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Membership benefits in review

Membership Directory: Name/address list, regularly updated, including each member's favored card themes. Those with matching interests arrange trades by mail, commonly developing 'pen pal' fashion friendships as they choose. In-person swap meets are often arranged by members, either those residing in the same locale, or when trading partners travel. (Also see "convention" in the following.)

Newsletter: Entitled CPCC Bulletin, is issued three times a year. Fully illustrated, news and features on card and collecting topics. Includes classified ads (cards/related items "wanted" tobuy/sell/trade). Plus card auctions by mail (singles and decks), and much more. An interactive forum with member contributions, frequent question-answer exchanges, and periodic membership polling on various club matters.

Other resources: CPCC acts as a channel for some otherwise hard to find cards; also the relatively few books on the history of the cards and collecting (new or out of print). In addition to The Bulletin we print and offer references such as the Glossary of terms, and Lists and Catalogs. The latter reflects our "Listed cards" system to aid in organizing collections, and trading. As an ongoing work in progress, several generations of our members have compiled/listed thousands of card picture-back issues. Our Lists and Catalogs now contain thousands of cards across various categories, including Artists, old Art Nouveau/Deco eras, Museum Treasures and more.

Annual Convention: First-timers often remark "Better than I had imagined." The atmosphere is friendly, the pace brisk as attendees renew old acquaintances and make new ones, and sort through tens of thousands of cards for trade. Members (many tying in vacation time) gather at each year's host city from all corners of the U.S., as well as overseas. Among highlights are card auctions, talks on card topics; and CPCC's annual meeting, where club business is discussed and matters voted upon. (See more on club management -- Plus future convention dates, in the following.)

Membership support

As a non-for-profit club CPCC has no paid staff, but is entirely member run by those in elected or appointed posts. Chapter meetings occur when members wish to gather for trading. Over the years these "offices" have extended to other parts along with our membership..

Our current President is Kitty Reed from Houston, TX. Our Vice President is Heather McAdams from Chicago, IL. Our Corresponding Secretary is from Georgia, our Treasurer is from Illinois and our Membership Chairwoman is from NJ. Our tribunal of Bulletin Editors are from Nebraska and Georgia. Our Catalog Committee is formed of members from Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, California and Australia. In years past our distant workers coordinated primarily by phone and mail. More recently, e-mail and fax enable us to network on club business even more closely. And, in most cases, our supporting people do yearly, in-person review and planning, during our general membership conventions.

In all, there are many ways for CPCC members to participate, and contribute, no matter where they may reside.

Calendar Notes:


2008: Aug. 29 - 30, Middleburg Heights, OH
2009: Sept. 4-5, Holiday Inn North Shore, Skokie, IL
2010:  Aug. 27- 28, Omaha, NE
2011: Sept. 2-3, Holiday Inn North Shore, 5300 West Touhy Ave., Skokie IL.
2012:  Sept. 13, 14, 15 Erlanger, KY.   Joint meeting with 52+ Joker. 
2013:  Aug. 30-31, Holiday Inn North Shore, 5300 West Touhy Ave., Skokie IL.
2014:  Sept. 12-13, Hawthorne Suites, 101 Trade Center Drive, Champaign, IL.
2015:  Sept. 11-12, Holiday Inn North Shore, 5300 West Touhy Ave., Skokie IL. See convention pictures.
2016:  Sept. 15-17, Comfort Inn Cleveland Airport, Middleburg Heights, OH. Current Bulletin/Auction
2017:  Sept. 15-16, Holiday Inn North Shore, 5300 West Touhy Ave, Skokie IL.

Non-members note: Interested guests are welcome at all gatherings. For details contact klreed3@juno.com.

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