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Meet Clarifies Mailing of Ads

Out of a whirling welter of words and a torrent of titillating technicalities, there finally emerged from the convention Sunday a single positive action affirming the acceptability for mailing in our bundles of amateur journals which offer type and other printing equipment for sale by members.

The convention adopted an interpretation of the constitution which says that such offerings, from one member to other members, are not to be construed as involving financial profit.

Earlier, the convention accepted the report of the Mailing Manager with an expression of its displeasure at his unilateral decision not to mail one or more amateur journals. It was the sense of the convention that it is not within the mailer’s province to decide unilaterally what is or is not mailable.

Since this whole subject derived from one portion of the Executive Judges’ report, a most difficult point was held pending while emissaries and ambassadors plenipotentiary were dispatched to rouse and rout the eminent Dr. Whatbreed at an early hour of the afternoon.

Full text of the vital motion adopted, which “amazed” Shep Wesson, written on the convention blackboard, was as follows:

“That Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution relating to the definition of an amateur paper, as one published, among other things, ‘without intent of financial profit,’ is interpreted by this Convention to permit the inclusion in an amateur paper, providing it otherwise meets the definition, or text or advertising matter offering for sale or trade articles of printing equipment and related supplies or items of value primarily in an amateur journalistic sense, when such items are in the possession of a member not engaged in similar commercial enterprise or when such items are from the estate of a deceased member and it is reasonably obvious that the items are of more interest to amateur journalists than to the general public.”

The wording of the motion was composed by Vic Moitoret in lieu of lunch.

Two Laureates Only

Laureate awards were announced for only two categories, there being insufficient entries to make a full contest:

Poetry, Cliff Woodward, “Tyler at Christmas,” Bias, January 1966;
Hon. Men., Dorothy Schneider, “The Intruders,” The China Shop, May 1966;
Special Hon. Men., Ray Albert, “Song of Time,” Rays, 2nd Q., 1966.

Misc. Prose, John Gillick, “The Quince,” Poorer Richard, Sept. 1965;
Hon. Men., Rowena Moitoret, “The Dilemma of Mrs. George,” Shandygaff, June 1965.

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Other Problems Aired

Closing moments of the final session were devoted to discussions of recruiting, activity qualifications of new members, and related problems – all of which have been with us since 1876 and probably be with us in 2076.

Regrets were expressed that time was not taken at the convention to discuss publishing and printing as such, in order to share know-how with newer members.

Of considerable interest was the proposal that an amateur journal containing “typical material” be published so that new members could instantly gauge the full range of our publishing interests. Official Editor Schuman agreed to consider publishing material of this sort as a supplement to the June 1967 The National Amateur.

Note was taken that members should try to publish an amateur journal close to the date of each convention and bring copies to the convention for initial distribution, thus creating another focus of special interest and attention, such as this year’s Nutshell, by new member David Alm, Just Our Type by the Haywoods, Aftonia by Jim Walczak, and The Cemetery Rabbit by the Moitorets.

75 Appear in All

Other arrivals Sunday and Monday, not previously mentioned include: Maryland, Alan Moitoret, Jack Stone, and Fred Bagwell; Virginia, Jackson Chapman, Erling H. Hestvedt, Mr. & Mrs. Wm. R. Wright, Stan Coffin.

Tying Up Loose Ends

Present, but denied a listing by unfeeling humans, were: Mitzi, who brought Luke and Dorothy Schneider; Cindy, chaperoning the four in the Teed party; and Pepper MacGillicuddy (call me Mac) who deserves recognition for having brought the entire Wesson family plus Willametta.

New Jersey topped all other states in the size of its delegation – 16 came from the Garden State to Frederick.

“Nobody has to go to the penitentiary this year,” exclaimed Liz Butt, outgoing secretary-treasurer noted (with some apparent relief) in summarizing the report of the auditing committee. Verle Heljeson, chairman, is assumed to feel some regret at this.

At the Fossil Luncheon, special honor was paid Norman Quillman, celebrating his 50th year in NAPA.

A moment of sadness at the convention resulted from the realization that we had lost 11 members during the year, and that three former members had passed away. Tillie Haywood, chairman of the Necrology Committee, gave a brief summary of the careers of the departed members and ended her report with the words “standing in salute.” Which we did.

The single resolution presented by Willametta Keffer, chairman of that committee, thanked all persons who had contributed to the arrangement of a most successful convention. Rolfe Castleman was seen to smile wearily at this juncture.

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Published by J. Rolfe Castleman and Itinerant Comps

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