Monthly Archives: September 2014

September Meeting Review

The September 19, 2014 meeting marked the end of an era, as we transitioned from our long time home at The Liberty/Associated Bank to our new location at the Presbyterian Homes and Services Building in Roseville.  The location, courtesy of Randy, is first class and everyone enjoyed our new accommodations.  See the previous post for address and directions.   Along with our new location, it is important to note that we will now be starting our meetings at 6:30 pm in the future.  It was agreed that most members are arriving well in advance of the 7:00 pm start time and we may as well get an earlier start to allow for an earlier ride home.

The theme of the meeting was Pelikan Pens, and Francis gave an excellent overview of their history as well as sharing his amazing collection.  He has also provided this website link for all to peruse further Pelikan information.

Pelikan Website

Other members also shared their collections, and as you can see by the photo summary below, there are many of these birds residing in Minnesota!

Our new location, pre – meeting ~

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Pelikan Pens and Ephemera from the members of PENS ~

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Directions To New Meeting Location Effective September 19, 2014

Thank you to Frank for the following directions (and maps) to our new meeting location!

The meeting will be held at:

Presbyterian Homes & Services

2845 Hamline Ave. N

St. Paul, MN 55113

It is 6 miles north of the Liberty Branch of Associated Bank and seems to be in the NE corner of the Hamline Shopping Center. There is a large parking lot.

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Driving Directions from Associated Bank:

· Go North on Snelling 5.6 miles to County Road C2W

· Go East (Right) on County Road C2W 0.5 miles to Hamline Ave. N.

· Go South (Right) on Hamline Ave. N to Centennial Dr. and

· Take the next left into the parking lot

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September Meeting

The PENS Meeting is this Friday (September 19, 2014) at our new location (*see below for address).  Randy has been kind enough to allow us to use the conference room at his Office!

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The theme for this months meeting is Pelikan Pens. Please bring any Pelikan pens, ephemera, or information to the meeting. Francis will share his information on Pelikan with us during a short presentation.

Address for the meeting is ~

*  2845 Hamline Ave. N. St. Paul *(Roseville). There is a large parking lot at the building.

August Meeting Summary

Thank you to Francis for taking notes/photos at that August Meeting to allow us to update the Website!  His work is summarized below:


Below is a summary of the Friday August 15, 2014 Pen Club meeting.

  1. Present:  Teresa Shaw, Frank Crescioni, Nyleen Mullally, Randy Kirsch, Fritz Ferris, Jim Nelson, Basil Gilliland, Francis Bulbulian, Mike Carter


  1. Future Meeting Location: The Associated Bank response was that they will not allow us to use their new building conference room. Security was quoted as an issue. Both Francis and Fritz tried a few options but the specific location wanted us to pay for the use of the room.  Randy Kirsch offered the conference room in his office in Roseville for the pen club to use.  THANK YOU Randy!!


  1. Theme of evenings meeting was 2nd and 3rd tier fountain pens.  Meeting was held in Dr. Ferris’s office lobby. There was a good assortment of the pens on display in the room.  We generally agreed that 2nd tier pens would include; Webster, Esterbrook, Gold Bond, Lipic Pen, Good Service Pens, Lamy Safari Moore, Diamond Medal to name a few. The 3rd tier pens discussed were; Wherever, Arnold Venus, Majestic, Traveller, Stanford again to name a few.  Obviously some 1st tier companies made 2nd tier pens such as Parker with Parkette and Conklin with the American Pen, to name a few for this report.


  1. Next meeting will be at our new location, this Friday September 19th @ 2845 Hamline Ave. N. St. Paul *(Roseville).  There is a large parking lot at the building.  The theme of the meeting will be Pelikan Fountain pens & pencils.  Bring anything Pelikan for show and tell.  I will give a very brief warm up talk on the subject.


A few photos:

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