Pacific Northwest

Portland Oregon

George Matto 

Vice President
Michael King

Kris Freiermuth

Rod Lloyd

Treasurer & Sunshine
Betty Chisum

Council Postion #1
Stoddard Smith
Council Postion #2  
Dick Vigal

Terry White (2014)
Henry Casson (2014)
Tom Hammond (2014)
Ron Dusek (2014)

Committee Chairs

Dan Miller

Jeff Gonzalez

John Bailey

Kay Henselman

Nominating & Elections
Terry White 

Rod Lloyd

Mike Robinson

Raffle & Door Prizes
Denise Johnson

NAWCC Bulletin Coordinator
Kris Freiermuth

Outside Events
Leo & Kris Freiermuth

April/May 2012

Presidents Message

                                                MAY 11, 2012

President's  Letter 

It seems by the turnout for last month's meeting we do better at telling time by the clock than dates by the calendar.  April 15 fell on a Sunday and that was the first date possible that could be the THIRD Sunday which is our usual meeting date--hope no one showed up a week later and we won't ask.  Those in attendance received a big congratulations for apparently having completed their taxes.

As you can read elsewhere in this TimeOut we will  convene a Council meeting at 1PM  prior to the 2:00PM regular monthly meeting on May 20th at the Beaverton Library.  As members of Chapter 31 you are all are invited to attend the meeting and participate except for voting if any items come up for a vote.  Your council will be meeting 4 times a year to do the work of the Chapter including planning and growing the organization.  From time to time we will be asking for your input and your suggestions for improving the Chapter in the meantime your suggestions are always welcome.  I will use this space and our monthly meetings to report on our progress.

Chapter 31 has a lot of “irons in the fire” and interesting activities to be involved with from planning the next Portland Regional, to planning activities with the OMSI now that we are reacquainted.  There is the Jackson Tower Clock-still at the discussion stage, and Mike King is lining up repair work for the Oregon City Museum where there are several clocks that need our help. Get involved (again), there is lots to learn, to do, and as many of you have done –lots to share and teach.  (Yes this is a repeat of the closing paragraph from last months TimeOut but it seemed worth repeating)


Up Coming Meeting

Chapter Meeting May 20, 2012
Mart 2:00, Meeting 2:30pm
Location at the Beaverton Library:

French American Clocks by Bill Butcher. The Industrial Revolution, a period from 18th to 19th century
marked a major turning point in history and in which horology played a major role. Almost every aspect of
daily life was influenced in some way by new technology. This talk will focus on French clocks from the 19th
century that celebrate the machinery of the industrial revolution.
If you have a French Industrial clock or any industrial machinery clock in your collection, please bring it for
Show & Tell.




JUNE 13 -16, 2012 


      The National Convention this year is on the West Coast in Pasadena, California. A major part of the NAWCC membership is in California and the Western States and this provides a venue closer to home for them.  


     Contrary to comments on the NAWCC Message Board we are not sold out. We have been receiving table reservations on a daily basis and will honor them up to the deadline of May 29th. If possible, we will try to have some tables available for On Site Registration Friday, June 15. We advise, however, reserving tables before May 29.
We have many signed up to attend from Australia, the Orient and all across the USA. Watch cases are available for the show and rental information is on our Web Site along with information on the Convention program and schedule.

     We have reserved the renovated Pasadena Convention Center. This is the same venue as the Greater Los Angeles Regional in February of each year and that regional has been attracting 1200 participants for some time. The convention will be in the Exhibit Building and the larger Mart Room. Sales are pushing 600 tables and growing. The Sheraton is the host hotel and is attached to the Center complex. There are many other hotels and motels in the area. Pasadena is an outstanding city that has restored their downtown to how it appeared in the 1930's. The Old Town area is within three blocks of the Convention Center and is extremely busy in the evenings with numerous restaurants and an active street life for after the convention activities. There are Museums, Botanic Gardens, Parks and Historic Buildings and many other Southern California attractions in close proximity in and around Pasadena. 

     We have a good convention planned with Seminars, a National Craft Competition and a fabulous Clock and Watch Display. Additionally there will be an opportunity to attend the annual NAWCC Board meeting, the Old Timers and Fellows Luncheon, the Chapter Representative Reception and the annual Award Banquet. On Saturday only, the show will be open to the general public to educate and encourage new members into the Association. We have been averaging 300 public attendees for the last four years at the Greater Los Angeles Regional.

     If you, your group or your Chapter would like to be listed as a supporting sponsor in our Convention program you may provide a door prize or make a financial contribution to the "2012 National Convention." These may be sent attention: Jim Gilmore, 2909 Raleigh Place, Thousand Oaks, CA. 91360. 

     Volunteers who wish to donate assistance on set up, registration, the auction or other areas are welcome. Please E-Mail Jim at to offer your help.  


     Please plan to attend and meet with your friends, fellow collectors, enthusiasts, and present and future NAWCC members in enjoying the 67th Annual National Convention in friendly Southern California.  


For more information and registration please see: join in the activities!  

The 2012 NAWCC National Convention Committee 


Chapter Meeting Minutes – 15 April 2012

The April meeting of Chapter 31 was called to order by -President George Matto at 2:32 PM at The Beaverton Library in Beaverton, Oregon.

18 members and 2 guests. were in attendance.

President George Matto opened the meeting by thanking members & guests for coming. 

Membership Report:  We have 2 new members Mary Elizabeth Harper and Josh Harper

Approval of Minutes – A quorum was not present so February  Minutes were tabled until our May meeting.

Treasurer’s Report – Betty Chisum was not available.

Sushine Report – President Matto reported Jeff Gonzalez has indicated Mary has Stage IV brain cancer & is receiving chemo & radiation & is in positive spirits.  No update on Mary Ann Schug.

Old Business:  
Regional Report: President Matto indicated the turn out at Kent was not large, but several purchases were made.

2013 Regional Report:  Leo Freiermuth reported the Monarch is anxious to meet with some of the committee members.  George M. announced the first Planning Meeting will be in August at the Matto’s residence.  DTA

Jackson Tower Clock:  No report.

Outreach:  Museum of the Oregon Territories-Stevens-Crawford Museum in Oregon City.  Mike King reported numerous calls to the co-ordinator regarding a planning meeting.  He feels they are not in a rush at the moment to go forward, however he will keep on it & get back to us.

Election of Officers & Council:  The following were elected to the Board & Council;  President George Matto, Vice-President, Mike King, Secretary, Kristen Freiermuth, Treasurer, Betty Chisum, Counsel 1 position, Stoddart Smith, and Counsel 2 position, Dick Vigal.

New Business:  
Marylhurst School clock:   Bill Butcher is looking for any individuals interested in assisting him in the maintenance of a 1937 IBM or Seth Thomas Master and Seconary Clock at the Marylhurst School in Portland.

Annual Picnic:  VP Matto reminded everyone about the Annual Picnic in Sisters  at Beacham’s the  weekend of July 21st & 22nd.  The Beacham’s will host a BBQ.  There will be a Car Show & Antiques Show the same weekend.

Program:  Kay Henselman asked for a Show n’Tell of items purchased at the Kent Regional or items with the Letter “F.”  Bill Butcher had a couple of very interesting items along with research of same connecting the clock shops on Court Street in New York with the now Twin Tower Monument. Marietta Matto also had some special purchases, which she researched.

Raffle – Denise Johnson’s had several nice books including some childrens items..

Meeting was adjourned 3:31 PM

May Meeting:  Sunday the 20th of May 2012 at the Beaverton Library 12375 SW 5th Street, Beaverton OR  97055.  2PM Mart, 2:30 Meeting. Program will be French American Clocks by Bill Butcher.   The Industrial Revolution, a period from 18th to 19th century marked a major turning point in history and in which horology played a major role. Almost every aspect of daily life was influenced in some way by new technology.  This talk will focus on French clocks from the 19th century that celebrate the machinery of the industrial revolution.

If you have a French Industrial clock, please bring it for Show & Tell.

June Meeting: Sunday June 24th (note the change in date) at      Program will be a Show &Tell the letter “G.”

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