Ducks taking plunge in Rotary benefit

Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2009

On Saturday, Aug. 29, Riverside Rotary Pond will be the site of a larger than normal migration of ducks for the third annual Juneau Duck Derby.

Any one can adopt a duck, which then has a duck number attached to it before "plunging" into Rotary Park Pond at 12:30 p.m. Then at 1 p.m., the "plucking" will begin.

The person with the winning duck number will receive $5,000. Second place will receive $2,500 and third place $1,000. But more than three ducks will be plucked from the pond and with more than $10,000 in prizes there's plenty to go around.

The Duck Derby is put on by the Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary Club as part of it's goal to help the community.

"The Duck Derby seemed like a fun thing that the community could be engaged in and help us be successful in our mission," Jamie Letterman, Glacier Valley Rotary president said. "Every bit of the money that we raise is going back to the community in some way."

The proceeds for the adoption sales go to Rotary scholarships, club identified community needs and improvements to Rotary Park.

Glacier Valley Rotary gives out six scholarships to seniors Juneau-Douglas High School and Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School who will be attending college or trade schools. The scholarship vary from $1,000 to $1,500.

Rotary also supports many community projects, including maintenance of Rotary Park and the 9/11 memorial, donating to playgrounds at Mendenhall River Community School and Twin Lakes, and community donations.

"Any community group can make a request for donations," Letterman said.

Rotary also sponsors a youth exchange every year. This year Stephanie Logan, of Juneau, will travel to France, and Alejandro Canaan, of Mexico, will come to Juneau.

Duck adoptions are available at Alaska Litho, Elgee Rehfield Mertz, CPA's, Gross Alaska Theatres and True North Federal Credit Union. A Flock of Ducks, or 100 ducks, is $500. The Giant Quack Pack, 50, for $250. The Waddle Pack, 20, for $100. The Quack Pack, 6, for $30 and the Solo Duck for $5.

And don't delay, this will probably be the last Duck Derby, according to Letterman. She said it wasn't sustainable for the club on a year to year basis, but said, "It's been a great project."

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