It is that time of year again! Get ready and dust off your Tie-Die Tee shirts, Bell-bottoms, and Cool sunglasses as we celebrate at this year’s “Peace, Love and Rotary” Foundation Gala!  Let us get groovin’ and see what this Groovy Happy Hippy Holidays celebration is all about. This year’s Gala is on Thursday, November 17, 2022 and is being held at Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, OH.  The doors will open promptly at 6:00 p.m.
This Groovy Gala is for celebrating the generosity of our clubs and members in their giving to The Rotary Foundation.  We will start our celebration off with our Happy Hour where we can socialize while feasting on Hors D’ouervres, and enjoying beverages from a cash bar.  All the while, we will be showing off our best Hippy attire.
The Holiday season brings challenging needs for our communities, with one of those being the need for warm clothing.  Our second Annual Foundation Gala Service Project will once again focus on keeping our communities warm.  We are asking that you bring new mittens, gloves, hats and socks (no undergarments), with you as a donation.  These donations will be distributed to agencies in all ten of our clusters.
Back by popular demand, The Dessert Dash!  Hold the applause; I see some hands being raised.  I have been asked the question “What is a Dessert Dash”.  The Dessert Dash is our major Fundraiser for this event.  The way it works is right in the middle of our banquet room at Windows will be a display of the most outstanding selection of desserts you have ever seen, and each table will have an envelope on it (with instructions), for that table to put monetary donations in.  These envelopes will be collected and the tables will be put in order of highest giving to lowest.   Each table will need to select their fastest and best desert connoisseur who will dash up to the desert table, when your table number is called, and select a desert for the whole table.  Another question, “How many deserts may we grab,” the answer is one per table.  This next question is a great question, thank you for asking.  Who will benefit from this Dessert Dash? All funds will be donated to the Polio Plus Fund at The Rotary Foundation. 
Our “Peace, Love, and Rotary” program will begin directly following the Dessert Dash.  This is the best part of the evening for me; this is when we get to recognize the heartfelt giving of our Clubs and Members to The Rotary Foundation.   We will have special guests from The Rotary Foundation, as well as the Grandson of Arch C Klumph, Father of The Rotary Foundation, helping us celebrate.   
What would a Hippie event like this be without Tie Die Tee Shirts?  Well, we have them and you can too! Run right over to and order your shirts while registering for this Groovy Happy Hippy Holidays Celebration. Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we continue to highlight our “Peace, Love and Rotary” Foundation Gala.  I am looking forward to seeing you all on November 17.