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About the Club

The West Virginia Marble Collectors Club (WVMCC) was the inspiration of four Wood County, West Virginia residents. These enthusiastic marble collectors were Ron Shepherd, Paula Shepherd, Gary Traugh, and the late Tim Wyer. They recognized a need to preserve the history of marbles and to promote the collecting and identification of marbles.

The WVMCC was not intended to be limited to only West Virginia marble collectors or
West Virgina marbles alone. The organization welcomes collectors from everywhere and appreciates every type of marble, including but not limited to, stone, clay, glass handmade, machine-made and contemporary, along with all related marble memorabilia.

The WVMCC was organized on March 30, 2003, and is dedicated to educating individuals about the collecting and preservation of marbles, art glass orbs, related artifacts, and documents. The WVMCC promotes marble collecting through club meetings, marble shows, a website, a newsletter, and the development of other educational resources.

The original club officers were as follows: President, Ron Shepherd; First Vice President, Dennis Jones; Second Vice President, Steve Pletcher; Secretary, Ruby Sellers; Treasurer, Lana Williamson; Public Relations Officer, Gary Traugh; Newsletter and Website Editor,
Paula Shepherd; and Show Chairman, Steve Smith.

The collecting of marbles is still a young hobby. It was the goal of the original founders
of the WVMCC that through meetings, marble shows, newsletters and conversations/correspondence among marble enthusiasts, that additional information
could be accumulated which would be beneficial to collectors.

The logo chosen to represent the WVMCC was inspired by a contemporary sulfide marble created by the late Jim Davis of West Virginia. This marble depicted the shape of the
State of West Virginia in a clear base marble.

By Laws

The association known as the West Virginia Marble Collectors Club (WVMCC) was organized on March 30, 2003. This association was not organized for the private gain of any officer, director, or member of the WVMCC. The WVMCC will remain a volunteer association dedicated to the collection, education and preservation of marbles, art glass orbs and related artifacts and documentation for the benefit of the public. WVMCC will promote marble and art glass orb collecting through club meetings, marble shows, web site, newsletter and development of other educational resources. The WVMCC will encourage marble games and tournaments among children. WVMCC will strive to have at least one event promoting marbles each year to be determined by the Board of Directors.


Membership in the WVMCC shall be open to any interested person who maintains status by proper payment of annual dues.

Section 1.
Annual Membership Dues -  $25

*Effective May 9, 2004, Lifetime Memberships will no longer be offered.  A provision is made, however, that individauls holding membership prior to May 8, 2004 may convert to lifetime membership if done by May 8, 2004.

Section 2.
Membership dues cover up to two people per household and runs
5/1-4/30 with renewals coming due May 1 each year.


The officers of the WVMCC will remain in office for two years. General elections will be held at the annual business meeting each year.

No part of the net income or assets of this association shall ever be to the advantage or benefit of any officer.

For the sake of preserving continuity within the association, the first President, Secretary and newsletter editor are initially elected for one year. Thereafter, they will serve two year terms.

The officers of the association shall remain in office for two years unless a resignation has been received by the members of the board of directors or the spirit of these bylaws has been violated.

Upon the resignation of any officer, the members of the board of directors will appoint a replacement by majority vote. All officers must be members of the WVMCC.

Section 1.
The President shall preside at business meetings and oversee and coordinate the functions of the association. The President shall oversee the functions of the officers, and directors (advisor positions eliminated by vote at annual meeting May 2008) of the association.

Section 2.
The First Vice-President shall help oversee and coordinate the finances of the association and aid the president in the operation of the association.

Section 3.
The Second Vice-President shall aid the president in the operation of the association.

Section 4.
The Secretary shall aid the President and Vice Presidents in the operation of the organization. The Secretary shall take and prepare minutes of all meetings.

Section 5.
The Treasurer shall coordinate the finances of the association. The Treasurer will be prepared to give a financial report at each business meeting.

Section 6.
The chairperson for the newsletter and website has the right to review and/or reject any material and or advertisements presented for publication in either venue.


The members of the Board of Directors will be the developers and fund-raisers for the organization. The Board will include the officers and committee chairpersons and advisors, each having one vote. The Directors will remain on the Board for the period of their elected office unless the officers have received a resignation, or the spirit of these bylaws has been violated, or are no longer members of the WVMCC. The Advisors will remain on the Board for a period of one year unless the officers have received a resignation, or the spirit of these bylaws has been violated, or are no longer members of the WVMCC. Upon the resignation of any officer or member of the board, the board will appoint a replacement by a majority vote.

Section 1.
The first year, Advisors will be appointed by the Board of Directors. Thereafter, they will be elected by members from their respective regions to represent and express the wishes of members from each region to the Board of Directors.


Board members must be present at the business meetings to cast a vote or may mail their vote to the president (and cc the secretary) with receipt of mailed votes at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled business meetings. A quorum for business meetings of the Board of Directors shall be 2/3 of the board (either by physical presence or by votes mailed to the president/secretary) with all matters decided by a majority vote.


There will be an annual business meeting at which all club members will have a vote on all business presented at this meeting. This is the only time the bylaws may be changed.


"In the event the West Virginia Marble Collectors' Club would ever be dissolved, all of its assets would be distributed to The West Virginia Museum of American Glass (Weston, WV)."

Board of Directors


Paul Simmons - President

John Duck - Vice President

Nola Morgan - Secretary

Jeanne Schade - Treasurer

Linda Simmons - Newsletter Editor/designer, Membership Coordinator

For article submissions:
404 Forest Circle, South Charleston, WV 25303. 304-545-5757

Jeffrey Theobald - Graphic and Website Design/administration


Annual membership dues of $25 helps pay for the cost of Club Newsletters our members receive. The newsletter contains marble related articles and information from our members, and we encourage article submissions, whether informative or entertaining. Send your submissions to

Annual Members


Mike Adams

Zionsville, IN

Ric Anthony

Terra Haute IN

Shane Applegate

Greenville, OH

George Armann

Powhattan Point, OH

Carleen & Tony Banas

Oakdale, CT

Vivianne & Alphy Bard

Plainfield, CT

Rebecca & Joshua Bates

Jacksonburg, WV

Leah & Chris Beniston​

Livermore, CA

Morgan & Richie Bonaiuto

Columbia, CT

Maureen & Russ Bruner

Plymouth, OH

Mary & Mike Burns

Big Rapids, MI

Carlin & Lucy Carpenter

Kimbolton, OH

Dorothy & Harold Church

Byesville, OH

Melissa & Robert Clark

Fort Gay, WV

Linda & Patrick Cox

Cowpens, SC

Rita & Scott Creed

Galax, VA

Mary Devericks

Jane Lew, WV

Stanley Dobbins

Beverly, OH

John Duck

Beverly, OH

Randy Earley

Richmond, VA

Edna Eaton

Houston, TX

Wayne Given

Camp Hill, PA

Justin Goetz

Pittsburg, PA

Linda & mike Gooden

Lexington, OH

Danny Grocki

Mishawaka, IN

Jay Gruber

Sugar Grove, OH

Nancy & Donzil Hall

St. Paris, OH

Rhonda Hamilton

Leonardtown, MD

Bruce Hellerick

Dublin, PA

Jackie Helmick

New Cumberland, WV

P. Hillman

Prescott, AZ

Tina & Dennis Huth

Ravenna, OH

Chuck Johnson

Mt. Carmel. IL

Rich Johnson

Hickory, PA

Debbie Dawson-Kafami

Columbia, MD

Kathy King & Shari Crittenden

Kankakee, IL

Dottie Klein

Conway, SC

Sandy & Don Landers

Marietta, OH

Jaques Lavoie

Quebec, Canada

Rich Maxwell

Shawnee, KS

Debbie Mayer

Lost Creek, WV

Walt & Judy McKee

Caldwell, OH

Larry McWhorter

Glasgow, KY

Jerry Meitzler

Smithville, OH

Tiffany Milsap

Tonawanda, NY

Gary Oliver

Mount Carmel, IL

James Palko

Valparaiso, IN

George Palmer

Tonawanda, NY

Julia Powell

Parkersburg, WV

Al & Anne Rasmus
Keizer, OR

Jeanne & Gary Schade

Mineral Wells, WV

Alyce & Mark Schoenagel

Bel Air, MD

Doris & Jeff Schoonmaker

Albany, NY

William Seltzer

San Mateo, CO

Jeff Simmers

Waynesboro, PA

Linda & Paul Simmons

South Charleston, WV

Mamie Sink

Colonial Heights, VA

Kathy & Jim Storsburg

Smyrna, TN

Mo Strader

Cottage Grove, OR

Val & Chuck Sumner

Thomasville, GA

David Tamulevich

Ann Arbor. MI

Dennis Taylor

Gatesville, TX

Jeffrey Theobald

Marietta, OH

Martha Warring

Scottsville, VA

Claire Wendell

Vienna, WV

Elizabeth Whitehead

Williamstown, PA

Tracy & Charlie Wills

Louisville, KY

Dale Wilson

Mt. Prospect, IL

David Winger & Noah Conaway

Parkersburg, WV

Kim & Eddie Winningham

Pompano, FL

Linda Wissler

Enola, PA

Gerald Witcher

Brentwood, TN

Lifetime Members


Jack Ash
1414 Washington Garden Circle
Washington, WV 26181

Diane Atkerson
106 Richmond Rd
Paoli, PA 19301

Mark P. Block
60 Ridgeview Ave
Trumbull, CT 06611

Jack & Theresa Bogard
2305 23rd St
Parkersburg, WV 26101

Chuck & Diane Brandstetter
5670 Carvel Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220-3253

Bud Cloven
8002 Old Bridge Rd
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Bertram M. Cohen
455 Clinton Rd
Brookline, MA 02467-1418

Ann W. Craven
700 7th Street SW 535
Washington, DC 20024

Ed & Gwen Davidson
11 Lapsley Dr
Dupont, WA 98327

Marvin & Patricia George
207 Maple Lake
Bridgeport, WV 26330

Greg Helmick
1034 Tope Rd
New Cumberland, WV 26047


Sammy Hogue
Rt 83, Box 1
Ellenboro, WV 26346

Ken Humphrey
315 North Main
Kokomo, IN 46901

John & Janie Ives
488 Ives Lane
Thornton, WV 26440

Marlene Jesson
4131 Deeboyar Apt 7
Lakewood, CA 90712

Mike Johnson
PO Box 747
San Miguel, CA 93451

Dennis & Andrea Jones
8805 Creekstone Place
Gainesville, GA 30500

Elizabeth Kempski
538 Del Mar Blvd
Corpus Christi, TX 78404

Jim King
715 Main St
Sistersville, WV 26175

Bub & Debbie Leeson
Rte 1 Box 187
West Union, WV 26456

Lee Linne
30839 50th Place SW
Federal Way, WA 98023

Juanita Lockhart
PO Box 232
Elizabeth, WV 26143

Dave & Bonnie McCullough
4279 Lamberton Rd
Pennsboro, WV 26415

Nola Morgan & Tana McCraw
9501 Par
kersburg Rd
Sandyville, WV 25275

Robert & Kathleen Neff
531 Third St
Marietta, OH 45750

Ruth Nentwig & Marsha Lynn
31 Sapling Drive East
Flat Rock, NC 28726

Charles & Ruth Oswalt
PO Box 123
Paneta, IN 46781

Ed & Millie Parsons
50780 Portman Rd
Amherst, OH 44001

Anthony Patterson

703 Hickory Street SE Hartselle, AL 35640

Steve & Elinor Pletcher
52476 Duffy Run Rd
Sardis, OH 43946

Walter & Linda Powell
110 Mead St Box 62
White Heath, IL 61884

Rick & Karen Rine
RD 3 Box 41-R7
Weirton, WV 26062

Frank & Ruby Sellers
817 Hardy Hill Rd
St. Marys, WV 26170

Howard & Emily Seymour
25 Stratton Rd
Newark Valley, NY 13811

Shirley Simmons
3511 Randolph Dr
Parkersburg, WV 26104

Steve Smith
775 Stucky Hill Rd SW
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Warren & Bonnie Smith
E 201 Wawawai
Colfax, WA 99111

Bo Stiff
3731 W Aloma Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85053


Michael & Carolyn Thompson
10355 Rolling Hills Dr
Madera, CA 93638

Gary & Chana Traugh
1009 4th Ave
Parkersburg, WV 26101

Bonnie & Warren Smith

Colfax, VA

Honorary Members


Davis, Jim
ontemporary marble maker

Davis, Wilson
Former co-owner of Davis Marble Works

Dunbar, Robert
Former employee of L.E. Alley (Pennsboro factory)

Grist, Everett

"Everett Grist's BIG BOOK OF MARBLES"


Hanlon, David son of Oris Hanlon

(co-founder of Heaton Agate & founder of Cairo Novelty)


Hazelbaker, Mary
Former employee of L.E. Alley (Pennsboro factory)

Ice, Junior

Friendly, WV


Jackson, Carroll
Jackson Marble Company

Moore, Opal
Wife of the late Lewis Moore
(former plant manager, Vitro Agate - Parkersburg)

Peterson, Marlow
Mt Pleasant, UT


Shepherd, Ron

Co-founder of the WVMCC

Sandyville WV


Simmons, Dale

Parkersburg, WV


Taylor, Mabel
Former employee Heaton Agate

Wilson, Mary Jane
Former co-owner of Playrite Marble & Novelty Company

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