ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 5520 “Inside Passage” ALASKA DISTRICT CRUISE & DISTRICT CRUISE RAFFLE The purpose of this project is to significantly increase the amount of money raised by RI District 5520 for The Rotary Foundation which, in turn, will ultimately increase the money available for grants in this District. J. Joe Wright I was given the gift of Rotary by RI District 5730 PDG JB Roberts. He taught me that Rotary is a service club, not just a civic club. He encouraged me to take to heart the Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Profession which states that “I am expected to consider my vocation to be another opportunity to serve.” Since becoming a Rotarian in 1996, I have served the Plainview, TX and Ruidoso, NM Rotary Clubs in numerous capacities including being President of the Plainview Club and I am currently the Treasurer of the Ruidoso Club. I am a PHF (x3), a Benefactor and was very humbled to have been awarded The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service last summer for my fundraising activities in RI District 5730. This same Cruise/Raffle fundraiser has been used in Rotary International District 5730 for the past six years and has resulted in a total contribution of over $1.4 million for The Rotary Foundation, hundred’s of PHF’s for the district’s members and lots of fun for the scores of people that have participated in the District Cruises. Benefits of the Raffle • Individual club members who sell the raffle tickets can become Paul Harris Sustaining Members (every Rotarian every year) and potentially do so without spending their money. • Individual members that choose to purchase the raffle tickets themselves are being Paul Harris Sustaining Members and have the added bonus of winning two cabins on the District cruise. • All club members (especially those selling tickets) can use this program to create excitement about and interest in Rotary. • Actively participating clubs will have far more of their members become Paul Harris Fellows and thus more involved, vested members. Benefits of the District Cruise • Participating Rotary families (and their friends) have the opportunity for a great cruise experience at the best fare offered by Princess Cruises. • Participating Rotarians “build good will and better friendship” through a shared experience and often advance the causes of Rotary by sharing ideas and concerns in a non-competitive environment. • All club members can use this program (especially those going on the cruise) to create excitement about and interest in Rotary. How the Raffle works • Each club member is given one (or more) booklets of ten tickets in an envelope with their membership # (or some means of tracking the $). • $ from the sale of the tickets, completed ticket stubs (and unsold tickets) are to be returned to the appropriate club officer in the tracking envelope. • The clubs are then responsible to track the donations of the individual members, get the $ to The Rotary Foundation and the stubs and accounting documentation to the Loren Kuehne prior to the District Conference. • At the District Conference, the winning ticket will be drawn with the person that bought and the person that sold the ticket each being awarded the following prize: An inside cabin on the District Cruise (or another Princess cruise of their choice) at a value not to exceed $1000.00/person including NCF’s (non-commissionable fees), gov’t fees and taxes. Airfare and transfers between the ship and the port’s airport are the responsibility of the winners. Booking is to be done within 30 days of the raffle and the cruise is to be completed on or before the completion date of the District Cruise. How the District Cruise works • The District Leadership determines a cruise date and destination. • SOUTHWEST PASSAGE will reserve the appropriate # of cabins, negotiate group rates, etc. for the District 5520 group. • Cruise participants would contact SOUTHWEST PASSAGE directly to reserve their cabin on the cruise. • SOUTHWEST PASSAGE then makes the bookings, collects the money and distributes documents and information as needed. about SOUTHWEST PASSAGE • Founded in 1992, choose to become “cruise only” Agency in 2003 • Joe & Vickie Wright are SW Passage, work from a home office both are MCCs • Primary clients are Rotarians and professional photographers • Have arranged cruise travel over 40 major groups including Rotary District, Professional Photography, Bank, Seed, Consulting, Family and University Groups RI DISTRICT 5520 “Inside Passage” ALASKA CRUISE August 25 – September 1, 2007 Seattle, Washington PORTS-OF-CALL Juneau, Alaska Victoria, British Columbia Ketchikan, Alaska Skagway, Alaska Tracy Arm Sawyer Glacier THE BEAUTY OF ALASKA Henry Gannett, a member of the Harriman Expedition, which named most of the glaciers in Prince William Sound may have had his tongue slightly in cheek when he wrote: “There is a word of advice and caution to be given to those intending to visit Alaska for pleasure or for sightseeing. If you are old, go by all means, but if you are young … Wait! The scenery in Alaska is much grander than anything else of its kind in the world, and it is not well to dull one’s capacity for enjoyment by seeing the finest first!” Princess Cruises Cruising is not only a very elegant, romantic way to see the world – it is also arguably the best value in travel today. ALASKA CRUISE FARES Cabin Type Inside Cabin Outside Cabin Balcony Cabin Mini-Suite Price/Person* $999 $1469 $1699 $1899 *double occupancy, space available from the Call of the Wild by Robert Service “… but can’t you hear the wild? It’s calling you. Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us, let us journey to a lonely land I know. There’s a whisper on the night wind, there’s a star agleam to guide us, and the wild is calling, calling … let us go.” This presentation was photographed and produced by J. Joe Wright All photographs taken on “Inside Passage” Alaska Cruises during the summers of 2004 and 2006.