2009 Loonie Toonie Auction

Well ladies, we did it! On November 18th, SIDAF held its annual Loonie Toonie Auction, and it was a great success. Although the tickets didn’t sell out completely this year (largely due to the economy), the tables were all populated with enthusiastic supporters of the event. For the second year running, St. Thomas parish hall in Waterdown proved the perfect venue, with lots of space to display our auction items to the best effect. There were over 125 items on offer, running the gamut from “Pamper Yourself” gift baskets to beautiful Grandfather Clocks.

The catered hot meal was a hit this year, and drew many compliments from the crowd. As an auction neophyte, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the evening, but was delighted by the festive atmosphere, the gales of laughter from the tables, and the squeals of delight from the successful bidders. It didn’t seem to matter whether it was a major gift or a small door prize; the joy of one’s number being called seemed to be just the same. I heard several first-time attendees commenting on how much fun they were having, and promising to bring more of their girlfriends along next year. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to make the event such a success (including the helpful young men who fetched and carried for us, and ushered everyone to their tables).

Congratulations to Kerry Jarvi and all of our Fundraising Committee for a smoothly run evening (and kudos to M.C. Kerry for making her voice last to the final auction item!) Heartfelt thanks as well to our sponsors and donors. Sales of tickets to win the wine fridge with bottles of wine boosted our total profits this year, and it was wonderful that although the majority of tickets were pre-sold, the winner was in the audience on auction night.

Amazingly, we managed to surpass last year’s auction total, taking in over $10,000! That money will help fund the many wonderful projects of SIDAF, and allow us to carry out our mission of “women at their best, helping other women to be their best”.

– Deb

Wine for Sale

We’d like to thank Dale for getting us a Danby Wine Fridge, filled with 18 assorted red and white bottles of LCBO wine. At only $20 for 5 tickets (or $5 each), tickets will be drawn at the Christmas auction … just in time for the Christmas entertaining & gift giving season. Winner need not be present.


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Cash for Gold

Ever thought you should clean out your jewellery box but don’t want to go to Toronto to see some guy on tv OR who would trust a mail in company?  Does relaxing at a friends house, enjoying a refreshment or two, chat a bit, have an appetizer or two and when you go home, leave with more money then you came with sound better?  Well now there is Gold Party Princess!

What is Gold Party Princess?  You may have seen them on CTV, Global or in the newspaper, Gold Party Princess is an opportunity for you to turn unwanted gold (yellow gold, white gold, rose gold & Platinum) into CASH!  That is right, you are invited to come to a fun social evening where you won’t have to buy anything and you will be selling your unwanted gold items.

Sandy & Brooke are co-hosting the event on July 31 and we will have a qualified rep from Gold Party Princess who will evaluate & weigh your gold and offer you money on the spot!  You can bring broken chains, single earrings, stuff from your ex-boyfriend, dented jewellery or even gold teeth; jewellery with stones can also be evaluated and stones can sometimes be removed on the spot.

A prize will be awarded for the gaudiest piece of jewellery, weirdest item or the best story.  Valid government issued identification (like a drivers license) will be necessary to sell your gold as this is a requirement when dealing with second hand goods.

Refreshments will be served!  You may bring a friend, but you must RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited.

This is a community service event by Soroptimist International of Dundas, Ancaster Flamborough and Gold Party Princess will also make a contribution to our club!  If you can not make this event but would have liked to, we plan to host one again in January.

Thank you to the RWTO

SI-DAF President, Barb McCoy, spoke about the Soroptimist organization to the Retired Women’s Teachers of Ontario. Barb did an excellent job of speaking at their Breakfast by the Bay meeting at Geraldo’s at La Salle Park on May 13th. Following the meeting, a donation was collected and shared between Soroptimist and a local women’s shelter. We’d like to thank them for their generous donation of $255.70.

Retired Women’s Teachers of Ontario (RWTO: Hamilton- Wentworth branch) organization continues to “extend a helping hand to organizations and charities that are assisting women and children” as well as providing a strong communication network and opportunities for interaction among retired women teachers.

FootPRINT Fund Award

Thanks to Brooke, S.I. DAF was the recipient of the FootPRINT Award yesterday at the Spectator building. We received $500.00 on behalf of the club, to use towards design/printing service costs.

Allegra Print & Imaging gave out 58 awards today, worth a total of $20,000.00 locally and 2 million dollars nationwide. We are thankful for this gift and hope to request this again next year, possibly for a special project. (By the way, my employer only received $250 so I think our proposal was well received Brooke).

Blast from the Past

Thanks to our Fundraising Committee for putting together a totally awesome evening for the club and our friends. I don’t think I have ever seen so many people on the dance floor continuously. I think Brooke and Alice hardly even sat out a dance! Also, a wonderful thanks to our sponsors for donations of “die to get” prizes:

Russ Weil & The Hornets – Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band
Boston Pizza, Waterdown
Turtle Jacks
Lord Byron
Royal Coachman
Beijing Gardens
Fortino’s, Waterdown
Weeks Home Hardware
Everwood Wellness Centre – L. Malley
Theatre Ancaster
Angel’s Touch
The Little Red Apple (pre-school)
Pauline Hardcastle (original artwork)
Villiage Tree House
Lucky Day Nursery
Scotia Bank
J. Outlon & Associates
Mary Kay – Debbie Bauer
The Cake Ladies
Bruce Treacy Home Inspections

Special thanks also to the Flamborough Review & the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce for helping publicize our event.  With the help of all of our generous supporting businesses and attendees, we managed to raise over $3,500.00 for women & girls in our community!

It was also wonderful to see everyone pitch in and help. I loved the record theme…it created a wonderful atmosphere the moment you entered the room. I would say our dance was highly successful and hopefully the word is out on the incredible events S.I. DAF organizes.

Again congratulation to all for another outstanding fundraiser!

We’re giving away 7mm pearls with earrings!

SI DAF is stepping it up a notch for the ERC Conference. For those who attended the fall area meeting, you may remember the strand of Pearls we gave away. They were lovely 5 mm pearls won by MaryLynne of SI Peterborough…..but like I said, we want to do better that!

For ECR Conference in May we are offering a set of big 7mm Pearls that also come with a pair of earrings; a combined value of over $1,750.00!

So, why are we telling you now? Obviously this is a valuable prize & in order for us to actually raise funds with this fundraiser, we need to sell tickets! We understand that every Soroptimist of our area can not attend the conference but that does not mean that you can’t support our efforts and have a chance (or many chances) to WIN these pearls!

7mm Pearls - you could be the winner at Spring Conference! Click to view larger image »

7mm Pearls - you could be the winner at Spring Conference! Click to view larger image »

Yes, those who are attending can purchase tickets for those friends, family and SI sisters who are not at the event, but better yet: if you pre-purchase your tickets before conference you will double your chances of winning! Insead of 10 chances for $25 … you will get 20!

Even if you plan to attend, this is a great opportunity to double your chances now, but for those who are not going to be there you will be pleased to know that the winner need not be present!

To pre-order your tickets, please make cheque payable to: SI DAF and mail it to club President, Barbara McCoy (email for her address – we don’t want to publicize it online)

Please include your name, club name, your phone # and mailing address – your ticket stubs will be mailed to you. We will record your name, club & phone number on your tickets as the winner need not be present. (FYI we are NOT marketing these tickets anywhere except to Soroptimists and on our web site. If you have friends or family who love pearls, this draw is open to non-SI members as well.)

Thank you for your support,
Your friends at SI DAF

Loonie-Toonie Auction

With 106 auction items available for a loonie or a toonie per bid, we raised over $8,500 on November 12 at our annual Christmas Auction.

“We are thankful for the support of the community to make our event such a success”, from the Chair of Fundraising, Kerry Jarvi, who was our MC for the evening and assisted by past governor of the Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) Eastern Canada Region, Shirley McCoy. The grand prize, called Pearls & Passion, included a weekend getaway, theatre tickets, a gift basket to set the mood and an 18″ strand of pearls. There were over 200 attendees at the new venue, St Thomas parish hall in Waterdown, jockeying for the winning numbers. One of the first time attendees, a local resident of Waterdown, said that she had the best time in ages. “I had no idea what to expect and I didn’t quite get it until we got started but count me in for next year. I didn’t realize how much I had needed a fun night out and definitely want to come again.”

Thank you to the troop of extremely polite and enthusiastic young boys who volunteered from the local high school to hand out door prizes and sell last minute tickets for a Wheel Barrow of Wine, also known as Santa’s Sleigh of Sippin’ Sauce, which contained 24 bottles of white and red wine plus a shiny red wheelbarrow donated by Weeks of Waterdown. The winning ticket was drawn by Past Governor, Margaret MacRea. Congratulations to the winner – our very own Nancy Davidson of SI-DAF. 

We would especially like to thank all of Our Generous Donors and we encourage you to ‘Support the Businesses that support our Community’ (listed in alphabetical order):

Flamborough: Blanca’ Aesthetics, Bonnets & BagsBoston Pizza, Curves, The Cutting Edge, Flamboro Mix & Brew House, Flamboro Springs, Kathy Holmes, PartyLite Gifts by Randi Warner, Polar Bay Wines, Runners Den, Vintage Performance & Restoration, Weeks Home Hardware
Dundas: Collins Brewhouse
Ancaster: J. Oulton & Associates, Nancy Davidson – Freedom 55 Financial, Renew You, The Spa at Ancaster, Village Tree House Child Care
Hamilton: A Clean Break, Bloom N Gales, Curves, Lucky Day Nursery, La Petite Spa, Tourism Hamilton, Hamilton Police Services, Hamilton Fire Services, H2H Entertainment
Burlington: The Natural Way, Women Who Excel
Brantford: Sanderson Centre, Bodega Inn
Mississauga: Tree of Life Canada
Personal donor: Margaret Robertson, K.T.- a Red Hat Enthusiast, Helen Bradley, Kim Gordon and all the Ladies of Soroptimist International of Dundas Ancaster Flamborough!

Rose’s Dish Cloths raised over $200

Rose Bayley is knitting dish cloths! In fact Rose is knitting dish cloths by the dozens and she is doing it so the Soroptimist International club of Dundas/Ancaster/Flamborough (whom her daughter Pauline is a member) can sell them to help less fortunate women & children in our community. The Soroptimist club will not only use the money for that cause; they will also make a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Society in honour of Rose!

You see, Rose; who is from London, England has for some time now been showing signs of the onset of Alzheimer’s. Her family first became aware of Rose’s changing situation about a year ago. Her daughter Pauline and husband David had moved to Ontario with their children several years ago and Pauline could now hear the difference in long distance telephone conversations with her mum. Each time the family visited England they would further notice marked changes in her abilities; but Pauline’s father John, Rose’s husband of 59 years was managing. Sadly in November of 2007 John passed away suddenly and when Pauline and family returned to England for her father’s funeral she realized that her mum could not stay there alone. So they brought Rose to Canada to stay with her only daughter Pauline & her family. In an attempt to help Rose rebuild her life Pauline suggested her mum might like to rekindle her interest in knitting – from that day on she hasn’t stopped!

Now you may be wondering what makes Rose’s dishcloths so famous? It is more how knitting them makes Rose feel; it gives her purpose to her day and a sense of accomplishment that she has been lacking since Alzheimer’s came to call. Even with the controlling effects of Alzheimer’s Rose can do something important to help other women & children here in her new community!