Posted by Charlie Scobie on Nov 02, 2017
Photographer: Pam Harrison
David welcomed members and guests to the 2017 inhouse auction in aid of Polio Plus. 
Guests:  Darrell brought Marguerite, Dale brought Linda, Louise brought Mariah.   Colin represented Rotaract.  Also prospective member Tammy.
Visiting Rotarians:  Alana Alcorn (Amherst), and Pat Perry (in transit).
Gold Mine Presentation:  On behalf of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation, Elaine Smith accepted from Gayle a Gold Mine cheque for $612; she thanked Rotary for their ongoing support of the Foundation, and took advantage of the occasion to remind folks of the Curling Club Craft Sale on Friday and Saturday.
50-50 Draw: George’s number was drawn; he picked the right number (8) but the wrong suit (clubs instead of hearts).  So the pot of $160 carries forward to next week.
Next Week: 9 November 2017.   Chair: Gayle;  Greeter: Dale;  Introducer: Joyce;  Thanker: Susan P;   Speaker:  John Fougere.
President’s Time:  Josh on behalf of John called for approval of the slate of office-bearers for 2018-19.  We are looking for a President and Secretary for the following Rotary year.
Auction:  David reminded those present of the tremendous success of Polio Plus to date, with only a few cases of polio in three remaining countries.  Ongoing support is still crucial if the disease is to be eliminated entirely.  The amount raised by the auction will be doubled by the club, and also tripled by the Rotary Foundation thanks to the current offer by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 
Bill swung into action as the auctioneer, ably assisted by Sandy (who organized the event) and by Pam, and everything was sold only ten minutes after our usual time.  How much money was raised ?  That’s a secret until next week.  Come prepared to guess the amount – whoever is closest will be rewarded.
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.