Archive for Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Rotary’s youth bike rodeo deemed a success

August 30, 2006

About 30 volunteers braved the rain Saturday morning for the second annual Shawnee Rotary Bike Safety Rodeo.

The rodeo, a joint production of the Rotary Club and the Shawnee Parks and Recreation Department, was held in one of the parking lots at Mill Valley High School. Volunteers dispensed more than 200 new bike helmets and 140 bike safety certificates to area students, most of whom will ride their bikes to school this year. That exceeded the Rotary Club's goal for the day, according to organizer Charley Vogt of the Shawnee Rotary Club.

Vogt attributed the success of the rodeo to the Shawnee Rotary volunteers and the corporate and not-for-profit sponsors who contributed to the event with their time and dollars.

Vogt will be producing a project notebook for the Shawnee Rotary Club to use as a bike safety rodeo production guide for subsequent years. With donated dollars, time and services this year, the effort to provide safety equipment and skill training through the six station bike safety obstacle course to a maximum amount of youth depends on a lot of people and organizations all working together in a timely manner.

Representatives of the De Soto Rotary Club were in attendance on Saturday hoping to collect information that will allow them to conduct a similar bike safety rodeo in De Soto in the near future, Vogt said.

"The earlier we are organized for the next year, the smoother and more successful the event will be." Vogt said. "It took three months to organize one day's bike safety rodeo...rain or shine...and it worked very well this year."

Sponsors for this year were Country Club Bank; City of Shawnee Police, Fire and Parks and Recreation; De Soto School District; McDonalds; Stag Commercial Realty; TREK Bicycle Store of Kansas City; Providence Urgent Care, Jake Clough Headstrong Foundation; The UPS Store; Whale Spout Car Wash; Wonderscope Children's Museum and Lifeworks Chiropractic.

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