There’s plenty of seating in the 1956 Carver Cadet runabout boat being offered by the Rotary Club of Eagle River. It has a 30-horsepower Evinrude outdoard and trailer. —Contributed Photo
There’s plenty of seating in the 1956 Carver Cadet runabout boat being offered by the Rotary Club of Eagle River. It has a 30-horsepower Evinrude outdoard and trailer. —Contributed Photo
The Rotary Club of Eagle River will be hosting a fundraising raffle for a vintage wood runabout boat with ticket sales starting this Thursday, Oct. 15.

The club is selling a maximum of 300 tickets at $10 each for the 1956 Carver Cadet, 30-horsepower Evinrude outboard motor and trailer combo. 

Rotarian Jim Mulleady accepted the boat donation from the Louise Bailey estate. Bailey was a local resident on Catfish lake for the past 40 years. Her family owned the first private residence on the Everett Peninsula when they built a cottage there in 1904. Five generations of the Waterman Bailey family lived in the home.

“The seats in the boat need a little work, but it’s a wooden boat with a lot of history on the Eagle River Chain. Somebody could really fix this one up,” said Mulleady.

The boat was stored under cover to protect it from the elements the past 60-plus years by the Waterman Bailey family. 

“The generous family has a long and storied history in Eagle River. Louise passed on in 2019 and the 1956 Carver Cadet, ‘The Water Boy,’ is a gift they were most happy to present to the Rotary,” said Mulleady.

Ticket sales start Oct. 15 and the live virtual drawing will be Monday, Dec. 7, at 12:30 p.m. on the Rotary’s Facebook page at facebook.com/eagleriverrotaryclub.

The boat will be displayed in the showroom at Parsons of Eagle River.

Businesses that will serve as sales locations for raffle tickets include Anderson Insurance, Coldwell Banker Mulleady Realtors, Eagle Craft & Hobby, Grandma’s Toy Box and Parsons of Eagle River.

The Rotary Club of Eagle River has contributed to the Edward Demmer Library in Three Lakes and Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River, Great Headwaters Trails, Eagle River Sports Arena, Three Lakes Center for the Arts, Silver Lake Beach, area food pantries, Wounded Warriors and many other local projects.

The Rotary Club of Eagle River was founded in May 1928. Rotary members contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in communities worldwide. Projects focus on issues such as peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development. 

The Rotary Club of Eagle River meets Mondays at noon at Chef Rene’s at the Eagle River Inn. The meetings include lunch among members and a presentation from area residents and organizations on topics important to the community.