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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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WHERE: Brown County Aging Resources Center

WHEN: January 15, 2014 (third Thursday of every month)

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

PROGRAM: Silent Auction

Reminder: We are back at the Brown County Aging Resources Center (Senior Center) with that we need volunteer members to pick up a key from the Senior Center by 4:00 pm on the day of the meeting. January's volunteer is Dave Burrows.

Winter Months Reminder: in the event of adverse weather the meeting will be canceled if the Green Bay Public Schools are canceled.

December Meeting

We were back at the "old digs" for our December meeting, only they aren't so old. The Aging and Disability Resources Center did a wonderful job of remodeling and while the facility was always a great place to meet, it is much more welcoming and comfortable now.

The meeting was called to order by president, Dave Burrows. The minutes of the November meeting were read and approved with one minor correction. Kirk gave the Treasurer's Report. A motion was passed approving the report.

Committees: Dave asked to keep the committee reports to a minimum as we had a busy schedule for the December meeting

Unfinished Business: None.

New Business:

New Honorary Lifetime Members: We had gone a number of years without a new Honorary Lifetime member, then in November it was announced that two members had been elected to Honorary Lifetime Membership (Randy Kuehl and Ken Coakley). At the December meeting a third candidate was announced as having been elected to Honorary Lifetime Membership. Congratulations to Clete Delvaux who was nominated by Ken Coakley. Ken did a nice job of summarizing Clete's multiple contributions to the club including longevity (a GBPS member of 30+ years), 4 terms as club president, 6 terms as club secretary, and 18 years as newsletter editor. In addition, Clete is a member of the American Philatelic Society (APS) and American Topical Association (ATA). Clete is secretary of JAPOS (Journalists, Authors, and Poets on Stamps), a subgroup of ATA. He has represented GBPS at the Federation's statewide meetings and always been willing to help with publicity, set up, take down, and the youth table at Baypex. Clete, thanks for all your help and dedication to GBPS over the years.

Proposed Club Activity: Darryl Ruprecht mentioned that the Allouez Village Band plays on the third Monday of each month at the Meyer Theatre. He mentioned that our own, Mark Schroeder, is a member of the band. Darryl suggested that we might want to consider attending one of the concerts as a group and maybe we could get some publicity by being announced when the band recognizes various groups in attendance. This item was postponed for future discussion.

Club Survey: Bob Petersen compiled the results of the club survey. Here is a brief summary of what the mean averages showed:

Very interesting results. Bob, thanks for taking the time to put the survey together and compile the results.

Editor's comments: I am going to take a line or two to comment on what I think are a couple of striking opportunities for us. First, why are we so heavily male, in fact why is our hobby so heavily male? I have been asking that question for a while now, and I don't get any good answers. We currently have 32 adult members of which all but 2 are men. In our juniors membership we have 5 members and they are much more evenly divided with 2 young men and 3 young women. Folks, at least on the adult side of the club we are missing out on almost 50% of the population. Seems like a great opportunity to increase the membership of our club. The second clear result of the survey to me is that our members have a great attitude toward the value of their collections — they seem to be collecting for the pure enjoyment of collecting. For education, for enjoyment, for self-satisfaction, and so on. They do not appear to be collecting to get rich. Well, I think I went over my couple of lines, but thanks for giving me the opportunity to add my 2 cents worth.

December Program: Our annual Christmas party was a fantastic smorgasbord of holiday treats. We had cheese and sausage to cookies, herring, candy, and to top it all off we had ice cream cake, punch, and coffee. Thanks to all for a wonderful evening.

In addition to the silent auction, Dave showed us how several concepts in marketing stamps to our local club might work including a "buy it now" section, a "club lot" section, and a normal "silent auction" section. Thanks Dave for giving us some additional ideas to make the monthly "silent auction" a little more interesting.

Finally, we had our annual Philatelic Treasure Hunt. The Scott numbers of the correct answers are shown in red after the clues:

  • Love letter by Abigail Adams. 3499 or 3551
  • Round space stamp. 3412
  • Heater/aerator stamp. 3320
  • Alphabet raises ghosts. 4196
  • "The Age of Innocence" - author. 1832
  • Morning glory and honeybee. 3243
  • Doctor responsible for quick score on newborns. 2179
  • Self portrait of artist born in Coyocoan, Mexico City, Mexico 3509
  • "Go Directly to Jail." 3185o
  • Defeated Custer 1855 and 2183

    We had two participants tied for first with 8 out of 10 correct answers. By luck of the draw Dave Devroy edged out Bob Petersen. Congratulations to both Dave and Bob.

    Thanks to Randy Younger for taking the time to develop the scavenger hunt.

    January Meeting: Dave noted that he would like to have a discussion on ways to shorten the business part of our meetings so that we can get to the "fun stuff" quicker. Please give some thought to this topic between now and our meeting on January 15 so we can have some meaningful discussion on the subject.

    Dave's Deliberations

    None for this month.

    Ray's Ramblings

    Last month we finished up the 1950's in our journey through U.S. stamps and I commented that we would either move on to the 60's in U.S. stamps or maybe we would examine a foreign country or two.

    In reading one of the more recent Linn's I came across an article on numbers of new issues by county. Linn's runs a similar article on an annual basis. I got to thinking that some of you might be thinking about venturing into a foreign collection or branching out into an additional foreign country and that this might be useful. Here is the website where this information can be found: The website includes data back to the year 2002. Some of you know that at one time I collected stamps from Greenland. I used similar data when deciding to collect stamps from this country. I found that they only issued 12 to 15 stamps per year and at a very moderate price too. Some of my Greenland stamps are shown below.

    Scott #67
    Scott #67
    Scott #141
    Scott #141

    Scott #B10
    Scott #B10

    I really enjoyed the pertinence of the subject matter, the clean design, and the wonderful engraving. Czeslaw Slania engraved a number of Greenland stamps and you already know that I am partial to his work. However, as time went on Greenland got a little greedy and began increasing the number of stamps issued each year along with the cost to collect these stamps. In recent years the number of new issues has increased from that 12 to 15 stamps to 26 or 27 stamps per year, still not too bad. The average cost per year to collect each of the new stamps is now averaging $63.50 per year and that got to be too much for me to spend just on new issues from Greenland for a year so I stopped collecting new Greenland issues several years ago.

    What philatelic entity do I want to collect next? I haven't decided yet, but I am looking at the Scott/Linn's stamp count and cost table as one source of information to help decide. Some interesting countries with relatively conservative stamp issuing policy include French Andorra and Spanish Andorra. A stamp from each of these countries is shown below.

    Checking the Scott Worldwide Stamp Cost Guide we can find that in 2013 French Andorra issued 14 stamps at a cost of $17.50 and Spanish Andorra issued 11 stamps at a cost of $14.00. Hmmm, much more reasonable than the path Greenland has taken and still some very attractive stamps. Other countries with a picture of a representative stamp are shown below.

    Spanish Andorra
    Spanish Andorra
    French Andorra
    French Andorra

    Zimbabwe (10 issues in 2013, cost $7.10)

    I realize that many of these countries might be considered obscure at best. If you are looking for a more popular country to collect you can check out their stamp issues as well. Some of those countries still have a moderate policy like Luxembourg, Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Latvia, or St. Pierre and Miquelon. Represetative stamps and 2013 issue numbers and face value for each of these countries are shown below.

    Burma (4 stamps in 2013, cost $3.00)
    Cape Verde
    Cape Verde (4 stamps in 2013, cost $3.60)
    Bahamas (27 issues, $20.50)
    Luxembourg (30 issues, $34.20)
    Bermuda (18 issues, $18.10)
    Latvia (26 issues, $28.70)

    Brazil (26 issues, $50.25)

    St. Pierre and Miquelon
    St. Pierre and Miquelon (26 issues, $37.50)

    Well, we'll call that a wrap for this month. I hope that you learned of a new tool for your philatelic tool box and maybe got an idea or two for expanding your collection.

    Dues are Due

    Dues are now due. We are trying a new procedure this year. When you renew your membership in the stamp club this year, the Treasurer will ask you to verify the contact information in the club membership list. If there are any changes to your information, it will be noted and updated. Dues are still only $10 per year.

    Stamp Shows

    (See Across the Fence Post for more details)

    Feb. 7: Janesville Annual Exhibition and Bourse
    Ramada Inn
    3900 Milton Ave.
    Janesville, WI
    Mar. 7-8: Stampfest '15
    St. Aloysius Gonzaga Hall
    1435 S. 92nd St.
    West Allis, WI
    Mar. 21, 2014: Baypex '15
    St. Matthew Catholic Church Multi-Purpose Room
    2575 S. Webster Ave.
    Green Bay, WI

    Schedule of Events

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