This year’s New York State Annual Convention was held at the Ramada Inn Geneva Lake Front, in Geneva, N.Y. We had a wonderful turn out for Sunday’s seminars and Fun auction and Monday’s seminars and grand banquet.
Sunday’s dinner and fun auction had a fantastic turn out! We had a great Rookie competition, Finger Lakes wine tastings provided by Geneva’s Lake Street Filling Station Winery, and live music following the fun auction.
Rookie Calling Contest Participants were, Jessica Perry, Dylan Gaylord, Corey Relyea, Stephanie Messier, Brian Burke, and James Mead.
Rookie of the Year: Dylan Gaylord
Runner Up: James Mead
Monday night’s Grand Banquet was also a great turnout. Awards were given out for Hall of Fame, Auctioneer of the Year, Men’s and Woman’s Bid calling Champions and the Dorlinda Kosman Creative writing award.
June DeLair swept the night away, first receiving the Hall of Fame award presented by Rich Mason, following her winning of the Dorlinda Kosman Creative writing award. The essay will be posted separately, please take the time to read it, it is wonderful!
Auctioneer of the Year was awarded to James Pirrung, also presented by Rich Mason.
Men’s Bid Calling Champion was Brian Burke, and Runner-up James Mead.
Woman’s Bid Calling Champion was Stephanie Messier, and Runner-up was Carrie Hessney.
Lastly, was the announcement of the Melvin J. Manasse Mentoring Foundation. Kathy, Matt and Anita graciously stood announcing the program, talking about the late great, Husband, Father, Grandfather, and friend Mel. The presentation didn’t leave a dry eye in the room. In memory of our long time member the NYSAA created the Melvin J. Manasee Mentoring Foundation , awarding three members to a three year term in order to be available to all auctioneers for any type of questions. The three awarded Monday evening were, Joseph Hessney, Rich Mason, and Kathy Manasee