President’s Message February 2024

Greetings

Well, Colleen and I got to visit our first bottle show of 2024 recently. We went to the Central Ohio Bottle Club’s show in Columbus on Feb. 18th. It is always a very nice show and seems to be well attended. Always good to see friends that we haven’t seen in a while, as well.

I had the opportunity to talk with a show chairman from another club at the Columbus show. He expressed concern about the continuing financial increases put upon the clubs in regard to hosting shows and was unsure how much longer their club could support a show. I believe all of the clubs are facing this problem. It is forcing most all of us to raise our table and admittance fees.

Unfortunately, as years go by, I’m afraid our clubs might move from the exposition halls to the internet. I realize this is an old topic by now, but I hope we can find a way to maintain our shows so that it is economical for the dealers and attendees. It would be a shame to lose the personal interaction that we have at shows. I will admit that I do not have a solution for this, and there may not be one, but we should all do our best to control costs.

Our club will be having elections at the April meeting this year. This has been changed from our previous bylaws to give any new officers a more peaceful time to transition than being thrown into the fire with the January show. Hopefully, this change will be accepted and successful for the club.

Wishing good health and happiness to everyone.

Jerry Dixon

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