This Saturday, the Wauseon Rotary Club will conduct their 53rd annual Rotary Auction. It will be held at Spangler Arena which is located at the south end of the Fulton County Fairgrounds.
Parking and admissions are free. The auction starts at 10 a.m. and goes until all the merchandise is sold. The arena is heated and has indoor plumbing. Also there will be an array of food vendors to keep attendees properly fueled.
With a current membership of over 60 individuals, the men and women of the Rotary Club have been busy accepting many donations from local businesses and individuals. Many trips have been made around town to pick up load after load of wonderful merchandise to tempt the attendees at the auction to make a bid to own the item going under the auctioneer’s gavel.
“This is my 10th year as a member of Rotary,” said Dave Gerken, the current president of the Wauseon club. “We are so appreciative for the continued local support by the community of this auction and look forward to seeing the auction regulars along with folks coming out for the first time. The community support for this activity is outstanding.
“We have an anonymous donor this year who has pledged to match, starting with Oct. 15 until the auction closes Saturday, raffle ticket sales dollar-for-dollar. With tickets selling for $5 apiece, $10 for three and $20 for seven tickets, every sale brings double dollars to the fundraiser.”
Tickets will be available at the auction. First prize in the raffle is $2,000; second prize is $500 and third prize is $100, all paid as cash. The drawing of the winning tickets is part of the last activity of the evening. Winners need not be present to win.
“Of all the auctions, I have special memories of the early auctions, mostly because of Larry Lammon Sr. and the energy he brought to the event,” said Gerken.
Rotarians can handle major gifts
The Wauseon Rotary Club also has the means of handling any major gift or real property. In this process, the Rotarians can distill the parties claiming ownership, guide the assets towards the control of the local club and provide a tax deduction to the contributor.
“The Rotary Club operates a separate 501 (c) 3 which provides for a way of receiving major donations and real property,” said Jeff Robinson. “It is a way to assist the club in receiving assets and real property all the while providing tax deductible status of the gift to a business or individual donor. The 501 (c) 3 is a vehicle to assist Rotary in accomplishing its goals of improving the community.”
For those inclined, contact Robinson, Brant Darnell or any local Rotarian and they can assist in this process.
The goal of the auction is to raise the funds necessary to create a passive park located adjacent to Homecoming Park into a walking and bicycling trail to reach Indian Hill. The project will encompass a tract of land nearly 50 acres in size.
Along with working with the City of Wauseon in strengthening the infrastructure of the existing parks, the local Rotarians contribute to an international effort to eliminate the condition of polio from the planet.
Norris Ledyard can be reached at 419-335-2010