Credit - CDA Press Article - Saturday, September 17th
 
This rootin'-tootin' rowdy Rotary rodeo queen had just one message for her peers and for the entire community: It's Rotary Rose Sale time.
 
The 26th annual Rotary Rose Sale commenced Friday with a Wild West theme chosen by Heidi Rogers, Club President, who is a cowgirl at heart.  The benefits of the Rotary Rose Sale are twofold — someone's day is brightened when they receive a dozen long-stem roses on delivery day and all of the proceeds from the sale benefit a variety of charitable organizations and causes within the community. In the past, Rose Sale funds have helped support the Boys and Girls Club, college scholarships, the Coeur d'Alene food bank, the Kroc Center, Polio Plus, Specialized Needs Recreation and many more.

 

The roses come in a variety of colors, from deep red to peach to bright fuchsia. Last year, 1,150 dozen roses were sold and delivered to nearly 14,000 people, raising more than $35,000.

"Building a culture of community service in Coeur d'Alene, I've realized, takes many hands working together," Rogers said. "This is why now more than ever I see our community joining forces to build a momentum of taking care of the place where we live, learn, work and play."

Rotary Rose Sale roses are $28 per dozen and will be available early Oct. 21. To order roses, contact Katie Hunt, 818-0300, or email coeurdalenerotary@gmail.com.

In the last five years, the Rose Sale has pulled in nearly $400,000. And along with monetarily supporting these causes, many times roses are delivered to those who utilize their services, such as clients of Tesh, Inc., St. Vincent de Paul and Union Gospel Mission.