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Post# 370549   4/12/2017 at 11:08 (243 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Just a reminder the annual VCCC convention will be on June 22-24th in Tulsa, OK. Houston Conner has graciously opened his home to host a pool party and to see his collection of vacuums and other vintage items.  Please see the revised schedule of events on the VCCC website (click the link below). Hope to see you in Tulsa!


Post# 370550 , Reply# 1   4/12/2017 at 11:23 (243 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I will be there!!! It's just a hop, skip, and jump away from me!!

Post# 370551 , Reply# 2   4/12/2017 at 11:24 (243 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Come on everyone please get on board and get your reservations made. We will have a great time!!! I can't to see all of my favorite people!

Post# 370625 , Reply# 3   4/13/2017 at 08:34 (242 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Yes Phillip its close. It’s nice that we have our convention in a different place every year and can see other member’s homes/collections. Phillip, myself and few others have been planning the VCCC convention since last year and will have some additional door prizes this year. We will also have the raffle this year as well. 

Post# 370668 , Reply# 4   4/14/2017 at 00:49 (241 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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wish i could go im in canada

Post# 370681 , Reply# 5   4/14/2017 at 09:52 (241 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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We would love to have you!

Post# 370718 , Reply# 6   4/14/2017 at 16:33 (241 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        
would love it

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if i had the money to travel to the US i would lol never been in the states before id love it but how would i bring my vacuum im in canada new brunswick lol

Post# 370863 , Reply# 7   4/17/2017 at 11:20 (238 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Joe Kassock and I are looking into DRIVING!!

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If there's anyone else around us interested, I'm sure it will be an experience.
These conventions are ALWAYS great.
It's a great time to reconnect, meet new folks, share, learn, etc. The V.C.C.C. is a great club, groups of great people who share a passion for vacuums, etc. THere has only been one V.C.C.C., although it has evolved over the years, as does everything.It has never disbanded and a new one generated from scratch. If anyone is interested, I urge you to check us out.
Happy Hoovering...............

Post# 370944 , Reply# 8   4/18/2017 at 15:00 (237 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
I agree John..

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We already have members registering!!! It will be a great convention this year........

Post# 371039 , Reply# 9   4/19/2017 at 10:47 (236 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Great photo, Kenny!

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I'll be registering next week. Joe is getting back to me on the trip. It's far, but SO worth the trip. It's great to see everyone again, share good times, a meal, develop new friendships. Mostly very drama free.
Hoping to see you all at the good old V.C.C.C. again this year.

Post# 371040 , Reply# 10   4/19/2017 at 11:14 (236 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Thanks John!

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I didn’t actually create the photo. My friend Houston did. I thought it looked nice! Everything is shaping up to be a wonderful convention. I’m looking forward it! We have several activities planned (see the Schedule of Events). We are going to three collectors homes this year. We also have several nice thrift stores in Tulsa and a BIG flea market! There will be plenty of things to do and places to see!


Post# 371059 , Reply# 11   4/19/2017 at 16:25 (236 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
it will be

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Post# 371621 , Reply# 12   5/1/2017 at 11:31 (224 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I've been told it's a

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22 hour drive, then it's a 13 hour drive. I'm still waiting to hear from Joe Kassock. I also have to book my room. Not sure if anyone else needs a roomie.
Getting things ready. It will be great to see everyone again. There might even be some new faces. Starting the countdown!!

Post# 371622 , Reply# 13   5/1/2017 at 11:33 (224 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I'm also getting a "Care Package"

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of bojack disposable bags I've accumulated over the year for others to have. I never use them but, sometimes they are included in packages of 'genuine' bags."One man's trash is anothers'...........................

Post# 371628 , Reply# 14   5/1/2017 at 13:59 (224 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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I'll use bojack! As long as they fit. I'm also going to have a big free pile of vacuum cleaners. I'll post pictures as the date moves closer. Did I mention FREE!!! We are also preparing some informational brochures on Tulsa with places to eat and sights to see.

Post# 371656 , Reply# 15   5/2/2017 at 08:30 (223 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I too am hoping to have some stuff to go bye bye. Come with empty luggage.

Post# 371669 , Reply# 16   5/2/2017 at 12:17 (223 days old) by UniversalDave1 (Gardendale, AL)        
It pains me to say...

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That unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this year. The thought of not going to the Convention gives me a sick feeling, but it's too far to go, and too much money. I do plan to attend 2018 and future Conventions though, if at all possible. I want to see lots of pictures!

Post# 371672 , Reply# 17   5/2/2017 at 14:38 (223 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It's a shame you won't be there.

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WE always enjoy when you're there.

Post# 371730 , Reply# 18   5/3/2017 at 08:46 (222 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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You and your dad will be missed.

Post# 371736 , Reply# 19   5/3/2017 at 11:00 (222 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Yes, I SHOULD have added your

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father as well. It's always great talking with him, too.
I just was looking at directions, etc... a 20 hour drive. I'll either be going alone, OR with others. Not certain about that yet.

Post# 371738 , Reply# 20   5/3/2017 at 11:14 (222 days old) by UniversalDave1 (Gardendale, AL)        
Thanks for the kind words,

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I'm sure going to miss seeing my vacuum family this year, but at least I'll get to see one of my friends on the 19th and 20th and our micro meet. We're heading up to Memphis on the 20th for the "Vacuum Palooza" though, so that should be fun.

Post# 371978 , Reply# 21   5/10/2017 at 08:08 (215 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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So who all is planning on coming? I think a list would be fun, i'll start.
Shaylee and I are registered already!!

Post# 371991 , Reply# 22   5/10/2017 at 10:31 (215 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I'll be there as well.

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Not sure yet about Joe Kassock. Not sure about Sam, either.

Post# 372037 , Reply# 23   5/11/2017 at 08:35 (214 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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It will be good to see you John. Our club has some very faithful members who attend every VCCC Convention!

I sent out an email to all VCCC members reminding them to make their hotel reservations by May 23rd. Please click on the link below for more information. Hope to see everyone in Tulsa!


Post# 372129 , Reply# 24   5/13/2017 at 13:50 (212 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Free Vacuums for VCCC Convention attendees

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These vacuums are free to those who attend the VCCC Convention in Tulsa! I will probably add some more to the pile as I continue to go through them. As always we will have a big free/ for sale pile at the convention.

Hope to see you there. Thanks, Kenny!

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Post# 372203 , Reply# 25   5/15/2017 at 22:35 (209 days old) by Swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        

Thank you for all your hard work for this upcoming convention! I love Houston's adverts for our official club meeting! I'm looking forward to seeing Phillip's collection and his homestead...though I'll do my best to keep his chickens out of my Volvo, as it violates my warranty. A pool party sounds like fun, though I don't know if I'll let out my one piece swimsuit or just wear a very large sunhat. I'm looking forward to seeing old friends, young and old, and meeting new collectors.

I'll be driving, with Brett, from Santa Fe. While I have an official vacuum room in my new, 60 year old, home...I still have a few too many vacuums for my smaller living arrangements. I'll be bringing some gorgeous GE swivel tops, a bunch of Hoover hoses and wands, as well as attachments for a variety of machines. I'll be selling much paper, including shops manuals, supplier catalogs, retail catalogs, and manufacturer paper. Did I say paper?
I'm looking forward to being in Tulsa...words I don't say often.
Lets hear from some of the other attendees...
Sean Curry

Post# 372205 , Reply# 26   5/15/2017 at 22:45 (209 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I'm going.

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Not sure if I'm going alone yet. Also curious if anyone needs a roomie.

Post# 372213 , Reply# 27   5/16/2017 at 10:54 (209 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I told Shaylee that if she let the chickens out that day I was going to tie her up and leave her in the storm celler lol The chickens will be put up. The famous Pugs however will meet and greet for a bit. Please make sure you rub Ivory's belly it's very important to her.

I'm so excited for this year.... Oh and ps. not only do the chickens void warranty, they also kill the trade in value but only on Volvos. I didn't get squat out of my Volvo

Post# 372215 , Reply# 28   5/16/2017 at 12:10 (209 days old) by Gsohoover (Greensboro, NC)        

To see if I can get the days off. I want to go, but, it's a 16 hour drive from here in NC. The room is also quite expensive, I don't have a disposable income, sadly lol. So, I would need to room with someone or would need to figure something out. I don't want to miss out on another convention.



Post# 372216 , Reply# 29   5/16/2017 at 14:06 (209 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Splitting a room would be no problem

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If you'd be interested.

Post# 372625 , Reply# 30   5/24/2017 at 08:38 (201 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I'm getting excited but also saying whoa slow down I still have much to do.
I almost have the upright room finished or at least temporarily finished. I may just stop where its at now because I really need to get the vacuums out of storage and serviced. Please understand these rooms were thrown together quickly for the convention and may not be quite perfect. It was a huge undertaking building the upright and canister rooms. The canister room I still need to knock out one wall to open it up more, paint, carpet, finish risers, and get vacuums set up. I'm getting electric hooked up tonight so I can now work in there at night. woohoo.

Some of the local members here have offered to come by and help me get the vacuums serviced and with that help I may just be able to pull this off.

Post# 372629 , Reply# 31   5/24/2017 at 10:55 (201 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It will be great, I;m sure.

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And, don't worry too much about the house. We're going to see 'you'. A house is a never -ending project. Mine is a prime example of that. Still soooooo much to do.

I sent in my registration. This will be a great convention, I'm sure. I'm not driving after all. So, I'll be flying.

Post# 372636 , Reply# 32   5/24/2017 at 15:21 (201 days old) by Swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        
Get Here

In the beautiful words of Oleta Adams..."just get here if you can". More that seeing the collections and playing with the vacuums, I'm most looking forward to reconnecting with fellow collectors and sharing laughter and good times. Despite our differences I have a found affection for the men and women, young and old, I've met through the VCCC. It's not by accident that I have become involved in this group and formed attachments and deep friendships.
Best wishes to all,
Sean Curry
P.S. If you truly want to be moved by a woman's voice go to YouTube and check out Oleta Adams. The depth and sincerity of her voice is awe inspiring.

Post# 372641 , Reply# 33   5/24/2017 at 18:36 (201 days old) by cuffs054 (monticello, ga)        

Sean, Oleta is terrific!

Post# 372642 , Reply# 34   5/24/2017 at 19:45 (201 days old) by papasvacs (Lauderdale Lakes, FL)        
So very disappointed.........

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Looks like I am not going to make the convention this year.

Purely a matter of economics (or lack thereof!).  Airfares from Lauderdale are prohibitive.

All the nonsense with Kevin has drained my finances (and it's still not over, as he continues to fight everything).  He sued me for legal costs and won!  Costing me thousands of dollars.

The trip to Buffalo in March when my Dad passed was quite costly.  

AND..... there's the puppy.

Sadie came to live with us about 6 weeks ago.  She is a blue nosed Pitt and the cutest thing you ever saw.  She is the light of my life.  You can't beat the unconditional love of a pup.  But boarding her for the time I would be gone adds to the cost.

Know that I will miss you all so very much.  I've made some terrific friends in the VCCC and was looking so forward to Tulsa.  It really hurts to have to make these "adult" decisions.


Have a great time, think of me and enjoy the events!



Post# 372646 , Reply# 35   5/24/2017 at 21:19 (201 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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It will be fantastic to reunite with you, too. WE ALWAYS have a great time. Yes, indeed, I've made life-long friends through this VCCC. I've also been able to see a lot of the U.S.through the VCCC.
Some of these friendships are very special to me. Some people, I only see once a year. Others, I see often. I've hosted many mini meets, and have had great times.
Some really enjoy coming back to my home, some even staying there. Some will never do that again. They've made fun of me (not good fun), at MY expense....doing things, mocking me, etc. They've eaten their last meal, spent their last night, and attended their last mini meet..To quote Miss Joan Crawford, "For reasons which are well known to them".
So, in a few short weeks, we'll all be together in TULSA, OKLAHOMA.

Post# 372655 , Reply# 36   5/25/2017 at 03:22 (200 days old) by Westinghouseman (Capron, Illinois, north of Belvidere, Illinois.)        
Tulsa or bust...

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I will be there, along with Marc Turbyfill. We will be driving from Rockford, Illinois to St. Louis on Wednesday; staying over at John Pease's home. We will head out early Thursday morning!

Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

Post# 372658 , Reply# 37   5/25/2017 at 09:19 (200 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I'm so very sorry you won't be able to attend but use this time to relax and reflect on good vibes and try to forget about all the crap, it will eventually be over. Yes we will think of you and miss you.

Sean, I remember the first time I met you and thought holy cow who's this person, I could listen to him tell a story ALL DAY and then have my sides stitched up from side splitting laughter. I'm so glad to call you my friend and care for you very much.

John, same as above. I can listen to you ALL DAY too. Remember Mel Brooks and Carl Riener the 2000 year old man where the two of them would totally ad lib and entire dialog? You two could so do that and make $$millions.
Thank you all for being in my life. Lots of love to you all and I can't wait to see you.

Post# 372710 , Reply# 38   5/26/2017 at 14:02 (199 days old) by TheSpiritOf76 (Historic Midtown Wichita Kansas. )        

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Post# 372714 , Reply# 39   5/26/2017 at 15:37 (199 days old) by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        

Tom is having a convention at the Vacuum Museum in St. Louis. I am sure you would be welcomed there.

Post# 372728 , Reply# 40   5/26/2017 at 21:31 (198 days old) by wyaple (Pickerington, OH)        
I would hope that...

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The very few people in the world that are interested in vacuums would somehow be able to keep such a great convention focused on the machines rather than petty squabbles and personality differences. Vacuum enthusiasts are so rare that everyone should just appreciate each others company.

If I would ever choose to attend such an event, I would certainly be greatly disappointed to witness high levels of drama.


Post# 373089 , Reply# 41   6/1/2017 at 22:32 (192 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Well, I certainly plan on enjoying a

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fun, pleasant, and drama-free time in Oklahoma.
Just tonight, I gave my monogrammer something I'm preparing for our raffle.
I'm also working on some special clothing. An artist friend of mine is designing a fab new Hoover shirt.
There are lots of surprises in store.
Can't wait!

Post# 373096 , Reply# 42   6/2/2017 at 08:18 (192 days old) by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        

coolOh-so you are only going to have a good time in Oklahoma? Kansas isn't good enough for you, huh? cool

Though the convention is as close as it has ever been, and I would love to attend, too many family obligations that require daily attention. 


Hope everyone has a wonderful time.

Post# 373125 , Reply# 43   6/2/2017 at 20:06 (192 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Yes, only in Oklahoma! LOL

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Actually, I have a good time everywhere I go! I put the "fun" in funeral!

Post# 373212 , Reply# 44   6/4/2017 at 13:41 (190 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I just spoke with both

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Chad and Kenny this week. Things are looking good. To quote our past president, Morgan,
" the top"!

Post# 373253 , Reply# 45   6/5/2017 at 11:17 (189 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
And, speaking of Morgan, it's a

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shame that we'll miss him again this year. It was always great when you were at the conventions. Remember Kirby and Filter Queen? The Mall of America?...dropping caskets? .. nuns and bisexual morticians? (It's a good thing I don't drink.)

Post# 373260 , Reply# 46   6/5/2017 at 14:09 (189 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Because, if I did.........................

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It'll be great to see Tania, and all of the others again as well. I'm looking forward to seeing Ken Wagman, Rick, etc..and so many others, too.

Post# 373264 , Reply# 47   6/5/2017 at 15:49 (189 days old) by swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        
Nuns and Morticians?

For a moment I thought that was the plot line for a very special episode of "Blossom"...or was it the "The Nanny"? Either way I'm sure we will need our tap shoes, ballet flats, and sensible loafers for all the adventures that Kenny, Houston and Phillip have planned for the VCCC members.
See everyone soon,
P.S. Remember...the right shoes complete every outfit.

Post# 373289 , Reply# 48   6/5/2017 at 23:03 (188 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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One MUST accessorize.
And, I have a few things planned.

Post# 373331 , Reply# 49   6/6/2017 at 11:24 (188 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
some eyes might roll,

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some might laugh, some might not get it at all. And, that's Ok, too.

Post# 373375 , Reply# 50   6/6/2017 at 21:16 (188 days old) by swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        
Some will...some won't

As long as we can laugh at ourselves, who else needs to join in? A sense of humor is mandatory in my career, personal life, and is reflected in what I collect. Vacuums are one thing, but have I told you about my vintage Thermos (or Thermi as some refer to them as), yardsticks with advertising, airline timetables, or luggage sets? I had to laugh to keep from crying as I packed up what came with me from Ft Worth to Santa Fe, and then unpacked it...and them realized it didn't all fit in my new old house! But enough about me...Kenny, how many VCCC members are registered for the convention?
Please let us know!
P.S. I used my Hoover 51 to vacuum off the front porch of my 1957 house (age appropriate I thought), and one of my neighbors slowed his Subaru down to admire the view and said "Nice tank cleaner"...was he talking about me or the Aerodyne...I may never know!

Post# 373376 , Reply# 51   6/6/2017 at 21:31 (187 days old) by Kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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We have 30 members registered and counting. Some members don't register until the last minute. We have some extra activities planned and I'm sure everyone will be pleased!

It's going to be a fun convention!


Post# 373380 , Reply# 52   6/6/2017 at 22:27 (187 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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I've heard some great things.

Post# 373381 , Reply# 53   6/6/2017 at 22:53 (187 days old) by swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        
About my tank?

Thank you for the update, I appreciate the late night/late breaking news. John, are you driving to OK...or booking an airline flight from Scranton Int'l?
Enquiring minds want to know...

Post# 373394 , Reply# 54   6/7/2017 at 08:26 (187 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        

With your "yardsticks with advertising" do you have the 'Tell Everyone Within Three Feet About Electrolux' yardstick of about 1982??

Post# 373409 , Reply# 55   6/7/2017 at 10:58 (187 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
That is unusual and yet, interesting.

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A few years ago, I took out a wall in my house. Several things fell out onto the floor. One was an old yardstick from the "Pittston Paint and Wallpaper Company'. long out of business. I also have one from a store from a chain managed by my late brother. I've kept both, of course. You just never know what you'll find, or whom else appreciates it.

Post# 373413 , Reply# 56   6/7/2017 at 13:31 (187 days old) by swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        
Yardsticks galore...

I'm pretty sure I don't have an Electrolux yardstick, but my collection 'measures up' nonetheless! I have an assortment from appliance stores, furniture stores, dept stores, hardware stores, and mom & pop shops too. A unique one is from my employer, American Airlines, when they introduced 747s on their domestic routes in 1970 and it was used by travel agents to describe attributes of the then spacious cabins. Besides being fun to look at a practical use of the multitudes is to help plan furniture placement in a room using the yardsticks as a 'schematic' on the floor.
Have a great Wednesday,
P.S. John-contrary to the hearsay, I have not used my yardsticks to surround any deceased person on my Karastan carpeting in lieu of police tape.

Post# 373507 , Reply# 57   6/9/2017 at 03:24 (185 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I have been working my butt off. It won't be perfect but at least the machines will be there. I loaded up a big haul tonight from storage and brought them home. Have not seen these in so long.

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Post# 373521 , Reply# 58   6/9/2017 at 09:53 (185 days old) by swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        
So many Compacts...

Thank you so much for all the work you are putting in to make your collection available to the VCCC members. I'm glad those vacuums are so 'compact' so they would fit in the back of your pick up truck. Shall I assume one of your chickens are driving? Or just giving directions? It looks so lush and green there, a bit different from here.
Looking forward to your hospitality,

Post# 373550 , Reply# 59   6/9/2017 at 19:37 (185 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Well, flight is booked

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I'm going through tons of bags, belts, to bring.
Having something special made for the raffle.
lots to do!

Post# 373567 , Reply# 60   6/10/2017 at 00:50 (184 days old) by electrolux137 (Los Angeles, California)        

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gottahaveahoove -- Don't forget your rubber gloves...

Post# 373576 , Reply# 61   6/10/2017 at 02:48 (184 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Silly boy, they're already packed!
You DO know how3 "that" started, right? It was Bill Edstrom's idea... HIS gloves. See?? Nobody knew THAT!

Post# 373577 , Reply# 62   6/10/2017 at 02:49 (184 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
You know Bill...............

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the "Kirby guy"...... and a true gentleman.

Post# 373607 , Reply# 63   6/10/2017 at 12:03 (184 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
If Bill does a Kirby clinic,

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I'll gladly assist him.

Post# 373639 , Reply# 64   6/11/2017 at 08:11 (183 days old) by Kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Me too! Bill knows his Kirbys after all he owns an authorized Kirby repair center. I know some of our club members will go home with treasures this year. In fact we might be overwhelmed with vacs this year in addition to our big for sale and free piles. It's going to be a wonderful convention! And it's less than two weeks away!

Hope to see you all in Tulsa,

Post# 373644 , Reply# 65   6/11/2017 at 10:57 (183 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I won't be able to bring any machines, as

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I'm flying. I'm glad there will be so many machines. I KNOW there are some great things planned. Everyone will be pleased, no doubt.

Post# 373690 , Reply# 66   6/11/2017 at 23:02 (182 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
So much fun ahead

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Kenny, I'll gladly help you w/ the tacos, if you need/want my help. I know everyone will love the events planned. We're getting a nice count, too. ...honest numbers......not too big, not too small. just right.

Post# 373707 , Reply# 67   6/12/2017 at 09:08 (182 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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I really appreciate that John! I know I will need some help browning the meat. We could even use one of my Hoover frying pans. I know you will feel at home in my kitchen with the Hoover blender, can opener, mixer and electric knife if we need it. Hopefully, we can whip up something for a dessert as well.

Post# 373710 , Reply# 68   6/12/2017 at 10:29 (182 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I can whip up soemthing.

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Do you have a 'whip'?
Just kidding. well, maybe.

Post# 373724 , Reply# 69   6/12/2017 at 17:52 (182 days old) by toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        
I thought that it was a joke

Then I found "Hoover electric skillet". Neat.

Post# 373754 , Reply# 70   6/12/2017 at 23:31 (181 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
We kid about a lot...................

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but, not about Hoover appliances, lol

Post# 373772 , Reply# 71   6/13/2017 at 08:35 (181 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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We take our appliances seriously! And I know there will be plenty to go around at this convention! Just you wait.....

Post# 373777 , Reply# 72   6/13/2017 at 09:19 (181 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Hoover Blender...... Hmmmm I may have one in my for sale pile but if it doesn't sell i'll gladly keep.

Post# 373790 , Reply# 73   6/13/2017 at 11:30 (181 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
As you may know, LAST year,

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we compiled an "In Memoriam" book, listing all V.C.C.C. members who have passed away. I'll make a new sheet for ANY member who has died THIS past year. PLEASE list them, and any inf about them here, so I can prepare before we all gather in Tulsa.
Many thanks, John, Vice Pres, V.C.C.C.

Post# 373809 , Reply# 74   6/13/2017 at 13:28 (181 days old) by swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        
Bring your own spatula party...

John and Kenny,
You may need more than two Hoover Skillets to prepare a meal for 40 hungry VCCC members! John maybe you can bring one or two with you, tell the TSA it's your service animal or wear it as a hat. If Jackie could wear a wool pill box hat you can wear stainless steel! I would bring my chafing dishes but I think I misplaced them in the move, the last time I saw them in Texas Barbie and Midge were using one as a therapeutic pool.
See everyone in in two weeks and two days!!!

Post# 374135 , Reply# 75   6/18/2017 at 19:25 by alexb1186 (Ferguson/St. Louis, MO)        
It cannot get here soon enough

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I have never been to Tulsa and two of my Council Oak Chorus friends live behind the hotel as a bonus!

Everybody pray that I get my phone back before Thursday, someone stole it while I was performing with GMC last night and took it across the street to the ecoATM in the Collinsville Walmart!

Anybody have their shopping lists ready so I can scavenge through the garage and the basement?

Post# 374136 , Reply# 76   6/18/2017 at 20:38 by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

have been trying to reach I know why no answer!

Post# 374138 , Reply# 77   6/18/2017 at 20:57 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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No Wonder I didnt hear from you, that case did the money for the Convertibles arrive safely?

Post# 374146 , Reply# 78   6/18/2017 at 23:18 by swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        
Shopping at Alex's?

It's hard to believe only two years ago you hosted the VCCC at your wonderful home in Ferguson. Picking through your garage and basement was so much fun. Seeing your collection was great also. I still have the GE Swivel Top you where kind enough to give me. Are you taking orders from your supply? I'll be selling a lot of paper myself including M. Wards catalogs, vac parts catalogs, manufacturer paper, and vintage home magazines. Let me know if you are interested in anything.
Looking forward to seeing you and everyone else soon,

Post# 374158 , Reply# 79   6/19/2017 at 11:20 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Everything is just about ready to go.

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We'll all be together again in just a few short days. My cat sitter came last night for her key and instructions for my two little beasts. They know her: she 'was' Sister Nancy. not, just Nancy.
See y'all soon.

Post# 374174 , Reply# 80   6/19/2017 at 18:13 by alexb1186 (Ferguson/St. Louis, MO)        
PS I got my phone back so all is well with the world!

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Sean, I cleaned up pun intended on Wards catalogs at a sale last year in Alton at the estate of the Wards Catalog Store Credit Manager.

Andy I got your $ on the Model 31s and Ken has ben authorized to release them.

I have a BNIB Anniversary Windtunnel I got in Minneapolis a few years ago I'm willing to let go....

Post# 374181 , Reply# 81   6/19/2017 at 20:09 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Thanks Alex!
Oh good, I was worried I may have to put up more Bail...;)

Post# 374210 , Reply# 82   6/20/2017 at 08:45 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I thought I'd send a box of materials ahead.

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I went to the post office. $79.00 to ship a BOX !!!!!
So, I may be checking a bag. Outrageous.
But, the shirts, gloves, hazmat suit (kidding) (?) etc are all packed.
Some people never got the 'glove thing'. That's unfortunate.
I'll be helping Kenny cook, and will bake something. Maybe, if he likes, I'll even make that famous (notorious) "Pittston Hospital Iced Tea". I've started making it again, as it is so hot now. Most people love it. Only one of my friends doesn't prefer it. That's OK, too.

Post# 374212 , Reply# 83   6/20/2017 at 08:49 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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I'm glad you are coming! Guest are already starting to arrive. I had a nice evening with Tania last night! She is staying in another hotel not far from my house. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone!

It's going to be a great convention,

Post# 374213 , Reply# 84   6/20/2017 at 08:56 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Anything that you want to do to help is greatly appreciated! And yes, Pittston Hospital Iced Tea would be wonderful! I have plenty of kitchen space to bake / prepare meals and homemade desserts would be great. There may even be a u4123 around here too!

Post# 374218 , Reply# 85   6/20/2017 at 09:13 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I'll bring the recipes.

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We'll need to grocery shop.

Post# 374219 , Reply# 86   6/20/2017 at 09:27 by Wesley (South african Germiston)        

Im Wesley from South Africa, i wish things like that could take place here as well it would be so much fun i can just place myself in such an activity enjoy everyone.

Post# 374225 , Reply# 87   6/20/2017 at 12:32 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Wesley, we would love to have you!

John, we have choices for grocery shopping. We just got a Costco about a year ago. We also have a Sam's club. I think the best place to go would be Reasors which is a family owned chain of grocery stores here in Tulsa!

Post# 374250 , Reply# 88   6/21/2017 at 08:43 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I got the grass cut yesterday after school.

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Bag is ready, recipes are in it, a special item for the raffle is ready. Some people might REALLY appreciate/enjoy it. I had it made in Philadelphia. You'll see it soon.
Leaving Pittston at 5:15 tonight.
Will be great to see everyone. I heard the true count of attendees is just OVER 30, an actual number.

"Safe travels, everyone"

Post# 374253 , Reply# 89   6/21/2017 at 10:57 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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We just arrived at hotel for early check in. Shaylee worked all night and I was up all night trying to get it all done. My mom has been a huge help with getting things done, you will all get to meet Mommy and she just may be making dessert for Friday. We are going to take a nap for a while as we are dead tired.
The last 2 weeks have been hugely stressful with my contractor not showing up, then when he did show up just left piles of junk everywhere. He didn't come at all this week even though he was supposed to finish the area where we will eat. So last second change of plans and we will now eat in another room lol also I couldn't get all the vacuums unpack from storage until he was done with electric. I finally gave up this week and got them unpacked. They are not polished or serviced and you will have to check for a bag before playing with anything but hey its all good. Finally my father in law late last night got part of the electrical done so we will have light and air in the mini meet room. Thank God I can relax.

Post# 374254 , Reply# 90   6/21/2017 at 10:58 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Ps, my get rid of pile is huge... bring empty trunks

Post# 374398 , Reply# 91   6/25/2017 at 12:34 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Well, finally am able to post!!!!

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It's been a whirlwind! SOOOOO much fun, so many activities.
It's now over. Most people are on their way home now. My flight doesn't leave until 6:00 p.m.
A lot of us arrived Wed p.m. The hotel is fantastic!
Thursday morning, a few of us went to B.M.X. Gary's. A lot of us have bought things from him in the past. We got to go to his place. However, one sad, actually 'pathetic' incident occured. BEFORE we got there,someone who discovered we were going to visit Gary contacted him, telling HIM not to let US in his place. A few unpleasant things were said. However, Gary and his wife were, first, dumbfounded, then laughed. AND, then, he welcomed us all in to search everywhere for treasures. And, we did. IF we had more time, and better lighting, we'd have found more. We all left with fun things. A great time, indeed. It only got better after that. We had our board meeting at Kenny Loveland 's home. I made home made cupcakes and gallons of "Pittston Hospital Iced Tea".
Then, the next day, we were off to Phillip's and Shaylee's place. So rural, so much potential, so much construction. We enjoyed a great lunch, saw SO many machines, etc.
Then, on to Houston's and Scott's beautiful home. Again, a great meal, a beautiful pool, we even were entertained with showtunes on a pump organ. (I'm sure it was never intended for that!) Miss Tania even resembled Miss Esther Williams,in the beautiful in ground pool... competing with Sean Curry .. ( who replicates a mean Million Dollar Mermaid). Next day, amidst, meetings, contests, vacccum fun, flea markets, etc, onto kenny's beautiful 1960's period home. Again, we enjoyed tacos, tortilllas, dips, salsa, iced tea, cupcakes ,etc.
Saturday also saw meetings, excellent discussions, elections, a banquet, (yes, it was a banquet), great contests, including a super fab trivia contest, also, an interesting Kirby clinic, executed by (Dr. Kirby, himself), the one and only Bill Edstrom, with the help of a loyal assistant..... followed by a nice bowl of celebratory Cheetos. (More on that later).
Ken Wagman was awarded the annual Ruth Hollander award for outstanding service to The V.C.C.C., the original vacuum cleaner collectors' club. As you can see, nothing could douse the spirits of attendees of The V.C.C.C.
More details soon.
To put it mildly, a GREAT time was had by all!

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Post# 374400 , Reply# 92   6/25/2017 at 15:04 by Prernapuri (bangalore)        

sorry i missed that opportunity.

Post# 374401 , Reply# 93   6/25/2017 at 15:25 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Well, Prema, may I call you, Prema?

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It is a shame you missed it. Perhaps you can join the V.C.C.C. and attend next year's convention. Where exactly is "Bangalore"?

Post# 374402 , Reply# 94   6/25/2017 at 15:26 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
And, a big "Welcome' to

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the site. I see you're a brand new member, just today.How did you find us?

Post# 374403 , Reply# 95   6/25/2017 at 15:37 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I just looked up where you're from,

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Bangalore. My, that's far.
Tell us....220 or 110?
Bagged or bagless?
What's YOUR favorite vacuum?

Post# 374404 , Reply# 96   6/25/2017 at 15:40 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Well, back on topic.

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We met some marvelous new people. The cleaning AND trivia contests were legendary. Sean is a real "Wink Martindale" kind of host.
This is a beautiful area. We even crossed state borders this time. Some people see the world by joining The Peace Corps. We're doing it by joining The V.C.C.C.

Post# 374408 , Reply# 97   6/25/2017 at 16:15 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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It was an amazing time. I'm so glad to be part of the ORIGINAL club and conventions with all the wonderfull inexpensive hotels, fabulous banquets, meetings, competitions, award ceremonies, great fun and fellowship. I look forward to doing this every year for the rest of my life. You are all my brothers and sister and I love you all. Thank you VCCC for being a big part of my life.

Post# 374410 , Reply# 98   6/25/2017 at 16:21 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Pictures please!!!!! I saw many people taking pictures. I hope they get posted to show what a great time we had. I didn't take any as my camera won't stay charged to take a pic dang it.

Post# 374412 , Reply# 99   6/25/2017 at 17:12 by Smow69 (Pryor Oklahoma)        
V.c.c.c. members

I really enjoyed hanging with you guys thursday at garys great fun nice meeting everyone you were al very nice.a big thanks to kenny for letting me hang with you all had a blast.hope to join club this year. Thanks again shane

Post# 374415 , Reply# 100   6/25/2017 at 19:16 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Convention was a great Success!

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Shane, Thanks for coming with us on Thursday. The convention was very successful! Many people told me it's the best convention that they have attended in three years! I found a couple of new finds! I purchased a bicentennial convertible from Ken Hendrick. Thanks again, Ken and it was nice meeting you! I also purchased a U4123 from Shane.

Post# 374416 , Reply# 101   6/25/2017 at 19:22 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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The convention went by so fast! I asked John Pease if I could use some of his photos. My sister who does digital film editing for a local company is going to create a promotional video for the VCCC! Here are some pictures from the convention room. We had many machines for sale this year!

Post# 374417 , Reply# 102   6/25/2017 at 19:23 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Convention room #2

Post# 374418 , Reply# 103   6/25/2017 at 19:31 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Kirby Ball Launcher

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Houston Conner built this himself! It's a Kirby ball launcher. Whoever can get the most balls in the baskets won! How intuitive!

Post# 374419 , Reply# 104   6/25/2017 at 19:33 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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We also had our cleaning contests! Which are always fun!

Post# 374420 , Reply# 105   6/25/2017 at 19:35 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Cleaning contest #2

Post# 374421 , Reply# 106   6/25/2017 at 19:36 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Tania even brought her cat, Buddy!

Post# 374422 , Reply# 107   6/25/2017 at 19:38 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Speaking of Tania

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Here she is in Houston's vintage Mustang!

Post# 374423 , Reply# 108   6/25/2017 at 19:43 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Micheal, Ken, Marc and Houston!

Post# 374424 , Reply# 109   6/25/2017 at 19:47 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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I'm so glad the VCCC finally had the privilege to see Phillip Muller's collection. He has worked so hard on his collection and house this past year!

Post# 374425 , Reply# 110   6/25/2017 at 19:48 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Phillip's collection #2

Post# 374426 , Reply# 111   6/25/2017 at 19:50 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Phillip's mini meet house. His living room is decorated in 1960's decor. So appropriate for a vacuum collector.

Post# 374427 , Reply# 112   6/25/2017 at 19:56 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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After we left Phillip's we went to Houston Conner's home for a pool party! Thanks again, Houston for opening your home to the club!

Post# 374428 , Reply# 113   6/25/2017 at 19:57 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Bill and Marc

Post# 374429 , Reply# 114   6/25/2017 at 20:01 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Houston's home #3

Post# 374433 , Reply# 115   6/25/2017 at 20:23 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Thanks again, Houston for opening your home to the club! More pictures to come!

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Post# 374443 , Reply# 116   6/25/2017 at 23:43 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Just got home !!!!!!!

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A little after midnight (PA time).
Great photos. So much to document.
When we all gather, it's just like we never left. We pick right up.

Post# 374446 , Reply# 117   6/26/2017 at 00:46 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Kirby ball thrower-Another thing your Kirby can do for you and your dog---Or for your child at batting practice!Cool thing!Can we see it work?

Post# 374470 , Reply# 118   6/26/2017 at 15:21 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Kenny asked me to make more iced tea

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before I left for the airport. I made 3 batches of it for the party. Either people really liked it, OR, they were VERY thirsty.
I hope you enjoy it, Kenny.

Looking forward to lots more photos.
It was a fast-paced, yet stress-free convention, for the most part.
The election results will be posted soon, too, I hope.
Today, back to reality.
Actually, today, our department at the college had it's final 'meeting' for the year. It was a picnic on the picnic grounds of the college. Early this a.m., I went to the store to get some fruit. I ,made a fresh fruit salad.
I spied, in the corner, a Hoover Convertible. Our secretary, Kim, found it at a church flea market, thought of me, and brought it. How kind, she is!

Post# 374491 , Reply# 119   6/26/2017 at 21:35 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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The positions listed below were up this year. We added a new position, General Media and Content Manager. This position will handle our new club Facebook group, help the Newsletter Editor with content and help promote our club through social media outlets. Our new General Media and Content Manager, Houston Conner has done a wonderful job promoting our convention through Facebook this year! We are glad to have him on the board. We are also happy to have Tyler Morris on the board. Tyler has expressed interest in having a position on the V.C.C.C board for quite awhile. I will post more pictures from the V.C.C.C convention tomorrow.

John Long……………..…Vice President
Tyler Morris……………..Membership Coordinator
Ken Wagman……………..Secretary
Phillip Muller……………..Member at Large
Kenny Loveland.…………Treasurer
Houston Conner…………General Media and Content Manager

Post# 374492 , Reply# 120   6/26/2017 at 22:44 by Kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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John, I loved the tea!

One of our members may have a video of the Kirby ball launcher. I will look!

Post# 374495 , Reply# 121   6/27/2017 at 01:10 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles, California)        

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What's the name of the VCCC Facebook page?

Post# 374498 , Reply# 122   6/27/2017 at 08:09 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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The page is called: The Vacuum Cleaner Collector's Club. We also have a V.C.C.C group for members of the V.C.C.C.


Post# 374499 , Reply# 123   6/27/2017 at 08:19 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Now for some more photos...

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Here is another picture of the Kirby ball launcher. Ken is testing his aim..

Post# 374500 , Reply# 124   6/27/2017 at 08:22 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Here is a nice picture of Scott running a 700. I believe

Post# 374501 , Reply# 125   6/27/2017 at 08:28 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Some more of the cleaning contests..

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Phillip Muller is running his Eureka Commercial with the Don Clark power head. He found the canister this week in Tulsa. Bill Kirby is running his Royal Powercast, which was for sale at the convention and Dale Evers is running his Kirby Sanitronic.

Post# 374502 , Reply# 126   6/27/2017 at 08:32 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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In the stick vac competition. Alex Braun is running his Hoover Quick broom with power nozzle.

Post# 374503 , Reply# 127   6/27/2017 at 08:37 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Here are some of my...

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Singers, Hoover Dial-a-matics, Concepts and Decade 80ish convertible. Houston is looking at my Montgomery Wards stick vac with PN. Alex Braun expressed interest in it so I gave it to him.

Post# 374504 , Reply# 128   6/27/2017 at 08:39 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Can't have a party without Hannah Hoover!

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Post# 374505 , Reply# 129   6/27/2017 at 08:42 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Some more vacuums in my vacuum/computer room

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Post# 374506 , Reply# 130   6/27/2017 at 08:45 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Some more canisters...

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It's looks cluttered! I need to separate the hoses from the canisters and display those separately.

Post# 374508 , Reply# 131   6/27/2017 at 08:48 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Here are some more convertibles...

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Post# 374510 , Reply# 132   6/27/2017 at 08:52 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
In my garage......

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We setup tables for lunch and had a self serve taco bar.

Post# 374511 , Reply# 133   6/27/2017 at 08:55 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Back at the hotel...

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Here is Sean with the Kirby ball launcher..

Post# 374512 , Reply# 134   6/27/2017 at 08:56 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Dale Evers and Brian James who dropped by for a visit!

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Post# 374513 , Reply# 135   6/27/2017 at 08:59 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Are you making toast? I think I smell toast.

Post# 374514 , Reply# 136   6/27/2017 at 08:59 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Awards Banquet...

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Kenny Heon won an award in one of the cleaning competitions for running a 75th anniversary Filter Queen from the raffle.

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Post# 374516 , Reply# 137   6/27/2017 at 09:06 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Ken Wagman...

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Won the Ruth Hollander award this year! Ken has never missed a V.C.C.C convention since 1996. That's 21 years! He is a strong advocate for our club. I'm glad Ken was the recipient this year! Chad Cunnigham had special trophies made. They light up displaying the V.C.C.C logo. Everyone was in awe! Because they looked so nice!

Post# 374517 , Reply# 138   6/27/2017 at 09:13 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Group picture of those who won awards..

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In both the cleaning and non-cleaning contests.

Post# 374518 , Reply# 139   6/27/2017 at 09:15 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
A very nice group picture of the V.C.C.C

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Post# 374522 , Reply# 140   6/27/2017 at 10:40 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
As John mentioned.......

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A few of us went to BMX Garry's on Wednesday morning. Garry was most welcoming to our club. Despite the incident which occurred. I had actually been to Garry's before, Shane introduced me to Garry. Thanks, Shane! There is a group picture of us at Garry's building. Someone has it has it on their phone. I will have to get that from them.

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Post# 374523 , Reply# 141   6/27/2017 at 10:45 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Here is the group picture...

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We had a blast! Thanks again, Garry for letting us dig! Sean was also at Garry's but not in the picture.

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Post# 374525 , Reply# 142   6/27/2017 at 11:00 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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I wanted to post an up-close picture of the trophies that Chad had special made. Chad worked very hard coordinating the making of the trophies and his work really paid off. They looked excellent! Thanks again, Chad!

The Most Innovative award went to Phillip Muller for his commercial Eureka canister with the Don Clark power nozzle.

Post# 374534 , Reply# 143   6/27/2017 at 12:39 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
I wanted to post some more photos..

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Here is another one from my garage. It's a nice photo of Bill and Luke!

Post# 374536 , Reply# 144   6/27/2017 at 12:41 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
And another one of..

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Ken and Houston. We had really nice weather! I was afraid it was going to be hot.

Post# 374538 , Reply# 145   6/27/2017 at 12:49 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Speaking of Houston....

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Here are three of his very nice Kirbys. A classic Omega, 510 and his Dual 80.

Post# 374541 , Reply# 146   6/27/2017 at 14:55 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
At Phillip's mini-meet house

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Marc and Rick are looking at an Electro Hygiene tank that Rick Asquith gave Phillip for hosting.

Post# 374542 , Reply# 147   6/27/2017 at 14:58 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Phillip, Michael and Kenny H. looking through catalogs at my

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Post# 374543 , Reply# 148   6/27/2017 at 15:54 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
More of the cleaning competition...

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Post# 374545 , Reply# 149   6/27/2017 at 16:00 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Still more of the cleaning competition...

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Luke is running one of his Concepts that he had for sale. Scott is running an early Electrolux and Ken Hedrick is using his Sliver King that he just purchased.

Post# 374549 , Reply# 150   6/27/2017 at 16:44 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Great memories.

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Keep them coming.

Post# 374576 , Reply# 151   6/28/2017 at 09:20 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I'm sure the next newsletter will be

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a real thrill. Sam was unable to attend. But, he'll be receiving lots and lots of information and photos.

Post# 374588 , Reply# 152   6/28/2017 at 12:34 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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No one was required to dress up! Some of our members were in shorts. The banquet has scaled down considerably from previous years and we may do things a little differently next year.

Post# 374590 , Reply# 153   6/28/2017 at 12:45 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I generally wear a shirt and tie.....................

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however, Since I was flying with very little luggage, that would not have been an option this time.
I'm usually most comfortable, actually, in a suit and tie or jacket. Just me.

Post# 374596 , Reply# 154   6/28/2017 at 14:18 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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I agree! People should feel comfortable in what they wear.

Post# 374597 , Reply# 155   6/28/2017 at 14:19 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Banquet #3

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Post# 374598 , Reply# 156   6/28/2017 at 14:21 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
In my garage......

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Sean holding his G.E. U1

Post# 374599 , Reply# 157   6/28/2017 at 14:31 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Ken Wagman and Michael Turner...

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Post# 374600 , Reply# 158   6/28/2017 at 14:34 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Upright cleaning contest and Kirby ball launcher

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Post# 374601 , Reply# 159   6/28/2017 at 14:38 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
A better view of the Kirby ball launcher

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Post# 374602 , Reply# 160   6/28/2017 at 14:42 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Michael is looking through the for sale pile

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Post# 374616 , Reply# 161   6/28/2017 at 21:14 by akabent (Orange County)        
Anyone questioning value???

What an INCREDIBLE Convention!!  This was clearly among the most memorable of all the Conventions I have attended, probably second only to Hoover/2008.  From my arrival at the Hotel where Michael and I joined others for a 'pre-Convention' dinner close by, to the arranged Hoover/vacuum warehouse on Thursday to our incredible outings at three unique and memorable homes/collections, it was a non-stop marathon of enjoyment and camaraderie!  There is no doubt that the "Vacuum Room" is always a major perk and major draw where people congregate, share, catch up, and can be voyeurs of a really wide variety of cleaners of all ages, makes, and styles.  I cannot imagine any convention without that room/gathering place (all of which HAS value) though I suppose you could assemble in a partitioned portion of some company's warehouse.  And while Hoover and Electrolux especially light me up, I enjoyed so much more.  Tania shared one of the nicest Lewyt 55's I have seen since I was a kid looking in other peoples' closets (that would have been at least 20 years ago...!) The culmination of the Convention with the banquet (I thought I had died and gone to heaven with that chocolate mouse cake) and the awards + raffle (I was lucky enough to win an immaculate, late-model FQ) all contributed to the best $90.00 I have ever spent. (Special note: The VCCC Banquet is included but does not come with a Happy Meal toy.)   I already have my sights set on Spokane and to that end, I will begin setting aside my $ 7.50 per month to reach that registration goal.  Short of a motel room with that very special someone, I cannot think of a better value for the cost of admission that includes SO MUCH.

My sincere thanks to our planners, Barb, Chad, and Kenny and hosts Phillip/Shayley, Kenny, and Houston/Scott for an outstanding Convention!  Kuddos!

RBinOC  : )

Post# 374617 , Reply# 162   6/28/2017 at 21:45 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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I'm so glad you enjoyed the convention. Thank you so much for your support! I would also like to think Phillip/Shaylee and Houston/Scott for hosting us in their homes.

Post# 374629 , Reply# 163   6/29/2017 at 08:18 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
More, More, More

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How do you like it?

Post# 374630 , Reply# 164   6/29/2017 at 08:19 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Chad and John

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Post# 374631 , Reply# 165   6/29/2017 at 08:20 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Two of our members..

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Walked away with some ABC power nozzles. Always Beauty Clean! Thanks Shane for providing the two ABCs..

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Post# 374632 , Reply# 166   6/29/2017 at 08:24 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
The V.C.C.C

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board in our general membership meeting

Post# 374633 , Reply# 167   6/29/2017 at 08:26 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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We had some great discussions!

Post# 374634 , Reply# 168   6/29/2017 at 08:27 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Will looks pleased with some of his finds...

Post# 374635 , Reply# 169   6/29/2017 at 08:30 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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And Micheal looks like he is having a good time!

Post# 374636 , Reply# 170   6/29/2017 at 08:34 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Tom D.

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Also had fun digging through Kirby parts at Garrys.

Post# 374637 , Reply# 171   6/29/2017 at 08:41 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Is making cup cakes during our board meeting using all Hoover appliances!

Post# 374638 , Reply# 172   6/29/2017 at 08:42 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Lunch at Phillips

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Post# 374639 , Reply# 173   6/29/2017 at 08:54 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Phillip and Shaylee opening the sandwiches

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Post# 374640 , Reply# 174   6/29/2017 at 08:57 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Shaylee had the idea of

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using FairFax canisters as chip bowls. I thought it was a great idea for our convention!

Post# 374641 , Reply# 175   6/29/2017 at 08:59 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Phillip is using his

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Electro Hygiene that he received from Rick Asquith

Post# 374642 , Reply# 176   6/29/2017 at 09:00 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Phillip's new in the box..

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Post# 374643 , Reply# 177   6/29/2017 at 09:06 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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collection of electric brooms

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Post# 374644 , Reply# 178   6/29/2017 at 09:16 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Phillip's upright room.

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Phillip has almost every convertible ever made! That's quite an accomplishment!

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Post# 374646 , Reply# 179   6/29/2017 at 09:34 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Phillip's Lewyet Electronics and Compact with ABC

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Post# 374647 , Reply# 180   6/29/2017 at 09:41 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Some of Phillip's Compacts

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Post# 374648 , Reply# 181   6/29/2017 at 09:42 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Back at Houston's home

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Post# 374649 , Reply# 182   6/29/2017 at 09:43 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
John plugged in the typewriter

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and typed something.

Post# 374650 , Reply# 183   6/29/2017 at 09:47 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Our members enjoying the pool party

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and talking!

Post# 374651 , Reply# 184   6/29/2017 at 09:57 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Back at the hotel..

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Tania and Scott discuss a new bagless Hoover canister. Does anyone know what this is called? It reminded everyone of a G.E. roll easy.

Post# 374652 , Reply# 185   6/29/2017 at 10:10 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Bill's clinic on my Kirby Avalir..

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Bill replaced the fan because it was squealing when turned off. It needed some grease on the rubber seal. I'm so happy to have my Kirby serviced by a true professional!

Post# 374653 , Reply# 186   6/29/2017 at 10:21 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
John assisting..

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Post# 374654 , Reply# 187   6/29/2017 at 10:24 by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        

The Hoover bagless is called the Air Revolve.


Careful John:

Remember  No Bare hand aluminum contact.

Post# 374656 , Reply# 188   6/29/2017 at 10:30 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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I think John deserves a light snack after his assistance with the Kirby clinic. Don't you?

Post# 374657 , Reply# 189   6/29/2017 at 10:34 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Thanks! The Air Revolve was pretty cool! If I remember correctly I think it was Luke or Scott that brought it.

Post# 374659 , Reply# 190   6/29/2017 at 10:37 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Here is another picture of Phillip's

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commercial Eureka with the Don Clark power nozzle. I think it's so neat!

Post# 374666 , Reply# 191   6/29/2017 at 14:51 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
On post 168..

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I wanted to add Will, is traveling Egyptian, very light! Although he could have left with more. I got a truck full, twice! I wish I could show his restraint.

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Post# 374668 , Reply# 192   6/29/2017 at 16:46 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
For those of you who are not on Facebook..

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You can still view the photos that Houston has collected.

1. Just click on the link below.

2. Enter the code shown in the picture to verify that you are in fact human.

3. Click the Not Now button on the banner.

4. You will still have an annoying banner asking you. If you want to sign up or log in with Facebook. You still should be able to see part of our Facebook page over the banner.

There are many more comments and photos posted on our club Facebook page. Hope to see you there!


Post# 374740 , Reply# 193   6/30/2017 at 10:58 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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I'm not on Facebook, so, I usually can't see anything in there. Just think; a week ago, we were at BMX Garry's. then onto other fun activities. It truly was wonderful. Thanks, again, Kenny, for all of your hard work and everyone else's.
That convention was a triumph.... absolutely NO drama of any kind, once that unfortunate, embarrassing event at Garry's.
To quote Rick B,'It was the best $90.00 spent". What do you get for that? Simply put: A LOT!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO gottahaveahoove's LINK

Post# 374742 , Reply# 194   6/30/2017 at 11:09 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
THanks, Bill, for leting me assist you

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during your Kirby clinic. The 'contamination gown', etc. was from Philly. The matching gloves were from Bill himself. Some thought it was humorous (most). Some were waiting to see what would happen this time. Some new people didn't get it due to no background info.
We'll see who gets a nasty letter now. It won't bother me at all.
Everything we all did in Oklahoma AND Kansas was done is good, honest fun..... and, at no one else's expense. the way it always should be.
Isn't it great to see where other members live? To see their collections? ETC?

Post# 374752 , Reply# 195   6/30/2017 at 21:08 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Ruth Hollander....

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It's so nice to see her again. She looks great. I'm very glad the you guys got to see her on your trip.
She was WONDERFUL to us when we went to St. Louis.
I'm also very glad to see Ken Wagman receive The Ruth Hollander Award.

Post# 374834 , Reply# 196   7/3/2017 at 10:19 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
VCCC Updates

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At our general membership meeting we discussed lowering the dues for new members. New members will now pay only $15.00 for their first year. Returning members will still need to pay the regular $30.00. You can pay through our website by clicking on the membership tab or you can send a check to me. More details are on our website. Please click on the link below.

Since we elected Houston Conner to be the General Media and Content Manager, he will also being publishing the newsletter, which will be mailed out! We will also have electronic copies available to members who request them.

We will also be working closely with our new Membership Coordinator Tyler Morris. Who will be welcoming new members to the VCCC and helping us keep track of member’s birthdays. We are also discussing sending out birthday cards to our members on their birthdays.

VCCC members please keep a close eye on your email inbox.


Kenneth Loveland
VCCC Treasurer


Post# 374835 , Reply# 197   7/3/2017 at 10:25 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Ruth Hollander....

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I'm happy to see Ken and Marc visiting Ruth as well. She is a sweet lady!

Post# 374836 , Reply# 198   7/3/2017 at 10:37 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
The gloves are off...

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John can touch a Kirby without the gloves.

Post# 374837 , Reply# 199   7/3/2017 at 10:42 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
The Kirby Avalir

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won one of the upright cleaning contests.

Post# 374838 , Reply# 200   7/3/2017 at 10:48 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Chad and John...

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with their hands on the 719 that Chad provided for the raffle.

Post# 374839 , Reply# 201   7/3/2017 at 10:58 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
There are those Cheetos again!

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Post# 374840 , Reply# 202   7/3/2017 at 11:00 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Don’t act so surprised we all know you do a good job! Will is servicing his u4007.

Post# 374841 , Reply# 203   7/3/2017 at 11:09 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Phillip's Eureka commercial!

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is very impressive and it looks brand new too!

Post# 374900 , Reply# 204   7/4/2017 at 19:35 by akabent (Orange County)        
To the VCCC Board and Convention Organizers/Hosts:

You give GOOD MEETING (Convention)!!  I believe I will return next June for another round!  Hope it was as good for you as it was for me.

     (The pressure's on, Marc!  Better practice!)



Post# 374929 , Reply# 205   7/5/2017 at 17:11 by portable (Tucson, AZ)        

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I am SO sorry that I had to change my plans at the last minute, and was not able to attend the meeting. It was a big disappointment, because I was looking forward to seeing everyone. I was with you all in spirit. It is great to see you all in these pictures. I hope to be able to make it to Spokane next year.

Post# 374931 , Reply# 206   7/5/2017 at 17:42 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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We missed you too. It was a really great convention!

Post# 374934 , Reply# 207   7/5/2017 at 19:29 by swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        
Thanks for the great pics...

Thank you for posting all those great pics, it's hard to believe that two weeks ago today I was listening to the soundtrack of "Oklahoma" while headed eastbound on I-40! Phillip and Shaylee, it was great to see your collection in its entirety...thank you both for all your hard work. Houston and Scott, thank you both for welcoming all of us to your home and entertaining us with a variety of musical devices. Kenny, thanks for all the work you did for the convention and hosting us at your house. The side trip to Oklahoma city was fun and we where blessed by great weather.
I hope everyone got home without delay or inconvenience.

Post# 374935 , Reply# 208   7/5/2017 at 19:57 by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

I echo everything Sean and everyone has said about the convention! I had a great time as I always do. I have been a member since '06 and have only missed some here and there for reasons not in my control. Everybody puts their hearts into it and works very hard to make it enjoyable. It would be hard to find a nicer group of people!

Post# 374960 , Reply# 209   7/6/2017 at 10:11 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Shaylee and I were so blessed to have all of you at our home!!! Thank you so much for coming. I can't wait to post pics of when it's all finished.
Sean, I hate to admit this but the collection wasn't quite in it's entirety..... Yes theres more that I didn't have time to bring from storage. There were a lot of empty spaces in the canister room. All of my Electrolux cleaners were missing and all of my Kirby vacs were put away as well as a small plethora of miscellaneous vacuums. maybe a total of 80 vacuums were not present....... Hi my name is Phillip and I'm a hoarder haha

All 5 of the Pugs (oldest to youngerst, Champ, Johnny, June, Ebony and Ivory) were very sorry their lame Daddy ran out of time to pick them up from the sitter so they could meet everyone. They told me to tell you all bark bark bark sniff sniff lick lick sneeze

Post# 374972 , Reply# 210   7/6/2017 at 23:32 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
We were all honored to be guests

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in your home. It's hard to imagine it was 2 weeks ago!
Thank you, both, AGAIN for your gracious hospitality.

Post# 374986 , Reply# 211   7/7/2017 at 10:54 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I was unable to take any photos this time.

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But, everyone else's are great.
John Lucia: Looking forward to seeing you next year.
My friend actually planned her wedding around next year's convention so I could/would attend BOTH.

Post# 374990 , Reply# 212   7/7/2017 at 16:17 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Members!!! P L E A S E .............

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start sending materials photos, stories, etc to Houston for the next newsletter. There was SO MUCH activity to share.

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