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Serving Our Community

Serving Our Community

The 2022 Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale was a huge success. Our return to an in-person event at Woodward Middle School accomplished everything we hoped for.

The Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale represents so much to so many people. Some volunteers have been with us for decades. They are joined by their spouses, siblings, children, and grandchildren. For dozens of Bainbridge Island youth, the nine days they spend at Woodward preparing for the Auction & Rummage Sale is akin to a summer day camp — for many of them, it is one of their first experiences of having responsibility placed on them by persons other than their parents and teachers.

The Auction & Rummage Sale is also a massive recycle/reuse/repurpose effort. We recycled tons of cardboard, metal, and plastic. In addition, the event provides durable goods to local nonprofit organizations. Following the Sale, we invited dozens of local nonprofits to the site to find treasures among the unsold items. We partnered with ARC of the Peninsulas, which hauled away several trailers of goods.

Finally, the Auction & Rummage Sale is also our Club’s annual fundraiser — and we raised a record-breaking $729,386!

As always, 100% of the event’s net proceeds will be used to fund:

  • Grants to nonprofit organizations in our region
  • Community improvement projects
  • Humanitarian projects in other parts of the world
  • Scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate "service above self"

Thanks to YOU

We are so very grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who worked tirelessly during set-up week and on Sale Day. They brought talent, fortitude, and good humor. They make the magic happen.

A record number of donors arrived at the Woodward campus with carloads and truckloads of no-longer-needed treasures. The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island is so appreciative of the support and generosity of our donors.

Shoppers…. thank you! We hope you had fun and found lots of great bargains.

And to our community partners and sponsors: we so appreciate you and couldn’t do this without you.

Indeed, it takes a village to plan and carry out the Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale. And this year was no exception.

We look forward to seeing you next summer!

With sincere gratitude,

The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island