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Rotary hopes auction will help continue its works
POULSBO Ask a Rotary member what the club is all about and they might tell you about helping eradicate polio internationally.
Or bringing clean-running water to a rural town in Canada.
Or buying pigs for farmers in Vietnam.
Or building Oyster Plant Park in Poulsbo.
The efforts of the service organization spread throughout the greater North Kitsap area and beyond. But, members say, they couldnt do it without the generous contributions of community members at the clubs annual auction.
It does such great work, commented this years auction chairperson Todd Tidball of the money raised at Rotarys largest fund-raiser of the year. Some people may never find out what
their $200 donation does, but it does make a difference in a lot of peoples lives.
This years auction is slated for April 26, and with all of the 230 seats already sold Tidball said making the groups $45,000 goal seems within sight. In fact, members expect the auction could make as much as $50,000, which is great because every dollar will go toward a wide list of 2003 projects.
Its just an amazing thing that comes together for one day and well turn it all around and give it back to the community, Tidball commented.
Besides the clubs ongoing projects like helping wipe out polio (it is estimated it may be gone by 2005), and the clubs adopted Vietnamese village, a number of local projects will benefit from the auction proceeds. The second phase of the Oyster Plant Park is one, while replacing the floor of the Kvelstad Pavilion this summer is another.
Some of the items that will be up for grabs at the auction include:
One week at a Hood River vacation home
Belly dancing lessons
Tickets for the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train
Day trip for two to the San Juan Islands via a private plane
Two instant wine cellars
Boxlight video projector
One week use of a Class A motor home
Jewelry pieces from local jewelers
Catered champagne brunch and boat tour for eight
The chance to be an honorary Poulsbo City Council member for one evening
A fund an item will be another opportunity offered at next weekends auction. Tidball said this years item is helping Poulsbos Fishline Food Bank buy a van for pick-ups and deliveries. He said fund an item is a way for folks who attend the auction but do not end up buying anything to still contribute.
We dont have anything to auction off. We just ask, Who would like to give $250 to help Fishline buy a van? And then we take all of those bids and then we ask, Who would like to give $100 to help Fishline buy a van? And so on, Tidball explained.
And even if a community member missed the opportunity to buy tickets to the event, they can still bid on one item. Courtesy Auto Group donated the choice of a 2003 Ford Ranger, Chevy S10 pickup, Suzuki Aero or Mitsubishi Lancer. The winning bidder gets to choose one of the vehicles. Tidball said anyone not attending the April 26 event interested in making a serious bid on the vehicles can call (360) 697-3000 and Rotary members will help the individual place a bid. He expects the vehicle to go for at least $8,000-$10,000.
And the best thing is all of the money goes to Rotary, Tidball said of the vehicle donation. Sometimes with big items like this, its only everything over a certain amount goes to the group, but with this one, the full amount goes to Rotary. It was a very generous donation by Courtesy.