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KAA holds annual convention


The Kansas Auctioneers Association, Inc., held their Annual Winter Convention in Wichita from Jan. 22 to 25 at the Broadview Hotel. What a wonderful historic hotel to conduct educational seminars in.

The convention was kicked off with a Livestock Championship Contest held at the El Dorado Kansas Livestock Market. There were eight auctioneers entered in the first competition and after a lively contest of each selling eight pens of cattle the winners were announced. Champion for Kansas is Charly Cummings, Yates Center; First Runner-up is Byron Bina, Herington and Second Runner-up is Cody Murray, Sylvan Grove. The contestants are getting geared up for the competition in 2010.

The second day of the convention found the real estate auctioneers in continuing education classes to keep their license and knowledge of the auction method of marketing real estate on the cutting edge.

Jan. 24 was a day of motivation and life improvement seminars. Joe Calhoon highly energized the auctioneers not only about the auction profession but also their personal lives. Setting goals and priorities in our daily lives not only help us keep on top of the game but refire each of us instead of retiring some of us.

Auctions were conducted Jan. 23 and 24. During these auctions money was raised for St. Jude's Children's hospital, the KAA-KAAA Scholarship Fund, the KAA Education Fund and other KAA Benefits. The Rookie Bid Call Contest champion is Mike Boesker, Halstead. This contest consists of auctioneers attending their first convention and an auctioneer not in the business longer than three years. The rookies auction the St. Jude's items and have their peers there to encourage them as they sell.

Richard Garvin, Topeka was the honored recipient of the 2009 Award of Distinction. The honor goes to an auctioneer in the association who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in his/her service to the association. His proud wife and family were there to be by his side as he accepted this honor.

Marvin Knopp, Scott City, was honored with induction into the 2009 Hall of Fame. Marvin served the KAA as president in 1977 and continues to be active in the auction industry. His proud wife and family were in attendance to celebrate this honor.

John Shoemaker, Tonganoxie, was also inducted into the 2009 Hall of Fame. John served as KAA president in 2003. John and Jan continue to operate their auction house in Tonganoxie and also enjoy some quality time fishing. His wife prepared their family for a wonderful surprise entrance for the induction ceremony.

The Kansas Auctioneers Association Auxiliary Board of Directors for 2009 includes: President, Stephanie McCurdy, Wichita; Vice President, Ann Conser, Valley Falls; Secretary/Treasurer, Jean Oswalt, Little River; Historian, Viola Beatty; Directors, Cathy McBride, Rock; Cindy Haley, Valley Center; Holly Conser, Valley Falls; Annette McCurdy, Wichita; and Dee McKee, Manhattan. The auxiliary was formed to support the Kansas Auctioneers Association and to promote the scholarship fund.

Serving the Kansas Auctioneers Association, Inc. for 2009 will be: President, Dave Webb, Stilwell; President-elect, Andy Conser, Valley Falls; Vice President, Jack Newcom, Leon; Exec. Director, LaDonna Schoen, Newton; Chairman of Board, Bob McBride, Rock; Directors, Kevin Borger, Hutchinson; Robert Haley, Valley Center; Eric Blomquist, Assaria; Jim Hollinger, Lyons; Kevin Ediger, Windom; Dennis Wendt, Parker; Aaron McKee, Manhattan; Byron Bina, Herington; and Meagan McCurdy, Wichita.

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