MDNA Membership Committee Proposes a 5% Increase in the Auctioneer Category
The MDNA Board of Directors has authorized a change to the MDNA Constitution be sent out to the general membership for vote. This was reported in the January 2018 Board Report and in an email from MDNA Membership Chairman Dan Wheeler.
Mr. Wheeler has reported that feedback from his email has been overwhelmingly in favor of this change.
Increase the allowable number of auctioneer members in the MDNA by 5% or up to a maximum of 20% of the total membership.
Article II — Membership
The Association shall have the following membership classes: Regular, International, Auctioneer, Emeritus, Branch and Senior. No new applicant for International membership shall be elected unless the total number of that class — excluding Branch members — is 10 percent or less of the total membership. No new applicant for Auctioneer membership shall be elected unless the total number of that class — excluding Branch members — is 15 20 percent or less of the total membership.
This percentage increase will create the space necessary to bring into the MDNA (once vetted and approved) Auctioneer Prospective Members that are currently waiting on space. These are companies interested in joining and supporting our association now!
The Membership Committee discussed this topic at length and decided to bring a motion to the MDNA Board to increase the allowable number of auctioneer members in the MDNA by 5% or up to a maximum of up to 20% of total membership. The Board voted overwhelmingly in favor of the motion and approved it to be sent out to all members for a full member vote.
This percentage increase will create the space necessary to bring all three of these companies into the MDNA (once vetted and approved). These are companies interested in joining and supporting our association now. This will also create a limited number of slots, if needed, for additional auctioneers in the future.
The Membership Committee feels that being more inclusive of auctioneers of used machinery better reflects today’s business model. Many dealers partner with and make money with auctioneers in a variety of ways. We feel this will benefit current MDNA members by providing even more opportunities to make money with auctioneers within our association.
Benefits of approving this percentage change:
- Auctioneers who are MDNA Members participate in the networking to the benefit of all members
- Auctioneers who are MDNA Members will have the ability to contribute via sponsorships at Chapter meetings, Convention, Weekend With The Pros, etc.
- Auctioneers who are MDNA Members are held accountable through the Ethics and Mediation Process.
- Adding Auctioneers will increase our numbers and “Our strength is in our numbers”
This percentage increase will not:
- Change the core mission of the Machinery Dealers National Association
- Eliminate the Auctioneer Category
- Change or alter the current makeup or voting rights of the MDNA Board
I hope that all members will join me in voting in favor of this update to our constitution. If, anyone has a question or comment or just want to learn more about the Membership Committees’ work on this or anything please do not hesitate to call me at: 909 348 5610 or email me.
We will not call for the vote until all members have had time to discuss this topic at your spring chapter meetings. Additionally, we will also discuss this during the Annual Meeting at Convention. We will only vote after that.