|3/17 message from Tom Wilcox|
|Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:44 pm
|Joined: 02 Dec 2002|
|Location: Boston, Ma||
|Weekly News 3/17/19
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As soon as you are able, then just be willing
To make the break that we are on the brink of
The cup is on the table, ready for spilling
Waiting here for you to take and drink of
We knew it had to happen, felt the tables turnin'
Got us through our darkest hour
We heard the thunder clappin', felt the desert burnin'
Until it poured on us like a big sunshower
So if you're tired of the same old story
Oh, turn some pages
It will be here when you are ready
To roll with the changes, yeah
Roll with the changes, you know you got to, got to, got to
Keep on rolling, Keep on rolling
Oh you got to learn to roll with the changes
Kevin Patrick Cronin, REO Speedwagon “Roll with the Changes”
Dear NAWCC Friends and Members:
You know we have to roll with the changes! If we don’t roll, we will break. Hard, adamant stances against the tide of change will overwhelm us, take us by surprise, and leave us behind. We see the changes coming and feel the thunderous roar of their approach. We try to maintain balance as the currents shift and turn us this way and that, looking for a way to hold on and get through it.
The only constant in life is change. Will we fight it or will we give in and let it take us in an unplanned direction and destination? Or, will we harness the power of change and use it for our future purposes, charting our own course into the horizon?
The NAWCC has seen much change happen and will witness much change ahead. We cannot stand still and let it overtake us without trying to be flexible, proactive, intentional, and strategic in our planning and in our execution. Some of our projects and new programs will be initiated this year to assess and evaluate the environment around us and guide us to make wise and ambitious choices. We must spend the needed time and scrutiny on what are our strengths, what are our weaknesses, what are the threats, and what are the opportunities. Given this analysis, we can better lay out the roadmap for where we need to go.
Our strengths include our valuable wealth of knowledge, information, connections and subject matter experts throughout our international, global, horology community. We build close, friendly communities where we can gather and share stories of time, teach and learn from each other, and contribute our resources for the benefit of others. We give of ourselves beyond what is expected because we are so passionate about our interests.
Our weaknesses encompass the brutal effects that TIME delivers against us. For example, another one of our own, horological great colleagues has succumbed to the sad statistic of life this past week. We lose our members faster than we can find new ones, not that any one of them could ever be replaced. Sometimes we let our egos and pride get in the way of creating safe and comfortable environments for others to develop and grow with encouragement, not criticism.
Our threats involve the fading fascination with TIME, timekeeping, time measurement, and the science and technology surrounding horology. Our public schools have abolished from the classrooms analogue clocks and learning how to tell time. We are passively letting our public education system destroy the learning of a generation, abdicating the duty of teaching our youth about understanding, appreciating, or knowing what a timepiece is, what it is used for, and how to use it! Thank goodness that the mechanical wristwatch is coming back into vogue, and worthy of collecting, at least the expensive ones. Nevertheless, collecting is becoming less and less of a well populated practice.
But let’s not forget the multitude of opportunities that await our attention! Our chapters could become actively engaged with our culture and society by getting involved in bringing back clocks and an appreciation of time-telling to our school students with the Bring Back the Hands of Time campaign. Mature adults, with no connection to the NAWCC, still believe and would commit their volunteer hours to make sure every child could tell time, and join our chapters to help in the effort.
Many young people are foregoing a four-year college academic education and turning to enrollment in technical programs for learning mechanical, hands-active skills and careers. The “Maker” movement is attracting our population with gathering at “Make” locations and establishing a community for sharing knowledge and pooling resources and effort together to make mechanical things. Autonoma, musical and artistic creations, gears and gear-related technology, like cars and trains, all have become new avenues to attract and reach new members and new participants.
We have some exciting exhibits scheduled for our museum in the future that should capture the imagination and fascination of the outside world. There are 110 Million+ (and still growing) of podcast downloading listeners fascinated with the personal story of horologist John B. McLemore and the encounter he had with the NPR related, “This American Life”, “Serial” series creator Brian Reed, captured in the story known as “STOWN.” (Google it if you are not familiar with it.) John B. McLemore, featured personality of the S***Town Brian Reed podcast series, was a former NAWCC member. The NAWCC is working with Brian and the Serial team to host a memorable exhibit on McLemore’s horological brilliance. The opening will feature Brian’s and John B.’s relatives and Woodstock, Alabama officials involvement and attendance as well. One of our current members has a collection of fine European clocks that John worked on and repaired and restored, to be on display at the exhibit, scheduled for two opening nights, October 3 and 4, with Brian, and many characters from the podcast in person at the NAWCC Museum.
Prior to October, On July 13, the NAWCC will open another stellar exhibit on Civil War watches: “"Timeless Testaments: Civil War Timepieces and the Men Who Carried Them." On display will be rare examples representative of Civil War period timepieces from private and public collections, including the Gettysburg Battlefield Museum, , as well as a few non-horological items to add extra atmosphere to the exhibit, including a sword, a pair of officers epaulets, and a 1907 unit reunion medal.
Among the other opportunities coming down the pike will be announcements and demonstrations to be shared on new developments in our education programs, the next phase of our For All Time Campaign with an exciting new challenge and donors lined up already to help launch it at the National Convention in Springfield in June, progress on the work with the new website, revealing news about our recruitment of the next museum director, and much, much more.
GLOBAL TIME ZONES
Other opportunities abound with our world-wide reputation and partnering with our colleagues around the globe. Our first, international joint symposium with our horological brothers and sisters in Germany, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chronometrie [German Association of Chronometry] is scheduled for September 12-15 at the German national Museum in Nurnberg, “Time-Made in Germany.”
The Germanisches Nationalmuseum was founded in 1852 and is Germany's largest museum of cultural history. It houses a large collection of items relating to German culture and art extending from prehistoric times through to the present day. Out of its total holding of some 1.3 million objects (including the holdings of the library and the Department of Prints and Drawings), approximately 25,000 are exhibited.
Another Horological great has passed from our time: author and scholar Snowden Taylor, FNAWCC.
Snowden's intense commitment to the study of horology, particularly movements, labels, and primary source documents has yielded many significant contributions to the history of clockmaking. He gave graciously and generously of his time in assisting others in identifying, restoring, researching, and writing about antique clocks and clockmaking.
Samples of Snowden's many contributions to the science and history of horology are found in the following publications: The Developmental Era of Eli Terry and Seth Thomas Shelf Clocks (1985); Keys to Noble Jerome Patent 30-hr. Brass and Related Weight-Driven Movements (Bulletin No. 221, Part II, 1982); Keys to Identifying Terry-type 30-hr. Wooden Movements (Bulletin No. 208, 1980). Together with the late Kenneth Roberts, Snowden co-authored the 2nd edition of the book entitled Eli Terry and the Connecticut Shelf Clock (1994). Together with Bryan Rogers, he co-authored Eight Day Wood Movement Shelf Clocks-Their Cases, Their Movements, Their Makers (1993). He was also the long-time editor of the Bulletin's popular column "Research Activities & News".
Just last month, after 20 years of work and effort together with Mary Jane Dapkus, Snowden released his last authored work, Antebellum Shelf Clock Making in Farmington & Unionville Villages, Connecticut, (2019) published by the NAWCC. It documents the emergence of two distinct clock making branches in the subject villages, each with particular roots that remained discernible in its clocks and movements, and in those of its successors, over a chaotic period.
Mary Jane Dapkus recently reported that she went up to deliver 6 copies of Snowden’s latest book to Snowden and his family last Monday. She was fortunate to be there when he passed away peacefully Monday morning, family and friends by his side - and a copy of his new book on the bed. She reports he was surprised and delighted to receive the books...they all said they wanted to read it. She closed that the incident “added an interesting, hopeful, dimension to the [publishing history she had with Snowden and the NAWCC.]
Watch for more announcements from the NAWCC recognizing this special horologist and the contributions he made to our community.
By the way, as we finish up our fiscal year of 2018-2019, we would greatly appreciate, with the deadline of April 1st, if you would PLEASE vote and get our membership involvement in the elections up in percentages. Also, our Partners in Time Annual Appeal ends March 31st. We would greatly appreciate any of those in a position to participate, to send in your contributions and donations to make our Appeal deliver a successful, record breaking one.
While giving is up 27%, there was a very generous and large one time gift last appeal that made it difficult for us to reach that goal again, but the numbers of you all giving to the campaign has been VERY encouraging and GREATLY appreciated. Thank you for supporting our work and efforts as we do our best to raise the bar in results and outcomes for our members and the NAWCC community. Thank you!
SHARING OUR STORIES OF TIME IN THE NAWCC COMMUNITY
THERE ARE STORIES AMONG OUR COMMUNITIES THAT BEAR REPEATING FOR ALL TO HEAR AND APPRECIATE. WHETHER IT BE FROM OUR CHAPTERS, MEMBERS, OTHER HOROLOGICAL INSTITUTIONS, OR AMONG THOSE WHO APPRECIATE AND SUPPORT THE NAWCC AND HOROLOGY, OUR STORIES ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR EXISTENCE AND RELEVANCE IN HISTORY AND SOCIETY. IF YOU HAVE A NOTABLE ANECDOTE, TALE, NARRATIVE OR ACCOUNT, PLEASE SEND IT ALONG IN LEGIBLE AND PRINTABLE FORM FOR ME TO CUT AND PASTE IT HERE, WITH YOUR PERMISSION. THANK YOU.
Given time and length challenges, I will re-print some items called “REWINDS” These are important items that continue to be updated or reprinted so as not to be forgotten.
MAKE TIME TO… VOTE NOW...YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT, APRIL 1ST!
NEW: LAST ELECTION WE HAD 15% OF THE MEMBERSHIP VOTE IN THE ELECTION. THIS YEAR WE ARE RUNNING AT 9%. OUR ANNUAL GIVING IS UP 27% FROM LAST YEAR AND OUR MEMBER ATTRITION RATE IS -1% COMPARED LAST YEAR WITH -7%. LETS MAKE OUR VOTING RATE ALSO SHOW POSITIVE RESULTS WITH AN INCREASE FROM LAST TIME!
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.
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:
Gary Sullivan's steampunk bike-8537
We will also have on hand the Night Watch Paradox see: Night Watch Paradox --A Steampunk Band From Baltimore 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.
Jon "the truth" Hanson
Founder and President of Chapter 149--the leading horological collectors' club!
American Horologe Co -- America's Most Respected Name
SUPPORT ETHICAL PRACTICES IN HOROLOGY--Keep watches original--DO NOT SWITCH, PART OUT OR "CREATE" PW abortions!
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