Our fundraising had been tied to a gala that the public knew nothing about and where only club members and sponsors participated. We tried to stage a fun event in the heart of Sandy Springs, featuring German beer and food and live music, that the community could all participate in, while learning about Rotary service projects. This would promote awareness about Rotary, help membership, and show that Rotarians can have fun and do good at the same time. We also raised funds for Polio Plus.
We learned a lot about the process and while we did not bring in the full amounts that we wanted, we did well for a first year project, and we did achieve our community awareness goals and have set the foundation for a much stronger 2019. We made the local press too!