This years Rotary Auction is set to begin in just two weeks! Check out the Auction link to find out more information about the Auction or follow us on facebook. You can view the booklet, proceed partner vignettes, art items and much more! We have some very exciting changes planned for this years auction. Continue reading to learn more about this years auctions and a little more about those fun new changes!
When the curtain rises on the 69th Annual Presque Isle Rotary Auction
November 29th and 30th, and December 1st, regular bidders and viewers will notice some
exciting changes Rotarians are introducing this year.
First, the TV auction, which airs live statewide on Time Warner Cable Channel 9, will be more
fast-paced than in previous years. Rather than half-hour bidding segments with more than two-
dozen items, this year's auction will feature 15-minute blocks with 12 items on each board.
Technology will enhance the "look" of the broadcast, which, for the first time, will include
electronic boards featuring the name/description of an item, along with the item number and
value. Aside from the new visual features of the television broadcast, the reach of the live
auction will extend world-wide. It will be simulcast on the internet, in its entirety. Townsquare
Media of Presque Isle will host the live webcast of the auction on its Big Country 96.9 website at
"Our goal is to make the auction more accessible to a larger audience, and to ensure that those
tuning in, either on television across Maine or on the web anywhere around the world, will find it
easy to understand what items they can bid on," said Mandy Pooler-Hall, who along with fellow
Rotarian Jason Parent are serving as co-chairs for this year's Auction. "The electronic item
listing board will make it evident to viewers, on TV or online, what is up for bid during that
fifteen-minute segment, especially if they don't have access to a printed booklet or it is not
convenient for them to access the booklet on the web, especially if they are watching the web
simulcast and placing bids."
Pooler-Hall says that in recent years only the auction quote board was streamed live on the
web. According to the co-chair, having the full broadcast online will allow those outside Maine
and those in-state who do not subscribe to Time Warner Cable to have the "full auction
Another change that will likely be noticeable to regular viewers will be a slightly new venue for
the auction. The broadcast will be live from the Red Room on the first floor of the historic
Northeastland Hotel in Downtown Presque Isle. This will mark the first year the auction
originates from the main level of the hotel. In previous years, the broadcast was live from the
ballroom in the hotel's basement.
With many new features, one tradition auction viewers and bidders can be certain has not
changed is the large number of great products and services generously donated by local
businesses and organizations that will be up for bid over the three evenings. Over 600 items,
altogether valued at over $50,000, have been solicited by Rotarians and other community
Joining in the solicitation process this year are volunteers with the six non-profit partner
organizations, selected by the Rotary Club, who will share in the proceeds from the bidders'
generosity. The new partnership arrangement with the community groups was introduced this
year as part of an overall effort to increase the funds raised, and to provide an even greater
platform for the organizations to get the word out about the outstanding projects they will
"We have been working closely with the six organizations who were selected earlier this year to
receive support through the auction. They have joined in our outreach efforts to area businesses
for donations of items that will go up for bid, which has expanded our base and resulted in new
donors and items not previously part of our auction," said Parent. "The proceed partners will
also be more involved in the auction itself, with volunteers joining us on each of the three
evenings and a greater focus on the six groups during the live broadcasts."
The six proceed partners selected for the 69th Annual Presque Isle Rotary Auction, and a
summary of the projects that will be funded, in part, through funds raised are as follows:
- Aroostook County Action Program, emergency funds for unmet needs County-wide
- Central Aroostook Association, construction of a recreational area and outdoor pavilion
- Friends of Aroostook, farming supplies to support Meals on Wheels
- The Northern Lighthouse, expansion of its Mental Health Resource Library
- Pregnancy Care Center, update of Prenatal Health and Parenting Education Materials
- United Way of Aroostook, expansion of the Dolly's Imagination Library Program
Partner organization projects slated to receive auction proceeds are selected based on: their
benefit to the community; total cost of the project, amount of funding requested, and availability
of other funding mechanisms; sustainability of the organization’s funding model; and nature of
the request. Auction proceeds have typically been used for capital or special spending projects
rather than ongoing organizational operating funds. Over nearly seven decades, the Presque
Isle Rotary Auction has become a community tradition, raising millions of dollars for numerous
causes that, in turn, have enhanced the lives of many across The County.
As in years past, two types of partners will benefit from collaboration on the auction: Regular
Auction Proceed Partners and the Special Project Partner. Regular Auction Projects are funded,
in partnership with organizations selected, through general auction proceeds.
Special Project Partner status annually is funded through a collaborative solicitation of direct
community member donations made during the Auction. Typically, the goal for the Special
Project is to raise between $20,000 and $25,000 for larger community projects. This year, the
Rotary Club has selected Aroostook Football as the Special Project Partner. More information
on the exciting project to be funded will be released in the coming weeks.
The Presque Isle Rotary Club maintains a membership of approximately 100 individuals and is
part of a world-wide organization of community volunteers. Community members interested in
learning more about Rotary and its ideals can visit or contact any Rotary Member.