Synod President Auctions Old Voting Machines

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In total, $2,010 was raised for ministry projects.

Synod 2013 president William Koopmans turned into an auctioneer as delegates bid on 28 of synod’s first electronic voting systems.

The sales of the voting machines, wood-paneled boxes with buttons for voting, went toward the CRC Foundation, which funds innovation and special projects in the denomination.

“And if you’re not sure what to do with yours, you can use it as a doorstop,” he quipped about the bulky boxes.

Dee Recker, director of synodical services, acted as Vanna White, presenting the voting system.

“Bring it over to the [young adult representatives],” joked Koopmans, referring to the group that cannot vote. “That way, they can push buttons all they want.”

Tim Bossenbroek of Classis Chicago South won the first voting machine during the live auction; young adult representative Laura de Jong won a second machine. Other delegates won by submitting slips of paper with donations on them.

In total, $2,210 was raised for ministry projects.

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Ryan Struyk was a former Banner news correspondent for classes Grand Rapids South and Thornapple Valley. 

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