IVCBA, Best Ball For a Cause Golf Tournament

On Saturday, September 26 the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline will be hosting its 3rd annual Best Ball for a Cause golf tournament at the Mountain Course at 630 Wilson Way in Incline Village, Nevada. A silent and online auction will also be held, including the always popular Wine Wheelbarrow raffle. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the auction, lunch, and the Putt for Wine contest. Funds raised will support education and youth programs as well as assist schools to operate safely in the COVID era.  All events will be socially distanced. Masks are required.

Since its inception in 1996, the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline has been dedicated to education and youth programs. In addition to funding numerous grants such as tablet computers, science kits, and Urban Roots tower gardens, Rotary has run several youth programs including the Rotary Youth Exchange and leadership camps. This year the list of needs now includes supplies to support students and staff in the face of COVID-19.

As Forest Derr of Incline Village High School’s Class of 2020 explains, “Rotary helped me personally in three primary ways. For one, they provided leadership and direction for our local Interact Club, giving me and other students an outlet to participate in community service.

“Secondly, Rotary sent me and other students to RYLA, one of the most important experiences in my life for becoming the person I am today.” RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. It’s an intensive week-long leadership experience where young people develop leadership skills while having fun and making connections.   

Derr continues, “And, finally, Rotary puts on the Speech and Music competitions that my peers and I love to participate in every year. Rotary is a crucial aspect of the Incline community!”  

You can get involved in Best Ball for a Cause in a variety of ways:

  • Become a Hole Sponsor for $250, which includes a sign on a particular hole on the golf course or become a Friend of Education for $100, which includes lunch on September 26 at the Mountain Course. Your lunch reservation must be made prior to Thursday, September 24. 

  • Donate items for the Silent Auction. Contact Jean Thomas via email at jean@timeshare-resale.com

  • Come and bid on the Silent Auction items on 9/26 between 8:30 – 2 at the Mountain Golf Course Club House: 630 Wilson Way, Incline Village, NV.

  • Putt for Wine – 3 balls for $10! Try to hit a bottle of wine. 

For details on sponsorships go to www.bestballforacause.com or contact Darren Howard via email at jdarrenhoward@gmail.com. Darren is the IVGID Director of Golf and Community Services, Chairman of this year’s Best Ball for a Cause tournament. Due to Darren’s amazing skill, the tournament is presently sold out for golf teams. 

“The schools always have been and always will be a top priority for the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline. The quality of a community is only as good as its schools. As President of the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline and a retired teacher and principal, I have a full understanding of the value of the partnership between our club and the schools,” said Leslie Hermann. “Schools can only be the best when volunteers like Rotarians give of their time and resources. Our impact is undeniably linked to student achievement, teacher morale, and retainment of excellent teachers who are in the trenches day in and day out. Now more than ever, we must endeavor to live the Rotarian mantra Service Above Self.” 

 “As Incline High School navigates the challenges of educating students in a global pandemic, we are thankful for the support the community has shown our students and teachers,” stated Andrew Yoxsimer, Principal at Incline High School. Yoxsimer explained further, “Improving the technology available to students and teachers is our primary need at this time. Teachers need more access to streaming technology, and many students need internet access. We are working to extend our WiFi coverage so students can work outside the school, and teachers can hold outdoor classes.” Similarly Incline Middle School requires additional funding to support in-person and virtual learning. As Kari Michael, Incline Middle School Principal describes, “Current laptops are outdated and are quickly losing basic functions (speaker, camera) necessary for connecting with students. New laptops for teachers are needed to be able to meet the demands of virtual teaching.”  

Come out for a day of safe, socially distanced fun including the opportunity to continue to provide support for education and student development in our local schools. 

For media inquiries, email Barbara Dewes at barbara.dewes@gmail.com or call (775) 527-3383.

About Rotary International 

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Our mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. For more information visit https://www.rotary.org/. To get involved locally, contact Membership Chair Linda Offerdahl at linda@offerdahl.com. This club meets on Thursday mornings at 7 a.m. via Zoom. In-person meetings are at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe when safety permits.