November 14, 2015


Having a Great Plains Heisey Club meeting at the home of Pat and Rex Lucke is always special – especially when you add beautiful Christmas decorations for a topper!  Their extensive Heisey collection is displayed throughout their home along with a few other great collections but, for this day, Heisey reigned.


After a delicious lunch of some of Pat's holiday recipes, President John Mock called the 28 attendees to order for our meeting.  The minutes were approved and the Treasurer’s report was given by Tom Files.  A Heisey Gibson Girl bowl was passed around for lunch donations that Pat and Rex graciously placed into our treasury.


“New” officers for 2016 were elected but they were re-runs.  President, John Mock; Treasurer, Tom Files; Secretary, Kathy Files were sentenced for life!  Dues were collected, $10 per person, from attendees with non-attendees expected to mail in their dues in order to stay on the GPHC mailing list and HCA roster.  Attendees were reminded each person must be a HCA member in order to be a member of our study club.  Locations and dates were established for 2016 meetings along with suggested program topics.


March 12 - Glen Gall - Urbandale, IA  - 4 inch plus Candlesticks
May 14 - Chris & Lehi German - Kansas City, MO   - Animals, Heisey and other companies
July 9 - Trudy & John Mock - Omaha, NE - Jugs and Pitchers
September 10 - Jean & Bucky Will - Leavenworth, KS - Nut Cups and Individual Salts
November 12 - Mary & Gregg Cameron - Ankeny, IA - Cake Plates


Martha's Moment by Trudy Mock showed using a small Heisey stem containing bells and holiday greenery with ribbons and a name card for place settings on your Christmas table.  Also, a tip to use mirrors in place of a table runner to get a double image of your Heisey centerpieces. 


Eric Tankesley-Clarke presented our topic of covered candy dishes using primarily Pat Lucke's large supply for examples.  He provided a great handout for reference while out Heisey hunting.  It was a very thorough session with tons of information – thank you, Professor Eric.

Show and Tell required a BIG table this month:  Victorian rose bowl/Sahara; New Era goblets, one with a Cobalt bowl and one with Venus cutting; Punty and Diamond Point bitters bottle; Ribbon Candy whimsey spittoon; #11 punch ladle; Stanhope vase with Ivory Plascon knobs; Valli vase/Flamingo; Hood sterilizer jar; two favor vases/Crystal with Hawkes cuttings; Old Williamsburg one gal. jug; #300 1/2 Peerless sugar with hinged metal cover; Kohinoor 12 oz. soda/Zircon foot.....to name most of the items.  Attendees voted the star of the show award to the elusive Oriental Poppy pressed jug.


Lively bidding for jam, jelly, and some very nice donated Heisey lots added over $1,000 to our treasury during the 50/50 auction.


President Mock adjourned our meeting to enjoy two fabulous desserts – carrot cake and a one-of-a-kind strawberry cream cake.  No one left hungry.  Many thanks to Pat and Rex for hosting such a unique holiday meeting.


Merry Christmas to all.  We'll look forward to seeing our GPHC and HCA friends in 2016.  We hope it will be a safe and wonderful year for everyone.  Keep up with our club goings-on by visiting our website at www.greatplainsheiseyclub.org and clicking on the subject tabs.