by Kirby Lindsay
On Thursday, June 24, at LTD Bar & Grill (309 N. 36th St) the Rotary Club of Fremont will stage the 2nd Annual Center of the Universe Rock-Paper-Scissors World Championships. Open-to-the-public (those 21 and over) the event will be a genuine competition – using words like ‘divisions’, ‘rounds’ and ‘eliminations’ – all in aid of the FamilyWorks food bank in Wallingford.
Also known as the Fremont Fun Club, Fremont Rotary works throughout the year either actively engaged in, or raising money for, good causes. A part of Rotary International, the largest community service organization in the world, Fremont Rotary members are local business people who band together to improve our community.
The Rock-Paper-Scissors (RPS) World Championships “is about the competition,” explained Rotarian Jeanine Welfelt (and sunglasses vendor at the Fremont Sunday Market) “but it’s putting the fun in fundraiser.”
Spectators pay $5 at the door (or a can of food) while competitors pay $10, and it will all go to the food bank. “Many folks don’t realize that, once the school year lets out for summer break, tens of thousands of children lose access to the breakfast and lunch meals they usually receive through school programs,” explained Fremont Rotary President Jean Withers, in a press release. She further wrote that the kids “spend the summer perpetually hungry, despite their parents’ best efforts.”
“You can only go to so many charity auctions,” admitted Welfelt. She came up with the original suggestion for this event, held the first time in January 2009. She’d noticed that RPS had gone “from being a goofy thing to do while you’re drinking, to a sanctioned goofy thing to do while you’re drinking.”
The game, for those unfamiliar, consists of two people ‘throwing’ one of three easily recognizable hand gestures – rock (a fist), scissors (two fingers extended), or paper (a flat hand, palm down) – on the count of three, or call of a referee. The World Rock Paper Scissors Society (check out their website for extensive hints on how to win at RPS) has recognized the Center of the Universe Championship, and it will follow their established rules: rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper and paper beats rock.
According to Rotarian Kathy Moeller, (and a Realtor with Windermere Lakeview), many area stores and restaurants have donated prizes to be distributed at the event. Sierra Nevada has donated a keg, Olympic Reprographics has donated printing, plus Clear Channel and Adobe have shown their own generous support.
Participants can pre-register by e-mail to compete. Moeller acknowledged that advance notice, “gives us a good idea of who is coming,” but drop-ins will also be eligible. Anyone, 21 and over, can compete – or simply stop by to see the silliness. As Moeller went on to explain, last year’s winner mentioned that his Dad had been in Rotary. Moeller laughed as she quoted him saying, ‘Rotarians were never like this.’ In Fremont, they come no other way.
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