Sunday, November 3, 2019

September meeting photos (part 1)

Many thanks to Daryl for hosting our September meeting (held on September 13) at the Kitsilano Yacht Club! We had a great turnout for our meeting----25 VPC members (including newcomer Mariana and a special guest---Glenn Garside from Australia, a mutual friend of mine and Bill K's who had previously attended our 2014 Summer Dinner).

September's meeting theme was "Good Luck!" (pen experiences in which the element of luck has played a part), a great theme for a meeting held on a Friday the 13th ;) Thanks again to Bill for the idea. Now, without further ado, here are Ricardo's photos from that evening...

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The stairs on Point Grey Road leading to the Kitsilano Yacht Club...
From their website: The Kitsilano Yacht Club was founded in the summer of 1934 to foster amateur yachting on English Bay in Vancouver and encourage competition at the highest level.
The Yacht Club has a great view of English Bay and downtown Vancouver (it's even better at night!)
Tristan (left) & Vancouver Pen Club co-founders Tim (center) & Bill K (right) getting ready...
Daryl (our host) giving our pen club a little bit of background information on the Yacht Club...
Jenny and Tristan...
Chuck Z (one our newer members) was kind enough to bring some bear and moose jerky as snacks!
Jerred brought some fountain pens to sell at the meeting, including this Waterman 'Expert II'...
That's me (Maja) talking about my lucky pen experiences...
Longtime VPCer Bruce telling us about the great Visconti fountain pens he came across on eBay...
Another pen from Jerred's pen sale---a Parker 'Sonnet'...
My pen case with some new acquisitions (the 4th, 5th and 6th pens from the left---Waterman 'Kultur' Tomb Raider special edition, purple Wing Sung/Paili vacuum-filler and a Jinhao model 51A) and some lucky finds. The Wahl 'All-Metal' fountain pen on the far left was bought for me by my mother (who had a great eye for spotting 'treasures') so it's technically not *my* lucky find, but the vintage no-name grey pen next to it and the black vintage Sheaffer 'Snorkel' (both with 14K three-tined music nibs) were :)
I can't remember whose purple Pelikan 'Pelikano' this is, but I love the colour! The 'Pelikano' has been in production since 1960 and although originally meant as a student pen, it is used and appreciated by people of all ages, world-wide (there's a nice writeup on this popular student fountain pen on Pelikan's official website here)...
Natasha (center) really got into fountain pens not too long ago, thanks to the efforts of her mother Alejandra, a longtime VPC member...
That's Joie (center) talking about her lucky find---a Sailor Special Edition Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary fountain pen---acquired with the help of VPCer Julienne...
Stuart showing us his lovely new(ish) desk set--a Sheaffer desk set made of mirrored canary-yellow glass, with a pen groove cut in it (I posted some photos of it that Stuart sent me here)...
Melodie telling us about her recent trip to the San Francisco Pen Show and the lovely fountain pens she acquired there...
...and here's one of those lovely pens Melodie bought in San Francisco---a stunning fountain pen made by the Kanilea Pen Company (this is the "Maui Makai" model). Melodie had the pen's stock #6 Jowo steel nib reground by the Sailor Pen Company's nibmeister Yukio Nagahara (son of the late nibmeister Nobuyoshi Nagahara, who also worked for Sailor) at the pen show (I took a close-up of the reground nib and will post it in part 2 of our September meetings pics)
Jenny also attended the San Francisco Pen Show and told us about her pen-hunting adventures...
(L-R) Tristan, Ben, Maja, Rene, Jerred, Glenn and Bill. Rene had some lucky finds of his own to show us at the meeting, including a vintage Waterman 'PSF 12' he bought for a mere $25!
That's Glenn from Australia talking to Stuart (in red coat). Glenn has been collecting fountain pens for several years and has acquired a lovely, eclectic collection, so he happily accepted my invitation to attend the September meeting while he and his wife were in town (I snapped a photo of the pens he brought to the meeting and will post them in part 2 of the Sept pics)
Our newest member, Mariana, who heard about our pen club from one of our members...
Glenn talking to longtime VPCer Barry, while Jerred packs up at the end of the meeting...
Ricardo's wonderful pen drawings---all done during our meeting!
The Visconti 'Opera Club' fountain pen in the "Cherry Juice" material (far left of photo) is one of Ricardo's lucky finds. He found this now-discontinued model in rollerball form for an excellent price, ordered the proper nib-section unit for it and converted it to a lovely fountain pen. Well done, Ricardo, and thanks again for the great photos you took during our September meeting!

Part 2 of our September meeting pics coming soon! (Update---Part 2 posted here)

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