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IBM RING 250, PRESTO-DIGITATORS

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

 

ACTIVE membership in the Fort Collins Presto-Digitators is open to anyone (18 years of age or older, YOUTH membership 10 and under 18 years of age) with a sincere interest in magic. Membership is generally delayed until some are comfortable that the person seeking membership can perform some magic, hopefully discouraging those "solely motivated by curiosity."

 

Presto-Digitators membership dues are $20 a year (make check payable to I.B.M. Ring 250, Presto-Digitators), but we invite anyone to attend our meetings, and receive a complimentary newsletter (usually three months), until they are comfortable with the group. YOUTH membership dues are $10.00 a year. Significant others, assistants, or accompanying non-magicians (for parents), may also become an ASSOCIATE member for $4.00 a year. 

 

The Presto-Digitators also encourages membership in the I.B.M. (International Brotherhood of Magicians) as a duly recognized Ring of that organization. Only I.B.M. members may hold office, or vote, but non-I.B.M. members are welcome, and encouraged to participate in other ways!

 

The current I.B.M. classes of membership fees and dues are:

 

  • ACTIVE Members: First Year - $75 and $60 thereafter annually (digital only access to The Linking Ring magazine)
  • ACTIVE Members: First Year - $55 and $40 thereafter annually (without access to The Linking Ring magazine)
  • ACTIVE members: First Year - $85 and $70 thereafter annually (with the print edition of The Linking Ring magazine and unlimited digital access)
  • YOUTH Members: First Year - $55 and $40 thereafter annually (digital only access to The Linking Ring magazine)
  • YOUTH Members: First Year - $35 and $20 thereafter annually (without The Linking Ring  magazine)
  • YOUTH Members: First Year - $65 and $50 thereafter annually (with the print edition of The Linking Ring magazine and digital access to The Linking Ring magazine)
  • ASSOCIATE Members: First Year - $30 and $15 thereafter annually (do not receive The Linking Ring  magazine)

 

Presto-Digitators membership has lots of benefits!

 

  • Monthly Meetings (Third Thursday of the month)
  • Monthly Newsletter, The Expositor (e-mail or by USPS)
  • Discussion and learning from other members!
  • Discounted admission to lectures (includes all front range clubs)
  • Annual Banquet (January)
  • Annual Summer Picnic (July)
  • Performance Opportunities
  • Magic in the Rockies Annual Convention (after 20 years, MITR has been retired!)
  • Annual Holiday Party (December)
  • First Night Fort Collins (December)
  • Magic Video, DVD, and Book Library
  • Flea Market
  • Witty and "Punny" Banter!

 

History of IBM Ring 250

 

IBM RING 250, PRESTO-DIGITATORS

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO

HISTORY OF IBM RING 250

 

On Saturday, June 21, 1980, a small group of magicians met in the Forum Room at the Square, 3500 South College Avenue in Fort Collins, Colorado, to discuss the possibility of organizing a local magic club. Several of the magicians present were members of the I.B.M. International Brotherhood of Magicians.

 

This worldwide organization was founded in 1922. 

 

Membership is attained by making application, with the sponsorship (optional) of two certified members, to: 

The International Brotherhood of Magicians

13 Point West Blvd.

St. Charles, MO 63301-4431

Phone: 636 724-2400

FAX: 636 724-8566

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: http://www.magician.org

 

I.B.M. membership applications are available from the Ring secretary or treasurer.

 

The I.B.M. charters Rings around the world, anywhere a sustained interest in magic can be demonstrated. A minimum number of ten members is required to qualify for the establishment of a Ring. In a manner similar to the Chinese Linking Rings, a magical illusion wherein the magician links and unlinks a group of solid metal rings, a Ring is a group of magicians which are linked and united with other Rings around the world with the bond of a universal interest in magic.

 

Currently there are 42 certified members meeting on the third Thursday of the month (except January, July, and December) at the Congregation Har Shalom - ANNEX, 725 West Drake Road, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80526-5522 at 6:30 PM. Active membership is available to those persons, 18 years of age and older, who are able to demonstrate a genuine interest in performing magic as a form of entertainment. Youth membership is available to those persons 10 to 18 years of age.

 

Charter Members

IBM RING 250, PRESTO-DIGITATORS
FORT COLLINS, COLORADO
CHARTER MEMBERS

 

 

Without our original Charter members (many of whom are still members today), our club might not exist.  Here are our charter members. 

This is to certify that Charter is hereby issued for an affiliated Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and that the names of those appearing hereon, are recognized as Charter Members of Ring No. 250. 

Given under my hand and seal in accordance with the Constitution and By-laws of the International Brotherhood of Magicians this 28th day of July, 1982 A.D. (Signed John Makar, International President) 

 

  • Ted G. Ballinger
  • Patrick L. Blakely
  • Kerry C, Boekenkamp
  • Harry G. Bolter (Order of Merlin - Excalibur, 50 years) deceased 12/22/09
  • Tammy Carsten/Ottmer (Order of Merlin, 25 years)
  • Paul C. DuChateau * 
  • Barry R. Fernelius *
  • Glen Flanagan
  • Burton L. Fuller (Order of Merlin - Shield, 35 years) 
  • Hudson F. Grotzinger (Order of Merlin - Excelsior - 60 years) deceased 01/25/17
  • Edward W. Hurtubis (Order of Merlin - Shield, 35 years) *
  • Melville R. LaMar (Order of Merlin - Shield, 35 years) *
  • Alan J. McCormack (Order of Merlin - Shield, 35 years) * 
  • Ann L. Norton
  • James H. Ottmer (Order of Merlin, 25 years)
  • William M. Powell
  • Stephen Thompson (Order of Merlin, 25 years) *
  • Claude W. Van Horn
  • Harry G. Wagner
  • Lewis Y. Wymisner (Order of Merlin - Shield, 35 years) *
  • Connie F. Zimmerman
  • Douglas D. Zimmerman (Order of Merlin - Shield, 35 years) * 

 

          * Current Members

 

Past Presidents

IBM RING 250, PRESTO-DIGITATORS

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO

PAST PRESIDENTS

 

A nod of thanks to all the members who have helped guide I.B.M. Ring 250, Presto-Digitators over the years.

 

  • 2016 Lew Wymisner
  • 2015 Lew Wymisner
  • 2014 Lew Wymisner
  • 2013 Lew Wymisner
  • 2012 Tim Pendergast
  • 2011 Tim Pendergast
  • 2010 Bob Blea
  • 2009 Bob Blea
  • 2008 Tim Pendergast
  • 2007 Tim Pendergast
  • 2006 Lew Wymisner
  • 2005 Lew Wymisner
  • 2004 Lew Wymisner
  • 2003 Lew Wymisner
  • 2002 Geoff Thompson
  • 2001 Bob Blea
  • 2000 Bob Blea
  • 1999 Tim Pendergast
  • 1998 Byron Ferguson
  • 1997 Geoff Thompson
  • 1996 Ed Hurtubis
  • 1995 Bob Reed
  • 1994 Bob Reed
  • 1993 Bob Reed
  • 1992 Ed Hurtubis
  • 1991 Doug Zimmerman
  • 1990 Cody Landstrom
  • 1989 Hudson Grotzinger
  • 1988 Lew Wymisner
  • 1987 Al Fisher
  • 1986 Ed Hurtubis
  • 1985 Barry Fernelius
  • 1984 Ed Hurtubis
  • 1983 Lew Wymisner
  • 1982 Ed Hurtubis
  • 1981 Ed Hurtubis

 

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