all the valuable things our Rotary Club does both at home and abroad.
But doing those things takes a lot of money and the Holiday Auction is a major way we raise it.
Please attend this lively event, bid generously, and bring along other like-minded folks.

If you can't come, you can designate a proxy bidder— another member who will bid on your behalf on some of the items described below. (And thank you, Hank, for suggesting that.)

The Bottle of Muscatel
It's the one lying down, resting up for the big day. You can buy it but, if you value your life, do not drink it!!! 

And new for 2008...
The "Sister" Bottle of Muscatel
Standing up and ready for drinking (but will you be when the big day arrives?)

Private flight to Columbia, California
Join Steve Buster, President and CEO of Mechanics Bank, and an experienced pilot aboard his pressurized Cessna 340 twin airplane, Songbird II, for lunch and a visit to an abandoned ghost town. For 3-4 people.

Doreen’s Cookies 
A Rotary tradition: a few dozen of Doreen’s famous cookies for the holidays. Guaranteed not to contribute to air-sickness.

“Comrades in Arms”
Connoisseur of heavy objects, Jim Young, has offered this 2 foot tall, 25 lb. bronze statue for your aesthetic consideration.

Contractors' Lunch with Erle and Jon
Got a whole day to waste? Or just want to get wasted for a day?

Presidential Lunch fit for Kings and Queens
Prepared and presented by Past Presidents Leslie Levy and Jim Beaver.

A case of 2004 Del Bondio Syrah
From Ted Abrue’s private stash.

Bring Lawyers, Guns and Money!!
Join our treasurer David A. Brown for an introduction to handgun and shotgun handling. Read more about this.

Historic Richmond Rotarian photo essay
Offered by Prez Mark Howe.

Weekend in Point Richmond
Includes East Brother Lighthouse, $100 certificate at Hotel Mac, Walking Tour of Point Richmond and more. For 2 people.

Historic Hidden Gems of Richmond Tour
Tour guide Don Hardison and chauffer Jan Brown will take you on a driving tour of Richmond as it was in 1968. Mimosas at the start of the tour, ending with lunch at the Brown’s house and a short slideshow of Richmond Rotary the way it was back then! For 8 people.

Logo Design or Redesign by Laura Kuhn
Logo design or re-design including business card, letterhead and envelope. 3 design options presented in round 1 creative. Minimum bid $750.

Return of the Staghorn Fern
Yes, it's the botanical wonder that Jim Young has personally mounted. Again (on a display board, that is). Never mind the details. It can be yours!

Spring Richmond Shopping Trip with Judy Morgan
Visit shops in Richmond not open to the public like Mountain Hardwear, Palacek, Cohn Stone Studios, Top Hat Orchids and more… lunch included (for 4).


April Jorden’s Famous Holiday Tin of Cookies, Fudge and Other Goodies
For those with a sweet tooth and strong discipline.

Executive Drawer Safe
A convenient way of protecting your valuables. Also suggests a possible control mechanism for regulating access to the preceding auction item. Retails at $250.
Donated by Alan Baer.

Lunch for two at classy Mill Valley café
Michael Gill offers a gift certificate for "brunch or lunch for two" at the PlumpJack Balboa Café, in Mill Valley. Mmm.

Expose Yourself
Armed with camera, Nick Despota approached people on Chicago's Michigan Avenue. He asked each person to expose a part of his or her body not immediately visible. Thirty-five people did. This enlarged proof sheet documents the results (detail shown here). Museum-quality framing, 16x20.
Minimum bid $200.


Credit Shelter Family Living Trust
The Boy Scouts had it right: Be prepared. A living trust is a timely and responsible thing to do for you and your family. Rotarians who have purchased a similar package at past auctions include current president Mark Howe, past president Jim Beaver and former Richmond Rotarian and Mechanics Bank president Bill Reid. Offered by Certified Financial Planner George Egan and attorney Leigh Johnson, this is a great auction item at half what it would normally cost.

    The Credit Shelter Family Living Trust includes:
  • Estate planning free of probate expense
  • Maximum income and estate tax credits
  • Power of Attorney health care decisions
  • Power of Attorney financial decisions
  • Living Will Title transfer documents for two real estate properties

Sail and lunch at Angel Island
With all the wine you can drink on White Fang with skipper Mark and his lovely wife/chef Susan.  6 guests maximum.

Lunch for 4 at Altura’s Restaurant in Pt. Richmond
Mediterranean and American Food. Gift certificate offered by Judy Kafka.

Got Golf?
Golf foursomes at Mira Vista and Richmond County Clubs.


Clos du Bois wines
Multiple cases of Merlot and Cabernet, from Rotary's Prez and now wine broker. Minimum price of $8/bottle.
Unfinished bottles from the Sail and Lunch at Angel Island outing, above, included at no extra cost while supplies last.

Gourmet Lunch while Riding the Rails
Pam Jones has offered a gourmet lunch for two on the Napa Valley Wine train.


Genser Wilderness Retreat
Co-hosted by Jim Beaver and Jerry Feagley (the last two winners of this item), June 26, 27 and 28. Fishing, swimming, shooting, hiking, mountain biking, poker, or complete license to do nothing. Complete sanitary facilities and a hot shower, so it's not too terribly rustic and ladies are welcome. The more the merrier. $200 per person.

Carpeting for a 12’X12' room
From USA Carpet, courtesy of Rafael Cartagena. Includes carpet, pad and installation. Your choice of color. Estimated value $250.

Get active at the Y
3-month Family Membership at the Hilltop Family YMCA (2 memberships).
Offered by Don Lau.

Vacation in Las Hadas, Mexico
Las Hadas is located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, near Manzanillo.
Jerry Feagley is offering this fully furnished 2 bedroom apartment, with a large deck. One double and 2 single beds. 1/4 mile to beach where the movie "10" was filmed . Fly into Manzanilla Airport. 18 hole golf course close by.
7 days and nights, best from Sunday to Sunday.

Handmade Christmas Cards
"My daughter Zura makes a buck selling hand-made cards. The Charlie-figure is created by means of handmade cutouts, which she outlines in silver. They are blank inside. Suitable for Kwanza, Winter Solstice, Eid, other traditional holiday celebrations and, of course, silent auctions."
- Jim Young