Youth Stamp Club
The Collectors Club Youth Stamp Club begins its seventh year in the fall of 2015. This free program is open to students in Grade 4 and up. The Youth Stamp Club meets once a month on a Saturday morning from 10:00–11:30AM at the Collectors Club of New York, which is located at 22 East 35th Street, Manhattan.
The Youth Stamp Club meetings for the 2015-2016 season are scheduled for the following dates:
For information or to register email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-683-0559.
Stamp Collecting is a hobby that provides kids with fun while learning about history, geography, people and places and almost every imaginable topic including space exploration, sports, animals, insects and the United Nations, to name just a few.
Beginners will be introduced to this fascinating hobby and youth who are already collectors will find new opportunities and encouragement. Age-appropriate activities and projects will be offered. This is not a “fill in the spaces in an album” program; something new is offered at each meeting.
There is no charge and all stamps and other material will be provided; everything completed by the young people will be theirs to keep. For a downloadable flyer, click here.
If you have a group of kids of the right age that might be interested in an introductory program at your location contact the Collectors Club at the address above.
Youth Presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting
In addition to the business aspects of the Annual Meeting, we had presentations by members on their most unusual purchase during 2013, and a special presentation by Mr. Truth Muller of the Collectors Club Youth Stamp Club.
Special thanks are accorded to Gary Loew who chaired the members’ presentations of their most unusual purchases for 2013 session, which took place while the Board was convening to elect officers for 2014. Gary had no forewarning that he was going to be asked to do so; it was a classic case of being in the wrong place at the right time. I also want to personally thank him for taking charge of presenting my cover addressed to Professor Segno from the German Office at Jaffa, while I was busy with Board matters.
The meeting closed with an exceptional presentation by Mr. Truth Muller who is a member of Debby Friedman’s Collectors Club Youth Stamp Club. Truth spoke on how he came to be a collector and his current views on philately, and showed many items that are an important part of his collection. He is clearly a bright and articulate young man who has a great interest in and love of the hobby. I am sure that we will hear much more from him in future years. I encourage all members who did not hear his presentation to go see it on the web site. To paraphrase the old Chinese adage: a good video is worth ten thousand words.
Youth Presentation at the 2013 Annual Meeting
As part of the informal program at the Annual Meeting we were pleased to have a presentation on her collecting interests by Ms Izadora Nowina-Sapinski, a member of Debby Friedman’s Collectors Club Youth Stamp Club. The text below was written by Izadora, and beautifully gives her views on the fun and importance of being a member of this group.
"Hello everyone, my name is Izadora Nowina-Sapinski. I'm 10 years old, and in the 5th grade at PS 40 on East 20th Street. I’m here to tell you about the Collectors Club Youth Stamp Club, run by Debby Friedman. We meet on the third Saturday of every month. The meeting in December is a very special and exciting one! We have an auction of material generously donated by members - thank you!
"This is my second year in the club, and I really like it because it’s fun! I meet and talk with other kids interested in stamps. Also, Debby makes any stamps we are studying fascinating. I didn't know President Taft was 335 pounds! Debby has also taught us about making pages, hinging, and the care and handling of stamps.
"Since I started, I’ve enjoyed learning a lot about history and sometimes it ties in with what I'm studying at school. For example, in school I learned about John Paul Jones, an American Navy captain, and how he and his crew were fighting the British at sea. When the British captain asked John if he would surrender, he said his famous line, “I have not yet begun to fight”, and I have a stamp noting that line. Also, in school we studied other figures from the Revolution, including Nathan Hale, and Debby made sure I got a stamp of him.
"One of my favorite things about stamp collecting is seeing how the same subject can be illustrated so many different ways – like how dogs are shown in Poland or Greece and are distinctly different. Last year on Family Friday at my school, my mother and I talked about how stamps first came into use and about stamp collecting. We handed out packets of stamps that Debby had made. All the kids were fascinated, and a few were motivated to start their own collections.
"My collecting interests are many, but I specialize in space, international costumes, sports and animal stamps."
At this point in the meeting Izadora, assisted by her Mother, showed many examples of the wonderful thematic stamps in her collection. She concluded by thanking the Collectors Club for supporting the Youth Stamp Club and asking her to represent it this evening. The members present were unanimous in their reaction to this exceptional presentation: Bravo and well done, Izadora!
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