It has been a remarkable winter thus far due to the mild weather and the increase in activity in the Jewelry Industry. It would seem that the industry is still slow to come back to pre-recession levels however, there seems to be an uptick in activity.
There is much to report to our members. The United States Post Office Sub-Station at 5 S. Wabash is going to remain open. They have signed a new 5 year lease with Spectrum Properties, the owner of the building. If you have been following the news reports regarding the financial health of the Post Office, you know that they are closing a great many postal facilities across the country. A meeting organized by Jay Richmond, who was intent on finding a way to keep the station open, was held at City Hall with the help of Alderman Reilly and United States Senator Dick Durbin. The attendees included representatives of the Chicago Police Department, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Senator Dick Durbin, Alderman Reilly, Spectrum Properties, Inc., the Chicago Jewelers Association and the United States Post Office. The goal was to have the Postal Sub-Station remain open in order to protect the Jewelers in the Wabash Ave district.
We want to thank Karen Schenck, District Manager of the USPS and Don Nichols, Manager Post Office Operations in Chicago who heard our concerns and went to bat for us and pleaded our case to Washington and were successful. I would also like to thank Jay Richmond whose grave concern for the safety of the jewelers helped to drive this effort forward.
We have a new Chicago Police Department liaison. Sgt. Seamus Mannion of the First Police District has taken over the position replacing Sgt. Matt Giliberto who has retired. Sgt Giliberto has been wonderful to the Association and its members. Always ready to respond when there was a problem and always willing to dispense advice when needed. We wish him well in retirement.
The US Postal Service sales representative for the jewelry industry has changed as well with the retirement of Tim Hall. Tim worked tirelessly to help jewelers get onto the various programs to be able to print labels and get discounts. His replacement is George Marshall, a veteran of the postal service. We wish Tim well with his retirement.
The Chicago Jewelers Association Scholarship Program is doing well. Last year we awarded 5 scholarships to good students without the financial means to pursue their educations. While the scholarships are not large they are awarded for 4 years as long as the students can show they are full time and earning acceptable grade point averages. There is a letter from one such student elsewhere in this newsletter. Please take a few minutes to read it.
In recent months there have been questions raised about the buying of gold and the required record keeping and holding period. Attached there is a copy of the Municipal Code of the City of Chicago Chapter 4-264 Secondhand Dealers. It requires that anyone buying goods must have a license (Second Hand Dealer) and if they are required to have such a license do specific record keeping and they must heed they holding period of 30 Days before disposing of the goods:
4-264-070 (a) (1) No person requiring a license under this chapter shall sell, dispose of, or remove from the place of business any article of secondhand property for 30 calendar days after the receipt of such article of secondhand property or take apart or melt any article of secondhand property or remodel or rebuild the same until such person shall have made a record of his intention to do so. Such record shall contain a description of such article of secondhand property and all other data required under this chapter to be recorded in the secondhand dealer’s record of purchases, sales and exchanges.
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to see the entire act for all of its provisions.
The Chicago Jewelers Associations Joint Holiday Party was an unqualified success on several levels. The party was held at Wildfire on December 5th. It was a sellout with all 125 available places sold. As in past years we had a drawing for various donated gifts (restaurant certificates, bottles of wine, etc.). This year we asked the attendees to bring a toy or game which was to be donated to Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago for the kids in need. Many of the kid’s parents are out of work or bogged down with medical expenses and these gifts created a lot of smiles. I am happy to report that we had a vanload of toys to deliver to the hospital. The hospital was thrilled and thanked us many times over for the generosity of the jewelers of Chicago.
I want to thank Gary Dolinko of Mid-States Refining for the outstanding job he did in chairing the event and overseeing the gathering and delivery of the toys. He created a lot of smiling faces. And I would like to thank Jeff Cohen and Denise Hartman of N. Green and Son for agreeing to accept toys for drop off at their office.
I also want to thank the Sponsors who helped to make the evening as wonderful and pleasant as it could be. The Women’s Jewelers Association, Mid-States Recycling, G4S, Howard Frum Jewelers, Millennium Garages, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Sentry Security, N. Green and Son and the GIA Alumni Association. Also, a very big Thank You to Jeff Cohen of N. Green and Son for buying everyone their first drink. Jeff thought it was only a rumor that he was buying!
One other note from the party is that Bunny Frum surprised Howard with a birthday cake big enough for the whole party. He was really surprised!
Looking ahead we have the 2012 Smart Show April 21st-23rd. As in past years we are having a PARTY. It will be held on Saturday night the 21st at Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier. Come and decompress after a day on your feet with a buffet and open bar. Last year’s event was a sellout. Do not wait till the last minute to get your reservation in. Go online to the Chicago Jewelers Association website
and pay via PayPal.com in order to make a reservation. The cost is $50.00 per person including Hors D’oeuvres and Drinks.
Charles P. Stein recently contacted the Association because his grandfather, George M. Stein, was a member of the Chicago Jewelers Association for many years. His grandfather told him that at each annual meeting, each member received a token gift along the jewelry line. The first gift, he gave to Mr. Stein’s father, the last in 1936, a Shaffer’s pen and pencil set in a black gold fabric lined case was given to him as high school graduation gift. The pen and pencil are inscribed “C.J.A. 1936”. Mr. Stein was kind enough to send the set to us for our memorabilia collection.
Please watch for more information on upcoming events that will be coming your way.
Laurence E. Hyman
CJA SCHOLARSHIP FUND TO GET A BIG BOOST!
Donate big and win big with this great opportunity
The Chicago Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, brought to you by George Little Management, has procured a Rolex Submariner watch to be raffled off by the CJA and CAJW at both the Smart Jewelry Show and the CJAW Show. All proceeds from these raffles will go towards the CJA College Scholarship. As the date draws near, we will have more info, but it is guaranteed to make your mouth water. Be sure to get in on this great philanthropic opportunity!
Thank you to all who attended this great event, and be sure not to miss this year's
2011 HOLIDAY PARTY WRAP-UP
SMART SHOW 2012
Join the CJA at this great event
Be sure to Join us at the SMART Show this April at booth T-10
where you can mingle with other members, partake in our raffle for a Rolex Submariner watch (all proceeds go to the CJA Scholarship fund) and take a load off while enjoying the Show. Also, join us for our SMART Show reception at Harry Caray's on Saturday, April 21st, and take advantage of CJA membership perks by booking your stay at the University Club (all CJA membership are eligible for discounted rates). It's a major weekend for the community here in Chicago, and we hope to see you there!