This page includes The "Who's Who in the WFSC" columns from the 1996 issues of Across the Fence Post.
January issue No column this issue
Member: Jerry D. Weasner
Jerry Weasner has just taken over the reins as president of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs. This is, therefore, a good time to get to know him a bit better.
Jerry lives in the township of Day-ton, just outside of Waupaca, WI, with his wife of 33 years, Patricia. They have six children but, unfortunately, the stamp-collecting bug has bitten none of them.
Employed as a stock keeper, Class A, at the Waupaca Foundry, Jerry usually works an evening shift and occasionally a late-night shift. He is SS years of age, so he has a lot of years of stamp collecting ahead of him. His wife is an executive manager for Tupperware.
Jerry enjoys woodworking as another hobby and has done some gardening; roses are a favorite. His other collecting interests include Hot Wheels and Matchbox model cars, metal cast airplanes, and banks. Since banks, however, can be quite expensive, they are not as easy to collect. He does some fishing, but does not hunt. And, of course, he is a Packet fan. (Isn't everyone?)
Jerry started collecting stamps in the late 1960s. He was in Thailand at the time, while serving in the U.S. Air Force. His total military career spanned from 1962 until 1970, and he was in the Vietnam area for a time during that war. By 1980, Jerry had accumulated a few stamps. When a collector friend moved w Chicago, he left Jerry a lot of stamps and his collection took off from there.
In 1984, Jerry and a few interested friends started the Chain-o-Lakes Stamp Collectors Club. Jerry was elected president and has been its only president to date. The club has steadily grown and has 16 members today. The club recently sponsored a three-week display at the Waupaca Public Library, where Jerry displayed some of his stamps. Otherwise, he has not exhibited his collection.
As a general worldwide collector, Jerry's favorite areas are Japan and the Far East. He also likes German stamps and gets a lot of them from his son and another friend who live in that country.
Jerry is a member of the American Philatelic Society and American Topical Association. He also belongs to the Experimental Aircraft Association.
He recalls the time when he obtained several old magazines from a lady in Wild Rose. They were copies of Life Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post published in the 1940s and 1950s. Inside were full-color pages of postage stamps, and he was quite impressed with them. He laments the fact that we don't see any of this today. Our hobby needs all the exposure it can get. His advice to other collectors is to promote the hobby more among our youth.
Jerry does not just talk a good talk, but he walks the good walk as well. He is working with the Waupaca Postmaster to present programs for school kids. For the recent three-week display at the library, Jerry had 1,000 ballpoint pens made for giveaways. The pens included a Chain-o-Lakes Stamp Collectors Club promotion, and they really made a hit with the kids.
When the club was first formed, 6e had T-shirts made to advertise the club. Now, when members wear their shirts, the club gets some exposure. Jerry also has a cap that advertises the club and a promotional display for his car.
As Jerry takes on the challenge of running the WFSC, we certainly all wish him our best. You have our trust and support, Jerry. Good luck.
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Member: Dennis Mueller
By Robert J. Mather, Waukesha County Philatelic Society
We go to Kenosha this month for a chat with Dennis Mueller, long-time member of the Kenosha Stamp and Cover Club. Dennis served as this group's treasurer for 12 years and is one of those key people that every club needs to keep the machinery running smoothly.
Dennis has been married to his wife, Darlene, for 36 years and they have three daughters. Dennis tried to get them interested in stamp collecting but none of them have an interest today.
Dennis is 56 years of age and he and his family live in the city of Kenosha. Power Brace America, a company of about 200 employees, keeps Dennis employed as a quality assurance technician. When asked if his wife works, he stated that as a housewife, she works more than he does.
When Dennis was about eight years old, his mother's friend gave him a batch of German stamps and showed him how to collect stamps. He started collecting worldwide issues and to this day he still collects worldwide. He has developed a special interest in John F. Kennedy stamps as well as in American flags and eagles. He gets new issues through the U.S. Postal Service Philatelic Fulfillment Service Center in Kansas City and really hasn't had much trouble with his orders. He feels, however, that the latest fee increase was excessive.
Dennis has exhibited his stamps only at the annual Kenosha Stamp and Cover Club show. Two years ago, the Kenosha club honored Dennis with the Jack Larson Member of the Year Award. (Jack Larson was one of the last surviving founding members of the club). Dennis loves to read and has lots of books. He enjoys working with the computer and designs his own album pages. He also collects coins and souvenir cards and has grandchildren that he loves to play with. He is not interested in sports, although he does do some fishing. He is a member of the American Philatelic Society, the United Postal Stationery Society, and the Souvenir Card Collectors Society. Dennis tells the story of not knowing that his next-door neighbor was a stamp collector. Then, just before the neighbor died, he gave Dennis his collection. It included three duck stamps that Dennis had been looking for - all signed by the neighbor.
His advice to other collectors is that "Stamp collecting should be fun. If you can't have fun with the hobby, it becomes work."
We send Dennis our best wishes and hope that he has many more years of "having fun" in the hobby. •
October issue No column this issue
Member: Fred Ziemann
By Robert J. Mather, Waukesha County Philatelic Society
Fred Ziemann joined an elite group in 1996, when he was inducted into the Wisconsin Philatelic Hall of Fame.
Fred has made a name for himself in philatelic circles not only because of his friendly smile and warm personality, but also because of his willingness to give to the hobby and to share his collecting expertise with others. As the longtime treasurer of the Wisconsin Valley Philatelic Society, he is a mainstay of that club. He is quite active in the WFSC and does a lot of exhibiting.
Most of us have heard about the theft of Fred's owls collection after having exhibited it at the 1989 international show in India. Fred relates how notices of the theft were published in various periodicals and stamp publications, and how awestruck he was at the outpouring from other collectors - friends and unknown collectors alike. Because he received so much owl material and helpful information on the subject from around the country, he is convinced that all collectors are a special group of people. He says that he has never met a dishonest collector.
Fred has been married to his wife, Davey, for 51 years and they have three children, none of whom are collectors. Fred and his wife live in the town of Texas, just northeast of Wausau. He has been retired since 1987, having spent his entire working career as a forester. Fred earned a master's degree in forestry from the University of Michigan and then spent 24 years working for Appleton Papers. After that, he spent 14 years at the Brokaw (WI) mill of Wausau Papers, located just outside of Wausau. When he retired, he was director of fiber resources and was responsible for pulpwood procurement and timberland management. Fred is 73 years young and certainly doesn't show his age.
Fred does the bull work in gardening and his wife does the fine tuning. He played tennis in college but now enjoys golf, hunting turkey and deer and watching football. He used to collect owl statuary, etc., for his wife. Currently, they both collect wolf items. Fred is a trustee of the local Boy Scout Council, he is associated with the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee, and is a member of the Society of American Foresters.
Fred's grandfather introduced him to philately, and he collected stamps throughout his youth. Other interests then took precedence and he did not return to the hobby until after moving to Wausau in the early 1980s. He collected United States stamps until five or six years ago, but now collects only topical material. Of course, he collects owls on stamps. He also has three one-frame topical exhibits: "Wolf," "Esperanto," and "Strange Stuff." Fred most enjoys his "Strange Stuff" collection, and it was voted the most popular one-frame exhibit at INDYPEX.
His advice to collectors: "Don't do it as an investment, but rather for the enjoyment of it. Collect whatever you want and not what someone else tells you to collect."
We send our best wishes to Fred and his family and wish him many more years of owls, wolves, and strange stuff, etc. •
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Latest update: June 14, 2005