2011-01-26, Alexandra Glowacki, Antique and Art Appraisals

President Richelle called the meeting to order and asked Jim Maxon to give the invocation. He also told us of the passing of Lya’s mother. Lya and Jay you have our sympathy and prayers.

Songstress Janet Green said “we have such beautiful weather compared to the rest of the country” then selected “You are my sunshine” as our song.

After meeting and greeting, our mystery greeter, Don Dresp was identified. A dollar was collected from those who did not shake his hand.

Guests were introduced and our student guests were called up to give their two minute talk. All were very ambitious and have great plans for their future. You are our leaders of tomorrow, good luck in all your pursuits.


Barbara Rose is still seeking volunteers for the Taste of Las Cruces project. Many hands make light work. She will be reminding us at every meeting, so volunteer now.

The Program

Program chair Barbara Nelson introduced Alexandra Glowacki to enlighten us on antique and art appraisals.

Alexandra majored in international relations and has traveled all over the world studying rare items and customs of different countries. She said that most of her free time is spent in visiting museums, libraries, and flea markets.

To do appraisals requires research on the item to be evaluated. It must be very specific. For modern appraisals we now use scientific methodology.

Many appraisals are for insurance purposes or for donation/deduction for submission to the IRS. The appraisal is for full retail value or replacement value.

Age is not the only criteria used. We consider the intrinsic value, value of use, historical value and timing. For example, remember the Beany Baby Fad. High prices lasted only nine months, current Beany Babies are no longer of interest.

Other factors considered in determining whether a piece is an antique are: is it a fine example of the craftsman’s skill, because it is rare or because it serves as a reminder of vanished customs and civilizations. Most people think of antiques as household items such as furniture, glass, china, guns, automobiles, etc.

She showed us some items for comparison. Spoons, pots, engraved gifts, paintings, and explained the differences in each.

We learned a lot ( At least I did.)

After the Program

The 50/50 was won by Lya again. No can report. We adjourned after reciting the Four Way Test.

P.S. I may be too late for Christmas but let me be the first one to wish you a Happy Ground Hog Day. 

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Guests of Rotarians

Guest    Host
Dean Phelps Denton Holmes
Marta Scott Jim Scott
Marina Gandara Gus Gandara
Heather Pollard Jay Jordan
Jackie Clark John Hernandez

Visiting Rotarians

Rotarian Home Club

Student Guests

Student School
Tra Tran Las Cruces High
Ginger Franco Las Cruces
Jacquelin Huerta Mayfield
Isaac Hartman Oñate
Kori Gonzalez San Andres High
Lindsay Mitchell Mesilla Valley
Jessica Rhodes Mesilla Valley


Rotarian Date Club
Don Moen 1/9 Rio Grande
Dinus Briggs 1/26 Rio Grande
Don Niewold 1/5 CA
Elaine Szalay 1/19 Rio Grande

February Birthdays of Rotarians

Richelle Ponder February 6
Bill Harty February 7
Alex Keatts February 7
Charles Townley February 7
Buddy Ritter February 10
Eddie Groth February 13
Don Dresp February 17
Russell Allen February 24

February Wedding Anniversaries

Pistol and Ana Mangino February 10
Pete and Susan Hampton February 12
Elaine Szalay and Gary Podris February 14
Bill and Mary Ann Wheeler February 27

February Club Anniversaries

Henry Broekhoff February 2
Les Smith February 4
Barbara Rose Farber February 7
Blaine Goss February 9
Mel Parish February 9
Eddie Groth February 18
Carlene Whitney February 20
Elaine Szalay February 24
Steve Loman February 26

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