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Rotary Club does it again

Pieter Koeleman (above) rings the bell on another deal at the Rotary Club of Campbell River’s TV Auction broadcast from the Shaw studios Friday and Saturday. Dan Munroe (left) was one of the camera operators. - Alistair Taylor/The Mirror
Pieter Koeleman (above) rings the bell on another deal at the Rotary Club of Campbell River’s TV Auction broadcast from the Shaw studios Friday and Saturday. Dan Munroe (left) was one of the camera operators.
— image credit: Alistair Taylor/The Mirror

This year’s annual Rotary Live TV Auction grossed over $80,000 this past weekend.

“Rotary appreciates the local businesses, organizations, and individuals who have generously donated cash and over 550 items that were auctioned off over the past weekend,” said Rotary’s Jim Forsyth. “Also a big thank you is in order to all those bidders who helped us with another successful fund raising event.”

The Rotary Club of Campbell River was founded in 1946 and it has over 85 members. They meet at noon every Wednesday in an atmosphere of club spirit and fellowship. They participate in a wide-range of community, youth, and international projects including hosting international students in our community and sponsoring local students to visit other nations through Youth Exchange. Over the years, the club has put millions of dollars and tens of thousands of volunteer hours into making the community and the world a better place to live.

Rotary projects in Campbell River have included such projects as the Seawalk, the outdoor pool and Cari’s Infant Daycare Centre. In the Spring of 2012 the construction of the Campbell River Water Park will start and it has been decided by the club that the majority of the money from this year’s Rotary TV Auction will go towards  Elk Falls Suspension Bridge.

“We are also very proud of the contribution we make to the local community through the Campbell River Rotary Club Foundation which has accumulated a total of $140,000 as a permanent fund for distributing bursaries to local students,” Forsyth said. “To date, the Foundation has distributed over $60,000 to 53 local students.”

 

So...What is Rotary?

“Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”

Rotary is the world’s oldest service club – a worldwide organization of more than 1.3 million business and professional people in more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries. Club members are called Rotarians, and they volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world.

For more information about Rotary and club in Campbell River go to  http://www.campbellriverrotary.org

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