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Rotary Club of Windsor – St. Clair Cogeco TV Auction

Welcome friends, grab yourself a ‘Cup of Joe’, pull up a chair and let’s chat about the upcoming Rotary Club of Windsor – St. Clair Cogeco TV Auction

Welcome friends, grab yourself a ‘Cup of Joe’, pull up a chair and let’s chat about the upcoming Rotary Club of Windsor – St. Clair Cogeco TV Auction

The city of Windsor is blessed to have so many charitable and not-for-profit organizations committed to the needs and welfare of so many in their community. I would like to be able to list all of these worthy groups, but fear I’d omit some of them. But many of you already know who they are. But I do want to highlight The Rotary Club of Windsor – St. Clair. With a membership of 32 Rotarians who meet on a weekly basis, they will be hosting this auction for the 30th consecutive year.

For those who don’t know, Rotary is an international service organization established in 1975 whose motto is “service above self”. From their website they describe themselves as “1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders, who come together to create positive and lasting change in our communities and around the world.”

The Rotary Club of Windsor – St. Clair is one of ten Rotary clubs in the Windsor and Essex County region.

The club’s current local community project is a $150,000 pledge to the Regional Children’s Center in the far west end to build a greenhouse for the children. The greenhouse is scheduled to be completed by September 2017 in time for the new school year and will factor prominently in the children’s curriculum.

The chair of this year’s auction is Deborah Moore. Anna Jurak is Program Chair for the in-studio auction and also the President-Elect of her club, assuming the lead role in July 2017. The club hopes to build on last year’s generous and successful donations when over $50,000 was raised.

So what happens with this auction? Over the two nights that are broadcast live on Cogeco TV guest auctioneers from the community volunteer their time to ‘work’ the desks and encourage people to call in their bids. They provide the viewing public with a detailed description of the items being auctioned off, along with their retail value. Another group of volunteers, many who are Rotarians from other clubs, assume the responsibility of answering the phone calls, recording the bids and obtaining the relevant contact information. As bids come in, Cogeco TV volunteers update the screens providing up to date bid amounts along with the time left for the bids.

Friends, we’re talking about 400 plus great items donated by various companies and individuals throughout the community. Choose from a wide variety of items, including travel services, flat screen TVs, Red Wings & Spitfire tickets, jewelry, art, fine dining and so much more.

I was a successful bidder last year on Friday night of some beautiful crystal wineglasses donated by Shanfields-Meyers. And then I had the honor of being one of community auctioneers on Saturday night. I will be back again this year performing auctioneering duties on Friday night November 4th. Please be sure to tune in.

Besides the live bidding that takes place over the two nights, viewers have the opportunity to learn more about Rotary and what they do throughout the world and in their communities. Rotary snapshots such as an interview with Bill Marra, Vice President External Affairs, Innovation & Philanthropy at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and long time Windsor city councillor, provide firsthand insight to the green house being built for the Regional Children’s Center. You’ll also learn about the other regional Rotary clubs and the community projects they’re presently involved in.

This is a great way to start your Christmas shopping early and help benefit a great cause – your community!

The auctioneers have a saying, “bid often, and bid high”. Remember, the auction is for the benefit of your local community so the higher your bid, the greater your investment to the community where you live.

Please grab a ‘Cup of Joe’ and gather with your family and friends on November 4th and 5th and tune into Cogeco TV (HD 700; cable 11) for the 30th consecutive Rotary Club of Windsor – St. Clair Cogeco TV Auction.

And please check out Biz X magazine’s article featuring the Rotary Club of Windsor – St. Clair’s Public Planting on October 23, 2016 for the “Happy Birthday Canada” 150th Celebration Garden.

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Joe McParland
Joe retired January 2015 as a Superintendent from a 26 year career with the Canada Border Services Agency in Windsor. Since then he has jettisoned into a number of exciting new opportunities. Joe is in his 13th year as a volunteer with TVCogeco as their on air personality at Windsor City and Essex County Council Meetings, and his 11 years as a registered Ontario Marriage Officiant. Joe now shares his talents and numerous life experiences with Biz X as a regular blogger, columnist and any other “Joe – Jobs” we can find for him.