Meghan Lester proposed a novel fundraising project to the CRRC Board several months ago involving the purchase of low-cost plastic rain barrels, getting local businesses to underwrite the $250 cost for paint and other supplies, and then creating a contest among local high school artists to decorate the rain barrels. The barrels would be auctioned to the highest bidder in the spring of 2013 at an event hosted by the club hopefully on the waterfront generating funds for the charitable work of the club.

A proposed letter, reproduced below, would be sent to local businesses soliciting their support for this project along with an application. Should you know of any businesses who may be interested in helping with this project, please provide the business name and contact information to Meghan such that this information can be submitted to them.

The letter and application can be downloaded from the file download site (page down to the bottom of the screen, it is on the right-hand side.


Caesar Rodney Rotary Club’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe.  The Rotarians who make up Caesar Rodney share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self and carry out service projects locally and abroad.  Rotary can be best identified by its efforts to end polio; however, equally important to Rotarians are projects and programs that raise awareness about global water scarcity, and water quality and conservation.

This upcoming year, Caesar Rodney Rotary Club will host a rain barrel art program.  The goal of the program is to raise awareness of water as a natural resource and demonstrate how homeowners and businesses can conserve water and save money while protecting the local streams and rivers and watershed by capturing water in a rain barrel.

Our rain barrels will be blank canvases until they are transformed into beautiful works of art by local artists. Through the “Let It Rain” rain barrel art program, CRRC will partner with artists selected to paint the rain barrels.  Once painted, the rain barrels will be put on display at local businesses beginning on World Water Day, March 22, 2013.  Accompanying each barrel will be information regarding the artist, the supporting business, and water conservation.  Barrels will be displayed for approximately four weeks, and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at a reception to be held on Earth Day weekend.

To help us in this effort, we ask you to consider becoming underwriter for this event for $250. Your donation will provide one of our artists with a primed barrel, paint and supplies, hardware for rain barrel installation, and information about the program.  Underwriters will receive acknowledgement, on the event’s websites, in the events’ program, and will also receive one ticket to reception and auction.    

We recognize there are many deserving organizations that request your support and it is our hope that you will consider “Let It Rain” a worthy beneficiary.  Please complete the attached application and we will contact you regarding delivery and display.  For further information, please contact us at

Again, we are grateful for your consideration and future support.