Reverse Raffle Flyer April 09, 2016
In Rotary year 2009-2010 the South Hill Rotary Club decided to include in their fundraising efforts a "Reverse Raffle" in order to support the Club's Scholarship Fund. After bringing all the members on board with the attemp, the club began to sell tickets to the members and the public. It was far more work than was anticipated.
It was about 60 days before the event and most all ticket offerings went unaccepted. The committee members began to wonder if this was a good idea. As we approached 2 weeks before the event there was finally some activity. The closer the event the more we were asked for tickets. As the evening approached we realized about 145 tickets had been sold. The offer of a $2,500 top prize as well as other prizes finally took hold.
The community stepped up and not only bought tickets but the local businesses joined in with prize donations. Even the members who owned their own businesses gave the club prizes to offer. As it turned out about every 4th ticket number called received a small prize from a free car wash to a restaurant gift certificate. The "larger" prizes such as a recliner and a 32" HDTV were awarded to the last 9 unlucky ticket holders.
Needless to say each year it has been the same. Gallons of sweat are shed until the tickets are sold. It seems this is our lot in life in order to acheive these results.
Each year the Club offers at least 6 scholarships valued at $1,000 each to seniors who attend Park View High School in Mecklenburg County Virginia. These funds are sent directly to the school each student plans to attend. Since our Club focus on education is at the heart of our efforts we must say that the local citizens have stepped up each year to help us provided these funds to deserving local students.
On our "Forms" page an application is available each year for students to download and complete. All applications are considered and all students are interviewed by the members of the committee prior to selecting our winners. The winners are then invited to a Rotary meeting to meet our membership and to tell where they plan to attend college and their course of study.