Rotary taking bids online

Rotary Annual Online Christmas Auction raises funds for local projects

Approximately 300 items being offered in this year’s version of the 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, which starts today. It is the largest silent auction in the Vernon area and raised in excess of $20,000 last year.  Proceeds from the auction go back into the community by helping Rotary sponsor many important projects.

For over 90 years, Vernon Rotary Club sponsored activities have included the Vernon Regional 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 made towards international projects such as Polio eradication, Haiti earthquake relief and global access to clean water.

“Without the generous contributions of local business and the participation of the general public such activities simply would not be possible,” said Janice Foster, online auction chair.

The names of all donors and their donations are announced in The Morning Star Rotary Showcase page Sunday and on the annual Online Christmas Auction website (

This year’s online auction is currently underway until Monday, Dec. 7. Examples of the many valuable items up for bid include hotel stays, designer shades, free coffee, golf packages and restaurant dining.