The Marvelous Rotary Indulgence was held on October 20th at the Walker House in Southampton to raise funds toward a new regional MRI machine and other Rotary projects.
It was the 17th annual fundraising Dinner Auction and it was a sold-out event.
Mayor Mike Smith, in one of his last official speeches said that, as a Rotarian in the past, “We always had the best for our community in our minds and that’s what we are here for tonight.
Smith has been Mayor of Saugeen Shores for 12 years and, with the 2018 Election, has decided to retire.
Tony Sheard, Rotary District Governor Elect, explained the close ties that Southampton Rotary has with the country of Cameroon. “The relationship was started by a Rotarian in Wiarton so it shows how we can locally do good for another country. We are providing solar lighting, refrigeration in health units, training for nurses for the care of women during pregnancy and helping to supply much needed medical equipment and medications.
Rotary President Sylvia Sheard, with her sense of humour, pointed out the number of people in the room with “grey” hair …. “You can’t take it with you, so bid away and then bid some more!” And bid they did.
Rotarians had a wide variety of donated Silent Auction items to bid on before the Live Auction began with Auctioneer Pat O’Connor, who kept bidding fast and furious.
By all accounts, the event was a resounding success with approximately $30,000 raised, although a final total is not yet in.