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Support Watchmaking & Clockmaking Education

by Jordan Ficklin

Have you ever struggled to find a watchmaker or clockmaker? There is a huge need for watchmakers and clockmakers in the United States right now. You can be a part of the solution by supporting the AWCI Education-Library-Museum Trust.

AWCI ELM Trust Fundraiser Dinner
Eaglewood Resort & Spa
September 30, 2016
Itasca, IL

The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute invites you to join us for an evening of fine food and horological conversation as we raise money for the AWCI Education, Library & Museum Trust (ELM Trust).

Join watchmakers, clockmakers, collectors, and members of the horological industry along with special guest Michael Kobold on Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, IL, a northwest Chicago suburb. Talk watches, clocks, or whatever interests you and enjoy a wonderful meal all while helping to ensure the future of watchmaking and clockmaking education in the United States.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $95 and can be purchased at Tickets are limited to the first 150 people.
“There just are not enough watchmakers in the United States right now. If you have ever struggled to find a qualified watchmaker to service your fine timepiece, then you understand the importance of supporting horological education in the United States,” says AWCI Executive Director Jordan Ficklin. “The need for highly skilled clockmakers is even greater.”
“Before you know it, the evening is over and you’ve made new friends who share your passion for watches and clocks,” says Aaron Recksiek of Mt. Olympus Clocks in Salt Lake City, Utah “and you are supporting a good cause.”

Each year the ELM Trust holds their annual fundraising dinner in conjunction with the Annual Convention & Educational Symposium of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute. Visit for convention details. For more information about AWCI, the ELM Trust, to volunteer or donate, contact AWCI, (866) 367-2924.

If you can’t make the dinner we invite you to support the ELM Trust and their mission through a donation. Donations may be tax deductible.

About AWCI
Established more than 55 years ago, the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI) is the professional organization for watchmakers, clockmakers, and horological professionals in the United States. Our mission is setting service standards and educating the horological community. We provide continuing education, certification, professional services, and technical information so our members can provide the highest quality service in all 50 states.

About the ELM Trust
The ELM Trust was established in 1971 and is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to advance the art and science of horology through activities in education, including:

  • The support of watchmaking and clockmaking schools,
  • The Henry B. Fried Library, which houses more than 3,500 horological texts,
  • The Orville R. Hagans History of Time Museum, which maintains in its collection more than 1,000 timepieces and horological tools,
  • And by encouraging and assisting students in their horological studies.

The ELM Trust accepts cash donations as well as collectible timepieces, and horological tools. All donations are tax deductible and 100% of donations are used to advance horological education in the United States.
Each year the ELM Trust donates thousands of dollars to help outfit horological classrooms and bring the art of horology to more individuals. They work in conjunction with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Harold J. and Marie Borneman Greenwood Memorial Fund to distribute more than $5,000 in scholarships each year to students enrolled in recognized horological programs in the U.S.

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