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Camden Rotary Duck Drop returns Saturday
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Jim Smith, dressed as Don Duck, encouraged his fellow Rotarians to promote Saturdays Duck Drop event. The event benefits Camden Rotary and enables the club to perform various charitable acts throughout the year. - photo by Haley Atkinson

The Camden Rotary Club will hold its fifth annual Rotary Duck Drop on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Kendall Park in Camden. The event will include face painting, children’s activities, live music, door prizes and a chance to win an iPad, iPad mini or iPad Touch. Proceeds will benefit Rotary and enable club members to perform various charitable acts throughout the year. Hot dogs and drinks are available and donations are gladly accepted.

The event features a large number of yellow toy ducks emptied into one part of Kendall Lake and follows their progress to another point on the lake, with those who have chose the winning ducks receiving prizes.

Rotarian Jim Smith promoted the event at a recent Rotary meeting. He dressed as “Don Duck,” sporting a yellow duck bill and duck cap. Smith encouraged his fellow Rotarians to share his excitement in promoting the event.

“What are we supposed to be doing? Engaging Rotary, changing lives. That’s our theme,” he said. “If you get excited about something and you show it -- people will come.”

Smith also described Rotary’s reason for organizing the event.

“The World Health Organization claimed that East Asia is polio free,” he said.

Camden Rotary regularly donates to the charity in an effort to rid the world of polio. Other organizations the club benefits include: Sacks of Love, Food for the Soul, dictionaries for Kershaw County elementary school students, a hydroponics program at Camden High School, and Happy Feet.

Rotary also hosted a spirit night last week at Chick-Fil-A to boost ticket sales -- an opportunity for community members to purchase tickets for the event. Tickets are also available at First Palmetto Bank’s Camden offices, Heritage Community Bank, NBSC or from any Rotarian.

“We’ll also have a bounce house for kids. We’re making more of an event around the drop itself, making it more fun,” Smith said. He encouraged all Rotarians to spread the word and to bring as many friends as possible to the event because “people go where people go because people go where people go.”