While I in no way begrudge the happiness of these winners, I really
think it would be better to divide the "spoils" into ten or twenty
prizes, and spread the fun around. Less dramatic, perhaps, but many
more thrilled participants. Why not? Am I the only one who thinks
Even though I’ve never participated (no clue how to yet?), I had the
same first impression as Noel (with two dots over e that don’t show
While it is GREAT to have one winner, consider the possible GREATER
benefits of splitting it up…
Different people would win different prizes, and if they don’t need
a graver cuz they already have three, there could be a “trading
tickets” session among the winners.
There could be for instance 10 “small” (but significant) prizes,
and then 1 grand prize (a hefty package).
Perhaps there could be categories for raffle entry, like
"Waxworking Package Raffle" with Kate Wolf tools, a nice wax pen, and
a few books from various authors on wax. This way, people interested
in waxworking could enter that particular raffle. It would avoid
someone winning (as examples) books they may already own, winning a
tool they already own three of, or products that they don’t ever plan
on using because it’s not in their interest or field, etc. This
method would direct the prizes to people who are interested in and
need the specific prize categories.
With one winner it’s kind of like a single firework going off and
then the excitement is short-lived (for others involved). But if it
were spread out multiple winners, it’s like a grand-finale firework
that has multiple spectacular explosions and lasting excitement among
all winners, and encourages more participation for the next year.
As Orchid is a community, shouldn’t prizes reflect the community
spirit? In other words, it’s not only about one person, it’s about
everyone-- so the idea would be to extend prizes in some way to a
group of winners, rather than one.
Thankfully this time the “spoils” went to a very well-deserved and
diligent individual (and many blessings to you!). But I cringe at the
thought of at some point in the future a certain person wins the whole
lot, and unbeknownst to everyone else the tools end up on ebay; or
even worse, they sit unused and untouched gathering dust while maybe
only 2-3 of the tools are used. With the amount of awesome people
involved, that scenario is highly highly unlikely, but still remotely
All said, I may be completely off… I just like to play with
possible solutions and ideas in any situation.
I’m relatively new so don’t beat me up (2 cents),
–Jim Sprague Jr.—