President of Rotary Club all smiles over Seneca River Days

Smiley: We have an Oktoberfest Booth, help staff the Lock 24 Visitor Center, host blood screening clinics, host monthly spaghetti dinners from October through May, highway and canal clean-up two times a year, and co-sponsor Car Seat Safety Day. We also sell ads and produce a community wide business directory, among other things. Our big fundraiser, however, is the "Duck Race" at the Seneca River Days.

What is the Duck Race?

Smiley: It's part of the Seneca River Days, where about 3,500 brightly colored plastic ducks will race down the Seneca River for over $5,000 in prizes. It's a great way to raise money and have fun doing it!

What things have you accomplished while president of the Rotary Club?

Smiley: We have increased our memberships and formed two shelter boxes for Haiti to provide them with tents, water purifiers, cooking utensils and items like that. Another project I am doing is working with other rotary clubs from other countries. An example of that is helping the Rotary Club of India fund a bus for their disabled. Our exchange program has also grown as well. Our local church also goes to Honduras and works with the orphanage there. We help them find gutters for buildings to help collect water.

Any final thoughts?

Smiley: The Rotary Club likes the hands-on things. You do what you can with what you can. When you give back to the community, it feels good and come enjoy Seneca River days and the Great Duck Race!

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