Update: April 3, 2008

Pin Traders Club of Tennessee 2008 Pin Swap

Bill Sour, Reporting

Early Kickoff

PCTN Swap # 15 kicked off at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, 21 February, with 82 traders present. Since the tables were there and in place, the swap began earlier than the 12:00 start time as the traders were just itchin' to get started.

Al Stack the Cook

It can safely be said that there was enthusiastic trading until about 4:00 p.m. when many traders adjourned to the bar to celebrate Bill Sour's first grandchild, due in September. Many others began preparations for the evening which began with Al (I won't go unless I can cook) Stack in the hospitality room. It was great to have Al fix chili, but it was sad not to have Lion Billy Southern preparing his North Carolina BBQ. Another large crowd made their way to the "Cock of the Walk" to dine on catfish. Now that stuff is truly finger-licking good!!

Bloody Mary's for CSF II by Prucha

The traders were at it early on Friday morning, supported by Bloody Mary's, provided by Dr. Bill Prucha. Bill donated all the ingredients for the eye openers and required those imbibing to contribute to the LITPC quilt raffle for Campaign Sight First II. Trading was quite active with most traders acquiring State pins and/or pins from the Transportation Series. Many traders found prized additions to their collections including the idiot from Colorado who let out a screech when he found a variation to an old Colorado camp pin. The trading again began to wane about 4:00 so we could sample Al Stack's clam chowder in the hospitality room.

Saturday Morning Breakfast

Saturday began with the Swap Breakfast. PCTN President Wayne Walker opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Lion Pete Boyd offered the invocation. After the attendees "et there vittles"(thats Tennesse talk), Lion Carolyn Meyer started the program. She began by recognizing the first timers at the swap and those who have attended all 15. Next the out of town helpers at the swap were recognized; Al & Kaye Stack, Jerry & Lucille Romig, Jim & Pat Leal and myself, Bill Sour. Lion Bob Walker used the occasion to present a flag that had been flown over the US capital to Lion Bill Prucha. Next, Lion Bill Sour presented Bob Meyer's LITPC Hall of Fame citation to Carolyn. The meeting concluded with Lion Ron Foster recognizing Carolyn for her part in putting on 15 swaps. As Ron noted "it was a great ride". Many traders agreed that they will miss the swap in Nashville as this was the final one. (Editor's note. It's been rumored that there will be one more next year. Seems like we've heard that before.)

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LITPC 1st VP Bill Sour reads Hall of Fame Citation for the Late Lion Bob Meyer  in  a presentation to Bob’s Widow, Carolyn

LITPC PP Bob Walker has just presented PP Bill Prucha withan American flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capita