- The club was formed at the first meeting which was held on September
18th in Seattle, WA. The club is initially
the Northwest Shell Club.
The dues at the club's inception were just $2 per person and $1
members (under 18).
more about our founding member and the early years of the club in this
special edition of the newsletter
from February 1997 (pdf 16.3Mb).
1962 - The club became incorporated as a non-profit organization.
Our first shell fair was
planned to coincide with the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. A display
was installed in the Jonas
Brothers of Alaska store at 6th Ave. and Pike St. and
October 11th through 14th.
- Our club hosts the 19th Annual Meeting of the American Malacological
Union - Pacific
- The First Annual Shell Show was held in April in north Seattle.
Shows are held
sporadically over the next ten years.
- The first issue of the newsletter is produced in January by editor
member, Tom Rice.
At the club's third meeting, Walter Eyerdam presents the club with its
acquired it in 1930 from a New Guinea tribal chief
while he was with the
Whitney South Seas Expedition. In
the early years the Triton was used to call the
meetings to order.
At the meeting for the 1st anniversary of the club, our name was amended to the
Pacific Northwest Shell Club, which better described our location. 35 charter
members began the
club. By the first anniversary, membership numbered 145 and
it was the fastest growing shell
club in the U.S.
Club Quilt Club pin - Introduced
1983 Decal A new club patch in 1987 The club's first patch, 1961
in the '80's
- In October the club gives away its first scholarship award.
This is the first in
many scholarship grants given by
the club over the
years (as funds permit), a
practice that still continues today.
1974 - The 1974 Conchologists of America Convention is held in Seattle. Several
of our members assist.
1983 - The club
co-hosts the 1983 Annual Meeting of the American Malacological
Union. To raise funds to support
this endeavor, construction on a patchwork
quilt was begun in 1981. The
squares were made by different club
using a variety of techniques, all with a shell
theme. The finished quilt was
then raffled off to raise the funds
necessary to host the meeting.
1980's - 90's - Shell shows become a more regular feature of the club, occurring
every 2-3 years..
2003 - The club hosts the 2003 Conchologists of America Convention. It is held in July in Tacoma. The Watchman logo is created for the convention. 2004 - Our first attempt at a website lasts only one year.2008 - Our second website attempt is successful.2010 - We celebrate our 50th anniversary. Three charter members are still part of the club.
The digitization of all 50
years of the club's newsletters is completed and they are made
available on a DVD. Read more about the club's beginnings and anniversary celebration here.
2020 - We celebrate our 60th anniversary in the midst of the coronovirus pandemic. Formal
celebration is postponed.
Our founding member is the last charter member still among us.
New logos for the 50th Anniversary
were created by Ray Bird.
These designs were used to create
buttons, hand mirrors, bottle openers,
and fridge magnets for members at
our anniversary party. Ray also
created the poster (left).
Northwest Shell Club