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Message from Tom Wilcox, NAWCC Ex VP
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:24 pm Reply with quote
Chapter President
Joined: 02 Dec 2002
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Location: Boston, Ma

02.24.19- You are receiving this email as a courtesy of the author, or as a member and friend of the NAWCC. You can also view this Sunday message, with all the pictures, on the NAWCC
website under the Message Board. Also access former emails. SEE BELOW for more details.

Dear NAWCC Friends and Members:

My quote for today is from an Amish proverb: "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get."

I am trying to catch up with emails, many engaging and positive projects for the NAWCC, moving the website forward, working and partnering with our new controller who is doing a yeomen's job in not only tolerating the stress of working with me but also learning and digesting all the various accounts, and partnering with and advising me on controlling benefits offerings and costs, arranging for open enrollment, soliciting competing bids on outside accountants, getting up to speed on the next two National Conventions, crunching a new budget to be approved by the Board in two weeks, and so much more.

Needless to say, the rest of life seems to be on hold, so this weekend my comments are brief. Watch for an upcoming webinar to be scheduled on the status of the new website being built from our Web Man Brian, a semi-regular presentation on Webinar of the state of the NAWCC, and other interesting topics including Sundials and other time-measuring and gearworks related matters.

We greatly appreciate your Annual Appeal - Partners in Time donations coming in the last month or so of the appeal, helping us to keep our operating funds going and our events and programs funded. While giving is up 27% from last year, we could really use your kind and thoughtful contributions as the Appeal ends at the end of March.

Other encouraging news is that fiscal year-end tabulations of our membership numbers, while trending downward over the past few years from -4% to -6% to -8% and the last year stabilizing at around -7.5%, now is, at the end of January 2019, showing a -1% decline and estimated at fiscal year end to be at around -2%.

Picking up from last week's theme, I am thankful and grateful for you, our members, for your support, encouragement, notes of appreciation, sharing your constructive ideas and suggestions, and offers of support and extra effort to raise our membership numbers and offer attention and hard work at the Regionals, Chapter Meetings, Committee work and planning, National Convention volunteer work, Awards consideration, exhibit set ups, scholarly research and writing, teaching, training and assisting others, and your general promotion and recruiting for the NAWCC.

I think the stats on membership is a testimony to your commitment and dedication to our work and your belief in the future of our NAWCC community. Keep up the good work and keep looking for any way you can to talk up and encourage others to join, re-join, and to actively participate in our community.

Emily Immel and I will be attending the Mesquite Regional next week and see how Chapter 124 and their neighboring Chapters have really raised the bar in education and seek to learn from them in moving our National education programs forward. The Board will be in town in Arizona for the Sunshine Regional the following weekend where they will, among other things, approve the budget for fiscal year 2020.


The 2019 NAWCC election is in progress. We are voting on three (3) NAWCC Board Directors and one (1) Nominating and Elections Committee Member.

The Nominating and Elections Committee (NEC) worked very hard to find some of the most qualified members that will be shaping the NAWCC for the next four years. The candidate resumes are posted on line and appeared in the January/February Watch and Clock Bulletin. For viewing on line, go to nawcc.org front page to the banner announcing the election. The candidates represent various regions of our country, diverse horological interests and strong business and professional backgrounds.

The independent election firm, Election-America, released email ballots on January 10 to all NAWCC members with email addresses registered with our Membership Services Department. On the same day, they mailed a form (USPS) to all members that did not have email addresses registered asking them to furnish email addresses or request a paper ballot.

YOUR vote is VERY important to the future governance of the NAWCC Association. If you have not voted, please go on line and vote your choice. If you have voted, please accept our "Thank You" for your sincere interest in the future of the NAWCC.


Inclement weather got you cooped up? Starting to get that Cabin Fever feeling? Wintery blasts starting to make it hard to remember that spring is coming? Want to let your imagination take you away to fairer skies and scenery? Come to the NAWCC National Watch and Clock Museum and get a taste of the active outdoors, indoors. Every year, the Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Railroaders Club comes to Columbia, PA to set up the area’s largest model railroad display, 44 feet long by 20 feet wide for the month of February.

There is a natural affinity and connection among pocket watches, time measurement, and railroad history. Conductors and engineers needed precise time to run the train schedules without crashing into each other, as was the case up into the 1880’s. Then, after too many crashes, conductors got together and agreed upon standard time zones and time measurement in Canada, which rolled over into the United States, and ultimately ended up in 1883 with an international meeting in Washington, DC that established the worldwide time zone system we know today. All because of conductors, railroads and pocket watches!

Collectors of train sets often have a fondness for collecting clocks and watches and vice versa. Here, at the NAWCC National Watch and Clock Museum, they can satisfy both interests at once, inside a warm and comfortable environment. They can be entertained by the multiple sceneries and setups along the 228 continuous, 3 track set up of “O” gauge and 3 continuously running trains.

The National Watch and Clock Museum welcomes this special exhibit from February 5th through March 2nd courtesy of the Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Railroaders, who build, display, and operate layouts throughout Central Pennsylvania. This display is located in the Museum lobby and is free to the public. Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm.


NAWCC Clockworks Festival, April 13, 2019
The NAWCC Clockwork Festival will be held April 13, 2019 at the NAWCC Museum and World HQ building and grounds from 10 AM until 4 PM. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

The event is to entertain, educate, and introduce horology to enthusiasts of Make, steampunk, automatons, and related kinetic and gear working objects, engineering, art, science, and history. “Ask a Horologist” sessions hosted by many of our member horologists participating in the event, as well as Rose Engine turning demonstrations by Dave Lindow will be offered. We will have 2-3 panel presentations on the connection between horology and autonoma/steampunk/creative gear contraptions and the how and why to constructing these gear-related creations, in addition to a Steampunk band and cosplay creator/performers featured throughout the day.

The event is structured to gather people from all locations and interests to share ideas, build relationships, and grow interest in horology, automata, and other gear-related activities, new and old. On hand will be NAWCC members and friends displaying and presenting on their clock, automata, steampunk, and gear-inspired skills, contraptions, and creations like Gary Sullivan, Dave Lindow, and Don Dodson. Representatives from AutomataCon including Brett King, curators from the Morris Museum Guinness Collection, including Michele Marinelli and Jere Ryder, and journalist/makers, including Andrew Terranova, will also be there actively engaged and participating.


NAWCC member Gary Sullivan is going to attend and participate. He will bring his steam engine top hat and steam operated bicycle and something else he is working on. Here is just a glimpse: See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W4pRFXD_lE

We will also have on hand the Night Watch Paradox see: http://nightwatchparadox.com/ and a phono fiddler named Keith Engle offering performances at the event. This a fantastic, gearworks-oriented and educational event to understand and celebrate the connections between gears, clocks, watches, autonoma, steampunk, and horology; all different stories of TIME.

Partners In Time: Annual Appeal - Members Make It Happen!


Thank You To Everyone Who Has Donated!
If you haven't yet contributed to the Partner's In Time: Annual Appeal, there's still time --- Make a Contribution Today!

I appreciate your feedback and look forward to deliver information that will keep you inspired, encouraged, and informed. If you don’t get the email messages on Sunday and want to, please update your contact information, including your email addresses to our membership team, care of Christa Eckert at ceckert@nawcc.org.

You are also free to and encouraged to forward and share this and any NAWCC messages to friends, relatives, and all others you believe would be interested in hearing about the NAWCC. This can be a new and easy way for you to grow our membership and invite others to your chapter meetings and NAWCC events.

Keep up the good work you are doing and the support you lend to our work and efforts. WE ALL can make a difference for our passion and the NAWCC perpetuating that passion to all generations for all time!

We are the world's largest museum, research library, educational institution, and international community dedicated to clocks, watches, time, and timekeeping.

We are committed to being the premier educator and advocate for horology and everyone interested in the stories of time.

We share the stories of TIME…

You can now view this Sunday message, with all the pictures, on the NAWCC website under the Message Board. This new area for Executive Director postings will also allow for communicating NAWCC specific updates, timely notices, and messages to the membership on the Message Board and opening a little more space for horological informative and educational matters on the Sunday morning posts.

For past Sunday emails with images on the NAWCC.org Message Board.
go to:

*As a helpful reminder, please remember that sometimes these photos need to be downloaded by right clicking in the left or right top corner of the photo, where there is an "x" or by right clicking to open the scroll list and look for "download pictures" to click on. With AOL accounts, it seems that hitting the "REPLY" button downloads the images. That may help in revealing the pictures. For our overseas friends, you might try double-clicking the picture, as a link has attempted to be attached to the image.

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This eNewsletter and our planned giving web site are provided to our members and friends as a free service. Please feel free to call me at 717-684-8261, ext. 209, or at twilcox@nawcc.org with any questions or comments or if you do not want to receive this newsletter. Thank you for your interest in the NAWCC. To access our financial and gift planning information and planning calculators, please click here.

All the best of TIME to you.....
Tom Wilcox, Esq. - Executive Director
National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors,Inc.
We share the stories of TIME.....

p: 717.684.8261 Ext.209
If outside the US you can call or text me for free internationally on WhatsApp or WeChat at 610 213 1489.

We are the world's largest museum, research library, educational institution, and international community dedicated to clocks, watches, time, and timekeeping.

We are committed to being the premier educator and advocate for horology and everyone interested in the study of time.


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American Horologe Co -- America's Most Respected Name
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