On Tuesday, September 29, 2009 I visited the Rotary Club of Baltimore to talk about benefit auction ideas. I've been documenting some of my Rotary talks, which you can read here and here. The Club meets in the beautiful Belvedere Hotel. (A misnomer: The Belvedere Hotel was converted to condominiums in 1991 and is no longer a hotel.) I'm a sucker for old buildings, so this quickly ranked as the most glamorous venue of any Rotary meeting I've attended. Rotarian President Mary Anne had told me
Since Red Apple Auctions was featured in The Washington Post Magazine this past summer, I'm starting to have a few people recognize me. It's odd and fun at the same time. One such instance took place at our benefit gala last Thursday. Another occurred last Saturday night (see video below). Kathy and I learned off-camera that we know a mutual acquaintance through Norwood School.
UPDATE: This class has passed. To keep abreast of future talks, subscribe to Benefit Auction Ideas. ++++++ If you're seeking quality benefit auction ideas, this is one of those no-brainer events to attend. For those of you living in the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore corridor, I invite you to meet me in Millersville, MD (near Annapolis) on Tuesday, October 6 from 10 AM - 2:30 PM, where I'll be speaking. We have limited space at this venue. As I type this, we have about 5 spots left. In a
I'm in the process of getting some of our videos from last week's benefit galas posted. Here's Kevin Sexton, the CEO of Holy Cross Hospital. I thought it was exceptionally nice of Kevin to stop by to say "thanks." He has 1,000 people to meet that night, but yet he took the time to swing by our video camera and say a few kind words before moving on. Thanks, Kevin!In this clip, he talks about what he likes about Sherry's on-stage presentation: "She cares." Privately, a Holy Cross
I'm behind in my reading, so it was only recently I read the June 2009 AUCTIONEERS magazine and an article called "A Rare Occupation." It talks about how auctioneers are few and far between. Author Robert Doyle did some research on the InfoUSA Website to compare the numbers of full-time auctioneers in the United States to other professions. The statistics were interesting:Auctioneers: 10,034 Funeral Directors: 23,648 Painters: 43,178 Plumbers: 60,767 Real Estate Agents: