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Northwoods Philatelic Society

APS Chapter #1477

Classroom Wing, First Lutheran Church, 1210 S. Stephenson Ave., 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm

Milt Wirth, President
Tom Pleyte, Vice-President
Mark Pleyte, Treasurer
Jim Stearns, Secretary/Bulletin Editor

DECEMBER MEETING REMINDER: The December meeting of the Northwoods Philatelic Society will take place in the fellowship hall of the First Lutheran Church, on Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m., CST. The church is located at 1210 South Stephenson Avenue, in Iron Mountain, next door to KFC. The December meeting will again include our philatelic Christmas Gift Exchange, which has been a lot of fun. Participation is not required. Rules are simple…."Bring a gift, to get a gift." Gifts are to be related to stamps or stamp collecting in some manner. We keep costs down, and limit the value of gifts to the $5-10 range. Bring a wrapped or bagged gift to the meeting, and it will be numbered. We then draw numbers, and we make sure nobody has their own gift's number, and then the gift and numbers are matched up. This has been a nice tradition for our club. Another awesome tradition is that Mark Pleyte brings the December treats, which are "Mom Pleyte's famous Christmas gingerbread cookies. You do not want to miss out on these.

NOVEMBER MEETING MINUTES: The November meeting was called to order by President Milt Wirth with 12 present. The minutes of the October meeting were approved as distributed in the November. The Treasurer's report was unanimously approved.

OLD BUSINESS: Our club's Christmas greeting ad will appear in the December issue of ATFP.

The November issue was available at the meeting, and was distributed. In spite of the fact that no hands went up at last meeting, for treats, three club members generously brought along treats, so we were able to stuff our faces, thanks to the generosity of Pam, Milt and Bill. Thanks folks. Jim Stearns noted that there has been a Charlie Woods sighting. Charlie stopped by Jim's house on November 14th, as he was up for the annual Michigan Fire Arms deer season. We hope that Charlie had a great hunt, and all at his camp were safe during the hunt. Charlie we miss you, so we do hope to see you back at our meetings, as your schedule of visits allows.

NEW BUSINESS: Jim Stearns gave a brief update on his cancer treatments, and will need some help with the newsletters after the December and January meetings. The Christmas Philatelic Gift Exchange was discussed and approved once again. See above for the particulars, and do make the effort to participate.

Tom Pleyte discussed our annual Christmas contribution to the Adonia Jensen fund, and our "thank you" card and check to the First Lutheran Church. A motion was unanimously approved to provide two checks, each for $75, for these gifts. Tom will take care of the Adonia check, and Jim will forward our check to the Church.

Jim Stearns noted that the information is already out regarding WISCOPEX, which will be at Baraboo, Wisconsin this coming May 5-6. Time to book your water park rooms now!!!

The meeting adjourned briefly for treats, and then the auction was conducted by Jim Stearns and Tom Pleyte. There were some incredible bargains went home with new owners. Editors note… The auction is a truly economical way to add to your collections. We have seen items go for an amazingly small fraction of Scott catalog, and you are missing out if not in attendance.

SPEAKING OF STAMPS: As we noted above, WISCOPEX planning is well underway. We would be remiss if we did not also remind everybody that our friends in Green Bay also have a date for BAYPEX, which is March 24TH. It is time to update your want list, and more importantly for now, "save" those dates on the calendar. So often, we hear someone say, with sincere regret "Gee… I forgot about that show, and we made plans. If only …… ". Plan your spring show schedule now. Check the ATFP for more details on shows this winter and spring.

Karen Weigt wrote a nice article on Duck stamps and their Wisconsin artists, on page 1 of the November ATFP. This followed up nicely the information Ray Perry brought to the club earlier in the fall. Green Bay Philatelic Society member, Clete Delvaux, authored a nice article on the Paddington Bear books, and their creator, author Michael Bond. Bond passed away in 2017. Bears on stamps and bears on postcards are two hot collector topics. Congratulations go out to Chuck Shoemaker, President for Life, of the Badger stamp club. Karen Weigt noted Chuck's recent honor of receiving the Nicholas G Carter Volunteer Recognition Award. See this write-up on page 6 of the November ATFP. Way to go, Chuck!! We are proud of you, and you richly deserved this award. We can all claim we knew you, before you became famous.

We will call it a wrap. See you at the December meeting, and, if not, have a blessed Christmas.

one of the Almost Home Animal Shelter commemorative covers available

Send $2 and a self-addressed stamped #10 envelope
— or for 6x9 envelope with all ten stamps, $7 with a folded, 8x10,
self-addressed shipping envelope with $1.10 postage affixed —
to Jim Stearns, Northwoods Philatelic Society,
W8071 Old Carney Lake Road, Iron Mountain, MI 49801.

Almost Home Animal Shelter 6x9 commemorative cover

Pictorial Postmark and Cover Issued for Almost Home Animal Shelter

Two commemorative envelopes (covers) with a special pictorial postmark are now available through members of the Northwoods Philatelic Society, and for a limited time at the Quinnesec post office. The covers were prepared and first on sale at the grand opening of the "Almost Home Animal Shelter," located in Quinnesec, Michigan, near Iron Mountain. The envelopes honor the new animal shelter, and include artwork of the new shelter logo, event information, a stamp from the Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet / Animal Rescue stamp pane from 2010, and are postmarked with a unique, "Quinnesec Michigan Shelter Station" pictorial cancellation, specially approved for this event. The envelopes are for sale in two formats, on a #6 envelope with the cachet and a single stamp from the sheet of 10 different dog and cat designs, or on a larger, 6x9 envelope with all 10 of the different cat and dog stamps from that pane.