Greater Massachusetts Chapter 87 NAWCC

Micah Tasker
President

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  Steve Murphy
Secretary

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NEXT MEETING

Sunday, March 15, 2015
Spring Hill Suites
43 Newbury Street/Route 1N
Peabody, Mass

See Directions.   Hotel's map page.
Call Spring Hill Suites at 978-535-5000 for cancellation information.

8:15 A.M. - PRE-REGISTRATION begins.

8:15 A.M. - WALK-IN REGISTRATION begins

8:30 A.M. - MART OPENS

9:00 A.M. - Silent Auction opens

10:00 A.M. - Silent Auction closes

12:00 P.M. - MART CLOSES

Must be a member of NAWCC to attend Mart, but you can bring a guest.

Mart Registration $5 ($7 after 3/11); Full table $6 ($8 after 3/11).

Make checks payable to Greater Mass Chapter No. 87, NAWCC
Please mail your check and registration to:
Steve Murphy, P.O. Box 308, North Eastham, MA 02651

President's Message

Looking forward to our March meeting I have always seen March as the beginning of spring. I understand that may only be a theory in New England this year… but I still think of it as a time for new beginnings. For those of you who do not know my background I spent years working in the auto industry doing sales and compliance training for management teams. After defining any issues in any new client the next step was to get back to the basics. I think that is where we need to go with Chapter #87 and even NAWCC.

For Chapter #87 we have a great advantage in a loyal base of knowledgeable and enthusiastic members that come to every meeting and create a varied and lively mart, but I think we need to expand upon that… Getting back to basics like including displays AND education that would be interesting to both the new person and the seasoned collector. The good news is that we are already taking steps in that direction.

The first step is that we are re-launching the "best of show" display. THIS… is a great opportunity for everyone. I am asking members to bring one or two of their GREAT FINDS to the show to display. The members will vote on the best watch and best clock and the winning items will receive a "best of show" plaque for winning items. This gives the collector a chance to show off those pieces that he or she has no interest in selling but is willing to share with the rest of us. I have a small collection of "Swiss Fakes" that I plan to bring in to share that many outside of the pocket watch people may never have even heard of. Maybe you have that Hamilton 951 tucked away… or a watch with a cool provenance??? Why not share?

The second step is we need to recommit to our education/information portion of our meetings. I know that some of our members may feel that it has all been covered… or that it is impossible to get speakers. I will commit to starting by doing a new presentation titled: "Collecting Time… New Versus Used." I also have some ideas that may very well have been reviewed before but may be ready for a new visit. How about subjects that would interest the new to intermediate collector like crystal replacement??? PROPER case polishing??? Replacing hands, crowns, maybe just how to get a wristwatch movement out of the case and back in so the foolish detent nut does not fall off behind the dial? You may laugh… and maybe you should but these are all issues that I have run into myself. I used to think that a round crystal was just a round crystal… lol… BOY was I wrong!

I believe that these steps along with talking up Chapter #87 and NAWCC and its benefits… bringing guests to meetings… leaving our promotional Bulletins with our chapter information in waiting areas,etc. will bring new people to us.

I am going to share the secret that started this whole train of thought: A month or so ago I was reading a watch magazine that I subscribe to and noticed a message from their editor on the 15th anniversary. He mentioned that between their English and other language publications and their web site that they have 600,000 touches each month! I am going to repeat THAT: 600,000 people either buy their magazine or visit their web site each month! A Watch magazine! No Clocks! So adding the clock people… the people interested in tools, watch papers, vault time locks, etc… The people are out there… WE just need to let them know that we are here… AND all NAWCC has to offer!

NEXT SCHEDULED MEETINGS

Chapter #87 meets on the 3rd Sunday of the odd months excluding July.
2015: Jan. 18th, March 15th, May 17th, Sept. 20 and Nov. 15


Meetings Past

September 21, 2014
Spring Hill Suites

view of mart room

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March 17, 2013
Holiday Inn

John Fitzwilliam in Look What I Found!

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January 20, 2012
Spring Hill Suites

Dan Haff in Look What I Found!

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Meetings Past 2010 - 2012
Meetings Past 2006 - 2009
Meetings Past 1996 - 2005

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