Competitive Bee Buzzes For Rim Literacy

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The Executives have come up with 10 challenging-to-spell words that have to do with the realty profession, for the Rim Country Literacy Spelling Bee Aug. 4.

They hope to take the traveling trophy away from Rotary, the 2006 trivia bee winners.

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The community room at Gila Community College was filled with contestants at the spelling bee for literacy, two years ago.

The Executives will be up against four-member teams from Arizona Public Service, and the Chamber of Commerce in the event.

But there is room for another 12 teams, said RCLP director Su Connell.

The deadline for a team to confirm their participation has been extended to July 26. Donations and sponsorship funds are due on July 31.

Rim Country Literacy is calling all wordsmiths, good spellers and adults who know how to have fun.

Each team comes up with ten words unique to their profession.

"Part of the fun is how devious you can be, choosing your ten words," Connell said.

Words like "amortization," "capsulorhexis," "longitudinal" just might show up on the word list.

Let's All "Bee" for Literacy is the third annual event.

"Our goal this year is to raise at least $2,000," Connell said. The 16 teams who challenged their minds in the first spelling bee a few years ago raised $2,500. Last year's trivia bee was not quite as well attended but the 13 teams raised $2,000.

With trivia, people can argue with the official answer, but spelling is either right or wrong, so RCLP has decided to stick with spelling.

This year the competition is open to 15 teams.

There is a $100 minimum pledge per team to enter and members are encouraged to gather extra pledges. All donations are tax-deductible.

The Bee for Literacy will take place at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 at St. Philip's Parish Center.

Contenders will break out into classrooms for round one and round two, if necessary. The winning team from each classroom will compete in the final round.

Teams stay together, so even if there is a weak link, the team stands a chance.

There is plenty of room for spectators at the final round, so it is OK to bring your cheering section, but no forming letters with your hands please, Connell said.

Payson Rotary took home the trophy from the trivia bee and Chaparral Pines took the trophy home at the first-ever spelling bee.

Good spellers can win gift certificates to local restaurants, gift baskets or other fun and crazy prizes.

Refreshments will be served at the bee.

RCLP uses the money raised from the bee to help 150 to 200 people per year in their four programs: English language learners, pre-GED, adult basic education and the family program.

"I sponsored The Executives, because the event benefits a good organization," Sally Cantrill, owner/broker of Realty Executives.

Inquiries about spelling bee registration, volunteering or signing up for programs should be directed to (928) 468-7257 or e-mail rclp@cbiwireless.com.

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