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Upcoming Meeting Dates
The May Meeting
due to the State of Ohio's ban on gatherings over 10
people - See Home Page
July 18-19, 2020
Tentative due to the ban on gatherings over 10
people still in effect. Please read all OGCA
correspondence and check back for updates. Featuring
ROCS and RSA plus Ohio Hunter Safety
September 12-13, 2020
Special Guests, Winchester Arms Collectors Association
Nov. 21-22, 2020
(Annual Meeting/Director Election) Note:
Nomination forms are available and the deadline has been extended. See below.
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Ernie Pyle and Sergeant Joseph Toth
Joseph Toth of Mansfield, Ohio,
was one of the many brave men and women interviewed by noted WWII
journalist, Ernie Pyle.
Toth was an
OGCA member and “professional gun collector” at a time when
membership was approximately 700 members in 21 countries. Thank you
to Sergeant Toth and our many veterans. Likewise, we send prayers
for safe return to our active duty members. Wherever you are, I
hope this interesting piece of history helps ease the “gun show
withdrawal” until we can meet again.
- Fred Kolb, President
one small-arms repair section that I visited the only man who knew
or cared anything about guns before the war was a professional gun
collector. He was Sergeant Joseph Toth, of Mansfield, Ohio. He was
stripped down to his undershirt as the day was warm for a change.
He was washing the walnut stocks of damaged rifles in a tub of water
with a sponge. Sergeant Toth used to work at the Westinghouse
Electric plant in Mansfield and he spent all his extra money
collecting guns. He belonged to
Ohio Gun Collectors Association.
He said each one of the gun collectors back in Ohio had a different
specialty. Some collected machine pistols. He had thirty-five in
his collection, some of them very expensive ones. Ironically
enough, he had not collected any guns at all in Normandy, even
though he was in a world of machine pistols and many passed through
A stack of muddy, rusted rifles is a touching sight.
As gun after gun came off the stack I looked to see what was the
matter with it---rifle butt split by fragments; barrel dented by
bullet; trigger knocked off; whole barrel splattered with shrapnel
marks; guns gray from the slime of weeks in swamp mud; faint dark
splotches of blood still showing. I wondered what had become of
each owner. I pretty well knew.
Infantrymen, like soldiers everywhere, like to put
names on their equipment. Just as a driver paints a name on his
truck, so does a doughboy carve his name or initials on his rifle
butt. I saw crude whittlings of initials in the hard-walnut stocks
and unbelievably craftsman like carvings of soldiers’ names, and
many names of girls. The boys said the most heartbreaking rifle
they’d found was one belonging to a soldier who had carved a hole
about silver-dollar size and put his wife or girl’s picture in it
and sealed it over with a crystal of Plexiglass. They didn’t know
who he was or what had happened to him. They only knew the rifle
was repaired and somebody else was carrying it, picture and all.
Ernie Pyle, Brave Men
This thought-provoking article is a classic example
of Ernie Pyle’s writing style. He “told it like it is”
primarily from the viewpoint of the average G.I. Ernie Pyle’s newspaper columns have been
compiled into several books.
is a collection of his columns from 1943 and 1944 in
The above can be found on page 422.
"Interim" Newsletter (click to read)
We have had a great response on recent articles honoring
our 50 year Gold Badge members. The
May "Interim" Newsletter features 5 interesting members with
over five decades of loyalty. Enjoy!
Nomination Form Deadline Extended to Sept.
Director nominations for the 2021-2023 term are
available now by calling Sherman Kirkland, III, Nominating Committee
Chairman/1st VP, at
or emailing email@example.com.
The deadline to return the form and documents is extended from the
May meeting to the Sept. meeting by 4 pm Sat. Sept. 12th due to the
coronavirus. Complete instructions will be provided. Our goal is to
encourage you to put your “hat in the ring.” Interviews will be held
Sun. Sept. 13th at the Roberts Centre complex and the election will
be Sat. the 21st at the Nov. 2020 meeting.
Autographed USA Hat Raffle
OGCA PAC will run two raffles this year to raise much needed funds
for pro-gun Political Candidates. One raffle is for a USA hat signed
by the President of the United States. Ticket donation level is just
$1/ticket or $5 for 6. Mail a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE)
today with a check made out to “OGCA PAC.” We will return your
numbered ticket stubs in your SASE. OGCA PAC, P.O. Box 670406,
Sagamore Hills, OH 44067. The hat drawing will be held at the Sept.
meeting after the big Annual 2020 PAC raffle drawing
Annual PAC Raffle
Look for Tickets in next Mailing, The Summer 2020 Newsletter
Six Great Prizes:
1st M-1 Garand CMP Korean
War Springfield Rifle
2nd Walther P-38 WWII Pistol
3rd Winchester Model 70, 7mm
4th Colt Mustang Plus II .380
5th Double Tap 9mm Pistol
6th Colt Knife
Free Ohio Hunter Education
Course July 18th
We will hold an Ohio Hunter Education Course on site during the July
meeting on Sat. July 18, 2020. The cost is free and the course will
run from 8 am – 6 pm (1 hour lunch break) in the Hamilton Conference
room of The Roberts Centre. Member, Al Overholser, will be the lead
instructor. The alternate date in the event the Coronavirus forces
us to cancel, is Saturday September 12, 2020.
If you are a member and need copy of a
Table Application of Guest Pass Registration
form do not hesitate to contact us anytime at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (330) 467-5733.
Guest Passes are $15 and covers both
Saturday and Sunday. Members may bring up to 4 guests per meeting.
Guests are limited to 2 visits per life. Guest Passes for July
and September will be on page 11 of the Summer 2020 Member's
newsletter that will arrive in June.
The Table Application for July 18-19, 2020 and
September 12-13, 2020 will be on page 13 of the Summer 2020
(Forms are not posted
on the web for security reasons.)
Members may reserve tables for up to two shows at a time ($80
per table). Tables may be rented via mail, phone, or in person during a
meeting. "Annual Tables" provides a
discounted rate when renting for all 6 meetings January to
November and must be purchased in December or earlier.
Meeting Hours Now Start at 8:30 AM / Save on Lodging Cost with
Increased Sat. Set up Time
Sat. and Sun. Meeting Hours now start
at 8:30 AM, and tableholder set up hours Sat. and Sun. morning have
to better accommodate members who rent tables and potentially avoid
the time and cost of a Fri. hotel stay. Based on the recent Membership Questionnaire it is clear
that these minor time changes will make a big impact. There are no changes to the Friday set up time.
Note the Holiday Inn at Roberts Centre still has a strict 2-night minimum (which is beyond OGCA's control)
and a list
of other hotels can be found on the
Meeting Hours Now in Effect
Saturday 8:30 am - 5 pm
Sunday 8:30 am - 2 pm
Set up/Exhibitor Hours
Fri. 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm exhibitor Set-up
Sat. 7:00 am - 8:30 am exhibitor Set-up
Sun. 7:30 am - 8:30 am exhibitor Set-up
Suggestions For a Great Display
The 2020 OGCA Display Show has
been rescheduled for May 8-9, 2021 as the May 2020 meeting has been
cancelled due to the coronavirus. Please make plans to
participate. Also, based on popular demand the
Display Show has been restored as an annual event by vote
of the Board of Directors. Following are some tips for a great
What is the real purpose of having a
display show and awards for displays? To provide an interesting and
informative experience for our peers, the gun enthusiasts of OGCA.
Make your display visually appealing so people just have to stop and
check it out!
The point of this article is to provide some displaying advice,
especially to those that are not familiar with the OGCA displaying
methods. The scoring criteria gives points to things other than
guns. OGCA’s scoring is different than a lot of collecting
association display shows where the guns displayed are paramount,
and the related material and overall presentation not nearly so
important. This has been borne out in the past by the fact that
displays that have done well in collecting club display
competitions, have not done well at OGCA.
The concern I hear the most, in various forms, is that a displayer
is disappointed because their display included the greatest
whatever, and how could that be overlooked and not given some type
of award. The answer is the competition is not just about presenting
the greatest gun or most complete collection of a particular model.
Great guns and completeness are important, but what usually
differentiates the high scores from the lower scores, is the
presentation of related items, an orderly display, a display that
communicates the story well, and one that followed the requirements
The Display needs to engage the audience.
A successful display is one that engages people reviewing the
display. This begins with a visually interesting presentation. What
1. Presentation of firearms so that they can be easily viewed.
Generally, with a side view, when viewed from normal standing
position. This requires positioning the gun at different angles
depending on what level they are displayed at.
2. Use of non-firearm materials such as advertising, period
holsters, factory accessories, period ammunition, etc.
3. Non-firearm visual props that make the display engaging.
4. Period photographs of the firearms in use and blowup photographs
of special features of the displayed firearms to communicate easily
the feature being emphasized.
5. Telling a story that is interesting through the display as a
Present the collection with a diversity of information in a
way that is easily understood and appreciated.
A large collection can be presented as an engaging display, by not
displaying every gun. This can be accomplished by selecting 8 to 10
common models that represent significant variations in the
production of the model. Noting in the descriptions the specifics of
the variations available, such as caliber, barrel length etc. In
addition, displaying a limited number of special guns to emphasize
unique features. Along with these guns present relevant
accoutrements, advertising and photographs. A theme that brings the
story together is a great benefit as well. 10 to 20 guns well
presented is more engaging than 50 guns that are very similar.
To receive a high score on the display, particular attention
needs to be given to the judging criteria.
In creating the display, attention needs to be given to the criteria
used for judging the displays. This criterion emphasizes the use of
additional materials, clear presentation of information, and a
visually engaging display, in addition to scoring for the firearms
The judge’s scoring worksheet is provided to you in advance in the
Information Packet. Per the article on page 3, there are many
benefits of being part of the 2020 Annual Display Show. Take the
next step by contacting Member Services Coordinator Sandra Schwab at
(330) 467-5733 or email@example.com.
- Sean McCarter,
2020 Display Show Chairman
The judges will use the
following criteria in judging the displays:
A. TITLE: Is the title clearly visible and does it reflect the
contents of the display? 10 points
B. CONTENTS: Is the display explained with supplementary text in a
well-balanced manner (i.e. is it too much to digest or just right?)
C. LABELING: Are individual items properly and adequately
identified? 10 points
D. COLLECTOR IMPORTANCE/HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE. 30 points
MATERIAL OF THE DISPLAY (WEAPONS)
A. COMPLETENESS 30 points
B. CONDITION: How does condition compare to material available?
• Have any items been restored? 20 points
• Rarity of items displayed 30 points
• Related items 30 points
Are neatness, general appearance, relative skill and
creativity evidenced in the presentation of the display? 20 points
Total points available 200
The next display show will be in 2022. So, if you are
considering having a display, now is the time.
To obtain a display show packet,
including the rules, please contact Member Services Coordinator
Sandra Schwab at the Business Office (330) 467-5733 or at
If you have questions regarding displaying you can also contact
Display Show Chairman Sean McCarter via phone (614) 395-2919 and in
person at the meeting hall, table P-21; committee member Chris Rohal
via phone (440) 223-2725 and in person in the OGCA Registration Room
at the hall, as well as any other member of the Display Show
Committee including Rod Kirian I-1, Marty Capito W-14, and Chuck
Benton G 3-4.