Belonging to Chapter #1 (Philadelphia) you are permitted to bring a guest twice and then no longer...unless they join the NAWCC Association. The last two times I attended meetings, I had my niece carry my watch case...simply, because I could break my neck stumbling as I try to walk, with a cane in one hand and the watch case in my other. One could say as you reach the meeting destination, call one of the members to help you with your watch case...that would be not me, asking other members to help me. As the oldest member of Chapter 1, with two knees that wear braces, I also may be the oldest NAWCC member still alive with a Chapter membership. Checking with Headquarters sometime ago, one member at age 99, no longer had a Chapter affiliation and I do not know if he still belongs to the NAWCC membership. Or, that he may have passed away. Anyway, I intend to attend the Chapter 1 meeting at Fort Washington on April 7[SUP]th[/SUP]. I still have to resolve the problem of carrying the case to the meeting. The Luncheon speaker at the meeting will talk about E. Howard watches and I have one of the quite (scarce/rare?) Coles Escapements that does run and keeps excellent time. Supposedly? Less than 42 “N” size Coles are known to exist...how many of them actually run and keep time has never been determined. I think, few. These Howard timepieces using the Coles Escapement (pallets banking on the special escape wheel) were another of the Howard experiments that failed. Most, converted back to regular escapements. The problem was/is watch repair people did not know how to set the pallets properly so they would bank on the flat side of the escape wheel without stopping. The few that went back to the factory had banking pins added to the movement...even that did not solve the banking problem. My Howard #24267, while original, is fitted into a Coin case with the banking pins added...however, they are not used to keep the watch running. Getting back to my 48 years of membership in Chapter #1, and possibly being the oldest member alive in this NAWCC. I find it far from pertinent that that a non-member is not allowed to help me attend an organization that has benefited to a great extent from my largess and devotion to the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. To prove that point...just read the more than 200,000 postings in close to 110 threads on the Member News and Views on the NAWCC Message Board. This Forum is part of “the dreamer in me lives on.” One many of the ideas coming from me and that are part of the NAWCC existence. I have no desire to pin any roses on myself...much of what I dreamt of has come to fruition. My 48 years in the NAWCC and going into my 98[SUP]th[/SUP] year of life and being active in this organization since 1964...provides the incentive to do even more.