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Making a Difference

Each month the Rotary Club of West Chester contributes a column exploring the organizations that are making a difference in our community. You have heard about all of the great things that Rotary does around the world — clean water and sanitation projects, literacy programs, and all but eradicating polio (we are this close). You know about the great work done by Rotarians at home — raising thousands of dollars for local non-profits, funding scholarships for local youths and providing leadership for organizations throughout the county. You may also have heard about the great fellowship among the local clubs — there are four different Rotary Clubs in West Chester, including the largest and most active one in the tri-state area. You have thought about becoming a Rotarian, but for whatever reason, you are unable to commit… at least right now. Nevertheless, you still want like to make a difference. How about entering a chili team in the 17th Annual West Chester Chili Cook-Off? This year’s event will be held in downtown West Chester on Sunday October 13. Not sure where to start? First you need to figure out what type of team you want to be; there are four categories: Restaurants, Businesses, Non-Profit, and Hometown Cooks (teams composed of family, friends, neighbors or just like-minded chili connoisseurs). Next you need a recipe. Why not hold an internal cook-off among team members? Use the winning recipe and annoint that cook Head Chili Poobah. Don’t forget to pick a theme. Prizes are awarded for best decorated booth. It might be hard to top perennial teams like Hammacher and Schlemmer, who show up each year decked out in lederhosen or the Parrot Trooper men who proudly sport grass skirts and coconut bras, but you can try. Now for the meat of the event: cooking. With 8,000 folks wandering the streets, you are going to want to make a lot. Rotary asks that you make at least 10 gallons. Restaurants or bigger teams make up to 40 gallons! The more people who try your chili, the better chance you have at the coveted People’s Choice Award. The volunteers who manage the event work closely with the Chester County Board of Health to ensure that nobody gets ill and everyone has a great time. There are two ways to prepare your chili. You can bring all the raw ingredients to the cook-off and prepare it right there on the street, kind of like tailgating, or you can use a licensed commercial kitchen to make your chili ahead of time. For restaurants, that is easy. Commercial kitchens can also be found in many churches, firehouses, and non-profit facilities. The event staff has a list of approved kitchens willing to let you cook. Another great idea is to partner with another organization; perhaps your business and your favorite non-profit can co-host a team. It’s a great way to promote your business, support your cause, and team build in both of your organizations. While being a chili team is not for the faint of heart — it is hard work and there is some expense in the cost of the ingredients and decorations (the entry fee is nominal and refundable if you register early enough) — it can be ultra-rewarding and incredibly fun. It is a tremendous way to be part of the West Chester community and help Rotary Make a Difference. –rotary@thewcpress.com You can register your team at westchesterchilicookoff.com

MAY 2019 THEWCPRESS.COM

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