB MEETING @ THE SEILER BAR 11:45AM-1PM
WE WILL CONTINUE TO SELL QUACK-A-FALAYA DUCKS ALL MONTH IN PREPARATION FOR THE RACE ON SATURDAY MAY 9. BUY A DUCK! SELL SOME DUCKS! COME START THE DAY AT THE CHIMES!
MARCH 27: all Covington Rotarians and families and friends are invited to join us at the New Orleans PELICANS vs the Sacramento KINGS game. 7pm. Tickets will be available on-line directly from the Pelicans as part of the ROTARY NIGHT. We hope to be joined by Rotarians and families and friends from New Orleans Riverbend, Mandeville,Carrollton, New Orleans, Metairie, Metairie Sunrise, and St. Charles Parish. All of our Youth Exchange students will be there, too!
MARCH 28: ROTARY DAY @ Pontchartrain Vineyards! 5pm - till...??? We have 1/2 price tickets available at each club meeting or you can buy a ticket for $10 at the gate. We want to gather as many people as we can under the banner of ROTARY for the evening. Rotarians should wear some Rotary gear. BYO picnic items and chairs, etc. (no outside alcohol or pets). MUSICAL GUESTS, The Tin Men -- should be LOTS of fun! http://www.tinmenmusic.com/video.php
MARCH 29: Bike & Brewery Tour along the Tammany Trace. Meet at the Covington Trailhead at 10am. Start with a tour of Covington Bewhouse; then Abita Brewery/lunch at the Brew Pub, then on to Chafunkta in Mandeville. Bring your own bike or rent from Pat's Bike Shop in Covington. No cost.
MARCH 30: Vocational Day -- we will match the members of the GSE team with local companies and ask Rotarians to assist with some transportation and lunch. Our guests are: and events planner, a construction manager, a tax lawyer, a science teacher, and a business consultant. Host families are asked to provide a home-cooked dinner for their guests that night.
MARCH 31: Special Club Meeting: GSE Team will present. After the meeting, we will deliver the team to the West Bank and NO Riverbend clubs.
First meeting of the year will be at the Southern Hotel!
January 6th marks the beginning of Mardi Gras. What better way than to celebrate the Twelfth Night of Christmas and our Feeding the Needy efforts than at the original meeting location of the Covington Rotary Club? In 1927, our club met for the first time at the original Southern Hotel. 88 years later, we're doing it again.
Arrive at 11:45 for a pre-meeting guided tour of the hotel. We will begin our first meeting of the year at noon and hear from the Krewe of Olympia, who have been planning a spectacular 50th anniversary parade.
Potential new members can join us for free...all other guests and visiting Rotarians will pay a $20 lunch cost (a bargain for such great food and fellowship!). At the end of the meal we'll share the first king cake of the season. Hope to see you to get 2015 off to a great start.
Information on Covington Rotary's Feeding the Needy Project