February 2018 Meeting

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The February Meeting is this Friday, February 16 at 6:30.  The Theme for this month’s meeting is Pen Paraphernalia.  This is a pretty wide open topic, but suggestions might include articles and  equipment used in your pen collecting or usage.


January 2018 Meeting

The January Meeting took place on Friday January 19.  The theme was Contemporary Pens and there was a were a wide array of pens displayed by our members.  Frank provided some excellent treats and Randy did a first class job filling in as Meeting Leader in Francis’ absence.  Thank you to everyone who brought in some excellent examples of contemporary pens and talked about them.

Here is just a small sample of some of them:

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Don’t forget our next Meeting on February 16.   Stay tuned for topics and Meeting notes.

January 2018 Meeting

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Our first meeting for the New Year is Friday January 19th. The theme of the meeting is Contemporary Pens.  Bring your collection of contemporary pens produced in the last +/- 20 years. I am sure we will have a very shiny and colorful offering for viewing & discussion.
For the purpose of this meeting we want each of you to select your 3 favorite pens out of your offering. Briefly discuss your view & experience of their functionality, design & writing characteristic. It should be fun to see everyone’s favorites.
For those of you who are attending your first meeting or rejoining us, please see a map at the right for our location and the meeting starts at 6:30 pm.

Holiday Party

The Holiday Party was one of our most attended in quite some time and a great time was had by all!  Thank you to everyone for helping out and bringing goodies to share, prizes, and pens to peruse!

Here are a few photos of the fun.

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2018 kicks off with our next meeting on January 19.  Stay tuned for more!

November 2017 Meeting

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Friday November 17 is our next meeting.  You won’t want to miss this one as Joel will be speaking on our monthly topic: Beyond Collecting:  Letter Writing, Journaling, Drawing, and Calligraphy.

Please bring examples of any of these that you have to share.

We will also have elections of the 2018 Officers and, as always, discuss recent finds and trends in the Pen World!

October 2017 Meeting

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This month’s meeting is on Friday October 20 at 6:30 pm.  The topic for the Meeting will be Sheaffers Snorkel Repair, as shown by Frank Crescioni.  Thank you to Frank for stepping up and showing us this specialized repair.   Please also bring any recent finds and items of interest.


Rain Taxi Book Fair

P.E. N.S. attended the Rain Taxi Bood Fair at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Saturday October 15.  Below is our President’s report.  Thank you to all Members who made this a success!
The P.E.N.S. presence at the Rain Taxi book fair at the Fairgrounds was a great success! We signed up half a  dozen people interested in joining our club and made another 3 dozen attendees aware of our Pen Club activities. We will definitely do this again next year. It is the best investment of our $100 to spread the word about the joy of writing and drawing with Fountain Pens. I would guess there were over 2000+ attendees Saturday maybe more.
  • Thanks to Verla for suggesting it and following up on it.
  • Thanks to John Buettner for working hard to get us the last 1/2 table avilable out of 500+ tables.
  • Thanks to Frank Crescioni for printing the fabulous P.E.N.S. Book Marks. We will give 3-5 copies of the book marks to the attendees at our next meeting Oct. 20th (Frank remember to bring the book marks).
  • Thanks to Joel our most popular calligrapher.
  • Thanks to Jim Nelson for showing up to give moral support to the people manning the table.
  • Below are a few pictures Francis had to share. Wish we had a picture of Joel writing names on the Book Marks. I also wish we had a picture of John Buettner hustling the crowds and bring them to our table:—))  …Francis

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September Meeting

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The September Meeting is here already!  This Friday the 15th.

The topic this month is Nib Adjusting, Tuning, Aligning and Flossing (yes it is ok to floss occasionally, just like your teeth).

Francis will be the moderator as Phil (me) has to drop out unexpectedly.  Sorry for that.  But Francis is more of an expert and will be a fountain of information.

Don’t forget to bring recent finds, and any pens of note.

Hope to see everyone there!

August Meeting

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The August Meeting will be this Friday (August 18) at 6:30. The topic for the Meeting is “Buying Pens on EBay, Flea markets, or Antiques Stores (or anywhere else…). It will be hosted by Mike Carter. You can link to his Website – The Fountain Pen Recycler – on the right under the Blogroll section.

See you there!

July Meeting Recap

The July Meeting – Fountain Pen Reference Books and Web Sites – produced a listing that the Membership wants to share and develop.  Following is a summary of some of the sites discussed and consists of a good place to start if you are wanting to research pens.

Click on this link below to access an extensive listing of Web addresses.

Reference Websites

The August meeting will be on Friday August 18. Don’t miss it!