40 for 1: Pride of Hope Lions make annual auction go

Many unsung teams keep three-day affair running

By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
As the 2018 Lions Club Auction wraps up its finale later Saturday, it will also mark the conclusion of three months of dedication and hard work by the club members, and it will mark a third year since its successful transformation from being an “auction event” to a “family night” one.
That metamorphosis was spread-headed by then-Auction coordinator Linda Clark, who today is the 2018 Hope Lions Club President, and her reimagining of the event includes innovations, like the Kids Decorating Tree and Activity Area and entertainment, still in place this year.
“Once upon a time, yes, I had to plan the entire auction,” Clark recalls, “It starts with making sure all of our donors are contacted and that we do it in a timely fashion. All the merchandise you see on the stage is solicited by Lions members, and we want to make sure all those Christmas baskets are paid for the community every December.”
Clark says some 40 persons are involved to make it run smoothly; persons on teams that involve spotters, bid watchers, financials, and floor personnel, all working together to ensure auctioneers can perform, bidders can bid, and items can be identified and paid for.
Penny Everett has led the team at the Kids Decorating Tree the past couple of years, and Clark said, “She takes care of entertainment for the children. She actually prepares coloring sheets, activities decorating the Christmas tree, and makes sure the kids are entertained during the auction period.”
“We wanted to create a place where kids could be engaged and also enjoy the auction, while their parents could focus on the auctioneer and presentations,” Clark said,”It takes a planned effort to do this for three days; everyone has a role, and all roles are important to our success,” Clark said.
In addition to the group of 40 or so from the Hope Lions Club working the auction itself, Clark said another 20 persons from the Hope Evening Lions make the popular food and serving tables run.
“They operate as separate group and have their own teams that cook and prepare the food, and then run the tables and serve it,” she said.
With Clark’s overall role in leading the Hope Lions Club as its president this year, the details of the 2018 Lions Club Auction were primarily coordinated by Sheba Smith, assuming the role Clark had a couple of years ago.

With John Collier watching in the background, Financial team members Bobby Loe, Savanna Pyler, and Karen Mitchell Smith enter results on a computer. (Rick Kennedy photo)
Steve Montgomery (left) and Sue Mccorkle work the stage tables next to the auctioneer. (Rick Kennedy photo)
Carrier Nancy Shanks (left) passes information directly from the stage to the financial team. (Rick Kennedy photo)

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