When visitors arrive in the City of Campbell River, British Columbia, they immediately experience the presence of Rotary in this friendly community. Impressive Rotary projects are found throughout the community – all marked with the well-known Rotary Wheel. Examples of Rotary community projects include the Rotary Seawalk which runs 6.2 kilometers (3.8 miles) along the City’s waterfront; the Elk Falls Suspension Bridge which is 60 meters (195 feet) long and 64 meters (210 feet) above the river canyon floor; the Rotary Fieldhouse at the City’s Robron Park; and the Splash Park at the City’s Willow Point Park, to name just a few of the many projects built by the Rotary Club of Campbell River over the years. The funds used to build these projects have been generated largely from the Rotary Club of Campbell River’s Annual Rotary TV/Online Auctions.
The 48th Annual Rotary TV/Online Auction was held online for several weeks and then live over the weekend of November 17/18, 2023 at the Campbell River TV studios of Rogers together with Shaw. Preparation for the auction began months earlier, with literally thousands of Rotary member hours going into the development and completion of this complex undertaking. The 15-hour live auction included a lot of fun, food, and fellowship, with over 75 people participating at various times, including Rotary members, members’ families, Interact students, and guests.
Over 500 items were auctioned online and live. Donated auction items included everything from an elaborate cedar mask carving donated by First Nation Master Carver Bill Henderson, valued at $6000.00, numerous local resort accommodation packages, various types of gift cards, and all sorts of retail items donated by local merchants. Adding in cash donations from local companies and individuals, the 2023 Rotary TV/Online Auction raised approximately $112,500 for local community projects.
Rotary’s primary project this year is the restoration and transformation of the entrance to Campbell River’s Baikie Island and Raven Trail, aiming to create an inviting community park for both locals and tourists. Central to this project is the relocation of an existing parking lot to an adjacent location. The existing parking lot will be converted into a natural landscape that will serve as a welcoming backdrop for the trailheads. Complementing this, washrooms, kayak launch, and interpretive signage will share the captivating history of the region, connecting visitors to the area’s natural beauty and interesting narratives.
The 48th Annual Rotary TV/Online Auction was a resounding success due to the efforts of so many individuals and groups. The Rotary Club of Campbell River appreciates the tremendous support of the Campbell River community, our donors and sponsors, the promotion/advertising from three local radio stations and the Mirror newspaper, and the contribution of the Rogers together with Shaw Studio.