The July 2005 RWCS Convention was by all standards a
huge success. 2,336 members attended from such faraway places as
Norway, Canada, Hawaii, California, Washington, Texas, Arizona, Alabama
and Maryland. Doesn’t that say something about the dedication of our
Some of the highlights of the Convention were:
The Commemorative, a Red Wing Perfection Syrup Jar with lid, was very popular. (see accompanying News Article)
The live pottery demonstration by Rowe Pottery received a lot of attention.
131 future members of the RWCS attended KidsView Seminars.
The Auction sales on Thursday night were $148.690
Scavenger Hunt, created by Diane Hallstrom, brought great participation
and excitement. Could the $100 cash prize have helped?
3 new Chapters, Wolverine (MI), Lewis and Clark(MT, ND)and Sunshine State (FL) were accepted into the national RWCS.
The Show and Sale was well attended and sellers felt sales were good.
Plans are already underway for next year’s Convention, July 6-8, 2006.
The RWCS issued a request for bidders to publish
the RWCS Newsletter in February, 2005. Bidding specifications
were sent to prospective bidders with a deadline for all proposals
being June 1, 2005. There were six bids submitted to
the Newsletter liaison.
Kay Wilshusen, RWCS Business/Convention Manager for the past eight years left on May 13, 2005. Kay was the first Business Manager/Manager of the RWCS and worked with the Board to develop the first budget, Quick Books accounting system, computer programming to increase the efficiencies of registration for Convention. Kay told the Interim President on her last day that after eight years the “time was right for me”. When asked what she was most proud of with her years of working with the Society she said it was having a successful Convention. We thank Kay for the years she dedicated to the RWCS and wish her well in future endeavors.
It is with a very heavy heart that we let you know of the
passing of Jerry Schleich, treasurer of the Red Wing Collectors
Society. Jerry died very suddenly on February 24, 2005 at the age of