The Presque Isle Rotary Club is in the planning phase for the 68th Annual Rotary Auction, to raise funds for local charities and non-profit organizations.  This year, the Auction will be held Tuesday through Thursday, December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2015.
 
Area non-profit organizations are invited to submit a request for donations. There are two types of requests:
  1. Regular Auction Projects are funded through auction proceeds and typically do not exceed $4,000.00; and
  2. Special Projects are funded through direct community member donations made during the Auction and have a goal to raise approximately $20,000-$25,000 for larger community projects.
 The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, April 10, 2015.
 
Applications can be downloaded from:  www.PresqueIsleRotary.org. Interested parties may also receive an application from any Presque Isle Rotarian or this year’s Auction Co-Chairs: Gina LeBlanc-Eggert and Mandy Pooler-Hall.
 
Recipients of auction proceeds will be selected based on:
  • The 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 spending projects rather than ongoing operating funds).
 The Presque Isle Rotary Club maintains the right to accept or reject any and all requests.
 
The Presque Isle Rotary Club maintains a membership of approximately 100 individuals and is part of a world-wide organization of community volunteers. The Slogan of Rotary is “Service Above Self” and the club seeks to live up to this ideal to support a variety of causes for the betterment of the community.
 
For nearly 70 Years, the Presque Isle Rotary Club has held an annual auction to raise funds to support various charities and non-profit organizations. Last year, the club raised over $30,000 for multiple organizations and charitable causes including Martha and Mary’s Ministries, Catholic Charities, Central Aroostook Humane Society, United Way of Aroostook, Wintergreen Arts Center, C.A.N.C.E.R., the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Geology Department, and Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp. The club had an incredibly successful special project with over $385,000 raised for the Presque Isle Community Center.
 
Auction co-chairs Gina and Mandy, along with the PI Rotary Club as a whole, are in full planning mode and looking forward to another exciting auction this year.  The club could not successfully complete this enormous task without the support of donors, viewers, listeners, and bidders.  Anyone who is interested in learning more about Rotary and its ideals can visit www.PresqueIsleRotary.org or contact any Rotary member.