President’s Message

Volume 41   No. 3
Oct – Nov 2023

Next One Day – Oct 7
Founders Bldg
701 S. Main St
Grapevine, TX 76051

From The President  

Greetings again Chapter 124 Members

First, I would like to apologize for inadvertently leaving out of one of our new board members from my last message.  James Edwards joined the Board of Directors for the 2023 – 2026 term.  Thank you, James!

Now, there are several exciting things going on with our Chapter.  First it looks like this will be the last One Day in Grapevine for a while.  The City needs to make renovations on the building.  Bill Edwards found a place in Euless which will work for several meetings.  The price is higher but, unless another permanent location can be found, we will have to deal with it.  I ask everyone to notify me if you see a potential new location for One Days and classes. 

As we prepare for the 2024 Regional, several steps are already being taken.  We think that we have an exhibit theme; but, we are still accepting ideas.  Breakout sessions and workshops are being planned.  If you would like to participate in a lecture or demonstration please contact Tom Hefner or me.

Due to Hampton Inn increasing the price of some items, as well as room rates, we may need to look for another venue.  The Hampton Inn has an almost perfect setup. But, they are pricing us out of the market.  Last year’s Regional yielded about $3,500 profit.  With past years expense rates, we would have made over $10,000 for the Chapter.  Make no mistake – we are still a non-profit organization.  But, the proceeds from our Regional go toward many of our activities throughout the rest of the year.  In order to offset our growing expense, we will be raising the price for tables and for the banquet from $35.00 to $40.00 for the 2024 Regional.  

Remember, we need committees.  One committee needed is I.T.  Could you spend two hours a month working on our web site?  How about a committee to find a new location for One Days and Classes.  We need a graphic artist to make a poster to advertise Chapter 124.  Several locations have said they would allow a poster to be displayed in their H. R. or lunch area.  Raytheon is one of the locations.  These are just a few areas we could use help.  Please, consider helping!

One other item.  A former member, Dr. John Hunt, wants to step away from clock repair.  He has donated his tools to the Chapter.  He said to use them as needed.  Some will be auctioned off and others will stay to aid with our educational programs and classes.  John also served on the board for three years and has been an active and respected member of the Chapter.  Thank You, Dr. Hunt!

Tim Brownlee
Lone Star Chapter 124, NAWCC



Good news on the educational classes.  We have been successful in adding some classes for this year  Our Watch Class has been successful with Stan McMahan.  Larry Thomas taught a CR 100 class and Phil Ball taught the CR 200.  One other thing Phil did was teach two other people to take over the CR 200 class.  In the future John Acker and Tim Brownlee will take charge of the 200 classes.  For now, Phil will continue with the CR 300.  Pat Holloway from Chapter 15 is considering teaching a reverse glass painting class for our Chapter.  Other opportunities will be coming such as a lathe and hopefully a cuckoo clock class.  Jerry Kieffer, maybe?


CR-100 Kitchen Clock Repair Class: Tom Hefner (Assistant),
Fletcher Thomason, Myron Patrick and Max Haesly.



Students in CR-200 Spring Barrel Clock Repair Class:
James Edwards, John England, Ron Janetzke and Phil Ball (Instructor).

Library Exhibit

No exhibits are currently on display, but in January Grapevine is scheduled for the next Library Exhibit.  Evelyn and Hugh Slough will be talking to the Waxahachie Library for future displays.


McClintock Clock

The McClintock clock is coming along nicely.  Brian Schmidt said it should be (will be) ready for the 2024 regional.  Arnold Madnick has refinished the case.  Others that have been involved are Bill Edwards, Chuck Edwards, Jon Anderson, Max Haesly, Philip Soley, Arnold Madnick, George Augustas.


Volunteers Jon Anderson, Philip Soley and Brian Schmidt with the McClintock Street Clock’s Master clock.
(Case refinished by Arnold Madnick)



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