LIVE AUCTION  LOTS
"RITZ of a DEAL"-- TWO NIGHT STAY AT THE BEAUTIFUL FARMHOUSE INN
Purchase a playing card for $50 as a donation to our Rotary Club Foundation. There will be only be 104 card opportunities.  All purchasers will begin by standing and showing off their blinking rings!  Our auctioneer will identify people to sit as he narrows down the field to the lucky winning cardholder.
Don't' miss out on being the winning cardholder who will win this fabulous weekend at The Farmhouse Inn.
A fabulous two-night stay, with dinner ($400.00 gift certificate) and breakfast included at the Michelin-starred Farmhouse Inn located just west of Santa Rosa in the heart of Pinor Noir region.  Dates are subject to availability restrictions (generally available most weekdays.)  At the Farmhouse you can pamper yourself with a spa treatment or perhaps a fine wine-pairing with your dinner.
 
How top critics rate The Farmhouse Inn:
  • Michelin Guide:  "Escape from the fray for fine cooking and accommodations!"
  • Travel + Leisure Magazine:  "Hands-down Sonoma's most luxurious property!"
Donor: The Farmhouse Inn, Joe & Catherine Bartlomei Solicited by Marty Behr
 
1. ONE WEEK AT OCEANFRONT MAUI CONDO
A week's stay at a recently renovated two-bedroom, two-bath oceanfront condominium on Maui, Hawaii, for up to six (6) people.  This condominium offers breathtaking ocean views and is located on the beach, where you can swim and snorkel right out front. You can walk miles on the sand toward Kihei unfettered by development of any kind the beach is along a federally protected turtle and bird sanctuary.
The 952-square-foot unit has a remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, and new living room furniture. It includes a washer/dryer and everything you need for a vacation in paradise. The living room includes a queen-sized sofa bed, so the unit sleeps six (6) comfortably!
The Kana'i A Nalu complex includes a swimming pool. It is located at Ma'alaea Bay, which is in the south/central area of Maui, next to the aquarium and harbor, where popular excursions, such as scuba diving and fishing trips, start.  Because we are one of the few spots on Maui actually located on the beach; you can relax in the ocean without having to drive and battle island crowds and traffic.
 
Valid  until Oct. 31. 2018, and subject to availability.  Only a few weeks are available during the months of December, January, February, March and April.
 
Donor: Randy Seelye
 
2. ESCAPE TO MARVELOUS MAZATLAN
Enjoy a week of beauty and tranquility right on the beach in the Golden Zone section of the Mexican Riviera. Located just 30 minutes from the airport, the full-service resort includes two pools, miles of golden sand beaches and the award-winning Papgayo restaurant. There is also a full service Paradise Spa where you can relax and unwind with an indulgence of full-body treatments, facials, massages, and manicures.  Rated 10 out of 10 by guests.
"Elegant hotel, clean and beautiful two bedroom, three bath suite that slept 3 couples comfortably with plenty of privacy.  All amenities were there.  The concierge helped us organize transportation, sightseeing and our deep sea fishing trip.  The restaurant on site was delicious they even cooked the wahoo fish we caught making the six of us a wonderful dinner.
We enjoyed the two pools, beach front views, happy hours by the pool, walking on the beach. It was a great location for restaurants and shopping within walking distance.  We felt very safe. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating. The Inn at Mazatlan was absolutely breathtaking!   We really had the time of our life and would highly recommend the Inn at Mazatlan to all."
" The Inn at Mazatlan is Paradise. Good food, fabulous views, all the amenities you could possibly want and nice people.  We have returned several times and it is my top choice of all the resorts we have visited. The staff is outstanding, with great service. They go above board to make your stay enjoyable."
 
Must be used between April 15th and October 10th 2018.  6 week advance notification is required.  Subject to availability.
 
Generously Donated by Nancy and Bob Aita
 
3. ALASKA FISHING ADVENTURE
For two lucky high bidders, your package includes:
  • Four nights stay at the Yakutat Lodge, all food and lodging included. (Alcohol is likely extra.)
  • Airfare for two on Alaska Airlines, round trip from Santa Rosa to Yakutat with an overnight in Seattle on the way to/from Alaska.
  • Seattle hotel is part of the package.
  • Three days of guided fishing in the Yakutat area. Including ocean halibut, salmon and rock fish plus drift fishing for salmon and steelhead on the Situk River.
  • Fish processing.
  • All fishing licenses and gear provided.
*Please RESERVE YOUR DATES VERY SOON in order to ensure your place at the Lodge and hotel in Seattle*. www.yakutatlodge.com
Restrictions
   1. Generally May 1 thru October 1, 2018 is available.  Understand the weather in Alaska can be unpredictable in May & September.  Expires December 31, 2018.
  1. Tips not included.  Consider tipping the fishing guides & crew on the halibut boat.
  2. Contact John Jones to coordinate all travel arrangements.   If you would like to increase your party beyond two, John can provide cost estimates.
  3. Does NOT include cost of shipping fish home.
Donors: Dr. Blake Stamper, Yakutat Lodge, SR Sunrise Rotary Club.
 
4. NEW ZEALAND BY SEA, ABOARD THE CALEDONIAN SKY -- November 29 to December 12, 2018
This program features a 9-night private charter of the 57-cabin premier expedition ship-­Caledonian Sky.  Trip dates are November 29-December 12, 2018.
This is a terrific program with a wonderful educational focus featuring a destination bursting with strong natural and cultural history.  The program is cosponsored by four affinity organization clients of Criterion Travel: Smithsonian Journeys, National Trust Tours, Yale Alumni Educational Travel, and MIT Alumni Travel. Smithsonian and Yale will be providing lecturers who will give talks along the way to supplement what local guides have to say. Neville Peat is an award­ winning New Zealand writer and adventurer. Aussie Gordon Turnbull is director of Yale's Boswell Edition project.
Included:  hotel and shipboard accommodations, almost all meals including wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner, lecture program, all shore excursions, arrival and departure transfers, baggage handling, entrance fees, port taxes, even gratuities for all provided services including shipboard staff.
Category C-Superior Caledonian Deck Cabin Donor:  Criterion Travel, Steve and Andy Ridgway
 

5. AFRICAN SAFARI ADVENTURE FOR TWO

You and your partner will spend 6 days and 6 nights at Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge and Zulu Nyala Tented Safari Lodge in South Africa.  Cool lounges, a wide veranda with stunning views, sparkling swimming pools and attentive African hospitality make being "in camp" a relaxing and pleasurable experience.  Tastefully prepared gourmet buffet meals may be enjoyed in the camp "Soma" or under the stars to the rhythm of Zulu dances.
Included is 6 days and 6 nights' accommodation, three meals per day and two game drives per day on the private 4,500 acre private Zulu Nyala Game Reserve in open land rovers with experienced guides.  Among the many species of animals on the reserve are Elephant, Rhino, Cheetah, Giraffe, Hippo, Zebra, Nyala, Impala, Water Buffalo and Kudu.  You will also have the opportunity to visit the film set where the movie, "I Dreamed of Africa" was filmed.
 
Restrictions:
  1. Excludes airfare, airport transfers, drinks and side excursions.
  2. The package must be used by October 21, 2019.
 
6. AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FIESTA FOR EIGHT
Prepare yourself to be transported from a regular day in Santa Rosa to an extraordinary evening at la casa de Paul and Penny.  The Mexican Riviera of Santa Rosa" awaits eight (8) guests who are eager to enjoy a dinner party of a lifetime. Indulge with a hand crafted Margarita or a Cerveza with a dash of lime.  Your chefs Jennifer, Doug, Penny, Paul, Carmen and her mother Maria will tantalize your taste buds with authentic Mexican dishes made from the finest, freshest ingredients. The meal will showcase homemade guacamole, ceviche, tamales, enchiladas, and much more!  Latin music and good cheer will invigorate your spirit.
So what are you waiting for, amigos? Andale, Andale!  It's time to have a fiesta!
Venue:  Home of Penny Millar & Paul O'Rear at 249 Boas Drive, Santa Rosa.
Availability:  A mutually-agreeable date between hosts and high bidder, occurring between May 1st and October 31st, 2018.
 
Donors:  Penny Millar & Paul O'Rear; Carmen & Maria Gutierrez; Jennifer Adams; & Doug Shureen
 
7. FIND ADVENTURE, CULTURE AND HISTORY IN NICARAGUA
Pelican Eyes Resort - Six days and five nights at Casa Santa Rosa, a first class 2,400 square foot freestanding villa at the Pelican Eyes Resort in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The resort (and our villa) was home to the cast and crew of the "Survivor­ Nicaragua" episode. The villa has two master bedrooms, one with a king size bed and the other with two queen beds, both with private baths, in a setting with views of the Pacific Ocean, the San Juan del Sur Bay and the valley leading to the seaside village. The living area upstairs also has a futon that can sleep two and full bathroom. The villa is within easy walking distance of the resort's hillside restaurant and one of three infinity pools (about 100 yards away). The village of San Juan del Sur is just a 5-10 minute walk downhill to enjoy shopping, the bay, great restaurants and local charm. The package does not include transportation to/from Managua airport. Travel time is about 1 % - 2 hours. The resort does provide transportation at a cost of about $125 each way (not per person). We can arrange this for you with the resort when we make your reservations.
The Villa is available for rent so reservations are on a first come first serve basis. No blackout dates but popular holidays book quickly. Area is considered dry-tropical from November thru May, with rainy season starting in June and ending in late October. January can be windy. No Visas are required for travel to Nicaragua. The package at the Villa does not include meals or airfare.
San Juan River Adventure - We are combining the five-night resort package at Pelican Eyes with a four-day three-night package down the San Juan River of Nicaragua staying at the Sabalos Eco-Lodge for two adults. While at the Lodge all meals are covered. Stay at a riverside "Swiss Family Robinson" open-air cabana. Wake up to the sound of birds and howler monkeys. Enjoy the history of nearby El Castillo (home to a fort built in the 1650's to guard the river from marauding pirates), tour the local biosphere reserve, kayak during the day and go on a Cayman spotting tour at night.
All excursions, transportation to and from Managua are part of the package. You can comfortably manage these two packages back to back to make for a nine-day eight­ night holiday that you will remember for a lifetime. Adding more travelers to the San Juan River adventure can happen too. Contact John Jones for details. Check out the Sabalos Lodge website at www.sabaloslodge.com.
Airfares on the regularly scheduled flights from Managua to/from San Carlos on La Costena are included. John Jones can provide assistance and recommendations but winning bidder is responsible for airfares to/from Managua, Nicaragua and the states.
 
Must be used during 2018.
 
Donor:  John & Ardys Jones, Rafael and Ninoska Praslyn
 
8. ENJOY A SPECIAL GETAWAY TO THE CENTRAL COAST WINE COUNTRY
Here is a very special opportunity to experience the elegance of Justin Vineyards & Winery for two (2)
Top vintners have transformed the Central Coast into one of the state's premier wine regions, and Justin Vineyards & Winery is one of the original "pioneers of the Paso Robles AVA."  Originally inspired by Chateau Margaux and the iconic style of "Left Bank" Bordeaux wines, Justin Baldwin founded the winery in 1981 and pursued his dream of creating wines that would rival the finest in the world.
Enjoy a two (2) night stay for two amid the elegance, style and natural beauty of California's Central Coast at the JUST Inn®. Surrounded by vineyards, JUST  Inn Suites offer luxurious appointments and fireplaces.  Included are a bottle of wine in your suite, hot breakfast and a tasting of current JUSTIN wines with one of their knowledgeable staff members during a tour of the estate vineyard, production facilities and spectacular wine caves.
The Restaurant at the Inn offers the freshest local ingredients in dishes that reflect the changing seasons. Lunch, brunch and dinner are available, as is an award­ winning wine list that offers selections from around the world and rarities from the cellar.  We've added a $300 gift card to be used at your choice of the beautifully redesigned restaurant, the winery or the Inn. Also included is a $100 gift card for highly rated Artisan Restaurant, nearby in Paso Robles. Justin Winery sits in one of the hottest new wine regions for cabernet sauvignon and syrah, so plan to make this a wine-tasting trip with the 1O+ top wineries within a 5-mi. radius.
Advance reservations are required, based on availability (including weekends).
 
Valid through November, 2018.
 
Donor:  Kent Seegmiller, Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club
 
9. AN ENCHANTING WEEK IN ITALIAN VILLA
Up to eight people will spend a wonderful week in a fabulous Italian villa. The high bidder can choose between a villa located in Tuscany or one in Umbria. Umbria is known as the "Green Region". Umbria is always green with its beautiful hills, valley farms, majestic mountain top villages dating back to the Roman times, vineyards, wineries, truffles, and outstanding restaurants. From the Umbrian villa it is easy to access Rome, Gubbio, Assisi and Perugia. The villa in Tuscany will be close to Arezzo with a newly remodeled ground floor by its owner who is a renown Italian artist. This villa has sweeping views of the Tuscan hills and is an easy drive to Florence, Siena and Cortona (remember the book and movie "Under the Tuscan Sun"). Both villas are very private.
Package includes:
  • Seven nights stay in a secluded Italian villa that sleeps eight in four bedrooms, with three bathrooms, swimming pool, barbecue, Wi-Fi, washing machine, towels and linens.
  • The package includes a gourmet dinner for you and your guests at the Villa prepared by a highly recommended local chef. The chef will also make the meal preparation a teaching experience for all who are interested.
  • Stocked refrigerator to help ease you into a relaxing week in Central Italy.
*Please pick your dates soon to be sure the villa is available for you during 2018.
Restrictions
  1. Airfare, rental car and all transportation not included.  John Jones will assist with all travel arrangements.
  2. Tips not included.      Consider tipping the housekeeping staff who come in and clean the house at the end of your stay.
  3. John Jones will coordinate reservations.  If you would like to increase your group beyond eight, there are other villas available and he can make recommendations for changes and gather cost differences etc. for you.
  4. Expires December 31, 2018.
Donor:  Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Organizers:  John & Ardys Jones
 
10. FUND A NEED
Fund A Need is a very special part of our annual auction that gives you the chance to rally around a particular need, and support it at a level that is right for you.
This year's special need is the final piece of our Surgical Center Project in Sabalos, Nicaragua.  The construction of the Sabalos Nicaragua Surgery Center is complete, and our Rotary Foundation Global Grant to equip the surgical center is now with the Foundation for approval. What is left?
The final piece is our remaining commitment to fund the specialist doctors for the first 18 months of operations at this center.  We have requested and the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health has approved, one full-time 08/GYN, a half-time general surgeon and a half-time anesthesiologist. The monthly cost for these two full-time equivalent specialists is only $1,500 per doctor or $3,000 per month. Our goal this evening is to raise the $55,000 needed for the 18 month commitment.
So raise your paddle and help us staff our surgical center to save lives immediately!
 
 
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