A lot goes on at our monthly depression glass meetings. Below is an outline of what you can expect at any given meeting.
A member of the club picks up the key from the Livonia Senior Center earlier in the day. At approximately 5:30pm, the doors are opened and set-up begins. Assistance is needed to help set up chairs and prepare the room for the meeting.
Beginning at 6pm, and not before that time, club members can unwrap and display glass for sale on one-half of a round table. Only American-made glass produced before 1970 is allowed to be sold. Glass should be clean and priced. Any damage should be noted on the tag. Glass is NOT allowed to be packed away during the meeting as the noise distracts from presentations. The June buy/sell time is a flea market where items other than glass are also allowed.
Each month, two people help prepare the coffee – one pot of regular, one pot of decaf, and hot water for tea. The process is very easy and instructions are provided. Sign up with Mary Peterson to be a coffee host/hostess.
Feel free to browse the club’s library of glass reference books, but please don’t remove them more than a few feet from the book area. Members may check out books to take home, which must be returned the following month. To check out a book, please fill out the card located in the back pocket. You must leave a deposit (either cash or check, preferably check – it won’t be deposited as long as you return the book) for the value of the book. Your deposit is returned to you when you return the book. All books must be returned at the June meeting, and books may not be checked out at that meeting.
Meeting – Table Setting Portion
At 7pm, the President calls the meeting to order. Please refrain from talking during the meeting and presentations, and turn your cell phone off or on vibrate! After brief business is conducted (reading of the previous meeting’s minutes, treasurer’s report, announcements) the evening’s table setting is introduced. Each month, a member brings in their collection of glass in a particular pattern. They set a round table with place setting pieces, then use the rectangular table to show the accompanying serving pieces in the pattern. In addition to showing each piece they have, the presenter will usually provide a brief history of the glass company who made it, discuss any interesting facts about the pattern, and tell how/why they started collecting it. If you would like to present a table setting of your dishes, please see Maureen Armstrong. Don’t worry about “not having enough”. We can request that other members bring pieces in the pattern to help fill in your presentation. Table linens and silverware can be provided by the club, or you can bring your own.
A 15-20 minute break is taken to enjoy coffee and cookies. Please return to your seat afterwards so the meeting can promptly resume. You can sign up to bring in treats to the next meeting, or just bring something on a whim.
Meeting – Program Portion
After the cookie break, the meeting is called back to order. It is now time for the program. Typically, this is something where everyone brings in an item related to a particular theme – glass made by a certain company, glass of a certain color, similar objects (pitchers, candlesticks, butter dishes, etc.). A list of programs for the year is available. Please bring in a piece of glass or two that goes along with the theme of the evening. Make sure you include a small card with your name, along with the pattern and company if you know that information. If you don’t know and would like help identifying the piece, write that down.
Once a year, we have a “parallel” program that features a member’s collection of something other than glass. In the past, we’ve learned about lady head vases, Jell-O, ice cream scoops, The Dearborn Inn, and more. Let one of the board members know if you have a collection you’d like to share.
After the program, the meeting closes with the raffles of the evening:
3 Free Tickets: All members should sign-in and wear their name badges at meetings. One member is randomly selected of those who signed in that evening. If the member is wearing their name badge, they win 3 free tickets for the raffle. If the person is not wearing their badge, another name is drawn.
Glass or 50-50 Raffle: A piece of glass is raffled off during even months, and a 50-50 raffle is held on odd months. Tickets are 3 for $1. Anyone is welcome to purchase tickets – you don’t have to be a member.
Membership Participation: Each member who brought in a piece of glass to display during the program gets ONE raffle ticket to win a piece of glass, which is separate from the above raffle. If you brought in multiple pieces, you still only get one ticket.