Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs (WFSC)
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2005 WFSC Announcements columns



         This page includes The WFSC Announcements columns from the 2005 issues of Across the Fence Post



January issue.

WISCOPEX '05 ANNOUNCES THEME, APPRENTICE JUDGES

The 150th anniversary of the Madison Turners provides a fitting commemorative subject for WISCOPEX '05, which will be held April 16-17 at Madison Turners Hall, Madison, WI. Turners clubs were formed in most areas where large groups of German immigrants settled. Turnvereins were athletic organizations established in the 1800s in Germany. Milwaukee had a Turners club as early as 1853. The Madison nonprofit organization formed in 1855 and adopted the turnverein motto, "A sound mind in a sound body."

In 1948, the U.S. Postal Service issued an American Turners centennial commemorative stamp (Scott 979). Two apprentice judges will participate in WISCOPEX '05: Tim Wait, of Loves Park, IL, and president of the Rockford Stamp Club, began his apprenticeship in fall 2004. Kat Henak, of Fox Point, WI, and member of several Milwaukee-area clubs, is serving in the WFSC's Youth Judging Apprenticeship Program. The remaining jury of three WFSC certified judges would be announced soon.

The deadline for receipt of WISCOPEX'05 exhibit entry forms is March 20. Request the form and a prospectus by contacting Exhibits Chairman Charles Shoemaker, 209 Shiloh Dr., Madison, WI 53703, 608-827-6048, kenjico@chorus.net.


February issue.

WFSC HISTORICAL FILES DONATION

Here's a big thank-you to Charles Shoemaker, who found and donated three items to the WFSC for our historical files.


 March issue.

 

WFSC OFFERS WISCONSIN QUARTER FDC

On October 25, 2004, the U.S. Mint issued the Wisconsin quarter as part of its statehood series. The WFSC has produced a cover commemorating the quarter's first day of issue. The cover includes a mint copy of the actual coin encased in archival material and placed to represent the "O" in the word "Wisconsin" that appears within the multicolored cachet design. Other elements of the cachet depict familiar Wisconsin scenes.The quarter's U.S. Postal Service official pictorial cancel is applied to a 37-cent definitive Flag stamp.

 

Nationally known cachet maker Jay Bigalke, a student at the UW-Madison, designed the cover, which will be available for purchase at WISCOPEX '05, to be held April 16-17, in Madison. It also is currently being sold through mail order at a cost of $5 per cover plus $1 for postage and handling. Send orders with a request for "Wisconsin quarter cover" to Paul T. Schroeder, Treas., WFSC, 1750 W. 5th Ave., Apt. F, Oshkosh, WI 54902-5586. Make checks payable to the WFSC.   


 April issue

TED GIFFORD APPOINTED NEW WFSC WEBMASTER

As of February 2005, Ted Gifford took over the position of WFSC Webmaster. Ted replaces Jay Bigalke who held the position since 2003. 

The WFSC extends its thanks to Ted for taking on the task of updating the website and keeping it current for us. Our gratitude to Jay Bigalke, too, who graciously devoted many hours from his busy schedule in redesigning the site's homepage and plugging in update information when possible.

We invite you to visit the WFSC website at www.WFSCstamps.org.

IN RECOGNITION OF OUR DONORS

Thank-you to the Kettle Moraine Coin and Stamp Club and the American Topical Association Chapter 5. These two groups included a monetary donation to the WFSC along with their annual dues payment.

 


 May/June issue

DONATION RECOGNITION

Here's a thank-you to the Wauwatosa Philatelic Society for a monetary donation sent with payment for 2005 WFSC dues.

2005-06 SHOW/BOURSE/MEETING INFO FLIER

The annual flier will be updated and sent with the September ATFP. It includes shows and commercial bourses to be held not only within Wisconsin but also in areas that border the state.

If you want your show/bourse to appear on the listing covering events through the summer of 2006, send details by no later than August 1, 2005, to: Karen Weigt, 4184 Rose Ct., Middleton, WI 53562, phone 608-836-1509, or e-mail karenweigt@earthlink.net.

Please include your permission to publish contact information (name, address, phone number, and e-mail address) on the WFSC website.

WFSC SUMMER EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING -- JUNE 25

The meeting will be held in conjunction with TRI-PEX Stamp Fair in West Allis. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend and is extended the right of discussion. Contact WFSC Secretary Karen Weigt if you'd like to be included on the mailing list for meeting details.

CLUB MAILING LIST

An updated 2005 WFSC member club mailing list is available for direct-mail club show/event publicity purposes. Request a copy from the WFSC secretary. Note: the list is for WFSC member club use only.

 


July/August issue

NEW WFSC PRESIDENT BEGINS TERM JULY 1, 2005

Delegates at the Annual Business Meeting held at WISCOPEX '05 elected Maurice D. Wozniak to serve a two-year term as WFSC president. Maurice resides in Iola, WI, and is a member of the Central Wisconsin Stamp Club.  

 

DONATION RECOGNITION

The WFSC graciously acknowledges receipt of a $100 donation from Bob Friedman, of the Dr. Robert Friedman Stamp Company, Woodridge, IL. The generous donation was given in support of the WFSC's efforts to promote stamp collecting.  THANK YOU, Dr. Bob!

 

2005-06 SHOW/BOURSE/MEETING INFO FLIER

The flier will be updated and sent with the September issue of ATFP.  If you want your show/bourse to appear on the list covering events through the summer of 2006, send details by no later than August 1, 2005, to: Karen Weigt, 4184 Rose Ct., Middleton, WI 53562-4339, 608-836-1509, or e-mail karenweigt@earthlink.net. Include a contact name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Please also include your permission to publish contact information on the WFSC's website.

Roy Gensch Receives Dealer Recognition Award

 The 2005 WFSC Dealer Recognition Award went to Roy Gensch, of North Bay Stamps, New Berlin, WI. Roy was honored for his contributions to philately at the WISCOPEX ’05 banquet held on Saturday, April 16, at Madison Turners Hall, Madison, WI.
 Roy has been a WFSC member-at-large since 1993. He has additionally supported the WFSC with his frequent attendance at WISCOPEX bourses and many WFSC member-club shows.
TWO RECEIVE PRESIDENT’S AWARD AT WISCOPEX ‘05

On April 16, Art Schmitz and Rollie Juhnke received the WFSC President’s Award from then-WFSC President Brian J. Liedtke. Brian honored WFSC Southeast Region VP Art Schmitz for his outstanding service to the WFSC. Rollie Juhnke, of Stevens Point, was recognized for his many years of volunteer assistance at the WFSC society table and for serving as WISCOPEX photographer.

Bernard A. Hennig Joins the Wisconsin Philatelic Hall of Fame

 On April 16, delegates at the 2005 Annual Business Meeting voted to induct Bernard “Bud” Hennig into the Wisconsin Philatelic Hall of Fame.
 Although Bud resides in Chicago, IL, he’s no stranger to Wisconsin philatelists. He’s a regular visitor to WISCOPEX and Milwaukee-area shows, and he’s a member of the Wisconsin Postal History Society and a WFSC member-at-large.
 Bud is a distinguished philatelic writer, exhibitor, and recipient of numerous national and international philatelic awards. He is a member of a host of philatelic organizations and has served as an officer for many of these groups.
 Milwaukee-area clubs also honored Bud this year at their annual distinguished philatelist appreciation dinner. An article about the event (written by WFSC Secretary Karen Weigt) appeared in the May-June issue of Across the Fence Post. It includes an error about one of Bud’s prestigious positions. He is not a past-president of the American Philatelic Society; he served as an APS director-at-large.
 Bud is very special to philately and we’re honored to have him a part of our Wisconsin Philatelic Hall of Fame.
 


September issue

COVER EXCHANGE

The WFSC is again sponsoring a nationwide cover exchange program in which all stamp clubs, philatelic organizations, and individuals may participate. This is an opportunity for clubs with leftover show, commemorative and first-day covers to reduce their inventory by exchanging them for different covers for use as club auction items, door prizes or gifts.

The exchange offer expires October 31, 2005, with returns being made to participants by mid-November. Participants must submit 10 all-alike covers and a large 60-cent SASE. In exchange, eight different covers will be sent back. (The extra covers will be used for the WFSC's youth program.)

Only unaddressed cacheted covers bearing either pictorial or first-day cancels can be submitted. A maximum of 20 covers can be submitted, and the cover exchange program coordinator reserves the right to return covers considered unsatisfactory for exchange.

To participate, send your covers and a 60-cent SASE to: WFSC, P.O. Box 1451, Waukesha, WI 53187.

 

CALL FOR HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2006 Wisconsin Philatelic Hall of Fame. The deadline is December 31, 2005.

Qualifications required of nominees are: (1) contributions of purely local club nature shall not be the sole reason for selection to the Hall of Fame; and (2) a deceased philatelist may not be nominated or considered for selection until three years after his/her death.

Send your nomination(s) together with a statement identifying the nominee, a short philatelic biography, and the reasons why that person should be selected for the Wisconsin Philatelic Hall of Fame to: Karen Weigt, Secy., WFSC, 4184 Rose Ct., Middleton, WI 53562-4339.

Only WFSC member clubs may submit nominations, and each nomination must be seconded by two other member clubs. The nominating club is responsible for making arrangements with the seconding clubs to provide those seconds. The nomination and seconds should be sent to the WFSC secretary in one mailing.

 

2005 CLUB PROMOTIONAL EXHIBIT PAGES

A set of promotional exhibit pages will be distributed to clubs that have indicated an interest in receiving them. That interest was expressed on a form returned with 2005 WFSC member club dues. Distribution will be done in September and independent of the Across the Fence Post  mailing.

 

WFSC DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE'S AWARD UPDATE

Recent recipients of the award are:

Dennis Mueller, Kenosha Stamp and Cover Club

Paul Zientek, Northwestern Mutual Stamp Club

Parnell Ryan,  Waukesha County Philatelic Society

These individuals were recognized for outstanding club service or contributions to philately. If your club has someone who deserves special recognition, contact your WFSC regional VP for details about the WFSC District Representative's Award.

 

A BIG THANK-YOU TO AL VICK

The WFSC wishes to acknowledge the services of Al Vick for auditing the WFSC's 2004 financial records. Al is a member of the Wisconsin Postal History Society and the Badger Stamp Club (Madison).


October  issue

2005 COVER EXCHANGE PROGRAM

The exchange offer will expire October 31 with returns being made to participants by mid-November. See the September 2005 issue of ATFP for details of exchange rules.

 

CALL FOR HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS

Nominations for the 2006 Wisconsin Philatelic Hall of Fame must be submitted by December 31, 2005. For details of qualifications and nominating procedures, see the September 2005 issue of ATFP or request information from Karen Weigt, Secy., WFSC, 4184 Rose Ct., Middleton, WI 53562, 608-836-1509, karenweigt@earthlink.net.

 

WFSC FALL EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING -- OCTOBER 29

The meeting will be held at TOSAPEX in West Allis. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend and is extended the right of discussion. Contact WFSC Secretary Karen Weigt if you'd like to be included on the mailing list for meeting details.

 


November issue No column this issue


December issue No column this issue

19th ANNUAL WFSC CLUB TRIVIA CONTEST MOVED TO MARCH

Trivia contest rules and questions will appear in the March 2006 issue of ATFP. Reserve a March or April club meeting date to join in on the fun! (Answers due by April 30, 2006.) The WFSC will award prizes to ALL clubs that attempt to answer at least 50 percent of the questions. Prizes will be distributed at MILCOPEX '06, September 15-17.

 

WFSC WINTER EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING -- JANUARY 21

The meeting will be held in Fond du Lac, WI. Anyone interested is invited to attend and is extended the right of discussion. Contact WFSC Secretary Karen Weigt if you'd like to be included on the mailing list for meeting details.

 



Latest update: November 28, 2005

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