Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rotary Auction Idea

I was allergic to the dog. 

My wife and I attended a charity auction this past weekend where the first item up to bid was "therapy time" with a dog.  My friend Jean brought the subject dog with her too.  Time with the dog went for more than $50 an hour.

I was so allergic that I could feel my throat closing up.  I had to quickly move away when Jean walked nearby or risk gagging.

But it gave me an idea.

The Rotary club has a fundraiser auction coming up.  I have the desire to be philanthropic.  However, with one kid in college, three kids in Catholics schools, and the prediction that college will cost $100,000 a year per kid by the time my youngest ones go, my charitable giving from the pocket is quite thwarted. 

What about Facebook coaching?

Some people are down-right allergic to Facebook, but I'm not. 

I've set up a business Facebook page for the Port Authority.  There aren't too many ports with 250+ fans.  I've set up a Facebook page for a pizza shop that, in 18 months, has over 6,400 fans.

I'm not exactly an expert on Facebook, but who is really?

The concept is that I could offer three hours of coaching on setting up a Facebook, setting up a business page, and locking in that business username forever. 

I can do that, but would people bid on that?

Could this idea exceed $50 an hour in value for the Rotary Club?

Better tried than do nothing at all.

At least no one in the room will be gasping for air after getting near my bid item.  Or at least I hope not.

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