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Celebrating 75 Years!

Annual Convention and Exhibition of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs
Saturday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex, WI 53089

Free Admission and Parking


Hosted by the Waukesha County Philatelic Society.

The Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Club's annual convention and exhibition will be held Saturday, May 5, 2007, at Hamilton High School in Sussex, Waukesha County (see map for directions). Show hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You won't want to miss this event as the 75th anniversary celebration continues.

New exhibiting categories will offer the opportunity to see select items from individual collections that might not otherwise make it into a traditional exhibit (exhibit form). Clubs will have received packets of information containing exhibiting forms and other show information. In addition to the traditional exhibits, Federation members were offered the opportunity to prepare a one-page exhibit to fit the "It's 1932, Again" theme (entry form). Clubs may choose to do this as a project and submit all individual entries at one time.

Visit the 3-D displays created by adults and youth. Adult exhibits offer a combination of philatelic and non-philatelic material to highlight a hobby or other collecting interest such as rocks and minerals, butterflies, etc. Adults will be on hand to share their knowledge. Youth exhibits take a more creative approach with construction of an object enhanced with postage stamps. [Youth 3D entry form] [Adult 3D entry form]

Mary Ann Owen's Badger exhibit will be in the Court of Honor. Mary Ann was the founding member of the Waukesha County Philatelic Society and active in the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs. [more]

Don't miss the donation auction with proceeds to benefit the Federation. Last year the Harley-Davidson company donated a leather jacket. Other items to be auctioned off include special philatelic and non-philatelic items from the estate of Mary Ann Owens and other donors. The auction will begin at 11 pm with Ellis Bromberg serving as the auctioneer. Raffles held throughout the day will also offer visitors new material to add to their collections and benefit Federation projects.

The Federation's annual meeting will begin at 1 pm. All clubs are requested to send delegates. A judge's critique will be held at 3 pm. The Wisconsin Postal History Society will have their annual meeting earlier in the day, starting at 9 am (before the show officially opens).

As of February 28th, dealers participating in the show include RHO Postal History and Stamps, Lake Edge Stamp Service, North Bay Stamps, David Alex, University Avenue Stamps, Yankee Stamps, and Charles Shoemaker. Vest pocket dealers were also given the opportunity to participate at reduced table costs. John Romppainen and Bill Birch are two that have agreed to participate.

Lunch will be available on site.

The event will conclude with the award's ceremony at 5 p.m. followed by an all-you-can eat pizza party (reservation form). Soft drinks will be served in a souvenir mug and is included in the price.

Perhaps you have noticed that the number "75" and variations of that number have played a large role in the celebration. It is no coincidence! Great thought was given to make this an affordable and fun event for ALL federation members. Frame fees were $7.50 regardless of 1,2,3,4, or 5 frames. The pizza party's cost is $7.50. The one-page exhibit is 75¢ (plus 25¢ celebration fee).

As you can see, there is a lot packed into this one day event. Many new innovations have been added to help rejuvenate our hobby and create a new excitement about stamp collecting. Can you give one day of your time to support out hobby by attending the show and/or providing an exhibit?

For further details, contact MaryAnn Bowman, P.O. Box 1451, Waukesha, WI 53187 or visit the Federation website.

Forms for download (PDF's):

2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990

Mary Ann Owens Memorial Fund

Mary Ann Owens, a former Wisconsinite, founder of the Waukesha County Philatelic Society, and active in the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs, was recently inducted into the American Philatelic Society's Hall of Fame. The APS Hall of Fame honors deceased philatelists who have made outstanding contributions to philately.

The Waukesha County Philatelic Society is challenging Wisconsin collectors and stamp clubs to donate a combined total of $750 to a memorial fund. A separate area in the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) will be designated as the Mary Ann Owens Thematic Reference Collection. The area of the APRL stacks devoted to thematic material with a name plaque dedicated to Mary Ann and listing a few of her major accomplishments will include all thematic material now at APRL and any future thematic publications. Total cost is expected to be $10,000 with half of that money already raised.

Mary Ann was held in high esteem in this state and many had a deep affection for her and the countless hours of support she gave to the hobby through helping collectors, mentoring exhibitors, and presenting programs.

The Waukesha County Philatelic Society held a donation auction and proceeds will be going to the memorial fund. Other clubs as well as individuals who were "touched" by the generosity of Mary Ann's time and efforts are being asked to consider a donation for this worthy cause.

Make checks payable to the APRL and bring to Wiscopex or send to MaryAnn Bowman, P.O. Box 1451, Waukesha, WI 53187. Can Wisconsin raise $750 by the end of June?