Rotary’s annual cash raffle moving online

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

The COVID effect touches a lot of things these days, and one of them is the Slave Lake Rotary Club’s $10,000 cash raffle. It happens every year at this time, with some lucky investor taking home a nice bundle of cash (half the proceeds) just in time for Christmas.

What’s different this year, says Rotarian Harry Bartlett, is “we’re no longer selling raffle tickets in person.”

Instead, the Rotary are trying out an online version, using the services of an outfit called Raffle Box ( Participants buy their tickets online. Getting them to go there and buy, with credit cards, is the challenge for the club.

“Our big job is to market it,” says Bartlett.

The money raised is of course used for worthwhile community projects – something the Rotary Club has a good reputation for over 20 or so years in Slave Lake. One example is the Kids’ Christmas Party. What form that even takes this year is still to be worked out, but the Rotary commitment to paying for it remains and a successful cash raffle would really help.

Will it work?

“The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary did it,” Bartlett says, and apparently it was quite successful.

In other Rotary news, a membership drive has been quite successful, with five new faces around the table (they’ve been featured in ‘Faces of Rotary’ in The Leader over the past few weeks). The club is also hoping to partner with another local organization on a coffee house featuring local talent, perhaps sometime early in the new year. Stay tuned for more on that.

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