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Minutes: Our Own Antique Roadshow (10/30/2013)

November 3, 2013

President Betsy Munroe called the meeting to order.

Invocation: Claude Saks
Pledge: Fred Gaeden
Raffle: Diana Cecala brought 3 vinegars from Gainey Vineyard. Linda May won!

Visiting Rotarians: Elizabeth Stewart
Guests: Bettie Saks, Linda May
Honorary members: Cheryl Jensen


  • Karin Napel has withdrawn from the club. We wish her well.
  • Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein will run the meeting next week.
  • Fred Gaeden spoke on behalf of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) to encourage all members to contribute through our club or directly to TRF. Did you know you can get a Rotary Mastercard? The fee for the Mastercards goes toward polio eradication. Last year it raised $400,000 toward polio eradication. Interest rates are reasonable right now, and it includes a rewards points program. As another incentive, Mastercard gives our club $25 to donate toward TRF.
  • Susan Klein-Rothschild announced that we’re getting ready to distribute the dictionaries to third graders. The label party is Monday, Nov. 18 at Connard Hogan‘s house at 5:30 PM.
  • Don Bennett announced that it’s time for Salvation Army bell ringing again. The money they collect assists families in need in our community. He has 11 years of records, during which time we have raised $20,701! We have the best location in downtown Santa Barbara at the back door of Nordstroms — also conveniently near a parking garage. Pets encouraged. We ring for 4 Saturdays, starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Please sign up for a 2-hour shift between 10 AM and 5 PM. You will always have a buddy.
  • Tom Heath announced that the Camp Whittier work day is Nov. 16. The camp is for the Boys and GIrls Club and is near Lake Cachuma. This year there will be some flooring projects, cabin painting and landscape refreshing. Contact Tom if you have questions. Invite friends. There will be a lunch and a BBQ.
  • Andy Doerr tried to find a home for a lost clipboard.
  • Mark Reinhardt said we plan to return to Elings Park to work on the swell swale at our picnic area this Saturday from 8 to 11 AM. Contact Mark Reinhardt, Bill Boyd or Gary Jensen.
  • Andy Doerr gave a thank you to Sandy Grasso-Boyd for coordinating photographers for the Fiddlers’ Festival and organizing the collection. There are 10 albums for this year. See them on Facebook.
  • Getting to Know You with Claude Saks. What did you want to be when you were growing up? He always knew he wanted to do international business.
  • Betsy Munroe announced next week’s duties.
  • Sandra O’Meara and Diana Cecala won the costume contest.
  • Pay and Tell with Sgt at Arms Bill RInger.

Program: Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein introduced the speaker, Elizabeth Stewart. Perhaps you recognize her from Antiques Road Show.

  • [Editor’s note] Thanks to everyone who brought items to be appraised. Elizabeth Alves has notes about the specific items and Elizabeth Stewart’s comments, but we are not publishing those to protect your privacy. If you want to know about the specific items, contact Elizabeth Alves for the notes. The minutes will just include general information the speaker presented.
  • Tip: Elizabeth encourages people to take still photographs and video of their property. Video helps show the items in situ — to prove ownership and location. In case of disaster, she can do appraisals before or after the fact.
  • When you have items like letters or autographs, it’s especially helpful if they have good provenance — a sense of time and place. For example, a stamp and a postmark on a letter tells quite a story.
  • Tip: Beware paper on paper when you frame special items because paper has an acidity to it. Also avoid posting/hanging it in areas with direct sun.
  • Did you know? Sterling silver conducts heat so it warms up against a cheek. It’s also malleable.
  • Sheffield silver was copper, nickel or pewter with a silver overlay. So it was a middle class attempt at sterling.
  • Tip: Do not take brillo pads to silver.
  • Asian art is called classic and has a different concept of beauty. They do not aim to break new ground. They work to master classic styles.
  • Did you know? The Chinese and Russian collectibles are getting a higher value because collectors are trying to bring the art back into the countries.
  • When looking at art, know that seeing a canvas from a commercial canvas company may be a sign that it’s less valuable. Career artists usually stretch and prepare their own canvas.
  • American needlepoint and furniture is more valuable than similar English works because there’s less of it.
  • Needlework, smoking materials and hand done typography are growing in value since people don’t do these crafts much anymore.
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