Red Wing, MN- The Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) has been a leader in the collecting club world in expanding its online presence and promoting the organization and membership benefits. Today, it announced the launch of a YouTube Channel.
Over the past year, the RWCS and its Membership Committee have been developing ways to attract new collectors and increase its membership numbers. In 2009, the RWCS launched its presence on several social networking, online collecting forums and antique blogs; YouTube is the next step in expanding the organization’s web presence.
Working closely with students at the Minnesota School of Business, Stacy Wegner, RWCS executive director, received two videos that were focused on membership benefits and how to become a member. In addition to these membership videos, the RWCS hopes to expand its channel to include short informational videos on how to start a collection, more information about the potteries of Red Wing, MN, and the Society’s annual events.
“YouTube is another way for us (RWCS) to promote our membership benefits and reach people interested in the Potteries of Red Wing in a new way,” Wegner said.
YouTube is the leading online video community that allows people to discover, watch and share originally created videos. It allows people and organizations to easily upload and share video clips on youtube.com across the Internet through Web sites, blogs, social networking and e-mail.
The Red Wing Collectors Society was founded in 1977 in Red Wing, Minn. and is devoted to educating people about all American pottery. There are more than 4,000 members worldwide. The Red Wing Potteries had diverse pottery lines that included stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org.
Each year the RWCS Chapters produce a commemorative for their Chapter Members. These pieces are available to their current members as outlined in their Chapter rules.
During the RWCS Annual Business Meeting held at the Convention in Red Wing, Chapter Presidents or their representative brings their piece to the meeting and exchange their commemorative for the RWCS Official Convention Commemorative. The Chapter Commemoratives are on display in the RWCS Business Office and can be viewed each day during Pottery Place Center normal business hours.
Red Wing, MN – Each year during the Annual Convention in Red Wing, MN. Members of the RWCS set up displays of Red Wing Stoneware, Dinnerware, Art Pottery. Memorabilia, and Rare items. These displays compete for Peoples Choice and Best in Show during Convention. The Rare Items complete for the Dennis Yaeggi Rare Item Awards. The winners receive one of the 18 special commemoratives made each year and all displayer receive a regular commemorative as a thank you for participating.
Here are the photos of the winners! Interested in displaying at the 2011 Convention contact the RWCS Business Office at 800-977-7927 or email email@example.com
Ms. Stacy Wegner, Executive Director of the Red Wing Collectors Society, announced at the conclusion of the 2010 Convention’s Business Meeting, that the Trails West Chapter, comprised of primarily Kansas and Missouri residents, took top honors in securing new members for the Society in 2009-10.
The Little Brown Jug of Membership, pictured below, was accepted by Jerry Mounts, Vice President and Membership Chair, on behalf of the Trails West Chapter. The jug will be on display at various Chapter functions including their Fall Flap 2010, which will be held at the farm home of Dennis and Dixie Hostetler in Wakefield, KS.
The Trails West Chapter continues to defy the Nation’s economic trends by increasing its membership year-over-year. In addition to the states listed above, the Chapter is proud to have members from Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
The RWCS is excited to release a photo of the 2010 Special Commemorative: a reduced version of the standard commemorative a pig with salt glaze.
The 2010 Special Commemorative is a smaller, salt glaze version of the pig. They are also metal-stamped on the bottom. There were 18 Special Commemoratives made. They were given out as awards for displays, prizes for various drawings and one was auctioned off in the Commemorative Room.
The Red Wing Collectors Society in keeping with it’s mission to education the members of the Society recorded several 2010 Convention Session in DVD format to add to the video lending library. The new additions include:
Keynote Speaker: Jerry Mewhorter, former plant manager at the Red Wing Potteries
Dinnerware Paper Production & Advertising by Larry Roschen and Terry Moe
Stoneware Fakes by Jerry Mewhorter
2010 Convention Footage
These new editions along with more than 200 other session are available to members of the Red Wing Collectors Society – Free. Members may request videos by calling 800-977-7927 or email Stacy Wegner, executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.