AWCI Board Of Directors Meeting 05/07, 2013

September 6th, 2013

Minutes of AWCI Board Of Directors Meeting

Conference Call via gotomeeting

May 7, 2013 7:00pm CST

Board Members Present:
Manuel Yazijian
Terry Kurdzionak
Henry Kessler
Fred White
Jordan Ficklin
Tom Nesbit
Jason Ziegenbein
Ron Landberg 

Board Members Not Present
David Douglas
Wesley Grau
Justin Shiver
Michal Blazczyk 

Non Voting or Guests Present:
Paul Wadsworth
Keith Rosser
Mark Miller 

Meeting called to order at 7:12pm CST 

This meeting is being recorded by Manuel and we have a quorum per Paul Wadsworth. 

Discussion on Magazine Team is ahead of schedule.  June issue is in the works and July issue will be out 1st week of July. 

2013 05-07 #1 Motion made by Ron Landberg, 2nd by Henry Kessler to make Terry Kurdzionak current secretary to fill the vacated seat by David Douglas. 

Vote taken – Passes Unanimously 

Mark Miller Joined at 7:20pm CST 

Discussion on when the audit is to be completed, and how to let the membership know what is going on and what has happened.  

Discussion on getting a new Executive Director (E.D.)  Tom P. is no longer receiving compensation, and Jim L. receiving compensation until July 19th. 

Need to get the AWCI office and Board back to an “US” atmosphere and not a “WE & THEM” atmosphere.  Culture change is needed between the staff and Board. 

Discussion on who & what the E.D. should be and do.  The new E.D. should be mentored by Keith to get acclimated into the new role. 

Discussion with Keith about the IRA Plan currently in place. (Board was told that none of the staff has contributed to their IRA’s, therefore AWCI will discontinue contributing) 

2013 05-07 #2 Motion made by Henry Kessler, 2nd by Fred White – Move to eliminate annual IRA contributions for employees.  

Motion passed Unanimously 

2013 05-07 #3 Motion made by Jordan Ficklin, 2nd by Henry Kessler – Move to support acting executive Director Keith Rosser in eliminating all employee “Comp” time as of July 1, 2013. 

Motion passed Unanimously 

Discussion on new job titles for office staff. 

2013 05-07 #4  Motion made by Henry Kessler, 2nd by Tom Nesbit – Move that we accept the job titles proposed by the acting Executive Director Keith Rosser, for the new contract employees as well as that for employees Dana Boll and Daniela Ott.

Dana Boll – Creative Director, Magazines and Books
Kathy Ortt – Editor
Betsy Young – Marketing Director
Daniela Ott – Education Coordinator 

Motion passed – 1 abstention: Fred White 

Discussion on when and where the 2013 Convention should take place. Also discussion on face to face meeting to be held in Dallas at Henry Kessler’s business’ conference room for the finance committee & Executive board June 29th. 

2013 05-07 #5 Motion made by Terry Kurdzionak, 2nd by Fred White – Move that the annual meeting for the 2013 be held from September 26-28, 2013, at a place to be determined by the convention committee. 

Discussion as to where to have meeting and best prices for air fare and hotels.  Terry is working on finding most ideal location, and will report her  findings to board in due time. 

Motion passed – Unanimously 

Discussion on putting survey on back of ballot.  What questions should be asked and types of responses received.  

2013 05-07 #6 Motion made by Ron Landberg, 2nd by Henry Kessler – move to approve Keith Rosser’s proposal to do a survey on the back of the ballot for this year’s election, in order to establish a baseline from the voting members. 

Motion passed – unanimously 

2013 05-07 #7 Motion made by Fred White, 2nd by Terry Kurdzionak – to adjourn the meeting. 

Motion passed – Unanimously 

Meeting adjourned 9:25pm CST. 

Submitted by Beth Grau

AWCI Board Of Directors Meeting 06/04, 2013

September 6th, 2013

Minutes of AWCI Board Of Directors Meeting

Conference Call via gotomeeting

June 4, 2013 7:00pm CST

Board Members Present:
Manuel Yazijian  
Terry Kurdzionak
Henry Kessler
Wesley Grau 
Fred White
Jordan Ficklin
Jason Ziegenbein
Ron Landberg
Justin Shiver
Michal Blazczyk
David Douglas 

Board Members Not Present
Tom Nesbit 

Non Voting or Guests Present:
Paul Wadsworth
Keith Rosser
Mark Miller
Beth Grau 

Attendance taken at 7:00pm CST 

Meeting called to order at 7:12pm CST 

This meeting is being recorded by Manuel and we have a quorum per Paul Wadsworth. 

Discussion on Archie Perkins contract. 

Discussion on Computer issues in office.  Keith Rosser is taking care of.  

Discussion on financial issues.

2013 06-04 #1  Motion made by Henry Kessler, 2nd by Fred White – AWCI request that ELM loan $20K to AWCI, to be paid back in 2 months at no interest. NOTE:  request came from Keith Rosser in order to meet financial obligations.

Motion passed unanimously 

Discussion on hiring a new Executive Director (E.D.). 

2013 06-04 #2 Motion made by Henry Kessler, 2nd by Jason Z. – Motion for the BOD to go into Executive session with Keith Rosser and Mark Miller.

Motion passed – unanimously

Recording stopped for Executive meeting – 9:15pm CST for  45 Minutes

Recording started up again after Executive session

Discussion on Archie’s Contract to be signed.

2013 06-04 #3 Motion made by Fred White, 2nd by Ron Landberg, to Sign Archie Perkins Contract on publishing books.

Motion Passes

Terry Kurdzionak – opposes

Discussion on approving April’s minutes.

2013 06-04 #4 Voting to approve minutes.  Motion passes unanimously. 

2013 06-04 #5 Motion  to adjourn meeting by Wesley Grau, 2nd by Ron Landberg –

Motion passed – Unanimously 

Meeting adjourned 10:36pm CST. 

Respectfully submitted by Beth Grau

AWCI Board Of Directors Meeting 06/25, 2013

September 6th, 2013

AWCI Board of Directors Meeting Via conference call
Tuesday June 25, 2013
7 pm Central time

Board members present:
● Manuel Yazijian
● Michal Blazczyk
● Jason Ziegenbein
● Tom Nesbit
● Jordan Ficklin
● Terry Kurdzionak
● Henry Kessler
● Wes Grau
● Justin Shiver
● David Douglas
● Fred White
● Ron Landberg

Non Voting/Guests present
● Paul Wadsworth, parliamentarian
● Dennis Warner, Past President
● Beth Grau, Recorder of minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:05pm Central time.

Motion 2013_ 06_ 25 #1  Jordan Ficklin moved to approve May 7th meeting minutes.  2nd by David Douglas

Motion passed

Motion 2013_06_25 #2  to approve June 4th meeting minutes by Ron Landberg, 2nd by Justin Shiver.
Motion passed

Discussion on situation with office staff concerning current employees and Keith.  The Executive Board needs to keep rest of board apprised of the goings on within the issues of day to day operations.

Motion 2013 06_25 #3  made by Henry Kessler to go into executive session, 2nd by Justin Shiver at 7:25pm
Motion passes

Motion 2013_06_25 #4 to go out of executive session by Wesley Grau, 2nd by Henry Kessler.

Moved out of executive session at 8:28pm

Discussion to leave structure of AWCI as is.
Every Board member was asked their opinion and viewpoint on the situation;
What the Executive Director should be expected to do.

Some feel we need a strong marketing person, capable of travel to meet members of the watch and jewelry industry to learn what is needed, promote our courses and offerings, develop alliances, etc., while also managing our creative and editorial staff in the creation of HT, and also interacting on the same level cooperatively with our Educational Director and our part time CFO and bookkeeper. Others feel we need a
top person responsible for all. Some would like this person to have watchmaking experience, nonprofit experience, small organization management experience, etc. These all must be weighed.

Motion 2013_ 06_25 #5 made by Wesley Grau,  2nd by Ron Landberg to keep current structure in place with addendum that allows education and bookkeeper to address the BOD.

Keep the current structure of staffing, allowing for staff to communicate with the ED, and the ED communicates with the EC, who communicates with the BOD. If any employee feels their manager is harming them or the org, then they move up one level, even if that means jumping to the EC.

Employee – Manager – ED – EC – BOD

Motion Passed, one abstention

Discussion on the Executive Director position and qualifications:
Proven Leadership,

Discussion on salary and Benefits

Henry sending Keith letter to draft qualifications for ED advertisement. 

Voted to keep structure as is

Motion 2013_06_25 #6 on spare parts from Jordan Ficklin:

I move to rescind the Spare Parts Policy adopted by the board of directors on October 16, 2009 and replace it with the statement below:
 
The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute stands in support of all watchmakers and timepiece owners. 
 
We declare that the best way for manufacturers to provide service to their customers is to support a diversified service network which includes independent watchmakers, retailers, and service centers and to allow customers to choose where they would like their timepiece serviced. Manufacturers who freely distribute technical information, brand specific tools, and training to interested watchmakers will improve the service experience for their customers and create both goodwill and loyalty. Watchmakers who deliver high quality customer service by adhering to the standards & practices of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute will, in turn, earn the loyalty of their customers.
 
We encourage all watchmakers whether self-employed, working in a retail environment, or employed by the manufacturer, to strive for excellence and abide by the standards and practices set forth by AWCI.  Access to genuine spare parts is critical to this endeavor and as such we call upon manufacturers and distributors of timepieces to make spare parts available at fair and reasonable prices to all watchmakers. 
 
I move that the attached letter be emailed to membership immediately and that the same letter be published in the next edition of Horological Times.  This same policy should be added to the policy manual. 

Motions were seconded by Justin Shiver for discussion

A lengthy discussion ensued and each board member gave his/her opinion on the spare parts situation and its impact on our membership.

Roll call vote to adopt the motion, all in the affirmative except for Wes Grau who had to leave the meeting prior to the vote.

Motion to adjourn made by Ron Landberg, second by Terry Kurdzionak
Meeting adjourned at 9:35 PM Central time.

These minutes were started by Beth Grau and completed by Terry Kurdzionak

     Respectfully submitted,

     Terry Kurdzionak

Call to Annual Meeting-September 26-28, 2013

August 21st, 2013

Last year your Board of Directors decided to have our conventions with educational programs every other year beginning in 2014. Therefore, this year we will hold an annual meeting without any programs for spouses, awards banquet, or educational classes. It will strictly be 2-3 days of full board meetings. Next year, we will have a convention for all, to include our ELM Trust dinner, Awards banquet and classes for watchmakers and clockmakers, and hope to have it in a location to be enjoyed by all. We look forward to seeing all of our long time AWCI members and friends as well as welcoming new members!

The Board of Directors will meet in Harrison for meetings at headquarters on September 26, 27, and 28th. We have a special rate at the Holiday Inn Express in Harrison, Ohio. (513-367-1111) You are all welcome to attend the Board meetings.

We have decided to hold the annual meetings of the IAB, REC, and Affiliate chapters as a conference call, once the board has had its annual meeting. This is purely a cost saving alternative. If there are newly elected representatives from the IAB, REC, and Affiliate chapters, they will be installed by our parliamentarian by way of electronic media and brought up to speed with board affairs quickly.

We appreciate your support and patience during this transitional period.

Terry Kurdzionak, Secretary, AWCI

The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute Spare Parts Policy

August 21st, 2013

This new policy replaces the previous spare parts policy which approved of manufacturers restricting parts sales only to “reasonably qualified persons.” Many manufacturers continue to restrict parts, even to “qualified persons” harming the profession and reducing the quality of service available to consumers.

The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute stands in support of all watchmakers and timepiece owners.

We declare that the best way for manufacturers to provide service to their customers is to support a diversified service network which includes independent watchmakers, retailers, and service centers and to allow customers to choose where they would like their timepiece serviced. Manufacturers who freely distribute technical information, brand specific tools, and training to interested watchmakers will improve the service experience for their customers and create both goodwill and loyalty. Watchmakers who deliver high quality customer service by adhering to the standards and practices of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute will, in turn, earn the loyalty of their customers.

We encourage all watchmakers whether self-employed, working in a retail environment, or employed by the manufacturer, to strive for excellence and abide by the standards and practices set forth by AWCI. Access to genuine spare parts is critical to this endeavor and as such we call upon manufacturers and distributors of timepieces to make spare parts available at fair and reasonable prices to all watchmakers.

In addition to our new spare parts policy the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute would like to encourage all members to adhere to our standards and practices. Many manufacturers have placed tool and equipment requirements as conditions to receiving spare parts. While the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute does not support these conditions and requirements, we do promote the highest standards of workmanship and we expect our members to exercise these standards. This includes but is not limited to: 

  • meeting or exceeding manufacturer’s recommended service procedures
  • using genuine parts when available
  • pressure testing water resistant watches to the depth rating specified by the manufacturer
  • restoring modern chronometer grade watches to chronometer standards
  • refinishing cases wherever possible
  • and providing a complete explanation of the scope of repair and/or restoration. Signed by, American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute Board of Directors

Signed by,
American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute
Board of Directors

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AWCI Board Of Directors Meeting 04/9, 2013

June 27th, 2013

Minutes of AWCI Board Of Directors Meeting Conference Call via gotomeeting April 9, 2013

Board Members Present:
1. Manuel Yazijian
2. David Douglas
3. Wesley Grau
4. Terry Kurdzionak
5. Henry Kessler
6. Fred White
7. Jordan Ficklin
8. Tom Nesbit
9. Justin Shiver
10. Michal Blaczyzk

Non Voting or Guests Present:
1. Paul Wadsworth
2. Beth Grau
3. Keith Rosser
4. Amy Dunn
5. Daniela Ott
6. Tom Schomaker
7. Dennis Warner

Meeting called to order at 7:15 pm CST

It has been determined that only 6 video cams can be viewed on screen at one time with Go To Meetings.  Keith will look into being able to add more in the future.

1.    Proposal for Bylaw amendment from Constitution and Bylaws Committee: This proposal would amend the following Articles and Sections of the current AWCI Bylaws:

• 2013 04-09 #1 Motion to change Article VI Sec 3 of the bylaws to read: was made by Jordan Ficklin, seconded by Justin Shiver for “Article 6 – Sec. 3  No person may become a member of the Board of Directors unless that person is an eligible voting member of the Institute, and is currently in good membership standing prior to the election.”

• Rationale for Change:  There are two candidates on the slate who do not currently meet the eligibility criteria as stated, and this change would allow for a fuller slate of quality candidates for the voting membership to choose from. 

Motion passes – opposed by Wes Grau, Fred White

Keith Rosser gave overview of audit update.  Discussion about audit, Perpetuation Fund

Discussion with Amy Dunn about printing Archie Perkins 2nd book.  Archie wants contract for Antique Watch Restoration Books.  We only have one for his Lathe book.  The older contract is to be shared with the BOD for viewing.

Amy is to get a Task Force together from HT & Finance committees with Keith to see if it’s viable to keep printing books.

Keith Rosser gave overview on Status of Finance Committee – review of financials New financial system by 7/1/13 ~ Integrity improved~ Finance committee is to give advice as to how the accounts should be organized such to provide the most valuable information for creating a budget. Motion made by Henry Kessler Repeals Motion 2013_02_02 #5 to withdraw plans to make fiscal year end of year.  Keep it 6/30/13  seconded by Fred White – Motion passes unanimously.

Discussion with Keith on new financial system needed and is waiting on Finance Committee  to get back to him with what they want – 3 user license in Quickbooks has been purchased and the financials need to be available to the BOD uploaded to Google Drive.

Discussion on Pricing of classes.  2013 04-09 #2 Motion made by Jordan Ficklin Fred White 2nd I move to update section 8.2006.04 of the policy manual to reflect the changes suggested by Keith Rosser. –AWCI Academy week long course (Members) $1000 –AWCI Academy week long course (Non-Members) $1275  Motion passes unanimously.

Discussion about Web online course.  Will visit this again in future.  Don’t have funds at this time to develop program.

Wesley Grau gave overview and discussion on CW21 program.  Task Force in place (Herman Mayer, Manuel Yazijian, Tom Schomaker, Tamara Houk, Michael Michaels, Mackenzie Nesbit, Gerhardt Loitz – they are working on new exam, Work has been done obtaining new movements and the exam documents.   Pilot test is being scheduled for sometime in July in Lititz. Currently putting together a cost analysis for the BOD. 

Jordan Ficklin brought to the board that web page minutes are not currently uploaded cleanly

Discussion on minutes now being recorded and are being transcribed by Beth Grau.

Discussion regarding the appointment of  Keith as Executive Director during interim. “Due to inconsistency of minutes from the midyear minutes, it was unclear if a motion was made to transfer power of the Executive Director from Manuel Yazijian to Keith Rosser. As a general housekeeping practice the motion 2013 04-09 #3  made by Jordan F. seconded by Fred White. I move to appoint Keith Rosser as Interim Executive Director effective February 2, 2013 and transfer to him the power and authority given to the Executive Director in accordance with our Constitution and bylaws until such time as the board appoints a full time Executive Director. Motion passes unanimously.

Discussion for when next “Annual Meeting” will be.  Research will be done as to when to have meetings and to be set up on Google Drive for ideas and costs. Also discussion as to whether affiliate chapters should be included.  It was determined by the by-laws that the Affiliate Chapters, IAB, REC are to be included.  Fred White and Terry Kurdzionak will research places to have meetings with reasonable cost.

Discussion on magazine inserts – need to go through review process prior to placement in magazine.  HT committee will look at policies. Discussion on Advertisers in back of magazine – IAB & REC members need to be given criteria on what needs to be done to be a member

Discussion of referral directory & web site.  this will be discussed at a later date after Staff meeting and more information is obtained.

Discussion on Election & Ballots – how they are to be mailed out and tallied.  Scanning ballots is an option and highly recommended to show transparency to members.  Amy has estimates on printing costs and will forward to BOD for review.   Keith will talk to CPA about scanning the ballots and cost.  Also how Burke and Schindler, i.e., the name of the CPA firm will tabulate results.

Wesley Grau made a motion to adjourn meeting, seconded by Fred White. ~ passed.~ Meeting adjourned at 10:18pm CST

FOUR RARE WATCHES FEATURED APRIL 14

April 12th, 2013

FOUR RARE WATCHES FEATURED APRIL 14 at Cowan’s “Fine Jewelry & Timepiece Auction.” Real Time Internet Bidding and Live Auction in Cincinnati at one of the Midwest’s largest auction houses.

 

1. VACHERON & CONSTANTIN 18 Karat Gold Pocket Watch. Very rare unsigned  pocket watch made for Bigelow, Kennard & Co. of Boston, Massachusetts. Size 12 movement. Beautiful white porcelain face with auxiliary seconds dial. 1890.

 

2. PATEK PHILIPPE 18 Karat 20-Jewel Open Face Pocket Watch. Very rare, ca. 1910.  Features 8 adjustments and associated display holder. 1891 patent. Porcelain face with subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock.

           

3. Gentleman’s 18 karat rose gold manual wind ROLEX CELLINI CESTELLO 5330 wristwatch. Sapphire crystal. Genuine crocodile brown band with 18k rose gold clasp. Excellent condition. Very few signs of wear. With box and Cellini pamphlet.  

 

4. E. MATHEY TISSOT 14 Karat Yellow Gold Hunter Case Repeater Pocket Watch.

Case number 26712. Arabic numerals with secondary dial at six o’clock. White porcelain face in excellent condition, Owner: Solomon S. Curry born in 1840 who opened the Metropolitan Iron and Land Co., the world’s greatest producer of ore.

For more information: www.cowanauctions.com

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Midwest Watchmaker and Clockmaker Professional Organization (MWCA) and CLOCK GUILD JOINT CONVENTION

April 12th, 2013

Put it in your schedules May 3rd & 4 2013

Midwest Watchmaker and Clockmaker Professional Organization (MWCA) and CLOCK GUILD JOINT CONVENTION

at the Kelly Inn

 

Friday Night May 3rd Robotics lecture at Hopkins high School with Mark Rossheim

Friday night talk will be at Hopkins High school (about 250 seats), doors will open at 7:00. We are looking at  about 2 hours, including time for questions. The topic will be modern robotics, with a target audience from kids thru adults. The presentation will be PowerPoint and DVD based.  $10 entrance fee  Children under 12 free

 7:30pm official start time

Saturday convention May 4th with:

Richard Cox talking about constructing an Astronomical Regulator

Mark Rossheim talking about Leonardo’s programmed moving cart, details of it’s design, implementation and what it does. * POSTER CLICK HERE *

Diann Clendenimg talking about Glass Beveling, stain glass and other types of glass repair

Tomas Chase and Douglas Thompson talking about the Omega Co-Axial care/cleaning/ and theory

Wes Cutter round table talking about the Micro Set and how to get more out of it

8am to 4pm with AUCTION starting after 5:30  $45 convention
 

SUNDAY hands on May 5th

Richard Cox will present a three part hands on talk about

Reparing or retipping hands,  silver dials and bezels

8am to 2pm  50$

The Midwest Watchmaker and Clockmaker Professional Organization, affiliated with American Watchmaker Clockmaker Institute (AWCI) the national organization.  Serving the Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Northern Iowa, and Western Wisconsin area.

Our Mission

We are the regional affiliate of the National Professional organization for Clockmakers and Watchmakers establishing standards for education and testing for National Certification.  Our goal is to establish and maintain the necessary high standards for quality, systematic procedures, and use of the proper technology to ensure excellent outcomes for each watch or clock service.

A Message from the President – Manuel Yazijian, CMW21 04/2013

April 11th, 2013

As you are reading this message, spring has already arrived and I hope you are enjoying the milder weather. This is a great chance to further engage in outdoor activities.

One of the main characteristics of a person involved in the field of horology is the posture many of us have to maintain, and that is of being seated and hunched over a desk/workbench. While there are several schools of thought of which may be the best position, which workbench height is the best or which chair is the most ideal, one thing is for sure, the human body is being asked to be in a certain position for a prolonged number of hours, e.g. eight hours a day.  It appears, however, that the human body was designed to be physically active, judging from the number of joints we have.

While many of us pride ourselves on attaining that best balance wheel amplitude, best delta rate, best finish on a wheel pivot or a case and bracelet, yet how many of us think about the physical condition in which we are in?  Since it is a generally accepted principle that, in order to produce good quality work, certain workshop conditions must be met, such as properly functioning tools and equipment, good lighting, clean environment, etc.  How about the most important element in the equation? You!

Just like you properly maintain the rest of the tools and equipment for best performance, the human body requires regular maintenance and adjustment for continued best performance, so a well-balanced lifestyle is crucial.

There are many types of physical activities that you can embrace if you are just starting out. Start slow and steadily increase over time (it can be months) without overly exerting yourself. Stronger muscles are needed for proper function just as you need your sharp eyes and steady hands. Depending on your age and current physical fitness, you may want to begin with simple walking, hiking or swimming, among others. There are also the “eastern arts” such yoga, Tai Chi and similar forms of gentle exercises which focus on overall health of body and mind. These types of activities will not only help with your physical fitness, but also with your mental alertness and focus. You can even incorporate some of these gentle exercises every day when you take a 15-minute break during work; you don’t have to wait to go home or to the gym for a full-blown intense workout. Once you feel comfortable with one form of exercise then keep moving one level up.  

In addition to being physically active, keep in mind that if you maintain a proper and healthy diet, it will help keep you fit for the life career you have chosen. Be sure to stay hydrated while at work by drinking enough water. The right quality and combination of fuel will only help enhance your performance in the journey of life.

In the end, exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health and have fun. Just like you take good care of the customer’s watches and clocks, so must you take the necessary time to take good care of yourselves.

And as always, keep your skills honed, your standards very high, your attitude professional, your tools and equipment in great condition and your workshops clean and organized; you never know who may come by to pay you a visit.

Manuel Yazijian

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