Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs (WFSC)
Across the Fence Post Newsletter
"The Club Co-op" columns for 1998

          This page includes previous The Club Co-op columns from the WFSC newsletter, Across the Fence Post published in 1998.

January issue

By WFSC Secy. Karen Weigt

An interesting article in The Valley Philatelist, newsletter of the Outagamie Philatelic Society (Appleton), reminds me of the U.S. Postal Service's Celebrate the Century stamp program. The article titled "Good Old Days-1937" cites noteworthy global happenings of that year and is illustrated with stamps depicting subject matter related to those events. It occurred to me that, with minimal effort, this concept could be emulated on exhibit pages for displays at local post offices and libraries. (It would be an interesting series for ATFP, too.)

What others are doing

Last fall, the Milwaukee Philatelic Society offered its usual service to Milwaukee-area collectors by coordinating a bus trip to CHICAGOPEX '97.

Having problems acquiring used copies of all those U.S. se-tenant issues? The North Shore Philatelic Society of Milwaukee suggested its members could solve the dilemma by submitting SASEs for receipt of the club's newsletter. If the stamps make it safely through the canceling machines, recipients have helped themselves and the club treasury!

Wisconsin Valley Philatelic Society (Wausau) officers for 1998 are: Pres. Rick Rodriguez, VP Bruce Goetsch, Secy. Bill Grosnick, and Treas. Fred Ziemann.

In 1997, the Ripon Philatelic Society held two auctions, participated in the WFSC Club

Trivia Contest and a stamp quiz, saw a postal video, and enjoyed a club picnic and Christmas party. When in the area, look for the RPS banner hanging in the Resource Building at the Galloway House in Fond du Lac.

1997-98 Badger Stamp Club (Greater Madison area) officers are: Pres. George Cook, co-VPs Art Arntsen and Myra Reilly, Secy. Gary Small, and Treas. Robert Lieb. In December, the group heard about the history of coil stamps. BSC's 1998 meeting schedule includes programs on topical collecting, semipostals, "dumb" questions and identifying unfamiliar items, the Trans-Mississippi issue, and test stamps.

While looking at programs, the Northwoods Stamp and Coin Club (Rhinelander) recently had a dealer come in to display the various stamp-collecting supplies that are available on the market. In November, NSCC members learned about modern coil stamp varieties.

The Kansas-Nebraska overprint stamps were discussed at the Central Wisconsin Stamp Club's (Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids) November meetings. •


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May/June issue

By WFSC Secy. Karen Weigt

When the Kenosha Stamp and Cover Club holds its annual Stamp Show (and that's the simple name with no "PEX"), it gets the whole community involved.

Club members solicit local businesses for ads, which are published in the 5 1/2 -by-8 1/2 -inch show program. The booklet averages 28 pages, with an additional cover that depicts the show theme.

The program includes a listing of club officers and shows committee members; show schedule, club meeting information, and a full page describing club activities. A two-page article that outlines the history and joys of stamp collecting follows this. An article about the show's theme appears on the center pages.

Mostly because of the high cost of printing, we rarely see this traditional type of show pro-grain anymore, even on the national level. For the KSCC, however, the ads pay for production costs and even reap a profit. Following further tradition, the club presents exhibit awards at a banquet, although the banquet isn't held until May, three months after the show.

What others are doing

Speaking of tradition, many clubs again devoted two of their winter meetings to the annual Linn's Stamp News/Stamp Collector U.S. Stamp Popularity Polls and the WFSC Club Trivia Contest. It appears that these activities are highly favored club meeting programs.

Breaking from tradition, 1998 Ripon Philatelic Society officers are Pres. Marge Beuthin, co-VPs Beth Walters and Roberta Comfort, Secy. Martha Parfitt, and Treas. Charlene Borchert, Look at this, folks - all females in what is known as a male-dominated hobby!

I always look forward to the results of the Green Bay Philatelic Society's annual Way Out Topicals contest. The latest winning entry was "Just Spouting Off," an exhibit page of stamps showing whales, fountains, geysers and volcanoes.

The Badger Stamp Club's (Madison) newsletter has been renamed the Badger Bulletin by new editor Bob Voss. The club also has a new meeting location at the Zimbrick Buick Community Room. Yes, a local car dealer recently released the space within its complex as a service to the public, and it's free! BSC moved from its former location at a library where it was often bumped because room reservations could he made only three months in advance.

1998 marks the 35th anniversary of the North Shore Philatelic Society of Milwaukee. The group kicked off the year with a "Picture Page" in its newsletter showing a photo of each of its members. Hopes are that this will make it easier to connect names with faces while at the meetings. A nice touch, too, are pictures of the 1998 officers: Pres. Linda Brothen, VP Robert Henak, Secy. Roberta Bicha, and Treas. Robert Mather. The newsletter also regularly contains a greeting to members who have recently celebrated birthdays. Dates are attained from information requested on the annual dues renewal form (year not required. I assume).

Waukesha County Philatelic Society officers for 1998 are Pres. Bob Mather, VP George Streiter, Recording Secy. Bob Ulatt, Corresponding Secy. Kurt Albrecht, Treas. Roy Marks and Director Roy Marks. Because of a meeting room rent increase, the WCPS has moved, too. They relocated at a nearby church.

The WCPS held its Spring Auction in March. April meeting programs featured an APS slide program titled "The Tale of the Kicking Mule Cancel" and a presentation by a guest about LZ-130 Graf Zeppelin II mail.

The Wisconsin Valley Philatelic Society (Wausau) now holds "stamps first" meetings, whereby the business meeting follows a 75-minute period devoted to a buy/sell/trade session and program. The purpose is to reduce business and devote more time to "stamping." Officers are to handle all routine matters and bring to the meeting only that which immediately concerns the members or requires their approval. To improve the quality of "stamps first," members can request to have their want lists published in the newsletter that goes out prior to each meeting.

The WVPS has been very involved with Marathon County's Wisconsin Statehood cachet design contest for school children in grades 7-12.

In February, the Wauwatosa Philatelic Society held its annual Kid’s Night at the Wauwatosa Civic Center. The WPS sponsored a major Milwaukee-area auction in March.

Forty students and adults turned out for the Northwoods Philatelic Society's (Iron Mountain, MI) 1998 Stamp Camp for Kids. It appears that the club's publicity efforts directed to schools and Scout troops paid off well. Students rotated between five teaching stations at 20- to 25-minute intervals. In May, the NPS will participate at a Scout-O-Rarma, which will be held at a local mall.

The Northwestern Mutual Stamp Club's (Milwaukee) April meeting featured a presentation on first-day ceremony programs.

Central Wisconsin Stamp Club (Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids) members distributed stamp packets and club information at the Wisconsin Rapids Children's Festival held in April. This club is really digging into U .S. issues with recent programs on the Kansas-Nebraska overprints, Washington-Franklin heads, and the Presidential series.

Members of the Lake County Philatelic Society (Gurnee/Grayslake, IL) enjoyed a January presentation about Germany philately. In April, the group participated in a joint auction with a neighboring Illinois stamp club


July/August issue No column this issue

September issue

By WFSC Secy. Karen Weigt

More and more shows that used to be two-day events are now just one day. Going back to the 1990-91 calendar year, I found only two one-day shows listed. The 1998-99 schedule lists eight! Additionally, whereby six clubs traditionally held their shows at a hotel/motel, only one remains at that type of facility.

Reason for the trend appears to be simple economics. With rising costs for show space, a two-day event is no longer affordable. Furthermore, I'm told that hotels also have embarked on a trend. Today, many will rent space only to events that require meals and draw the maximum overnight guests.

Perhaps this isn't the worst scenario for local shows. In my opinion, one day is all that's needed to make the rounds to dealers, view exhibits, etc., which accounts for why second-day attendance is usually low. With a one-day event, dealers don't have the added cost for Saturday night lodging, and both the dealers and the club show workers can spend Sunday recuperating with their families.

For dealers who prefer a full show weekend, I've heard it suggested that clubs within a reasonable distance apart might coordinate their one-day shows. That is, one club hold its show on a Saturday, the other on a Sunday.

I welcome your comments.

What others are doing

Wisconsin's sesquicentennial benefited at least four WFSC member clubs:

• The Northwoods Philatelic Society (Iron Mountain, MI) reaped great publicity during its participation at Wisconsin Statehood stamp second-day festivities held at the Florence, WI, Post Office.

• The Wisconsin Valley Philatelic Society (Wausau) significantly enhanced its treasury through Marathon County postmark cover sales. The WVPS earned a well-deserved reward, as it was a huge undertaking to coordinate production and sales for 13 different cancellations.

• The Sheboygan Stamp Club garnered newspaper coverage in conjunction with its help applying their local post office's second-day cancel.

• The Badger Stamp Club (Madison) also appeared in the local press and profited from first- and second-day cover sales.

The August 1998 issue of Badger Postal History, journal of the Wisconsin Postal History Society, includes an extensive documentation of events and circumstances surrounding the Wisconsin Statehood stamp

New Green Bay Philatelic Society officers are Pres. Peter Adamini, VP Gordon Lindner, Secy. Thomas Johnson, and Treas. Ken Coakley. Clete Delvaux has resumed duties as newsletter editor. The group's annual joint meeting with the Outagamie Philatelic Society featured a silent auction.

The Northwoods Stamp and Coin Club (Rhinelander) reports that a silent auction held at its recent show were very successful and drew extra interest.

After nearly two years of bouncing around to various temporary meeting locations, the Lake County Philatelic Society (Gurnee, IL) is back home again at the Warren-Newport Public Library. The group was forced to leave while the library was undergoing renovations.

Last spring, the LCPS sent a press release to the local newspaper announcing its April auction. To the club's delight, a reporter showed up at the meeting and wrote impressive article with much needed publicity. The July meeting featured the American Philatelic Society slide show titled "errors, Freaks and Oddities. " •

October issue

By WFSC Secy. Karen Weigt

Get your own club home page on the Internet! It's free and it's easy for all that hold American Philatelic Society chapter membership. Simply follow the instructions published on p. 3 of your spring 1998 APS Chapter Activities Committee Newsletter.

Although your club meeting dates and locations are already listed within the WFSC home page and also on the APS Web site (www.west.net/ ~stamps l/aps.html), here's a chance to gain additional publicity. With millions surfing the Web these days, it's a great way to promote your club and bring in potential new members. For a sample of what can be done, go to:

www.delphi.com/stamps/apschap.html and click on Badger Stamp Club."

What others are doing

With the new stamp club year having begun in September, I'm starting to see annual program schedules. Take a look. There may be some ideas for educational meeting topics that your group will want to consider.

The Badger Stamp Club's (Madison) 1998-99 educational program schedule is:

Sep. 5 - Exhibiting Your Stamps (panel discussion)

Oct. 3 - Greenland: The American Issue

Nov. 7 - Dumb Questions/What is it? Bring your oddities

Dec. 5 - Stamp Collecting on the Web

Jan. 2 - A New Year, New Countries (worldwide collecting)

Feb. 6 - Perfins and Precancels

Mar. 6 - APS Slide Show "Detecting Forgeries"

Apr. 3 - Collecting Israel

May 1 - APS Slide Show "Stamp Printing Methods"

BSC meets twice a month, with an auction held at each second monthly meeting.

New BSC officers are: Pres. Karen Weigt (yes, me), VP Myra Reilly, Secy. Charles Shoemaker, Treas. Bob Lieb, and board members Dan Undersander, Bob Voss and John Rettig.

Here's the Belle City Stamp Club's (Racine) meeting calendar:

Sept. 3 - APS Slide Show "The U.S. 1847s"

Oct. 1 - Club Auction

Nov. 5 - APS Slide Show "How to Collect Air Mail Covers"

Dec. 3 - Christmas Party

Jan. 7 - Club Auction

Feb. 4 - APS Slide Show "Pan-American Exposition"

Mar. 4 - Club Auction

Apr. 1 - APS Slide Show "Fancy U.S. Cancellations"

May 6 - Club Auction

June 3 - Collecting on a Shoestring

For November, February and April, members are asked to bring a show-and-tell item related to the slide show topic.

The Oshkosh Philatelic Society has its club year planned out too:

Sept. 1 - Pick and Poke

Sept. 21 - Auction

Oct. 6 - One-Page Exhibit

Oct. 19 - Club Dinner: Guest Speaker Oshkosh Postmaster

Nov. 3 - Pacific Survey Flights

Nov. 16 - Dealers' Night

Dec. 1 - Exchange Philatelic Gifts

Jan. 5 - Linn '.s Stamp Popularity Contest

Jan. 18 - Travelogue

Feb. 2 - Auction

Feb. IS - WFSC Club Trivia Contest Mar. 2 - Auction

Mar. 15 - APS Slide Show "Errors, Varieties, Freaks, and Oddities on U.S. Stamps"

Apr. 6 - Philatelic Games

Apr. 19 - Dealers' Night

May 4 - APS Slide Show "Detecting Forgeries"

May 17 - EAA Video

Aug. 17 - Swap Meet

Additional OPS plans are for a picnic in June and a visit to another club in July. 1998-99 OPS officers are: Pres. Paul Thoman, VP Hank Schmidt, Secy. Orion Hintz, and Treas. Paul Schroeder.

For yet more program ideas, you might consider:

Members of the Central Wisconsin Stamp Club (Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids) were asked to bring a cover with a story to the May meeting. In September, members heard about why canceled stamps are worth more than mint never hinged.

Wauwatosa Philatelic Society's July meeting featured a stamp scavenger hunt. ZIP nite --- a program on U.S. ZIP codes - was held at the June meeting of the Northwestern Mutual Stamp Club (Milwaukee). •

November issue

By WFSC Secy. Karen Weigt

Help me on this one. How did the tradition of show themes and covers get started" And, does this tradition serve any real purpose for today's local club shows?

After considerable thought, I've come up with the following positive aspects:

• .A theme provides an angle for media publicity directed toward the non-collecting public.

• Theme artwork helps to dress up publicity fliers.

• The theme could generate exhibits from those who collect material related to the topic. (For national-level shows, the theme might serve to demonstrate support for specially group conventions hosted by the show.)

• A theme depicted within a pictorial postmark design involves the show with recording social history. An approved postmark in turn ensures that the Postal Service will be on site with a substation.

• A cover serves as a record of club history, and cover sales might generate extra income for the show.

• The presence of a theme and cover reflects show vigor. It appears these elements have become so entrenched in show structure that their absence is often construed that the annual event is beginning to falter.

Do you agree that these are worthy reasons to maintain tradition, or is it all just a lot of hoopla?

What others are doing

To coincide with United Nations month, the Waukesha Philatelic Society's first October meeting featured "United States Philately," an American Philatelic Society slide show. The group's annual Fall Auction of 77 lots was held at the second meeting of the month.

A note in WPS's newsletter advises there could be a shortage of 1998 Christmas stamps. Print numbers were limited because of the rate change due in mid-January.

Northwoods Philatelic Society (Iron Mountain, MI) 1998-99 officers are Pres. Ellsworth Semler, VP Bill Allen, Secy Jim Stearns. and Treas. Mark Pleyte. In November, APS will again participate with a table at the International Fair, held at a local mall. The annual event has been successful in bringing new members to the club.

Kenosha Stamp and Cover Club members recently enjoyed the Smithsonian Institution's video titled "The Air Mail Story." In September, a philatelic judge presented the basics of stamp exhibiting.

After you acquire your philatelic treasures, what do you do with them`? This was the discussion topic for the Green Bay Philatelic Society's October meeting.

Bill Grosnick sent me the photo shown below. I'm pleased to publish it and welcome your club photos too. •

December issue No column this issue

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