Update July 2012

 

As part of an international experiment, a satellite meeting has been created for young professionals, bringing the current membership to 52. Our local Rotarians are the only club in Canada participating in this unique pilot program.

Rotary generates funding for community projects and charitable organizations, and you’d be surprised at the variety of ways we do it.

Last month, we held the 23rd Annual Soap Box Derby on the Crystal Ridge hill, with a whopping 92 participants. This successful event sparks amazing community participation with parents and businesses alike sponsoring the homemade cars.  This year’s race brought in $7,500.  

This month, we ran our annual golf tournament with hot sunny weather, and a lot of fun.  The results? Ten thousand dollars was given to KidSport, an organization dedicated to financially helping families register their children in sports programs.  An additional ten thousand went to Rowan House, an emergency shelter for women in the Foothills area.

These are events you read about in the paper, but what about the work you may not know about?  Here’s what happened. Some Rotary reps went to a cattle auction. They bought a steer and sold the best cuts.  The rest went into hamburger, as did the money they made on the better cuts, and the Okotoks Food Bank benefitted by 400 pounds of fresh ground meat.

Next month we look forward to providing food at the Highland Games, and any proceeds from that gargantuan endeavour will be donated back to this high profile event.

Rotary is an international organization that believes in Service First.  If you’d like to visit a meeting, you’re welcome anytime. Wednesday’s meeting begins at 6:30 at Crystal Ridge Golf Club and includes dinner for $20.  The young professionals meet Thursdays at 5:15 at Rylie’s Cattle Barn for appetizers at five dollars. Find more information at okotoksrotary.ca

Peg Ainsley is a Rotarian and a freelance writer in Okotoks.