$1,000 winner Photo by George Kunke From left are Dick Woods, co-chair of the Willapa Lions Club Rain Derby, Sue Koons, the $1,000 winner, and Ralph Turner, President of the Lions.
Pacific County rain can be fun – especially if it wins you $1,000. That’s what it did for Sue Koons of Raymond, who was the winner of the Willapa Harbor Lions Club 2012 Rain Derby. Koons came within .01 of guessing the rainfall for Pacific County for 2012, which was 99.98 inches.
What’s Koons planning to do with the winnings? “Within 12 hours of finding out, I had to call Home Depot and order a new stove,” she said. “I had planned on some fun things.”
Koons said she’s “a good cook” and that here husband “is looking forward to” her cooking. “We still may take a little trip somewhere with the money that’s left over.”
Koons did not guess both the exact yearly rainfall and the exact December rainfall for the year or she would have came away with $5,000. December received 15.09 inches and Koons’ guess was .03 off the mark.
Five lucky people won $200, including Bruce Daves, Tokeland; Meredith Patrick (twice), South Bend; Mary Wildhaber, Raymond; Corinne Hall, Raymond; and William Jones, South Bend.
Including sponsors and ticket sales, net proceeds from the contest was $5,000. The money generated from the $1 raffle tickets helps sustain scholarships, eyesight and hearing funds and community service projects. In the past, the Willapa Harbor Lions Club has donated to West Coast Hearing, the Willapa Harbor Food Bank, HAVA, Case’s Pond, Habitat for Humanities and Washington Business Week to name a few.
“We’re always looking for new members and we’d like to get some younger members into our organization,” said Dick Woods, co-chair of the rain derby.
The Lions Club meets every Wednesday at 7 a.m. at the Barge Restaurant.
The Willapa Harbor Lions Club Rain Derby has been around since 2007. This past year’s rainfall outdid 2011’s rainfall, which was 84.73 inches. The largest amount of rain recorded since 1981 was 112.88 inches in 1999. The smallest amount of rain recorded since the contest started was 57.11 inches in 1993. The wettest month was November 2006 (29.19). The average December rainfall in the previous 45 years prior to this year was 12.72 inches, and the average yearly rainfall during that time was 82.53 inches.
The Raymond Water Treatment Plant compiles the rainfall figures for a period of one year from 8 a.m. January 1, 2012 to 9 p.m. December 31, 2012.
Sponsors for the Rain Derby include Hurricane: Raymond Federal Bank, and Great Northwest Federal Credit Union. Gale: HaloSource, Deep River Dental, Pioneer Select Grocery, Pacific Eye Clinic, McDonald’s, and Barge Restaurant. Squall: Total Electric, South Bend Pharmacy, Barton Construction & Remodeling LLC, Ken’s Garage, Maneman Electric Inc., Raymond Furniture, Powell-Seiler & Co., Michael C. Plato CPA, Bud’s Lumber & Electric, Willapa Veterinary, Dilk’s Tire, Dennis Company, Golden Lion Motel, Corner Café, Bank of the Pacific, Sagen’s Pharmacy, BS Body Shop/Kim’s Auto Detailing, Hilton Coast Seafood Co., McDonald Credit, Hawk’s Superior Rock Inc., and Dairy Queen.