The Auctioneers Association of Alberta held its’84th Annual Convention at the Denham Inn, Leduc on February 1, 2 and 3rd, 2018. There were approximately 135 people in attendance.
Dale Menzak of Vegreville was elected President. Wade Michener from Calgary was elected Vice President . John Arnold, Lethbridge is our Past President.
There was six positions open for directors. Re-elected for three years were Joe Perlich, Lethbridge, Andrew Reeleder, Bentley. Newly elected for three years were Tracey Pollard, Edmonton, Mickey Spencer, Fort Saskatchewan, Jason Philp, Didsbury. Rod Burnett, West Kelowna was elected for one year. The remaining directors are Dale Menzak, Pete Conway, Darrell Domes, Justin Mayer and Wade Michener. Bill Henke is liaison for BC auctioneers. Lorraine Klepper is Secretary-treasurer.
This year we held our first Bid Catching Competition. 18 members participated. Dave Irvine from Calgary took away the belt buckle.
We held our eighth annual All Around Canadian Auctioneer Championship. We had 23 auctioneers registered for the competition. Champion was Shawn Gist from Fort Saskatchewan, Bobby Miller from Eckville placed second, and Rod Snopek from Tees placed third. Ryan Konynenbelt, Nobleford was fourth and Tyler Ruttan, Sexsmith was fifth.
The Vern Scown Memorial Tyro Contest was won by Jesse Campbell, Brandon, Manitoba. The Tyro Contest is an auction contest for auctioneers who have graduated from an auction school within the last two years. There were 11 auctioneers in the competition.
Distinguished Service Award went to Bill Henke, BC. A very deserving honor.
There were people in attendance from BC, AB, SK, MB, ON and the US.
We had changed our Charity last year. We are now selling pictures for the Stollery in Edmonton and the Children's Hospital in Calgary. We did well this year but need all to work at selling these pictures, rather than leaving it to the same members every year.
Another new and exciting project we as an association are going to have two $500.Scholarships a year.
Next years Convention will be held in Calgary January 31, February 1 & 2nd 2019 (Mark your Calendar).
For more information call 403-340-2070.