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RWCS Board of Directors Election Results
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.
RWCS June Newsletter Mailing today & NEW OFFICE HOURS
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.
2020 Convention Button – Available online
2020 Convention Button – $8
Members may now order the 2020 Convention Button on the RWCS website. Cost is $8.00 each, includes mailing, and members may order as many as they wish.
Thank you to the RWCS Gopher Chapter for providing the button and donating all the proceeds to the RWCS!
Get your button today!
RED WING COLLECTORS SOCIETY CANCELS 2020 SUMMER CONVENTION
RED WING COLLECTORS SOCIETY CANCELS 2020 SUMMER CONVENTION
RED WING, MN – Last night, the RWCS Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 RWCS Annual Convention scheduled for July 9-11 in Red Wing, MN.
The top priority of our organization is to ensure the safety and health of our membership and the Red Wing community that our members love so dearly. While this is difficult, the RWCS Board and membership are already looking forward to coming back strong for the 44th RWCS Convention, July 8-10, 2021.
“We really hoped that we would be able to hold Convention, but unfortunately the timing is not in our favor, and a decision had to be made,” said RWCS President Paul Wichert. “There is too much to overcome from a logistical standpoint to adhere to social distancing guidelines and keep our members safe.”
The RWCS wishes to thank all of its sponsors that committed early this year including Xcel Energy, Red Wing Brewery, Red Wing Shoes, First State Bank Red Wing, Musty Barnhart Services, Stockholm Pie Plate Café’ & General Store, Red Wing Framing & Fine Art Printing, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Red Wing, Larry’s Jugs Antique, Hanisch Bakery & Coffee Shop, Siouxland Chapter and Rowe Pottery. Together with all the businesses that have donated door prizes and supported the RWCS, we look forward to joining together to have an extra special Convention in 2021.
The RWCS also appreciates the strong support of its membership. Thank you to all the members who are renewing their memberships, purchasing Commemoratives and Anti-Coronavirus League mini jugs, and making cash donations to help support the RWCS.
The 2020 Convention Commemoratives are still in production at Rowe Pottery. It has long been the tradition of the RWCS that the Commemorative is unveiled on the first day of the Convention. In keeping with this tradition, we will share the Commemorative on Thursday, July 9. Please watch our website, social media, and e-mail! RWCS Members and anyone who joins the club in the coming weeks can continue to order Commemoratives and Anti-Coronavirus League mini jugs until Saturday, July 11.
Planning is already underway for the RWCS 2021 Convention which will be July 8-10 in Red Wing, MN. We look forward to seeing all the collectors! For more information contact Stacy Wegner, Executive Director, Red Wing Collectors Society at 651-388-4004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update on RWCS Convention as of May 5, 2020
Update on the RWCS 2020 Convention
May 5, 2020, from the RWCS Board of Directors
The Red Wing Collectors Society has heard from both members and non-members on the status of the 2020 RWCS Convention. The RWCS Board met this past week and agreed to continue our plans for our July Convention.
So there is no change to our plans as detailed in the April newsletter and an email we sent to each current member in April. Non-members, of course, didn’t receive these. We invite them to join the RWCS so they will be in the loop rather than passing on rumors that they heard from a ‘friend of a friend’.
Local, state, and federal regulations may cause the convention to get postponed, but until you hear otherwise from this board, we continue to plan for our July convention with the expectation that it will be held. We know that the format will change to accommodate social distancing and other regulations that may be in place at that time.
We appreciate all the members who are supporting the RWCS during this time through renewing their memberships, purchasing commemoratives and the coronavirus jug, and continuing to register for Convention. Special thanks to the many of our members who have made cash donations to help support the RWCS.
If plans for the convention change, the Board will communicate that with our members via email, our website and Facebook page, and newsletter.
Paul Wichert, President
Russa Robinson, Vice President
Angela Shefveland, Secretary
Dan Beck, Treasurer
Nancy Lambert, Historian
Diana Bailey, Rep at Large
Richard Natynski, Rep at Large
Bruce Selfridge, Auction Manager
Bob Morawski, Commemorative Manager
David Hoffman, Education Manager
RWCS to Expand 2020 Commemorative Sales before Convention
For Immediate Release
RWCS to Expand 2020 Commemorative Sales before Convention
Red Wing, Minn.: The RWCS Board continues to plan for the 2020 Convention. We also realize that government regulations may prohibit holding the convention – the health and safety of our members are of most importance.
We want each member of the RWCS to have an opportunity to purchase the 2020 Convention Commemorative and also have access to the lottery, so we are expanding commemorative sales! These new items below are in addition to the regular commemorative orders.
NEW FOR 2020!
We are now offering to each member (Primary & Associate) the opportunity to purchase Lottery Pieces plus a Set of ALL THREE VERSIONS! Shipping Included!
Set of all THREE Commemorative Versions A, B, C! $199 per set
(limit two sets per member primary & associate)
Many members have shared in the past that they would like the opportunity to purchase all three versions (ABC). We are adding this option for the 2020 Commemorative with a limit of 2 sets per member (Primary & Associate).
Lottery Pieces $67
(limit one per member primary & associate)
For the 2020 RWCS Convention, each member (Primary & Associate) will be able to purchase ONE lottery commemorative before the convention.
2020 Accessory Update
The RWCS was unable to identify an accessory piece to compliment the 2020 Commemorative. Instead of an accessory piece for 2020, we are excited to offer:
NEW! Anti-Coronavirus League JugTM $69
(limit one per member primary and associate)
A portion of our proceeds will go to appropriate health organizations directly fighting COVID 19.
This is available to all Primary and Associate members who purchase a 2020 Commemorative piece or set.
History Behind the Piece! This hand-turned jug is a replica of the 1918 Anti-Flu League Jug made by Red Wing Stoneware in response to the outbreak of the Spanish Flu. Learn more about the history of this jug via our Flu League Article .
Commemorative Distribution Update
The commemorative order form that was mailed in February only gave the option for one commemorative (pick up or mail) to each primary and associate member. Note that we have since changed the online registration to only allow for mail order. Due to production delays caused by the outbreak, Rowe Pottery may not be able to finish the commemoratives in time for Convention if it’s still held. For that reason, all orders will be fulfilled by mail this year. In addition, an accessory piece will not be produced in 2020. Also, we have added a “donate to the RWCS” bucket on the Convention registration form. Please consider making a donation to the RWCS.
Members who have previously ordered the accessory this year may apply the amount of purchase to:
- These new products
- Donate to the RWCS or receive a refund.
- Please contact the office to update your order.
Thank you to all the members who have already registered for Convention! We are still encouraging members to:
- Register for Convention
- Submit to the Auction
- Sign up for Display
- Book your Sellers’ Tables
- Pre-pay for an Auction Catalog
- Buy your Pottery Museum of Red Wing Wine-ing Tickets
If Convention is canceled, registration, sellers’ tables, auction catalogs, and banquet fees members may choose to donate them to the RWCS or be refunded. Pottery Museum of Red Wing Wine-ing tickets will also be refunded or members may choose to donate those funds to the museum.
If you have questions or would like to make changes to your current order please contact the Executive Director, Stacy Wegner during office hours Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm CST 651-388-4004 or email@example.com
RED WING COLLECTORS RETURNING TO BETTENDORF, IA, FEB. 28 – MARCH 1
RED WING, MN – After holding a very successful MidWinter event in the Quad Cities for the first time last year, the Red Wing Collectors Society is returning for more in 2020. Hundreds of stoneware and pottery collectors will converge upon the Isle Resort and Casino in Bettendorf, IA Feb. 28 – March 1.
Founded in 1977, the RWCS is composed of 3,000 members worldwide who collect stoneware crocks, jugs, churns, dinnerware and art pottery manufactured in Red Wing from the 1880s to 1960s.
The RWCS MidWinter event is focused around buying, selling, education and fun with old and new friends alike. It will kick off with a Friday night social for attendees in the hotel’s Salon B ballroom from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 28. But many attendees will start selling stoneware and pottery from their hotel rooms in the north tower well before that – some starting as early as Tuesday, Feb. 25. A formal Show & Sale will run from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 followed by an auction at 4:30 p.m. – both of which are open to the public. More information about the auction can be found at www.houghtonauctions.com. Whether you’re new to collecting Red Wing or an experienced collector, anyone and everyone is invited to attend this fun event and find a new piece for their collection.
Education is also a major focus of the MidWinter event. Starting at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, RWCS Hall of Famer Steve Brown will give a keynote presentation titled “A Reflection of Minnesota Culture: The Red Wing Potteries”. Steve will provide a glimpse into how Red Wing’s clay industry transformed its product lines to meet the changing needs of society. He will present a collage of vintage postcard images to show how products were used and to enhance our appreciation of the items that collectors enjoy today. As a past member of the RWCS Board of Directors, Steve served as RWCS Historian for 16 years – 14 of which were also spent representing the club on the RWCS Foundation Board. He and his wife, Barb, were inducted into the RWCS Hall of Fame at the 2019 RWCS Convention.
After that, the following 50-minute education sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., separated by a 10-minute break:
- “Whiteware, Bricks, and Broken Banks” by Dennis Nygaard. A member of the RWCS Hall of Fame and longtime Red Wing pottery dump digger, Dennis will review his recent digging with flair and stories from the past. He’ll cover Red Wing’s use of white clay in stoneware production, discuss the more than 50 different manufactured fire bricks he found in the Red Wing Sewer Pipe dump, and conclude by sharing the shards and story of the “Dime Savings Bank” Red Wing made for the 1893 World’s Fair.
- “How to Set Up a Stellar Display at Convention” by Laura Beall. Have you ever thought about displaying at the RWCS July Convention, but aren’t sure how to do it? As former Convention Display chairperson and a longtime RWCS member, Laura will walk you through the process of selecting an interesting and winning theme. She’ll also cover how to safely pack items and how to artfully present your display for maximum effect. She’ll also discuss the rules of having a Convention Display. Laura has displayed and won many times, so her tips and experience will surely help you put together a good display.
- “The Village Green Dinnerware Line” (continuous session) by Terry Moe & Larry Roschen. Experts in the field of Red Wing dinnerware, both Terry and Larry are RWCS Hall of Famers. They. first presented a seminar on the Village Green line in 2007. This seminar will revisit Village Green and other patterns in the line, with additional photos and information discovered since then. Village Wheat, the Provincial bakeware set and items produced for Ernest Sohn will also be covered. This seminar will be presented over two sessions, each with different content.
All activities will be held at the Isle Casino Hotel at 1800 Isle Parkway in Bettendorf, IA. Visit www.erwcs.org to register or learn more about the annual RWCS MidWinter event.
MidWinter will help tie collectors over until the 44nd annual Red Wing Collectors Society Summer Convention, which slated for July 9-11 in Red Wing, MN. Annual membership in the RWCS costs only $35 and includes five 16-page full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 651-388-4004, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.erwcs.org. You can also join the RWCS on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at @RWCollectors.
RED WING SALT GLAZE WATER COOLER SETS NEW RWCS CONVENTION AUCTION RECORD
Red Wing, MN – A lot of spectacular pieces have crossed the block at the Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) Convention Auction since the club was founded in 1977, but none had ever reached the $20,000 mark until this year.
Decorated with a cobalt butterfly and stamped “Red Wing Stoneware Company” on the front, a 10 gallon Red Wing salt glaze water cooler sold for $21,500 – the highest price ever paid for a piece at the club’s Convention Auction. At $4,000, a striking 1 gallon blue-sponged ‘Lunch Hour’ beehive jug with the name “L.L. Stromberg” stenciled on the front was a distant runner-up in the July 11 auction, which totaled $87,500 in total sales.
Other big news coming out of the 43rd Annual RWCS Convention, which attracted nearly 1,000 visitors to Red Wing, MN during the week of July 8, was the induction of two couples into the RWCS Hall of Fame during the club’s annual business meeting on Friday, July 12. Longtime RWCS members Steve & Barb Brown, and Bonnie Hutchson and her late husband, David, were recognized for all the time, knowledge and passion they’ve shared with the RWCS, fellow collectors and the Pottery Museum of Red Wing in their pursuits to preserve the history of Red Wing’s clay industry.
The Convention also featured a tastefully decorated display room, a miniature commemorative spittoon and a solid educational lineup with a dozen different speakers presenting on a wide range of topics including Red Wing bowls, stoneware patents, Red Wing’s ‘Anniversary Line’ of dinnerware, collecting on a budget, Red Wing’s early marketing efforts, finds from the Red Wing pottery dump and identifying repaired items and fakes. The Pottery Museum of Red Wing also held its annual “Wine-ing” for Red Wing fundraiser and the grand opening of its new “Red Wing Saloon” exhibit, which will be on display until the end of the year when a Prohibition exhibit will take its place.
Another fun aspect of the RWCS Convention is the participation of the younger generation through the KidsView and Young Collectors programs. The focus on these RWCS members is an important part of the vision of the Society to ensure its continued existence and growth. More than 20 kids and young adults participated in the interactive and educational activities this year, which included a trip to visit the Goodhue County Historical Society Museum’s 150th Anniversary exhibit, bidding at the annual KidsView auction and several hands-on pottery creation projects at Red Wing Art Reach. The final day of Convention Week featured the RWCS Show & Sale on Saturday, July 13, followed by the RWCS Banquet later in the evening.
The RWCS wishes to thank this year’s Convention sponsors: Red Wing Shoes, Larry’s Jugs Antiques, Red Wing Brewery, Red Wing Stoneware Co., Stockholm Pie Plate Cafe’ & General Store, Red Wing Framing & Fine Art Printing, Musty Barnhart Agency, Xcel Energy and First State Bank of Red Wing.
The next RWCS event is its Annual MidWinter GetTogether, which will be held at the Isle Hotel & Casino in Bettendorf, IA from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1. Visit the club’s website for more information.
Annual membership in the Red Wing Collectors Society also costs $35 and includes five full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year. The RWCS was founded in 1977 in Red Wing and there are more than 3,000 members worldwide. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 651-388-4004, e-mail email@example.com or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org. You can also join the RWCS on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at @RWCollectors.
Red Wing Stoneware to Discontinue Industrial Operations
Red Wing, MN – “It is indeed a sad time for Red Wing, the state of Minnesota and the pottery industry as a whole,” says Red Wing Collectors Society President Paul Wichert, in reaction to Red Wing Stoneware’s Aug. 26 announcement that it will shut down its industrial operations.
The Red Wing Collectors Society commissioned Red Wing Stoneware to produce its annual Convention commemorative several times during the club’s history, which extends back to 1977. In fact, the RWCS once again commissioned Red Wing Stoneware to produce its commemorative in 2019.
“Our organization’s members were very happy with the quality of this year’s commemorative, which is a replica of a toy spittoon,” says RWCS Executive Director Stacy Wegner. “In addition, Red Wing Stoneware made our special commemoratives – 19 Red Wing Sewer Pipe salesman sample replicas awarded to the winners of drawings, silent auctions and displays.”
The club also commissioned Red Wing Stoneware to produce some fundraising versions of its commemorative. Along with the commemorative, they were a highlight of the event, which took place back in July. Red Wing Stoneware was also a valued sponsor of the RWCS Convention this year.
“We appreciated their support to expand the Convention program and activities for our members,” Wegner notes. “The RWCS Board and members are saddened to hear of the ceasing of production.”
“Red Wing Stoneware was a big part of the legacy of Red Wing’s iconic pottery industry,” Wichert adds. “Their commitment to keeping the pottery history alive in Red Wing through their unique products will be a loss to the community, as well as to collectors.”
The RWCS was founded in 1977 in Red Wing and there are more than 3,000 members worldwide. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 651-388-4004, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org. You can also join the RWCS on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at @RWCollectors. Annual membership in the Red Wing Collectors Society also costs $35 and includes five full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year.