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1981 Convention - San Diego, California

The Seventh Annual NDGA Convention was held at the Al Bahr Shrine Temple in San Diego, California, on July 3-5, 1981. The Co-Chairmen of the Convention were Kathy & Gene Atwood, with Oleta Whitecotton acting as the NDGA Coordinator. The Convention was sponsored by the Greater San Diego Depression Glass Club. >/p>

On Saturday night there was a banquet held at the Rib Cage Restaurant and afterwards, Big Band music and dancing featuring Ira Cobb. The organizers also made arrangements for discount tickets to Sea World, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Wild Animal Park for Convention attendees.

Here is a scan of the original Convention Program and Advertising flyer, courtesy of Nan Anderson of San Diego.

Seminars and Speakers

There were four seminars presented at the seventh Convention, each presented on both Saturday and Sunday. The speakers and their topics were:

Glass and Pottery Displays

There were some interesting displays presented in San Diego, but unfortunately, we don't have pictures for you. If anyone has photographs from this event and would be willing to share them, please contact the

List of Participating Dealers

Here is the list of the 30 dealers who set up to sell glass at the sixth Annual NDGA Convention in Maryland.

Dealer City & State   Dealer City & State
Bill Bryant Chula Vista, CA   Sue Lightle Redondo Beach, CA
Nancy Anderson Lakeside, CA   Mara Escajeda Bonita, CA
Donita Sanchez Pleasant Hill, CA   Leroy Sanders Chantilly, VA
Mrs. A. E. Speed Gautier, MS   Mary Walker Sherman Oaks, CA
Hazel Stewart Carlsbad, CA   Arlene Harty Barrington, NH
Bernice Brewer Oklahoma City, OK   Joyce Oliver Anaheim, CA
Eugene & Helen Allen Kansas City, MO   Wilma Lewis Kansas City, KS
Mark & JoAnn Schliesmann Racine, WI   Sylvia (Peggy) Garman Holidaysburg, PA
Norman & Diana Charles Hagerstown, IN   Olga Babyak Inglewood, CA
Ralph & Barbara Onken Pomona, CA   Michalynn Kehoe Fayetteville, NC
Jim Redman Los Angeles, CA   Vi Odle San Marcos, CA
Kathy Atwood Chula Vista, CA   Rich Johnson Fullerton, CA
McCartney & Brians Folsom, CA   Beverly Hines Lake Charles, LA
Roman & Ann Shore Fallbrook, CA   Sally Ellis San Marcos, CA
Doris Duke Houston, TX   Fran McClendon Phoenix, AZ