Tonight (June 6) kicks off the start – and return to live interaction – of our world re-known auction and rummage sale, held at Woodward Middle School. The so-called Volunteer Open House will be held from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the school named in honor of Walt Woodward, the editor and publisher of the Bainbridge Review, who steadfastly supported our Japanese-American citizens during the dark days of the World War II internment.
If you attend tonight’s event, you can meet face-to-face with the “managers” of some 36 departments deployed throughout the school, ask questions and perhaps sign-up for a favorite. Appetizers will be served, and there will likely be a high degree of socializing! If you’ve never volunteered at the auction, you’re missing out on a throwback, slice of Americana. When the auction day arrives – this year on July 2 – the school and its parking lots are packed with furniture, cars, books, lawn and garden treasures and much, much more. It has the look and feel of a Norman Rockwell painting.
Bainbridge Rotarians figure it takes more than 600 community volunteers to pull off the one-day event that has raised more than $600,000 in years past. But how does it all work?
During “Set-Up Week”, which includes the five-day Donation Drop-Off window (June 25-June 29), volunteers and Rotarians work together to:
- Receive item donations from the public, help unload their cars, and thank them for their tremendous support.
- Sort items and move them to Department locations around the school campus. If you’re look for exercise, there’s lots of walking involved.
- Clean, test, display, and price everything for “Sale Day”. According to the Rotary, there’s plenty going on during this time, most importantly teamwork, camaraderie, and fun!
Volunteers work between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. each day of Set-Up Week. Here’s what the Rotary advises would-be volunteers – either those who make tonight’s open house, or those who volunteer online or at the site:
- No need to set a schedule; just stop by and check in at the Volunteer Desk in the Commons at Woodward Middle School.
- Department managers will show you tasks needing to be done. Pick a Department and a job you think you will enjoy the most.
- They serve lunch and dinner to all volunteers during Set-Up Week — a good chance to rest and visit with friends.
- Interested in buying something you see? After six hours of volunteer service, you can make purchases in advance of the Sale.
“The Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale is a community unto itself,” say Rotarians. “Come experience the magic!” For more information, visit: https://www.bainbridgerotaryauction.org/volunteer
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