THAYER -- MAMMOTH SPRING -- The Thayer-Mammoth Spring Rotary Auction will be held April 23-27.
The auction has been a fundraiser for the club for many years.
When asked how many years the auction has been held, Thayer-Mammoth Spring Rotary Vice President elect, and this year's Rotary Auction Chairman, Ruth Stevens searched back in her mind and in her records. "My records say about 35 years," she said.
However many years, it has been decades, and it has served the communities of Thayer and Mammoth Spring well.
Lynn Hobbs, a longtime employee of Ozark Radio Network that will be airing the auction said the auction will be on K-95 and their sister station KALM 1290 AM from 5:30 to 7 p.m. each evening.
"All during the week of the auction our DJs will be announcing some of the items that will be up for auction that evening," Hobbs said. She said any item worth over $100 will be placed on the "big board" and will be auctioned at the end of the event Friday evening.
Stevens said there is a new twist to this year's auction. "For the first time we will have Web sites where people can get on the Internet and view what items will be up for sale each evening."
Jim Hart from the TEK Shop in Thayer did not develop the chamber Web site but is responsible for the other two Web site.
"Our part (The Tek Shop) is to help the Rotary Club as they help the community," Hart said. He said he hoped to have the Web site up and running before the auction gets underway so people can view exactly what will be up for auction.
Hart said The Tek Shop is the local Internet provider for the area and is in the business of hosting and building Web sites.
K-96 General Manager Bob Eckman said the radio Website will give local residents the opportunity to listen to what he called a "live-stream" of the auction.
All proceeds from the auction, as they are every year, are put back into the community. Hobbs said two of the major things done with the auction proceeds is to fund two scholarships, -- nursing scholarship to MSU in West Plains and for the first time this year the Doyle Fink Rotary Scholarship that will go to a senior from Thayer High School and to a senior from Mammoth Spring High School.
Steven said all items for the auction are donated by area businesses. "We appreciate their generous support of this event. All proceeds from the auction are used for local activities." She said some of the Rotary projects that benefit from the auction include: Ozark Action Back to School Fair, Thayer School Band, Oregon County Food Pantry, Thayer and Mammoth Spring Prom Lock-Ins, vocational service scholarships, Oregon County Youth Summit, Thayer and Mammoth Spring Head Start where each month a Rotarian reads a book to each group and each child receives a copy of the book to take home, Thayer Elementary School where books and materials are purchased, Mammoth Spring State Park Easter egg hunt, Alton Boy Scouts and the Thayer Swim Team.
Stevens said the phone numbers for this year's auction are 264-4105 or toll free, 866-360-4109.