The 2013 Rotary Spring Fair and Auction featured ponies

The 2013 Rotary Spring Fair and Auction featured ponies

Rotary Spring Fair Auction Saturday

Fun for the whole family to be had at annual Sooke event

The annual Rotary Auction is coming to town. The 24th annual Rotary Club of Sooke Spring Fair and Auction will be held on May 3, at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex.

This year’s theme is “Energize Sooke: powering our lifestyles, renewing and sustaining.”

“This idea started with the news reports about the T’Souke Nation’s very successful solar energy project and the proposed wind energy project,” details John Bridal, the Rotary’s public relations chair. “Local successes that should be celebrated! But it quickly expanded beyond energy efficiency and alternative power projects to encompass personal health, spiritual growth, cultural awareness, and all the other powerful positives flowing from energy — happy and healthy living.”

Sooke’s Rotary Club has been a key community player over the years. In their letter to Rotary supporters announcing this year’s Rotary Auction, their contributions have been extensive, generating “over $50,000 in donations from hundreds of businesses and individuals from Sooke and from Port Renfrew to Sidney and all points in between,” said Bridal. “We are so grateful to our generous sponsors.” They see these donations as Sooke business re-investing in Sooke. The Rotary merely facilitates these offerings.

In keeping with the energizing theme, the Rotary is once again offering a free swim. “It was massively successful last year, very well attended,” said Bridal. Energize with a dip in the pool, and then come over to the arena for a bite to eat and put in a bid — or two.

Bridal also reminds us that Mother’s Day is but one week after the Rotary Auction. “This is a great opportunity to pick up something nice for that special person in your life.”

Musical entertainment lined up for this year’s auction includes Janet McTavish, the Sooke Folk Music Society, Journey middle school’s Rock Band, and the Sooke Philharmonic String Quartet. The Sooke Dance Studio offers a performance from 1-2 p.m.

The EMCS Culinary Arts program will be selling lunch from 11:30 to 2 p.m., and dinner by the Sooke Fire Department is served from 5:30 – 7 p.m.