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The Peanut Man

“The Peanut Man — Ray McLees”

In order for the Rotary to be effective in its many community projects, and in Rotary’s International Programs, it is necessary to carry out various fund raising activities. From time to time, we may have an auction or plea for special contributions, but there are three signature events that are familiar to all.

Shrimp/Sausage Fest – This annual event is usually held during the latter part of September. Every member is urged to buy a ticket (for him/her self) and to sell at least one ticket (to a friend). A limited number of tickets are sold. Each ticket entitles two people to an all-you-can-eat meal with all the “fixins”. Entertainment is provided and prizes are awarded. Proceeds from this event go to the Rotary Club of Tryon Foundation undesignated fund and are later distributed according to RCOTF policy.

The Community Chorus – was started as the “Rotary Festival of Music” in 1973, and has performed every year since then. Over the years, it evolved into the Tryon Community Chorus and is now incorporated as The Community Chorus, a stand-alone not-for-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status. It has maintained its close ties to Rotary, and has a number of Rotarian’s serving as officers and board members. It’s purpose is to provide opportunity for community members to express their interest in music, and for the community, as a whole, to enjoy fine choral singing under expert direction and accompaniment. 2013 marks our 40th year.

Proceeds from ticket sales for Chorus performances are specifically designated for Rotary Club scholarships. This provides a major portion of funding needed for the scholarship program administered annually by the club.  Two performances are presented each year. The Rotary Club has sole responsibility for ticket sales.

Peanut Sales – 2013 is the second year for this project for the Rotary Club of Tryon. In 2012, we raised about $2,600. The money goes to our Rotary Club Foundation. The project is well established in the community as the Thermal Belt Rotary Club sold peanuts for ten years.The objectives are two-fold:  raise money to fund projects and show the community that we work to support worthy causes.We raised over $4,000 during the 2013  season.  “The Peanut Man”, Ray McLees, leads in this fundraiser — ably assisted by Andrew Morris.