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PCA Board of Elections Results 2013

Congratulations to Deborah Basel, David Nishimura and Janet Wright, who were elected to the PCA Board for 2014. A big "thank you" to these board members for their willingness to serve PCA for three years.

Each Board Member serves a three-year term. During that time, he or she serves on at least one and possibly more committees, and participates in monthly conference calls, which are supplemented by meetings at pen shows when possible. One meeting, usually directly after the DC Show, involves the annual Board retreat, which is a several-hour gathering to discuss larger strategic issues. This is not a "title-only" position. The current and former Boards have worked hard to establish and maintain key projects, including the evolving website, Pens for Kids, and the partnership with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. We have several exciting things in the works. We are looking forward to working with our new board members on these and also hearing their new ideas for our PCA!


Deborah Basel

I have enjoyed writing and drawing with fountain pens since childhood, when I was encouraged by my father, an avid fountain pen user. I have a small, eclectic collection of fountain pens which I use for calligraphy, journaling, drawing, and personal correspondence and am a member of the Baltimore Fountain Pen Society, the San Francisco Pen Posse, and the Southeast Pen Collectors’ Club. I am also a past president of the Washington Calligraphers Guild and member of the Society of Scribes, and the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH).

Thanks to wonderful show promoters and sponsors, I may be found at pen shows all over the country teaching calligraphy workshops. In addition to working full time as Senior Underwriter for Baltimore Life insurance company, I also submit regular feature articles as a Contributing Editor for Pen World Magazine and am a professional artist and calligrapher.
I have been a PCA member for several years and for the last year have been with the board, spearheading the Pens for Kids program. I love children and am passionate about the benefits obtained by teaching and encouraging them to write by hand. If re-elected to the board, I look forward to continuing to develop the Pens for Kids program.


David Nishimura

David Nishimura began collecting old pens nearly thirty years ago. What began as a grad school hobby eventually became a profession, though always with a strong underlying interest in pen history and design.

David is a former board member of the PCA, and a frequent past contributor to the Pennant. His more recent research has been shared primarily on various online forums and his pen blog; his website, www.vintagepens.com, was one of the first pen collecting sites on the web. Finding an optimal balance between the online world and that of pen shows and club meetings is a particular personal concern.

David lives in Providence, Rhode Island, a short walk from Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. He is active in school and community organizations, and sits on the board of the Providence Athenaeum, one of the oldest American subscription libraries.




Janet Wright

“Great pen, Mrs. Wright!” As a middle school Language Arts teacher, I tend to get that comment quite frequently. My collection is a way to begin a dialogue with my students to open relationships. My obvious focus as member of the PCA Board would include continuing to promote Pens for Kids (as I do in my classroom), to support the rich and important archives of the PCA library, and to continue to push the social networking that the PCA has already begun, which will allow us to spread the interest in this great organization.

You can find me on Facebook, and my own school website and blog. I try to keep up a presence on the social sites by posting pictures on Pentrace. With regard to my leadership qualifications, I have served as the Curriculum Coordinator for my department and currently hold the position of eighth grade team leader. The PCA has been making tremendous strides to increase its presence and promote the hobby. I am the current Secretary on the board and look forward for the opportunity to continue in that position. Thank you for your consideration.

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