We are planning an in person 44th Annual Convention in Red Wing. We will be posting more information as it becomes available.
MidWinter 2022 – February 25-27
Isle of Capri, Bettendorf Iowa
The Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf, IA has held several successful events over the course of the pandemic and remains committed to constant cleaning, sanitizing and social distancing efforts to keep people safe. The RWCS has been working with the Isle Hotel staff to plan for MidWinter to keep our members safe and healthy and following all local, county, state, and federal guidelines.
MidWinter 2021 will look a bit different:
- Everyone will need to wear a mask when not in their individual hotel room.
- This will include attending all RWCS events throughout the weekend.
- Members are also encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer, but there will some available onsite.
- There will be 6 ft. social distancing guidelines for Social Events, Seminars, Show & Sale and the Auction.
- During Room Sales, you will need to wear a mask in public spaces (hallways, elevators, staircases). The RWCS is also encouraging having hand sanitizer available in your room.
- Masks inside individual rooms will be at the discretion of the seller.
To learn more about the specific health and safety guidelines at the Isle Casino Hotel, please visit their website: www.islebettendorf.com/health-and-safety.
The RWCS will continue to update members on the status of MidWinter
RWCS Sponsored Auction with
HOUGHTON’S AUCTION SERVICE
February 19-February 28, 2021
BIDDING WILL OPEN WHEN THE 2021 MIDWINTER CATALOG IS COMPLETE SOMETIME IN MID FEBRUARY
If you would like to submit items to the auction please go to
DEADLINE FOR ADDING ITEMS TO THE AUCTION IS FEBRUARY 10
We will let you know when it is time to bid. Each lot will indicate details on where it is located. Some of the lots will be in Red Wing, MN and may be picked up at the RWCS office by appointment or shipping arrangements can be made. Some of the lots will be held by the seller and when they are notified who the buyer is, they will then make arrangements with the buyer to get the items sent out or picked up from the seller.
More information about the auction details can be found on Houghton’s Auction Service. If you have specific questions about a lot, contact the RWCS Auction Manager.
A special thanks to those members who consigned their lots with all proceeds going to the RWCS! We appreciate the overwhelming response from members who have consigned to the auction.
Happy bidding to all the collectors!
Auction Manager RWCS
Red Wing, MN – On Saturday, September 12, the RWCS donated a portion of the sales of its Anti-Coronavirus Jug sales to Goodhue County Public Health and the “COVID Aware Because We Care” program.
This spring, in addition to the RWCS annual commemorative, the RWCS Board of Directors decided to produce and sell a limited edition, modern-day version of the 1918 Anti-Flu League Jug made by Red Wing Stoneware in response to the outbreak of the Spanish Flu pandemic.
RWCS President Paul Wichert and Executive Director Stacy Wegner presented the checks to Jessica Seide, HHS Health Educator from Goodhue County Public Health and Megan Tsui, Red Wing Downtown Mainstreet, accepted for COVID Aware Because We Care.
“Thank you to the Collector’s Society for their generous donation to Red Wing Downtown Main Street. It feels like the history of their organization, our historical downtown, and the historical nature of the pandemic all collide at this moment. Their gift will help us continue to support downtown businesses during this most challenging time.” Megan Tsui, Director, Red Wing Downtown Main Street on behalf of the COVID Aware Because We Care program.
“We truly appreciate this thoughtful project that recognizes the many efforts taking place in our communities to slow the spread of COVID-19. The idea of Red Wing Collectors Society commissioning an anti-coronavirus league jug is inspirational and it provides a meaningful connection with our past. The funds that have been donated to Goodhue County Health and Human Services will help alleviate the impacts that COVID-19 has had on our communities. Thank you so much for this most thoughtful and inspirational project.” Nina Arneson, Goodhue County Health and Human Services Director.
The Anti-Coronavirus Jug was a limited-edition replica of the Anti-Flu League Jug that Red Wing Stoneware made in response to the outbreak of the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918. To learn more about the history of this jug, check out the recent article that was in the RWCS Newsletter written by RWCS member and Red Wing resident Todd Avery. Here is the link:
“Like the original, the RWCS wanted to support Red Wing and Goodhue County organizations whose direct efforts are slowing the spread of the virus,” said Paul Wichert, RWCS President.
“The Red Wing business community and Goodhue County have been long-time supporters of the RWCS Convention in July. The businesses have been sponsors and donors to the convention and all of Goodhue County has welcomed our members for decades. I felt it was important to support the community that has supported the organization,” said Stacy Wegner, Executive Director, RWCS.
The Anti-Coronavirus Jug was available to RWCS members and 600 were sold. Both Goodhue County Public Health and the COVID Aware Because We Care will receive a jug along with their donation.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
RWCS is sponsoring an ONLINE AUCTION with Houghtons Auction Service!
September 28-October 6, 2020
RWCS Member Submission deadline September 21, 2020!
The RWCS Auction is open to the entire membership. Every member may submit item(s) for the auction. All entries are a FIRST COME, FIRST ACCEPTED.
COMMISSION STRUCTURE IN 2020
Items selling up to $100 will be assessed a $20 minimum commission, all other items will have a 12% commission.
RESERVE OPTION for submissions minimum value of $1,000 conditions:
- $1,000 minimum price on reserve items
- 12% commission on those items that sell. If Items does not hit reserve, the seller fee is $100 to the RWCS.
- The Auction Manager can reject the reserve option if the item has a value greatly less than $1,000.
Each auction lot submission:
- Must submit using the ONLINE or PAPER FORM.
- Each additional lot MUST have its own online or paper form. DO NOT PUT two lots on the same paper or online form.
- The Auction Manager will randomly choose from ALL submissions until the auction is filled.
A limited number of RWCS Commemoratives will be allowed from 1977 to 2019, no 2020 Commemoratives will be allowed. Chapter Commemoratives can only be submitted by Chapter Presidents for the most recent year.
You have two options regarding your items.
- For those close to Red Wing, you may contact Stacy Wegner at the RWCS office (Tuesday – Thursday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm), via her email, to deliver items directly to Red Wing.
- You may keep your items in your possession after you send the submission form. If you choose this option, you must give a detailed description and numerous photos, for the auction catalog. If you choose to keep your items, you will be notified who the buyer is after the end of the auction. You will then need to make arrangements to either deliver or ship items to the buyer, at the buyer’s expense.
Once your item(s) is accepted, no substitutions, altered or otherwise not in their original form will be allowed. Multiple item lots allowed includes RWCS Commemoratives or Dinnerware Sets.
Acceptable items are American Pottery including Red Wing art pottery, stoneware, dinnerware, or Red Wing memorabilia. Modern-day reproductions are not allowed. Example: New Water Cooler Lids, etc.
Lot Numbers: The lot numbers will be assigned as items are entered. An EMAIL will notify you of the status of your submission including the lot number.
Please remember, you are sending a registration form far in advance of the Auction. Be prepared to hold your piece until you are notified that it has or has not been selected. BE CAREFUL! If your item has been confirmed for the Auction but does not show up, you will forfeit your Auction privileges for 2021.
We strive to prevent NO-SHOWS. If you are in doubt about whether or not your piece has been selected, please call the Auction Manager at 916-996-3584 or email firstname.lastname@example.org We would rather have phone calls than no-shows.
PLEASE NOTE. Any items sent to Red Wing for the auction, WILL NOT BE INSURED for damage or theft. If you feel, that an item needs to be insured, please do so before delivering it to Red Wing.
As soon as we have a date when we will begin packing and mailing we will update members who ordered 2020 Commemoratives and 2020 Buttons. We want to extend a big thank you to RWCS members who have volunteered to help.
The RWCS election closed at midnight on June 30, 2020.
The election was uncontested and 242 electronic ballots and 3 paper ballots were cast.
The following officers were elected to the RWCS Board of Directors each for a 4-year term.
President Paul Wichert
Treasurer Dan Beck
Secretary Angela Shefveland
Education Manager David Hoffman
Commemorative Manager Bob Morawski
Auction Manager Dave Huisman
Congratulations to these board members.
The RWCS Board of Directors extends its sincere thanks to outgoing Board Member Bruce Selfridge for his tenure as Auction Manager.
The June issue of the RWCS Newsletter is now available on the RWCS website along with the classifieds!
The paper copy is mailing today, so watch your mailboxes!
In an effort to reduce costs due to convention cancellation, beginning Monday, June 22nd through Friday, July 26th, the RWCS office will only be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The office will continue to operate remotely during this time.
Due to reduced hours, we prefer that you contact us via email or text. Our email address is email@example.com and our text number is 651-388-4004. We will respond during our new business hours. We realize that sometimes phone calls are necessary, so the RWCS phone will be manned on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Members may renew their memberships and order commemoratives, coronavirus jugs, and buttons via our website. Log in with your membership number and password:
When logging into the RWCS website, you do not need to use the leading 0’s on your membership number. If you don’t know your membership number and/or password please email or text the office. Members can reset their passwords on the RWCS website, but you must provide the email address we have on record.
Commemorative, Jug, and Button Order reminder:
The commemorative will be unveiled via our website, social media, and emailed to members on Thursday, July 9th.
Members will have until Midnight on Saturday, July 11th to order their commemoratives, coronavirus jugs, and buttons.