May 13, 2023


Graduation ceremonies claimed several of our usual attendees but 21 members and guests met at the lovely Ankeny, Iowa home of Mary and Gregg Cameron for our May meeting.  A new, hand-crafted cabinet ensconced into a staircase wall was a really special way to display stemware.  Mary served a tasty variety of hearty salads for a lunch enjoyed by all.


President John Mock welcomed everyone and convened the meeting.  Visitors were introduced and several members were welcomed back after being absent for a period of time.  So good to see everyone and to have the time together to enjoy Heisey talk.  Past meeting minutes were approved and Tom gave a status report on our treasury.


Our well-known senior member, Jean Will, couldn't join us, but it was announced her 94th birthday is May 21.  We all wish her a happy celebration and are so thankful she can still keep up with her many bridge clubs and stay active in Heisey happenings.  Jean is an inspiration to all who know her.


Several of our members attended the Spring auctions in April.  Tom and Kathy worked the special items area, Donna was a new “Vanna” and Caleb did his usual hectic online bidding system job.  The Auction Committee of Roy, Mary Ann, Karen, and Walter is a hard-working core group and we extend our big THANKS to them for all they do and the money they raise for HCA.


A large number of GPHC members plan to be in Newark for the June HCA Convention.  We're looking forward to the activities and shows but mostly the fun of being with other Heisey lovers and seeing our Museum.  We decided how our club vote would be cast after discussion of the Board candidates and proposed amendment.  Trudy's “Martha Moment” was an update on the table displays at the Convention show.  It will be a special array, so be sure to check it out.....Heisey Colors!


Our program, Dueling Patterns, was presented by Ryon and Mary.  Nice examples of Heisey patterns and colors were provided along with look-a-likes made by other glass companies.  They gave such interesting information and answered numerous questions.  It was a very helpful program and again impressed the need to read and research.


The Show & Tell always provides a fun time to see some recent finds.  Bill & LaDon: 1985 reproduction of HCA frosted blue miniature horsehead, Baldus footed jug, and Coronation ½ gal. ice tankard;  John & Trudy: #16 hair receiver with floral cutting and 2 Coronation sodas that complemented Bill & LaDon's tankard;  Tom & Kathy: African Tempo 4 oz. cocktail, Monte Cristo cordial with Kalarama cutting, and Plateau rose bowl in Hawthorne.  Of course, Mary & Gregg's beautiful collection on display is an entire Show & Tell on its own.  A 50/50 auction produced some spirited bidding and the happy winners obtained some nice pieces of Heisey.  The top seller was a Cathedral vase with Everglades cutting donated by Pat and Rex.


Our club will represent HCA at the National Depression Glass convention in Lee's Summit, MO, in July.  We will have an HCA table for attendees to stop by and learn about Heisey – and hopefully become new members.  Our Program Director, Eric, will put on a Heisey seminar for attendees.  It's always a good show with lots of dealers and Heisey for sale.  Put it on your calendar if you will be in the Kansas City area on July 8 and 9.


President Mock adjourned the meeting so we could enjoy Mary's many cakes – all delicious.  Thanks to them for hosting and to Ryon for our program.


Safe travels to all as we rally again in Newark in June.