The North American Decoy & Sporting Collectibles Show in St. Charles, IL is now behind us. I came home very energized about that show and the future of CCAA! Some of the many highlights include…
- We set a new record for gross sales in our annual call auction. Prices jumped about 30% - 40% over last year in general, and the bidding was brisk.
- The calls submitted for the fancy call contest were tremendous! We are so full of talent. Check them out herein.
- We'll be collaborating more with Midwest Decoy Collectors to make the show even better for both of us.
- The room-to-room trading seemed very positive and just about everyone I spoke with had a good show.
I can't wait for next year's show already…its 50th
anniversary! Please let us know about other shows and festivals in your local area. We want to promote them, and add them to our calendar of events.
As a result of our recent elections, you have a new slate of officers serving this great organization…yours truly included. Thank you for your "vote of confidence." And I can't think of a better group of individuals that I'd rather serve with on our board.
Our website has been re-designed. I hope you like it! We have a bit more work to do on it, but I know you'll enjoy the results. We are working on a big project for the website that is really exciting, and we'll have more to tell very soon. But we will commit to keeping it fresh and updated.
Finally, let's all invite 1 hunting buddy, collecting friend, etc. to join CCAA. In doing so, we will dramatically expand our numbers and our ability to promote this rich tradition. And you will introduce another grateful participant to this wonderful folk art.
There's much to do, and I feel a sense of urgency to getting it all done. Please help me make this THE premier organization to turn to for callmaking and collecting in America. I'm confident it will happen!
All the very best,
Rick Milligan, President