Betty Gouldhawke, winner of this year’s Rotary Richard guessing contest, happily displays her $500 worth of local gift certificates. Gouldhawke’s prediction was close: just 1 minute 26 seconds before Richard’s clock actually stopped at 10:56 a.m. on April 20. Photo submitted

Clearwater Rotary carries on during COVID-19

Rotary members look forward to supporting worthwhile causes in Clearwater despite COVID-19

By Kay Knox

Rotary Richard winner: With the long winter, Rotary Richard spent extra time on the ice this year, but his rock finally dropped on Monday, April 20. Thirty-four hopeful participants guessed this date, with 11 of them choosing morning hours.

Winner, Betty Gouldhawke, had the closest guess to 10:56 a.m. when the clock stopped. While Betty spends her $500 worth of winnings at local stores, the Rotary Richard cut-out reposes until it is time for him to re-emerge in 2021. Many thanks to all who contributed to this annual, fun event.

Water dispensers: Grade 12 student, Josee Cooperman, was an impressive guest speaker at one of the last meetings before COVID-19 shut down gatherings for Rotary and all others. The grad class wants to install water dispensers at three local locations: the Dutch Lake picnic area, the Splash Park and the Skateboard Park. Clearwater Rotary is happy to donate $625 to cover the cost of one of these water dispensers.

Food Bank donation: Almost immediately after businesses were asked to close, and many jobs were lost or in jeopardy, Clearwater Rotary realized that the local Food Bank would be under increased pressure to provide services. Through the magic of emails, the Rotary Club made a motion to donate $2,000 to the Food Bank; it passed unanimously. As well, some personal donations were added.

May Day cancellation: With great regret, the club has cancelled the 2020 May Day Parade. This popular Rotary event has been organized by Rotarian Ursula Schaer for the past 25 years, rain or shine. Sadly, it was felt there was no alternative under the present circumstances.

Spring clean-up: Although this annual District event was called off for 2020, a number of Rotarians along with family helpers and other community-minded folks followed the physical distancing rules, going out to pick up garbage on Earth Day, April 22. We encourage community members to assist in keeping their own neighbourhoods clean.

Scholarships: Friday, May 1st is the deadline for graduating students to apply through CSS for scholarships and bursaries. Clearwater Rotary will happily provide one $500 scholarship to a deserving grad.

Rotary exchange students: While some details are still unknown, in hopes that she will be off to Switzerland at summer’s end, Vienna Wadlegger is using some of her home time to study German. That leaving date could be delayed. Clearwater has no exchange student this school year, either here or away, but we hear some of them may have to head home early.

Zoom: We Rotarians miss being together. In these days of innovative technology therefore, on Friday, April 24 some members experimented by getting together through “Zoom.” Much laughter ensued as Kym Gallagher instructed Hazel Wadlegger on how to get her picture on the screen with the rest of us!

Future fundraisers: Considering the times, decisions about Rotary’s usual events (our Golf Tournament, July 1 food prep, Oktoberfest, and others) are on hold. Rotary members look forward to being able to continue supporting worthwhile causes in Clearwater and area despite COVID-19. Stay tuned…

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