US Senate designates April 18 National Auctioneers Day

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The National Auctioneers Association announced yesterday that Senate resolution 86 was passed on Tuesday. This resolution officially designates April 18, 2009, as National Auctioneers Day. Here’s the text of the bill from govtrack.us.

SRES 86 ATS

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. RES. 86

Designating April 18, 2009, as ‘National Auctioneers Day’.

March 31, 2009

Committee discharged; considered and agreed to

RESOLUTION

Designating April 18, 2009, as ‘National Auctioneers Day’.

Whereas auctions have played an important role in the sale and exchange of goods for nearly 2,000 years;

Whereas auctions have been an integral part of the marketplace in the United States and around the world;

Whereas auctioneers sold nearly $268,400,000,000 in goods and assets in 2008;

Whereas the National Auctioneers Association has 5,000 members and has its headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas;

Whereas, in 2008, members of the National Auctioneers Association raised $16,000,000,000 for charity through benefit auctions;

Whereas auctions are growing in popularity and are used with increasing frequency in the marketplace;

Whereas, through competitive bidding, auctions demonstrate how the free enterprise system establishes fair market value;

Whereas trained professional auctioneers ensure that auctions are conducted in a manner that is fair to both buyers and sellers;

Whereas, in the past, Federal, State, and local governments have designated days and weeks to celebrate auctioneers; and

Whereas the designation by the Senate of April 18, 2009, as ‘National Auctioneers Day’ will heighten awareness of the contributions made by auctions and auctioneers to the economy, culture, and way of life of the people of the United States: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate designates April 18, 2009, as ‘National Auctioneers Day’.

Kansas auctioneer and NAA member Dave Webb was helpful in passage of this resolution, as was Chris Longly from NAA staff. Thanks, guys, for working to raise awareness about auctions and auctioneers.

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, AMM, CES, is an auctioneer from Medicine Lodge, Kansas. He is currently community evangelist for Purple Wave in Manhattan, Kansas. Aaron serves as the current president elect for the Kansas Auctioneers Association and in the past has served on the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute Board of Trustees. He is a past instructor at CAI and co-wrote and instructed the ATS designation course from NAA. He currently instructs the Internet Auction Methods course offered by the NAA. During the summer, Aaron operates a farm in south central Kansas. Aaron is an active singer and songwriter and the Aaron Traffas Band's latest release, Enter: The Wind, can be found at iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.