I find it hard to disagree with friends because I find that sometimes afterwards they no longer consider you a friend. I guess I never saw it written down that you can not disagree with a friend. However sometimes things require an answer. At the last annual meeting I made a motion and discussion was held on having more regional meetings as we had in past years but had gotten away from. Larre answered that by having a meeting in Greenwood, IN last August that was and should be considered a success. Great job Larre. However your last post had many factual errors. Brent was not asking for a event in which he could sell glasses but for an event that you could go and "hunt" and hopefully find glasses to buy. By all measures the two meetings in PA have been a success and have long been a backbone of the club. Actually the last meeting in PA had the same attendance as the Greenwood and had enough in attendance at the meeting to have a voting meeting. (10 or more members required). The spring meeting was not well attended due to a series of events including a wedding, a funeral and some bad weather forecasts. In the fall a vote to again have the Spring get together was held. Everyone voted to have it and to support it. We had several meeting in Florida with one being well attended and the rest not so well. Distance and a lack of a member base in that area caused those to falter. To say that the Columbus meeting is not doing well is just about laughable. The Springfield show is a draw for that meeting and without it and the numerous other attractions in that area it may well not do well. As for the 30 mile drive, are we to think that 30 miles means much to people who drive hundreds of miles, hunting all the way, to get to the meeting? I think not and it has proven to not be. Several members set up and sell at this show for several reasons. It gives our collectors the benefit of having glasses to look at and for us to meet new and non-member collectors. I could not begin to have the number of glasses to display at the meeting site as I have at the show. I am sorry that you have not found glass at the Springfield show but every year I hear from members that have. Several glasses from that show have sold in our auction for over $100. Come early and look hard. And thank you from the glasses you find in my booth. Everyone still finds time to get together and buy, sell and trade glasses and the time spent together is no different at any meeting whether it is to go to a show or search the Indy antique malls. Seems to me to be a six of one and a half dozen of the other situation. The regional meeting we had in prior years on the west coast were always a large success but died out because no one put them together for various reasons. I personally hope your spring meeting is a huge success. AS you know I have reservations about it due to two factors. The time of year may distract from the annual meeting and the lack of other attractions. Also a large number of other things are going on during that time and one can only afford to drive 400 miles so often. My hope is and has always been for the growth and well being of the PGCA so my wish is for a very well attended meeting. Sorry this is one I cannot make to my own regret. Over the year I have missed very few and it pains me to miss this one. By the way I understand your frustration with having the annual meeting moved from Indy to Columbus but it has turned out to be a very good move. My only complaint is the same as many and that is that we have too large a group for the hotel we use. We do need more room for meeting and events and a central room to get together and display items. Hard to move when we are treated so well though.
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