President Janet Steiner wanted to share her love of books and reading with her fellow Rotarians. At the same time, she realized that the club's budget for scholarships hadn't grown in several years. So she devised a weekly book raffle which raises scholarship funds and also introduces club members to books they may not have been aware of.

For $1 a Rotarian takes a chance that their name will be drawn and they will take home a good book. President Janet gives a short summary of the book at the beginning of the meeting. At the end of the meeting, the winner is announced.

Club members have been adding to the raffle fun by contributing a Garrison Keillor DVD, a Julia Child cookbook, tickets to a wine and jazz festival and a Peruvian leather box brought back by the GSE team.

President Janet said that not only are the raffle proceeds exceeding expectations, but that members are looking forward to hearing about the book of the week-and even if they don't win, they now have a list of good books to read in the future


Titles which have been chosen so far are:

July - December 2009

  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
  • Strangers in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe
  • The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien
  • Julie and Julia; my year of cooking with Julia Child by Julie Powell
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Good Poems by Garrison Keillor
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Fahrenheit 451-Ray Bradbury
  • Good Poems (ed by Garrison Keillor)
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Essential Tales and Poems by Edgar Allen Poe
  • The Hobbit by J.R. R.Tolkien
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


January - June 2010

  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes V.1 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson
  • Complications; A surgeon's notes on an imperfect science by Atul Gawande
  • The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama
  • Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
  • The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
  • The Tuskegee Syphilis Study: The Real Story and Beyond by Fred D. Gray, Fred D.
  • Grimms Fairy Tales by the Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • House of Sand and Fog By Andre Dubus III
  • The Uncommon Reader By Alan Bennett
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  • The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen