Rotary Camelot Auction adds a cowpoke twist

The annual Rotary Club of Grand Cayman charity Camelot Auction will take on the look of the American West at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on 24 May.  

Rotary is a well-recognised international organisation that has raised millions over the years to benefit community programmes and the needy. There are a number of Rotary Clubs in the Cayman Islands, including the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman. 

Each year this club holds the Camelot Auction, its biggest annual fund-raising event. In past years it has been a black-tie affair and the items on the auction block have ranged from cars like a brand new Mercedes Benz to rare artwork including Picasso lithographs. 

This year the club aims to shake things up a bit, country style. The event is taking on a cowboy theme and promises to be a fantastic evening, allowing attendees to dress up in western gear. This year is the year for all Buffalo Bills and Annie Oakleys to come out of the closet. 


The Rotary Round-Up  

One of Cayman’s largest and best attended charity auctions, the Camelot Auction attracts Rotarians from the four local clubs, as well as members of Rotaract and the entire community. All money raised goes to support the many ongoing community-based initiatives of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman. In past years these have included the Bonaventure Boys Home and Frances Bodden Girls Home improvements, the Meals on Wheels programme, and the annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party on Boxing Day. 

This year the club will celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the fundraiser and it will be known as The Rotary Round-Up! This twist on the usual black-tie night will be an evening of western fun with a variety of country music, games, raffles, a mechanical bull and the greatest auction line-up of the year. Guests are encouraged to wear their best western outfits but are asked to leave their guns and horses at the door. 

The event includes a champagne welcoming reception followed by an amazing menu prepared specially by The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman’s Executive Chef, Frederic Morineau. From slow-smoked and BBQ beef brisket and honey lime and cilantro glazed game hen to Mississippi mud pie and themed beverages, guests are sure to enjoy a change from the traditional fare. 

The night will feature games such as quick draw, glass bottle ring toss and milk bottle knockdown. The annual fundraiser for the service club’s community initiatives will be held in all three ballrooms of the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Friday, 24 May and will be well attended by Rotarians and others who support the work of the club, founded in Cayman in 1965. The auction will include a wide selection of lots of varying price points, including a jet-ski, one free year of high definition cable television service, gift certificates, a bottle of Appleton 50 Year Old Rum and getaways, just to name a few. 

“We hope to raise over $150,000 to fund all of our projects for the 2013 to 2014 year, which starts in July 2013,” says Rotarian Stuart Bostock. 

“For the next Rotary year, we will continue to support not only our existing projects such as the Christmas Tree Lighting, Senior Citizens’ Boxing Day Lunch along with Vocational and Community programmes but also include additional initiatives as needed. 

“We would like to thank our major sponsor – Dart, who has showed continuing support to our club and community over the years.”  


The history of Rotary International  

The world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices.  

Rotary’s popularity spread, and within a decade, clubs were chartered from San Francisco to New York to Winnipeg, Canada. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on six continents. The organisation adopted the Rotary International name a year later.  

As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving club members’ professional and social interests. Rotarians began pooling their resources and contributing their talents to help serve communities in need. The organisation’s dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto: Service Above Self.  

By July 1925, Rotary had grown to more than 2,000 clubs and an estimated 108,000 members. The organisation’s distinguished reputation attracted presidents, prime ministers, and a host of other luminaries to its ranks — among them author Thomas Mann, diplomat Carlos P. Romulo, humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, and composer Jean Sibelius.  


The Four-Way Test   

In 1932, Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor created The Four-Way Test, a code of ethics adopted by Rotary 11 years later. The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:  

Of the things we think, say 
or do:  

Is it the truth?  

Is it fair to all concerned?  

Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  

Will it be beneficial to all concerned?  

More than a century after Paul Harris and his colleagues chartered the club that eventually led to Rotary International, Rotarians continue to take pride in their history. In honour of that first club, Rotarians have preserved its original meeting place, Room 711 in Chicago’s Unity Building, by recreating the office as it existed in 1905. For several years, the Paul Harris 711 Club maintained the room as a shrine for visiting Rotarians. In 1989, when the building was scheduled to be demolished, the club carefully dismantled the office and salvaged the interior, including doors and radiators. In 1993, the Rotary International Board of Directors set aside a permanent home for the restored Room 711 on the 16th floor of RI World Headquarters in nearby Evanston.  

Today, 1.2 million Rotarians belong to over 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. 


For more information on The Rotary Round-Up western fundraiser, contact Brian at [email protected] or call 327-6052.