ImageThe morning of July 5th featured the first “annual” Rotary Ducks in the Ditch race in the irrigation ditch ending in front of Kings.  Five hundred eager rubber duckys entered the ditch above the Broken Spur and crossed the finish line a little over 6 minutes later in front of King’s.  The race was fast and furious with spectators getting as excited as if it were the Kentucky Derby!  Separating from the pack to finish in first and second place were ducks sponsored by Jim Schulz (1st across) and Jenny Child (2nd across).  Closer to the pack were third and fourth place finishers sponsored by Taylor Watson and Debbie Hunt.  Prizes will be awarded at Wednesday’s Rotary meeting with first place receiving $500, 2nd place a rubber raft donated by King’s, and 3rd and 4th taking home Silverstar back packs.  The race was streamed live with energized narrative provided by John Erbou and can be viewed on the Rotary website:  Proceeds from the race will go toward building a fund for a community stage in front of the City Center. The spectators and Rotarians are already looking forward to a bigger, faster, and more exciting event next year.

Teton Valley Rotary focuses on service to the community and the world.  The Ducks in the Ditch project will be held annually to raise funds for civic projects while Tin Cup donations to Teton Valley Rotary Foundation will be directed to valley youth for scholarships, literacy and leadership.  Over $13,500 in scholarships were awarded to this year’s graduating seniors and college scholars. 

Rotary meets Wednesdays at noon at the Senior Center.  Interested community members and visiting Rotarians are invited to join a Wednesday meeting for a delicious lunch prepared by Chef Sue Cicero.