Kiwanis Club drops game idea |

Kiwanis Club drops game idea

Andy Bourelle

A plan being implemented by the Kiwanis Club to raise money for a Carson Valley Teen-Community Center has been canceled.

The Kiwanis Club had planned to produce a special board game called the Game of Carson Valley to raise money and also to promote Carson Valley businesses to residents and tourists.

“We were a little premature in trying to raise money for the teen center,” said Kiwanis President Gene Zimmerman.

The game was to be modeled after Parker Brothers’ Monopoly with spaces such as Boardwalk, Park Place and Reading Railroad to be replaced with Valley businesses such as Barton Memorial Hospital, RE/MAX Realty Affiliates and Joyce’s Jewelry, Gifts and Antiques.

Businesses wanting to be represented on one of the board’s 34 spaces had to purchase the advertising space for $175-$600. The ad sales were anticipated to pay for the production of the games, while the sales of the games were supposed to go toward the teen-community center.

Zimmerman said one of the problems with the project was the high price of the ad sales.

“The board felt that the prices for the ads were a little too high,” he said. “We had sold, I think, 12 spaces, and we had a heck of a lot more to go.”

Another problem was that no money had yet been raised for the center. The Kiwanis Club estimated the board game would raise $15,000 for it, which would be the only money raised so far.

The Kiwanis Club supports the teen-community center, Zimmerman said, but it is a $3 million project and $15,000 seemed like too little to be the first step.

“We were super enthusiastic about raising money to go toward that effort,” said Kiwanis member Lori Haggott, “and at some point in time we realized the project was not yet approved and they (the parks and recreation department) didn’t have a location. So, if we raised all that money, what would we do with it if they weren’t ready to approve the project?”

Haggott said the money couldn’t be channeled into another fund such as a scholarship fund if it was raised to go toward the center.

Money already received is being returned to the businesses which purchased ad space, Zimmerman said.

The teen-community center is in the preliminary planning stages by the Douglas County Department of Community Services, Parks and Recreation. Similar centers typically include a jogging track, racquetball courts, a weight room, an indoor playground, a pre-school facility, a day care center, a gymnasium and many other facilities.

Zimmerman said the Kiwanis Club wanted more information about the possibility of a teen-community center from the parks and recreation department and would probably help raise money in the future for the center. He said the club would not use the board game idea again.

Haggott agreed the Kiwanis Club would help out in the future.

“I think we just acted prematurely,” she said. “The project is good, the idea is good. The center is needed in the community, and we want to do something for it in the future.”