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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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JUNE MEETING — Happy Memorial Day

WHERE: Brown County Aging Resources Center

WHEN: June 18, 2015 (third Thursday of every month)

TIME: Open 7:00 pm, Summer Agenda — No Business Meeting

PROGRAM: 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 Randy Younger.

May Meeting

The meeting was called to order by president, Dave Burrows.


Unfinished Business:

Tri-fold Brochure: Anyone with input should get that input to Kirk or Darryl.

New Business:
APS Club Membership Report: Ray will fill out the requested report. Membership decided to forego the application for dues free membership for a couple of reasons. First, there are some members that prefer not to provide the level of detailed information on themselves that is requested by APS. Second, and more importantly, we have long held that APS is a worthy organization and that we can help to support them financially by paying regular dues.

Secretary's Annual Club Census Report: Ray confessed that with his current move, family matters, and pressing deadlines in his business, he did not get the annual report done. We were able to put our collective minds together and come up with the following numbers. Three new junior members and 1 new adult member. We lost two adult members for a net gain of 3 junior members and a net loss of 1 adult member.

WFSC Hall of Fame Induction: Ray commented that he attended the WFSC annual banquet at Wiscopex and that our northern-most member, Jim Stearns, was inducted into the WFSC Hall of Fame. Ray reminded folks that the Green Bay Philatelic Society was one of the seconding clubs for Jim's nomination. Congratulations to Jim on his well-deserved recognition and thanks for all that he has done to further the hobby of philately.

President's Annual Report: Dave gave a summary of all that the club has accomplished over the past year and thanked all members for all that they had done to make it a successful year. He especially recognized Kirk Becker, Ray Perry, Darryl Ruprecht, and Ken Coakley for their contributions. I'm sure that all members join me in thanking Dave for his solid leadership over the past year.

Elections: Dave declared all executive offices vacant and asked the nominating committee for its report. Darryl Ruprecht stated that the committee had the following people willing to run for office:

President: Dave Burrows
Vice-president: Randy Younger
Secretary: Ray Perry
Treasurer: Kirk Becker
Dave then asked for nominations from the floor. There were none. Bob Petersen moved that the nominations be closed. The motion was seconded by Darryl Ruprecht. Head Teller, Dave Devroy, cast a unanimous ballot for the announced slate of candidates and the election process was ended with the election of the above slate of officers elected for the 2015/16 year.


Silent auction. There were some very nice items at this month's silent auction. I was very happy to pick up a set of Nyassa postage dues, a couple of which are shown below.

Nyassa Postage Due Nyassa Postage Due

June Program: No business meeting in June, July, and August unless something special comes up. We always welcome our friends from Appleton to join us for our summer meetings. As far as that goes we welcome any and all visitors. Feel free to bring any of your own extra items for the silent auction and by all means feel free to bid on any items you are interested in. While I haven't kept count, I estimate that we have been getting in the neighborhood of 35 to 40 lots at each meeting. Come join in the fun, pick up a few new stamps or sell a few old ones, and by all means take advantage of an hour or two of philatelic fellowship.

Dave's Deliberations

The next three meetings of the GBPS are without business discussion on the agenda. Those taking advantage of attending are talking philately, looking at members' collections, and reviewing the silent auction offerings. This is the opportunity for everyone to pass on to other members, material that is duplicate or otherwise not wanted. We all concern ourselves with what is going to happen to our collections if we do not sell. We might be fortunate to have some material that would be desired in the open market, but realistically our collection is designed for our own enjoyment and not for the purpose of monetary gain. This is the opportunity to provide another member some enjoyment in obtaining some fresh material, and with a little searching, and spending the coins you gain from your offerings, you too can have some fresh material. That unwanted material sitting in a box is of no value to you, so be realistic, use two bits as a starter, you might be lucky and gain multiples of that as I did in the last silent auction with a torn scrap with an imprinted stamp that was identified as an nineteenth century newspaper wrapper. So, get rid of that junk and maybe you too will be lucky!

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

Last month we continued our philatelic time travel through U.S. stamps into the 1980's. We talked about two very popular definitive series; "The Great Americans" series and "The Transportation Coils" series. We also discussed a few of the commemorative stamps from earlier in the decade. This month we'll finish up our journey through the 80's. In 1982 a very popular set was issued. I won't go into a lot of detail as Darlene Waterstreet wrote extensively about it in our September, 2013 issue. I am of course referring to the State Birds and Flowers issue. This was a sheet of 50 stamps which included one stamp showing the state bird and flower for each state. A couple of these stamps are pictured below.

Scott #2001
Scott #2001
Scott #1980
Scott #1980

Many sports and athletes were commemorated on stamps during the 80's. Last month I mentioned two from one of my favorite sports – golf. There were an unusually high number of Olympic stamps issued for the 1984 olympics. These included four 13 cent stamps to pay the post card rate, eight 20 cent stamps to pay the first class rate, four 28 cent, four 35 cent, and four 40 cent airmail stamps for various air mail rates. All of these stamps depicted an athlete participating in a different Olympic sport. At that time the summer and winter olympics were still held in the same year so these stamps depicted both summer and winter sports. A couple are pictured below.

Scott #2070
Scott #2070
Scott #2050
Scott #2050

In addition to the stamps there was postal stationary issued. Other athletes commemorated on stamps of the 80's include Babe Ruth, Roberto Clemente, Jim Thorpe, Knute Rockne, Francis Ouimet, and Lou Gehrig, but probably the most important was Jackie Robinson. As most of you know, Robinson broke major league baseball's color barrier in 1947 when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Major League Baseball universally retired his number, 42, in 1997. A picture of the stamp is shown below.
Scott #2016
Scott #2016

Enough on sports, lets take a look at some of the arts and artists commemorated on U.S. stamps during the decade of the 80's. Some of the authors commemorated include Edith Wharton, Edna St. Vincent Milay, Horatio Alger, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, T. S. Elliot, James Weldon Johnson, William Faulkner, and Ernest Hemmingway. Many of these authors we are familiar with and many of us have read at least one of their books. Lets look at a couple that we might not know a lot about. How about Edith Wharton. She lived from 1862 to 1937 and was a popular novelist and short story writer. She won the Pulitzer Prize and was a nominee for the Nobel prize for literature in 1927, 1928, and 1930. She used her privileged upbringing as the base for her novels of the privileged classes. The stamp commemorating Edith Wharton is shown below.
Scott #1832
Scott #1832

Another author we may have heard of, but don't know much about is Horatio Alger. Alger lived from 1832 to 1899. He wrote almost exclusively of poor boys that made it to the middle class through hard work and dedication espousing such additional virtues as courage and honesty. These were juvenile novels portraying the American Dream. The stamp commemorating Alger is shown below.
Scott #2010
Scott #2010

There were many other stamps commemorating the arts including The Barrymores, John McCormack, Douglas Fairbanks, Jerome Kern, and Enrico Caruso. All of these stamps were part of "The Performing Arts" series. A couple of them are pictured below.

Scott #2090
Scott #2090
Scott #594
Scott #594
Scott #2110
Scott #2110

As you can see the John McCormack stamp was a joint issue with Ireland. McCormack was a famous Irish tenor and the two countries collaborated on the stamp commemorating him.

There are many other stamps issued in the 1980's worthy of mention here, but in the interest of time and space, I would like to take a couple of stamps commemorating topics that I think will not be real familiar to members of the club. As I think that one of the wonderful aspects of philately is its educational capabilities, I hope this will give everyone a chance to learn about someone or something they previously did not know much about. The first stamp that grabbed my attention was one commemorating Dr. Mary Walker. The other stamp commemorates Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable. Both of these stamps are pictured below.

Scott #2013
Scott #2013
Scott #2249
Scott #2249

We can see from the stamp that Dr. Mary Walker was honored for her work as an army surgeon and also received the Medal of Honor. She lived from 1832 to 1919 and was an abolitionist, prisoner of war, and surgeon. After the Civil War she received the Medal of Honor. She served as an unpaid field surgeon near the front lines of the Union Army during the first part of the war. Later she was the first female doctor to be employed by the U.S. Army Surgeon. Walker is the only female and one of only 8 civilians to receive the Medal of Honor.

Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable lived from 1750 to 1818. He is considered to be the first resident of what is now the City of Chicago as well as its founder. He was arrested during the Revolutionary War for suspicion of being an American sympathizer. The first records show he lived in Chicago in 1790 and was thought to have settled there somewhat earlier. In 1800 he sold his property and moved to St. Charles, Missouri where he died about 18 years later.

I hope you learned a little something about a couple of people commemorated on U.S. stamps. Maybe this sparked an interest on doing a little more research on either of these two people, or perhaps some other person or event commemorated on U.S. stamps that you have wondered about in the past.

That will do it for this month, remember no newsletter in July or August. I'll be back in September. I want to wish you all a great summer and look forward to getting together with you on our meeting dates (June 18, July 16, and Aug. 20).

Stamp Shows

(See Across the Fence Post for more details)

July 11: Bay de Noc Stamp and Coin Show
Bay de Noc College
Heirman Bldg #952 (on Danforth Rd.)
2001 N. Lincoln Rd.
Escanaba, MI
10-3 EASTERN Daylight Savings Time
July 25: Lakeland Coin & Stamp Summer Show
Woodruff Town Hall
Hwy 47 East
Woodruff, WI
Aug. 29: Sheboygan Stamp and Coin Show
The Lakers Ice Center
1202 W. Wildwood Ave.
Sheboygan, WI

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