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Holiday kicks off rummage sale season

ANNE GROGAN, Sierra Sun

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer activities ranging from down-in-the-dirt camping to champagne-and-Shakespeare theater. Anyone who ventured out and about this past weekend also knows that Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of rummage-sale season.

Three of Truckee’s many service organizations held fund-raising rummage sales this past weekend and a fourth is scheduled for this upcoming weekend. The benefits of these sales to the Truckee community are far-reaching.

Last weekend, the Humane Society of Truckee held one of its monthly rummage sales at the old county building at 10257 West River St., with 100 percent of the profits going toward the care and maintenance of animals in need, President Kadi Kiisk-Mohr said.

Finding homes for pets

Truckee’s Humane Society accepts all adoptable abandoned animals from Truckee’s Animal Control Department after Animal Control has determined that the animals’ owners are not interested in maintaining the rights and responsibilities of pet ownership. The Humane Society then makes every effort to find homes for these adoptable animals, Kiisk-Mohr said.

The rummage sale held over the weekend and those planned for the future will help cover the veterinary costs of spaying or neutering these animals, as well as vaccinating them, treating injuries and illnesses, boarding and feeding them and managing wellness care.

As was the case this past weekend, adoptable animals are on site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the rummage sales. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. The next sale will be held June 19.

Because the Humane Society of Truckee has more rummage sales planned for 1999, on the third Saturday of each month through October and on the second Saturday of November, Kiisk-Mohr would like to inform the public that donations will be accepted all summer.

Drop-off donations are accepted at the West River Street location on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., or by arrangement. Tires, downhill skis, mattresses and badly worn furniture cannot be accepted. Small kitchen appliances, dishes, pots and pans are in short supply and would be greatly appreciated.

For more information about making a donation or volunteering time or services, call Liz, the Humane Society’s fund-raising coordinator, at 587-4430.

The annual Campfire Kids rummage sale was also held this weekend at Truckee Elementary and is the local organization’s only fund-raising event from which proceeds solely benefit Truckee’s branch of the Campfire Kids, Director Cheryl Baker said. The organization’s candy sale in February and the annual Skate-a-thon are events from which proceeds benefit the Sacramento Council of Campfire Boys and Girls.

Proceeds from the organization’s annual rummage sales help fund the year-round programs which Campfire Kids participate in, such as adopting a less fortunate family at winter holiday time or supplying personal care kits to the Tahoe Forest Hospital for distribution to needy patients.

Samaritan’s Purse is another program funded by the Campfire Kids rummage sale, which annually provides about 30 boxes of food and supplies for distribution among families and individuals in need, Baker said. The sale also provides the necessary resources to purchase craft-making supplies for the Campfire Kids regularly scheduled meetings and will pay for the end-of-year educational trip for Truckee’s Campfire Kids.

The American Association of University Women will hold a rummage sale Saturday, June 5, in the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District parking lot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Proceeds from this event will send two young women entering eighth grade to Stanford University’s mid-summer Tech-Trek program. The Tech-Trek program is designed to expose young women to computers and other forms of technology which statistics indicate are generally intimidating or uninteresting to young women, Dodi Wildermuth said.

The local AAUW also awards three $1,000 college scholarships to graduating female high school students and two $1,000 grants to local women interested in attending college to advance their current careers or begin study in a new field. These scholarships and grants are funded entirely through local AAUW fund raising events, including the rummage sale and the annual Home Tour, scheduled this year for August 15 in the Big Springs area of Northstar.

The local AAUW has 75 very active members who regularly volunteer time and services to benefit members of the Truckee community, Wildermuth said.

“We’re hard working and we need your donations,” she added. For information, phone Dodi Wildermuth at 587-0640.

Lions Clubs International of Truckee held its fifth annual rummage sale in the Truckee Donner Public Utility District parking lot where the event is always held, spokesperson Don Casler said.

“Without the sled dog races, this is our major fund raiser for the year,” Casler said.

The annual event is growing at a very comfortable margin each year, he added, and this year’s rummage sale was expected to generate at least as much as last year’s.

Proceeds from this fund-raising event take care of needs within the Truckee community first, Casler said, and then are passed on to the regional level. Any remaining funds after that benefit the international community through the Lions Clubs International organization.

One program which the Truckee Lions support entirely through their fund raising efforts is the Lions Quest Drug Awareness Program offered to students at Sierra Mountain Middle School.

“No child is immune to this problem,” Casler said.

The Lions Quest program is specifically devoted to helping children build the skills necessary to avoid potential problems, Casler said. Winning and keeping good friends and maintaining open discussions among family members are two areas strongly stressed in the program. Teacher training for the 18-week program is funded by the Lions Club which also purchases the materials necessary to maintain the curriculum.

“Until Lions Quest came about, there wasn’t really a program out there tested, tried and determined effective,” Casler said. “Accountability has been there since day one. It is effective: we have attitude changes and academic improvement records to verify this. It’s the most comprehensive program of its kind on the face of the earth.”

In addition to funding a drug awareness program for local students, the Lions Club locally supports its fundamental international cause, a program called Sight First.

Sight First provides eye-care to those in the community who cannot otherwise afford such care. The Lions have their own physician who works through LensCrafters in Reno, Casler said, and screening and eyeglasses are provided free-of-charge to those in need. The program was established in 1917 by the first Lions after Helen Keller gave their group its focus when she spoke to the group about the need for help to those whose vision could be improved.

Assistance to the hearing impaired within the Truckee community is another important goal to the Lions Clubs members. Lions make available to hearing-impaired members of the community decoders for television viewing. They also supply, through the school district, transmitters which are worn by teachers and the hearing aids worn by students through which the teacher’s voice is transmitted.

When funds are available, the Lions also support the training of guide dogs for the blind and canine companions for independence. The cost of training each guide dog is over $10,000 and the cost of training a canine companion for independence nears $10,000 Casler said. The three dogs the Lions have previously sponsored are named Truckee One, Truckee Two and Truckee Three. Two of these dogs are owned by blind individuals in California and the third is owned by an armless individual. The dog was trained to turn on lights, answer the phone and in many other ways help its owner lead a life of independence.

“These are costly programs,” Casler said. “If it weren’t for the generosity of our community, they wouldn’t get done.

“Any service organization is a good service organization. Without all these great folks who put out all this time and money, where would this community be? We’re blessed with so many terrific service organizations in our community.”


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