Rotary’s book sale popular with local readers The biannual book sale is the most successful fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Brandon and displays more than 65,000 titles across genres which are available for $4 or less.

Rotary Club of Brandon’s Fall Book Sale will take place at the Victoria Inn’s Imperial Ballroom. Photo: Submitted
Rotary Club of Brandon’s Fall Book Sale will take place at the Victoria Inn’s Imperial Ballroom. Photo: Submitted

Despite the growing use of electronic technologies among readers, the Rotary Club of Brandon (Manitoba, Canada – D 5550) is still attracting hundreds of bookworms with the organisation’s biannual book sale.

The local Rotary club will host its Fall Book Sale on Sept 13 to 15 at the Victoria Inn’s Imperial Ballroom.

As they have for the past several years, the event is expected to provide a selection of tens of thousands of tomes in a wide variety of genres.

“Generally, on the average, we net in the range of $20,000 to $25,000 with the sale,” said Don Partrick, public relations coordinator for the Rotary Club of Brandon.

He added that between 65,000 and 70,000 titles will be available for purchase during the three-day event.

“There are four or five Rotarians working through the year on a weekly basis picking up books from drop boxes. The challenge is to keep them empty as they get filled that fast.”

Partrick said the use of tablets, smartphones and other electronic technologies have not had a negative impact on the Rotary club’s largest fundraiser of the year.

In fact, he suggested that their last three sales – which are held annually in the spring and the fall – have been their most successful fundraisers to date.

“Our pricing hasn’t changed, so basically, that’s from the volume of response to the book sale,” he said.

“The last three sales have been our highest in net dollars, so they’re holding their own. People still like to have paper in their hands. One thing that has declined is the use of hardcovers, which may be because they are big and heavy. But the softcover novels still have a lot of appeal to them.”

Money raised by the local Rotary club benefits various organisations and initiatives at the local, provincial, national and international levels.

In Brandon, the club has contributed to the Ukrainian Catholic Church, the Westman Rotary Foundation, 82 Brandon Squadron Air Cadets, the Brandon University Nurses Scholarship, the Prairie Oasis Senior Centre, YMCA and other projects like Special Olympics and scoreboards for local school facilities.

The organisation raised about $73,000 in 2017. To date, their efforts have collected $49,000 this year.

Rotary International, which benefits charities and programming throughout the world, was established to gather business and professional leaders for humanitarian, goodwill and peace initiatives.
Created in Chicago by attorney Paul Harris and some acquaintances in 1905, more chapters began to open up elsewhere in the United States through the next five years later.

The first international Rotary Club was set up in Winnipeg in 1910. The Rotary Club of Brandon was chartered in 1921.

Partrick said the organisation is just starting to put together a committee to mark their 100th anniversary in three years.

The Fall Book Sale will take place from 9 am until 8 pm Sept 13; 9 am until 6 pm on Sept 14; and 9 am until 2 pm on Sept 15.

Every child in attendance will receive a free book.

The Rotary Club is still taking donations at various locations throughout the city, including Heritage Co-op, Sobeys-West End, Superstore, Lee’s Restaurant and Home Hardware.

Source: Westman Journal

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