Getting together for some fun and fundraising is an important part of the Rotary experience. Our Rotarians do enjoy social activities and we usually have a big turn-out for each event.
Charter Night Dinner. Each year in March we celebrate the founding of our club. This event is filled with good camaraderie, a sit-down dinner, dancing and a libation or two. You see lots of tuxedos and formal dresses which adds an elegant touch to this prestigious gathering of Rotarians and their guests.
Our annual golf outing is a real success in both fun and fundraising. Historically, the outing is for us amateurs, not “professional” golfers. All foursomes head out in hopes of hitting the ball straight. All club members help with the outing even if they do not play golf. The proceeds from the outing go to support our club’s charitable activities.
President’s Reception. This event is held in June to welcome our incoming president. It is hosted by the outgoing president and takes place at a member’s home. The reception is typically scheduled just before the Rotary International convention or immediately after the president-elect returns from the convention.
Although started as a social event for members and their guests, the silent auction has become an important fundraising event. Members and other local businesses contribute items to be auctioned. The auction includes a sit-down dinner, some good cheer, and plenty of time for everyone to bid on the wide array of items on display.
This family event is for the kids in all of us. Held on a Saturday morning in December, we enjoy good food and some holiday spirit. Santa Claus joins the party with gifts for the children. Each member is encouraged to bring guests to help celebrate the season.
Over the years there have been other social activities. These events include Valentine parties at member homes, hospitality suites at the Rotary District Convention, and family picnics. Some even say that our Friday morning meetings rank at the top of the club’s social activities.