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Last minute push for Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale

Dennis Anstine/Staff Photo Zach Davis, the 3 1/2-year-old grandson of Larry Smith, this year’s director of the Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale, pushes a Barbie jeep into place in toyland during the pre-auction sorting of sale items. Smith’s daughter, Julie Davis, sons Zach and Will (5 1/2 years old) and infant daughter Elizabeth, traveled to Bainbridge from their home in Washington, D.C., for summer vacation and to volunteer their services. Smith has been a Rotarian for only a few years, but he believes his contribution to the event is his penchant for figuring out ways to cut back on the organization’s overhead and an emphasis on safety. “For example,” he said this week with volunteers swirling around him in the Woodward Middle School all-purpose room, “last year we rented 20 two-way radios for $1,000. This year we bought them for $600 and we can rent them to other organizations. Every department has been asked to cut their costs, which means if we spend less then there’s more going back into the community.” He also puts his grandchildren to work. The sale begins Saturday at 8 a.m. - Dennis Anstine/Staff Photo
Dennis Anstine/Staff Photo Zach Davis, the 3 1/2-year-old grandson of Larry Smith, this year’s director of the Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale, pushes a Barbie jeep into place in toyland during the pre-auction sorting of sale items. Smith’s daughter, Julie Davis, sons Zach and Will (5 1/2 years old) and infant daughter Elizabeth, traveled to Bainbridge from their home in Washington, D.C., for summer vacation and to volunteer their services. Smith has been a Rotarian for only a few years, but he believes his contribution to the event is his penchant for figuring out ways to cut back on the organization’s overhead and an emphasis on safety. “For example,” he said this week with volunteers swirling around him in the Woodward Middle School all-purpose room, “last year we rented 20 two-way radios for $1,000. This year we bought them for $600 and we can rent them to other organizations. Every department has been asked to cut their costs, which means if we spend less then there’s more going back into the community.” He also puts his grandchildren to work. The sale begins Saturday at 8 a.m.
— image credit: Dennis Anstine/Staff Photo

For more about the Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale, visit the Rotary website.

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