Minutes of NAWCC Chapter 21 May Meeting

Call to Order: Ken Reindel called the Zoom Meeting to order a few minutes after 7:00 PM with a brief update on the pandemic. There is a dramatic and deadly surge taking place in India. Colorado residents are getting vaccinated, encouraging our eventual opening up to regular meetings. We are not out of the wood yet, but significant improvement is projected in the next 90 days.

Plans are shaping up nicely for the Regional, July 31, August 1, at the Boulder County Fair Grounds. Terry Jones and Dave Fornof continue to confirm the weekend gathering with the officials. During the meeting, Randy posted information which, as of this writing, is updated. Register today at https://nawcc21.com/regional. The Regional continues to solidify. Look for final details when we meet in June. The first post-COVID in-person meeting is tentatively July.

July might be the first opportunity for convening the “Bring a Clock to Diagnose” workshop. Stay tuned. The workshop is not confirmed. Dick Shelton reported that there was uncertainty about the location. We would meet at Emily Griffith, but the school is not fully open. The situation is fluid. Having an alternative place like St Michael’s Church is possible, and other venues are being sought. Ideas are welcome. More will be reported in June.

Tim Orr reviewed the Pritchard Award, recognizing David Cooper’s name embossed on the plaque located in the national office. It is an honor for David and Chapter 21. In addition, Tim pitched the national convention by sharing pictures of the $700 Swiss pocketwatch grand prize to be given away during the conference award banquet. Now is the time to book your reservations at the Embassy Hotel. See the website.

Paul Wegener, Chapter Librarian, reviewed “The Clock Book” by Mr. Philip E. Balcomb, 1996, Tempus Press, Tell City, Indiana; entertaining and informative. As always, we thank Paul for taking the time to review books in our library and share them with us at meetings.

Dispensing with the break, we the agenda immediately moved to our guest speaker, Andy Dervan, introduced by Dave Fornof.

Broadcasting from his home in Michigan, Mr. Dervan gave a lively talk, “Public Timekeeping – Evolution sundials, water clocks, and tower clocks,” which was was informative and enjoyable. Andy has a list of presentations he makes nationally, and we want to have him as our guest speaker again. Please let us know of your interest in having him join us again—email Dave Fornof stitchnthymem@msn.com with your comments and suggestions. A list of his presentations is available.

This meeting was not recorded. Our next meeting will be on June 28, 2021, via Zoom. David Gies, Secretary

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