Rotary Club looks to a new year of events, fundraisers and fun

Gord Fortin
Lakeside Leader

The Slave Lake Rotary Club is gearing up for some big events in the new year as well as focusing on recruiting new members.
Rotary Club member Harry Bartlett went through some of the upcoming events.
The Rotary Club will be doing an event for kids on Dec. 15. This is a chance for kids to meet Santa Claus and get a Christmas gift from the club. This will take place at CJ Schurter Elementary School and is for students from Kindergarten to Grade 3. Kids from the town of Smith are invited.
Bartlett said there will be a skit put on by the drama students of EG Wahlstrom School.
The biggest Rotary event coming up is the 777 reverse car raffle, which will occur on June 2, 2018. Tickets for the event are $100 each. It will take place at the Slave Lake MRC in the Tervita Arena. To win the car your ticket must be the last one drawn. There will also be another $14,000 in prizes.
There will also be a banquet, cash bar and dance. The club is currently in the process of getting their license for the event. The dinner will be served in the lobby and tables to eat at will be in the arena.
“It’s our one big fundraiser that we do every second year,” Bartlett said.
The club has held 20 Texas Hold Em’ tournaments. These tournaments are invitational. The next one will be in March. Bartlett said there needs to be 80 entrants for the tournament to be a go.
“Beyond that it’s pretty much non-stop ticket selling,” he said.
On the recruitment front, Bartlett said the club is always looking to recruit new members. The club will be looking to do an open house in the future where their success will be showcased. This will also act as a recruitment drive. He did not have any details as of this interview.
Bartlett described the Slave Lake club as being unique because of having more female members than male members. He said it is usually the other way around. The club currently has 18 members.
Bartlett said the club has trouble maintaining 20 members. Since he first joined the club in 2001, only three people of that era are still members. He said some of their members end up moving away or some may get turned off of the 7:00 a.m. meetings.
If you are interested in joining the Rotary Club, all you have to do is contact a member. That member will become your sponsor. You would have to attend a couple of their meetings, where both you and the club can see if you are a good fit. You will also have to pass a criminal record check, as well as pay the dues.
“And then you’re in,” Bartlett said.

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