Marietta and I missed the October Chapter meeting because we were in China for three weeks in October. What a great trip, we can highly recommend OAT (Overseas Adventure Travel). In spite of trying, we did not see much of antique clocks save those displayed in the Forbidden City and a few antique shops. We saw all the big name locations and even spent three nights in Tibet. Ironically, upon returning home and while perusing the latest issues of the British publication "Clocks", I learned that Pro Clocks had opened a retail outlet in Tianjin, China. The ProClocks opening included 90ft string(s) of firecrackers. Reading about these continuous and noisy explosions reminded me of the firecracker displays we witnessed during celebrations preceding weddings in China.
On this past Saturday at God Fathers breakfast, Mike King and Kay Henselman related some of the details that we missed at the Chapter meeting. I got the clear impression that a good number of you stepped up and made presentations about some of the clocks and/or watches that you have acquired. Once again you have demonstrated by your attendance and participation, the value and worth of our organization--there is always something to contribute or to be learned from each other.
Passing of the Membership Chairman responsibility from John Bailey to Bob Arnold has been accomplished. Thanks to John Bailey for his years of contributing his time to this activity on behalf of Chapter 31. We welcome back Bob Arnold to our chapter and thanks for taking on the membership responsibility. While we have had some success in attracting new members, we all need to make them feel welcome and have them looking forward to attending the next chapter meeting.