When this club was first organized back in the summer and fall of 1996, we made a conscious decision to not get on the Bingo train. The decision not to be involved in Bingos or have anything to do with the gaming commission was probably the wisest thing we have ever done. As a result our fundraising efforts have been directed to projects such as the Friends of the Library Book sale, the Rockies Film Festival, the Discount Golf Card and of course in recent years the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo.
We did have one weak moment and decided to raffle off a Mustang; that required far more effort than anyone realized and probably is the last time we will ever have a raffle. We also had some spectacularly successful ice shows and some equally spectacular disasters. Entertainment on that grand scale can be very risky. We pulled it off but I am not sure we have the collective power and energy to do it again.
Because of that early decision not to do Bingos we developed creative original ideas. Each one has become a Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club franchise. We must be very careful not to take them for granted. Striving to make them more successful should always be our goal.