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Jim Riggs addresses Rotary on Thursday


The Carmi Rotary club heard from Jim Riggs, general manager of the Evansville Icemen at Thursday’s meeting of the local civic club. Jim was making his second visit to Carmi in the past few weeks, after being a guest of the Kiwanis club recently as well.


Jim told the Rotarians that Wednesday was the “education day” game for the Icemen, which meant the game was played in the afternoon, and that 6700 screaming school children were on hand. In his words, “Those 6700 kids made as much noise as any sold out NHL stadium could handle.”


The Icemen are part of the ECHL, which in baseball terms, would be the equivalent of the AA club. The AAA team is located in Binghamton, New York, and from there players can be called up to the top team, the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League.


The assistant GM of the Ottawa Senators was on hand this past weekend, and called the Ford Center in Evansville one of the best minor league arenas in the country. Jim stated that the relationship between the parent club and the Icemen is a very strong one, and that is will continue to grow.


The Carmi Rotary club’s big news is this Saturday’s trivia contest. The event kicks off at 6:00pm at the American Legion on Oak Street, and should wrap up around 8:00. Teams need to be made of four people, and the contest will feature four rounds of ten questions each. The questions will come from categories such as: history, geography, the Bible, pop culture, and many more brain teasers. There will cash prizes for the top three teams, and the cost of entry is only forty dollars per team. Rotarians will be providing food and drinks for the teams to enjoy between rounds, and spectators are welcome to cheer on their favorite teams.


The club is also planning a second fundraiser, which will be a chili supper on Friday, November 20th. This event will also be held at the American Legion, starting at 5:00pm. Tickets are only six dollars per person and can be purchased from any Carmi Rotarian or at the door the night of the event.


Dale Peters won the 50/50 drawing, and for the FOURTH straight week, the winner managed to pull the winning ball from the can, claiming the day’s cash prize.


Dale Peters was also named as the day’s phantom, completing the elusive Rotary double play!


The Carmi Rotary club meets every Thursday at noon at the First United Methodist Church in Carmi. Anyone wishing to learn more about this worldwide civic club is more than welcome to attend a meeting or speak with any Carmi Rotarian.


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