2004 ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION
Our 15th Convention
was held in Minneapolis on the second weekend of July with perfect
weather. We had 54 members
attending from 13 States, Canada and England. A warm welcome was given
to Brenda Kimber, Chairwoman of TPCS,and her husband Ian on their first trip
to the US. We were pleased to have our friends Ken Hall, Past Chairman, and
Elaine Wade, Products Manager with us again. The "Brits" always bring us a
wealth of information and good fun!
Our gratitude and
appreciation goes to Bob & Mary for the "kick off" to the convention
with a fantastic Open House on Thursday evening. Everyone thought this was
such a good way to start off all the activities.
The presentations this year
were outstanding. We learn so much from our members collections. Thank you
to Brenda Kimber, Alison Wells, Shelby Scherr and Ken Hall. John Buckworth
did a Memorial to Barbara Treat & Brenda Bartram.
Members' displays were
presented by Shelby Scherr, Charlotte Hense and June Cole. A survey of
members voted that next year this port of the program should revert to a
Our convention would not
be complete with out the sales mall on Saturday. Sales were brisk, dealers
were smiling, and Renee IL was heard saying, "Does the one with
the most sacks win??" (She had 4 BIG ones!) Thank you to the dealers.
Enough door prizes were
donated by the members that everyone in attendance received a gift, and
some were left to add to the raffle prizes. Our members were more than
We finished the
convention with a traditional Minnesota dinner and a NOT so traditional
program! Kathy Collins did a terrific job with her panel of 8 members
playing Torquay Trivia We did lots of cheering for "our team" which
added great fun. One member of the panel was heard to say "Say red clay"
to every question! We ended the evening with a Dutch auction led by Ken
Hall, auctioneer, John Buckworth, the elfin runner, and Jerry Claffy the
spotter. The dealers and members sold pots and the buyers got some
fantastic deals. It was a fun way to sell a pot that you didn't want to
take back home. Thanks guys for lots of laughs!!
This year we
tried some new things with a positive response from our members. The
Comedy club at the hotel on Friday evening, the Dutch auction Saturday
and a wonderful tour of the Twin Cities on Sunday, led by Bob Druke.
See you next
Dianne and Jerry