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Green Bay Philatelic Society
Green Bay Philatelic Society

APS Chapter #1219

Brown County Aging Resources Center, 300 So. Adams St., 3rd Thursday of each month, open 7pm, business meeting 7:30, program 8pm.
Contact: 1002 Amberly Trail, Green Bay, WI 54311

Dave Burrows, President
Randy Younger, Vice-President
Ray Perry, Secretary
Kirk Becker, Treasurer
Ray Perry, Editor
Darryl Ruprecht, Publisher

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SEPTEMBER MEETING — Go Packers, Badgers, and your local High School Team

WHERE: Brown County Aging Resources Center

WHEN: September 17, 2015 (third Thursday of every month)

TIME: Open 7:00 pm, Business Meeting 7:30

PROGRAM: Pretty—Ugly Night and Silent Auction

Reminder: We need volunteer members to pick up a key from the Senior Center by 4:00 pm on the day of the meeting. June's volunteer is Dave Burrows.


I don't know about all of you, but this summer just flew by for me. It seemed like we were just finishing up elections at the May meeting and here it is time for our September meeting already. Hope you all had a very enjoyable summer, I know I did. Spent time watching our grandkids play soccer and baseball. Did some fishing, took in a Brewer game (they actually won), and made a trip or two to Door County.

This past summer I also found another area to collect through an article in Linn's Magazine. That area is Indian Reservation Stamps. Starting in 1959 many tribes have issued various hunting, fishing, and conservation stamps for their tribal lands. Upon researching the field I found that some of the stamps are little more than a certificate with little to no artwork, but some are quite colorful and beautiful. Shown nearby is a set issued by the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. These were valid from July 1, 1995 through June 30, 1996. I found this particular set to be very attractive. If nothing else I think that I picked up a set of stamps that are not commonly found. Some of the Indian Reservation stamps are quite pricey, others are very affordable. If you are interested in learning more, I suggest you look up the article in the May 11, 2015 issue of Linn's Stamp News. It was in the Stamp Market Tips column. The Linn's article states that for more detailed information look up the book A Comprehensive Catalog of Indian Reservation Stamps edited by Michael Jaffe.

Native American Hunting Stamps

September Program: Our Program Coordinator, Bob Petersen, has been hard at work coming up with new ideas for programs for our meetings. The past couple of years we have done "pretty/ugly" night in September. In lieu of that Bob has lined up Dave Devroy to do a presentation titled "Lighter than Air Craft". No worries though we will reschedule the "pretty/ugly" night for another meeting when you will get a full month's notice in the bulletin instead of the short notice that comes with the September newsletter.

Of course we will also have a silent auction.

October Program: Yes, we went from late summer to mid-fall in one page of the newsletter. October's program has traditionally been "Way Out Topical Night" and club policy is to give members a two month lead time on these programs that require a little extra thought and effort. So, here is your advance notice that the program for October will be "Way Out Topical Night." See the rules below:

  1. Bring a display of no fewer than 6 but no more than 12 different stamps mounted on one album page or stock sheet.
  2. Choose an appropriate title for your topical display.
  3. Your stamps should depict a common topic that is consistent with the title.
  4. Place your name or initials on the back of the display.
  5. After the business meeting, all entries will be displayed on a table so that all members can inspect the creativity of their colleagues. After members have inspected the entries, each will vote for his/her favorite. Runoff ballots will decide any ties.

One note here — please note the first rule (no fewer than 6 and no more than 12 stamps) — recently there have been some violations of this rule. I know it is hard to limit any of us to just 12 stamps, but rules are rules.

Second note here — please bring a photo copy of your Way Out Topical, I will send it in to the Federation for posting on the website. If you don't want your entry on the website, just let me know.

Prizes: $5 for 1st place, $3 for 2nd, $2 for 3rd.

The idea behind this event is to be creative and have fun. Last year's entries included:

  1. "Baby Birds on Stamps" (1st place)
  2. "Different Shapes on Stamps" (2nd place)
  3. "Bridges of Philately" (3rd place)
  4. "Eight Island Tour"
  5. "Tools to Help you Accomplish your Goals"
  6. "You've Got Mail"

You get the idea — play with your stamps and just have fun.

New Newsletter Feature: This September we will start a new segment that will appear off and on in future newsletters. Some of us have written about how we got into our wonderful hobby, what we collect, and how our collecting interests have evolved over time. I thought it would be nice to do a kind of philatelic biography on members of the club. Marcelo Cruz has written up a short summary of his philatelic exploits and it is shown below. Please, please, please consider writing up something on yourself and send it to me for inclusion in a future newsletter. I will be happy to help you with it if desired.

1968: A Tumultuous Year Worldwide
By Marcelo Cruz

In 1968, people around the world rose up to challenge established power structures. It was a year that students and workers took to the streets of Paris and began what was to be the Paris Uprising. In Mexico, the government massacred protesting students in Mexico City in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, while in Prague citizens in the streets challenged Soviet tanks, and in Vietnam the Tet offensive began the U.S. military defeat in Southeast Asia. In the US, Students for a Democratic Society challenged the Democratic Party in the streets of Chicago and Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated. Young people throughout South America began to mobilize for a more just and equitable society.

I was ten years old and quite innocent and ignorant of these events impacting the world around me. That same year, my father, himself a collector when he was a young boy, introduced me to a fascinating world of history, geography, science, architecture, music and literature in miniature works of art that connected people and places. My Dad took out a large envelope of postage stamps that created a mound on my small working desk. I was taken by the color and shapes of some of them. I was intrigued by the landscapes and I found the names of countries so foreign to me. As a new name crossed my eyes Helvetia, Suomi, Deutschland, Polska, Eire, Magyar, Sverige, and the Cyrillic writing of eastern European countries it became an adventure to solve. I would rush to consult the family's encyclopedia to learn about the far off lands from where these small pieces of art came to sit on my small desk. We would spend hours classifying them by continent and then by country. My father brought home envelopes and I would write the names of the countries on these envelopes and placed the corresponding stamps into the envelopes, and stored them in a metal grey box that held my collection. I still have that grey metal box today, and now store duplicates in those same original envelopes. My Dad taught me how to handle the stamps with tweezers (the English term for tongs) and he brought out his Scott catalogue of 1944-1945 and showed me how to use the catalogue. I still have these catalogues from my Dad.

On my 12th birthday, my father bought me my first stamp album, a Scott Modern World Stamp Album 1970 edition. It was my prize possession; I still have it with me. I remember the joy of working on my small but growing collection every night at the table in my study corner where I usually did my schoolwork. My Dad taught me how to soak stamps off of the envelopes, to dry them, and to mount them on to the album with hinges. The album was in English and it helped tremendously with learning the language. I would wait anxiously for the mail to see what small treasures awaited me. I believe that it was then, working on my stamp collection, that I began to have a growing appreciation for geography. I would walk to the post office to buy new issues and to the library that had Scott Catalogues on reserve so I could identify correctly stamps that puzzled me. My reading and appreciation for the English language improved greatly.

As the 1970s advanced, I grew into my teens and events around me hit home personally. I set aside this lovely hobby and became part of that youth movement that yearned to make our world that we lived in a better place for everyone and not only for the fortunate few. This decision took me abroad and my small collection sat in a box back home. I would buy new issues and visit stamp stores, but I accumulated not really collected. I did start a collection of Russia that I took back with me when it was time to go home. But that collection joined my boyhood collection in that box. Life took me and my young wife to Los Angeles, California to study and work and that box for some reason followed us there but remained closed. Working in a stressful job in the newsroom for the Los Angeles Times, my wife gave me a gift for my birthday that I still have today, a Lighthouse Album for the United States. It was a way to forget the stresses of the newsroom and deadlines and the day's current events and sent me to a world of far off landscapes, fauna and flora and art in miniature. Deciding to go back to University to get a doctoral degree was not an easy one, and philately had to be put on the back burner. After receiving a PH.D. in Urban Planning, life took me to the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay and those long cold winters . I decided to ship the Lighthouse Albums and that box that followed me, and I began to organize the collection into homemade albums as a way to keep myself busy during those cold Wisconsin evenings.

One of my courses that I teach is Introduction to Regional Geography at the University. Organizing my African and Eastern European collections actually helped me put together lectures for that class. The passing of my wife left me alone and studying those small miniatures of art and history was a way of dealing with the emptiest feeling I ever felt. My hobby was always a personal one, so I decided to change this, and make it social. Meeting such great people at the Green Bay Philatelic Club encouraged my renewed enthusiasm for the hobby and my collection, small compared to some of my colleagues in the club, but a renewed joy and a way to de-stress from the toils of the day. I have joy once more in my life with a new partner to share life with, and life as taken another turn to New Mexico. I have shared my joy of this hobby to my partner and her love for France prompted me to start a new project with her. Yes, collecting these miniature treasures of France, a project from which we both can share and learn. I guess stamp collecting has always been there for me, as a reminder of loved ones whom have touched me in my life, as a hobby that has helped me to accept, learn and reflect on my world, and as a path for building community.

Editor's Note: Many thanks to Marcelo for agreeing to be the first to submit this biographical sketch of his pursuit of philately. In my opinion it is well written and an interesting read. I do want to comment to others that may be considering something similar — do not be intimidated by the length of Marcelo's article, it does not have to be this long. Marcelo, thanks again for being first.

Dave's Deliberations

Early this summer there was an Executive Committee Meeting. The main purpose was for the members to state their opinions of the past year, and make any suggestions that could improve our club. The structure that evolved during this meeting was not radical, just formalization of that already occurring. Our doors have been opening at 7.00 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 7.30 p.m., now our meeting will begin at 7.00 and will end at 9.00, rather than tapering off from 8.30 to 9.00. The half hour before the business meeting at 7.30 is to emphasize our recognition of our young members and provide guidance for them. At 7.30, and hopefully ending by or before 8.00 there will be the business portion. Beginning immediately following the business meeting, our program of the month will have as much time as needed of the next half hour, and the final thirty minutes will be for the silent auction and other member interaction.

I am taking responsibility for providing the first guidance for our younger members, and of course for any of our other members who would like to eavesdrop.

Editor's Comment: believe it or not Dave and I did not commiserate on the previous two paragraphs. I wrote mine, then read Dave's. I guess its true, Great minds think alike!

Ray's Ramblings

Not much room this month, so I'll just make a couple of comments about where I see us going in the future. We wrapped up the U.S. stamps from the 1980's in the June, 2015 newsletter. I would like to continue on with U.S. stamps, but with the plethora of stamps issued in the past couple of decades I will be selective about which stamps make it in the newsletter. Then there is always the back of the book to cover (no pun intended). From 1990 through 1999 there were some 930 stamps issued by the USPS. Really? Yep, really! While there were some very noteworthy topics like the 50th anniversary of WW II did we need 50 stamps to commemorate it? We had sports covered from the olympics to college football, from recreational sports to alpine skiing. I counted no less than 70 sports stamps not counting those issued as part of the Celebrate the Century stamps. You may agree or disagree with me about the validity of the topics I picked out, but I think that everyone can agree the USPS needs to show a little restraint on the number of new issues coming out each year. Someone far wiser than me once said "Everything in Moderation". More on the 90's next month.

Stamp Shows

(See Across the Fence Post for more details)

Sept 25-27, 2015: Milcopex 2015
Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport
6401 South 13th St.
Milwaukee, WI
Oct 17: CENWISPEX '15
Holiday Inn Convention Center
1001 Amber Ave.
Stevens Point, WI
Oct. 24-25: Tosapex '15
St. Aloysius Gonzaga Hall, 1435 S. 92nd St.
West Allis, WI
Nov. 21: Oshkosh Stamp Bourse
Elk's Club, 175 Fernau Ave.
Oshkosh, WI

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