April 2016 Meeting Recap

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The following are excerpts from President Francis Bulbulian’s email to members:

The April meeting was held at Wet Paint in St. Paul with 17 pen club attendees and 7 guests. Francis presented a brief history of the P.E.N.S. organization, membership and various educational aspects of the Pen Club to the store guest attending.

Virginia McBride from Wet Paint brought out 8 different types of paper products for our expert testers write on & elicit comments. Participants gave grades of 1-5 with 5 the highest satisfaction with the papers provided.

Papers tested: were 3 different weight & finish of Strathmore papers made in the US , Tomoe paper from Japan, Rodea-R paper from France, ClairFountain Clay-coated paper from France, Hahnemuhle paper from Germany, Zerkall paper from Germany. Testers gave Tomoe paper the highest grade in satisfaction. Hahnemuhle & Zerkall papers were tied for second place.

Other short notes:

*         Frank Crescioni, Mike Carter, Brian Holstine and I attended the Chicago Pen Show April 28th thru May 1st. I will write a brief report of the Show.

*         The club received the first issue of WES (Writing Equipment Society) English magazine. In addition we are now members and order repair videos and other items for the club at a discount. Web site is http://www.wesonline.org.uk/
*         Good news; we now have 20 new paid club members for 2016!



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