November 12, 2016


The Great Plains Heisey Club grand finale meeting of 2016 was in Ankeny, IA at the lovely home of Mary and Gregg Cameron.  November 12 was a day of glorious Fall weather!  Mary and Gregg had able co-hosts in Rose and Milt Piontkowski and Chef Matt worked hard to feed us a delicious lunch of Iowa pork tenderloins with all the trimmings – so tasty!


President John Mock convened the meeting at 1 pm.  We were so pleased to have our Michigan members, Sue and Dan Kilgore and their grandson Mitchell, in attendance.  (That may have made the largest group of current HCA Board members [2] and past Board members [3] outside of Newark).  We had a great gathering of 31 GPHC members present plus 1 guest.


The minutes of our previous meeting and a Treasurer's report were approved.  Dan Kilgore reported on the Museum's Library project progress and its imminent completion – Yeah!


Eighteen GPHC members had attended the Percy & Vivian Moore event in Texas and all reported a great time.  Congratulations to the Texas Club on a very successful enterprise.


Meeting dates, locations, programs, and dues for 2017 were discussed.  Trudy Mock used her 'Martha's Moment' to show examples of holiday sugar cookies imprinted with Heisey designs.  Heisey vase bases, the Diamond H logo on pieces, and other distinctive Heisey pattern portions were used to press into the cookies.


Bev Heise and Eric Tankesley-Clarke presented our program, “Trademarks – It's About That Diamond H”.  Actual examples of glass and a handout showing most Heisey and Heisey by Imperial paper label examples with their approximate dates of usage made for a great program.  Thank you Bev and Eric.


Some of the Show & Tell items were an unusual Rock & Rye bottle, a Tropical Fish with glass appendage that had been part of a metal base lamp, Heisey door knob or unground stopper, Crystolite 6 inch breakfast preserve with silver handle/cut, Waverly candy jar/Rose Etching, 4 oz. Revere cologne/cut, #201 tumbler and # 353 soda/amber, Hopewell nappy set, and #338 and Elaine vases.


Vigorous auction sales led by Colonel John of some terrific Heisey pieces along with Jean's jams & jellies and Sue's special black diamond watermelon rind pickles enhanced our treasury which is eventually donated to HCA.


The fortunate raffle box winner was Kelly Bragg who is now the proud owner of beautiful Heisey horsehead bookends and many other great pieces of Heisey.  You can see him 'brag' about them with pictures on Facebook.


Thanks to the hosts, co-hosts, Chef Matt, and all attendees who made this a meeting to remember.  It will make us anxious to begin in March 2017 to have our club together again for more Heisey learning and fun.  What a good group!  You can learn more about our club and see lots of pictures by visiting www.greatplainsheiseyclub.org.