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Jocelyn Howells has earned a reputation as a leader in the antique industry. She will share the journey at the LOWC meeting Jan. 15.

COURTESY PHOTO  - Antique buttons, postcards and a stellar career in the antique industry will be the topic of the Jan. 15 luncheon meeting of the Lake Oswego Womens Coalition taking place at The Stafford.

The Lake Oswego Women's Coalition will meet Jan. 15 at The Stafford, 1200 Overlook Drive, Lake Oswego. Guest speaker will be Jocelyn Howells, author and antique dealer who will share her journey as an entrepreneur in the antique industry. Howells will share how she built a commanding worldwide reputation in the industry by following her passion and employing business savvy.

Howells has been a button collector, researcher, teacher and writer since 1989, and served as chairwoman of the Oregon State Button Society's Classification and Judges committee for 10 years, and as president for four years. She has also served as president of the Portland Button Club for four years; director of the National Button Society (NBS) for three, among other posts.

She chaired the NBS committee to revise the synthetic polymers classification system and co-authored the NBS's "Synthetic Polymers Handbook," then followed up with her own book "Plastic Buttons: How to Identify Them Using all Six Senses." The second book was a natural next step in her efforts to help button collectors learn how to identify button materials, many of which may be confused with the various synthetic polymers.

Howells also is a professional antique postcard dealer, and is known worldwide, selling at postcard shows in England, France, Belgium, Monaco, Spain, Canada and the U.S. She is a charter member of the International Federation of Postcard Dealers.

The luncheon meeting begins with social time at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at noon and the program at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $18 for LOWC members and $20 for non-members, cash or check only.

To reserve a seat call Barb Randall at 503-479-2374 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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