Meetings are strictly LIMITED to members and their guests--
Upcoming Meeting Dates
July 18-19, 2020
due to the State of Ohio's ban on gatherings over 10
people - See Home Page
September 12-13, 2020
Special Guests, Winchester Arms Collectors Association.
Due to anticipated changes to comply with Covid-19
restrictions the Ohio Hunter Safety
Education Class will be rescheduled to a future meeting. Please read all OGCA correspondence and
check back for updates.
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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Summer 2020 Member's Newsletter (click to read)
A Word From Our President
was born during the great depression with a resilience that carried
it through WWII. In 1944, OGCA meetings were put on hold for almost
a year in order to help rationing efforts (mostly gasoline and
tires) designed to bring a quicker end to the war. This devastating
virus is putting us in a similar situation in that we currently
cannot legally or safely hold our shows. Likewise, it is negatively
effecting the ability of our PAC (political action committee) to
raise much needed funds for pro-Second Amendment candidates and
youth shooting. However, if we can get through WWII with some minor
sacrifices, we will get through this virus as well.
With over 4,000 people coming in on a typical Saturday, OGCA falls
into the same category as sporting events, concerts, trade shows and
other large gatherings which remain banned. Under state law the July
show is prohibited as of this writing. With few exceptions public
and private gatherings are still limited to 10 people. We are
disappointed, but remain concerned about the health and safety of
our members and guests. We recognize the situation is constantly
changing and I pray it will change for the better so that we are
able to hold our September 12-13 meeting. The Board will assess the
Sept. meeting in August based on whether the ban is still in effect
and whether we can make reasonable changes for everyone’s protection
If you have tables reserved for July, we will automatically roll
them over to the next meeting. Annual tables will roll to next year.
If you prefer a refund, no problem. Simply contact the Business
Office. Likewise, the Holiday Inn at Roberts Centre is rolling
existing reservations to the meeting 10 months out.
See Home Page.
So, this brings me to an important question; what can we do for our
members in the meantime? As you will see in the next newsletter,
efforts have been stepped up to bring you good, gun-related
articles. I invite and encourage you to write an article for an
upcoming newsletter as it is great to hear from many different
voices. Surely it will ease the “gun show withdrawal” many are
Plus, we recently began sending emails to members with gun-related
articles and/or important announcements. Know that we will not
overdo it with too frequent “eblasts,” and you can opt-out at
anytime. Some of our directors have initiated a project making
great, gun-related videos by and for OGCA members.
Look for a video link in an upcoming eblast. Likewise, we have been
putting more content of interest to members on our Facebook page,
and will be improving our website.
In the Summer newsletter that will arrive in late June, we will have
a form for free Classified Ads section for members beginning with
the Fall newsletter until we can return to normal. This new feature
is for everyone, but is especially helpful for members who do not
use the internet. Let us know how else OGCA can adapt and thrive to
be of service to you.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Moved to September
We will hold an Ohio Hunter Education Course on site during the
meeting on Sat. September 12, 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
More information to follow.
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
email@example.com 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