Good morning again Rotary baseball fans. Year number 2 of our World Series of Giving Regular Season has now ended, and who would have ever thought we could top last year. And yet we have! Once more, we had a few teams lead their divisions from early in the season, while others came from the back of the pack. Not sure how we can ever top this, except to say that our five division winners are still in it for one final World Series inning to see which club will take home the World Series of Giving trophy for this year.
Northeast Division – Leading the way for virtually the entire season, we have the Pecatonica club from the Northeast Division once again swinging their bats and coming in first place with over eight runs and a per capita giving level of $868.  Hard to believe, they’ve virtually matched their giving level from last year. . .and they still have one more inning to score even more!
Mid-Central Division – Finishing the season on a very high note, in the Mid-Central Division we have the Dixon club taking the honors with nearly 3 run for a per capita giving level of $289.  They bested last year’s performance by nearly $70 per member and earned their right to swing for the fences one more time during our World Series month of June!
South-Central Division – From the South-Central Division, we once again have the Ottawa Sunrise club with over 2 runs scored, at $204 in per capita giving.  Like last year, this was a hard-fought season with them duking it out every month with the Putnam County club and taking home the division trophy in the final two innings!
West-Central Division – The stunner for year #2 came from the West-Central Division with the Princeton club absolutely running away with the scoring in the final 4 innings, coming it at over 36 runs and $3642 in per capita giving.  Outstanding job, Princeton!  And to think, they still have another inning to add to that total!!!
Western Division – With exceptionally strong hitting in the later innings, we have from the Western Division the Moline club taking home this year’s division trophy with over five runs accounting for $517 in per capita giving.  Like last year, they fought hard with the Rock Island club for most of the season, and pulled into the lead for good at the end of the eighth inning.
Each of our winning teams will be receiving their Season Two commemorative Louisville Slugger® baseball bats within the next few weeks.  The month of June will be one to watch as each of our five finalists battle it out to see how much they can increase their hitting performance.  Stay tuned; don’t miss a minute of the action!