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High stakes 'bidding' war for Clay Events Center

Tuesday, October 2, 2001

Spencer's Rotary Club and Daybreaker Kiwanis Club have engaged in spirited high stakes "bidding" as they set their pledges to the Clay County Fair Regional Events Center Complex "Generations of Excitement" campaign.

First the Rotary Club of Spencer approved a gift of $12,500. Then they discovered that the Daybreaker Kiwanis Club had pledged $15,000.

Not to be outdone, Rotarians raised their pledge to $15,100. A counter move brought the Kiwanis' pledge to $15,200.

Campaign Chair Ron Mills is a Rotarian, Advisory Committee Chair Stan Scholerman is a Kiwanian. Together the organizations have pledged $30,300 toward the new Events Center Complex.

"Our organization prides itself on its motto 'Service above self,'" said Susan Zulk, president of the Rotary Club of Spencer. "We see our contribution as a way to serve our region in a way that will improve the quality of life for all of us."

"Kiwanis is dedicated to improving the quality of life worldwide, especially for families and young people," said Nancy Bell, Daybreaker Kiwanis president. "The fair improves the quality of life in our region in so many ways both large and small, so we are making our gift while recognizing that worldwide improvements begin here at home."

"While we have had some good fun deciding the final size of our gift, we are all winners through this campaign," Mills said. "This is important, and there's no question that it will help our region's strength."

"We enjoy a rivalry here in the area, but it is important to realize that the Rotarians have all the money, and the Kiwanians do all the work," said Scholerman.

"We have a long way to go, and we expect all of our service clubs to be counted," he added.

The Generations of Excitement capital campaign for the Clay County Regional Events Center Complex is seeking at least $1.5 million for a portion of the $3.8 million program to build a year-round facility with approximately 50,000 square feet of space. Organizations, associations and businesses could use all or part of the space for a variety of events ranging from small group meetings to major expositions.

Persons and organizations wanting to be part of the Generations of Excitement campaign may call Lee Ann Jones, campaign manager, at 712-260-8420.