Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs (WFSC)
Across the Fence Post Newsletter
"Clubs are Trump" columns for 2006

          This page includes previous Clubs are Trump columns from the WFSC newsletter, Across the Fence Post published in 2006.


January issue

By Maurice D. Wozniak, President of WFSC

At least two member clubs meet twice a month. Central Wisconsin Stamp Club meets at both Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids, and Rockford Stamp Club meets once for those who prefer a morning meeting and again for those who prefer to meet in the evening.

In November, the Green Bay Philatelic Society hosted members of the Northwoods Philatelic Society of Iron Mountain, Mich., at a silent auction program.

Other clubs in close proximity to one another could adopt this kind of visit, and an especially interesting program would make a visit more enticing.

(In another more common example of cooperation, members of the Kettle Moraine Coin and Stamp Club, West Bend, could take advantage of a bus trip arranged by the Milwaukee Philatelic Society to Chicagopex.)

Winter in Wisconsin may not be the best time to make a long drive in the dark, but itís a good time to plan a summertime visit.

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Most clubs feature a holiday dinner or party for their December meeting.

To enhance interest in membersí attending during this busy holiday season, some add to the program. For example, the Green Bay Philatelic Society offers a Scavenger Hunt. Members are asked to bring with them stamps that portray Oregonís Crater Lake, a sheep, and a U.S. observatory, and other specific subjects, 10 in all. The Northwestern Mutual Stamp Club in Milwaukee offers a partial rebate for their dinners. Thatís also a good way to keep your treasury at a reasonable level.

What others are doing

Program subjects for the Outagamie Philatelic Society in 2006 include: January 19, the opening of the Appleton Post Office; Feb. 16, Show and Tell on a favorite stamp item and the trivia contest; March 16, Test Your Skills contest and Outapex promotional mailing; April 20, Scavenger Hunt and election; May 20 Banquet. Members are assigned to provide refreshments at the meetings.

Programs for the Kettle Moraine Coin and Stamp Club, West Bend, are: January, Where to buy "stamp stuff"; February, Stamp Sets; March, Airmails, Stamps and First Flights; April, Currency; May, Treasure Hunt; and June, Wrap up for adults and bourse for the kids.

The KMC&SC newsletter, "The Mint Issue," also described an experiment to test a suggested method to deal with tough-to-soak self-adhesive stamps. The method involves soaking the stamps in tap water for about an hour, then popping the container into the freezer for about 24 hours and finally allowed to thaw for another 24 hours. Bottom Line: Sadly, this is not a perfect answer. Adhesive remained on some stamps, and on some, part of the stampís back paper came off.

Green Bay Philatelic Societyís timely January program is a slide show on "A Placid Winter: the 1932 Wither Olympics on FDCs."

The Northwoods Stamp and Coin Club, Rhinelander, held a $1 auction at a meeting. The response was favorable, according to the club newsletter.

February issue

By Maurice D. Wozniak, President of WFSC

For many club-members of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs, the New Year brings a new round of dues collection. Clubs use different methods to facilitate the gathering.

The American Topical Association Chapter 5 noted that, at $2, "Dues may be cheap, but membership is not."

The Milwaukee Philatelic Society offers five "stamp bucks," good at a later club auction, for dues (of $5 for adults and $2 for those under 18) paid by Jan. 1.

"What a ($5) Christmas present to give yourself!" the Green Bay Philatelic Society Newsletter gushed.

What others are doing

Art Petri was elected president of the Milwaukee Philatelic Society. Other officers: Linda Brothen, vice president; Kurt Albrecht, treasurer; Carol Schutta, secretary; and Frank Jenich and Arthur Graf, directors.

Art Petri also was elected president of the Wauwatosa Philatelic Society. Other officers: Joel Haeberlin, vice president; Nada Bevic, secretary; John Fagan, treasurer; and Al Eckl Jr., librarian.

Linda Brothen was elected president of the North Shore Philatelic Society. Other officers: Robert Henak, vice president and treasurer; and Howard H. Perlick, secretary.

Mike Sagstetter was elected president of the Wisconsin Valley Philatelic Society. Other officers: Dave Clements, vice president; Paul Nelson, secretary-treasurer; Fred Zieman, reporter-editor; and Mike Lenard, APS and WFSC representative.

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Wisconsin Valley Philatelic Society members are able to obtain part of the collection of Bill Grosnick, who died in Wausau recently, through meeting auctions and net-price sales. The proceeds go to Grosnick's widow.

Frank Moertl talked about computer-generated postage at a meeting of ATA Chapter 5.

The Kettle Moraine Coin and Stamp Club plans ZIP Code Day at the Brownsville Post Office.

During the "season of giving," members of the Northwoods Philatelic Society, Iron Mountain, Mich., decided that any profits from the sale of covers with a commemorative cancellation at the Felch Post Office would be used to donate stamp-collecting references to the North Dickinson School library. They also sent a $50 check to First Lutheran Church in gratitude for the use of the facility in recent years.

Information for Clubs Are Trump is gathered from club newsletters. Please send them to Maurice D. Wozniak, 1010 Berlin St., Waupaca WI 54981.

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April issue

By Maurice D. Wozniak, President of WFSC

Several philatelic clubs find that stamp lots gathered for them by friendly dealers serve a two-pronged purpose -- they give members an interest in coming to meetings to see what's offered, and they provide money for the club treasury, even when the individual stamps in the lots are sold at bargain prices.

The Central Wisconsin Stamp Club, Stevens Point and Port Edwards, reported that it had made nearly $300 profit from an auction and sales, and expected another $150 from a subsequent auction.

During a recent search by members of the Rockford Stamp Club through a lot, "we sold almost enough to pay for the lot and there are still over 90% of the stamps left," the Rockford Stamp Notes bulletin boasted. Prices were reduced to 5 cents each for the latest stamp search thNo column this issuerough the lot.

What others are doing

After the deaths of two members recently, the Central Wisconsin Stamp Club voted to purchase and donate philatelic reference works representing their collecting interests to the Stevens Point Library -- a British Empire book and "United States Stamps 1927-32." The action provides a fitting and long-lasting memorial to deceased stamp collectors.

At CWSC meetings, members discussed Rattlesnake Island Local Post covers and purchases made during a trip to Great Britain.

The Green Bay Philatelic Society hosted "a kind of stamp camp for juniors" at the Green Bay Central Library.

Along with a member's talk on the History of Appletonís Post Offices, the Outagamie Philatelic Society had the Appleton postmaster as a guest at a club meeting, according to the club newsletter.

The Open Album bulletin of the NML Stamp Club features clippings and excerptsí from news items that collectors may find interesting.

Information for Clubs Are Trump is gathered from club newsletters. Please send them to Maurice D. Wozniak, 1010 Berlin St., Waupaca WI 54981.

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Latest update: March 6, 2006 

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