Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs (WFSC)
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1994 President's Message columns



          This page includes President's Message columns from the 1994 issues of Across the Fence Post.



January issue.

The New Year Brings New Challenges to WFSC

By WFSC President Greg S. Schmidt

This regular column will give you a better idea of what is going on, not only with other clubs around the state, but also results of WFSC Executive Board meetings and their impact on you and philately in the state of Wisconsin.

First, let me introduce myself. I have been president of the WFSC since the sudden loss of Erik Martini last March. At various times throughout the past seven years I have served the WFSC as vice president, regional vice president, Judging Committee chairman and "Blue Book" project chairman. I have been in the plumbing trade for 18 years, being self-employed for the last three years. My wife Diana and I have been married for 11 years. We have a daughter, Lesley, who is 7.

Now, on to news of clubs around the Federation. The Lake County Philatelic Society, of Waukegan, IL, has rejoined us after a brief hiatus. Welcome back, and we look forward to seeing you at the next convention.

Since the last convention was held in Wausau, the First Day Cover Collectors of Wisconsin has disbanded due to lack of new volunteers. I was especially sorry to see this group dissolve,

as I had worked with several of their members throughout the years to resolve problem areas, such as judging of first-day cover exhibits. Any time we lose a club, it is a loss for philately, and this one really hurt. I can only hope that in the near future someone out there will pick up the baton and carry on the fine tradition set by the previous members and officers of the FDCCW. As a postscript, I wish to publicly thank the FDCCW, which has made a monetary donation to the WFSC, with the only request that those monies be used solely for supporting youth philately.

Some goals for the New Year: Bob Mather has resigned from the Wisconsin Stamp Suggestion Committee after seven years of service. We need some one to take up the causes that Bob has already started and continue in pursuit of stamps honoring Wisconsin's proud heritage. Promoting and encouraging youth philately and exhibiting should be a goal for all of us. Promoting cooperation between clubs, started by Erik Martini, must be continued. With the work that has gone into the new format of your newsletter, I challenge each and every one of you to contribute toward its content.

Finally, I want to wish all of you a happy and prosperous new year and much enjoyment in our hobby of philately. •


February issue

WFSC VP Changes, 1993-94 Presidential Appointments

By WFSC President Greg S. Schmidt

As of January 1 1994, Douglas Galaszewski began his two-year elected term as WFSC Vice President. I have known Doug for some time, and I'm confident that he will be a hard-working VP. I wish to take this opportunity to publicly thank Allan Marcus for filling in as the WFSC VP for the last 10 months of 1993. A1 helped immensely during and after a transition period, which left a temporary vacancy in that office. A1 is currently involved with the Newsletter Committee. Also effective as of January 1, 1994, John Fagan took over Doug's duties of Milwaukee Region VP. John has handled the printing of our newsletter since 1989. Welcome aboard as a WFSC officer, John.

In accordance with WFSC Bylaws, within 60 days of taking office, the president is required to either reinstate or change existing presidential appointments that run concurrent with the president's term. As my elected term began on January 1, 1994, I am taking this time to officially reinstate all existing presidential appointments. With reinstatements now official, I will focus on these individual appointments and summarize the responsibilities involved with these positions.

• Rep., American Philatelic Society (Karen Weigt): Handle annual WFSC membership matters.

• Rep., Council of Philatelic Organizations (Karen Weigt): Keep abreast of COPO activities relative to Wisconsin philatelists.

• Corporate Registered Agent (Karen Weigt): Ensure that annual WFSC incorporation reports are filed.

• Finance Committee (Chrmn. Deanna Juhnke, Jim Maher and Douglas Galaszewski): Maintain inventory control, prepare annual budgets, review project and newsletter budgets, and make financial recommendations to the WFSC Executive Board.

• Publicity and Public Relations Committee (Co-Chrmn. MaryAnn Bowman and Karen Weigt): Promote a positive and up-front image of the WFSC through a variety of means.

• Committee on Judging (Chrmn. Vern Witt, Frank Moertl, Chuck Rebek and Jim Maher): Maintain listing of WFSC judges and apprentices, provide judges and judging guidelines for local WFSC member-club shows, recruit and train new judges, and provide award criteria and current judging sheets.

• Wisconsin Stamp Suggestion Committee (currently vacant): When deemed necessary, prepare letters of opinion to the U.S. Postal Service, research potential Wisconsin-related stamp subjects, submit correspondence

to various officials, including the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, to promote Wisconsin-related U.S. Postal Service issues.

• Bylaws Committee (Chrmn. Karen Weigt and Raymond Wood): Review existing bylaws and recommend amendments to reflect changing times, functions and nature of the WFSC, and consider suggested amendments made by others.

I will focus on the remaining committees and reinstated appointments in next month's newsletter.


March issue

More 1993-94 WFSC Presidential Appointments

By WFSC President Greg S. Schmidt

This month's column focuses on the remaining presidential reinstated appointments that were introduced in the February '94 newsletter.

• Committee on Exhibitions (co-Chrmn. Vern Witt/Perry Hams, Fred Ericksen, and Ron Fritz/Ken Peters): Act as counsel to host club(s) that sponsor the annual WISCOPEX, review and update the rules for WISCOPEX, and invite suggestions for improvements and added activities. Committee comprised of the last three WISCOPEX shows chairmen. Automatic appointments at WISCOPEX Annual Business Meeting, with the earlier year show chairman/co-chairmen serving as committee chair.

• Hall of Fame Committee (Chrmn. Douglas Galaszewski, Verna Shackleton, and MaryAnn Bowman): Publicize the WFSC Wisconsin Philatelic Hall of Fame, seek and screen nominations, and ensure that Hall of Fame functions and formal inductions are handled in an orderly and respect-able fashion. One new committee member appointed at WISCOPEX Annual Business Meeting for a three-year term, with final year serving as committee chair.

•Hall of Fame Permanent Record Book (Frank Moertl): Annually update the book as necessary.

• Nominating Committee (Chrmn. Vern Witt), Roy Northwood, and Wm. Grosnick Sr.): Canvas WFSC clubs for qualified candidates for the offices of president, VP, secretary, and treasurer. Comprised of the three latest available WFSC past-presidents, with the senior member serving as committee chairman. Automatic appointments at WISCOPEX Annual Business Meeting.

• Newsletter Committee (Chrmn. Karen Weigt, MaryAnn Bowman, Al Marcus, and Ron Hayes): Update design, format and content of the WFSC newsletter. Set guidelines for the editor, both present and future.

• Newsletter (Clete Delvaux, editor; Karen Weigt, interim editor thru June 1994; and Ron Hayes, advertising manager)

• Historian (Steve Langkau): Gather and maintain the historical files and WFSC memorabilia.

• BLUE BOOK (Greg Schmidt): Update WFSC BLUE BOOK pages as necessary, and distribute updated pages to WFSC club delegates at WISCOPEX.

• Tax Advisor and Auditor (Kurt Albrecht): Advise the WFSC of IRS non-profit regulations, and annually audit the treasurer's books.

• Cover Exchange Program (MaryAnn Bowman): Publicize the annual program and handle exchanges.

• Membership Manual (Karen Weigt): Assemble an updated manual for distribution to WFSC clubs.

• WISCONSIN ON STAMPS Handbook and Slide Show (MaryAnn Bow-man): projects currently deferred to a future date.

• WISCOPEX '94 Show Chairman (Deanna Juhnke)

As you can see, our federation is made up of many volunteers who donate countless hours each year and deserve not only our thanks, but also our support. •


April issue

Call for Convention '94

By WFSC President Greg S. Schmidt

The 1994 Convention and Exhibition of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs, WISCOPEX, will be held April 30 - May 1, at the University Center, U.W.-Stevens Point, 1015 Reserve St., Stevens Point, WI. (See your March issue of ATFP for detailed maps and parking information.) This year's WISCOPEX is hosted by the Central Wisconsin Stamp Club and is chaired by Deanna Juhnke, who is also WFSC's treasurer.

All WFSC member clubs are re-minded to send a delegate and/or an alternate to the Annual Business Meeting, which will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. Delegates should be prepared to check in at 12:45 p.m. with written credentials - a simple statement signed by your club president designating you as the official representative of your home club. Members-at-large are also invited to participate in the meeting, but have no voting privileges.

The meeting will include officer, committee, and project reports. This is the time for comments and suggestions that you or your club may have concerning the WFSC and its operations. The delegates will vote upon election of officers and new candidates to the WFSC Hall of Fame. Several appointments also will be made.

WISCOPEX offers many interesting and diverse adult and youth exhibits in the open competition. It additionally features the Best of Show exhibits from local club shows throughout Wisconsin, which will be competing for the title of "Champion of Champions." Three WFSC judges with many years of experience will judge exhibits.

The bourse will offer something for everyone. The U.S. Postal Service will have all the recent issues on hand and the stamp and cover dealers will have a wide and varied stock of material for all budgets. Everyone is reminded to patronize the dealers, as they are the backbone of every stamp show. For the youth, there will be a special table of stamps and materials oriented toward youth interests and lighter budgets.

Three statewide societies will meet at WISCOPEX, and these meetings are open to the public. Check your show schedule and program for meeting place and times, and find out what these groups have to offer.

You are also urged to check in at the WFSC table when you arrive. Get your home club name lighted on our display map and register for door prizes. Show us you're wearing your WFSC logo button and you'll receive a gift. While there, also offer part of your time during the weekend to relieve those staffing the table or to help out in some other manner.

Finally, I look forward to seeing all of you and hope that you and your families enjoy your stay in Stevens Point. •


May/June issue

Benefits of Your WFSC Membership

By WFSC President Greg S. Schmidt

With the annual WFSC convention and exhibition at hand, I felt it timely to address an issue close to all of us. That issue being the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs and the benefits it offers to its members.

The most visible benefit of member-ship is what you are reading right now. The newsletter provides you with a wide range of information, from important announcements, news of clubs throughout the state, a junior and an editorial column (an arena to air issues that you or your club might have), stamp collecting articles, and most important to exhibition visitors and clubs hosting shows, a show calendar.

The annual convention and exhibition, while hosted by a member club(s), is guided quietly behind the scenes through the hands of the Committee on Exhibitions and other experienced members of the Federation. This includes the Judging Committee, which is always working at refining and updating existing judging criteria and judging sheets for adult and youth exhibits, as well as pioneering new areas of exhibiting criteria, such as "philatelic artwork." The WFSC also helps by providing free WISCOPEX publicity in its newsletter and by providing the Champion of Champions award. Finally, as related to exhibitions, the Federation has made avail-able to each member club a working manual for show committees, known as the "Blue Book," which covers all aspects of sponsoring a show, from when to get started to the awards banquet, and everything in between.

The Federation offers a link to its member clubs through the regional vice president's program. If you wish to discuss important issues affecting your club and/or the Federation, or if you know of a group that might be interested in becoming a Federation club, please contact the regional VP in your area or the WFSC Central Office. Also if you or any member of your club are interested in serving as an officer or committee member, simply contact any of the officers listed on the inside page of this newsletter.

The Publicity and Public Relations Committee is involved in exposing the non-collecting public to the virtues of philately. It additionally promotes organized philately and the WFSC by issuing press releases and attending various events and distributing your local club information around the state.

As you can see, when compared to any other philatelic organization, the 80^ in dues that you pay per year for Federation membership has to be the best bargain in organized philately today. The WFSC offers you so many benefits: a newsletter to educate, inform, and to help keep you in touch with others throughout the state; an annual convention and exhibition to renew or make new philatelic contacts and learn about the Federation and exhibiting; a collective forum for promoting youth philately; and officers and committees, who are working hard to constantly offer new services and benefits for all Federation members.

Finally, I challenge each of you to contribute something to your Federation, for without quality input, the output will suffer in the long run. Thank you. •


July/August issue

1994 Convention/ Exhibition

By WFSC President Greg S. Schmidt

The annual Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs convention and exhibition was held in Stevens Point, WI, on April 30 - May 1, 1994. The following is a wrap-up of what took place during this year's WISCOPEX. The show opened on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m., with the judging team of Jim Maher, Frank Moertl, and me beginning the task at hand. The dealers at this year's WISCOPEX offered an interesting variety of material for all pocketbooks.

The Annual Business Meeting was called to order at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday, with Verna Shackleton presenting the invocation. There were 20 voting delegates at this year's meeting, and total WFSC membership (as represented by member club dues) is 1,215 plus eight members-at-large. Reports of officers and committees can be found in the official minutes published elsewhere in this issue of ATFP.

Of special interest at this year's meeting was the induction of two new members to the Wisconsin Philatelic Hall of Fame. They are James B. Hale and Karen Weigt. Congratulations to these very deserving individuals. Karen Weigt has agreed to continue in the position of interim newsletter editor until a new permanent editor can be

found. I wish to take this time to thank Clete Delvaux for his many years of service as editor of this publication.

The Wisconsin Chapter, Junior Philatelists of America held they’re meeting at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday. A video, "African-American Legends and Leaders in American History," was presented during the meeting. On Sunday morning, the Wisconsin Postal History Society held their annual business meeting, with several members present.

The WISCOPEX banquet was held Saturday night at Michele's restaurant. The meal was family style, with every-one enjoying the food and conversation. The highlight of the banquet was the announcement of exhibits awards and presentation of plaques and honorary lapel pins to the new Hall of Fame inductees. This year's Champion of Champions award went to Ron Hayes. The Best of Show was awarded to Verna Shackleton, the Youth Grand to David Updike, and the Youth Reserve Grand to Amy Galaszewski.

June E. Berwald, president of the Minnesota Federation of Stamp Clubs, made the long trip from Plymouth, MN, to attend this year's WISCOPEX. I enjoyed discussing ideas with her and look forward to more exchanges in the future. I also welcome her as a WFSC member-at-large.

With the 63rd Annual Convention and Exhibition now history, I thank Deanna Juhnke and the entire member-ship of the Central Wisconsin Stamp Club for hosting this year's WISCOPEX. Many hours go into put-ting together a show of this size and all involved, including the dealers, de-serve a big thank you from the WFSC members and officers.

The Badger Stamp Club will host WISCOPEX '95 under the guidance of Show Chairman Dan Undersander. It will be held April 22-23, at the Holiday Inn Southeast, Madison, WI. You'll see more about this event in the coming months.

The following clubs will host future WISCOPEXes:

1996 - Waukesha County Philatelic Society

1997 - Wauwatosa Philatelic Society

1998 - Outagamie Philatelic Society (Appleton)

1999 - Belle City Stamp Club (Racine)

I want to thank all the officers, committees and members of the Federation for your continued support and wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable summer. •


September issue

The New Stamp Show Season

By WFSC President Greg S. Schmidt

Welcome back.

The 1994-95 stamp season officially starts this month, and I hope that you and your families had an enjoy able summer season.

On Saturday, June 25th, the WFSC held an Executive Board meeting at TRI-PEX. Several items of interest were brought up, including progress of WISCOPEX '95, which is well under control; the fine-tuning of ATFP by the Newsletter Committee; and new ideas for promoting stamp collecting throughout the state of Wisconsin. The Judging Committee was asked to work on criteria for single-frame exhibits, and the board agreed to initiate an annual dealer recognition award.

The Wisconsin Stamp Suggestion Committee remains vacant, and Robert Mather still is willing to tutor any volunteers on what is involved with getting a stamp subject to fruition. Although Bob was the former sole member of the committee, it doesn't have to be just one person and prefer-ably will be filled with two or more. Please let me, Bob, or any member of the WFSC Executive Board know if you can help. This committee is very important, and it would be a shame to see it remain empty much longer. So, please get involved.

The Judging Committee is recruiting apprentice judges. If you think you'd like to become a judge, please drop me a line and I'll get you in touch with someone who can get you started.

While we're on the subject of getting involved, the WFSC is always looking for volunteers to fill positions on committees, to serve as regional VPs, or help with special projects. If you're not sure of what you can do, just contact us, and we'll work with you. Volunteers make this Federation work, and without a constant supply of new bodies, we will suffer the same fate of other groups, such as the First Day Cover Collectors of Wisconsin.

Finally, with the fall season, comes stamp shows and the resumption of stamp club meetings. I urge you to attend local shows and support the efforts of the show committees and dealers who make these shows possible. Become involved with your local club by volunteering to do a program or serve as an officer. The benefits you'll reap will far out-weigh the effort - you'll enjoy this hobby more and make new friends. •


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