News From The Rummage Luncheon
By Vivian Vahlberg
There is a very good possibility additional construction at Kenilworth Union Church in the summer of 2020 may preclude having a Rummage sale at Kenilworth Union Church again next summer, Rummage volunteers learned at a Rummage Volunteers Luncheon Tuesday.
If the church building and grounds are not available in 2020, Rummage co-coordinator Hope Poor said Rummage leaders will seek an alternate location for the sale.
She urged Rummage volunteers to “think creatively” about where and how Rummage might be held and to forward ideas to the coordinators (listed below). If Rummage is held offsite, the sale might need to be a somewhat scaled down version of the church’s usual sale, she said.
Rummage is already taking a “gap year” in 2019 because contractors will be repairing the Skokie Ditch retaining wall just north of the Church building, to protect the building’s foundation.
But Ken Harris, President and Chairman of the Executive Board of the Church, told Rummage volunteers Tuesday that additional major projects may be scheduled for the summer of 2020 as a result of an intensive facilities visioning process that church leaders began in the fall.
No decision about additional construction has been made, Harris said. So he could not elaborate on what is being considered or when any decision will be made. While he mentioned the need for long-deferred maintenance (like the Skokie Ditch project and replacement of the roof and three air conditioning units,) it was clear that even more unspecified extensive changes are under consideration.
Harris said the visioning process has involved 70 people, including representatives of all church committees. Leaders are seeking to identify what changes and upgrades need to be made to the Church buildings and grounds to accommodate the needs of the church now and into the future. He noted that the last major renovation of the church was 30 years ago.
Many Rummage volunteers expressed concern about the plans and sadness about not having Rummage this summer. Some warned that a two-year hiatus could kill Rummage.
Board member Sallie Smith noted that “I don’t think anyone would want to give up” on Rummage.
Asked how the Church’s Outreach programs will fare without the $100,000 Rummage generates every year, Harris said efforts are underway to trim the funding gap, like extra emphasis on the Outreach Benefit and a new Hollywood Hounds outreach fundraiser.
Hope Poor noted that people with high-end furniture and women’s clothing and accessories to donate can generate money for Outreach by placing their items with North Shore Exchange, a charitable resale shop which will credit half the sale price to Rummage upon request. The Exchange donates its share of the proceeds (after expenses) to charity as well.
More than thirty Rummage volunteers came to the luncheon, bearing an amazing array of delicious food, to celebrate rummage, hear about future plans, and enjoy each other’s company. All three of the Church’s ministers and at least three Church board members attended as well.