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   George Matto 

Vice President
   Jean-Luc Gustin

   Kris Freiermuth 

Treasurer & Sunshine
   Betty Chisum 

   Ron Dusek (2014) 
   Tom Hammond (2014) 
   Stoddard Smith (2016)
   Dick Vigal (2016) 

   4-Officers, Past President, 
   & 4 Directors

Committee Chairs 

Webmaster & E-Mailings
   Rod Lloyd 

   Dan Miller 

   Mark DeAtley

   Betty Chisum
Program & Publicity
   Mary Elizabeth Harper 
Nominating & Elections
   Terry White 

   Mike Robinson 
   Terry White
   Stephen Nelson             

Raffle & Door Prizes
   Stoddard Smith

NAWCC Bulletin Coordinator
   Kris Freiermuth 

Outside Events
   Leo & Kris Freiermuth

Chapter Event Photographer
   Josh Smith

 August 2013

It was two weeks ago that your dedicated Regional Committee met to close out accounts and review the production of the 2013 Pacific Northwest Regional.  In all respects this Regional was a resounding success including a positive financial outcome.  The usual contributors to income are Registration and Mart table sales resulting in a positive net of $1,771.00 including $384.00 from the Silent Auction. Another $138.00 in the plus column brought our total net gain to $1,909.00 for the Regional.  Bob Arnold spearheaded the Auction and tirelessly conducted the "Not So Silent Auction".  Be it the auction, banquet or mart room and display--all were a great success thanks to the contributions of each committee chairman and their support people.

If you would like to be a part of one of Chapter 31's most successful endeavors, join us for the planning of the 2015 PNW Regional.  You can help a well run organization move into high gear and make a positive contribution to the chapter.  Just watch for the announcement of our planning meetings next year.

Suggested Reading: News from the NAWCC--the California Academy of Sciences is transferring two watch an clock collections to our NAWCC Museum.  This was a 6 year effort in bringing the William Barkley Stephens Collection and The Harris Fishbon Collection to our National Museum.

As always, your program Chairman, Mary Elizabeth Harper would like to hear from about future program topics that might interest you.  You suggest the topic and she will find a presenter if need be.

Make the best of global warming and continue to enjoy a great PNW summer by coming to this months Chapter Picnic and Mart--details in this news letter.


George Matto, President

August 25th, 2013

3:00 pm Mart
3:00 pm Chapter Meeting at 

Bob & Mary Holstrom

2934NW 53rd Drive, Portland

Short Meeting, Mart, Food and Comradery


September 15th, 2013  
Member Merl Snell will present an exciting narrative and overview of the Texas Regional with photos of clocks and exhibit pieces of French Clocks.  For those who have not attended this event, this will be a pictorial experience led by Merl.

Our member Shirley Cavanaugh had a stroke in June and is now in a care center.  I sent a card from the Chapter but in case anyone else would like to ….here is her address.  Benedictine Nursing Home 540 S. Main Mt. Angel, Oregon 97362.

Thanks Betty

Scientists say they have found a more accurate way to measure time.Optical lattice clock

We currently use atomic clocks to count the seconds, but tests on an alternative atomic timekeeper have revealed that it is more precise.

The devices, called optical lattice clocks, lost just one second every 300 million years - making them three times as accurate as current atomic clocks.

Writing in Nature Communications, the team said they offered a better system for defining the second.

Laser show

We once used the Earth's rotation to measure time, where one spin equates to a day.

But because our planet wobbles on its axis as it rotates, some days can be shorter or longer than others.

The atomic clock has proved to be a far more accurate method of keeping the world on time and since the 1960s has been used to define a second in the International System of Units (SI units).

But now scientists say the optical lattice clock could improve the precision.

Just as a grandfather clock uses the swing of a pendulum to measure intervals of time, an atomic clock uses the very regular "vibrations" of atoms.

Our current systems, called caesium fountains, expose clouds of caesium atoms to microwaves to get them to oscillate. But the the new ones use light to excite strontium atoms.

Dr Jerome Lodewyck, from the Paris Observatory, said: "In our clocks we use laser beams. Laser beams oscillate much faster than microwave radiation, and in a sense we divide time in much shorter intervals so we can measure time more precisely."

ClocksThe researchers believe the new clock could be used as a standard for the world's time

The optical clocks are three times as accurate as caesium fountains, which are accurate to one second every 100 million years.

As well as comparing the optical lattice clocks with our current atomic timekeepers, the researchers compared two optical clocks with each other. They found that they kept time in agreement, and were also very stable.

"For instance, if you have your wristwatch, and one day you are one second late, and one day one second early, then your clock is not stable. But it could still have good accuracy if over a million days the time is correct," Dr Lodewyck explained.

It is important to measure both accuracy and stability, he added.

Many technologies such as telecommunications, satellite navigation and the stock markets rely on ever-better time measurements. The researchers said the new clocks could one day help to redefine the second.

Another clock is also undergoing development - an ion clock. This clock loses just one second every few billion years, but because it relies on a single ion, it is not yet deemed to be stable enough for widespread use.


The meeting was called to order by President George Matto. With the Secretary absent there was no Secretary's report. With the Treasurer absent there was no Treasurer's report.

We had one guest, Dwight Bush. Dwight and his wife are interested in watches.

George reported that OMSI was interested in our returning for the presentations. While OMSI will be organizing specific topics for each event Chapter 31 is welcome to present whatever we want. Also the clock strike is not working so a trip is planned by George, Al Pohlpeter and any others who want meet at OMSI at 3 pm Thursday, July 25th.

Rod Lloyd reported that work is ongoing at the Oregon Territorial Museum and more helper would be appreciated.

George reported that the Beaverton Bakery clock will be back in its’ case as soon as the lock can be repaired.

Mary Elizabeth reported that the Shriners clocks were actually functional so they would not be needing our assistance at this time.

We discussed publicity options. George reported that one member is listing the meetings on Craig's list. It was asked that Mary Elizabeth check with the Oregonian and other lists about getting the message out.

Dave Busby provided insights on researching, pricing, and acquiring clocks and watches on the web. Dave first noted that pricing has been much more subjective since 2008 and that even price guides like Tran Du Ly's are just guides these days and not definitive valuations. Dave said that the NAWCC website had lots of good information if you just looked around. He mentioned the Message Board for finding out about your clock, the Marketplace of NAWCC, the NAWCC member links that lists clock shops, and the newer Price of My Clock section. After that Dave showed various websites he frequents. These will be listed in the next newsletter and on the Chapter 31 website.

Rod Lloyd went through the Chapter 31 website, and showed some of the newer articles there.

George and Bill Butcher noted that Bill had finished his work on the subsidiary clock for the Meier and Frank clock at the Gresham Museum and that they will need help when they go to move all 380 pounds of it.

The August meeting is the club picnic being hosted by the Holstroms.

Mary Elizabeth reminded us that the next two speakers were going to be Merle Snell in September and Jeff Eastwood in October.

For Show-and-Tell Bill had brought in a very unusual clock that another member had found at the last Expo. It is called a Cosmographic Clock, either French or more likely French-American. The clock presents the movement of the earth and moon in globe form along with giving time and calendar information.

Mary Martin, Secretary of the day


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