22nd Annual Show – “The Wonderful World of Plastics”

May, 2016

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The North Carolina State Button Society held its 22nd annual show May 13 – 14 at the Burlington Ramada.  Show theme was “The Wonderful World of Plastics”.  2nd year at the Ramada and the staff was very accommodating and made the show all the more easy to manage.

Show Highlights Included:

  • The educational display showing various Plastic button items and talking to their uses was beautiful and amazing!  Brightly colored and creatively displayed the viewer was sure to walk away with a greater appreciation for these buttons.
  • On Friday night June Chapman gave a fascinating overview of Synthetic Polymer Buttons, Section 12.  She shared specific details regarding hot needle testing and what you should be seeing and smelling for.
  • The Silent Auction offered a myriad of buttons, books and button related items.  Thank you dealers and members for your donations.
  • We had a great year in tray competition!  Thank you if you were one of the participants who entered a tray!
  • Our four beautiful Raffle Baskets were a big hit, as always.  Plastic buttons could be found in every basket along with books, button collecting supplies, button frames, chocolates, and wine, just to name of few of the items found in many a basket.

June demonstrates the use of the hot needle tool to test synthetic polymer buttons.

Our grateful thanks to these members who made our terrific show happen: 

Show Chair:  Cathy Buresch

Welcome Sign:  Joy Childress

Publicity:  June Chapman

Registration: Gillian Bostick, Ann Abarno, and Joy Childress

Educational Display:  Pat Howard, June Chapman, Susan Reding and the Western and Central Button Clubs

Tray Check-In:  Mary Mason

Judges & Clerks: Helen Vance, Gillian Bostick, Kevin Kinne, Mary Mason, Virginia Parsons, Corey Iungerich and Cathy Buresch


35 Competition trays were entered this year.

Dealers: Kevin and Marilyn Kinne, Russa Milburn, Pat Howard, June Chapman and Melanie Cramer

We welcome your feedback about what you did or didn’t like about this year’s show, or what you think would improve the show. Please reply to this email with your suggestions.

SHOW IN 2017?  We are uncertain at this time if we are going to have a state show.  Stay tuned to this website to find out any further show information.

Best Wishes to All and Happy Buttoning!


In Loving Memory of One of NCSBS Founders, Patricia Koehler

Category: Button Information [Edit] In Loving Memory of One of NCSBS Founders, Patricia Koehler, May 12, 2016

 Patricia Koehler, Obituary

It was with great sadness that I learned of Pat Koehler’s death last evening.  Pat passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.  She was one of the original founders of the North Carolina State Button Society, an active member of the NC Central button club as well as a member of the National Button Society.  A mother, grandmother, great grandmother, teacher, author and very dear friend, she will be greatly missed.

There is a lot to Pat’s story, which will have to wait for a later time when all of the details of her life and death are known, but in the meantime please keep her family in your prayers as their loss is very deep.

Pat will be missed by button collectors from here to Pennsylvania and beyond. Her knowledge and love for this hobby was so expanse that she happily mentored a number of us newer collectors.  Her grace, kindness, giving nature, and her consideration for others and her surroundings will all be memories that each of us who knew her will hold dear to our hearts.