2017 Scholarship Dinner & Auction

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March 7, 2018

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MD19-District H-Zone 7
Club #7928

contact us at
PO Box 473
Coupeville, WA 98239

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All we raise tonight will go to
this year's seniors scholarships
Raise your paddle: another way to help support this year's graduates os Coupeville High School

Try your chance-$20 per card for a chance to win a dessert a month for one year


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Once again, the full force of the Coupeville Lions is being directed toward its 14th Annual Lions Scholarship Auction and Dinner.  In the twelve years they have produced this fine event, over $300,000 has been raised and awarded, furnishing a variety of scholarships to qualified Coupeville High School Seniors. 

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, February 17th from 5:00 - 8:30 pm at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge.  Tickets are $40 per person.   Freely enjoy a fine selection of wine and beer, and mouthwatering cheeses selected by bayleaf as you mingle and meet neighbors and friends at the silent auction tables. Have fun out-bidding each other for a select array of affordable offers.   Enjoy a full BBQ Rib dinner prepared by the Elks and served family style by Coupeville High School National Honor Society students.  

For dessert, the highest bidding table chooses from among an assortment of sinfully delicious, beautifully decorated cakes, pies, and more prepared by Coupeville Lions, Lion spouses, and friends of Lions.  While finishing off dessert, the Live Auction portion of the evening features a blast of banter from auctioneer Dale Sherman and side-kick, Bob Clay.  Auctioned this year will be a XXXXXXXX, a number of local get-aways, catered dinners, spa experiences and much, much more.  

Tickets will sell out rapidly so there is no time to waste.  Please phone the “Lions Line” 360-678-4105 to make arrangements.  If you are not able to attend, but would like to contribute a cash or in-kind donation toward Scholarships, we can take your return information.

This event, which started slowly as a way to add to several existing scholarship endowments entrusted the Coupeville Lions Club, has grown to be the single largest source for scholarships to universities, community colleges, technical and alternative educational facilities to CHS seniors. 
Come join this annual fundraising event.  It truly is a fun way of donating to a most worthy cause -- the motivated youth of central Whidbey Island.  Scholarship amounts vary in value and every application is considered carefully.   For the seniors, the most important element in being awarded a Coupeville Lions Scholarship is the understanding they have the backing and support of over 130 Lions and their friends.  Coupeville Lions are in their 80th year of service to the community. 

Detailed information and what to expect to 'win' in order to support Coupeville High


Meal will be served family style with the
dessert dash following dinner

Scholarship Auction: Contact

Each year the Coupeville Lions host a Scholarship Dinner and Auction to raise money for scholarships for our Coupeville High School seniors. This year our Club will host its eleventh annual auction and on Saturday, February 17, from 5 -9 pm at the Elks Club in Oak Harbor.

The tickets are $40 and include appetizers, dinner, wine, and beer—and, of course, a chance to bid on some interesting auction items and raise money for scholarships.

Dear Lions Club Scholarship Committee Members, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas spent with those you love most. As 2016 comes to a close, I find myself looking back over the past year and the many blessings in my life. I have so much to be thankful for. In April 2016, I returned from my bridge year in Ecuador. My summer was spent working for the Island County Museum and then, before I knew it, I was off to college. I can now proudly say that I have successfully completed my first semester of college. When asked how it has been, I have already told many people that it feels a little like high school on steroids since I am taking general education classes. I had the privilege of taking math, writing, Spanish, and physical education this past semester. Here are a few things I have learned outside of the classroom:
Use a planner:important to write them down in a planner and take advantage of the many opportunities presented on a university campus. PLU has various speakers, concerts, plays, conferences, etc. offered year round.
Practice self-control at dinner: Just because the meal is “All You Can Eat” doesn’t
mean “sit down and have a Thanksgiving feast every night.” In some respect, dinner
is a way to test your limits and see how well you can determine whether you are
eating because you’re actually hungry or if it’s simply because you want to make the
most of your meal plan. It is ok to indulge every once in a while, but don’t have more
than “thirds” in one sitting. You won’t be able to sleep. I may or may not be speaking from experience…
Schedule meetings with your professors: Believe it or not, professors aren’t scary
people. Or at least none of the professors I have met. Visiting with your teachers can be a good way to get to know them outside of class. And who knows? That meeting just might help your grade!

Once again, I can’t thank you enough. Your scholarship has contributed to my
growth and development as a student. Looking ahead to the new year, I am excited
for my J term class which will focus on social justice issues in the Tacoma community.
We will have the opportunity to be involved in service activities. Thank you for your contribution not only to me, but to all of the students at Coupeville High School and enabling us to further our studies at University. Your financial support is much appreciated.
Marisa Etzell


Scholarships: Because it is so generously supported by our membership and the community, our Club is able to award between 20-26 Scholarships to Seniors from Coupeville High School each year. The Scholarships are generally between $500 and $2,000 each and the Club usually distributes around $24,000 each year.  We award scholarships to students attending four-year universities as well as community colleges and trade schools.  We have special scholarships for students studying education, the environment, the arts, business, and medicine:
In 2015 we awarded scholarships to the following students:

$2000--Amanda Foley, Kylie Burdge, Marisa Etzell,

$1500--Julia Meyers, Anna Luvera, Cassidy Rydell, Christopher Roberts, Mike Kelly, Joshua Bayne, Aaron Trumbull (Service)

$1000--McKayla Bailey, Jacquelyn Ginnings, Geoffrey McClarin, Erin Rosenkranz (Medical)

$750--Haley Hanner, Ivy Luvera, Faith Ann Shinn, Allison Gauslow, Aaron Wright, Taylor Ramirez

Sponsorships:  Each year Community businesses step up to help sponsor the event.  Their sponsorships help cover the costs of putting on the event, allowing us to use the dollars we raise at the auction to go towards scholarships.  So far, these are our current sponsors:

1. Keystone Café
2. Rebecca Robinson, Windermere Real Estate
3. MRI Mouw, Peoples Bank
4. Rich Melrose, Main Street Collision
5. Eric Mitten, Windermere Real Estate
6. Amy Jorden, Whidbey Island Bank
7. Shelli Turnbull, Cascade Insurance
8. Mark Cichowski, Whidbey Eye Center
9. Michael Mequio, Whidbey Eye Center

10. Front Street Realty

Dinner: The dinner is catered by the Elks Club and served by volunteers from the high school’s National Honor Society and Leos Club. You’ll get a chance to meet the students who more than likely will benefit from the scholarship money raised that night. Below is our menu which will be served family style.

Beth Kuchynka, owner of bayleaf in Coupeville and Oak Harbor, works with our Club to provide four outstanding Washington wines and a range of cheeses and crackers at a reduced cost. The wine and cheeses are included in the price of the ticket and are always first class.

Auction: You will have 6 opportunities to bid on auction items. Each one brings its own special opportunity and fun—Silent Auction, Dessert-a-Month Raffle, Dahlia & Gladiolas Auction, Dessert Dash Auction, Live Auction, and Raise the Paddle.

How You’ll Check In
You’ll be asked to fill out a registration form with your name and contact number.  When you hand in your ticket, you’ll get your table number if you reserved your table.  You’ll also be given a catalogue with your bid number on the back.  There will be a index cards on each table—write your name on one and reserve your seat at the table.

How You’ll Pay for Auction Items:  
Checkout will open after the Live Auction and Dessert-a-Month drawing. No early checkouts.  Take your auction item with you and pay by cash, check, or credit card.  There will be two tables--one for cash and check and another for credit cards.

Senior Scholarship Wall:  Each year Cindy VanDyk of Far From Normal in Coupeville creates a wall display highlighting some of the seniors who were awarded scholarships over the past years.  She includes photos, thank you letters from the students, and updates on what they are doing.  What a pleasure it is to see what past donations have done.

Silent Auction: You have the opportunity to view and bid on about 50 items from 5 pm till just before dinner is served.

Dessert-a-Month Raffle: This is a fabulous prize—imagine receiving home-baked desserts each month for a year! You have a 1 in 52 chance of living that dream. At 5 pm we start selling 52 cards from a deck for $20 each. During the program a card from a fresh deck will be selected and joy will reign in that household. You must be present to win. Starting in March, 2016 one of our bakers will contact you to find out what you would like for dessert and when you want it delivered. It's that simple. History says that the recipient is never disappointed. You might even add a new friend to your circle- the bakers all are wonderful people.

Dahlia & Gladiola Auction: Al and Nancy Bassinger in Coupeville have a knack when it comes to propagating dahlia tubers and gladiola corm, and they share them with our guests as an additional fundraiser. They provide boxes of dahlia tubers and gladiola corms that contain a summer of color. When threat of frost is over, it is safe to plant the contents. Until then, store in a cool garage or shed.

Dessert Dash Auction: Eighteen desserts are prepared by some of the finest home bakers on the island—one for each dining table. You and your guests help the Coupeville Lions Club provide our Coupeville High School Seniors with financial support towards their future. We encourage your table to give generously in order to reach first place in the bidding. Should total the most dollars, not only do you have first choice in dessert selection, you and each person will receive a gift bag with a Dessert Recipe Collection.
How to collect funds towards the Dessert Dash: there will be an envelope and a bid sheet with your table number. Each person/couple will take their turn at entering the amount they wish to donate towards the dessert. You have two options: To pay cash: Please write your name and the total cash placed within the envelope. To pay at check-out, enter your bid number and the amount you wish to pay. Checkout will open after the Live Auction and Dessert-a-Month drawing. No early checkouts. You can pay by cash, check, or credit card. There will be two tables--one for cash and check and another for credit cards.
Please review the dessert menu found at your table. Next select your groups first three choices. This will help eliminate chaos at the time of gathering your dessert. Please select your 'runner'. When announced, the runner will go to the Dessert Table and await their turn to collect the dessert, (done in the order highest to lowest dollar amount). Please return to the table as soon as your selection is made. The student servers will bring the serving utensil, plates, forks and napkins soon after you are seated. We also are planning on having a way for you to take home leftover dessert. Please request assistance with our student servers.

Should you take first place, thank you gift bags with a collection of tonight’s dessert recipes will be brought to you promptly. Good luck and we do hope you will enjoy what our volunteers have baked for you tonight.

Live Auction: This is always the highlight of the program. Our auctioneer, Dale Sherman, invites you to bid on 10 -12 special trips, experiences, and items. Included will be an opportunity to underwrite (have you name on) a scholarship.

Raise the Paddle: Didn’t get the highest bid in any of the auctions? Or haven’t reached the limit of what you planned to donate? Well, the Raise the Paddle will help everyone reach their goals! Our auctioneer will ask you to raise your number to donate at several dollar amounts. This auction opportunity raises quite a lot of money and you don’t have to compete with anyone!


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our 2017 sponsors

Please do take the time
to thank them for supporting our event

Thank you Front Street Realty for supporting our auction

Thank you Peoples Bank for your support

Far From Normal

Thank you for your sponsorship with this year's event
Whidbey Party Girls

Beth, once again thank you for ALL the support you give us.

Penn Cove Taproom

Thank you Oak Harbor Elks for sponsoring tonight's eventOak Harbor
Elks Lodge 2362

Thank you Porter Whidbey for the support you gave us
Porter Whidbey
Insurance Inc.

Thank you Dale and Liz for your continued support
Sherman Pioneer

Thank you Whidbey Eye for your supportWhidbey Eye Center

Keystone Cafe- your support is truly appreciatedKeystone Cafe

Thank you Whidbey Windermere for your continued sponsorship for this eventWindermere
Whidbey Island

Cascade Insurance, the seniors of CHS appreciate your supportCascade Insurance
Agency LLC

Restaurant & Brewery

Serving our commnity for over 75 years!Coupeville Lions Club


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