Hosted by Kim & Gary Maddox
The official dates were July 23-24, 2021 but members started arriving the previous weekend to enjoy the surrounding area and friends. As the week progressed more and more convention attendees arrived each day. After an extending two year hiatus, it was a great time reuniting with friends and making new ones. It was definitely a fun-filled week with lots of shaker talk.
Fort Worth Stockyards, Billy Bob's Honkytonk, & Rodeo
Dallas World Aquarium
Dallas JFK Sixth Floor Museum & Grassy Knoll
The Hotel - Embassy Suites near Dallas/Fort Worth Airport
Free Made to Order Breakfasts
Every morning our club members enjoyed complimentary made to order breakfasts. This perk is always nice for the wallet, but the real advantage is just starting the day off talking life and shakers with long time and new friends.
By day most people were out and about but by evening they were back at the hotel for the daily, complementary, no-host evening reception. It was a pleasant way to unwind after running around all day and a great way to meet new collectors or to find faces for Facebook friends.
Shaker shopping is why you go to convention and there's lots of opportunities to add to your collection.
Shaker Shopping - Hotel Rooms
You could find literally thousands of shakers for sale in the various guest hotel rooms. There were shakers on tables, shelves, the floor, and on beds. Every place you looked you could find shakers.
Some brought hundreds or maybe even thousands to sell and others just a few. Prices varied. You could negotiate. This is where you could find bargains and rare, one-of-a kind shakers. You had to check them all out to find what you just couldn't live without.
Another option for buying shakers is at one of the auctions. There's one Friday afternoon, another on Saturday afternoon and a short one Saturday night. They are a lot of fun and sometimes the bids get competitive and exciting.
This year Alan Kafitz stepped up as our auctioneer and did a fabulous job.
Yes, the convention has meetings. We may be a fun group but we still have serious business to take care of.
Board of Directors' Meeting
The Board of Directors meets all year by e-mail but this is the one time a year they get together in person to discuss the Club's business.
Chapter Presidents' Meeting with the BOD
The chapter presidents meet with the Board of Directors once a year at Convention. This is when the chapter presidents ask questions, share ideas and make suggestions.
General Business Meeting
The General Business Meeting occurs just once-a-year when members get together at Convention. The BOD members and Committee Chairpersons report to the membership about the past year's activities and any future plans.
Junior Members' Party
The Junior Members' party is their version of a convention meeting. You can tell by the photos they take it very seriously (LOL).
First Timers' Reception
Conventions can be a bit overwhelming for someone attending the first time. There's so much happening and everyone seems to know one another. That's why the Club came up with the First Timers Meeting several years ago to help a first timer navigate the convention.
Opening Ceremony with Role Call of States & Nations
Around the World in Shakers
My Stuff is So Shiny: Pre-WWII Japan Import Lusterware - With an Emphasis on Art Deco Noritake Fancyware
2021 Convention Shaker Unveiling
This year's set was unveiled by Mr. Joe. The set depicts the famous Reunion Tower building from the Dallas city skyline, the famous large ferris wheel from the state fair, along with Big Tex who greats attendees at the fair. The set has a central concession stand with the (Fletcher's) famous corn dog and candy apple as the shakers.
Saturday evening John Park was the lucky winner of the #1 gold set
Lifetime Achievement Award
Karen Framnes is awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Vice President Louise Davis
2021 Lifetime Achievement Award – Karen Framnes
Karen joined the club in 1995 and has volunteered her time to support the Novelty Salt & Pepper Shakers Club, both on the local and national levels.
Karen has served as the national vice president. July 2011- July 2015
She has also served as the secretary for the Wisconsin chapter for multiple terms.
Karen works diligently at the convention and often volunteers to help wherever needed.
She has done registration for the convention, and during the 2005 Green Bay convention, when chairman (Don Whiting) had a death in the family; Karen stepped up and took on the responsibilities of host until Don was able to return. During the Green Bay convention she was on the planning committee and did much to help make the convention a success.
Karen not only attends the annual conventions, she is an active and willing to work participant, always with a smile on her face. You will often see her selling raffle tickets, helping transport raffle baskets from the viewing room to the ballrooms, being a runner for the raffle baskets. She has often volunteered to relieve the auction workers in the viewing room, so that they can have a chance to go and view the displays and contests, and Karen always works in shaker distribution with the other members of the Wisconsin chapter.
Karen has hosted several chapter meetings in her and Joel’s home, where she proudly displays her collection of over 8000 sets. She is active on social media, sharing and showing her seasonal collection displays and is always willing to answer questions about shakers.
To me, Karen shows the true spirit of what our club is about, the passion of collecting shakers, sharing her knowledge of shakers, friendships, kindness and the willingness to work to help promote the club.
Throughout Convention raffle tickets are being sold for a chance to win fabulous gift baskets and bags full of amazing prizes donated by our wonderfully generous club members and chapters. This year over $1000 in cash was donated and raffled off in various $50 and $100 allotments.
The contestants outdid themselves this year. Everyone truly was a winner!
Adult - 1 Person
Fred Flintstone - Kiss the Cook BBQ
Mario - The Mushroom
Girl with Suitcases
Adult - 2 Person
The Cop and The Lady
Cheryl Lenhart & Phil Mays
Delores Burgess & Ruthie Denney
How About Milk?
Michelle Wentzel & Gary Maddox
Ratatoulle & Cheese
Christy & Hannah Hammar
Debbie & Emilio Lugo
Junior - Multi Person
Box of Quacker's
Who Shot JR
S&P Animal Memes
Waiting for the Great Pumpkin
Deep in the Woods
Denim & Diamonds Shakin Show & Rodeo
Dogs on Display
Junior Member Display
Good vs. Evil (Junk Food vs. Healthy Food)
Contests Award Presentation
Saturday Night's Carnival
Next Year's Convention Presentation
Debbie Barger announced that next year's convention will be the 37th convention in Newark, NJ right outside New York City. The co-facilitators of next year's convention will be Noreen Neary and Bonnie Clark. You won't want to miss it!
A big THANK YOU! to all of the volunteers. It takes a lot of dedicated people to put on a Convention. The planning begins more than a year before. There's lots of volunteer time needed before, at and even after Convention. A special thanks goes to this years co-hosts Kim and Gary Maddox and their entire family who put in many hours of time to make this year's Convention successful.
Pass of the S&P
The last order of business is the passing of the "S&P". A special set is passed from the outgoing hosts to the new ones. It's like passing the Olympic torch.
Some Fun, Misc Photos
There's lots of fun moments at Convention. Here's some miscellaneous photos of members just having fun.