• Important Executive Director Announcement from the NAWCC

    The NAWCC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mr. Rory McEvoy has been named Executive Director of the NAWCC. Rory is an internationally renowned horological scholar and comes to the NAWCC with strong credentials that solidly align with our education, fundraising, and membership growth objectives. He has a postgraduate degree in the conservation and restoration of antique clocks from West Dean College, and throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to handle some of the world’s most important horological artifacts, including longitude timekeepers by Harrison, Kendall, and Mudge.

    Rory formerly worked as Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, where his role included day-to-day management of research and digitization projects, writing, public speaking, conservation, convening conferences, exhibition work, and development of acquisition/disposal and collection care policies. In addition, he has worked as a horological specialist at Bonhams in London, where he cataloged and handled many rare timepieces and built important relationships with collectors, buyers, and sellers. Most recently, Rory has used his talents to share his love of horology at the university level by teaching horological theory, history, and the practical repair and making of clocks and watches at Birmingham City University.

    Rory is a British citizen and currently resides in the UK. Pre-COVID-19, Rory and his wife, Kaai, visited HQ in Columbia, Pennsylvania, where they met with staff, spent time in the Museum and Library & Research Center, and toured the area. Rory and Kaai will be relocating to the area as soon as the immigration challenges and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 permit.

    Some of you may already be familiar with Rory as he is also a well-known author and lecturer. His recent publications include the book Harrison Decoded: Towards a Perfect Pendulum Clock, which he edited with Jonathan Betts, and the article “George Graham and the Orrery” in the journal Nuncius.

    Until Rory’s relocation to the United States is complete, he will be working closely with an on-boarding team assembled by the NAWCC Board of Directors to introduce him to the opportunities and challenges before us and to ensure a smooth transition. Rory will be participating in strategic and financial planning immediately, which will allow him to hit the ground running when he arrives in Columbia

    You can read more about Rory McEvoy and this exciting announcement in the upcoming March/April issue of the Watch & Clock Bulletin.

    Please join the entire Board and staff in welcoming Rory to the NAWCC community.

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Make Covid “lemonade” from Covid “lemons.” Members all over the world can meet by computer without having to be in the same room.

Electronic meetings can keep your chapter together, and even link you with other chapters and members everywhere. Recent Seattle Area meetings have featured speakers from Toronto, Detroit and Boston.

Our list contains 110 presentations NAWCC members are willing to make to NAWCC chapter meetings. With this list, you could have an educational chapter meeting every week – for two years – and never have to repeat a presentation.

Pick a topic, then contact the presenter directly and work out a time and a date. It’s just that simple! Schedule your Zoom meeting and invite your members.

Please publicize your meetings on the Forums, so that other members can attend (Zoom can usually handle as many as 100 participants at a meeting). There’s a separate thread for that, called “Post Your Zoom Chapter Meetings Here”: https://mb.nawcc.org/threads/post-your-zoom-chapter-meetings-here.174796/

Nobody’s saying Zoom meetings are as good as in-person chapter meetings. But they will let us keep in touch – and keep learning – until we can meet in person again!

We welcome your comments and suggestions. If you want to volunteer to give a presentation, please contact Tim Orr ( torr286@aol.com ), and we’ll add you to the list.

Thanks!

Best regards!

Tim Orr
 

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