2016 was a record setting year. Information about the 2017 Sale will be posted here as plans are finalized.

Large Community Projects Fund

Approximately one-third of an Auction & Rummage Sale net proceeds are allocated to the Rotary Club’s Large Community Projects Fund.  Money in this fund can accumulate from year to year, while the Club’s Community Projects Committee searches for projects that will have a significant impact on the Bainbridge Island community.  Thus, the Club’s contribution to a community project could range from less than $100,000, to much more.  In some cases, we team with other organizations to help fund and/or complete a project. In evaluating projects, the Large Community Projects Committee considers the following:

  • Does it serve the Bainbridge Island community as a whole?
  • Is there community support for the project?
  • Is there at least one Club member who is willing to take a leadership role in the project?
  • Does the project strongly promote Rotary and its goals?
  • Is there a significant naming opportunity for the Club?

The first Rotary Auction was held in 1960 to raise money to buy land for the Bainbridge Island Public Library.  Not only did this mark the beginning of a unique and revered community event, it also represented the first instance when the event’s revenues were used to support a major community project. Over the past 56 years, money from the Large Community Projects Fund has been used to help fund a wide variety of projects that have vastly improved the quality of life on Bainbridge Island.  These projects include:

Purchasing land, facilities, and equipment for numerous parks and the Park District, such as:

  • Rotary Field Park – 1962, 2013 and 2015
  • Funding a ballot measure to create the Bainbridge Island Park District – 1965
  • Eagledale Park – purchase land – 1968
  • Strawberry Park:
    • Purchase land – 1968
    • Facility improvements – 1971
    • Addition of restroom facilities and Pee Wee field – 1989
    • Rotary Skate Bowl – 2001
  • Fort Ward State Park Boat Launch Ramp – 1972
  • Pritchard Park – 2003
  • Rotary Centennial Park – 2005
  • Bainbridge Aquatic Center:
    • Ray Williamson Pool – 2002
    • Don Nakata Pool – 2004
  • Battle Point Park:
    • Ritchie Observatory Building – 1990
    • Kids Up Playground – 2001
    • Transmitter Building – 2004
    • 2 new Soccer Fields – 2008
  • A movable stage for the Park District – 2009
  • The Waypoint – 2012
  • Owen’s Playground – 2015

Additional support for the Bainbridge Island Public Library, such as:

  • Furnishings for the Library – 1961
  • Remodeling the Library – 1981
  • Funding to help double the size of the Library – 1996
  • Refresh, Revitalize and Renovate Project – 2016

Other funded projects included:

  • Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
    • Move school building to current site –  1969 & 1970
    • Repair of building and heating system
    • Reference Library – 2003
  • Bainbridge Island Commons – Help with construction cost – 1994
  • Helpline House Storage Facility – 1989 and 1992
  • Boys and Girls Club help with construction cost – 2006
  • WWII Nikkei Internment and Exclusion Memorial – 2003
  • Children’s Museum – Improvements – 2003
  • Island Wood – 4th Sleeping Lodge – 2008
  • West Sound Wildlife Shelter – install and improvements to donated building – 2008
  • Purchase of a new medical aid vehicle for the Fire Protection District – 1987
  • Morrow Manor (located in Poulsbo) – construction funding – 2016
  • Fort Ward Community Hall – construction funding – 2016