This page includes President's Message columns from the 1997 issues of Across the Fence Post.
Welcome to the New Year
By WFSC President Jerry D. Weasner
I believe that setting a couple of goals for the New Year is better than several resolutions that seem to disappear. I have four personal goals. First is to get my stamps organized and inventoried on my computer. Second is to acquire Internet access. Third, to visit my son in Germany this summer. And, fourth is to just enjoy this year and my recently remodeled home no matter what happens in the world.
1997 offers a big year for the WFSC and Wisconsin philatelists. In addition to our two usual major shows, WISCOPEX in May and MILCOPEX in September, we have the APS STAMPSHOW to look forward to in August. The WFSC, of course, will be represented at all three. Then, if your pocketbook can handle it, you can also get out to San Francisco in June to attend the gigantic Pacific 97 show.
In addition to shows, we're looking forward to at least one first day in the state - The Stars and Stripes Forever! issue at STAMPSHOW.
There's also a good possibility Wisconsin could host a first day event for the promised Vince Lombardi stamp. Green Bay in July would be just fine.
1997 also brings a new face to the WFSC Executive Board with Paul T. Schroeder taking office as the east-central region VP. At this time, I'd like to welcome Paul to the WFSC official family. Paul has already attended two Executive Board meetings and has offered valuable input. We look forward to more of his leadership wisdom.
On the other hand, we will miss Fred Ericksen, who served in Paul's capacity since 1984! Last year, Fred received the well-deserved honor of being inducted into the WFSC Hall of Fame. Thank you, Fred, for all your years of service to the WFSC, and we wish you well in your retirement.
My best wishes to all our WFSC members, too, for a great new year.
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The Stamp Hunter
8y WFSC President Jerry D. Weasner
With tongs, magnifying glass, and catalog in hand, I search through old rooms, attics and garages of this great land.
AND every so often I spy my objective. To others it's trash, no good and worthless; to me its price is merely speculative.
My eyes see a treasure - a tiny work of art depicting history in miniature, not only a one-sided, colored mini-piece of paper.
As I search and accumulate more boxes of treasures, someday they'll realize just who I am. For I am different from the deer hunter; I am the stamp hunter.
Call for Convention '97
By WFSC President Jerry D. Weasner
Here's a special welcome to WISCOPEX '97, the 66th annual Convention and Exhibition of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs. This year's event will be held May 3-4, at the Hart Park Arena, Wauwatosa, WI. The Wauwatosa Philatelic Society under the direction of General Chairman Jim Beck hosts WISCOPEX 97. Claude Giralte has coordinated the exhibits portion of the show.
All WFSC member clubs are reminded to send a delegate and/or an alternate to the Annual Business Meeting, scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Delegates and alternates should be prepared with written credentials - a simple statement signed by your club president designating you as the official representative(s) of your home club. Members-at-large and interested observers also are invited to attend, but have no voting privileges.
The meeting includes reports of officers and committees, elections and appointments. This is the time to bring any comments and suggestions that you or your club may have concerning the WFSC and its operations.
One outstanding Wisconsin philatelist will be honored at this year's WISCOPEX '97 banquet and become the newest member of the Wisconsin Philatelic Hall of Fame. The 1997 WFSC Dealer Recognition Award and exhibit awards also will be presented at the banquet.
Jim Maher, Greg Schmidt and Vern Witt will judge WISCOPEX 97 exhibits. Twenty-two dealers have already signed up for the bourse. The U.S. Postal Service will be present with a substation and special cancel. The show will sponsor a youth area and Boy Scout merit badge-counselling table. A special added attraction is Richard Byrne, who will display his carvings of classic United States postage stamps and demonstrate his craft. Be sure to see this awesome artwork, which has won high awards in carving competitions.
I look forward to seeing all of you at WISCOPEX '97.
A Favorite Topical
By WFSC President, Jerry D. Weasner
I'm very pleased to see the U.S. Postal Service issuing so many aircraft-related stamps this year.
Having served for several years in the U.S. Air Force. I especially appreciate the stamp that commemorates the USAF's 50th anniversary. It features the Thunderbirds, aerial demonstration planes, flying in formation. This year we'll also see a stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of rocket-powered aircraft. It shows the Bell X-1, flown by Chuck Yeager, one of the best test pilots in history, as it breaks the sound barrier. Additionally, we'll have the pane of 20 historical biplanes! Many other countries have also issued aircraft stamps this year.
I try to collect all aircraft stamps issued worldwide during the past five years. A lot of them are associated World War II and its anniversary years. It's quite a challenge whether in mint or used condition.
Just because spring is here and summer is on the way, it's no reason to abandon stamp collecting. Visit the several upcoming shows and, of course, soon those who collect flowers on stamps can get out in the garden and grow the real thing
Our 66th Annual Convention/Exhibition
By WFSC President Jerry D Weasner
WISCUPEX '97, the WFSCs 66th annual convention and exhibition was held May 3-4, in Wauwatosa, WI. Many thanks to the Wauwatosa Philatelic Society for hosting this year's event and to all who helped to make it a success. This includes exhibitors, judges (Jim Mahcr, Greg Schmidt and Vern Witt), dealers, and visitors to the show.
Thank you also to the delegates who took time out from the show to attend the Annual Business Meeting and help make necessary decisions for the future of our organization.
Congratulations to all WFSC officers who received a vote of confidence from the delegates in either being voted into a position for the first time or reelected to another term.
Congratulations to exhibit winners Robert Koschalk (Champion of Champions), Robert
Lieb (Best of Show), and Justin Moore (Best Youth Exhibit).
Further congratulations to Deanna Juhnke, who was inducted into the Wisconsin Philatelic Hall of Fame; and to Kendall Stamps, this year's recipient of the WFSC Dealer Recognition Award. Besides being one of my favorite dealers, Bill and Elaine Kendall have been friends of mine for many years. All of our best wishes go to Bill in recovering from his recent surgery and regaining his health.
Stampin' Into Fall
By WFSC President Jerry D. Weasner
This has been one busy philatelic summer, and with barely a letup we're back into the flurry of activity so typical of fall.
Looking back, it started with WISCOPEX in early May. Sandwiched between two more local stamp shows in our state was Pacific 97. I was happy to hear that several Wisconsin collectors got out to San Francisco. I would have gone, but instead spent two weeks in Germany from July 21 to August 5 visiting my son and his family. My trip included treks to museums, palaces, and the Black Forest. Of course, I visited a stamp store, too, and made some purchases.
But August was the really busy month with the American Philatelic Society STAMPSHOW 97 in Milwaukee and Wisconsin hosting two first-day ceremonies: the Lombardi stamp and "The Stars and Stripes Forever!"
September brings back full-scale club activity and a calendar of shows each weekend.
All of this has kept WFSC officers extraordinarily busy. We held an Executive Board meeting in Madison in June, and the next one is scheduled for October 11 at Waupaca.
Hope you all had as much fun as I had this summer. I look forward to seeing you at the September shows.
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End of the Term
By WFSC Pres. Jerry D. Weasner
Dear Members of the WFSC, Executive Board and Friends: This is the last message of my two years in leading this fine organization. During those two years, I came to realize we need to get out and drum up new members for our local clubs. I know how hard it is to get people to join any organization, much less those who are willing to work for the group. Young blood, however, is essential for managing our future shows. My thoughts regarding Executive Board meetings are that they should be kept a bit shorter. This might mean more individual committee meetings before the entire board convenes. Not that I think we don't need to discuss things as a group, but some subjects are difficult to resolve in this manner, and particularly when meetings are scheduled only three times a year.
I have met many new people during these two years and hope I have never offended anyone. My desire is to see all of you often at stamp shows throughout our state for several years to come. I also welcome anyone wishing to discuss stamp or die-cast toy collecting to write to me in care of the Chain-O-Lakes Stamp Club, N2114 Cleghorn Rd., Waupaca, WI 54981. Or, send me your Internet address and we will keep in touch via modem.
Latest update: June 13, 2005