Every Thanksgiving week, the Houlton Rotary Club collects over $50,000 worth of items to auction off..it is part of Thanksgiving in Houlton Maine.
College kids home for the holiday drop into Watson Hall at the Episcopal Church on Main Street to visit, to bid, to meet old friends. Bidding on happy meals from McDonalds...tshirts, basketball tickets, yards of concrete, homemade items galore. The proceeds from the four decade rotary auction going to youth projects like exchange trips overseas, funding new lighting and sound equipment in local school systems. Or helping the local Houlton Regional Hospital purchase blood gas analyzers and other equipment that might not be purchased otherwise.
Sponsoring little league teams, soap box derby race cars, helping build an outdoor ampitheatre for concerts thru out the spring/summer/fall. Recognizing local heros and volunteers with Paul Harris awards...in Houlton, the Rotary club makes things happen.
This group of 70 members gets behind what needs a push..and has a super local reputation for getting the job done. The auction is broadcast on local cable and over WHOU-FM radio to get the word out. It is streamed on line...and folks bidding feel good because they get items with friendly spirited competition of an auction..plus knowing the proceeds do good work in the Southern Aroostook area. Kids bid, grandparents bake goods and bid...everyone knows the auction is part of the local Thanksgiving celebration. Listen to a Houlton Maine podcast on the auction.
Watch the video of the Houlton Maine Rotary Auction too.