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  • 11 Dec 2017 7:58 AM | Justin Shiver (Administrator)

    First off would like to thank everyone for letting me take the role as president. I will do my best to help the club grow and advance like Justin Shiver did. 


    I would like to remind everyone of the excellent forum that we have on the Chronometer Club website. The forum allows a platform for broader horology related discussion, while respecting the wishes of those who only want to engage in technical discussions. The Member’s Forum accomplishes this by offering each member more control over the content he/she chooses to view. Settings for Daily, Weekly, or Immediately posting notifications are accessed through email subscriptions (edit profile) under each member’s profile. These settings are similar to the delivery options available through the Yahoo Group. The ability to subscribe to topics of interest is what sets the Member’s Forum apart from the Yahoo Group. The Subscribe to Topic function allows each member to subscribe to topics of interest and avoid topics they do not wish to view. It is this ability that allows the Member’s Forum to host technical and non-technical horology related discussions for the benefit of all members. http://thechronometerclub.org/



    If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me or the other officers. Contact information for the club’s Officers is available at http://thechronometerclub.org/page-1454841



    Happy Holidays,


    Michael Griner, CW21


    President


    The Chronometer Club



  • 18 Oct 2017 10:56 AM | Justin Shiver (Administrator)

    The 2017 Annual Business Meeting and Educational Seminar was October 4, 2017. The day started with the Educational Seminar presented by Mr. Ernest Tope, CMW21. The first part of the presentation focused on the history and development of chronometer timepieces. Mr. Tope engaged the class in a discussion sharing his experiences while servicing/restoring several types of chronometer watches. The second part of the seminar focused on the utilization of CAD-CAM technology in the restoration of timepieces. Mr. Tope presented an overview of the basics of CNC and CAD-CAM. This was followed by a demonstration of making a setting bridge and ratchet wheel using a small CNC milling machine.


    During the business meeting, elections for new Officers were held. Please join me in congratulating the newly elected Officers.


    Michael Griner – President

    Wesley Simmons – Vice President

    Tamara Houk - Treasurer


    Thank you for volunteering your time to serve the members of The Chronometer Club. 


    Justin Shiver, CW21, MBHI

    Immediate Past President

    The Chronometer Club


  • 27 Sep 2017 11:52 AM | Justin Shiver (Administrator)

    The AWCI convention has been moved due to damage from Hurricane Irma. The Chronometer Club Educational Seminar and Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention Center located at 513 S Florida Ave. Tampa, FL 33602.


    Space is still available for the Educational Seminar presented by Mr. Ernest Tope, CMW21. The seminar will be a two part program with the first part focusing on Chronometer Watches, and the second part focusing on the use of Cad-Cam & CNC for Watch Repair. I had the opportunity to review some of the topics Mr. Tope will be covering this morning, and I can’t wait to see the entire program. If you would like to register, please go to www.thechronometerclub.org, sign in, and click on the EVENTS tab.


    Valet parking is available at the Embassy Suites for $22/day. Self-parking is also available at the Convention Center Garage and South Regional Garage at $1.60/hour, maximum of $9.50/day.


    During the business meeting elections will be held for Officers. If you or someone you know is interested in joining The Chronometer Club leadership, please contact myself or other Officers with the nominations. You do not have to be present to be nominated or elected.


    My third term as President is coming to an end, and I am not eligible for another term. During my time as President, I have had the opportunity to work alongside some wonderful people. I would like to express my gratitude to all those that have contributed to the success of The Chronometer Club. It has been an honor to serve this group.


    I hope to see you at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention Center next week.


    Justin Shiver, CW21, MBHI

    President

    The Chronometer Club


  • 05 Jul 2017 8:37 AM | Justin Shiver (Administrator)

    I would like to begin this message by announcing Mr. Ernest Tope, CMW21 will be presenting this year’s Educational Seminar on October 4 at the Doubletree by Hilton Tampa Airport – Westshore in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Tope has served the club in various leadership positions over the years and has spent over a year developing this year’s program. Please keep a close eye on club communications as more detailed information about the presentation will be coming soon.


    It has been almost three years since I was first elected President of The Chronometer Club. As stated in the club’s bylaws, a member may not serve more than three consecutive terms as President. It has been an honor to serve the club as President, and now it is time for another member to take over this leadership position. The elections of officers will be held at the Annual Business Meeting on October 4, 2017. If you are interested in serving as an officer, please review the club’s bylaws for the requirements and responsibilities associated with the club’s leadership positons. I will be glad to assist any member who is interested and may have questions.


    As stated in the recent forum announcement, activity on the Yahoo Group will come to a close on August 31, 2017 and beginning September 1, 2017, all forum communications will be hosted on the Member’s Forum at www.thechronometerclub.org. I ask for your patience during this transition process. I am confident as you become more familiar with the Member Forum’s capabilities, you will agree it offers a platform that addresses the needs of all members. If you have any questions or need assistance during this transition, please do not hesitate to contact me or other members of leadership. 

     

    Justin Shiver, CW21, MBHI


    President


    The Chronometer Club


  • 30 Jun 2017 6:00 PM | Justin Shiver (Administrator)

    In November 2014, leadership began the process of transitioning all club communications through the club’s website. It is now time to take the final step of this process. Activity on the Yahoo Group will come to a close on August 31, 2017, and will move to the Member’s Forum on www.thechronometerclub.org. Members will continue to have access to information posted on the Yahoo Group prior to August 31, 2017, but beginning September 1, 2017, all forum communications will be hosted on the Member’s Forum. 


    The Member’s Forum was launched in December 2015 to offer club members a platform for broader horology related discussion, while respecting the wishes of those who only want to engage in technical discussions. The Member’s Forum accomplishes this by offering each member more control over the content he/she chooses to view. Settings for Daily, Weekly, or Immediately posting notifications are accessed through email subscriptions (edit profile) under each member’s profile. These settings are similar to the delivery options available through the Yahoo Group. The ability to subscribe to topics of interest is what sets the Member’s Forum apart from the Yahoo Group. The Subscribe to Topic function allows each member to subscribe to topics of interest and avoid topics they do not wish to view. It is this ability that allows the Member’s Forum to host technical and non-technical horology related discussions for the benefit of all members.


    In addition to allowing members more content options, the Member’s Forum also offers a platform to promote club sponsors.  These features are still under development, but in the near future, the logos of club sponsors will be displayed on the forum. In addition to the display of sponsor logos, advertisers will have the capability to attach a link to their logo to allow members to view promotions or advertisements being offered. These capabilities should make it more convenient for club members to access and support the sponsors of the club.

    Members of leadership will be available to assist those who have questions or need assistance during this transition. Contact information for the club’s Officers is available at http://www.thechronometerclub.org/page-1454841.


  • 03 Apr 2017 9:55 AM | Justin Shiver (Administrator)

    Written by Dennis Warner, CW21


    If you have been a member of the CC for any period of time, I am sure you have seen the name Clay Minton.

    I have had the pleasure of meeting with him many times, but I never got to know him well. This interview has made clear his love for horology and jewelry.

    Clay was born in Fort Worth, Texas  in 1950. His education consisted of:


    • Desert High School, Edwards Air Force Base, CA  1968
    • A.S. Tarrant County Jr. College, Ft Worth, TX  1970
    • B.S. Texas Wesleyan University, Ft Worth, TX  1972
    • M.S. Utah State University, Logan, UT  1973



    He started his watchmaking training with his father at age 12. He then proceeded onto the Fort Worth School of Watchmaking where upon graduation became a watchmaking  instructor.

    In 1982, he returned to work with his father until his father passed away.

    Clay's activities outside of his business include:

    Being a member of AWCI, NAWCC, The Chronometer Club, and advisor to the Texas Institute of Jewelry at Paris, Tx. In 2003, his activity in his church got him featured as a Christian Watchmaker in "Evangel International Magazine". Other publications where he has been published:


    • The Horological Times
    • Stuller's "From the Bench"
    • Watch Repair Times
    • The New Jeweler


    He has been profiled by Jewelers as a "Industry Star" in 2001 and titled "Careers in the Jewelry Industry".

    His work load consists of mid to high grade watches and is referred by Zodiac  to customers who are wanting to get their vintage Zodiacs repaired,

    Along with his wife Sharon and two daughters, they are very active in their church, the Church of God, where he serves as a Sunday School teacher. He is also a member of the Finance Committee, Pastor's Advisory Council, and Christian Education Committee.

    In their leisure time, they have raised quarter horses and enjoy calf roping and trail riding.

    You can see how active he is, but he always has time for tips for our organization. I remember his tips on how tight a screw should be and where to send your high priced dial for refinishing.

    Clay, thanks for your input to The Chronometer Club. 



  • 10 May 2016 9:36 PM | Justin Shiver (Administrator)

    Please join me on September 28 at the Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, IL for this year’s Annual Meeting and Educational Seminar: 3D Printing and Watchmaking.


    James “Jim” Fuhrman will be the instructor for this year’s seminar. Mr. Fuhrman is the Coordinator of Manufacturing Technology at John Wood Community College in Quincy, IL. He has worked in manufacturing for sixteen years. During this time he has gained experience in most aspects of the manufacturing field, from welding to design engineering. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Phoenix, and is a lifelong resident of Quincy, IL.


     Mr. Fuhrman will cover the following topics during the presentation:

    • The use of Solidworks. A CAD solid modeling software used to design an object for 3D printing.
    • A 3D scanner will be used to demonstrate the scanning of objects for 3D printing.
    • Two 3D printers will be used to demonstrate the printing of two watchmaking tools designed by Vice President Wesley Simmons.
    • Each participant will take home a tool printed during class.

    Registration is available online for the first 30 club members to sign up and pay the $150.00 registration fee. Payment must be made by credit card at the time of registration. The seminar will begin at 8 am and conclude at 3 pm. The Business Meeting is open to all members and will start immediately following the seminar.


    I look forward to seeing you there.


    Justin Shiver, CW21

    President

    The Chronometer Club


  • 16 Dec 2015 9:57 AM | Justin Shiver (Administrator)
     
     
     



    The year 2015 was a busy year for The Chronometer Club. All communications were moved to digital format. Membership is now free. The club hosted an educational seminar presented by Tom Schomaker. Blogs were introduced on the website, the club’s bylaws were updated, a policy document created, and neofficers were elected.

    While much was accomplished, there is still much to do. The Chronometer Club was created to provide a technical forum for professional horologists engaged in the service and repair of Certified Chronometer watches, for the express purpose of enhancing the level of craftsmanship and elevating quality standards. Most members joined the group because it offered a platform for technical only discussions.

    Changes in the industry have created the need for a platform that would allow broader horology related discussions. In order to fulfill this need, while respecting the wishes of the members who still prefer technical only discussions, the officers have created the Members Forum. The Members Forum will facilitate technical and non-technical discussions, while the Yahoo Group will remain technical only. You are now invited to join the discussions on the Members Forum. Please do so. My hope is that the Members Forum will become a valuable tool for the betterment of all members of the club.

    The 2015 Annual Meeting and Educational Seminar was a huge success. Tom Schomaker developed and presented an amazing program. He is truly one of the best instructors in the business. The officers have begun planning for the 2016 Annual Meeting and Educational Seminar. It will be held just ahead of the AWCI Convention on September 28, 2016 at the Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, IL. Itasca is a suburb northwest of Chicago.

    The date and location are set, but we are still developing the program. Please use the Members Forum to let the officers know what type of educational programs you would like to attend. You can visit www.eaglewoodresort.com to learn more about this beautiful facility.

    As we close out 2015 you will receive a renewal notice. Membership remains free, and it should only take a few minutes to complete. Please take the time to provide the requested information. It will be used to make sure all membership data is current.

    This group has a great legacy of helping each other as we strive to enhance the level of craftsmanship and elevate quality standards of watchmaking. Please join me in honoring and building upon this legacy as we move forward. I wish you all a very Happy Holiday season, and a prosperous New Year!

    Justin Shiver, CW21

    President

    The Chronometer Club


  • 02 Sep 2015 8:58 AM | Justin Shiver (Administrator)

    In the last President’s message I mentioned some of the changes that have been made to the operations of the club. The most significant change that has been made is moving all club communications to a digital format. This change allowed operational costs to be reduced significantly, which in turn enabled the club to offer free membership. In order to make these changes permanent and continue to offer free membership the Bylaws must be updated. Below you will find the proposed updated Bylaws and newly created Policy Manual. They will be voted on at the Annual Meeting on September 30. Please review these documents. If you have questions or comments, you may post them in the comment section or contact one of the club Officers directly. 



    Justin Shiver, CW21

    President

    The Chronometer Club




    Bylaws

    ARTICLE I – MEMBERSHIP

    Sec. 1 - Membership is open to those who are over the age of 18 years.  Application for membership constitutes agreement to the membership policies as stated in the policies document of the organization.

    Sec. 2 - All Members are subject to membership privilege revocation, without a refund of dues, upon exhibiting conduct that is deemed to be unacceptable to the membership as determined by the Executive Committee.  Participation in the forums is subject to the oversight of a designated moderator or administrator.  Appeals may be made to the Executive Committee.  Any decision of the Executive Committee can be appealed to the membership at the annual meeting.

    Sec. 3 - All members agree, as a condition for membership, to conduct themselves in a professional manor and also...

    • Enhance the image of The Chronometer Club and it's members.
    • Elevate respect for the professional watchmaker by personal example
    • Preserve the integrity of Chronometer Watches

    Members are encouraged to form respectful relationships.  While spirited discussions are considered helpful, failure to respect each other as persons is unacceptable and therefore everyone is required to refrain from the use of profanity or personal accusations in the forums.  We request any complaint about the actions of another member be directed to the President or Executive Committee by a written communication.  Complaints about any member may be forwarded in writing to the Secretary.

    Sec. 3 – All members whose dues are current shall be entitled to vote on all issues brought before the organization.

    ARTICLE II – DUES

    Sec. 1 – The amount of dues and membership levels will be as stated in the Policy Document.

    Sec. 2 – No member will be entitled to any refund of dues upon severing connections with this organization.

    ARTICLE III – OFFICERS

    Sec. 1 – All officers shall serve for a term of one year unless re-elected at the annual meeting.  The President shall not be eligible to serve for more than three consecutive terms.  

    Sec. 2 – All officers shall be selected from the nominees presented from the floor at the Annual Meeting.  A majority vote of the members present is required for election.

    Sec. 3 – The term of all officers shall begin after their election and continue to the following annual meeting.

    Sec. 4 – The President shall be the chief executive officer of the organization, shall preside over all meetings, and shall appoint committees as needed.

    Sec. 5 – The Vice-President shall perform all duties of the President during his or her unavailability or incapacitation.  The Vice-President shall also assume the office of President until the next annual meeting, in the event of a continuing vacancy.

    Sec. 6 – The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings, maintain the membership files, and mail newsletters and all notices to the members.

    Sec. 7 – The Treasurer shall keep complete and accurate records of all receipts and expenditures of the organization, shall pay all expenses when due, and shall provide a financial report at each annual meeting.

    Sec. 8 - The Vice-Secretary shall perform all duties of the Secretary during his or her unavailability or incapacitation.  The Vice-Secretary shall also assume the office of the Secretary until the next annual meeting, in the event of a continuing vacancy.

    Sec. 9 – The President, Vice-President, and Technical Director shall be able to prove, prior to their nomination, that their primary vocation is, or was, watchmaking and that they have a current industry-recognized certification.

    ARTICLE IV – MEETINGS

    Sec. 1 – A membership meeting and technical seminar shall be held annually.  The location and date shall be determined by the Executive Committee.

    Sec. 2 – Ten percent of the current membership, or a minimum of ten members, shall be considered a quorum for the election of officers and/or conducting the business of this organization.

    ARTICLE V – AFFILIATION WITH THE AWCI

    This organization shall be an affiliate chapter of the “American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute”.

    ARTICLE VI – THE CHRONOMETER CLUB POLICY DOCUMENT

    Sec. 1 - The Chronometer Club Policy Document represents the current policies as adopted by the Executive Committee.

    Sec. 2 – These policies may not conflict with the Constitution or Bylaws and are displayed as an attachment to  the Constitution and Bylaws.

    Sec. 3 – Other club practices may be stated elsewhere but the policies in the Policies Document have been adopted by the Executive Committee as the official policies and all other practices must agree with the intent of these official policies.

    Sec. 4 – The official policies may be changed by a majority vote of the Executive Committee at any time in order to provide effective governance of the club. 



    The Chronometer Club Policy Document

    Article I – Membership Policies

    Sec. 1 – Persons interested in becoming a member of this organization are required to submit a membership application.

    Sec. 2 – Persons making application for membership will be subject to review by the officers to determine if they are engaged in the service and repair of chronometer watches, and have a genuine interest in helping the club.

    Sec. 3 – Persons whose application is accepted, dues are current, and membership privileges have not been revoked will receive the following member privileges.

    1.            Access to thechronometerclub.org website and all member privileges including those sections available to members only. This includes the Member Directory, Constitution, Bylaws, and Policies Document and various forums etc.

    2.            A numbered membership card when requested.

    3.            A wall certificate when requested.

    4.            A periodic bulletin, including news and technical information

    Article II – Dues

    Sec. 1 – Membership Levels are indicated on the website.  The current dues levels are:

    1.            Advertiser – complementary year to year upon placing substantial advertisement in the Newsletter.

    2.            Honorary – no dues based on service to the organization.  This includes the Officers, Editor and Technical Director.

    Article III – Directors

    Sec. 1 – The Technical Director is appointed by the President subject to approval of the Executive Committee and is responsible for reviewing all technical articles and published information for technical correctness.

    Sec. 2 -   The Editorial Director “Editor” is appointed by the President subject to approval of the Executive Committee and is responsible for the content, appearance, and timely publication of the Newsletter.

    Sec. 3 – The Website Director “Webmaster”  is appointed by the president subject to approval of the Executive Committee and is responsible for the function, content and appearance of the Website.  The “Webmaster” will not be responsible for the membership records or financial data managed on the website as these are the duties of the Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

    Sec 4 – Forum Director “Forum Administrator”  is appointed by the president subject to approval of the Executive Committee and is responsible for the coordination or privileges on the Yahoo E-group and website forums.  The “Forum Administrator” may appoint as many moderators as needed.  Moderators have the authority to discipline or eject members from forums for misconduct subject to review of the Forum Administrator.

    Article IV – Distribution Of Member Information

    Sec. 1 – The names, mailing addresses, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses of all current and paid members of this organization shall be available to all members whose dues are current.  This information is for the purpose of sharing information and discussing problems.

    Sec. 2 – The mailing list of the membership, along with contact information, shall not  be given or sold to anyone, with the exception of the “American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute”

    Article V – Forum Guidelines

    Sec. 1 – A technical focus and professionalism are objectives of “The Chronometer Club”.  The primary Technical Forum shall be limited to topics that are technical and/or educational in nature, with the primary focus of the inquiries and discussions being the professional support and enhancement of the bench watchmaker.

    Sec. 2 – Forum topics such as parts and equipment for sale, improving the club, or current events that are not technical in nature but are considered beneficial may be created by the Webmaster and will be kept separate from the Technical Forum. 

    Sec. 3 – Topics that degrade slander or otherwise diminish the profession, the horologist, or the industry, shall be reserved for avenues other than club-sponsored outlets.

    Sec. 4 – Postings shall be identified by the given and surname (first and last name) of the individual making the post.  Anonymous posters may be temporarily suspended from the discussion group.

    Sec. 5 – Members may subscribe to each forum as desired and only subscribed members will receive notices of postings.

    Sec. 6 – Photos and files may be uploaded for sharing with other members.  These files will be subject to approval of the Forum Administrator or Moderator and must be relative to the club activities.

     




  • 10 Aug 2015 10:24 PM | Ernest Tope (Administrator)

    Justin Shiver asked me to post this message for him.


    Dear members,


    This past year has been challenging and very exciting. Several changes have been made to the operations of the club that I believe will be beneficial moving forward. All club communications have been moved to a digital format. This change allowed the introduction of free membership, which in turn sparked a significant growth in membership. As membership continues to grow, this will allow us a greater opportunity to assist each other as we strive to elevate the levels of craftsmanship and standards of watchmaking. The club also introduced our bloggers and will be presenting an educational seminar at this year’s annual meeting.

    While much has been accomplished, there is still much work to be done. The club needs your help. The election of officers will be held at this year’s annual meeting. The annual meeting is scheduled for September, 30 2015 from 5-6pm at the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Mo. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Dennis Warner at dwarner6@austin.rr.com to have your name added to the ballot. You do not have to be present to enter the election. 


    The club offers opportunities to serve in the following elected positions:

    President

    Vice President

    Secretary

    Vice Secretary

    Treasurer


    We also have a need for members interested in becoming bloggers. The Chronometer Club blogs offer a great platform for you to share your experiences as a watchmaker. If you have discovered a new repair technique, invented a new tool, documented a repair or restoration, or have another horological topic you would like to share with the club, please contact me at weagle09@gmail.com or Ernest Tope at thechronometerclub@gmail.com.


    In conclusion, while much has been accomplished this past year, there is still much work to be done. Please volunteer and assist The Chronometer Club with enhancing the level of craftsmanship and elevating the quality standards of watchmaking.


    Respectfully,

    Justin Shiver, CW21

    President

    The Chronometer Club


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