Rotary readies for Christmas online auction

More than 300 items are expected to be offered in this year’s version of the Vernon Rotary Annual Online Christmas Auction.

More than 300 items are expected to be offered in this year’s version of the Vernon Rotary Annual Online Christmas Auction.

The public is encouraged to do their Christmas gift shopping online to buy great items while supporting a very worthy cause.

It is the largest online auction in the Vernon area and netted the club almost $19,000 last year.  Proceeds from the auction go back into the community by helping Vernon Rotary sponsor many important projects.

“It is the Rotary Club of Vernon’s major fundraiser,” said auction co-ordinators Carol Schroeder and Shane McMorran. “It is with great pride that we have again put together this event to assist with our sponsorship of many worthwhile community projects.

“Without the generous contributions of local business and the participation of the general public such activities simply would not be possible.”

The names of all donors and their donations will be announced in The Morning Star Rotary Showcase page and recognized in local media promotions and advertisements, as well as listed along with photos on the Annual Online Christmas Auction website (

This year’s online auction takes place from 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, to 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.

Examples of the many valuable items up for bid include products, services and gift certificates donated by local merchants for services and items such as jewelry, tools, toys and more.

“This year we are pleased to announce another RCMP Adventure Tour Package which is a rare opportunity for a risk-free look at the Vernon RCMP from the inside,” said Schroeder. “You will have an opportunity to view the RCMP’s ‘5-star’ rooms, each tailored to the RCMP’s guests’ ever-changing needs.”

“Our resort is located right in the heart of Vernon and boasts an adventure package which includes a ride-along with your own personal chauffeur, Const. Kathy Szoboticsanec (aka Const. Alphabet), in our world-renowned “Buffalo  Limousine,” added Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Supt. Reg Burgess.

At the conclusion of this action-packed package, you will be treated to dinner with Burgess at a fine Vernon restaurant of your choice.

For more than 85 years, Vernon Rotary Club’s sponsored activities included the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Tower of Care, Salvation Army Food Bank and Hospice House, as well as student scholarships and improvements to local historical sites, museums, parks and playgrounds.

Contributions have also been made towards international projects such as polio eradication, Haiti earthquake relief and global access to clean water.

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