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Going, going — gone: Westville Rotary Club Auction ends

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After 69 years, the Westville Rotary Club will no longer be running their Annual Rotary Club Auction.

The Rotary Club Auction started on the local radio station for many years, it was then run on K Vision at its studio for a number of years and for the last 19 years has been run as a live local auction complete with an auctioneer.

“This is a difficult decision that has been made by the club but is necessary due to the decreased and aging membership of the Westville Club,” said Charlie Parker, club president.

“Over the past number of years there has been increased competition from other organizations as well, all of which are doing good work in the community but all of which are constantly approaching local businesses for donations.”

He expressed thanks on behalf of the Westville Rotary Club to the many local businesses and individuals who have helped them out over the past number of years by donating goods and services to the club to be auctioned off. “As well, we want to thank the many Pictou County residents that have supported the club by listening, watching or attending one or more of our auctions over the years.”

Recently, the Stellarton and Westville Rotary Clubs have combined their resources into a community club. They plan to continue with their fundraising within the communities they serve through other events and activities such as voluntary road tolls, ticket sales and poinsettia sales.

Some of the more visible activities the Rotary Club has been involved with are the Victoria Park & Splash Pad in Westville. As well, local schools and students are also important to the Rotary Club with the club supporting Student Leadership, prize funds, bursaries and in the past, school milk programs to name a few initiatives.

New members to the club are always welcome. It is a supper club that meets at St. Andrew’s Church Hall in Westville every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. where we a meal is served by the ladies auxiliary of the church. Anyone interested in attending a Rotary meeting to see what it is all about can reach Parker at charlieparker@bellaliant.net.