Rain With Rotary!

[May 08 | 0 Comments | 425 views]

Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

Our club’s meteorologist misunderstood the date. When we said that we need good weather for an event on the 5th, he mistakenly heard the 6th. He was so close!

The 2019 RWR will go down as a memorable event in our club’s history. While we had steady rain all day, it could have been worse. We have to find some bright spots and count our blessings. For example:
We didn’t have hail, or a volcanic eruption… And there were no bears in the park… The quicksand was at a minimum (with the exception of a few spots by the food trucks). All in all, we can count some wins for 2019.

Tom O’Leary, the founder of SHIP was there with the new Mobile Disaster Outreach Vehicle that was purchased through the efforts of our club. This vehicle will serve thousands of people who are struggling to regain their footing in the world. When you think about it, our club is helping people who are helping people. That’s paying it forward at its best! 

We’ve also had a very good year for sponsorships. We’ve raised enough funds through our sponsors to ensure a healthy 2019-2020 Giving Budget. Our Giving Budget will offer a great deal of help to people and charities who need it most. We’ve also had a very nice 50-50 selling season along with a very respectable number of registered runners.

The final numbers are being tallied. We should have the final stats by the end of the week. To put it in perspective; Last year was our most successful year to date for our RWR. In spite of the rain and some challenges, this year looks to be a close second.

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow you have to put up with a little rain.” – Dolly Parton

This was the second year that we’ve joined forces with the Montgomery Environmental Commission. Montgomery Township has expressed their full support for our club and this event. While we are still looking to improve certain aspects of the event and our shared responsibilities, I believe that RWR/Earth day could one day be the number one community event in the area. 

Finally, as co-chairs of the event, Jeff and I would like to express our thanks and appreciation to all of the “heavy lifters” in our club. You know who you are. I don’t know what we would do without you. You’ve never let us down and we love you for that. You have our deepest respect and very highest regard…

Yours in Rotary,
Tony Parziale