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George Matto 

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Michael King

Kris Freiermuth

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Betty Chisum

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

4-Officers, Past President,
& 4 Directors

Committee Chairs

Rod Lloyd

Dan Miller

Jeff Gonzalez

Bob Arnold

Kay Henselman

Nominating & Elections
Terry White 

Rod Lloyd

Mike Robinson, Terry White, Stephen Nelson             

Raffle & Door Prizes
Stoddard Smith

NAWCC Bulletin Coordinator
Kris Freiermuth

Outside Events
Leo & Kris Freiermuth

December 2012
Well, we  made to the last month of the year and I'm ready to "party"; I hope all of you are too.  Have you signed up for our annual event at the Monarch next Sunday?  If your plans are just  now coming together, it's not too late.  Just go to the form, print it and send the form and your check in the mail.

If this past year you were an attendee at our monthly meetings, thank you for attending; if you contributed in some way to the functioning of the meetings, thank for your support; if you were a presenter of the many interesting topics, a large THANK YOU  for your time and energy required to do so.   As you can see we need all elements of a meeting in order to be successful.  In thinking of the year coming to a close we also thank each of you who perform an on-going
service to our Chapter.  You know who you are and we know who you are by reading the names in  left vertical column of this news letter.

In enumerating some of our successes this year I want to thank Kay Henselman for her professional scheduling  of each months presenters.  A trait to be followed is Kay's planning ahead.  She has had presenters on the calendar for at least 2-3 months in the future and I know I'm giving away one of the secrets of her success.  Thanks as well to all who brought items for the Mart.  Other accomplishments include, Mike Kings persistence at the Museum in Oregon City.  He, Terry White and Dan Miler have been repairing clocks there in an effort to gain public awareness of Chapter 31. 

This past weekend, Bill Butcher and Stoddart Smith manned an information and education table at OMSI.  Traffic was steady for the 4 hours there with a range of interest.  The younger attendees were able to run the hands of a mechanism and see as well as hear the strike mechanism.  Adults quizzed Stoddart and Bill about a range of topics from, who can repair my pocket watch to, I have an old clock...  On the display table flyers were available for the Regional in May and applications for Chapter 31.  The two middle Saturdays in December are still open for others to participate at OMSI in a similar fashion.  On Saturday, December 29th, Harold Baesler, George Kirkwood, and Bob English

Finally, a new item for our chapter will be begin at this years Holiday Gathering--Your Council has identified two awards that we feel should be part of any successful thriving organization   We will begin awarding a Meritorious Service Award and Meritorious Technical Award.  You will have to come to the Holiday Meeting to find out the names of the first  recipients.  Be ready to say "me, me and you would be correct because awards could be given to a high percentage of the membership but we must begin,  In fact, we will need to give awards twice a year and still not catch up.

Rest up over the Holidays so we can head into the new year energized for our chapter events and the upcoming May, Regional.  For the few who are unable to attend the Holiday Gathering, Merry Christmas and the best of everything in the New Year to you and your loved ones.

George Matto

Chapter 31 Christmas Party:  December 16, 2012
Monarch Hotel, 12566 S.E. 93rd Ave.  Clackamas, OR  97015 2 pm 
Mingle,  Mart table is available.     2:30  Party

Please open Flyer and  Be sure to RSVP by 12/12/2012

If you have not signed up to attend the Happy Holiday Gathering on December 16th, do so now.  The last day is Wednesday, December 12th.

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. ~
Carl Sandburg


                              UPDATE ON MUSEUM CLOCK PROJECT

On November 24th Terry White, Dan Miller, and I started working on the clocks for the Museum of the Oregon Territory. The first clock that got our attention is a Session Regulator #4 (picture above), circa 1914. We disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled it, in the process replacing one bushing. The clock was so happy from all the attention that once placed back into the case it started running and needed no work getting it into beat. I’m happy to say it is ticking away a week later.

We had another clock from the store room, that we could not identify (movement pictured below), to work on. The spring is placed on the back side of the back plate and is held on by friction and melted lead. We were a little reluctant to try and work on it there, so Dan volunteered to take it home and see what he could do. Thanks Dan!


We will meet again on December 8th to work on a Waterbury Mantle clock that is a time and strike with a calendar and alarm. If anyone is interested in working with us on this project please contact me at

Go to and click on clocks to see what they think of our efforts.


Those who make the worse use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness. ~

Jean De La Bruyere

A letter received


I understand that clocks and watches are your passion.  I have a few I am looking to re-home from (mostly)1960's.  I would love to know that they are getting the new life and respect they deserve.  I've been trying to sell them on CraigsList, but to no avail.

Here's what I know of them right now:

Gruen Veri-Thin 1960's (no band)
Bulova 10k RGP Self Winding H682097 M5 1965 (no band)
Lucerne 1980's (no band)
Elgin 10k RGP 1060's (no band)
Zodiac Aerospace GMT 1960's (original band)

If Anyone in your chapter can help me, please let me know.

Audrey Burr

Submitted By:
   Name: Audrey Burr
   City: Vernonia

The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: “I did not have time. ~
Franklin Field

No report this month.
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