March-2013 - Auctioneers` Association of Alberta
Back Row (L-R): Darrell Johnston, Frederick Bodnarus, Pete Conway
Dwayne Dunkle, Darrell Domes, Bill Henke,
Front Row (L-R): Gerald Zimmerman, Don Montgomery,
Lorraine Klepper, John Perlich, John Arnold
R.R. #1, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 5E1
Phone: (403) 340-2070
Editor: Lorraine Klepper
Message from the President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Executive & Past Presidents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Media Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
General Meeting Minutes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 - 10
Sorry... Pictures Missing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Director Profile “Frederick Bodnarus” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Director Profile “Bill Henke” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Tyro Winner: Kolton McIntosh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Alberta Auction 101 & 102 Graduates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
All Around Canadian Championship pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Convention Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 & 16
Henke “Wows” with His Vocals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
B.C. Chapter Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
A& E’s Storage Wars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Point of Sale Terminals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Service Alberta Inspections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
A Tribute to Wes Spencer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
“For Sale” Dodge 4x4 w/ Porta Potty Trailer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
The Perfect Formula by Victor & Lynn Moroz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 - 27
Memorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Bay #1, 4768 Riverside Dr.
Red Deer, Alber ta T4N 2N7
Phone: (403) 342-2000
Letter From The President
At our Directors meeting March 4, 2013 we were visited by John Bachinski,
Executive Director of AMVIC, John spoke of various issues which AMVIC
deals with on a daily basis, including dealing with curbers, dealer &
consumer complaints, vehicle identification fraud and cross border
movement of vehicles. We as an association have a good working
relationship with AMVIC and it was a pleasure to have John come for a visit
and provide some insight as to on-going developments in their world. Thank
you to Wade Michener for his work with AMVIC for the last 2 years and for
arranging this visit. Wayne Orsten who has past experience with the AMVIC
Board has agreed to serve an additional 2 years in this position. Thanks again
In February Don Montgomery, Ron Sekura and myself attended the Saskatchewan Auctioneers
Convention in Saskatoon. We were invited to make a presentation as to recent developments in
education, membership, our relationship with the BC Chapter and the “AAA Convention
experience”. We received a very warm welcome by the Saskatchewan members and I can
definitely see a continuation towards closer ties with that organization. Don Montgomery has been
the visionary and the driving force behind this movement and his efforts have been instrumental in
the progress that we have achieved to date.
Darrel Domes continues to work with our website developers in preparing to launch our new
presence on the web. It's been a slow process, but I know that Darrel feels that we should be
nearing completion. Hopefully we'll start seeing results in this regard in the near future. Advertising
space on the front page is available and it's my understanding that 4 premium positions will be
offered by auction on an annual basis at the convention.
A small increase for convention fees was approved as we have accumulated a lot of additional
expense and not had an increase for many years. $250 after December 31, 2013 and meal tickets
will go up by $10.00 to $60.00 to reflect increasing catering costs. The directors were very
cautious in making these adjustments but felt it was imperative in order to hold our bottom line.
In an effort to maintain the future health of our association and promote a youthful membership, it
was also decided to offer first year membership in our association free to new Auctioneers who
graduate from a recognized school This will encourage them to attend their first convention and
get an appreciation for our association early on in their career. Thank you Dale Menzak for coming
up with this great idea.
Preparations for 2014 Conventions and competitions are well under way, details will be coming
soon in future issues.
Wishing all the best to you and yours,
HAVE A GREAT SPRING AUCTION SEASON.
AMVIC & Automotive
Investment & Finance
John Perlich, Lethbridge . . . . . . . . . . . . (403) 331-9911
Don Montgomery, Blackfalds . . . . . . . . (403) 350-0523
Robert Lind, Buck Creek . . . . . . . . . . . (780) 542-0123
Lorraine Klepper, Red Deer . . . . . . . . . (403) 340-2070
John Arnold Lethbridge . . . . . . . . . . . . (403) 382-3832
Frederick Bodnarus, Saskatoon . . . . . . (306) 975-9054
Pete Conway, Innisfree . . . . . . . . . . . . . (780) 592-2360
Darrell Domes, Calgary. . . . . . . . . . . . . (403) 276-3375
Dwayne Dunkle, Castor . . . . . . . . . . . . (403) 740-6251
Darrell Johnston, Red Deer . . . . . . . . . . (403) 352-3675
Dale Menzak, Vegreville . . . . . . . . . . . . (780) 632-9851
Wade Michener, Calgary. . . . . . . . . . . . (403) 333-7355
Don Montgomery, Blackfalds . . . . . . . . (403) 350-0523
John Perlich, Lethbridge . . . . . . . . . . . . (403) 331-9911
Gerald Zimmerman, Wetaskiwin . . . . . (780) 361-7437
Don Montgomery & Dale Menzak
John Perlich & Dwayne Dunkle
John Arnold, Robert Lind
John Arnold, Ron Sekura, Brad Neal
Darrell Johnston & Dwayne Dunkle, Don Montgomery
Ron Victor, John Perlich
Don H. Hutton
The Auctioneers' Association of Alberta 79th Annual Convention was held at the Deerfoot Inn &
Casino in Calgary, AB on January 31 to February 2,2013. On Saturday there were
approximately150 people in attendance. We had great representation from BC as they have
become part of our association.
John Perlich from Lethbridge was re-elected President. Don Montgomery from Blackfalds was
Frederick Bodnarus of Saskatoon was a newly elected director. John Arnold, Pete Conway, Dale
Menzak and John Perlich were re-elected as directors.
The other directors in good standing are Dwayne Dunkle, Darrell Johnston, Don Montgomery,
Darrell Domes, Wade Michener, and Gerald Zimmerman. Bill Heinke is our British Columbia
representative. Lorraine Klepper is Secretary-Treasurer.
We held our third annual All Around Canadian Auctioneer Championship. There were 17
contestants. Doug Johnson, Camrose came in 1st,Brandon Antonini ,Calgary,2nd and Cody
Hayes, Stathmore 3rd.
The Vern Scown Memorial Tyro Contest trophy was won by Kolton Mcintosh ,Eriksdale, MB. The
Tyro contest is an auction contest for auctioneers who have graduated from an auction school
within the last two years. There were 8 auctioneers entered.
Timberlind Auctions, Buck Creek, won the best business card trophy.
Best web page trophy went to Sekura Auctions of Drayton Valley.
The photo contest was won by Faye lson.
Due to health reason Ken Hurlburt could not be at the convention to receive his 60 year pin and
plaque. His daughter, Darcy received it for him.
Jack Daines and Harry Drever were in attendance to receive their 50 yr pin and plaque. Mike
Lawrence was not in attendance.
Stan Turbiarz received his 40 years member pin and plaque.
Bill Henke, Don Montgomery, and Rick Wattie received their 25 yr pin and plaque. The other 25year members not in attendance were Don Raffin and Darren Lutz.
Distinguished Service Awards went to Wayne Orsten, Airdrie.
The Association presented the Canadian Cancer Society with a check for $21 ,805.00.
Zimmerman Auctions and Danny Hooper were presented with a plaque for raising the most
money by selling Bernie Brown prints. These pictures are Bernie Brown prints that the
association purchases and the members sell them with all funds going to the Canadian Cancer
Next years Convention will be held in Red Deer.
For more information call 403-340-2070.
General Meeting Minutes
February 1, 2013
President John Perlich called the meeting to order at 2:15 pm on Feb 1 at the
Deerfoot Inn and Casino,Calgary. There were 60 people in attendance.
Lorraine Klepper read the minutes from the last General Meeting.
Stephen Bredlow/Mike Krysanowski moved minutes be approved. Carried.
John Perlich gave the Presidents Report. An update on our past year.
Treasurers Report ~ John Arnold presented the financial statement. Bob
Perlich/Colin Spencer moved report. Carried
Surety Report ~ Ron Sekura reported that we have 36 members with 15000.00
surety coverage and 116 with the full 25000.00 coverage. Had a few complaints
through out the year. Bill Henke/Bernard Florkow moved report. Carried.
AMVIC ~ Wade Michener's report (attached)
Canadian Liason ~ Don Montgomery reported on all the work he had done with
B.C. and Saskatchewan Auctioneer’s Association. Don gave us a detailed report.
Education Committee ~ Don Montgomery’s report (attached)
Global Auctions ~ Ben Kellert’s report (attached)
Media Report ~ John Perlich reported we had spent $9,500 on CTV; will discuss
later in New Business.
Membership Report ~ Pete Conway reported we have 424 members (report
Nominating Committee ~ Pete Conway reported 5 positions open.
Tyro Contest ~ Darrell Johnston: Lots of items to sell. There will be 8 contestants.
Web Page Report: Darrell Domes reported we would have a person in tomorrow to
update us on our new web page.
2013 Convention ~ Wayne Orsten reported everything is going well.
2014 Convention ~ Darrell Johnston reported it will be in Red Deer at Black Knight
Inn on Jan. 30th, 31st and Feb. 1st.
Auction Competition ~ John Perlich reported we have 17contestants.
Advertising (CTV, the banner on CFCW) was discussed in great detail. It was decided
to leave the decision on how much to advertise up to the board of directors.
Bill Henke was elected by the BC members to be their representative on our board.
Bill introduced them all.
Nominations and Elections:
John Perlich, John Arnold, Dale Menzak, Pete Conway terms have expired. They will
all let their name stand again. We also had a director resign.
Chuck Christenson nominated Fred Bodnarus. Seconder was Don Montgomery.
No other nominations. Mike Kryzanowski /Wayne Orsten moved nominations cease.
All were elected by acclamation. John Perlich will take the 2 year position. The other
directors are all 3year terms.
Constitution Change: Discussion. It was decided to change the word awarded to
available. Stephen Bredlow/Bill Henke moved constitution change be approved.
3.1.1(b)An associate membership shall be available to auction sales businesses
employees who are not auctioneers, retired member auctioneer or a spouse of a
disabled or deceased member auctioneer.
Convention 2015: Edmonton was chosen by a show of hands.
Auditor: Robert Lind moved BDO to stay as our auditor. Seconder Colin Spencer.
Robert Lind moved meeting be adjourned at 4:12 pm.
AUCTIONEERS ASSOCATION OF ALBERTA
AMVIC / AUTOMOTIVE REPORT - FEBRUARY 1, 2013
Submitted by Wade Michener
For those of you who may not be aware, Bob Hamilton has been replaced as Executive
Director at AMVIC by John Bachinski.
The Compensation Fund as of November 30 stands at a little over 2 Million and as of
yearend 2012 there has been no claims again the fund.
The $6.25 Per Vehicle Sale Levy has proven to be sufficient to resolve the financial
difficulties experienced by AMVIC. The increased funding has allowed AMVIC to be
more proactive. For example on issues such as curbers, AMVIC has hired a company
with the ability to track individuals by their phone numbers when they are selling
large numbers of vehicles through advertisements on a variety of media (newspapers,
Kajiji, Facebook etc) . AMVIC has also been able to advertise more extensively to the
public with awareness campaigns such as the recent one warning of flood damaged
AMVIC is seeking 3 committed individuals to join the board as Directors. They have
the following roles available
1. Industry at Large - Salesperson
2. Industry at Large- Open, Any business owner of any type
3. Industry at Large - Auto Body Industry Sector business owner
The Nomination Deadline is March 18, 2013.
For more information, contact:
RICK WATTIE - Auctioneer/Instructor
Phone: (780) 453-6964 Fax: (780) 447-7307
Toll Free: 1-888-453-6964
Email: [email protected]
GLOBAL AUCTION GUIDE LIAISON REPORT
Submitted by Ben Kellert
Another year has flown by and with it many more opportunities to serve the people in
our communities with the often painful task of downsizing or completely dispersing of
It is so satisfying to be able to offer these individuals the confidence of being able to
advertise their belongings in a way and place where they will get the highest possible
That is accomplished through an organization that has set itself “head and shoulders
above any other in North America. Global Auction Guide has prided itself in being on
the cutting edge of this industry. They have developed a service of excellence and
continue to improve to meet all of the needs of a diverse and changing environment.
The biggest announcement is the launch of a service we touched on at the last
convention which is AuctionGuy.com. This is a free website that connects the data from
most of the major players in the industry to help auctioneers COPE with internet
advertising. COPE stands for “Create Once Publish Everywhere”.
A representative is at this convention to walk you through any of the questions you may
An exciting year has passed, a great opportunity lies ahead of us.
convention and all the best in the next year.
Have a great
Submitted by Pete Conway
Current membership stands at 424 members. 367 come from Alberta, 30 from BC,
16 from Sask, 3 from Man, 4 from Ont, 1 from NWT, and 3 from USA
Thanks to the efforts of Lorraine Klepper, Don Montgomery, John Perlich, Brad Neil,
and Ron Sekura who met with the auctioneers of British Columbia approximately
twenty-five new members from British Columbia have joined our association.
Welcome to these British Columbia members, the new Alberta members who have
joined in the past year, and to all rejoining members; we treasure your membership.
Congratulations to eleven recipients being honored with twenty-five to sixty year pins
this year. This indicates the strength and well-being of our association.
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MEMBERSHIP REPORT continued...
Thank you to all current board members, and any new coming board members for
helping make this association function.
Our condolences are offered to the families of members that have passed away in
Lastly to any auction managers in the audience from your workforce, you are in a
position to encourage new membership to our association.
Please accept this report as presented.
Submitted by Don Montgomery
As per our long term goal the Education Committee continues to move along at a
smooth and even pace. Only one seminar was required again this year. This was
given on Thursday as a lead-in to 2013 Convention. This practice seems to be
working very well. Many of those who attend the course have stayed to attend the
convention and/or participate in the tyro.
EDUCATION REPORT continued...
There were 10 attendees who attended Auction 101 & 201. There was very good class
participation with positive feedback.
Thanks to Ron Secura, Brad Neal & Lorraine Klepper for acting as course faciIitators.
We did present the course on the August long weekend in Kelowna to 25 individuals
who are now part of the AAA - BC Chapter. It was well received and very interesting
to present Alberta's legislation and practices in a province that still runs with basically
I reported last year that the NAA. had expressed an interest in acquiring our course
and modifying it for their own members. However, when we asked for some kind of
reciprocation that being the idea of bringing the 3-Module CAl course to Western
Canada. CAl is "Certified Auctioneers Institute". It was a no go. The NAA politely said
that they would do their thing and we could do our own thing. But that was not
without saying that if anyone wished to join the NAA all their course material would
be available to them.
Thank you again for trusting me in this position. So much more effort and time could
be spent in this position but time is my enemy. I can only hope that I accomplish a
little of what we are working on for you.
I am sorry, I don’t have any pictures of most of the presentations.
If you should have some, I would be glad to put them in the next
magazine. I tried to locate some but to no avail.
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- Frederick Bodnarus Frederick graduated from the Auctioneer’s Training Center of Canada on
January 1997. In 2007, Frederick started Bodnarus Auctioneering which
conducts mobile auctions throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Frederick is very passionate about the Auctioneering industry and looks
forward to being on the Board of Directors to serve the industry. The future of
the Auctioneering industry is fast-paced and changing. Being on the fore-front
of the industry is very important to the success of the association. If you have
any questions, I will do my best to help.
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- William E. Henke: BC Chapter Since entering into the auction
profession in British Columbia in
1975, Henke has been involved in
promoting and assisting the
auction movement in Canada.
William E. Henke (a.k.a. “Wild Bill”)
In 1982 Henke became a charter
member of the Canadian
Auctioneers Association, 1984 he
became a charter member of the
AA of BC and became their
President and Executive Director
for sixteen year, 1988 joined the
AA of Alberta and received their
25 year pin in 2013.
Henke has travelled from Victoria to Halifax and numerous other cities in promoting
the auction industry at conventions and seminars.
Wild Bill has never lacked in enthusiasm and love of being an auctioneer. He brings
to the table an approach that invites new ideas that can make our industry thrive in
Wild Bill was the only auctioneer from BC to receive the Institute of Canadian
Certified Auctioneers from the University of Western Ontario in August 5th, 1994.
Henke is also a graduate of the Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group.
His auction business in BC was much diversified and his clients and bidders came to
his sales from throughout the province.
“Wild Bill” is very involved with fund raising and charity auctions where his
personality as an entertainer has become a known crowd pleaser.
T: 604.888.9536 F: 604.888.9251 E: [email protected]
2, 21138 – 88th Avenue, Langley, BC V1M 2G7
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Kolton McIntosh wins
Vern Scown Memorial Tyro Contest!
Alberta Auctions 101 & 201 Course
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C O N V E N T I ON
ALL AROUND CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
1ST (CENTRE) DOUG JOHNSON, 2ND (RIGHT) BRANDON ANTONINI,
3RD (LEFT) CODY HAYES
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C O N V E N T I ON
PRESIDENT JOHN PERLICH PRESENTING
CANCER SOCIETY WITH CHEQUE
DARCY, KEN HURLBERT’S DAUGHTER,
RECEIVING KEN’S 60-YEAR PLAQUE
PRESIDENT JOHN PERLICH PRESENTING WAYNE ORSTEN
WITH THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
HISTORY CHANNEL’S ‘CANADIAN PICKERS’ STARS SCOTT COZENS &
SHELDON SMITHENS WITH WHEEL & DEAL
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C O N V E N T I ON
“Wild Bill” struts his vocal cords during the “Auctioneers
Have Talent” showdown at AA of Albert a 79th Annual
Convention, Calgary, AB, 2013
Bill Henke received his 25 year pin from AA of Alberta
president John Perlich with Darrell Domes holding
AA of Alberta (BC Chapter) members enjoying the hospitality and
all the convention activities. Centre left—Brenden, Charlene &
Jerry Wowchuk, Charlotte and Gordon Dyck, Bill Henke, Jean
Rowe and Bob Woodland
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Henke Wows with His Vocals!
Wins “Auctioneers Have Talent” in Calgary
BC’s Hall of Fame Auctioneer Wild Bill
Henke from Langley, BC won the
Auctioneers Have Talent” competition on
Jan 31, 2013 at the Alberta Auctioneers
79th Annual Convention held in Calgary,
AB. The well known BC auctioneer had
the crowd’s attention and participation in
doing a medley of past hits.
Henke has been instrumental in forming
a BC Chapter of the AA of Alberta due to
the collapse of the Auctioneers
Association of BC in 2008. Henke was
very active with the AA of BC where he
was past president and executive director
for over 14 years. He has become a
director of the AA of Alberta.
The objective of the BC Chapter of the AA of Alberta will be to have
provincial legislation to have all auctioneers and firms that sell to the
general public become licensed and bonded in BC.
The AA of Alberta work closely with the Provincial Government in
monitoring auction firms that come under the jurisdiction of their
legislation governing the auction industry.
Henke has had past briefs and meetings held with BC governments which
failed to see the importance to enact legislation. At the moment any
person or firm can come to BC or start an auction in BC without any
regulations to adhere to.
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B.C. CHAPTER REPORT
Submitted by Bill Henke
Wild Bill says:
BC Chapter members of the AA of Alberta which attended the 79th Annual Convention
were impressed and pleased to be part of all the activities.
The various topics and seminars along with the social functions had the interest from
all BC members.
This year’s BC Chapter participation was not as strong as expected but due to
previous plans and holiday breaks south of the boarder effected our BC Chapter
Everyone is excited about the 80th anniversary which will be held in Red Deer in
The benefits were plentiful as all topics were well presented. Anyone requiring
knowledge had the opportunity to fill their cup and then some.
See you in 2014.
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Course is limited to 15 people at a time.
Call AAA office @ 403-340-2070 now to register!
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A&E's ‘Storage Wars’ reality series is rigged,
fired cast member Hester claims in lawsuit
TVS 'YUUUP' MAN CLAIMS PRODUCERS REGULARLY
ADDED ITEMS TO LOCKERS TO DECEIVE VIEWERS
MOOSE JAW TIMES - HERALD, Wednesday, December 12, 2012
LOS ANGELES (The Associated Press) - Some of the
valuables found hidden in abandoned lockers on A&E's
Storage Wars have been added by producers to deceive
viewers, a former cast member of the show claims in a
lawsuit filed Tuesday.
This 2011 photo released by A&E shows Dave
Hester in front of the Rags to Riches thrift store in
Costa Mesa, Calif. Hester sued A&E Television
Networks on Tuesday claiming he was fired from
the Storage Wars show after complaining that
producers had planted valuable items in some of
the lockers featured on the reality series. AP photo
David Hester's suit claims producers have added a BMW
Mini and newspapers chronicling Elvis Presley's death to
lockers in order to build drama for the show and that his
complaints about the practices led to his firing.
Hester is seeking more than $750,000 in his wrongful
termination, breach of contract and unfair business
A&E Television Network declined comment, citing the pending lawsuit.
‘Storage Wars’ follows buyers who bid for abandoned storage lockers hoping to find valuables
''A&E regularly plants valuable items or memorabilia,” the lawsuit states. Hester's suit claims he was
fired from participating in the series fourth season after expressing concerns that manipulating the
storage lockers for the sake of the show was illegal.
He claims that producers stopped adding items to his units after his initial complaints but continued
the practice for other series participants. The lawsuit alleges entire units have been staged and the
practice may violate a federal law intended to prevent viewers from being deceived when
watching a show involving intellectual skills.
Storage Wars depicts·buyers having only a few moments to look into an abandoned unit before
deciding on whether to bid on it at auction. The lawsuit claims some of the auction footage on the
show is staged.
Hester, known as "The Mogul" on the show, has been buying abandoned storage units and reselling
their contents for 26 years, according to the suit.
Nielsen Co. has ranked Storage Wars among cable television's top-ranked shows several times
since its 2010 debut.
- Submitted by Don Streeper
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Point of Sale Terminals
Submitted by Scott Hood, Director of Fair Trading
Consumer Programs, Service Alberta
It is not a requirement for the Point of Sale Terminals (debit/credit) to deposit the money
from an auction directly to the trust account. I understand it would be quite expensive to
purchase another terminal just for the trust account.
Its important to remember to transfer the money from the general account into the trust
account within 3 days. Many auction business forget to do this.
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Service Alberta Inspections
Submitted by Scott Hood, Director of Fair Trading
Consumer Programs, Service Alberta
Service Alberta is currently in the 15th year of auction business inspections. Since we
started inspecting, the most common concern is improper handling of trust monies,
especially: depositing the full amount within 3 days, ensuring all monies are paid out
within 21 days to the consignor and auction business itself, and maintaining a complete
and proper accounting of all transactions in and out of the trust account.
On-site inspections are conducted at the business location and advance notice of
inspections will be provided. This is also the first year that we are piloting a mail-in
inspection process where the business will be requested to mail, fax, or e-mail information
Records and activities will be examined to ensure the licensee complies with the
provisions of the Fair Trading Act and the Public Auctions Regulation.
For on-site inspections, the inspector will review the inspection findings with the auction
staff on-site and discuss any deficiencies noted. The inspector will also discuss any followup or corrective action required by the licensee at that time. Following the on-site
inspection, additional information may be requested by mail, fax, or e-mail.
Once an on-site or mail-in inspection has been completed, a results letter will be
forwarded to the auction business that will identify any action to be taken. The results of
the inspection will also be provided to the Director of Fair Trading, Mr. Scott Hood, for his
review and action, if necessary.
The auction business will be expected to provide an action plan to address items noted in
the inspection results, and a reasonable amount of time will be given for the licensee to
resolve the deficiencies. The Director of Fair Trading will follow-up with the business to
ensure the deficiencies have been resolved.
At first it may seem a bit daunting to have an inspector from the government want to
come and inspect your records. However, in most cases the business operator appreciates
the visit and feedback they receive. We appreciate the cooperation extended to our staff
during the visit and review.
Contact info: [email protected]
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Shuffleboard Annual Auction and Bake Sale
A Tribute to Wes Spencer
There's an old saying "All good things must come to an end" but in the case of our
Annual Auction and Bake Sale, which held its last sale in February 2013, this fund
raiser will never be forgotten.
The Annual Auction and Bake Sale has been shuffleboard club's major fund raiser for
27 years. The income from the auction has provided many improvements to our
shuffleboard courts and seating area. Some of the improvements include bleachers
for spectators to watch the game, sunshades to cover the patio area and courts, a
serving counter with sink and storage which is used almost daily and a brick wall
surrounding the courts that helps protect the players from the elements. New playing
discs and shuffleboard sticks were added to the many improvements just last year.
The annual auction first started in the mid 80's when Bob Eades and his friend Sam
Judah saw a need to raise money to ensure shuffleboard remained an active club.
They ran the auction with the help of a resident auctioneer for the next six years.
Ralph Lind was also heavily involved in the early years. Since that time the auction
has had its ongoing success because of the determination and commitment of one
man who has kept the drive alive for more than twenty years. Wes Spencer has
poured his heart and soul into this fund raiser for almost 22 years. He is the
motivator and also the task master to ensure each year the auction is successful and
carried out with an air of professionalism.
Over the years Wes has had the support of a few key people. First, his wife Aileen
has been at his side every step of the way. Jim Carson has been one of his key
assistants for many years and more recently AI Wheeler took on the responsibility of
overall coordinator. Margaret Kinaschuk and Karen Fodchuk have coordinated the
bake sale for many years. They all deserve a big thank you.
Shuffleboard club members want to give special thanks to Wes for his years of
dedication and support. So much of what we have achieved as a club can be
directly attributed to a man who has a heart as big as "all outdoors".
Thank you Wes. It's your turn to sit back and relax a little.
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The Perfect Formula
Submitted by Victor & Lynn Moroz
What do you get when you have 2 enthusiastic people,a cruise down the MekOng River, a fun Charity
auction and giving friends and family? You get the perfect formula for a true story that has changed the
lives of many people in a small village in Siem Reap,Cambodia.
Cruising down the Mekong River through the heart of Vietnam and Cambodia was amazing experience
recently enjoyed by my wife Lynn and myself Victor Moroz. Mangroves and silty water flowed past our
river cruise boat endlessly, passing by boats of every shape and size as the people go about their daily
life selling their fruits, veggies and other wares to those that live along the River. Numerous villages, fish
farms, floating markets and on shore markets, brick factories, dredging barges, and the occasional ferry
are common sights along the Mekong River. Families spend their entire life on cargo boats moving
supplies up and down the river.
Rice is the life blood of the people. The ingenuity of these people ensures there is no waste. The rice
husks are used to heat large kilns at a brick factory and also to heat the pots in which they make popped
rice' ...that tastes to us like pop corn. Rice Cakes are made with locally grown palm sugar heated to a
brown sugar like syrup and then wrapped and sold at markets as well as imported to provide income for
these families. Various villages will specialize in their own ways of income earning. We visited a village in
which all they did was make silk scarves. This village has 'trained salespeople' in their children as they
greeted our boat and held our hands as they walked us through their village in hopes we would come
back and buy their mommy's scarves.
The Mekong floods millions of areas every year which we initially thought were a flood disaster putting
everyone out of work and leaving water buffalo stranded on little islands. As it turns out the floods which
occur for 2 months every year bring necessary nutrients to the rice fields at the same time millions of
different kinds of fish to the area. Their income opportunities simply change for those two months.
As you near various villages you can see and hear children playing in the water and sliding down the
muddy banks of the Mekong which is their playground. There are no Fisher Price toys or any other kind
of toys other than the occasional bicycle which was used more for transport than for fun. Water buffalo
getting their Sunday bath by their owners or transported across the Mekong created photo opportunities
uncommon to us.
Nearing the end of our 7 days over dinner our group of friends thought how fun would be to buy an
'item of interest' and have a Charity Auction on our boat just for the entertainment factor.
Being an Auctioneer, Charity Auctions are my passion. I was immediately in to help create the auction
excitement. Our group was all to purchase a $5 item for the auction and anyone on the river cruise
could attend. The auction was held on the top outdoor deck of The Uniworld River Cruise Boat.
Auction day has arrived and Lynn is secretly chuckling about her item that she has purchased. As it
happened, she got word of a very nice pair of silk pajamas that one of our Cambodian Servers owns. His
name was Heung and he was so delighted to accept her offer of $10 for the purchase of his pajamas. He
and all the staff were as excited about this auction as everyone else, although we think he likely didn't
have a clue what an auction was all about.
This particular evening we are anchored in Kampong Chang, Cambodia which is a 4 hour drive out of
Siem Reap. It is a beautiful hot evening. The boat was equipped with great music and no shortage of
refreshments. Everyone was invited to attend and people are gathering from their cabins to see what all
the excitement will bring.
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A few of the 'items of interest' that appeared at the auction were a 'genuine', not a fake, Cambodian
Door Knob ( it locks on both sides) which I auctioned three times over to raise $205, hence it brought.
the most donations. Our server, Heung's pajamas were a hot item and sold for $175, and they now
reside in Whiterock, BC. The modeling of those pajamas definitely helped raise the price. The Ladies
think Heung is a handsome young man!!. Other "items of interest" included a SNOW GLOBE with an
ELEPHANT inside - very funny oxymoron, also some baggy elephant pants which anyone could buy
anywhere for $5 but they would much rather buy them being modeled by Lyle Huston for $55. A
couple fridge magnets said to be from Sean Penn but truly meaning Phenom Penn. There were a few
guys that couldn't quite remember the name of that city correctly. We raised $930 that evening just
having fun and many laughs.
At the end of it all, we were simply so grateful to have shared so much with the villagers of the
Cambodian people as they welcomed us into their homes to see their wares and mix with their children.
We wanted to leave this money from our little Charity Auction in Cambodia where a little money makes
a big difference. Uniworld River Cruise Director, Michelle Bell, immediately connected and introduced
us to Theaney Leng, Executive Director of the Khmer Child Organization. Two days later we were able
to meet her in person at our hotel in the City of Siem Reap, Cambodia and she offered to take us to
meet the first family that was to receive one of our water wells. This was fulfillment on a holiday far
beyond our wildest dreams.
Only 5 days later we rode a bus 45 minutes out into the country and walked down a dirt path to their
yard where they lived. Their house made of sticks and trees stood alongside a similar house that was for
their cows. We recognized the poverty here immediately and knew this meager shelter could only
provide some protection from the sun's rays. The family we met had 5 children ages 7 and under were
all there graciously showing their gratitude for our gift with praying hands. They do not speak any
English. A Canadian Flag Sticker Tattoo was given to each child and was immediately placed on their
foreheads which brought a big smile from them. Until today, this family had to walk over half a mile
everyday at the end of their working day to bring back water from a neighbor's well in pails. If they
arrived late the gate was closed and they would have no water on that day.
Moving on down the walk way we were shocked and surprised that the first well was already half
The well pipe is already down into the ground 63 feet to a sand point, and the hand pump is installed.
The concrete base is being completed and we eagerly pitched in to help shovel and level the gravel.
They have built a wall which now holds a plague to let the world know that well was drilled by Friends
of the Mekong River Charity Auction and Victor Moroz was the Auctioneer.
The driller connected a gas pump to the pipe and within 20 minutes we witnessed beautiful clean water
pumping out in front of us all. Victor, a well driller in his past was able to help with priming the pump.
This water well will help this family to break the cycle of poverty as they can now grow gardens to sell
produce at the markets to pay for education for their children. Our hearts were forever warmed as we
watched the expressions of happiness in the eyes of this family. The total cost for this well was $300. It
felt good to know that we were able to make a small difference for 3 families as every dollar went
directly into those wells. Almost Yz the people in Cambodia live without access to improved water
source. The destruction caused by a very long civil war left Cambodia as one of the poorest countries in
South East Asia.
After arriving home we were in for another surprise. After Lynn mentioned our story on Facebook, as
well as to our personal friends, family members and fellow Rotary members, we have had donations
flow in to drill more wells. One month after arriving home we were wiring $1800 back to Cambodia to
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drill 6 more water wells. Every dollar goes into these wells. To us that is the biggest gift of all witnessing
the generosity of our community and our country. On the 11th of December the wire transfer was sent
and on the 21st of December I was notified that they were all completed in time for Christmas. Each of
these wells bears the names of the donors and each donor will receive a photo reflecting the sign on
their well and also a photo of the family receiving the well.
The village receiving these wells is in the rural area outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Poverty levels are
the highest in the rural area and 80% of Cambodians population lives in rural areas. This village has 9
wells done and the village needs 15 more wells. On January 31,2013 we will send enough funding to
drill 8 more wells. This story has touched the hearts of so many because all dollars go straight to the
source of drilling a well and so little to us is so much to them. We have one well given as a gift to their
Grandchildren for XMAS and another well given as a Memorial to a family member that died this past
Christmas. They will receive a very nice keepsake for their families.
This story began with a fun night and a charity auction and it will change the lives of a village and all the
young people within it.
Canadian Friend helping Cambodians
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