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Wednesday , 30 September 2020
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Vermilion Rotary garage sale moves online

Popular community event is getting creative for this year’s sale.

The Vermilion Rotary Club is excited to be hosting their first ever Online Furniture Auction on Tuesday.

For the past 12 years, the club have hosted a community garage sale as a major fundraiser to help support community facilities including a $50,000 commitment to the ice plant, and a $100,000 towards the lodge renovation, while sponsoring scholarships, sports, school lunch and breakfast programs, and the inclusive playground at St. Jerome’s School.

Their garage sale has grown so much over the years that it regularly fills the entire curling rink.

“Members of the community donate generously and they come out in droves to support us,” said Rotarian Brenda Lee.

She said they often open the door to 300-400 people and couldn’t allow for that kind of indoor activity this year. This winter, Rotarians were able to find some storage and accept donations for the furniture they currently have.

“Rotarians are people of action and this was a project we could work together on safely. This is so different for us but we figured it was something we could do for our community. It give our club an opportunity to come together and raise some funds. Because the donations came from the community we are committed to give all the money back to the community,” said Lee.

Opting to go online, their furniture auction will be made accessible on their Facebook page Rotary Club of Vermilion Alberta.

They will have approximately 105 items for sale from Tuesday-Thursday. Each item has been measured and will be featured on a live video at 9:00am Tuesday morning.

Bidding will open at that time, and will close at 9pm on August 6.

Approximately 20 items listed as ‘Take Home Items’ will have solid prices. The first person that bids the price on that item will get to take it home. They don’t even have to wait until bidding is over or scheduled pickups are created.

This Friday, they will reconcile who has bought each item and make payment arrangements. They will schedule pick-ups right away and special circumstances may warrant delivery, but there will be no in-home delivery.

Some of the household items up for bid this week.

Mike Webb begins as president

Members have had to adjust to many changes this year including moving from hosting no meetings, to zoom meetings, to socially distanced and online options. Though this time, they have navigated how to operate without going door to door or actively selling.

“We were very happy that even with everything else going on that the community supported the Rotary Club through the cash raffle and flag project,” said Mike Webb.

Webb accepted his new role as Rotary President on July 1.

“I enjoy being a part of Rotary because of the opportunities and responsibility to give back to the community,” said Webb.

For more information you can call Brenda Lee at 780-853-7861.

About Angela Mouly

Angela comes to Lakeland Connect Media from the Vermilion Voice newspaper where she spent the past four years reporting on community events. Her repertoire includes writing about history, politics, agriculture, sports, entertainment and art. She was the third place recipient of an AWNA General Excellence Award for “Best Front Page” during their 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Angela has lived in rural Alberta all her life and in Vermilion for the past 15 years. She looks forward to continuing to serve and inform the Lakeland community by joining in people's many adventures and sharing their stories.