The Weekly Smile for the 24th of October, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi All! Last week was a very hectic week. There was something every day. I am going to talk a little about one of those busy days.

If anyone has followed the Weekly Smile since the beginning, you may have seen the smiles about our Lions Clubs Penny Sale. We typically do one every year. Well, we did not hold one in 2020 or 2021. Before that there was an uninterrupted run of 61 Penny Sales! I obviously was not there at the beginning, but I have done perhaps 10. Anyway, we had one in 2022!

This year we combined forces with the local PTO (Parent Teacher Organization – not to be confused with the Harper Valley PTA ;)(they’re great people, unlike that song) ). One of the big differences that this caused was that we changed venue from the elementary school to the high school and so the logistics were completely changed. We also had almost a dozen parents helping out, with two taking leading roles and three or four taking large roles. And then there were quite a few kids as well, maybe a couple of dozen,

Because we had a lot of help soliciting donations from local business and with a lot of people doing their own donations, we had many more items up than ever before. It was good that we had the new venue since we needed the space!

I won’t go into how it all works (maybe next time), but besides helping with setup, tear-down, and logistics (I assigned people work), I shook up all of the tickets to ensure the people all knew they are randomized for a fair drawing. So I shook maybe 500 bucket loads of tickets… 200 buckets? 1000 buckets? I didn’t count.

The good thing was that we were much more efficient with the system we used for calling tickets. We needed it with almost twice the number! We started calling at 6 PM and finished at 9:30 with two 15 minute breaks. (The day was longer, starting at noon for set up and I left “early” at 10:30 during clean up.)

Anyway, I have no idea how well we did with this fundraiser, and there is the fact that we will have to split it, but both sides will return as money to help the town.

So that was my smile for the week, working our the 2022 Lions Club (and PTO) Penny Sale.

What made you smile?


Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).  Note – I am no longer compiling the smiles into a weekly post as I used to – Sorry, I do not have time.

16 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 24th of October, 2022 #weeklysmile

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Shaking a bucket for three hours straight is a lot of work ;) Despite the noon to 11 PM involvement in this on the nicest day in the last month… lol, actually it was fun to do it.


  1. dawnkinster

    I have vague memories of doing some sort of fundraising that involved pennies when I was in grad school in 2006. I’ll have to go look up how it all works. Glad you were able to raise funds for your town!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The idea here is that you buy a sheet with 50 little “chits” for 50 cents, so a penny each. You see a “prize” you want and put the tickets/chits into the bucket. You can put a hundred in if you really want it ($100 gift card to the grocery store was popular this year!), or just one chit if it isn’t that important. If you win a prize that you only dropped one chit into the bucket, then that prize cost one penny. Thus, Penny Sale.


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  4. Emille

    Just listened to a youtube of all the mistakes made with school-going kids during the pandemic, and the surprizing chart how California’s kids were highest in (parents) in avoiding the recommended rule of staying home for the lockdowns to do zoom classes (at that time I was still living in Calif.). Since I have grandkids falling in this category, am greatly concerned for the other states that this is an issue that will follow kids I don’t know how many years.
    My weekly smile is in this post:


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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I did see articles on Covid and education on three of the news sources I read, but I’ve been so strapped for time I haven’t had a chance to read any of them.
      I’ll be by in a few :)


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