The Collectors Club is a group of more than 750 people who have come together to further the study of philately, promote the hobby and provide a social, educational, and non-commercial setting for the enthusiastic enjoyment of our common passion.
Founded in 1896, the Club counted among its members the leading—even legendary—names in philately. Today's membership is no exception and includes some of the hobby's best-known collectors, exhibitors, and authors. The vast majority of our group, however, are "regular" collectors who have one thing in common—a thirst to share their enjoyment of the hobby and a desire to learn more about collecting among others who take philately seriously.
Our physical "heart" is the Club's landmark five-story brownstone, designed by famed architect Stanford White, located at 35th Street and Madison Avenue in New York City. A $1 million renovation was completed in 2001 to ensure that the Clubhouse will meet our needs now and well into the future. While the majority of our members are from the tri-state area, others come from throughout the US and many foreign countries.
Thank you to all for your support and encouragement going forward. I am honored to serve as incoming President of The Collectors Club, and want to share my thoughts for going forward.
For those who don’t know me personally, I collect and exhibit both US and Mexican postal history with an emphasis on Westward expansion during the 1840’s along with a comprehensive collection of classic Mexico. Other areas are early airmails, revenues, and US precancels. Yes, they are disparate areas which always allow the pleasure of new acquisitions and discoveries!
Over the years I have also authored articles in several journals, contributed to research books, and served on several expert committees. I have also been President, senior officer, or Board member of several societies including the American Philatelic Society, MEPSI, American Airmail Society, American Philatelic Congress, and the Postal History Society. Now I have the honor of being President of my ‘local stamp club’!
As a national and international judge I see firsthand how our hobby is represented around the country and the world. Many good ideas are practiced in various settings, and my mission is to implement some ‘best practices’ at The Collectors Club to enhance the member experience.
Meeting member expectations is essential to maintain relevance going forward. To meet this challenge we as a Board have heard from many members about what they think the Club can be, and also what can be done to enhance the experience.
Several key areas have been selected for attention:
1) Recruit and retain depth of leadership and managerial talent: This seems simple on the surface, yet many groups rely on single individuals to carry out key functions. When that person is unable to continue on, there is a crisis which can be devastating for the group. In this vein, The Collectors Club welcomes several new Governors (Lawrence Haber, Matthew Healey, and Robert Gray) who bring a wealth of experience while also providing greater depth of leadership in critical areas such as finance, library, and publications/outreach. Joan Harmer is spearheading our technology buildout and maintaining a coordinated approach as we progress further into electronic outreach.
3) Broaden outreach!!! Yes, we are going on the road. The Philatelic Foundation has invited us to share a table at WESTPEX (San Francisco) this April so we can meet and listen to West Coast members. This will be followed by our multi frame exhibit and seminars at NAPEX (Suburban Washington, DC) in June. Fall schedule will be determined soon.
4) Enhance our electronic outreach: we are in the process of beta testing the upgraded web site. Improvements include better access to video and slide presentations for many of the regular meetings. We are enhancing the financial transaction section to make membership dues and publications transactions easier, especially for overseas members. There will also be expanded ability to communicate, so valid email addresses will be a great aid. (Some are hesitant to share primary email addresses, so one thought is to set up an email account only for philatelic matters) We do not share or rent out our address lists!
5) The Collectors Club Philatelist and additional member publications are the focus of ongoing attention.
I want to hear from you, so please do not hesitate to write me care of The Club, email me at President@collectorsClub.org, of meet in person wherever opportunity allows. This first Presidents letter has barely begun to outline the many exciting possibilities going forward. Please allow the governing team and myself the opportunity to meet, or better yet exceed your expectations for what the Collectors Club can be!
See you soon, and please note that Wednesday May 3rd is our annual awards dinner honoring Alfred E. Lichtenstein medal winner Stephen Reinhard.
Postal History Symposium Co-Sponsored by the Spellman Museum and the Philatelic Society for Greater Southern Africa - May 4, 2017
The Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, the oldest philatelic museum in the United States, will host its annual postal history symposium co-sponsored by the Philatelic Society for Greater Southern Africa. The symposium’s theme is “Philately and Postal History of Southern Africa.” It will take place on the campus of Regis College (College Hall 202) in Weston, Massachusetts, where the museum is located, on Thursday, May 4, 2017, starting at 9:30AM, a day before the opening of the WSP Philatelic Show in nearby Boxboro.
The displays in the Museum’s galleries, open to the public, will include truly exceptional material from its holdings.
The symposium presenters include Peter Thy, “Postal History of Southern African Pioneers in World War II,” Ken Lawrence, “The Intersection of African Liberation and Philately in the Life of an Activist,” Tim Bartshe, “The NZASM (Transvaal railroad),” Hugh McMackin, “The Philatelic Literature of Southern Africa,” Eddie Bridges, “Union of South Africa: The Darmstadt Trials of 1929,” Gawie Van der Walt and Johan Joubert, “South African Border War: including the involvement of the Cubans 1966-1989” and Guy Dillaway, “The Development of the Cape Eastern Frontier 1864-1910.”
Admission to the symposium is free but the Museum asks that attendees register at their website. For questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit The Philatelic Society for Greater Southern Africa
We are presently arranging the Club Program for the time period April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017. Due to the impending once in a lifetime New York 2016 World Stamp show being held from May 28-June 4, 2016 we are having difficulty signing up speakers, especially from other countries, who don’t want to commit to a second trip to New York so close to the International extravaganza.
Our meetings are usually held on the first and third Wednesday evenings, except in July and August, with a few exceptions. Most speakers use some or all of our 20 built-in exhibit frames and a PowerPoint slide program (not required) to present some aspect of their collecting interests. If you would like to consider being one of our speakers please get back to our Program Chairman, Stephen Reinhard, as soon as possible. Dates are assigned on a first come basis. Steve’s email address is email@example.com.
Thank you, in advance, for your willingness to help out.
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