Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs (WFSC)
Across the Fence Post Newsletter
2004 Club News columns

         This page includes The Club News columns from the 2004 issues of Across the Fence Post

January issue

MILCOPEX: New and Revitalized

By WFSC VP Youth Division, MaryAnn Bowman

A group of concerned Milwaukee area philatelists have banded together to revitalize the APS accredited stamp show. A new show site, the Four Points Sheraton, located across from Mitchell International Airport, offers better amenities and free

parking (one of the biggest complaints concerning past show locations). The show dates for 2004 had to be changed to accommodate the shift in venue on such short notice. This year's show will be held September 3 - 5, but negotiations are under way to contract with the hotel for the traditional third weekend in September dates for future shows. Some collectors may recall that this is the same hotel where the ATA's National Topical Stamp Show was held in 1999.

Bob Mather is the General Chairman for the show and is in the process of appointing his committee. Three "listening" sessions were held in Milwaukee, Madison and Sheboygan, offering collectors an opportunity to voice their concerns and to give input into future exhibitions. Every Federation Club as well as members-at-large received letters requesting input.

Favor packages were prepared for the Chicagopex banquet and Bob Mather gave a short speech inviting their support of MILCOPEX. The Publicity Committee is working on ideas to attract others to the show as well as to promote the stamp

collecting hobby. A committee is being formed to plan for daily educational programs and seminars.

Our goal is to put the "phun" back into philately. We hope you will notice the difference. Can we count on you for your support? (Contact Bob Mather, S56 W29562 Roanoke Dr., Waukesha, WI 53189 or MaryAnn Bowman, P.O. Box 1451, Waukesha,

WI 53187 with your questions, ideas, and/or comments.)

February issue


The Milwaukee Philatelic Society's annual spring bourse, STAMPFEST, will be held March 6-7 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Hall, 1435 So. 92nd St., in West Allis. Hours of the event are Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free, and door prizes will be offered.

STAMPFEST has been held each year since 1976. The MPS, which sponsors the event, was established in 1899.

March  issue


The MPS now meets in Rm. G150 at the Mayfair Shopping Center, Mayfair Road and North Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.


The MSPC has moved its meetings to the Monroe Public Library, 927 16th St. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month.


JSC meetings are now held at the Job Corp Building, Center and Kellogg Sts., in Janesville. The club meets at 7 p.m. every third Thursday of the month, except July and August.

April  issue

MILCOPEX Revitalized

Start planning now to attend the new and revitalized MILCOPEX being held at the Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee Airport Hotel and Convention Center the weekend of September 3 – 5, 2004.

The Christmas Philatelic Club will be meeting and celebrating their 35th anniversary with us. Plans are also in the works for them to have a special cachet and a one-day cancel marking the event. The MILCOPEX show theme itself is still under consideration.

Former Wisconsinite Mary Ann Owens is planning on attending and will be giving a seminar – topic to be announced at a later date. Other educational workshops and seminars are currently being scheduled. If you have ideas or suggestions for topics to be included, or if you would like to be a speaker at one of our seminars, please write to us at the address below.

Dealer tables are filling up fast. A court of honor and competitive exhibits are being solicited.

There will be something for stamp collectors from beginners to advanced. Plan now to attend. For further information or to suggest programming ideas, write to MILCOPEX, P.O. Box 1451, Waukesha, WI 53187.

May/June issue

MILCOPEX Prospectus Available

An exhibitor’s prospectus is available for MILCOPEX to be held September 3 – 5 at the Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee Airport, 4747 South Howell Avenue, Milwaukee.

The show is a World Series of Philately competition, and the grand award winner qualifies to enter the champion of champion’s competition at the American Philatelic

Society Stamp show 2005.

Copies of the prospectus may be obtained from Robert Henak, MILCOPEX 2004 Exhibits, P.O. Box 170832, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53217-0832. Information is also available by e-mailing Henak@execpc.com or at the web site www.MilwaukeePhilatelic.com


Milwaukee-area clubs held their 18th annual Distinguished Philatelist Appreciation Dinner on March 28, 2004.

This year's honoree was Rob Henak, member of the Milwaukee Philatelic Society, North Shore Philatelic Society of Milwaukee, American Topical Association Chapter 5, and the Wisconsin Postal History Society. Rob was honored for visibly and repeatedly demonstrating an interest in stamp collecting as well as working to develop interest and enjoyment of the hobby for others.

The 2004 appreciation program was hosted by the Wauwatosa Philatelic Society, with Art Petri chairing the Advisory Committee.


The 2004 TRI-PEX Stamp Fair will be held June 26-27 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Hall, 1435 So. 92nd St., West Allis. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The annual bourse is sponsored by the Polish American Stamp Club, North Shore Philatelic Society of Milwaukee, and American Topical Association Chapter 5.

July/August issue

Kettle Moraine Coin and Stamp Club Wins WISCOPEX '04 Club Award

For the second year in a row, the Kettle Moraine Coin and Stamp Club (West Bend) won the WISCOPEX Club Award by earning the most points for exhibits entered at the show.

The purpose of this award is to encourage WFSC clubs to promote exhibiting. Points are credited to each club for which the exhibitor holds membership. The point System is as follows: Champion of Champions - 5, Best of Show - 4, any 1st Place - 3, any 2nd Place - 2, any 3rd Place - 1.

Here are the points earned by each club at WISCOPEX'04:

Kettle Moraine Coin and Stamp Club - 13 

Badger Stamp Club - 10

Waukesha County Philatelic Society - 9 

Baraboo Stamp Club - 6

Manitowoc Philatelic Society - 5 

Sheboygan Stamp Club - 5 

Wisconsin Postal History Society - 5 

Wisconsin Valley Philatelic Society - 4 

Central Wisconsin Stamp Club - 2

Great job, Kettle Moraine!


Each year the RSC presents the Perry Arnquist Award to one of its members in recognition of outstanding club service. The 2004 award went to Tim Wait, who has served as the club's president for the past three years. He is also RSC's youth leader. Tim additionally regularly participates at the annual Rockford stamp show with his many award-winning exhibits.

September  issue


The second annual Monroe Stamp and Postcard Show will be held Saturday, October 9 at St. Victor's Gym, 1416 20th Ave., in Monroe, WI. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Show features include exhibits, a show cover, dealer bourse, and a U.S. Postal Service station. Parking is free and a lunch stand will be available.

The show is sponsored by the Monroe Stamp and Postcard Club, which was organized in November 2001 and currently has 17 members on its roles. For further information, contact: Earl Button, 1214 2nd St., Monroe, WI 53566, 608-328-2827, e-mail ebutton@tds.net.

October issue


The KSCC has moved its meetings to the Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. and room assignments at the college vary.

Dennis Mueller received the KSCC's 2004 Jack Larsen Memorial Award. The award honors the club's member of the year and was presented at the group's annual May banquet.

November issue


MILCOPEX'04, sponsored by the Milwaukee Philatelic Society, was held September 3-5 at the Four Points Sheraton Milwaukee Airport Hotel. Congratulations to the exhibitors listed below. These individuals either reside in Wisconsin or are connected to the WFSC through membership in a WFSC club. MILCOPEX is Wisconsin's only national-level show.

Open Competition

Gold - Cape of Good Hope -- The Triangular Issue, by MaryAnn Bowman

  Grand Award

. APS Pre-1900 Medal of Excellence

Gold - The Story of America's Libraries, by Larry Nix

. William J. Ulhein Award for Best Americana

Vermeil - Swimming Pool Water Sports, by Claude Giralte

. ATA Bronze Medal

. AAPE Award of Honor

Vermeil - The Donkey in Man's World, by Robert J. Mather

. ATA Silver Medal

Vermeil - Confederate States of America, Stampless Covers, by Roger H. Oswald

. U.S. Philatelic Classics Society Medal

Vermeil - Italian World War 11 Military and Civil Occupation Mail 1939-1943, by Alfred F. Kugel

Silver - Carroll County, Iowa Postal History -- The First 100 Years, by Robert R. Henak

. AAPE Creativity Award

Silver-Bronze - Peacekeeping on Stamps, by Arthur Graf

. AAPE Award of Honor . Novice Award

Silver-Bronze - The Washington Bicentennial Issue of 1932, by Timothy G. Wait

Single-Frame Competition

Gold - State Taxation of Harvested Marijuana, by Robert R. Henak

. APS Research Medal

Silver - The Miracle of Apollo 13, by Jack H. Green

Silver - Pay to the Order of..., by Timothy G. Wait


Silver - Bon Appetit!, by Becca Yahr . AAPE Youth Grand Award

AAPE Youth Grand Award

Other Participants

Court of Honor - Man Beneath the Sea, by Roland Essig

Non-competitive - British Zululand Issues 1888-1898, by Gary Zink

December issue


The CWSC has moved its Stevens Point meetings to 200 Division St., where Jadeco Stamps is now located. Meetings have been held at the Jadeco shop for the past several years. CWSC meets twice a month (except June-August and December). Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays. The first-Thursday meeting is in Stevens Point. The third-Thursday meeting is at the Port Edwards Credit Union, in Port Edwards.

Latest update: June 12, 2005 

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