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 Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting

October 2, 2012

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Carl Mottern, President with 19 members present.

 Welcome new member:

Bob Snyder joined our club at the show in March he collects the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and has broadened his search to include the Buffalo parks.  Bob is just like the rest of us collectors, we start off on one topic and before we know it branch off into several others, I think a lot of us would agree that's part of the postcard collecting fun.

 Treasurer's Report:

Account balance - $1845.83

 The split club of $14.00 was won by Pat Farrell.

 Thank you Jan for volunteering as master of ceremony during October's meeting, we all had fun sharing our cards by showing them on the projected screen and learning a little history or why someone has chosen a particular topic as their interest. 

 Kathy Ellman thought of a good idea to add to our show a club table where members can sell cards.  Basically, any member who has extra cards, doubles, a shoe box of cards, etc and wants to sell gets together, chips in to buy a table and signs up for a certain time frame to sell their cards.  We can also have a club box where all monies go to the club.  This idea was just introduced we are working on and entertaining thoughts, suggestions and details so please bring your suggestions to our upcoming meetings.

 Guest speaker Peter Jablonski will join us during November's meeting his lecture is titled Time Capsules in Your Backyard.  This will definitely be an interesting antique bottle discussion so make sure you join us!

 Election Day fun facts:

Why Election Day is the Day It Is:

  • November was selected because the harvest work was done.
  • Tuesday was selected because many people had to travel the day before to reach the polling place. Since most people did not travel on Sunday for religious reasons, they did not want it to be on a Monday.
  • They did not want Election Day to fall on November 1st because it is All Saints Day.
  • They did not want Election Day to fall on the first of the month because many shop keepers did their books for the preceding month on the first.

 Upcoming Postcard Shows:

2012 York International Postcard Expo

Nov. 16 & 17, 2012 York International Postcard Expo, York County Fairgrounds, Horticultural Hall, 334 Carlisle Ave, York, PA 17404. The largest postcard show in the US over 80 dealers from around the world. For more information contact Mary L Martin, Ltd, PO Box 787, Perryville, MD 21903, 410-939-0999 marymartinpostcards@gmail.com

 Weather alert, we all know what Buffalo winters are like therefore if there is a driving ban please do not drive, the meeting will be cancelledJ

 The Buffalo Postcard Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Cleveland Heights Christian Church; 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY at 7:00PM (trading and viewing of cards) formal meeting begins at 7:30.

 Until next time,

Kimberly Murphy

Secretary

Kmurphy533@gmail.com

 

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Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting

September 4, 2012

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Kathy Ellman, Vice President with 16 members present.

 Welcome back all members!

Great to see everyone back, I would like to welcome two new members Sandy Kubler and her son Wallace, he is a budding entrepreneur buying and selling antiques, ephemera, coins and currency.  Golden Gate Treasures can be found online and is also located at Antique World inside Three Old Dogs Antiques in Clarence.

 I would like to start by introducing our officers; Carl Mottern seventh year President, Kathy Ellman third year Vice President, Mary Cerini fourth year Treasurer, Kim Murphy fourth year Secretary, Jan Farrell third year Webmaster, Bill Henderson longtime Show Chairman, Frank Schneider and George Sinclair third year Advertising Chairmen.  Thank you to all of our officers for volunteering your time and skills and to all members who have shared their postcard collections and as speakers at our meetings! 

Treasurer's Report:

Account balance - $1782.79

 Membership dues for this year are $8.00 same as last year.  The benefits you will receive from your dues are a $10.00 supplement to the banquet, newsletter and the ability to view us online.  In return the extra monies help our club to offset the costs of printing, stamps, insurance, hall rental, website and church donation.  Please see Mary if you haven't already done so to renew your membership. 

Old Business:

Our banquet was a huge success, the food, service and space at Pane's Restaurant was excellent, we will definitely be making a return trip.

 Frank and George will be ordering our new postcard show reminders and everyone put March 24th on your calendars that is our show date.

New Business:

Betty and John Hennels' daughter Terry Sidoni and husband Rick came to our meeting because after Mrs. Hennels' passing they have received their entire postcard, ephemera and antique collection.  The Hennels' were a part of the Buffalo Postcard Club from the start, because of their long standing relationship with the Club the Sidonis' would like to give our members the chance to purchase some collectables of interest.  So whatever your interests are, look at your collections and email captrick58@gmail.com and let them know the topic of your interest so they can look though their collection and help you expand yours.   

The following is our schedule that I have designed and made arrangements with all guest speakers.

 Club Calendar:

October 2 - If you would like to show off some of your favorite cards bring them in and put them on the big screen and share any interesting facts or history.

November 6 - Guest speaker Peter Jablonski Time Capsules in Your Backyard

December 4 - Christmas Party, please bring a dish

January 8 - Show and Tell/ Wheel and Deal

February 5 - Jan and Pat Farrell's presentation History of Postcards and the WNY area

March 5 - Discuss Show

March 24 - SHOW

April 2 - Show wrap-up

May 7 - Larry Chern's presentation Postcards of Pre 1900 Hawaii

 Upcoming Show:

Allentown Antique Advertising, Book and paper Show

Allentown Fairground, Agricultural Hall

1929 chew St.  Allentown PA

October 6&7 Sat- 9 -5, Sun- 9-3 $7.00 admission

170 dealers w/ lots of postcard dealers.

 Halloween Facts:

*The carving of jack-o'-lanterns originated from the tradition of carving the faces of lost souls into hollowed out pumpkins and turnips. A candle was placed inside the carvings making the faces glow. The Halloween lanterns were placed on doorsteps to ward off evil spirits.

*The world's fastest time to carve a face into a pumpkin is 20.1 seconds, by David Finkle (UK), on October 7, 2010 (source: Guinness World Records)

*More than 93 percent of children go trick-or-treating each year. (source: NCA)

*Halloween also is recognized as the 3rd biggest party day after New Year's and Super Bowl Sunday.

 Weather alert, we all know what Buffalo winters are like therefore if there is a driving ban please do not drive, the meeting will be cancelledJ

 The Buffalo Postcard Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Cleveland Heights Christian Church; 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY at 7:00PM (trading and viewing of cards) formal meeting begins at 7:30.

 Until next time,

 Kimberly Murphy

Secretary

Kmurphy53@aol.com

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May 2012 Newsletter

Mission Statement:
The Buffalo Postcard Club's goal is the promotion of fun and social activity through the collection of postcards. We hope your continued membership is enjoyable and interesting and that you may learn some interesting topical history in the process. Please promote our hobby and by all means, bring a friend to our meetings.

Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting
May 8, 2012
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Carl Mottern, President with 13 members present.

Treasurer's Report:
Account balance - $2,573.02

Net profit from the show was $909.00

The split club of $10.50 was won by Mary Cerini.

Frank Schneider motioned first for our board members to remain the same, Ed Gralnik second the motion.

I received a call from a lady interested in selling some postcards of George Washington and Calvin Coolidge if anyone is interested I'll pass along her contact information.

Banquet Information:
Our banquet will be held at Pane's Restaurant, June 12 at 6:00 pm, 984 Payne Avenue North Tonawanda. The club will cover $10.00 for each member's dinner, leaving a cost of $9.00 to be paid at the banquet by each member attending. Please call me, Kim, if you plan on attending so we have an exact number of guests, 694-6983. We will have a dinner buffet that will include three meats; Roast Sirloin of Beef/Aus Jus, Country Baked Chicken and Baked Pork Chops. Mr. Peter Jablonski of the Buffalo Bottle Club has agreed to be our guest speaker, his topic "Buffalo Brewery History". We hope you can attend, please call me as soon as possible.

The Buffalo Postcard Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Cleveland Heights Christian Church; 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY at 7:00PM (trading and viewing of cards) formal meeting begins at 7:30.
Until next time,
Kim Murphy, Secretary, kmurphy53@aol.com




March 27, 2012 Update

Notice:

The minutes for the March newsletter all pertained to pre-show information and details so instead of basically writing a newsletter about the treasurer report, I thought I would combine that information with our show wrap up, to include member appreciation, show board winners, door prize winners, account balance, etc. Our next meeting will be April 3, please bring any of your collections you would like to share with the club. We will also discuss this years banquette which will be held at Pane Restaurant the 1st Tuesday in June. Have a good week and see you at the meeting.

Kim Murphy
Secretary

April Meeting: April 3
May Meeting: May 1
Banquet: June 5





February 2012 Newsletter



Mission Statement:

The Buffalo Postcard Club's goal is the promotion of fun and social activity through the collection of postcards. We hope your continued membership is enjoyable and interesting and that you may learn some interesting topical history in the process. Please promote our hobby and by all means, bring a friend to our meetings.



Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting

February 7, 2012

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Carl Mottern, President with 21 members present.



Welcome returning members:

Welcome back Barb and Chuck Kennerson, Kate Johnson all the way from Denver, Colorado and Ron Workman, great to have you all join us!



Remembering Eugene Musial

Oct. 29, 1917 - Feb. 23, 2012

Mr. Musial was a bookstore owner and historical collector of items related to Mary Jemison for 60 years. His collection also contained items related to Western New York, including Buffalo and Niagara Falls and was a member of many organizations including a long standing member of our Club.



Treasurer's report:

Account balance - $2,134.42



Our insurance cost has increased from $280 to $401 due to the liability clause.



The split club of $11.50 was won by Kathy Ellman.



Advertising Report:

Frank is looking into advertising in the calendar section of the Gusto and our mailer is also on our website, two excellent ways of utilizing free marketing. He has also cut down our printing and postage costs through sending out return address mailers, some members have moved, not interested any longer or deceased. Because of this we have gone from 1541 mailers last year to 1401 in U.S. and 93 in Canada to 76. Every little bit helps!



Show Report:

Thanks to Bill Henderson we are right on schedule with last year selling 29 out of 58 tables.





Volunteers / Door Prizes Needed:

As in previous years we are in need of volunteers to help out at our show, such as the admissions table; two volunteers are needed for each time slot, especially in the morning. Parking lot attendants are needed, John Lutz is always a big help in this area. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!



Door prize donations are encouraged and welcomed, it is what sets our show apart from others. If you have anything of related interest please bring it with you the morning of the show.

Members can also help by designing display boards. The categories are Thematic, Topographical and Modern. What better way is there to share your collection with other postcard enthusiasts!






The previous information was published in an earlier Buffalo Postcard Club pamphlet that I found in our history records. I thought this information would be of interest for our next meeting and upcoming show.



March 6, 2012 meeting - discuss show and dealer speaks on all different types of postcards.

President's Corner:

Carl sends his apologies; he didn't have a chance to write an article.

Weather alert, we all know what Buffalo winters are like therefore if there is a driving ban please do not drive, the meeting will be cancelled.

The Buffalo Postcard Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Cleveland Heights Christian Church; 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY at 7:00PM (trading and viewing of cards) formal meeting begins at 7:30.

Upcoming Events

The Buffalo Postcard Club presents its 35th annual Postcard Club Show and Sale

Sunday, March 25, 2012 9:00am - 4:00pm

Masonic Community Center (formerly Knights of St. John)

2379 Union Rd.

Cheektowaga, NY

Donation $3.oo



Until next time,



Kimberly Murphy

Secretary

Kmurphy53@aol.com





January 2012 Newsletter





Mission Statement:

The Buffalo Postcard Club's goal is the promotion of fun and social activity through the collection of postcards. We hope your continued membership is enjoyable and interesting and that you may learn some interesting topical history in the process. Please promote our hobby and by all means, bring a friend to our meetings.



Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting

January 3, 2012

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Carl Mottern, President with 16 members present.



Treasurer's Report:

Account balance - $2249.65



Carl received a letter from the Church asking for a nominal increase, in the past our club made a donation of $300.00 paid in April/May. The club voted and with a unanimous decision will increase the amount from $300.00 to $325.00 payable in May.



The split club of $14.50 was won by Norm Whitchurch.



New Business:

I received an email from an individual that is interested in selling his postcard collection, about 270 cards. Most of them date from 1908 to 1915 in good condition. The majority are of city scenes such as parks and buildings, 130 are holiday cards, Halloween, Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving and 20 cards are of children. He would like to sell them as a group but would be willing to sell them individually. If anyone is interested please let me know and I will send you his contact information.



The West Seneca Library will be creating a display of our show boards. Anyone interested in donating a previous board or would like to make one for the display would help in providing some great additional advertising for our show. The boards will be displayed starting March 1.



Advertising:

Frank and George have the return addresses done for the show mail outs and we are advertised in Postcard World Jan/Feb edition and Barr's for March. They will also check into the cost of advertising in The Buffalo News. Thanks guys you are doing a great job!!!





Pat Farrell presented on "The Battle of Lake Erie" he did a wonderful job of mixing together oral and visual history including really cool artifacts, postcards, and pictures. His presentation along with Carl's presentation in November definitely shows the variety of interests our members have and how they incorporate it with postcard collecting. Bravo guys!!!



Presidents Corner:



WINTER DOLDRUMS



Wondering where the winter has gone. It's late January and our lack of snow is making me uneasy, like WHEN is it REALLY going to hit? Better not be in March for our Show!



As we look forward to our March Show let's start getting our Display Boards together. These are one of the highlights that set our Show apart from others. We always have great feedback so let's see as many members as possible submit a board. Join in the fun and quest for a ribbon. Please also consider a gift donation for door prizes, same for our dealers. I know I won a prize pack at a dealers table in Toronto and ended up spending more at that table.



We will s as usual be having a display case at the West Seneca Library. So if you have any old boards or a new one you'd like to share pleas do so. Safe keeping will be assured under lock and key at the Library.



I'd also like to encourage other members to submit articles for this newsletter and our web site.



Short and sweet folks! Let's have a good turnout for the meeting. Hope to see you all there!



Program will be: "February Holiday Postcards" Bring in your Valentines and Presidential cards for display and discussion, still trying to arrange a guest speaker.



Carl Mottern

2011/12 President



The following article was submitted by Jan Farrell, thank you for your contribution:



(Note from Jan, as she puts this up on the web page ... I did not write this. It was emailed to me ... no author was credited.)



How many of you remember Kilroy? Kilroy was a legend during WWII and afterward some of the fame lingered. Here is the story.





Anyone born in the mid thirties (or earlier) knew Kilroy. We didn't know why but we had lapel pins with his nose hanging over the label and the top of his face above his nose with his hands hanging over the label too. I believe it was orange colored. No one knew why he was so well known but we all joined in. Kind of a war story, now we know.

KILROY WAS HERE. WHO THE HECK WAS KILROY?



In 1946 the American Transit Association, through its radio program, "Speak to America ," sponsored a nationwide contest to find the REAL Kilroy, offering a prize of a real trolley car to the person who could prove himself to be the genuine article.

Almost 40 men stepped forward to make that claim, but only James Kilroy from Halifax, Massachusetts, had evidence of his identity.

Kilroy was a 46-year old shipyard worker during the war who worked as a checker at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy. His job was to go around and check on the number of rivets completed. Riveters were on piecework and got paid by the rivet.

Kilroy would count a block of rivets and put a check mark in semi-waxed lumber chalk, so the rivets wouldn't be counted twice. When Kilroy went off duty, the riveters would erase the mark. Later on, an off-shift inspector would come through and count the rivets a second time, resulting in double pay for the riveters.


One day Kilroy's boss called him into his office. The foreman was upset about all the wages being paid to riveters, and asked him to investigate. It was then he realized what had been going on.

The tight spaces he had to crawl in to check the rivets didn't lend themselves to lugging around a paint can and brush, so Kilroy decided to stick with the waxy chalk. He continued to put his checkmark on each job he inspected, but added KILROY WAS HERE in king-sized letters next to the check, and eventually added the sketch of the chap with the long nose peering over the fence and that became part of the Kilroy message. Once he did that, the riveters stopped trying to wipe away his marks.

Ordinarily the rivets and chalk marks would have been covered up with paint. With war on, however, ships were leaving the Quincy Yard so fast that there wasn't time to paint them. As a result, Kilroy's inspection "trademark" was seen by thousands of servicemen who boarded the troopships the yard produced. His message apparently rang a bell with the servicemen, because they picked it up and spread it all over Europe and the South Pacific. Before war's end, "Kilroy" had been here, there, and everywhere on the long hauls to Berlin and Tokyo.

To the troops outbound in those ships, however, he was a complete mystery; all they knew for sure was that some jerk named Kilroy had "been there first." As a joke, U.S. servicemen began placing the graffiti wherever they landed, claiming it was already there when they arrived.

Kilroy became the U.S. super-GI who had always "already been" wherever GIs went. It became a challenge to place the logo in the most unlikely places imaginable (it is said to be atop Mt. Everest, the Statue of Liberty, the underside of the Arc De Triumphe, and even scrawled in the dust on the moon).

As the war went on, the legend grew. Underwater demolition teams routinely sneaked ashore Japanese-held islands in the Pacific to map the terrain for coming invasions by U.S. troops (and thus, presumably, were the first GI's there). On one occasion, however, they reported seeing enemy troops painting over the Kilroy logo. In 1945, an outhouse was built for the exclusive use of Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill at the Potsdam conference. Its first occupant was Stalin, who emerged and asked his aide (in Russian), "Who is Kilroy?"

To help prove his authenticity in 1946, James Kilroy brought along officials from the shipyard and some of the riveters. He won the trolley car, which he gave to his nine children as a Christmas gift and set it up as a playhouse in the Kilroy front yard in Halifax, Massachusetts.
If you check the WWII memorial in Washington DC , you will see Kilroy peeking over a wall.


So, now you know!





Upcoming Postcard Shows:

Sunday February 26, 2012

Toronto Postcard Club 31st Annual Show 9:30 - 4:30

CHANGED LOCATION

The Old Mill Inn, Toronto, ON

21 Old Mill Road, off Bloor St. between Royal York and Jane Street

$7.00 admission, TPC member admission $5.00, free parking

www.tpcannualshowattorontopostcardclub.com





Weather alert, we all know what Buffalo winters are like therefore if there is a driving ban please do not drive, the meeting will be cancelled.



The Buffalo Postcard Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Cleveland Heights Christian Church; 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY at 7:00PM (trading and viewing of cards) formal meeting begins at 7:30.



Until next time,





Kimberly Murphy

Secretary

Kmurphy53@aol.com







December 2011 Newsletter



December Newsletter

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!



Mission Statement:

The Buffalo Postcard Club's goal is the promotion of fun and social activity through the collection of postcards. We hope your continued membership is enjoyable and interesting and that you may learn some interesting topical history in the process. Please promote our hobby and by all means, bring a friend to our meetings.



Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting

December 6, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Kathy Ellman, Vice President with 18 members present.



Treasurer's Report:

Account balance - $2123.38



The split club of $10.50 was won by Kathy Ellman and Kim Murphy



Passed and Ailing Members and Family of Members:

James Dundon

November 6, 2011

James was our long time Mailer for our postcard show announcements; he volunteered his time in this position when our member roster was quite extensive. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.



Anne Marie Coad

December 10, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with Carl and his wife Veronica.



To our members with family who are not in good health thank you for sharing and we wish you and yours strength and happiness.



Thank you to all for making our Christmas Party a foodie success! There were many great reviews on the meatballs, the shrimp ball, endless cookies, homemade dips, doughnuts and drinks. What a great way to end our 2011 year of meetings!



Next Meeting is January 3.

We will bring the New Year with a presentation by Pat Farrell, The Battle of Lake Erie. Hopefully a lot of you will be in attendance for this interesting and information packed talk.





Interesting Postcard and New Year Facts:

Deltiology is claimed to be the third largest collecting hobby next only to stamps and coins. Austria issued the first cards in 1869 followed by Britain in 1872. Values tend to be obscured by the philatelic elements.

http://www.romanticlovesecrets.com/Facts-About-Postcards.html



New Year is the oldest of all holidays, as it was first observed in ancient Babylon as many as 4000 years ago.

http://festivals.iloveindia.com/new-year/facts.html



United States

Probably the most famous tradition in the United States is the dropping of the New Year ball in Times Square, New York City, at 11:59 P.M. Thousands gather to watch the ball make its one-minute descent, arriving exactly at midnight. The tradition first began in 1907. The original ball was made of iron and wood; the current ball is made of Waterford Crystal, weighs 1,070 pounds, and is six feet in diameter.

http://www.factmonster.com



President's Corner:



New Year, Old Problems

I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and happy and ready for the next year. I hope your Holiday season was pleasant and stress free, and that there were postcards and collecting supplies under your tree.



As we enter the next year, we face old problems in running our club. Costs increase but our incoming revenues are always uncertain. We have a shrinking membership yet still need more folks to participate in the month to month operation of our club. We hope that each and every member of our club will encourage others with similar interests to join our club and participate in the fun.



As our annual Show & Sale moves closer I hope each and every member will be able to assist in some manner. Our Shows continued success hinges on putting on a good show for our guests. Please consider any ways to assist as a major contribution to our shows continuation and our clubs future. Remember our club is for our members, and by our members.



On a personal note I'd like to thank all members who reached out in recent weeks since the passing of my sister in-law. Your thoughts and wishes were appreciated during this sad time.



Carl Mottern

2011/12 President





Upcoming Shows:

Saturday January 21, 2012

St. Catharine's Stamp & Postcard Show 10:00 - 5:00

Grantham Lions Club Hall

732 Niagara Street (corner of Parnell)

Free admission, free parking

www.st.catharinesstampclub.com



Sunday February 26, 2012

Toronto Postcard Club 31st Annual Show 9:30 - 4:30

CHANGED LOCATION

The Old Mill Inn, Toronto, ON

21 Old Mill Road, off Bloor St. between Royal York and Jane Street

$7.00 admission, TPC member admission $5.00, free parking

www.tpcannualshowattorontopostcardclub.com



Weather alert, we all know what Buffalo winters are like therefore if there is a driving ban please do not drive, the meeting will be cancelled!



The Buffalo Postcard Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Cleveland Heights Christian Church; 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY at 7:00PM (trading and viewing of cards) formal meeting begins at 7:30.



Until next time,





Kimberly Murphy

Secretary

Kmurphy53@aol.com







November 2011 Newsletter



Mission Statement:

The Buffalo Postcard Club's goal is the promotion of fun and social activity through the collection of postcards. We hope your continued membership is enjoyable and interesting and that you may learn some interesting topical history in the process. Please promote our hobby and by all means, bring a friend to our meetings.



Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting

November 1, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Carl Mottern, President with 21 members present.



Welcome and Welcome Back

Welcome Kate Johnson to her first time attending one of our meetings, she was here visiting from Denver, Colorado. She has quite an extensive collection of Buffalo, Denver City Park, Granville Ohio, Rhinelander Wisconsin and early cats.



Welcome back Ron Workman, very nice to see you at Novembers meeting hope to see you at others.



Treasurer's Report:

Account balance - $2156.37



The split club of $16.50 was won by Kim Murphy and Kathy Ellman.



December is our Christmas Party!!! Anyone who has Holiday card collections please bring in for display and snacks to eatJ



Presidents Corner:



Holiday Madness



I hope this newsletter finds each of our members and their families healthy and happy! Our club has become almost like another extended family to me, much like my Navy and US Customs "families". The friendships and contacts made at all these various stages of my life have made me lifelong friends. At the Club we share a common hobby to the enjoyment and benefit of all our members. I hope you feel the same.



It is Thanksgiving week as I write this and a weeks' vacation causes more confusion than it solves. The questions are "will the weather forecast be right for hunting?" Or, "should I stay home and work on my postcard inventory?' The answer will seemingly be a balance of both. There's NEVER enough times for all I want to do. As our Club member once told me, "If you want something done, ask a busy person". A recent illness did keep me home from work and I was able to make more progress on logging in my postcards than I have had time in recent memory. I have proven to be an example of a "man with too many hobbies, and not enough time'. But to me, that is a good problem to have.



Be sure to bring in portions of your collections that involve the Holiday Season, no matter what that holiday is for you. And I can't wait to see what goodies folks have concocted for this year's party. See you there!





Carl Mottern



2011-2012 President



A very special thank you to Carl, he looked not only professional but debonair in his uniform. He did a wonderful job of bringing his career to life through postcards; I know all the members that were present enjoyed the stories and back history on many iconic border crossings. I'm glad the other guy canceled and Carl had to pinch hit.





Upcoming Shows:

December 17, 2011 10am - 5pm

Polish Community Center

225 Washington Ave.

Albany, NY 12205

Mary L Martin, Ltd. 410-642-3521 marymartinpostcards@gmail.com



Weather alert, we all know what Buffalo winters are like therefore if there is a driving ban please do not drive, the meeting will be cancelledJ



The Buffalo Postcard Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Cleveland Heights Christian Church; 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY at 7:00PM (trading and viewing of cards) formal meeting begins at 7:30.



Until next time,





Kimberly Murphy

Secretary

Kmurphy53@aol.com









October 2011 Newsletter



Mission Statement:

The Buffalo Postcard Club's goal is the promotion of fun and social activity through the collection of postcards. We hope your continued membership is enjoyable and interesting and that you may learn some interesting topical history in the process. Please promote our hobby and by all means, bring a friend to our meetings.



Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting

October 4, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Carl Mottern, President with 22 members present.



Treasurer's Report:

Account balance - $2076.08



As of the October meeting we have 50 paid members, if you haven't already done so please speak with Mary.



Our club insurance is through Utica First however, they will no longer be offering coverage to clubs and fraternal organizations. Our local insurance agent is shopping around for a new company and premium costs, more information to come at November's meeting.



New Business:

Bill Henderson will be adding a No Show/No Cancellation policy statement to the contracts to protect the financial obligations of the club. The policy will basically state that the club is not under any obligation to refund monies to a dealer if he/she cannot attend the show due to their own circumstances and not the fault of the club.



Thank you to Jan Farrell for your work on the website your doing a great job! Please keep in mind the website is for all of us to enjoy, so if you want to share your favorite postcard and add a few lines along with your card we would love to see it and read about it.



Our club is also on Facebook so make sure you join!



Thank you to Marty Biskup for your donation to the club for our refreshments we will enjoy whatever treats Carl buys!



Thank you Pat Farrell for your presentation of Halloween cards.



Bill Kasinski has secured our presence in the display window at the West Seneca Library for March first. Any old boards not being used for our next show will be appreciated for the variety.



Presidents Corner:

Please Share your collections: Folks we seem to have lost that tradition at our Club Meetings. Please feel free to bring in a part or all of your collection for each meeting to share with our members. We may not all collect the same topics, but I know we all enjoy seeing other folks collections.



Snacks: Folks, the snacks are NOT FREE. Please be generous with your snack donations as it helps the club defray costs.



Guest Speaker for November: We will have a Representative from US Customs & Border Protection, discussing the history of the border crossing points in Western New York. Hope you can join us!



Light in Dark Times



What have your postcards meant to you? When and how did you start collecting? When and how often do you work on your collections? What else do you collect? Do you enjoy the hunt or the sorting and inventory more?



These are all questions I've had to wrestle with in recent weeks. It seems the busier I get, the less time I have to hunt, sort, and file my collection. The backlog is discouraging as I know I have great cards that need to be sorted and filed away in their proper order. But for me that's the joy of collecting. It's the chance to drop what one is doing and clear one's mind with the enjoyment of a hobby.



I have periods where a computer problem or a work issue kept me from enjoying my hobbies and outside the answers aren't so simple these days. I'm sure you've all had these same scenarios play out in your own collecting.



But the good news is that your collection will be there waiting for you when you are "ready to come out and play again.



See you at the meeting!



Carl Mottern

2011-2012 President





Upcoming Shows:

December 17, 2011 10am - 5pm

Polish Community Center

225 Washington Ave.

Albany, NY 12205

Mary L Martin, Ltd. 410-642-3521 marymartinpostcards@gmail.com



Weather alert, we all know what Buffalo winters are like therefore if there is a driving ban please do not drive, the meeting will be cancelledJ



The Buffalo Postcard Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Cleveland Heights Christian Church; 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY at 7:00PM (trading and viewing of cards) formal meeting begins at 7:30.



Until next time,





Kimberly Murphy

Secretary

Kmurphy53@aol.com





September 2011 Newsletter



Mission Statement:

The Buffalo Postcard Club's goal is the promotion of fun and social activity through the collection of postcards. We hope your continued membership is enjoyable and interesting and that you may learn some interesting topical history in the process. Please promote our hobby and by all means, bring a friend to our meetings.



Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting

September 6, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Carl Mottern, President with 18 members present.



Welcome back all members!

Great to see almost everyone back, looking forward to seeing more members and engaging everyone in another season of our Club.



I would like to start by introducing our officers; Carl Mottern sixth year President, Kathy Ellman second year Vice President, Mary Cerini third year Treasurer, Kim Murphy third year Secretary, Jan Farrell second year Webmaster, Bill Henderson longtime Show Chairman, Frank Schneider and George Sinclair second year Advertising Chairmen. Thank you to all of our officers for volunteering your time and skills, you are greatly appreciated!



Treasurer's Report:

Account balance - $2144.31



Mary drew up a very detailed financial report for the clubs income and expenses for the 2010-2011 years and handed those worksheets out at our Steering Club Meeting. She has done a wonderful job in keeping us financially up to date and organized.



The split club of $10.50 was won by Ed Gralnik.



New Business:

Our annual steering meeting was held on August 16, 2011 which is when the board members discussed a variety of topics such as our calendar year, field trips, dues increase, and banquet location change.



Membership dues for this year are $8.00 up $1.00 from last year. The benefits you will receive from your dues are a $10.00 supplement to the banquet, newsletter and the ability to view us online. In return the extra monies help our club to offset the costs of printing, stamps, insurance, hall rental, website and church donation. Please see Mary if you haven't already done so to renew your membership.



We are looking into a new location to hold our banquet, Mr. Bills had great prices however, the space was too small and it was hard to see last year's presentation by Ralph Sirianni because of problems with the projector. The club also had to guarantee 40 seats in order to secure a separate room away from other patrons of the restaurant. We will look into another location one that will accommodate our needs and budget.



Our program for each meeting:

September 6 - Everybody's a Dealer Night

October 4 - Halloween Themed Cards

November 1 - Guest Speaker, TBA

December 6 - Annual Christmas Party

January 3 - Pat Farrell's presentation on The Battle of Lake Erie

February 7- Guest Speaker, TBA

March 6 - Discuss show and dealer speaks on all different types of postcards

April 3 - Discuss shows wrap up and member show and tell favorite cards for display

May 1 - Discount card night

May 15 - Banquet



Our meetings will be held every first Tuesday of the month there should not be a schedule change unless its weather related, in that case the meeting will be rescheduled for the following Tuesday assuming there isn't a conflict with the church.





Presidents Corner:



WALKING AMONG HISTORY



I was elated to learn in August that I was being sent by the job for a two week training session at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. I had read so much about this historic area and was eager to see for myself the many historic sites. The trip did not disappoint. Here's a rundown.



I Left my home in Kenmore at 0430 with a planned first stop at the Civil War Antietam Battlefield, near Sharpsburg, Maryland. Pulled into the Visitor Center parking lot at 1130 and spend most of the remaining daylight taking the self guided driving tour. It was a week before the 160Th anniversary of this epic battle and the weather was just as it was on that fateful day. I could imagine the fighting amongst all that corn in the oppressive heat, hard to imagine that beautiful area the sight of so much deadly human carnage.



Pushed on at dusk and arrived at my hotel in Harpers Ferry to learn that a historic marker in the parking lot indicated Lees' Confederate Army had camped at this location on their first invasion of the north. After my daily session I also had occasions to visit the old historic district in Harpers Ferry, seeing the sight of "John Browns Stand" and the historic Lewis and Clark expedition launching point. I walked across the B & O Rail bridge trail to the Maryland side and enjoyed numerous photo ops until the fading September light forced me to stop taking photos. There were several antique malls in the vicinity, but all would close before my classes let out for the day. No older postcards this trip unfortunately.



My free weekend had me up early both days. Saturday I drove to the DC Metro and rode the Red Line in to Arlington National Cemetery. I planned half day turned into an all day affair as I found numerous grave sites of the many well known figures as well as lesser known heroes. The cemetery is a confusing maze of poorly numbered and poorly mapped sections. I did manage to find all the folks I was looking despite the distance and poor maps. I did add to my collection of cards for the "Tomb of The Unknowns". I watched two precision "Changing of The Guards" and was impressed by the young soldiers involved and their dedication to task. A side hike to the US Marine/Iwo Jima War Memorial proved frustrating for picture taking as it was a gloomy rainy morning. I then trained over to downtown DC and took in the Florida Marlins vs. the Washington Nationals game. Nice stadium and a good game, but aggravated that none of the team shops sold postcards of the ballpark. I arrived back at my hotel whipped, at 1230 that night as, the game went extra innings.



Sunday I slept in an hour later and managed to get back to the Metro for the commute back into DC. My first stop was the US Navy Memorial and its new Museum. What a collection of art and artifacts of my beloved Service. Luckily for me the featured showing was "Naval Aviation Art", right up my alley. From there it was a two block walk to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. I was in my element for sure! To see Lindbergh's' Spirit of St Louis, The Wright 1903 Flier, numerous space craft and my USS AMERICA Captain R.B. Fullers' A-4 Sky hawk was just the tip of the iceberg.



Captain Fuller's aircraft was his assigned bird in 1967 when he was C.O. the VA-76 "Spirits" on USS BON HOMME RICHARD. He had led a bombing raid and the aircraft was severely damaged by enemy fire. He coaxed the aircraft back to BHR, but it was deemed beyond repair. He was shot down several weeks later on his 110TH mission, and spent nearly seven years as a POW in North Viet Nam. The aircraft was transported to the storage facility in Arizona, where it was later selected by the Smithsonian for display in the Aircraft Carrier Wing of the NASM. It was carefully restored back to its 1967 appearance with Captain Fullers name stenciled below the cockpit canopy. I met the now retired Admiral in 2008 at the USS AMERICA reunion and a finer gentleman one could not meet. It is an honor to have met such "a true American Hero". Seeing his aircraft made that connection even more meaningful. What a day it was!



I completed the training on the following Thursday, and it was back on the road to Buffalo. It was a two week adventure where I had literally, "walked among HISTORY". A great trip overall and even found a few postcards to boot.



Carl Mottern, President 2011/2012





Upcoming Shows:

35th Annual Postcard Show & Sale

October 16, 2011 9am-3pm Donation $3.00 Josh Canfield 585-671-0656

Holiday Inn

2468 Mound Rd. (Rte 414) - NYS Thruway Exit 41

Waterloo, NY



Weather alert, we all know what Buffalo winters are like therefore if there is a driving ban please do not drive, the meeting will be cancelledJ



The Buffalo Postcard Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Cleveland Heights Christian Church; 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY at 7:00PM (trading and viewing of cards) formal meeting begins at 7:30.



Until next time,



Kimberly Murphy

Secretary

Kmurphy53@aol.com







April 2011 Newsletter



Mission Statement:

The Buffalo Postcard Club's goal is the promotion of fun and social activity through the collection of postcards. We hope your continued membership is enjoyable and interesting and that you may learn some interesting topical history in the process. Please promote our hobby and by all means, bring a friend to our meetings.



Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting

April 5, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Carl Mottern, President with 21 members present.



Treasurer's report:

Here's the results from the 2011 Show..





Show
Income

Expense


Dealer Fee (table rental & dues)
2,211.00




Entrance
627.00




Room Rental


650.00


Mailing/Awards


870.89


Advertising/posters


132.39


Show Net Income



1,184.72




Account balance - $3227.23



The split club of $13.00 was won by George Sinclair.



Show Wrap-up:

Starting with a round of thank you to Carl Mottern for being everywhere and anywhere you were needed. Bill Henderson for getting us our dealers and to the dealers themselves without them there would not be a show. Kathy Ellman and Kim Murphy for board displays, board arrangements and awards. Mary Cerini, Mary Meegan, Dorie Hartman, Norm Whitchurch, Barb Kennerson, Linda Murphy and Erik Ellman for admissions table help. John Lutz and Erik Ellman our Parking lot attendants. Erik also helped in selling raffle and 50/50 tickets. And of course our advertising chairmen George Sinclair and Frank Schneider, without you guys there wouldn't have been many buyers. Special thank you to Carl's son Michael who helped our dealers set up and take down.



Board Display Awards Go To:

Mary Meegan - Collecting Eggs - 1st place Thematic and Best in Show

John Pawlowski - Indians - 2nd place Thematic

Carl Mottern - Fly Navy - 1st place Modern

Kathy Ellman and Kim Murphy - Drinking - 2nd place Modern

Mark Modzelewski - Along the Niagara River - 1st place Topographical and People's Choice

Linda Murphy - Cornell - 2nd place Topographical

Norm Whitchurch - Taunton - 3rd place Topographical



Thank you for participating!!! And a huge thanks to our judges Mary Ceini and John Lutz.



Presidents Corner:

THIS....... IS A SMALL TOWN

It's funny how I run into the same people at the same events year after year, after year. Maybe I have been involved in too many things, or had too many jobs. My rather shy and reserved Dad used to ask me at Bison's games "Do you ever go somewhere when you don't see somebody you know?" Hard to figure a boisterous "loudmouth" like myself would have a quiet reserved Dad right?



Well so it goes even at our Clubs annual Show. There for his annual visit is our "absentee" member Mr. James Demeo. Seems this gent and I go back quite a ways, all the way back to when I was about eight years old, I'd say. "Mr. D" as he was called by the locals in my neighborhood was the Playground Director in the summers at Phillips Sheridan School. He was a Ken-Ton teacher who ran the playground as his summer gig. So you'll have to ask him what kind of kid I was. Good to see "Mr. D" as always. He was a guy who always made time for us at the playground. I'd like to hope I can now do the same for him now.



Another "small world" encounter was one of the door prize winners at the Show. He asked me a bit later about the Club and we got on the subject of where we were from. Turns out this gent graduated from Kenmore West with me in 1975. Figure the odds on that one.



A week later I attended the local Plastic Modelers Show. Members of that Club are our mutual Postcard and Model Club members Dan Marafino and Dave Schwab. Seems Dave was THE first customer I sold a car to back in 1986 when I worked for Gary Pontiac, in what I'll call "another lifetime". I used to Ref local Hockey. Didn't Dave play Men's Hockey in Leagues I used to Ref? Not sure what he thought of my calls then? Too late to worry about it now.



At the same Model show I ran into a dealer I've known from years past at US Customs. We caught up just like we'd seen other yesterday. Then another Model Club Officer and fellow Navy man spotted my Navy jacket and engaged me in conversation. He then cocks his head and listens to my voice and says "You work for US Customs, don't you?" Turns out he knows my voice, as he's heard it a million times on the radio, being that he's a Dispatcher for our "sister agency", The US Border Patrol. He even knew my "Call Sign" Number. Now THAT'S attention to one's work!



I guess Dad the answer is "NO! I can't go anywhere without running into people I know. My wife will tell you I just collect "too much junk", and that I "have too many hobbies". But not only am I collecting postcards, models, and memories, I am collecting ... FRIENDS!



Carl Mottern

2010/11 President



Banquet:

Tuesday May 10th at Mr. Bills Restaurant in Cheektowaga, 6:00 PM

Price and menu details - Chicken Cordon Blue $12.00, Roast beef $12.00, Baked fish $13.00

Guest Speaker: Local Artist Ralph Sirianni,

Topic: His Western New York Monuments and other notable works of art.

Please bring your payment to the next meeting if you can.



Weather alert, we all know what Buffalo winters are like therefore if there is a driving ban please do not drive, the meeting will be cancelledJ



The Buffalo Postcard Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Cleveland Heights Christian Church; 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY at 7:00PM (trading and viewing of cards) formal meeting begins at 7:30.



Until next time,



Kimberly Murphy

Secretary

Kmurphy53@aol.com



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March 2011 Newsletter



HAPPY SHOW MONTH!!!



Mission Statement:

The Buffalo Postcard Club's goal is the promotion of fun and social activity through the collection of postcards. We hope your continued membership is enjoyable and interesting and that you may learn some interesting topical history in the process. Please promote our hobby and by all means, bring a friend to our meetings.



Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting

March 1, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Carl Mottern, President with 21 members present.



Treasurer's report:

Account balance - $2199.82



Money made from February's auction was a whopping $6.80, thanks to all who participated.



The split club of $15.00 was won by John Pawlowski who in return donated $5.00 thank you.



Show Report:

Bill Henderson worked hard in providing us dealers for our show, now it is up to us to help make our show as fun and exciting as possible through show boards, donations, good organization, and volunteers.



As in previous years we are in need of volunteers to help out at our show, a particular area of interest is the admissions table; two volunteers are needed for each time slot. If any member could donate one hour of their time it would be greatly appreciated. Open times are as follows: 10:00 -11:00, 11:00 - 12:00, 12:00 - 1:00 (one more volunteer needed) 1:00 - 2:00 and 2:00 3:00.



Door prizes are a welcomed donation; we would like to raffle off a prize an hour if enough items are received, so if you have anything of interest, please bring it with you the morning of the show.



Thanks to Ed Gralnik for donating admissions table postcards and to Kathy Ellman and Kim Murphy for donating kids postcards.



Show Display Boards

The categories for boards are Thematic, Topographical and Modern, we have decided to eliminate Artist signed due to lack of entries. Boards are an important part of our show because they set us apart from others. So get creative and have some fun. Share your flare and design a board, hey you never know, you just may win.



Meeting thank you:

Jan and Pat put on a very helpful presentation on how to do a display board. They talked about background color, how to arrange cards and title, and the use of "jigs" for alignment. I think everyone got some great ideas and really enjoyed their helpful presentation.



Pat, who knew you had all that colorJ



Carl Mottern and Bill Kasinski for sharing part of your collections.



Banquet:

Tuesday May 10th at Mr. Bills Restaurant in Cheektowaga, 6:00 PM

Price and menu details TBA

Guest Speaker: Local Artist Ralph Sirianni,

Topic: His Western New York Monuments and other notable works of his art




President's Corner

THAT'S JUST..... THE WAY IT IS!

Well is seem the year speeds by faster every year. Seems like just a few months ago we were having our first meeting, then our Christmas party and now our Show is upon us. I hope all will take a moment to review the newsletter to see where you can help with some small amount of time at the Show. We are seeking a few more folks for available time slots at the admissions table. Please contact Kim Murphy or Kathy Ellman if you are interested in helping out. Thanks in advance folks we do appreciate whatever help you may be able to provide.

I was recently reminded of an incident a few years ago that happened that showed the lengths some folks will go to take advantage of someone in a hobby. I was sitting reading the Sunday paper when the phone rang. The man on the other end asked for me and my wife handed me the phone. I answered and he asked "Is this Carl?" Replying in the affirmative started a story about me having been recommended by a mutual friend, Rick. The man then asked "Are you the man that collects postcards?" Again I answered and he then said "I'd like to stop by if that's OK?" I said "Sure when is good?" His response floored me, saying "I'm in front of your house NOW". I looked out the window and seen a man talking on a cell phone carrying a small briefcase. Incredible, but I invited him in, much to the disagreement of my wife.

Once inside he introduced himself explaining how he'd gotten my name from the mutual friend Rick. I explained the type of cards I was interested in and what topics I collected. He opened his briefcase and I was hoping to have hit a small "mother load". Instead out cam a stack of cards which I could tell right away would be of little interest to me. I began to sort the stack, and with my "flea market" experience I've trained myself to pick out what I may be interested in. Nothing appealed to me among the "family Real Photos", assorted "Greetings and Holiday " cards, European scenic most of which were stained or moldy. But then "THERE IT WAS"!
One card out of a four inch stack. I looked over that card closely. It was a 40's or 50's "Linen" showing a US Navy Blimp at the Naval Air Station at Brunswick, Georgia. Now I had some connections to this card. My buddy had been one of the last of the "blimp Sailors" at Brunswick I collect Naval Aviation Cards, and I had attended the US Customs Academy on the now former Brunswick Naval Air Station in Georgia. I assessed the card in VG-EX condition. I had never seen the card before, and I'd liked to have had it. so I told the man flat out..."This is the only one I can use. what would you charge me for it?" He then had a sneer on his face and said "It's not for sale"......... I was dumbfounded.

I asked him to "Say that again please"......And he repeated "It's not for sale". I was shocked by this point. Here the man had hiked back and forth on my sidewalks asking himself in while on a cell phone and now he's playing TOUGH GUY with me over a linen postcard. I explained that the stack was of no interest except that one card, and it was not a GEM of the hobby that might set dealers on their ears. I told him that it was a nice card and that I'd like to have it due to the person; l connections. He then repeated "It's not for sale".

Now I'm mad! I reminded him that he was the one that had invited himself to my house. I had asked him price and made him fair offers. He then told me I could "Trade it for some US Army Patches" ... Now I was really mad, telling him "I don't have any." He said, "That's my price, US Army patches" ... He then got pretty specific. I then hit him with a dose of common sense saying "I'll pay you for the card and you can buy the patches you want." This didn't work either.

I reminded him that I was in the Navy and now Law Enforcement, but NEVER the Army and had no idea what patches he wanted. He was not the least impressed with my dilemma. I then asked in closing "Why sir, after we've wasted a half an hour wont you sell me this card?" His response almost blew my steam gasket. He stood up as if to leave and then arrogantly said, "That's just ... the way it is." I was now at the end of my rope. I ordered the man out of my house and told him just "how I thought it was" with him.


I next called my buddy Rick who had somehow arranged this meeting and gave him the whole story. My buddy was embarrassed and very apologetic. He agreed that the gent was an "eccentric" to say the least, and that it was not surprising that he would act in that manner. I told Rick, "I'd like to have that card but would rather have it blow away in the wind then buy it from that guy." Rick apologized again.

A few weeks later my phone rang again. It was Rick, saying "I have something for you." I was dumbfounded. When Rick delivered the said card I tried to ask what he'd done to pry it out of that guy and how much it had cost, but to no avail. My true friend would take no money offered and would not say what his ransom payment had consisted of. He just winked and said in his best imitative voice, "That's just ... the way it is." That, folks, is what REAL friends are for!

Carl Mottern

2010-11 President


Weather alert, we all know what Buffalo winters are like therefore if there is a driving ban please do not drive, the meeting will be cancelledJ



The Buffalo Postcard Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Cleveland Heights Christian Church; 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY at 7:00PM (trading and viewing of cards) formal meeting begins at 7:30.

Until next time,

Kimberly Murphy

Secretary

Kmurphy53@aol.com



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February 2011 Newsletter



Mission Statement:

The Buffalo Postcard Club's goal is the promotion of fun and social activity through the collection of postcards. We hope your continued membership is enjoyable and interesting and that you may learn some interesting topical history in the process. Please promote our hobby and by all means, bring a friend to our meetings.



Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting

February 8, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Carl Mottern, President with 18 members present.



Welcome returning members:

Bill Ayler, Joe Rennie and Eugene Musial great to have you all join us!



Treasurer's report:

Account balance - $1443.64



The split club of $11.00 was won by Evelyn Pawlowski.



New Business:

A discussion about our show hours was brought up to either keep the original 9:00-4:00 time slot or amend those hours for next year to 9:30-4:30. Admissions table will tally the amount of people coming in after 3:00 as well as our members polling the amount of people still around at 4:00.



Show Report:

Bill Henderson sent out the contracts on January 3rd, so far we have 10 dealers and have sold 28 out of 58 tables. Thanks to Bill we are right on schedule with last year. George and Frank are very busy mailing out show cards and placing advertisements, thanks to our team we will have a great turnout as well as a successful day on both sides of the dealer table.



Miscellaneous:

Thank you to all members who donated and bought auctioned cards during February s meeting.



Presidents Corner:

Banquet: Tuesday May 10th at Mr. Bills Restaurant in Cheektowaga, 6:00 PM

Price and menu details TBA

Guest Speaker: Local Artist Ralph Sirianni,

Topic: His Western New York Monuments and other notable works of his art



OUR BUSY SEASON

Here we are folks! Seems like our season just started and we are rapidly heading towards our show and the banquet. I hope you are looking forward to them as much as I am. I get the urge to start hunting postcards and am sorry that my work schedule prevented me from going to Toronto's show this year.



We have the Banquet set for Mr. Bills, same spot as last year. I have guaranteed the entire room so let's hope all of you can make it for a fun end of our season culmination. Our guest Speaker is local Artist Ralph Sirianni. You have probably seen Ralphs work around the area and may not know it. He has done numerous sculptures for various memorials in local parks. He is also a noted "Courtroom Artist". His most notable recent trial work was in the "Mo Hassan" trial. I hope to see you all there for Ralph's presentation.



My recent computer troubles have been fixed and I am rapidly catching up on my backlog of postcard inventory to file. It's a good problem to have! See you at the March meeting.



Carl Mottern

President 2010/2011



Upcoming Shows:

Harrisburg Postcard Show

Linglestown American Legion

505 North Mountain Rd.

Linglestown, PA

March 12, 2011 9:00 - 5:00

Parking is free, Admission is $2.00

Joekleinfelter@comcast.net or (717) 469 - 2598



Weather alert, we all know what Buffalo winters are like therefore if there is a driving ban please do not drive, the meeting will be cancelledJ

The Buffalo Postcard Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Cleveland Heights Christian Church; 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY at 7:00PM (trading and viewing of cards) formal meeting begins at 7:30.

Until next time,

Kimberly Murphy

Secretary

Kmurphy53@aol.com



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January 2011 Newsletter



Mission Statement:

The Buffalo Postcard Club's goal is the promotion of fun and social activity through the collection of postcards. We hope your continued membership is enjoyable and interesting and that you may learn some interesting topical history in the process. Please promote our hobby and by all means, bring a friend to our meetings.



Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting

January 4, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Carl Mottern, President with 14 members present.



Treasurer's report:

Account balance - $1545.72



Insurance has been paid up for the year.



The split club of $12.50 was won by Ed Gralnik.



New Business:

Frank Schneider brought to the clubs attention the possibility of the club making a monetary donation to the individuals who help some of the dealers with transporting their stock into the building during our show.



Show Report:

Contracts are out. We have advertising in Postcard World, the March/April edition and Barr's as well.



Miscellaneous:

Thank you to both Carl and Ed for sharing some of their collection, their presentations made for a fun evening.



I would like to remind everyone of the calendar for the next few months:



February 1 - Auction, please donate a unique card all proceeds go to Club.

March 1 - The Jan and Pat Show (board prep)

April 5 - Hash out the Show

May 3 - Everybody's a Dealer Night

May 17 - Banquet





Presidents Corner Jan 2011



A MID WINTER SLAP BACK TO REALITY



Well my wife Ronnie and I have just returned from a great vacation cruise on the MV CARNIVAL PRIDE, home ported in Baltimore, MD. We had a wonderful time just relaxing on the ship, and at port stops at Port Canaveral Florida, and Nassau and Freeport in The Bahamas.



I was able to make two outstanding SCUBA dives at The Bahamian stops. The Nassau dive included a "shark feeding" of Caribbean Reef Sharks. They are not a normally aggressive species, more of a "scavenger" shark. Yet the thrill of being in close proximity to such a large number of these big hungry fish is heart pounding. I have a video if you want to see it.



The ship left Freeport in warm 75F Degree conditions on its' way back to Baltimore. Passing thru a storm off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina had the big ship rocking and rolling in 60 knot winds. Good thing both of us have some "sea legs" as other folks were not so fortunate. The transit up Chesapeake Bay was done under clear blue morning skies as I watched the sunrise as the ship passed under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, connecting the Maryland mainland to the Delmarva Peninsula. I took some great photos, which I anyway think would make great postcards. Another point of interest passed was historic Fort McHenry. I could just imagine the ship passing thru the area where the British Fleet was located as they bombarded the fort, witnessed by Francis Scott Key. Key of course was inspired by the sight of the battered flag over the fort to write the poem "The Star Spangled Banner", which of course later when put to music, became the National Anthem. The contrast to our sunny Bahamas stay further hit home as the CARNIVAL PRIDE quietly pushed thru a thin skim ice layer, as the bay changed from salt to brackish, and later fresh water, in 5F Degree temps.



Another interesting sight for me was the giant Navy owned hospital ship USNS COMFORT. The COMFORT is a converted former oil tanker, crewed by a mix of Navy and Civil Service personnel. She is kept inactive at Baltimore, awaiting rapid crew up and systems activation, for any disaster that she may asked to respond to. The gleaming white ship adorned with giant red crosses, has proudly served in the Persian Gulf conflicts, as well as numerous hurricane, earthquake, tsunami, and the September 11th terrorist attack in New York situations. This was the first time this retired Navy man had seen this famous ship, an unplanned bonus for me.



The drive back from Baltimore to Kenmore was direct and to the point with minimal fuel pit stops. We had to get back in time to get big Molly out of the kennel before they closed. As we passed numerous large antique malls in Pennsylvania I just cringed at all the missed chances to do some serious postcard hunting. Oh well, another time perhaps.



Getting Molly out of the kennel was accomplished with 15 minutes to spare, as we made the trip from Baltimore in just about six and a half hours. Not the relaxing drive I would have preferred. Arriving at home in sub zero temps was another cruel reminder of winters' grip. As attempting to shuffle our vehicles for the next day's work departure proved impossible, owing to my pickups' dead battery and frozen oil pump. To paraphrase Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz"……..We definitely weren't in the Bahamas anymore.



Carl Mottern

President 2010/2011



Upcoming Shows:

Toronto Postcard Club 30th Annual Show

Thornhill Community Center

February 27 9:30 - 4:30

Parking is free

www.Torontopostcardclub.com



Harrisburg Postcard Show

Linglestown American Legion

505 North Mountain Rd.

Linglestown, PA

March 12, 2011 9:00 - 5:00

Parking is free, Admission is $2.00

Joekleinfelter@comcast.net or (717) 469 - 2598





Weather alert, we all know what Buffalo winters are like therefore if there is a driving ban please do not drive, the meeting will be cancelledJ

The Buffalo Postcard Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Cleveland Heights Christian Church; 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY at 7:00PM (trading and viewing of cards) formal meeting begins at 7:30.



Until next time,



Kimberly Murphy

Secretary

Kmurphy53@aol.com



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December 2010 Newsletter





Mission Statement:

The Buffalo Postcard Club's goal is the promotion of fun and social activity through the collection of postcards. We hope your continued membership is enjoyable and interesting and that you may learn some interesting topical history in the process. Please promote our hobby and by all means, bring a friend to our meetings.



Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting

December 7, 2010

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Carl Mottern, President with 24 members present.



Fred's sister, Janet Truckenbrodt sent the club a very nice thank you card. Our donation will be used as a contribution to the F. A. Truckenbrodt Science Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be given yearly to a graduate of Beamsville District High School where Fred taught for nearly 40 years.



Financial Report:

Account balance: $1800.21

Split club winner was Ed Gralnik $21.00.



Show News:

Contracts are out! Bring on another successful show!



Advertising Department:

Frank and George are rockin' out; they placed a ¼ page ad in Postcard World, sent out show card reminders and Jan is looking into advertising on the internet for what sounds like a good bargain.



Old News:

Cabinet anyone, anyone see a cabinet?!



Party Time:

The Christmas party was a tasty success, thank you to all who donated to our spread of goodies. The company was fun, the conversations were lively and a gift exchange to share in, all this made for a wonderful 2010 party!



Enjoy sharing the holidays with your family and friends, see you next year!









Presidents' Corner:



For Every Season There Is A....................................



Borrowed that title from the 60's song by the Byrds, but it does seem so appropriate. As we head into the New Year I hope all of you had a healthy, happy and joyous Holiday season (depending of course on what your holiday is). To have friends and family close by give us the reminders that life is precious and that the good times are to be enjoyed.



Our Club celebrated with our annual Christmas/Holiday Party at our last meeting. What a great spread of food was set up for all that attended. Thanks to all that participated and brought in items! Even better was the company and mixing. As President I am frequently the target of "private conversations" with regards to club affairs. These are for the most part very positive feedback as to how things are going. My fellow Board Members have been pleased to point out that our membership numbers are slowly climbing back up, and that our meeting attendance is on the upswing. I credit the hard work of all my Board and Committee members who have done such a great job pitching in with club business. None of our success could have happened without the work of these folks. You know who they are so please be sure to thank them when able. We will continue to try to put our best foot forward for our club and the members benefit!



On a sadder note the Baseball world and my team the Cleveland Indians recently lost an icon in Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller. I had met Mr. Feller on five occasions, and a nicer more interesting man you could not meet. I first learned about him in third grade while reading a children's baseball book. Becoming an Indian fan cemented that respect for this great pitcher and meeting him only reinforced al that opinion. Bob was the first celebrity to sign up for the service the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Being a Navy man also caught my interest as I had an almost lifelong goal of someday joining the Navy myself. In 1983 I was even able to bat a few swings off Bob in a Bison's pre-game promotion. He still threw a mean fastball even at a then spry sixty four years of age. He was a lifelong "physical fitness" buff, and his active lifestyle at ninety two years old was very reminiscent of our recently passed Club member Fred Truckenbrodt. We should all be so lucky to enjoy such long and healthy lives. My postcard collection includes numerous Bob Feller cards from various eras and stages of his career. It's always fun to find a news card for my baseball collection. A little variety away from my Navy collection is always welcome. So in the old US Navy tradition, I wish, "Farewell and Following Seas, to Chief Petty Officer Robert Williams Andrew Feller". Rest in peace Shipmate, you were a one of a kind.



For our other Board and Committee Members, I wish you all a Happy and Better New Year!





Carl Mottern

2010/11 President





Upcoming Shows:

Toronto Postcard Club 30th Annual Show

Thornhill Community Center

February 27 9:30 - 4:30

Parking is free

www.Torontopostcardclub.com



Weather alert, we all know what Buffalo winters are like therefore if there is a driving ban please do not drive, the meeting will be cancelledJ

The Buffalo Postcard Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Cleveland Heights Christian Church; 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY at 7:00PM (trading and viewing of cards) formal meeting begins at 7:30.



Until next time,

Kimberly Murphy

Secretary

Kmurphy53@aol.com





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November 2010 Newsletter



Mission Statement:

The Buffalo Postcard Club's goal is the promotion of fun and social activity through the collection of postcards. We hope your continued membership is enjoyable and interesting and that you may learn some interesting topical history in the process. Please promote our hobby and by all means, bring a friend to our meetings.



Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting

November 2, 2010

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Carl Mottern, President with 26 members present.



Welcome new and returning members:

Shelia Shapiro, our long distance member from Chicago, she collects Chicago related except World's Fair.



Paul Moore, our newest member brought to us through our website.



Lynn Filbert, welcome back, she collects camping, trailers, RV's, campsites, and Chautauqua.



Jan Vine, nice to see you… a refresher for members on what she collects, Buffalo, Delmar, Holiday, Olcott Beach.



Remembering Frederick Truckenbrodt

Fred will be greatly missed; he was an active member of our club who made the monthly trip from Canada to be a part of us. He always assisted us at the admissions table, designed showcases and very often won. He had a great passion for travel, a love of theatre, history, sports, antiques and books. My family and I only had the pleasure of knowing him for a couple of years, he was such a happy guy always smiling and willing to share his stories and historical knowledge, I know we are grateful for having known him as are all of you.



Treasurer's report:

Account balance - $1846.05



Clubs' donation of $50.00 to the memorial of Fred Truckenbrodt.
We are up to 78 paid members…thank you to those individuals.
Mary has updated the member list which has helped us with saving on postage; mailings went from 50 to 30 member newsletter mailings.


The split club of $18.50 was won by Bill Henderson.



Show Report:

Bill Henderson our Show Chairman will be sending out contracts the 1st week in December. Our show is scheduled for the last Sunday in March on the 27th.



Advertising:

Chairmen Frank Schnieder and George Sinclair have ad placements in Barr's and Postcard Club. Congratulations to Frank for becoming the newest and youngest historian for the Village of Forestville.



Website:

Jan has done a wonderful job on the website which is already paying off through postage savings. Keep in mind this site is for all of us to enjoy and use so please don't hesitate in giving her or scanning your favorite cards for all of us to enjoy.



New Business:

Congratulations to Ed Gralnik for receiving Barbara Sopers collection from her brother in law. This is a case of being referred by the right person.



Thank you to Maureen Cordova for her presentation on Halloween Cards. She arranged a wonderful variety cards and provided an interesting lecture.



December is our Christmas Party…please bring along with you a dish to share and postcards to gift exchange.



Presidents Corner:

AN AIRMAN, HAS GONE WEST



It was the day of our November meeting. I received the unexpected call from Janice Farrell. The sad and shocking news hung over me as I drove to, and then opened the meeting. Our esteemed member Fred Truckenbrodt, had passed away from complications as a result of a car crash. I was also shocked to learn that Fred was ninety-one years young. YES...YOUNG!



Being a retired Naval Air crewman and the son of a WW2 USAAF flyer, I have literally been around aircraft and the talk of same my whole life. Here's where Fred and I had our biggest connection. I was always fascinated by his tales of his days Pilot in the WW2 era Royal Canadian Air Force. Fred flew on multiple types of aircraft, as was common with British Commonwealth pilots. What I would not give to have a ride in some of the aircraft types that Fred had piloted. His was an interesting life for sure. That he collected postcards was to our clubs benefit, and to know him was to enjoy him. His life was a lesson for all of us. Stay active, stay positive, keep busy, occupy your mind, Fred was the "Poster Boy" for all of these virtues. If one can be healthy and happy until that time comes, than what else better can one ask for?



So here's a tip of a cold"Canadian", your choice, beer, or whiskey. We drink a toast to Flight Lieutenant Fred Truckenbrodt! Another Airman ...has, "gone west".



Carl Mottern

2010 - 2011 President



Upcoming Shows:

Toronto Postcard Club 30th Annual Show

Thornhill Community Center

February 27 9:30 - 4:30

Parking is free

www.Torontopostcardclub.com



Weather alert, we all know what Buffalo winters are like therefore if there is a driving ban please do not drive, the meeting will be cancelledJ

The Buffalo Postcard Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Cleveland Heights Christian Church; 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY at 7:00PM (trading and viewing of cards) formal meeting begins at 7:30.

Until next time,



Kimberly Murphy

Secretary

Kmurphy53@aol.com







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October 2010 Newsletter



Mission Statement:

The Buffalo Postcard Club's goal is the promotion of fun and social activity through the collection of postcards. We hope your continued membership is enjoyable and interesting and that you may learn some interesting topical history in the process. Please promote our hobby and by all means, bring a friend to our meetings.



Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting

October 12, 2010

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Carl Mottern, President with 23 members present.



Welcome:

Sharon Keller, she has been a member of our club for many years and also attend our shows. She likes to collect Halloween, teddy bears and New Year's cards.



To our Canadian members, ehJ



Ailing Members:

Ed Gralnik and John Pawlowski, everyone is so eager to have you guys back, so get well soon.



Treasurer's Report:

Account balance - $2046.58

Renewed dues - 36 members and counting.



Thank you to Marty Biskup for his donation toward the October meeting refreshments, mm mm mm good!!!



Bill Henderson mentioned Show contracts will be sent out in November.



Frank Schneider and George Sinclair our Advertising Chairmen said, everything is going smooth.



Old Business:

The cabinet donation fell through so Carl will continue to look for a used cabinet to supplement our storage space.



New Business:

The cancellation of our meeting was due to a scheduling conflict with the church; they informed Carl that they had a rummage sale scheduled for the same evening, hence the change to the following Tuesday .

A huge thank you to Ron Workman for his excellent presentation on artist signed cards and unsigned cards. He shared with us many Halloween cards, valentine, new years, talked about Ellen Clapsaddle and the importance of reference material.



Thank you to Carl for sharing his collection of Baseball Parks.



Next month's meeting topic is a presentation by Maureen Cordova on Halloween cards.



Jan is working hard on the website, the calendar is up and running.



Presidents Corner:



The Changing Seasons

I love this time of year almost as much as summer. Maybe it's the baseball playoffs that have me screaming at the TV for hours? Maybe it's the oncoming duck and deer hunting seasons that I anticipate that has me checking the calendar with glee? I also look forward to our recent Halloween tradition of sitting on the porch (weather permitting of course) with a bottle of wine and our St Bernard Molly in costume as we greet the Trick or Treaters. The season also means "Post-carding" is in full swing. The Golden Horseshoe and Western New York shows will have passed by the time you read this. The Toronto Show is always a great event February, if Old Man Winter cooperates, so much to do and so little time as they say.

Our Clubs season is in full swing. We are gearing up for our annual Show & Sale and Bill Henderson is starting his efforts that always end in a successful show for the Club, our members and guests. I hope you are looking forward to it like I am!

I want to thank Ron Workman for an EXCELLENT presentation on "Artists Postcards" at our October meeting. We have been fortunate to have many "experts" on our hobby during my time in the club. I recall the late John Henel doing a very similar program when I was a very new novice member of the Club. It's great to have members such as Ron to continue the "Teaching" portion of our Clubs function. So Deltiology is not just a hobby, it's an education.

I hope sot see you all at our November meeting. I look forward to a good turnout every meeting and hope you do as well. Help share the fun of our hobby, and by all means bring a friend.

Carl Mottern
2010/11 President





Upcoming Events:

November 19-20

York International Postcard Expo

York Fairgrounds, Horticultural Hall, 324 Carlisle Ave., York PA



More than 70 dealers from around the world

$5.00 admission good for both days

Contact: Mary L. Martin, LTD., 4899 Pulaski Highway Perryville, MD 21903

(410)642-3581. Toll free (800)899-9887. Fax (410)642-2053.

marymartinpostcards@prodigy.net.

They have one of the largest postcard inventories in the world, with more than 1,000,000 cards in stock at all times.



Friday 9:00-7:00

Saturday 9:00-5:00



Weather alert, we all know what Buffalo winters are like therefore if there is a driving ban please do not drive, the meeting will be cancelledJ



Until next time,



Kimberly Murphy

Secretary

Kmurphy53@aol.com



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September 2010 Newsletter



Mission Statement:

The Buffalo Postcard Club's goal is the promotion of fun and social activity through the collection of postcards. We hope your continued membership is enjoyable and interesting and that you may learn some interesting topical history in the process. Please promote our hobby and by all means, bring a friend to our meetings.



Buffalo Postcard Club Meeting

September 7, 2010

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Carl Mottern, President with 25 members present.



Welcome back all Members:

Nice turnout for the first meeting, good to see everyone back. We also had a looooong time returnee join us, Eugene Musial a seasoned veteran, welcome back.



I would like to introduce our Board Members; Carl Mottern fifth year President, Mary Cerini second year Treasurer, Kathy Ellman first year Vice President and also volunteers her time at the Show with the admissions table and awards, Kim Murphy second year Secretary and also volunteers with Kathy for the admissions table and awards, Erik Ellman second year Errand Man, Bill Henderson longtime Show Chairman, Janice Farrell first year Webmaster, Frank Schneider and George Sinclair first year Advertising Chairmen. Thank you to our new Board Members for stepping up and volunteering your time and skills, you are greatly appreciated.



Leaving, Ailing or passed members:

Mary Kay Osborne-Nepomuceno

The Club wishes you well with your move to Arizona enjoy the heat!



Ed Gralnik

We are all sorry to hear the news of your injured foot; we wish you a speedy recovery and a quick return to our meetings.



Barbara M. Soper

August 24, 2010

Barbara was our long time Advertising Chairwoman, her diligent work and interest in our Club and hobby will be missed.



Treasurer's report:

Account balance - $1809.30



A donation of $300.00 to Cleveland Heights Christian Church for use of the hall was made after the May banquet.
The club has paid $187.56 to HostGator for a 3-year contract for the website and domain registration.
Renewal notices were sent to 70 members and 16 dealers who are due to renew in September.


The split club of $14.50 was won by Jo-Ann Darlich.



New Business:

Kathy Ellman has volunteered to become our new Vice President, during the meeting Janice Farrell motioned first to accept Kathy, Mary Meegan second the motion and the Secretary casts one vote for our new VP.



On August 30, 2010 the board members met for our annual steering meeting where we discussed a variety of topics, such as our schedule, possible field trips, dues increase, etc. Dues will remain the same for the 2010-2011 season at $7.00 however, there will be an increase next year during the 2011-2012 season to $10.00 because of increased costs such as; our church donation, three year contract for the website and domain registration, annual insurance, postage, deposit for the hall, etc. We feel as though this is very reasonable to help combat our increased costs.



Possible field trip destination ideas; Gray cliff, Amherst Museum, Fire Museum and if anyone has other suggestions please share them. The Club is also considering a bus trip during the 2011-2012 seasons to Waterloo.



The program for each meeting is as follows:



September - Everybody's a Dealer Night

October 5 - Halloween Night, master of ceremonies TBA

November 2 - Guest Speaker, TBA

December 7 - Christmas Party and Displays

January 4 - Members Share your Collection, bring in four cards to put on our video projector.

February 1 - Auction, please donate a unique card all proceeds go to Club.

March 1 - The Jan and Pat Show (board prep)

April 5 - Hash out the Show

May 3 - Everybody's a Dealer Night

May 17 - Banquet



Thanks to Jan Farrell our new webmaster, we once again have a website, with unlimited space! Meaning we can archive anything and everything; such as newsletters, postcards, pictures, history, you name it Jan can post it. We will keep you updated as to its grand unveiling.



Thank you to all members who brought their collections and overstock to our last meeting, it made for a fun evening!



Presidents Corner:

My thanks to the members of our "Steering Committee, new VP Kathy Ellman, Secretary Kim Murphy, Treasurer Mary Cerini, our new "Webmaster" Janice Farrell and "Member at Large" Pat Farrell for their inputs at our August meeting. We hope the ideas we discussed will translate into another successful season for our Club. My thanks go out also to George Sinclair and Frank Schneider who have taken over our advertising duties. If you wish to help with any club duties, please let the board know!




BACK TO BUSINESS

Well here were are well into September and I ask again this year, "Where'd the summer go?" Seems there is never enough time or money to do all the things I'd like to try to squeeze into the Buffalo areas notoriously pleasant but all to short summers. When we last met at the May banquet I'd had a plan and was able to do most of the things I'd wanted to accomplish.



My wife Ronnie and I had a nice time in the greater Cincinnati area back in June for the USS AMERICA Reunion. It was nice to have a gathering of six old HS-15 Red Lions squadron mates from my Helicopter days back in the 70's. I had not seen three of those fellas since June of 1979. We had Group trips on an Ohio River cruise, a day at the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio, and lots of time at the tables just rehashing old times. How the stories flowed like it was just yesterday. We also took in a Reds game at beautiful "Great American Ballpark". I had some good luck in my postcard topics in some side trips to various antique malls in rural southern Ohio. The Air Force Museum Gift Shop also proved beneficial as they had some new issues I'd not seen before.



I was able to renew my love of SCUBA Diving in the local Niagara River area. It does not have the visibility of the Caribbean, but it will have to do. I also took in my share of Bison's games, and managed one trip to Cleveland to see my Indians host the Detroit Tigers. Not many new ballpark postcards found this year.



As the season changes to fall, I find myself looking forward to the start of our clubs season. I anticipate we will be able to offer you the chance to add to your postcard collection, while renewing old friendships and learning something interesting as well. We are attempting to line ups some interesting Guest Speakers. And a "Field Trip" may be in the works as well at some point. Stay tuned for further developments.



It was nice to see such a large turnout at our September meeting. Let's build on that by bringing friends, and introducing folks to our hobby, as well as the Club. Remember, this club is… "By The Members, For Our Members".

You can help make a difference. I look forward to serving this year as your Clubs President. I hope as always, that this will be our best year ever. See you at the meetings!


Carl Mottern
2010-11 President





Upcoming Shows:

October 17, 2010 Waterloo

34th Annual Western NY Postcard Club Show & Sale, Holiday Inn, 2468 Mound Rd., 585-671-0856, Josh Canfield, 585-267-9403, day of show, SH: 9am-3pm



October 17, 2010 Toronto, Ontario

Old Postcard & Paper Show, Thornhill Community Centre, 7755 Bayview Avenue, Markham. 705-717-6367, Janet Dalton, shows@postcard-directory.com,

www.postcard-directory.com/shows , SH: 10am - 4pm



Remember to use common sense with regards to winter driving. If there is a driving ban the meeting will be cancelled.



Until next time,





Kimberly Murphy

Secretary

Kmurphy53@aol.com

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November 2004





BUFFALO POSTCARD CLUB MEETING MINUTES 11-02-2004



OFFICERS PRESENT: Carl Mottern VP, Ken Kellenburg Treasurer



Meeting Called to order at 7:30 PM



ATTENDANCE: 38 Members Present



MINUTES: Unanimous acceptance of newsletter minutes by voice vote



REPORTS:



TREASURY: As of 11-02-2004, Ken reports a bank balance of $1,329.71, with $150 in intake deposits pending, and a $200 check donation to Cleveland Heights Christian Church, also pending. No dissention or questions concerning finances arose.



OUR CLUB SHOW: Bill Henderson announced that due to problems of space, and poor communications with The Harvey Morin Post, last years show site, that we would be returning to the Cheektowaga Masonic Center.

The date is March 20th, 2005.



SUNSHINE: Carl reported he was subbing at the front table for our President Jan Farrell who fell and broke her ankle the afternoon of the meeting. Her husband Pat gave a report that all things considered "it could have been much worse!" Our best to Jan. Alberta will mail out a "Get Well Card" from the club! No other members were reported in distress! Carl responded to inquiries that his Dad had made a nice recovery from some health issues, that forced Carl to miss the October meeting.



REFRESHMENTS: John Palowski as always did a great job in keeping us in coffee and doughnuts. Thanks again!



OLD BUSINESS:



PROMOTIONS: A general discussion was held as to how to better use our advertising to attract show attendees. Now that our show date and location is set, Bar Soper will make the appropriate notices to previous advertisers. Our mail out card was discussed and Ed Gralnik proposed making our mail out card, a discounted admission card when presented at the door. That item to be discussed prior to printing.



GUEST SPEAKERS: A general discussion was held concerning keeping costs down, by utilizing less guest speakers. This will be a cost saving measure, but of course will also cut into some of the fine presentations we've seen I in the past. A common sense approach to expenses vs. gain is of course the answer. Speakers will be sought at "reasonable" prices and frequency, to conserve operating funds.



STORAGE CABINET: Carl will handle the purchase and placement in the Church, of a storage cabinet, prior to the December meeting as his schedule allows.



ROCHESTER SHOW OBSERVATIONS: Lee Bowen and Bill Ayler, were asked to provide a brief report on the Rochester NY show in October. Both reported ample attendance and good dealer selection. Lee stressed the need for our clubs show, to remain a "POSTCARD SHOW" and not just a dealer sales den! This idea is supported by our continued interest in having our members make display boards, and continued prize judging! Lets work hard to keep this popular and attractive part of our show going!



NEW BUSINESS:



WEBSIGHT: A new member inquired if our Club had a website? Explaining our previous history of trouble with a paid website, Carl offered the alternative suggestion of using a "FREE " Yahoo website. To gain access a member would have to have a "YAHOO" member profile. To keep non-club members, and "spammers and hackers" off of our sight, it would require an "Invitation" to join. Carl will look further into this area prior to the December meeting.



COLLECTION DISPLAYS: Ed Gralnik displayed his great collection of local Buffalo area linens. Thanks Ed! Great cards!





SPLIT CLUB RAFFLE: Poor note keeping leads to a "guess", that Merriejann Miller was our winner and took home the $23 portion of the split kitty! Apologies here.



BUSINESS MEETIING ADJOURNED: Official meeting adjourned for refreshments at 800:PM.



FEATURED TOPIC: Our own member, Joe Rennie entertained us with selected cards from his collection on Buffalos' waterfront history. Joes' collection includes numerous postcards from various eras, on the wide range of subjects associated with Buffalos' ever changing industrial heritage. Joes' collection includes great postcards covering Buffalo lighthouses and the Lifesaving (Coast Guard) Station, grain elevators, breakwaters, piers, The Erie Canal and Commercial Slip, bridges, yacht clubs, beaches, and various other buildings along the vast Buffalo waterfront! All very nicely presented to advantage, by Joe on our new projector. Thanks Joe! Well done!



PROGRAM CALENDAR: The next meeting on Tuesday, December 7th will feature our annual Christmas Party. Bring in snacks and treats to share! The past practice of gift card trading will be renewed as well! If you wish to participate please bring in a gift card to exchange. Bring in any Christmas related postcard collections for display if you desire.



FUTURE EVENTS: Tuesday January 4th, will feature our postcard auction. You will have the chance to auction off any cards you wish to remove from your inventory, with a small portion of the final price going to the club for fund raising.