Joe Oberly and Joe Alexander, with help and
encouragement from Stan Darrow of the Acme Accordion School, in Westmont, NJ, formed the club back
in October 1998. We appointed Joe Oberly our President, and Joe Alexander picked up the job of
Secretary-Treasurer, and Editor of the newsletter. Recently member Gary Robinson took over the
Secretary-Treasurer’s job. At our monthly meetings we usually start with a short business meeting.
After that we take turns playing. It’s an open-mic kind of affair. You just get up and play for
about fifteen minutes, if you feel like it. Joe Alexander has been acting as Master of Ceremonies.
We have amplifiers, microphones, music stands and chairs available. We usually bring and play our
own accordions but we also enjoy trying other member’s accordions. All levels of accordionists are
encouraged to participate, and do, everything from beginners to professionals. There are no
pressures, competitions, or particular requirements. You don’t have to play if you don’t feel like
it, but after while, everyone usually wants to give it a whirl. Sometimes we even take turns
playing back-up accordion. Near the end of the afternoon we might even jam a little. There is quite
a bit of socializing. We encourage members to bring guests. We help each other. We don’t have paid
performers, although they are welcomed to join us as guests and potential members. For those who
wish to receive paper copies of the newsletter and other correspondence we ask for a contribution,
generally $10 or less per year, to cover this expense. Families and guests are very important to us
and we encourage them to come anytime. They are always cordially welcome.