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                          From the Secretary’s Desk

By Sandy Dumke

This will be the last newsletter before the Upper Midwest Recyclers Convention & Trade Show. If you have not signed up or reserved your room, please do it soon. The convention will be May 4-5-6, 2017 at the Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire, WI.

We have worked very hard to get you the most interesting and informative speakers we could on topics including: Insurance - why and what do you need; Illegal Sales – how to stop sales of illegal parts and vehicles; Advertising - are you making mistakes; and Technology Training for your staff. In addition, there will be safety resources available, information on inventory estimates, and new technology for testing engines. If you want to have satisfied customers, the best way is to ensure that your parts have been tested before they go out the door. As always, we will again offer forklift and air bag training for any of your employees that need to be certified. We have some of the best instructors in the country and there is no cost to you for the classes.

The Trade Show is always interesting. We have several new companies that have signed up and a lot of our regular vendors that bring their new and informative products for you to see.

One of the fun things we have planned is the Bob Hoffmann Memorial Golf Outing. As most of you know Bob was a former director and served as CARS President. He was responsible for starting RPEP and designing the CARS Warranty Group. This will be the Third Annual Scholarship Outing. We are able to award scholarships to young students going on to college or tech school. The 2017 outing will be at the Mill Run Golf Course on Thursday May 4th. Be sure to sign up for that. After we get done golfing we will tour Cardinal Glass Company and then go to Autumn Harvest Winery for a wine tasting session. The bus will leave the hotel at 2:30 and be back at 6:30, then we will have the favorite Host/No Host Dinner. You will be joined by some of the local members who will take you to a restaurant of your choice. You could pick a steak house, Chinese restaurant or where ever you decide as a group.

Then on Friday night we will have the fabulous Auction. We have many items coming and if you have something to donate please let Kelly know. Another fun thing will be the ever-popular Recycled Art Contest. Get your creative brains going and bring a recycled item for the auction.

So, get your registrations sent in to me and reserve your rooms. It will be a wonderful convention and you can meet up with our Minnesota fellow recyclers.

See you in Eau Claire



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