News from the STAA Editor

from the March 2018 Newsletter

We seemed to get a great deal of feedback from our last newsletter. It was pleasing to have several letters to the editor in response to the speaking clock article. Members also suggested captions for last month's cover. Others stated that they want to write something for the newsletter in the future. The best way to write an article is to put pen to paper the old fashion way and get your thoughts and facts down. It is easy from there on. I appreciate any article sent for publication

Our constitution is going through its last phases of approval. Hopefully in the next newsletter we can announce that it has been agreed upon and we can take the next step.

The ATCS is having its 12th Big Telephone Auction on the 20th April. See the ad on page 22 of this newsletter and look at what's on offer on the website. Don't forget you don't have to be present to bid. Proxy bidding or phone bidding can be arranged so there is no excuse in missing out on any item.

We have had an increase in the number of advertisements with items either wanted or for sale. I've had to slip these in between articles but if the trend continues I will expand that section of the newsletter.

Several members have spoken to me about disposing or selling their collections as a whole not wanting to break them up. There are several avenues available to do this but probably you could start by talking to your fellow members or committee members and putting the feelers out for anyone interested. Possibly a couple of members could buy it and share the collection.

John Newgrain an Adelaide member of the ATCS /SATCS who has been restoring phones and making unique parts for them is about to retire from these activities. He has agreed to pass on some of his techniques and processes with articles in this newsletter. This month he describes walnut woodgraining for Ericson battery covers.

It's already March and our meetings are in full swing, Make the effort to attend meetings and chat with fellow collectors and participate in the club auctions, displays and sales. That way you will get the most out of your club. Happy Collecting

George Psorakis
Acting STAA Editor

from the January 2018 Newsletter

Another year has come and gone and we are now into 2018. I trust you all enjoyed your clubs' Christmas luncheon, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. All the best for the new year. Each of the clubs concluded the year with a club luncheon generally subsidised by the individual clubs. From all reports these were relatively well attended. The ATCS took the opportunity to make the Christmas function a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the club's beginnings.

Because of member feedback we have decided to change a section of the newsletter dealing with individual presidents reports about club activities and meetings. In place of the regular reports we are merely listing the office holders and details of upcoming meetings where available. I would still like to receive state reports and photos from either the president or secretary of each member association. This information can be used to write an article about what is happening or coming up in the member associations. The current newsletter is a transition with respect to this concept.

It is appropriate that I take this opportunity to thank the individual officers and committee members of the STAA and its member associations who work behind the scenes to make things happen. I thank those that have submitted articles for publication in the newsletter. Without those contributions there would be no newsletter. Please keep those articles coming in or think about writing something that would interest the membership.

Your committee should have a copy of the latest update of the constitution which has basically been ratified by the STAA committee. A copy of the proposed constitution has been placed on the STAA website. If you don't have email or web access call me and I will post one out to you. It is important that members of each of the clubs are happy with the constitution. It is easier to amend it at this stage so please read it and pass on any queries or concerns to your committee representative or your club president. Hopefully it will be an agenda item for discussion at your next local meeting.

Happy collecting

George Psorakis
Acting STAA Editor