Auxiliary discusses Task Force recommendations, attends St. Jude benefit auction

Posted: December 12th, 2011 | Category: News

What do you get when you bring members of the National Auctioneers Association Auxiliary together in one room? Conversations about a variety of things!

During its Long-Range Planning meeting in late October in Dallas, the NAA Auxiliary Board of Trustees talked about the recommendations from the NAA Vision 2015 Task Force as well as things occurring sooner on the calendar, such as the Auxiliary’s activities at Conference and Show and its scholarship program.

For the first time, the NAA Auxiliary’s Trustees discussed NAA business because, as President Christie King, CAI, AARE, BAS, points out, “The Auxiliary is an integral component of the governance of this organization. We need to hear what your perspective is on some of the recommendations.”

The Auxiliary discussed the recommendations, giving King the feedback she needed to take back to the Task Force.

Kim Ward, CAI, BAS, CES, also presented her recommendations on the scholarship program, looking for ways to make the Auxiliary’s award more visible.

NAF auction
The Trustees also responded positively to a request made by National Auctioneers Foundation Board of Trustees member Mike Jones, CAI, BAS, GPPA, to donate an item for the 2012 NAF Online Fun Auction Extravaganza. “We are part of the NAA community, and the NAF is the fund-raising arm,” says Lori Jones, Auxiliary President. “It is important that we participate in this online event to support the NAF’s efforts to provide more funds for the NAA.”

Lori Jones also noted the Auxiliary had received good comments about having its luncheon and business meeting on one afternoon during the 2011 International Auctioneers Conference and Show. She says the change was made so more Auxiliary members could attend educational events. The Trustees agreed that the schedule should stay the same for the 2012 event. Auxiliary members found time during their two-day meeting to have a little fun, as well.

The group attended “A Night Under the Stars” at Cowboys Stadium. The gala was a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Mike Jones was the event’s Auctioneer.

The event raised more than $300,000.

Lori Jones noted that the weekend traditionally has been a time when Auxiliary members get together to plan for the coming year’s events. “As with everyone in the NAA, we tend to become almost like family, and the weekend just gave us more memories,” she says. “A lot of work mixed in with a lot of fun. You can’t get much better than that.”