Your local Rotary Club is busy again


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The 2012 Bear Paw Queen gets ready to pick winning ducks at the I-Did-a-Duck, a popular feature at the annual Bear Paw Festival.

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They’re at it again this year.

Members of the Eagle River Area Rotary Club are on the march selling tickets for their much-anticipated I-Did-A-Duck Race which occurs the last day of the Bear Paw Festival.

Once again, Rotarians are hoping to fund their many projects with the money they raise by selling tickets.

The proceeds will fund two academic and two vocational scholarships which they award to Chugiak and Eagle River High Schools applicants. The Vocational scholarship is named in honor of Gordon Bordine, who was a local businessman and past Eagle River Rotary President.

Eagle River area members have been involved with programs at our local elementary, middle, and high schools, the Eagle River Nature Center, Fisher House, Alaska Armed Services YMCA, roadside cleanup, and numerous other projects both locally and worldwide. In the past they’ve constructed the Eagle River town square. More recently, they funded and constructed the all-access playground near the Eagle River town square. This year they are partnering with the Eagle River Boys and Girls Club to provide an upgrade and refurbishment of the local Boys and Girls Club facilities. Internationally, Rotary has been continuing with their worldwide efforts to eradicate polio from our planet.

Tickets for the duck race are on sale now through your local Rotary Club members, and will be available during the Bear Paw Festival events. Plan to buy your tickets during the Bear Paw parade or look for their booth near the Bear Paw parade grandstand next to the Mat-Su Federal Credit Union in downtown Eagle River.

Tickets are again $10 each, and a special collector’s duck gift is available for those buying more than one ticket. The first three prizes include $1,000 cash, a seven-night stay in Orlando Florida, or a one-hour massage every month for one year. There will also be the opportunity to win one of 50 or more additional prizes from local businesses.

Come on out and support your local Rotary Club which has done so many good things for our community, and for even more fun, come cheer on your duck at 4:30 p.m. July 13 at Business Loop Boulevard.

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