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June 10, 2011 

JH ROTARY SUPPER CLUB WINS PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL AWARD

FOR WINTERFEST
 

Jackson, WY---The Jackson Hole Rotary Supper Club has been awarded Rotary International's prestigious “Significant Achievement Award” for creating and organizing last February's highly successful “WinterFest” celebration.

This award, given out by RI's world president, recognizes outstanding Rotary club projects that address the most pressing needs of their local communities, and provide models for other Rotary clubs around the world to follow. 

In a letter to Rotary Supper Club president Scott Daily announcing the award, RI General Secretary Ed Futa wrote: “Your club has made a meaningful impact in the life of your community and your project represents the very best work in your district and the Rotary world. On behalf of Rotary International and Rotarians worldwide, I commend you for your significant achievement.” 

WinterFest 2010-2011 was the brainchild of several Supper Club members, including Rod Everett and Paul Perry. 

“This valley has needed a mid-winter festival for a long time, to help bring in visitors and give locals something fun to do,” said Everett, the club's co-founder and also a member of the Chamber of Commerce board of directors. “And with the economy in the doldrums, it was just the shot in the arm that we needed.” 

Perry, the club's third president and a current county commissioner, agreed. “We got the club and lots of local sponsors behind it, and went to work to put on a really fun weekend of activities over Presidents' Day weekend. Everyone loved it and we're already getting lots of ideas for next year.”

Building on existing events such as the Shrine Club's Cutter Races and Moose Hockey, the 44-member club enthusiastically put together a number of new venues for the weekend. During the Outrageous Air Show on Friday and Saturday nights, Olympic and other champion skiers dazzled crowds of thousands as they performed extreme freestyle aerial tricks off a huge, specially constructed snow ramp on Snow King amid fireworks and a fire ring finale. 

In addition, the Supper Club organized a Snow Sculpture competition on the town square, a Texas Hold 'Em charity poker tournament at the Wort, a K-9 Keg Pull contest, Kids Snow Painting, and a hilarious Dodgeball on Ice Tournament at the Fairgrounds.

Everett called the event a huge success, and noted that, due to the popularity and additional publicity generated by WinterFest, the Cutter Races reported a 28% increase in net revenues over their past ten year average. All profits from the world-famous races, which are the only cutter races still held on a snow track, are donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children---Salt Lake City. 

Daily said the club is already working with the Chamber of Commerce to organize a second WinterFest for next February. “We want to build on the momentum and make it bigger and better next year,” he said. He urged local businesses and anyone else who want to get involved in next year event to contact the Rotary Supper Club or Chamber of Commerce.

The Supper Club also won several other Rotary Awards, including the Presidential Citation, the Governor's Citation, and the Ted Almquist District Award for Membership Growth. In addition, the Supper Club sponsors the local high school Interact Club which received the Presidential Citation for Interact Clubs.

The JH Rotary Supper Club meets on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:15 at the Wort Hotel. It is part of Rotary International, the world's oldest service club, established in 1905 and now with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote world peace, and eradicate polio under the motto “Service Above Self”.