Update: May 24, 2008

North Carolina Pin Swap

John J. O'Malley, PDG

The North Carolina Pin Swap, held in Asheville April 24-26 was a great success. We had over 80 participants, including some walk-ins.It is no secret that to have a great swap, or anything else, one must have teamwork and we have one of the best teams in the entire country.

My thanks go out to the following team members:
Gene and Gloria English for handling all aspects of registration.
Dave Butler for facilities coordination with the hotel.
Martha Butler, Jerry and Barbara Cox, Larry Lauthter, Sara Lauthter, Glenda Wright, Penny Sharpe, Naomi Sapir, Carolyn Walker, Curt and Lucy Barnhill, Marsha Henderson, Bill and Carol Russell for Friday night BBQ and the fixings.
Ralph Crane, our auctioneer.
Lou Creel and Dave Butler for the North Carolina Lions Foundation sales.
Marsha Henderson for handling the tours.
Larry Shaull, Jerry Romig, Jerry Craiglow, Curt Barnhill and others for setting up the tables and placing the chairs.

This is just a partial list as there were others who pitched in and helped us tremendously.

On Wednesday and Thursday, we had soft drinks and water, plus some snacks. Then on Thursday evening, we had sandwiches and goodies. On Friday, a lunch was available for a mere $5.00, and Friday evening, we had the famous "Billy Southern" BBQ provided by Bill and Carol Russell. There was also loads of cakes, cookies, and other finger foods.

Later on Friday evening, we had an outstanding auction, which included some hard-to-get pins that went at very reasonable prices. Included in this auction was a complete set of NASCAR pins that brought $450.00.

On Saturday morning, we had our Breakfast with door prizes. We also conducted our Annual Meeting where we elected PDG Ed Shivers to be our President for the coming two years.

The really nice thing about our swap, aside from it being the absolute best, is the traders that attend and their willingness to help make it what it is.

NC Pin Swap
John and Larry
NC Pin Swap
Tim and Larry

It's GREAT to be Pin Trader!!!!