The 52nd annual Rotary Dinner Dance took place on Feb. 9, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Cultural Hall in Raymond.
According to Ross Jensen, secretary for the Raymond Rotary, funds from this year’s dinner dance will go towards furnishings for the new senior citizen lodge in Raymond that is slated for completion later this year.
“Barry Rassin, President of Rotary International, has stated: "I'd like to challenge every Rotary club to come up with at least one high-impact service project." Jensen said. “The furnishings for the new Seniors Lodge here is our 2019 major project. There is a very high need for the furnishings funds for the new Ridgeview Lodge.”
Jensen said that furnishings for the new Lodge is a very good cause to donate money towards and as such, donations have been rather steady. The Rotarians, however, also hope to significantly increase the level of these donations to where they can all say that the furnishings are paid for.
Val Boehme, President of the Raymond Rotary, adds that the profits from the Rotary’s charitable fundraising are also supporting the Middle School on the Blood Reserve. The focus of that project, Boehme noted, "is to assist youth in giving service to their community” and the project itself is a joint venture of the Rotary Club of Raymond, the Live Like Lilli Foundation, with matching grants from Rotary District 5360.
“Raymond & District people are known for their generosity and willingness to support good causes,” Jensen said.
Tickets for the Dinner Dance event were $40 each with the option of purchasing a table for eight for $320, or a table for 10 for $400. According to Jensen, at least 200 tickets were sold and that includes eight tickets for each major sponsor of the event.
“We strive to have an enjoyable evening, and steady attendance over the years indicates folks have had a good time supporting this event over the years,” Jensen said.
Sponsors for the 2019 event, Jensen stated, included Arrow Creek Contracting, Edward Jones (David Jensen), Hardy Nutritionals, On the Wall Exteriors, Price & Comin, Raymond Dental Clinic, Raymond Medical Clinic, Raymond Mercantile, Raymond Pharmasave, Salmon & Sons Funeral Home, Stringam LLP, Surex Insurance (Raymond), Town of Raymond, Truehope and Visual Effects Eye Clinic.
“The Raymond 4H Club is also assisting the Rotary Club this year,” Jensen said. “In past years, other local student groups have been very valuable helpers. Because our Rotary Club is small in numbers, the participation of a second service group is very much appreciated.”
The event itself featured a roast beef dinner that was followed by a program and dancing to music provided by the live band Fast Times. There was also a silent auction featuring items that had been donated by local businesses and individuals.
“All the members of the local Raymond Rotary Club are heavily involved in the dinner dance and all other club service projects,” Jensen said. “Rotary is wonderful. It is great to be involved in such an honorable club known around the world for its good accomplishments. We welcome new members to the Raymond Rotary Club. Come and see what a great club it truly is.”