50-50s, Easy as 1,2,3!

[January 29 | 0 Comments | 2200 views]

Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

It’s that time of year again.

Our thoughts turn to Spring and a warm Sunday in the park. Picture it…. The birds are chirping; townspeople are gathered far and wide and there, over the horizon, are a thousand runners who are jockeying for position. Leading the way is our very own Doug Merritt. He’s riding a tricked out Electric Bicycle accessorized by a sleek yet understated “PW Herman” model bicycle helmet!

Run with Rotary on Earth Day will be held on May 5th this year. We are once again collaborating with the Montgomery Environmental Commission which means, Recycling; Vendors; Food Trucks: Battle of the Bands: Exhibits and yes…..Rizzo’s Reptiles!

As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve put in a request this year for alligator wrestling on the north lawn. Zoltan Nagy has secured an outline from an expert on “How to Properly Wrestle a Gator.” I found it to be both inspiring and thought provoking (I couldn’t put it down).

Rumor has it that Josh Turner will not only brave another encounter with a mighty Python (like he did last year), but he will also simultaneously wrestle a Gator, all while drinking a glass of water! An amazing feat! …All kidding aside gang, it’s time to roll up our sleeves. It’s “Service Above Self” time!

Our 50-50s have come in from the printer. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to our foundation and will also pay for the balance of the new SHIP truck. Yay!!! We need every member to step up and help!

The tickets are $20 for one, or a book of 6 for $100. The tickets are relatively easy to sell. Here’s why….. The prize money! We offer a 1st place prize that pays 35% of the gross tickets sold. 2nd prize pays 10% and the third prize pays 5%.

To create excitement, it’s recommended that we mention the amount of last year’s prize money when we’re offering someone a chance to buy tickets. If my calculations are correct, the 2018 50-50 winners were paid:

  • $9471 for 1st prize (35%)
  • $2706 for 2nd prize (10%)
  • $1353 for 3rd prize (5%)

Not too shabby! There’s a chance for someone to win real money for a modest investment. With everyone’s help, this year’s prize and charitable money will be even greater!

Here’s the real prize; the feeling that we get by helping others. As Rotarians, we can all do our part and make a difference….

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” 

--Desmond Tutu

Here’s to overwhelming the world and making a difference! …

Yours in Rotary,
Tony Parziale