Great friends are hard to find!

And we are so very fortunate to be friends with the Vancouver Pen Club (VPC).  It has come to our attention that the VPC is now famous (Pen World famous, to be more accurate)!  The VPC is featured (I mean, check out this picture – they’re the headliners!) in the February 2011 issue of Pen World about pen clubs. The article mentions a number of other pen clubs too (alas, we were not, insert crying face :~)).  We did, however, get mentioned by Glenn Marcus in his Pen Views (Thanks Glenn!  I have also written to Glenn to advise him that we now meet at Williams on Wonderland)!

We are happy to toot (or is that re-toot?) the VPC’s horn!  Our pen-caps off to Maja and the rest of the gang.  You’ve got a terrific club, keep it going! 

You may say I’m just a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.  I hope someday you’ll join us for a combined Vancouver-London meeting/party.  Wouldn’t that be something?!?!  If we really get lucky, the Calgary Pen Club (CPC) would also join us.  Just imagine that – someone better call the RCMP right now!  (Ed. note: I did not mean to suggest that we would have to call the RCMP specifically because of the CPC; rather, the need is a result of the explosive combination of all three clubs.)

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5 thoughts on “Great friends are hard to find!

  1. Mike, thank you so much for the kind words! I could never *imagine* (heh) our photo being featured so prominently, but we were very honoured
    that “Pen World” chose our group shot for their lead photo in the article.
    I think you can see by the smiles on our faces how much we enjoy getting together to “talk pens”. Many thanks to my fellow Vancouver Pen Club members for making our meetings so much fun 🙂

    It can be a bit isolating being on the West Coast, far from any pen shows (although I think it’s even worse for the CPC) but thanks to the magic of the internet, that distance is diminished; we treasure the camaraderie we share with our fellow pen lovers in the LPC, the CPC, the Ottawa Fountain Pen Society, the gang in Cambridge ON and many others across our land. It goes without saying that any and all of you are more than welcome to attend one of our meetings here in Vancouver. I would love to sit in on an LPC meeting, swapping stories while seeing (and showing) some great fountain pens, all the while munching on some of the goodies at Williams on Wonderland Cafe. Great pens, great food, great friends….What more could one ask for? 🙂

    Warmest wishes to you all,
    ~Maja

    1. Hi Maja,
      It was my pleasure! It is nice to see a Canadian club, regardless of which one, get that “top billing”, especially in a US-based publication. It may be that it is because your group is so photogenic. Most Saturday mornings, our gang (or at least most of them) resemble a police line-up! :~) It is great fun to exchange and share ideas on how to make our clubs better for the members. Again, my personal congratulations to you for the extra effort that I know you put into your club and best wishes to all of the members of the VPC!
      Cheers!
      Mike

  2. Thanks for the compliments, Mike; I’ll pass them along to my fellow VPC members 🙂

    And thank you, Jil, for the excellent “Pen World” article you wrote; joining a pen club *is* a wonderful way to meet fellow pen enthusiasts and collectors!

    Cheers,
    ~Maja

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