Meetings are strictly LIMITED to members and their guests--
Upcoming Meeting Dates
September 12-13, 2020
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Very Special Guest, The Winchester Arms Collectors
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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Fall 2020 Member's Newsletter (click to read)
A Word From Our President
Fall 2020 newsletter finds you and your family well. I think
many of you may share my feelings of Gun Show withdrawal and look
forward to being able to attend a show again.
I am excited to share that after a lot of planning and a meeting
with the Roberts Centre staff and the Health Dept. that it appears
that we will be able to have a September show.
Two words that will dictate our ability to have a safe and
successful show are “change” and “compliance.”
"Change" in that just about everything you have come to expect and
experience in prior shows will be different from the entrance to the
exit to the interior traffic pattern within the facility. The
location of services such as Gun-Tie Tables will be relocated as
well. Plenty of signage will be posted to help you find your way.
You will also be required to wear appropriate masks and Social
Distance. These changes are necessary to insure our ability to keep
you and all the other members that choose to attend safe and to
insure our ability to continue to have future shows throughout this
"Compliance" in that if we all tolerate and comply with these
required changes, we will have a safe and successful show for you to
Finally, I hope you enjoy the
Fall 2020 newsletter. There are great articles and a new addition,
member ads to help you add to your collection or sell something you
want to move. I look forward to seeing you in Wilmington.
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.
After this article ran in our Summer Newsletter, we found out
Sergeant Toth is a current member of OGCA. Read Chuck Benton's
article on page 4 of the
Fall 2020 newsletter
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.
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
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.
MEMBERS-ONLY ON SATURDAY SEPT.
12. Guests are permitted on Sunday-only. This is designed to provide
maximum opportunity for our loyal members who have waited so long to
attend. Your spouse, minor children, and minor grandchildren are
included as members, but they must wear their family badge. Call the
business office if you have a question regarding family badges (330)
467-5733. If you have a guest, please bring them on Sunday
when we have much greater capacity.
Guest Passes for September will be on page 13 of the
Fall 2020 Member's
newsletter that will arrive in August.
For security reasons the form is not online. If you are a
member and would like a form before your Fall newsletter arrives,
call (330) 467-5733 or email
email@example.com. Guest Passes are $15. Members may bring up to 4 guests per meeting.
Guests are limited to 2 visits per life.
We are sold out of tables for the
September meeting. Normally the Table Application for the next
two meetings are included inside the
If you have tables for September but need to cancel please
contact us asap at
(330) 467-5733 or email
would like a table application for the November meeting, or if
you would like to be added to the wait list for the September
meeting please contact us.
(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