Rotary raises money to donate back to the community

Marty Lieberman and “Schrocky” were the winners of the Nickle Dickle Day Rotary Races. (Submitted Photo)

“Service above self” is the motto behind Rotary and the Waconia-West Carver Rotary not only talks that talk, but walks that walk. Rotary donates to a variety of organizations in the community to enable these organizations to sponsor programs and projects that benefit the community. However, to do that, Rotary conducts three major fundraisers that not only allow Rotary to raise funds, but also allows the community to participate in fun events. These include the Gourmet Wine Dinner in the winter, the Rose Sale in the spring and the Rotary Races in the fall.
But what happens when an event sparks interest outside the community? According to Marty Lieberman, this year’s winner of the Nickle Dickle Day Rotary Races, “Fun!”
Lieberman has entered his classic car in several  car shows every year. When he entered his car in the 2012 Nickle Dickle Day car show, he decided to stroll around and see all there was to see. What he came upon and held his attention was the Rotary Race.
“I felt the races were very cool and also found out that most of the proceeds goes for kids’ functions and I’m always up for that. So off and running was ‘SCHROCKY,’” he said.
Why Shrocky? Lieberman is an independent sales representative  for  Schrock Cabinets and he knew that the number of youth related organizations and projects that benefit from the money raised by the Rotary club would resonate with this company. Indeed it did, and so Lieberman found himself buying a duck to decorate for the 2013 Nickle Dickle Day Rotary Race.
Lieberman enlisted his wife’s expertise to create a mini-me of himself a la duck and his duck won all the races in which it was entered, including the final race.
When he was told of his “win,” he was surprised but delighted. His main aim was to support Rotary as they supported youth programming. However, he had fun with it just for the race itself.
“I will, for sure, be back next year, maybe even with Schrock Cabinets sponsors on the big banner above the duck pool,” he said. “I loved to see Schrocky  ‘QUACK’ around the pool!    My bosses think it’s great to be involved and my passion for the cabinet business is strong. The pictures I sent to the factory went viral, and I have received many calls.”
Lieberman encourages businesses within Waconia and outside Waconia to join the fun next year as well.
“As I stated before, it’s for the benefit of kids,” he said. “However it’s also a lot of fun to see your creation floating down the pool route. It’s cheap entertainment, and it certainly is a great event for Waconia.”
Also a great event for the community is the upcoming Gourmet Wine Dinner. Plans are already underway and tickets will be going on sale soon. Be sure to get your ticket from any Rotary member.
Remember that your sponsorship of any of the Rotary events benefits the community.