Silent Auction General Information

CHOIS exists to inspire Idaho parents to educate their children at home, to promote parent-led, family funded, relationship-based home education, and to preserve homeschool freedoms.  The quarterly CHOIS Connection Magazine seeks to provide encouragement and help for Idaho homeschooling families.
The purpose of the silent auction is to raise funds to help underwrite the printing and postage expenses of the magazine. Each quarters’ magazine costs several thousands of dollars to produce.  CHOIS  gives several hundred scholarships for magazine membership as well.

CHOIS has been blessed over the years with many wonderful Silent Auction donations. Once we have received a donation, we create a bid sheet for it. The bid sheet lists the full price of the item, and lists a starting bid. Items are displayed in a prominent location at the convention with a bid sheet beside them.  Our convention attendees begin placing their bids at the opening of the convention by writing their name on the bid sheet, with the amount they are willing to bid.

If someone comes along who would also like to bid on the item, they write their name underneath the prior bidder, along with their bid, which must be at least a dollar higher.  Bidding continues throughout the first day of the convention and for half of the second. At exactly 1:25 pm on the second day of the convention all bidding ceases. A whistle is blown, all bidders must drop their pens and step back from the tables, and the bid sheets are removed.

Our Silent Auction volunteers set to work grouping high bidders with the products they have won. They also add Idaho’s sales tax to the total amount owed. Once their work is completed, the items may be paid for and picked up.

We make every effort to list all of our donors on this website, along with their web addresses. Some donations do not come in until the convention has begun, and so we apologize if they do not get listed. We appreciate all of our donors very much, and we hope that the home educating families of Idaho will thank them by giving them business all year long.


Committed to helping parents fulfill their God-given right and responsibility to educate their own children.