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January 2020 Meeting Recap

Despite the cold temperatures, we had a great turnout for our January Meeting and the topic was Christmas Pens and Advertising.  Francis put together an excellent video presentation which detailed several old and new Christmas advertisements, sparking some lively conversation and excellent insights by Basil.

We also experienced our new home and it is very, very nice.  Special thanks to Randy for getting it ready for us every month!  And a thanks to Jim for the excellent food and drink.

For those that couldn’t make it last Friday, here are a few photos of the group and the new space, which is just across the parking lot from the old space.  We hope to see you soon!

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New Location

Our meetings will now be held in a new location, across the street from where we normally meet.

See the Map below for further clarification.  See you on Friday at 6:30!

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January 2020 Meeting

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The January meeting will be this Friday (January 24) at 6:30 and the topic will be Christmas Themed Advertising, Pens, or Pen related ephemera (pen boxes etc..).

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

2019 -20 Holiday Party Invitation

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P.E.N.S.* Holiday Party
*Pen Enthusiast Northern Society

You Are Invited

Summerhouse Apartments, Community Room
4655 North Victoria St.
Shoreview, MN 55126-5885

Date: Sunday January 5th, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00PM

Please bring an appetizer, dessert, or beverage.

From Minneapolis:
Highway 94 East to 280 North, connect to 35W North.

North on 35W, then East (right) on hwy 96, (past 694)
Hwy 96 to North Victoria, approx. 2 miles.
Turn left (North) at stoplight onto Victoria, 0.1 mile to Summerhouse Apartment on left side. Park in apartment parking lot, or in lot on left just before apartment.

From St. Paul:
Highway 35E North to 694. Go West (left) on 694 to Lexington Ave. Go North (right) on Lexington to Hwy 96. Go East (right) on 96 to North Victoria, approx 1 mile. Turn left at stoplight onto North Victoria, 0.1 mile to Summerhouse Apartment on left side.

Park in apartment parking lot, or in lot on left just before apartment. This is a secure building. One of the P.E.N.S. members, will open the door & greet you (call the mobile numbers of Francis & Fritz if no one is at the door) ……………SEE YOU THERE.

If you have questions, or get lost, contact
Francis Bulbulian @ 651-983-6165 or Fritz Ferris @ 651-558-7048

Remember to bring your most Beautiful pen & Ugliest pen for judging by the ladies for prizes. Also bring a Gift pen with gold nib, working condition, for the traditional Pen Exchange.


November 2019 Meeting

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The November Meeting will be this Friday, November 15 at 2845 Hamline Avenue North in Roseville at 6:30.  The doors will be open certainly by 6:00, so you can get settled in before we start.

The theme for this month’s meeting will be Minnesota Made Pens and Pencils and Francis has prepared a talk and slide show for our enjoyment.  Please bring any Minnesota writing instruments you have to add to the conversation.

Also, feel free to bring any finds, new acquisitions, or just some pens you want to talk about!

Stay warm and we will see you on Friday.

September 2019 Meeting

The September Meeting will be on Friday September 27, at our location, at 2845 Hamline Avenue North at 6:30 pm.  If you are on a mobile devise, go to the bottom of this page and click on “View Full Site:  The map will then be on the right side of your page.

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This month’s topic is Pen Storage Systems.  So come prepared to see various photos of members storage systems and discuss.  If you want a photo of your system to be shared in a slide show, send a photo to Andrea Opland ( and she will attempt to include it in the presentation.

We look forward to seeing everyone who can attend!

July 2019 Meeting

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The July Meeting will be this Friday (July 19) ! Our topic this month is Chinese Pens. Once thought to be cheap and poorly made by some, there have been many new manufacturers and a resurgence of pens coming from China that are being used by fountain pen enthusiasts.

So, if you have any examples of Chinese Pens, please bring them to the meeting on Friday, or just stop in to see pens that other members may have to show and tell!

March 2019 Meeting



We are having our PENS meeting at the WET PAINT store this Friday the 15th of March.
Their address is: 1684 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105
Time: 6:00-7:30 (the store closes at 8 pm) Please come 15 minutes early so we can get started on time.

Virginia is our host at Wet Paint for the evening. , We will test diffrent inks that are on site. Don’t forget to bring a few pens and your favorite paper to test the inks. We might take a survey of your favorite papers and ink.

Incidentally there is a 15% sale going on March 4th thru April 30.

We understand one of the store vendors is going to give door prizes, so come one come all and test you luck. See you Friday evening.

We will not have any refreshments at this meeting due to the location.

*Thanks to Joel Moline for setting up this meeting with Virginia at the store.

February 2019 Meeting

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The February Meeting will be on Friday February 15, 2019 at 6:30, same pen time, same pen place.. (for directions, please direct your attention to the right side of this page).

The topic for this month will be ” Other Collections“.  What else do you collect?  Bring photos or examples (no firearms, please).   For those of you that collect vintage autos, Randy has indicated that the ample parking lot outside is available!

And of course, please bring any recent finds, and pen discussion materials.

Brave the cold and come for some warm pen conversation!

January 2019 Meeting

The first meeting of 2019 is this Friday evening!


Our speaker is Barry Rubin an entrepreneur who was the president of INK. His store till a few years back was in the IDS building . For those of you who had an opportunity to visit it, you know how spectacular the view was, and the selection of pens was superb as well. Our Pen Club once had our regular meeting in his beautiful office/showroom in down town Minneapolis.

So please join us this Friday for an interesting discussion of Barry’s experience running his pen emporium. I am sure he will cover the businesses highs and lows and give us the picture of how the pen business has changed. Also bring your Contemporary Pens for show and tell and if you have any questions for Barry.

The official meeting starts at 6:30 PM at the address below. Randy will open the doors as people arrive. Come early and get your self seated.