For Susan Judkins, there was no real question where she and her husband would move in 2006.
“He is a bond attorney, and he knows all the cities all across the state. And as a former employee of the Iowa Legion of Cities, I know all the cities all across the state. And when we decided to get married, we knew Clive was the best place to move,” says Clive Councilwoman Susan Judkins.
Judkins’ community involvement includes current board service with the Iowa Architectural Foundation, Center on Sustainable Communities, StageWest Theater and the Riverfront YMCA. She is active in local and regional chamber of commerce activities, including co-chairing flood mitigation policy activities of the Capital Crossroads strategic plan.
Even though she’s involved in many organizations she makes sure to support those she can’t always lend her time to. Enter the silent auction.
“I am a big supporter of various organizations and am what I call a ‘silent auction junkie,’ ” says Judkins. “There are a ton of things in my garage that relate to those events and fundraisers.”
At every turn in her three-car garage, it seems you can find something that was auctioned off for the fundraising support. Sports apparel, crafts, camping equipment — you name it, she’s probably bid on it.
“The most recent thing I’ve won is this ‘House Divided’ box to benefit the Children’s Cancer Connection,” Judkins says. “My daughter is a graduate of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and her boyfriend got his master’s degree from Iowa State, so this is actually going to them out in Ohio where she is doing her residency.”
The difficult part about bidding on these items is figuring out a place to put them.
“Many things just haven’t found a home,” she notes.
Many items come in wicker baskets, which explains why at first look it might appear she’s planning to throw the world’s largest picnic. Judkins says she actually moved many to a storage unit recently.
While she’s happy to give away some of her “prizes,” some are too cool to pass up.
“I’m not much of a fisher, but I won this fly-fishing rod and lessons from an auction to support On With Life, which helps with brain injuries and stroke rehabilitation,” Judkins says. “I’ve known people who spent time there, and the person who donated the rod and his time for lessons actually works there, too. It’s cool that he’s donated it, and I’m looking forward to taking advantage of it.”
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