The North Bay-Nipissing chapter of Rotaract has raised more than $40,000 in the past year. The 12 young professionals who make up the club hit that target by running events like the Up the Creek Without a Paddle. In fact it was being able to run two Up the Creek events over one fiscal period that raised $34,000 of the previous year’s total. Money for the event goes to support the PADDLE program. Normally the club holds one Up the Creek fundraiser which brings in $15,000 to $20,000. While the Up the Creek event raised the bulk of the funds, the members also ran other activities like the Poutine, Pints and Plaid event for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of North Bay and District. Rotaract is a service club geared toward 18 to 40 year olds. The club members have just elected their new president, Valerie Edmunds. With a very successful year behind the club, Edmunds says she’s looking forward to building off the momentum of last year. Other events members took part in during the last year were adopting a section of Chippewa Creek and hosting a book sale to support Pac Sack Smiles. Rotaract meets bi-weekly on Tuesday at Cecil’s and the next meeting is July 18th at 6:00pm.