ICCA
Foundation

The International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts (ICCA) is the most prestigious corkscrew collector organization in the world. The homes of members from three continents including architects, attorneys, doctors, engineers, and an investment banker, are filled with world-class corkscrew collections. Addicts continue to find and research fabulous old corkscrews.

the foundation

This first meeting of the International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts (ICCA) was held October 1, 1974. It was organized and hosted by Dr. Bernard Watney and held at the Guinness Brewery, London, England. It was decreed at this meeting that the leader of the group is to be known as "Right." Anyone would rather be Right than President. Brother Timothy was elected as the first Right of the ICCA. It was also decreed that there would be a Chaplain and a Chief Correspondent. Brother Tim was also elected Chaplain and Dr. Watney was elected Chief Correspondent.

Membership

The ICCA membership is fixed at fifty and there is a waiting list. Persons desiring to become members should make application to the Right. Such application should include size and nature of collection, number of years collecting, how addiction was developed, any research done, special interest, names of members personally known and some biographical information. A photograph and detailed description of what applicant regards as his six best corkscrews should be enclosed.

COUNTRIES As of December 2010 membership included addicts from Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.

Officers

Right, Chief Correspondent, Chaplain

Appointment

Treasurer and Editor of the Bottle Scrue Times

Honorary Member

The "honorary" title is sometimes bestowed as decided bu the Right, and usually conferred on someone who has accomplished notable things in, or for, the ICCA.

Associate Members

The "associate" member is someone who has either given up active collecting, but was a long time ICCA member wants to stay connected to the organization.  Alternatively, an "associate" member may not actually be a collector, but is instrumental in advancing corkscrew collecting—an exmple may be an expert at an auction house.  Associate members could also be spouses of deceased Addicts if they were invited to be associate members (and they desired to be one).

Addict's Duties

Members are required to send a "Best Six" to all other members each year. A member must attend at least one Annual General Meeting every three years. Ideally, Addicts will attend every meeting.

Past-Rights

After resigning, each Right selects an honorary individual title: Brother Timothy is Just Right, Dr. Bernard Watney is Start Right, the late Dr. Homer Babbidge is All Right, Don Morway is More Right, Bob Nugent is Nu-Right, the late Perry Howland is How Right, Richard Dennis is Spend Right, Dr. David Bradshaw is Try Right, Don Minzenmayer is Hous-Right, Don Bull is Mirth Right, and Ron MacLean is Can(e) Right, Joseph C. Paradi is Pro-Right., Helger Solheim is Sol-Right, Wolfgang Handel is Hand-Right, Bert Giulian is Read-Right, and Fred Kincaid is Left Right.

The Bottle Scrue Times

An ICCA publication currently issued on a periodic basis by editor Josef L'Africain.

Dues

Annual dues are currently fixed at U.S.$150.00. Dues are payable to the treasurer by December 31 for the following year.

Awards

Rules

*Increased to fifty as a result of 1976 meeting.