Due to an electrical fire in our building, the WRLA offices are closed today, Monday November 25.

During this period we will not have access to email or voicemail.

We will provide further updates as information becomes available.

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Statistics Canada indicated a 4.1% drop in July retail sales in Manitoba compared to the previous month. This compared to a .6% increase across Canada for the same period.

Weather was unseasonably cool and rainy in early July which could have affected sales. However, a number of organizations and government groups have contributed this sales decrease mainly to the 1% increase in the provincial sales tax to 8%.

Did you experience a July sales increase or increase and what was the main reason? Did your customers advance their purchases in June prior to the sales tax hike? I’d like to hear your stories.

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Tuesday’s WRLA Terry Yates Memorial Golf Tournament at Quarry Oaks in Steinbach gave many answers to this simple question.

The top reasons for participating, in no special order are: to exercise, to get fresh air, to have camaraderie with associates, to scoop a day away from the office, to fund raise, to improve your golf swing, to share laughs, and to compete in a friendly environment.

There were over 200 golfers who shared these thoughts during an 11:00 a.m. shot-gun tee off Tuesday, August 21. It was sunny and it was hot. The day capped off with a roast beef buffet in the Marquee. President Gary Hamilton, and Board Directors, Sean Phillips, Martha Konantz and Steve Peters presented awards and prizes.

Why play in a golf tournament indeed. If you are not already registered in the upcoming WRLA tournaments September 6 in Calgary and September 12 in Kenosee, SK, do it now. Registration forms available on our website. . Find your reason to play.

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While the calendar may be turning towards the fall months, it’s not time to put the clubs away just yet, especially if you are a WRLA member!

As we saw earlier this week at the Terry Yates Memorial Golf Tournament, there are still plenty of good times on the links to be had. Whether you can drive 150 or 50 yards off the tee, you’re bound to enjoy yourself at one of our upcoming tournaments.

As a reminder, we’ve got the following events taking place in September:

7th Annual WRLA Calgary Classic Golf Tournament

Thursday, September 6, 2012 – Sundre Golf Club, Sundre, AB
Download the registration form here.
Download the sponsorship form here.

2012 Kenosee Golf Tournament
Thursday, September 12, 2012 – Golf Kenosee, Kenosee Lake, Moose Mountain Provincial Park, SK
Download the registration and sponsorship form here.

Be sure to keep an eye on

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Today is a big day for the WRLA, as members gather at Quarry Oaks for the annual Terry Yates Memorial Golf Tournament.

While on the links, there are sure to be a number of conversations going about our industry. After all, if your golf game is poor, you need something else to talk about right?

But what happens once your clubs are back in your bag and the last award has been handed out? Do we simply let these topics die down and cease? Do we wait until we next all gather together for an industry event like Prairie Showcase?

Certainly not! Communication is key to the continued success of our beloved industry, and as such we must nurture its development.

We’d like to now remind you of two ways to do this:

1> Join us on Facebook – The WRLA has created a Facebook page to allow you to connect with us and your fellow WRLA members. Share photos, lead discussions… the possibilities on Facebook are endless!

2> Chat directly with the WRLA – If you haven’t yet, try out our chat live chat button to speak directly with a member of the WRLA staff. We’re more than happy to answer any of your questions right away! To chat, simply click on the icon at the top right of your screen (or, if we’re away, leave us a message and we’ll respond as soon as possible!).

Thank you again for your participation in the Terry Yates Memorial Golf Tournament. We look forward to chatting again soon!

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For the summer vacationers among us, September 7th still seems like it’s lightyears away.

As much as we all wish that was true, that date is approaching at a rate of about 24 hours per day (give or take a few seconds).

Now why is that day so important? It’s the deadline for nominations for the WRLA Industry Achievement Award!

The WRLA wants to recognize the individual who is or has been actively involved in the building supply industry, who has faced challenges and recognized opportunities, and who wishes to share best practices with the association.  This individual has received the respect of fellow members of the association through contributions to the industry, the community, and the WRLA.

We invite you to honour your colleague, your vendor, your competitor or your friend.

Remember – this is the 40th year for the WRLA Industry Achievement Award. This is the time to honour that long-time member who has contributed so much to our industry.

For more information on the Industrial Achievement Award, click here.

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Start your (golfcart) engines!

After months of hibernation, the golfer has emerged from its cave. It carefully stalks its white, orbital prey with its array of metallic apparatuses, then without warning drives it into a series of holes, sand dunes and lakes before the lowly creature submits to defeat.

Okay, Hinterland’s Who’s Who we’re not, but we are ready to hit the links for a new year of WRLA golf tournaments.

Registration is now open for all of our tournaments, including:

Of course, these are just a few of the programs we have ongoing through the Western Retail Lumber Association. For more information on upcoming events, click here.

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After weeks of eager anticipation, we are happy to announce that the new WRLA website is active.

The Western Retail Lumber Association Inc. today is comprised of nearly 1,200 member firms involved in the building supply industry on the prairies. The WRLA represents the interests of members in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwest Territories, NW Ontario, Yukon and Nunavut, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information in the industry.

Be sure to explore all of our sections, including our new videos. We also want your feedback, so be sure to contact us with your thoughts.



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