May 212014

Eighteen people showed up to play Stamp Bingo, and a good time was had by all. Either 5 (according to Rebecca DeCourley) or 6 (according to Dave Benish) rounds of Bingo were played, with fabulous prizes. There were also fabulous door prizes, as there are at every meeting, so make sure you come to learn and play, each and every time.

Feb 192014

Twenty-five (25) people observed Al White’s presentation on Civil War Confederate philatelic issues and other materials. He discussed printers, the varying issues, counterfeits, and facsimiles. Denny Donnell then showed his collection, followed by John Marquardt presenting the amazing amount of books and brochures on Confederate philately (and more). Scott Ward also showed the beautiful art for covers. A good time was had by all.

Jan 222014

The January meeting, with an attendance of 22, was a Show & Tell: Jean Walker showed 1938 Columbia covers, Dave Durbin showed naval covers, Rich Grant had autographed stamps, James Farley discussed engravers and designers, Denny had foreign stamps,  Dave Benish showed cancellations, including his “hall of shame” (heavy cancellations), and John Marquardt showed the Harris Stamp map of the United States, and more on antique sales and auctions, history, booklets, and obscure stuff. Precancels were also discussed and shown, and a catalog of bureau cancels.

In other news:

  • The Treasurer reports $15,012, and a reminder for members to pay dues if they have not already done so.
  • Chuck Barsamian says the Club usually has 2 sets of AP stamps (40 books); he needs a replacement for himself, as he is planning to end his management at the June meeting.
  • John Marquardt is now getting “Topical Times” publication and they can be viewed at meetings. Dave Benish says the American Topical Association has lots of materials to learn more and cheap association dues; their publication is worth getting.
  • The acquiring of Columbian Dollars:

$5 with newsletter
$25 if APS member
$10 for attendance at each meeting
$25 if you bring a guest
$10 bring a stamp lot (participate in a program)
$50 if you become an officer
$50 if you make a presentation

Jun 202013
We had a great meeting! Two auctions were held with four full tables: Columbia Dollars (earned by members for participation) and Cash Fundraiser for the club. Bidding sometimes went over $100 for the Columbia Dollars auction! There were 20 bidders. As a bonus, John Marquardt, as he generously does every year, supplied brownies and ice cream for the ice cream social. Members also turned in old Columbian dollars to exchange for the new ones. If you have the old Columbia dollars, they can be exchanged for the new club money until the end of the year. Please see John Marquardt as soon as possible about exchanging. Lots of people attended and the meeting lasted a bit longer than usual, until about 9 p.m.