I am a bad, bad Rotarian. When a Rotarian travels and is unable to make club meetings, they are supposed to go to meetings of other clubs. I've found the Rotary Club of Winter Park, but haven't been to a meeting yet. Like I said, I'm a bad, bad, naughty Rotarian.
It may come as a surprise, but even though I no longer live in Saipan, I am still a member of the Rotary Club of Saipan because my dues are all paid up until the middle of the year. And even though I've missed the last few meetings, my attendance percentage is still high because I hardly missed any meetings before I left.
As a member I am still responsible for helping out with our annual fundraiser, Las Vegas Night. I won't be dealing blackjack like I have the last two years, but I'm hoping that I can help sell some tickets with my blog.
Las Vegas Night provides the one opportunity each year for Saipan residents to legally gamble. Rotary sells tickets in advance for $5 apiece or $20 for a book of five. Each ticket is good for one admission to the event and doubles as a raffle ticket. There is a $10,000 jackpot along with smaller cash prizes and door prizes handed out throughout the night.
The Rotarians volunteer as dealers for the blackjack, Texas Hold'em poker, crappes, roulette, and Bingo tables. Most of us have our significant others work as volunteers, too. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact Rotary Club of Saipan Club Services Director Mike Tripp at Scubatrip at mac dot com.
This is a very important night for Rotary Club of Saipan as the money raised is used throughout the year to fund our volunteer programs. A quick glance at our Thank You advertisement from this past Christmas will show how much our small club manages to do for our community:
I have photos on this blog from Operation Homefront Support and the International Coastal Cleanup. We also opened the Saipan Skatepark on Earth Day last year and planted a tree to commemorate the completion of that project.
I hope that you can support our community projects by purchasing some tickets for 2010 Las Vegas Night. You can RSVP for the event on Facebook.