-Sooke Rotary Auction roundup, from Margot Swinburnson
[For a list of the winners, see the bottom of this article]
Well, the dust is settling at the Arena, the tables are being stacked and the last items from the Auction are being picked up by their happy owners. What a great event! Originally started in 1991 this Auction has grown from its modest beginnings to be a major fundraiser for our Rotary Club.
It could not happen without the generous support of the community from Victoria to Port Renfrew. Thanks are due to many-to the business that year after year graciously donate goods and services –this year totaling over $70,000.00. To friends of Rotary that give selflessly of unlimited time and energy- a shining example this year was of Dal Little, who spent hours working with a funky sound system and ended up driving to Victoria to get a new speaker for us! And of course to the many people who gave items for the Auction, and those that came and bid – on bikes, fishing and crabbing charters, pottery, art, clothing, jewelry, books, equipment, gift baskets galore…. The list goes on and on.
These funds will come back to the community in the many ways Rotary supports Sooke. In the last year, we have helped John Muir Elementary build a teaching garden and outdoor classroom. We have sent three Youth to Leadership Camps in Powell River, Saskatoon and Prince George, and one to Rotary Leadership weekend in the U.S. We support youth with two scholarships annually as well, the Stu Youngson and Faith Jacobsen Memorial Scholarships annually. Rotary also supports literacy projects in Sooke, and gives money to each of the schools to buy books. In the past, we have helped build the skateboard Park ,the Rotary Pier, play areas at Casa and helped with a major renovation at the Food Bank a couple of years ago.
Internationally we have supported many projects such as the Malawi Girls school, (Girls on the Move), and various community backed projects that help build the capacity and resilience of the communities. Our Club is also strongly supportive of the fight to end Polio.
From the Sooke Rotary, we would like to give a huge THANK YOU to the residents of Sooke and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area for the steadfast and ongoing support of our Club and our Auction. We truly could not do it without you.
- Of the Door Prize (Gift Basket donated by Remax Camosun WestSide): Pamela Hedley
- Chocolate Bourbon Cake from Bits of Bliss: Mike Hartman
- Fresh Lemon Cake with Raspberry filling from Bits of Bliss: Bev Gosling
- 50/50 draw: Sema Phair