Our biggest fundraising event of the year–which provides many scholarships for local students in need– is only 6 weeks from this Saturday! Yikes. To help kick us into gear, last week’s program featured a status update from Auction Chair Denise Bacon.
“We have a ways to go–especially on sponsorships and program ad sales,” Denise reported. “Donations have also been slow.”
So far, 66 dinner tickets have been sold. “Ticket sales barely cover the cost of the food,” she said. “That’s why sponsorships are so important.” If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, better get online and do it–our event is going to be featured in an upcoming edition of NW Wine magazine, which should spur demand.
Golden Tickets still available! Golden tickets cost $100 each and give you a chance to win the ability to pick any oral auction item before the auction starts. Some great oral auction items have been donated, including a night in Seaside/Cannon Beach with candy from Bruce’s Candy Kitchen.
Special Package–only 3 left! Have you heard of the fabulous package you can buy right now that includes 1 night at the Allison Hotel, 2 dinner tickets, 1 Golden Ticket, 1 bottle of wine and a $50 gift certificate to the Jory Restaurant? If this sounds good, better hurry….
Wine donations–Steve Palmer says Jack Czarnecki to the rescue, but others still needed! Steve Palmer has worked with Jack in years past to secure fabulous donations–from hundreds of wineries to the tune of $25,000 in value. He said that Jack has had some health issues this year, but “is now feeling like he can make the ask.”
Even with this great news, “We have big, big shoes to fill and still need to have a lot of wine donated,” Steve said. If you are a wine club member or know a winemaker personally, please consider asking for a donation. “The inside connection really helps,” he said. Four or five people are also still needed to volunteer to pick up donations.
Once you have a donation, please take it to Newberg Ford. All donations are needed two weeks before the event to have time to catalog and to include in the program.
Thanks to Karl Hughes for doing the event poster and donor flier. The deadline for ads and listings in the catalog is April 1. For more information, please go to the auction website.
PAUL HARRIS AWARD
Past President Jeff Lane (right) received acknowledgement and a pin from PDG Mike Caruso for being a “Paul Harris +5,” which means he has given in excess of $6,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Congrats and many thanks to Jeff.
OUR GUEST LAST WEEK
Dylon Brown was the guest of Dale Welcome. Dylon is the new pastor at Newberg Nazarene Church and just moved here about 3 weeks ago from Phoenix, Arizona.
HERE AND THERE
Speaking of Dale Welcome, he informed us of a new family event he is hosting called “Newberg Water for Life” on Saturday, May 19. Sponsored by World Vision, it’s a global 6k walk/run to help bring clean water to people in need. Registration is $50 and includes a unique race bib with the photo of a child benefiting from clean water, as well as a tee-shirt. To register, go to worldvision6k.org. If you can’t do the event, please consider a $50 donation.
A delegation from the club, including Denise Bacon, Om Sukheenai, Leah Griffith, Terry Weldon, Jim McMaster, Judy Robinson and others, promoted the annual auction last Friday at the Chamber of Commerce monthly “Greeters” event at Premier Community Bank.
EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE OVER 50
Since we were talking about a walk/run, thought I would share the following exercise tips:
1. Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.
2. With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.
3. Each day you’ll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags. Then try 50-lb potato bags, and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I’m at this level.)
4. After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag. 😆