The Sikeston community has long had a reputation for generosity. The examples are endless. The Jaycees have raised more money for local charities and projects than you can list. The Lions Club, Kiwanis, Elks, etc. donate their time and talent for community projects and do it all with little recognition. Put on that list, too, the funds raised for the Kenny Rogers Children's Center and now the major undertaking of the YMCA.
This coming week will feature another service club - the Sikeston Rotary - as they sponsor their annual auction. The televised event on cable channel 12 in Sikeston features items donated by Sikeston-area merchants and then local residents can bid on the items. All the proceeds of the auction benefit local charities.
All too often we take for granted the time and energy these clubs give back to the community. Yet dozens of local activities would not be possible without the funding from these projects. Near the top of that list is next week's Rotary Auction.
For over 30 years now, the Rotarians have provided funding for more than 20 area charities ranging from the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to youth baseball and softball as well as a college scholarship fund. We sincerely owe these volunteers a debt of gratitude for donating their talents to help others within the community.
The Rotary Auction will feature a new twist this year. For the first time, the auction - in addition to the television broadcast - will also be available on the Internet. Through a special Web site, Sikeston residents can participate online through and be a part of the auction. In following years, the Rotarians believe the online addition will help to expand the reach of the auction and, thus, expand the funds available for local charities.
Tune in or go online next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. You may find a bargain but you will most certainly be helping programs in our community that rely on these funds. And let's face it, watching the auction and participating will offer a pleasant break from the endless stream of political advertising that has bombarded us for the past months.