NAWCC Chapter 148

 


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Connecticut
Chapter 148
NAWCC

Al Comen, President
Phone: 203-378-4323

Cheryl A. Comen, Treasurer
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Mary Jane Dapkus, Secretary

  

Greetings to NAWCC and CT Chapter 148 Members

MEETINGS ARE RESUMING ON NOVEMBER 20, 2021

We are pleased to return to in-person chapter meetings, the first to be held on November 20, 2021 for fully vaccinated members and guests (have “Proof of Vaccination” available).   Also, masks should be worn for everyone’s safety and well being.  

Following past tradition, the November meeting will raffle fruit baskets as door prizes, all attendees eligible.  Coffee and Danish will be served.

Mailing/registration have been sent to current chapter members.  Meeting registration form is available below

Respectively

Al Comen, President

Cheryl Comen, Treasurer

January, March, May, July, September and November

We meet at:

Edmond Town Hall
45 Main Street,
Newtown, CT, 06470
8:30 AM.

Click here for directions.

Table holders may set up at 8:00 AM. 

Please do not come before 8:30 if you do not have a table. 

You must be member of NAWCC (or guest) to attend.

The usual refreshments of pastries, bagels, fresh fruit
and beverages will be served.

 

 

Meeting Registration Form

Membership Letter

Annual Membership Form

 

Meetings Past

Chapter 148 (Connecticut)
Highlights of November 20, 2021
 Meeting

             Chapter 148 met in person once again on November 20, 2021. This gave us a chance to finally celebrate the Chapter's 30th Anniversary, a joyous event postponed from last year. Members, tableholders, and guests filled the old Edmund Town Hall gymnasium, which once more rang with laughter and good cheer. Everyone pored over a fine array of horological items offered for sale. The coffee was hot; the smiles warm and genuine.

 

November 2019a

          

            We learned that in addition to its superb exhibits of clocks, watches, and horological items, the historic mantelpieces at the American Clock & Watch Museum are presently adorned with a gorgeous display of holiday decorations. Plans for the Museum's upcoming year include an exhibit of newly acquired items (for example, a portrait of Bristol, CT clockmaker Eli Bartholomew (1802 - ca. 1884)); and an exhibit of Joseph Ives' looking glass clocks and movements. The latter coincides with this year's release of the new book entitled Joseph Ives (1782-1862) and the Looking Glass Clock (ACWM, 2021). (Copies are available, and may be obtained by contacting the Museum at 860-583-6070, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..) Also on schedule is the installation of new UV-excluding storm windows throughout the building, to address a number of lighting and conservation issues.

            It was very nice to once again have a chance to speak with, or at least catch a glimpse of, Mel Brown, Bill Siederman, Patti Philippon, Brendan Sullivan, Ron Sandone, Jerry Maltz, Mark Labbe, Bruce and Muriel Haynes, Jack Ross, Phil Yannone, Jim Katzin, Ian Roome, Dan O'Callahan, Don and Carol Montory, Steve Sadowski, Chris Corvelyn, Karl Burghart, Jon Battistini, David Ewbank, and our kind and welcoming chapter officers, Al and Cheryl Comen, to name just a few. Chris Brooks proudly wore his new “Old Timers” pin, signifying that he now holds one of the 200 lowest active NAWCC member numbers. We salute him for this wonderful achievement! He is presently working to restore a Seth Thomas pocket watch with a very low serial number.

            It being the Chapter's Anniversary, we remembered John Salva, its founder and first President, who still keeps in touch with some of our members. We also remembered members who were not in attendance at the meeting, including: Walt and Ethel Weber; Barry Klampert, an expert jeweller and goldsmith, who moved to FL some time ago; Jerry Valenta, also now a FL resident; Don Bruno; Charlie Widlitz; Joe and Kathy Kaddis; and a number of others. Missing you, and hope to see you again soon!

            Sadly, some of our members are no longer with us, but are often thought of nevertheless. This past year marked the loss by death of longtime members George Bruno and William Stumpt. Members also recalled Ian Weatherly, Mel Smith, Bill Curley, and David Follett, all of whom passed away within the past couple of years.

            As is our custom for the last meeting of the year, and also to mark the Chapter's 30th Anniversary, the meeting ended with the raffle of an extra-special assortment of holiday gift baskets.

            Special thanks are due to our officers and volunteers for all their hard work in maintaining Chapter 148's fundamentals during the pandemic-induced suspension of in-person meetings, which enabled us to pick up seamlessly where we left off.  So much to be thankful for!

            The very warmest holiday wishes, and a very Happy, Healthy, New Year to all!

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