By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Education | Issue: June 2010
Hazel Ward of The Nut House in Claremore presents a basket of “nutty” goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth to Jerry Jones, Rogers County Literacy Council tutor trainer. The basket is just one of over 50 items to be auctioned to raise money for the RCLC.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to surf, water ski or wakeboard? Maybe learning to knit is more your style. Do you like to cook, indoors or out? Maybe you are a gardener or a bird watcher. Whatever your interests, the Rogers County Literacy Council (RCLC) silent auction has “a little bit of everything” for anyone who thinks he might need something else.
The auction will be held in conjunction with the RCLC’s “To Bee or Not to Bee” Spelling Bee fundraiser, slated for Saturday, June 12 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Northeast Oklahoma Technology Center on Highway 88 in Claremore.
Items already gathered for the silent auction include “Surf’s Up” lessons, valued at $150, with a choice of a four-hour lesson for up to three to learn how to water ski, surf or wakeboard; beginning knitting lessons with essentials for the new knitter, valued at $50; and beginning canoe instructions and a canoe river trip for two, with a value of $100.
Other items include orthodontic records, valued at $300, donated by Dr. Laura Willhoite; a Jelly Bean indoor/outdoor rug; a “Three Cups of Tea” basket; autographed photos of Reba McIntire and Carrie Underwood; a one-hour massage; a spa pedicure and bottle of OPI nail polish; a five-gallon Loblolly pine; an RSU TV gift basket; four oval barrel planters; a decorative flower arrangement; a digital photo frame; a Vietri Italian earthenware bowl and a Quimper large serving bowl.
Items from Israel, including a certified bottle of water from the Jordan River, Dead Sea beauty mineral products, sea shells from the Sea of Galilee, crosses made from olive tree wood and more will be auctioned in A Holy Land Basket to benefit the RCLC.
Also on the list are a Royal Sovereign 12,000 BTU portable room air conditioner; legal services/simple will; stained glass windows; auto mechanic tools and tool bag; candle holders made from 100-year-old barn wood; a portable outdoor grilling/barbeque set; a leaded crystal vase and gift certificates for flowers; an eight-amp reciprocating saw; jewelry and purses.
A basket of gift certificates to eat out once a month for a year will feature local restaurants like the Hammett House, the Pink House, Java Dave’s, the Belvidere, Morgan Dowell’s Barbeque Joint, Boomerang Diner, El Maguey and more.
Bidding for these items started online in mid-May, where photos and descriptions of all auction items, along with the names of individual and business donors, are listed. Bidding will end on June 9, the same day as the deadline for entering a team in the spelling bee. To view all items and start bidding, search on Facebook for the Rogers County Literacy Council. You must be present to win the final bid; however, there is no cost to attend the spelling bee/silent auction event.
RCLC offers literacy services to individuals 16 and over. For more information, email eat1@eau1eav1eaw1 or call (918) 277-4331. Office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.