November 13, 2021


The first Great Plains Heisey Club meeting with a program was held in November 1999 at the home of Pat and Rex Lucke. How great it was to return 22 years later to their gracious home all decked out in the spirit of Christmas. Multiple Christmas trees with unique ornaments filled the house.


Thirty one members and three guests made for a big group of Heisey devotees. A wonderful lunch buffet featuring several of Pat's traditional recipes was enjoyed by all.


President John Mock convened our meeting and introduced our guests. We attended to 'passing the hat' for lunch (with the proceeds generously donated to our treasury by the hosts), 'banker' Jen sold raffle tickets, and the Secretary's minutes and Treasurer's reports ($3,440 balance) were approved. GPHC dues for 2022 were collected from those present. Nominees for 2022 Club officer positions were made ג€“ it looks like the same team will be elected in March 2022. Our outstanding Program Director, Eric Tankesley-Clarke, was unanimously approved to continue in that capacity next year.


Next year's meeting schedule, usually on the second Saturday, was tentatively approved:
March ג€“ Mary and Gregg Ankeny, IA
May ג€“ Chris and Lehi Kansas City, MO
July ג€“ Ande and Greg hosting in Wellington, KS in conjunction with the National Depression Glass Convention
September ג€“ Donna Shawnee, KS
November ג€“ Trudy and John Omaha, NE


A report was given on the recent Dave Spahr Fall Select Auction in Newark ג€“ 11 of our members were in attendance with Mary, Kathy, Tom, and Caleb-Michael among the volunteers helping to make the event successful. Bev requested special mention be made thanking Caleb-Michael Files and Doug Olson for the intense hours they spent handling online bids in this first attempt to have a three-way auction of online, in person, and absentee bidders.


Marci donated a box full of Heisey for our raffle and Donna was the lucky winner.


ג€œMartha's Momentג€ by Trudy was a beautiful winter wonderland display on a coffee table with white linens and decorative white holiday items interspersed with Heisey pieces. Hard to explain but dramatic to see.


Eric and Rex presented a program a little different than our norm ג€“ a conversation detailing how Pat and Rex started collecting Heisey ג€“ and a few of their other collectibles. Rex explained how they were drawn to 'things people lived with' they have collected since the early days of their marriage and through many moves caused by Rex's work. It was an interesting dialogue and Rex displayed some Heisey pieces that were unique and special to them. Their first Heisey purchases were a Ring Band table set in Custard and a Prince of Wales spoon with red flash trim. Rex said they have 'chased after' Heisey Animals, Candy Jars, Candlesticks, and rare pieces or pieces with elaborate cuttings. Rex offered some good advice on pieces they missed out on buying: ג€œGet over it and move onג€. After viewing their lovely home filled with their collections, period furniture, and Folk Art, it doesn't appear they have missed out on many pieces.


Following are some examples from the extensive Show and Tell:
Bucky: Pillows Bon Bon/crimped
Ande & Greg: Winged Scroll cruet/Emerald with unusual green stopper
Lynn & Sherrill: Sunflower floral bowl
LaDon & Bill: Empress comport w/elaborate cutting; Old Sandwich juice/Sahara and oyster cocktail/Cobalt; Triplex candlestick w/deep cutting on base
Kathy & Tom: Carolina goblet w/Osage etching; Monte Cristo wine w/Olympiad etching; Wigwam tumbler
Trudy & John: Winged Scroll and Kalonyal covered butters/Crystal; Cathedral vase w/cutting
Marcie: Old Williamsburg 3 light candelabra w/Amber stain
Eric: Coleport beverage glass/Dawn w/elaborate grey cutting; Cobel cocktail shaker/2 qt./Naval Arms engraving; Puritan gardenia bowl w/Heisey engraving; #312 Visible Cooking Ware egg shirrer; Marshall decanter/footed/1 pt./Churchill cutting
Pat & Rex: Juniper tumbler; 4 sizes of Cylinder candlesticks; Cobel decanter with Congressional Country Club golf etching; Jewel candlesticks/Pr.; Doe Head bookends/Pr.; Tumble Up set w/elaborate signed Max Seidel cutting; Heron ball vase w/signed Emil Krall cutting


A successful auction was conducted to raise funds for our treasury. The top seller was donated by Pat & Rex: #15 Duck/Flamingo in Crystal floral block


The meeting was adjourned for the pleasure of enjoying 3 delicious cakes for dessert. A really special finale for our last GPHC meeting of 2021. We were reminded guests are always welcome and all were wished a wonderful holiday season while being safe and staying healthy.


Check out pictures and other information on our website at greatplainsheiseyclub.org ג€“ ably administered by Gregg Cameron.