Meeting minutes for 2015
 
January 2015
The January 11, 2015 meeting met with a nice turnout.  During the business meeting, it was announced that we will be staying with the Holiday Inn for 2015.  Rates will remain the same for now.  The Regional Chairman, Dave Lima, announced a few changes to the plans.  The public will be permitted into the Mart Room on Friday for a few hours as well as all day Saturday.  The public is not permitted to go to the tailgate event.  Also, the usual Saturday morning breakfast banquet will not be held this year.  The National Representative and certificate handouts will be held on Friday night at the Table holder's Social.   The Annual Clock Day at the Museum of natural History in Cleveland will be held on February 28 from 10-4.  The Regional Exhibit theme is “Advertising Clocks and Watches”  If you have anything to loan for this exhibit, contact Joel Sarich.  The results of the chapter election was as follows:  President – Brian Pizor;  Vice President – Ralph Zarnik;  Treasurer – Jeff Ring;  Secretary – Ginny Sims; Directors – Phil Battista, Bill Budusky, Enrico Caruso, and Dwaine Gillard.

After the business meeting, Phil Battista gave the Program of the Day entitled, How I Clean and Polish Bushings and Pivots”  Phil demonstrated the little tricks he uses to get the job done right.  Many thanks to Phil for a very educational program.


March 8, 2015

The meeting was called to order by Brian Pizor, president.  It was announced that the February Clock Day at the Museum of Natural History in Cleveland was a big success even though the weather may have kept a larger crowd from coming.  A discussion about having a Clock Day at the Twinsburg Historical Society was held.  A decision will be made later.  A report of the upcoming Regional was made.  All is ready.  The only major change will be that the Saturday morning Breakfast Banquet will be eliminated this year.  The exhibit title for the 2015 Regional will be “ Advertising Clocks and Watches”.  Joel Sarich is looking for more samples for the exhibit. Contact Joel Sarich for information.
                           
The Program of the Day” came after the meeting.  It was a  DVD  of “On the Ball”.  It was about Webb C Ball and how he helped the railroads to synchronize their watches and clocks to help reduce the number of accidents on the railroad.  Ball did this by creating a watch that was nearly perfect in timekeeping.  The program was partially recorded during the Chapter 28/10 Regional in 2014.  Several of our members narrated the program using their expertise on the subject.  This “don’t miss it” program was also shown on WVIZ/PBS TV in late October 2014.  Very educational.

July 2015

Bryan Pizor, president, called the meeting to order.  Bryan Eyring, Regional Chairman, gave a brief review of the 2015 Regional.  There was a short discussion about moving the Regional back to March and changing the “Public Day” costs.   Dwaine Gillard received his 10 year pin.  Congratulations Dwaine!!!

Sadly, it was reported that long time member Harold McMahon had passed away in June.

After the Brunch and short business meeting came the “Program of the Day”.   Ralph Zarnick was the speaker with a program on Girandole Clocks.  A brief historical summary was given including primary producers of these clocks over time.  He also spoke of his relationship with Harold McMahon who first introduced him to Girandole Clocks including one Harold had purchased from Burley that hung in his dining room. It was from Harold's clock that inspired him to build his own Girandole and he showed elements of those he was constructing.  Mr. Zarnick also revealed some personal history of Harold McMahon as an American hero in WWII and his role as Mentor and Friend.  Thank you for a very interesting program, Ralph.

September 2015

Bryan Pizor, president, called the September 13, 2015, meeting to order.  Bryan Eyring, Regional Chairman, announced that a Pre-2016 Committee meeting will be held in December.  The date will be finalized later.           The 2016 Regional will be held at Lakeland Community College on May 20 and 21st.        A second “Roadshow” is to be held on October 25 in Twinsburg.  Contact Stan Kaufmann about details.  Volunteers will be needed for the show.    Frank Del Greco reminded us of the Annual Appeals for the National.  Finances are needed for repairs this year.  

   After the Brunch and short business meeting came the Program of the Day which was a DVD entitled,” American Wooden Works Tall Case Clock Movements – 1712-1835”.  We saw clocks by Ben Cheney from the late 1700’s, Asa Munger, Jonathan Winslow, Reuben Andrews, and many other makers.  

*******  Charles Clemens and Ed Thouvenin – longtime members and good friends have past away. 

November 2015

Bryan Pizor, president, called the meeting to order.  Bryan Eyring, Regional Chairman, announced that a Pre-2016 Regional Committee meeting will be held on December 6st at his residence.  It will be a tureen dinner beginning at 11 am.             The 2016 Regional will be held at Lakeland Community College on May 20 and 21st.        A second “Roadshow” was held on October 25 in Twinsburg at the Historical Society from 11:45 to 4 pm.  The members were busy.  They reported that it was well received by the public who attended.         Frank Del Greco reported on the repair work on the Chardon Courthouse Clock.  A short video also showed some of the problems encountered doing the job.   

After the Brunch and short business meeting came the Program of the Day, “Electrical Horology” by Elwood Howitt with an introduction by Ralph Zarnick.   Elwood took us through some of the history from Al Baine, the "Father of Electrical Horology" who patented the first practical electromagnetically impelled clock in 1841 to Chester Pond and his slave clocks and on to Henry Warren who devised the first synchronous (A.C. mains powered) clock in 1918.  Many thanks to Elwood for a very educational and interesting program!

******Don Stehlik – a long time member and friend has passed away

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