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Upcoming Meeting Dates
March 13-14, 2021
* May 8-9, 2021 (Annual Display Show)
A COMPLETE SCHEDULE, DIRECTIONS AND
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2021 Member's Newsletter (click to read)
The year through which your dues are paid can be found on your
current membership badge and wallet card, as well as on your dues
statement mailing in October. Please read it carefully
to see if your membership expires December 31, 2020. If your
Statement indicates that your dues are paid through 2021 or beyond,
you need not take any action at this time. If you have any questions, call
anytime at (330) 467-5733.
Members may pay directly on our secure Online Dues Payment Program
by Clicking Here; via credit card over the phone at
(330) 467-5733 or mail check or money order to
the business office. You do not need your dues statement in order to
mail your dues, but whenever possible include your member
number on the memo of your check. For more information click on
1-year Active Duty Military: Free
(Enclose rank, branch, duty station)
3-year dues: $110 (saves $25)
5-year dues: $165 (saves $60)
Life Membership: $700
Sr. Life (65 yrs.+): $400 (Enclose
proof of age)
*Members whose membership expires as of
12/31/20, shall have the option as Covid-19 Relief to pay one year
of dues for the year 2021 only, in the amount of $35 instead of $45.
(Expires march 31, 2021.)
Mail check or money order to:
OGCA, P.O. Box 670406, Sagamore Hills, OH 44067.
Please anticipate 3-6 weeks
for processing. If
payment is not received by March 31, 2021, the name of the
non-paying member will be removed from our files and can be
reinstated only by paying a minimum of 3 years dues by December
31, 2021. We need and appreciate your support. Thank you!
Also, all members are encouraged to
update their confidential phone and
email address. Simply email us at
write it on your dues statement when mailing it in, or call the Business Office at (330) 467-5733. Thank you! Former
Members who left in good standing and whose dues expired years
ago now have several ways to re-join/re-apply. See the
"Join" tab above.
A Message From
For those of you that do not know me,
my name is Sherman Kirkland III. I am self-employed, and have been
the owner operator of
Sherman’s Automotive for 31 years. I live in Ashtabula County, in
the small community of Windsor. I reside there with my wife of 46
years, Mari Beth, and our precious granddaughter, Stefany. Together,
Mari Beth and I were blessed with one daughter, Jennifer, and two
sons, Sherman IV, and David. We have eight wonderful grandchildren,
and our very first great grandchild on his way, in May.
My father was very influential in my interest in collecting. I began
attending Gun Shows with my dad at a very young age. I have a wide
and varied interest in collecting, but currently, I am focusing on
my Harrington & Richardson Handy Gun Collection.
Our Annual Display show in May, is our premier show. I encourage any
member to participate in this event no matter how big, or how small.
A display does not have to be large to be of interest to our
members. Display show packets are available through the OGCA office.
Questions can be directed to Committee Chair Sean McCarter.
Due to the impossibility of social distancing, no banquet can be
held in 2021, but we are planning something special for the May 2021
Display Show Awards Presentation. On the bright side, we will have
a heck of a banquet in 2022, and, yes, Ian McCullom of
www.forgottenweapons.com will be our
keynote speaker! Look for more information as we get closer to the
Saturday evening, April 30, 2022 banquet.
In the near future, we will be allowing two members to share a table
with Friday night privileges, for both members. I encourage any
member, who has not had a trade table before, to partner with
another member, share the cost, and give it a try. My hopes would be
that you would come to enjoy it.
We have also modified requirements for new member applicants. These
changes will make it easier for new applicants to join OGCA. [Click
If you have an interest in becoming a Director, and are willing to
give your time and effort, please request a Director Application
packet. OGCA needs dedicated and committed Directors.
OGCA has provided its membership three excellent shows, during this
very unfortunate pandemic. We have put our member’s safety first and
foremost. We did this as a TEAM. Kudos to Past President, Fred Kolb,
the OGCA Business office, the Executive Board, the Past President
Counsel, and the OGCA Board of Directors. This was a big
undertaking, and your hard work really paid off for our membership.
This past show in January, was quite a success. I heard many times,
how happy our members were to be at an OGCA show, and that is due to
your efforts. I strongly believe in Teamwork, and that is what OGCA
is all about. This is one of the reason why OGCA is the largest,
private Gun Club in the USA. Thank you so much OGCA team.
As your President, I will always make every effort to have an open
door policy. I look forward to serving you for the next two years.
Application and Guest Pass Forms
Guest Passes (for use by current members):
Guests are welcome both Saturday and Sunday!
Guest Passes are on on page 11
of the newsletter.
For security reasons the form is not online. If you are a
member and would like a form before your newsletter arrives,
call (330) 467-5733 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Guest Passes are $15. Members may bring up to 4 guests per meeting.
Guests are limited to 2 visits per life.
Great spots remain open for members on March 13-14:
We expect to sell out in March
but as of this writing tables are still available. (330) 467-5733
(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
Highlights; New Options for Applying, Director Elections
As announced in the last mailing, the
Constitution changes were approved by members at the Nov. 2020
meeting. This means that
members can sponsor a friend that has a CCW or FFL/C&R without their
needing a second sponsor. Per usual, the application must be
returned in person with one sponsor present.
Another approved change is that
Former Members who
left in good standing have the option to rejoin/reapply for
membership without sponsorship by coming as a guest of OGCA,
applying in person and paying membership dues for the next three
years. This addresses a recurring issue in which a former member’s
OGCA friends are unable to be physically present to sponsor.
For more information click on “Join” or the
"Join" tab, above.
The following officers were
unanimously elected by the Board in Nov.: Sherman Kirkland III,
President; Terrie Hill, First Vice President; Sean A. McCarter,
Second Vice President; and Anita Rieger, Treasurer. Fred Kolb
assumed the role of Secretary.
Please give a warm welcome to our newest Director, Brad Raum, who
will serve for the 2021-2023 Director term along with the talented
and hardworking Chuck Benton and Thomas Bowersox. Brad Raum is a 29
year member of OGCA. He was in healthcare management for 30 years.
He switched to aquatics three years ago specializing in lakes and
ponds. He is currently VP of Business Development, running five
branch operations. He collects WWI, WWII and European guns. Brad got
involved in OGCA from his dad, John Raum, who is a 40 year member.
Brad believes in OGCA. He enjoys meeting people and working on
important OGCA objectives. He said he has learned from other members
and wants to give back to his fellow members by serving as Director.
Director Nominations Open in March
Attention all Members:
We are actively
looking for hard working, dedicated members who are willing to roll
up their sleeves and take on a leadership role on behalf of OGCA.
You must be an Ohio resident and a member for at least five years.
Nominations open at the March meeting and close at the end of the
May meeting. Interviews will be conducted in July. The Annual
Election will be in November. All interested candidates may contact
First Vice President, Terrie Hill at tables T 7-10 (orange flag) for
the required paperwork.
Display Show 2021: It is not that Hard to Present an Engaging
It can be a daunting task to think about putting on a
display for the OGCA annual display show. It need not be. The cover
photo of the Spring 2021 newsletter
2021 Member's Newsletter (click to read)
features a one-gun display that was awarded
the Judge’s Choice award in the 2019 Display Show. The display
featured a unique firearm, along with factory literature regarding
the gun. The display enhanced the unique features of the gun,
engraving, metal work and the stock, by incorporating a mirror and
presenting the gun up off of the table. The Display was captioned
with an appropriate sign and title.
The point being, a unique firearm or group of firearms can present a
very well received display. Sure, some members present wonderful
exhaustive collections and clearly have devoted many hours to
creating their display. We all appreciate these displays. But we all
do not have the time or the collection to support such a large
display. The point is you can still put on a great display even if
you do not have the queen’s armory and all the time in the world.
The displays are scored based on the following
A. TITLE: Is the title clearly visible and does it reflect the
contents of the display? 5 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? 5 points
D. COLLECTOR IMPORTANCE/HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE. 15 points
MATERIAL OF THE DISPLAY (WEAPONS):
A. COMPLETENESS 15 points
B. CONDITION: How does condition compare to material available? Are
the items in original condition? 10 points
C. RARITY OF ITEMS DISPLAYED 15 points
D. RELATED ITEMS: 15 points
Are neatness, general appearance, relative skill and creativity
evidenced in the presentation of the display? 10 points
Total points available 100
A unique single gun or small group of guns, presented with related
material, properly labeled, that is of importance, and neatly
presented, can do well pursuant to these criteria. In addition, the
first-place awards are separated into 4 categories, Antique
(pre-1898), Pre-World War II (1898-1945), Post World War II (after
1945), and military.
To obtain a display show
packet, including the rules, for May 8th & 9th, 2021, please contact
Member Services Coordinator Sandra Schwab at the Business Office
(330) 467-5733 or at
email@example.com. 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
at table I1, Tom Bowersox at table J13 & 14, and Brad Raum at D11.
Meeting Hours 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 (Refer to
special final instructions in the mailing with the Table
confirmation as we may need Tableholders to arrive by 8 am.)
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