Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs (WFSC)
Across the Fence Post Newsletter
1997 Club News columns

         This page includes The Club News columns from the 1997 issues of Across the Fence Post.

January issue No column this issue

February issue No column this issue

March issue No column this issue

April issue


Milwaukee-area clubs held their 11th annual Distinguished Philatelist Appreciation Dinner on March 16, 1997. This year's honorees were Gene and MaryAnn Bowman. They were selected for the honor because they have visibly and repeatedly demonstrated their interest in the hobby of stamp collecting. Both are members of the Waukesha County Philatelic Society.

Gene's exhibit of Cape of Good Hope triangular stamps has won many international-level awards. MaryAnn has served for over 10 years as the WFSC's VP Youth Division and is active in youth philately in numerous areas on the national level.

The 1997 event was hosted by the Italian-American Stamp Club, with Bill Otto serving as chairman of the Advisory Committee.

May/June issue


Due to a double booking by the hall management, dates for the 1997 TRI-PEX Stamp Fair have been changed to June 28-29. The event will be held at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Hall, 1435 So. 92nd St., West Allis, WI. Hours are 10 a. in. to 5 p. m. on Saturday: 10 a. m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.


After a six-year hiatus. FONDYPEX returns as a one-day show this fall. The event is sponsored by the Fond du Lac Stamp Club and will be held on Saturday, September 13 at the American Legion Memorial Clubhouse in Fond du Lac, WI. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further details, contact: Fred Ericksen, P.O. Box 821, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-0821.


The Badger Stamp Club's annual DANEPEX returns on Saturday, November 1, after a one-year break to search for a new location. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Madison's far-east side at Abundant Life Christian Church School, 4901 E. Buckeye Road. Features are a 16- to l8-dealer bourse, U.S. Postal Service Substation, competitive exhibits, and a youth activities area. A display related to the show theme of postal "firsts" will include Madison's earliest known cover postmarked October 22, 1837.

For further information, contact: Karen Weigt, 4184 Rose Ct., Middleton, WI 53562-4339, (608) 836-1509.


STAMP SHOW '97, sponsored by the Kenosha Stamp and Cover Club, was held February 15-16 at St. Mark's Auditorium in Kenosha. Show covers, which depict the first two United States stamps, are still available. For mail-order information, contact: KSCC, P.O. Box 1524, Kenosha, W1 53141-1541.

Exhibit awards were as follows:

Best of Show plus 1 st in topical category - Perfins of the New York Life Insurance Co., by Robert Balcorne

2nd in topical category - Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, by Frank Garniss

3rd in topical category plus People's Choice - Louis Braille and the Blind, by Kurt and Irmgard Daniels

lst in theme category - First U.S. Postage Stamps, by Serge Logan

lst in U.S. category - Statue of Liberty, by Dennis Mueller

2nd in U.S. category - U.S. Issues of 1847, 1851 and 1857, by Louis Perri

3rd in U.S. category Hearts: U.S. Love Stamps, by Helen Larsen

July/August issue No column this issue

September issue


Circus World Museum Promoter Chappie Fox is featured on the multicolored cachet of the Milwaukee Philatelic Society's 1997 circus parade cover. Covers were canceled each day of the parade celebration held July 10-13 at the lakefront Veterans Park showgrounds.

The MPS has issued circus parade covers for each year 1971-73 and 1985-97. Cost of the 1997 cover is $1 each or $5 for a set of four. Send orders to: MPS Circus Covers, P.O. Box 1980, Milwaukee, WI 53201. Make checks payable to MPS and include a #10 SASE.

October issue No column this issue

November issue


In June, Valerie Cook became the newest member of the Janesville Stamp Club's Hall of Fame. Cook will retain the plaque, to which her name has been inscribed, until the next inductee is honored. The club's Hall of Fame was instituted in 1996. Honorees are chosen because of their outstanding service to the club and efforts in promoting philately. The plaque holds space for a total of 12 names.


MILCOPEX '97, sponsored by the Milwaukee Philatelic Society, was held September 19-21, at State Fair Park in West Allis. Congratulations to Wisconsin exhibitors at this national-level show who won the following awards:

Silver - London and Altered Plate Prints of the Confederacy, by Gary Zink

Silver - Trans-Mississippi Issue of 1898, by Robert Lieb

Silver-Bronze - Legendary Space Flight, by Jack Green


In order to be more descriptive to the general public, the Wisconsin Valley Philatelic Society has substituted the word "fairs" for their usual fall/winter "bourses."

Dates for the 1997 fairs are November 8 and December 6. 1998 dates are January 10, February 14, March 14, and April 11. The fairs are held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Days Inn (formerly Rib Mountain Travel Inn) in Wausau.

Fair chairman is Jim Johnson, who can be reached at (715) 359-4326.


This year's WauSAUpex, sponsored by the Wisconsin Valley Philatelic Society, included 11 displays judged by show visitors. Results of the Peoples' Choice ballots were:

First - World Map of Stamps, by Kyle Anderson (a WVPS youth member)

Second - U. S. Christmas Postage, by Don Leitzke

Third - Postmasters' Early Cancellations, by Bill Grosnick

The event was held September 27-28 at the VFW Hall in Wausau, WI. It was dedicated to the memory of Wilmer (Bill) Kendall, with two exhibit frames showing items depicting Bill's philatelic life in the Wausau community. Kendall, a longtime WVPS member and stamp dealer passed away on July 29, 1997.

December issue


DANEPEX '97, sponsored by the Badger Stamp Club, was held November 1 at Abundant Life Christian School in Madison. Exhibit judges were Jim Maher and Claude Giralte. Exhibit awards were:

Open Division

lst and Best of Show plus Most Popular Exhibit - Discontinued Post Offices of Sauk County, by Adrian Stransky

2nd - The Two-Cent Trans-Mississippi Stamp, by Robert Lieb

2nd - Other Aspects of Greenland Philately, by Charles Shoemaker

Single-Frame Division

lst and Best Single-Frame Exhibit - Collecting Wisconsin Covers, by Jim Hale

2nd - Trans-Mississippi Exposition Postal Cards, by Robert Lieb

2nd - Railroad Shows from 1905-1910, by Gary Small

3rd - Domestic Postal Card and Postcard Rate: Sept. 14, 1975 - Dec. 31, 1975, by George Cook

Youth Division

lst and Best Youth Exhibit - Types of Birds, by Lisa Giss

lst - U.S. Olympics, by Aaron Zutz

2nd - American Authors, by Margaret Elvekrog

2nd - The First Fifty Years of Airplanes, by Julie Giss


The Northwoods Philatelic Society (Iron Mountain, MI) cordially invites visitors to its meetings held every third Tuesday of the month at First Lutheran Church, 1210 So. Stephenson Ave., Iron Mountain, MI. Meeting time is 7 p.m.

Latest update: June 12, 2005 

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