For the rest of this month through June, the American Philatelic Society travel schedule is filling up! We will continue to be representing the Society throughout the country visiting clubs and stamp shows during our #StampTour2017.
Here’s a list of upcoming stops with links to the club/show/meeting locations. We look forward to seeing you soon!
For her wide-ranging contributions to philately, Vera Felts has been selected to receive the American Topical Association’s highest award at the National Topical Stamp Show awards banquet June 24 in Milwaukee.
As ATA executive director since 2009, Felts has brought innovation and a positive attitude to the office and many of the organization’s programs. She spearheaded the highly successful ambassador program which has resulted in hundreds of new members, and managed the transition to a new topical checklist database, which has made ATA’s signature checklists better than ever.
For the past 18 years she has served as registration chair and managed the show cachets for the St. Louis Stamp Expo. She edited the APS gold award-winning newsletter of the Southern Illinois Stamp Club for 15 years, and co-founded its SIRPEX local show.
A life member of APS, she served eight years as coordinator of its newsletter exchange. At the Science Center in Carbondale, Illinois, in 1999 she founded a long-running youth stamp group.
Felts is revered throughout philately for her devotion to helping people advance and enjoy topical collecting.
The Distinguished Topical Philatelist (DTP) award has been presented each year since 1952, by the ATA, the largest affiliate of the American Philatelic Society. Don Smith served as chair of the selection committee. The scrolls signed by all of ATA’s 119 DTPs can be viewed at http://americantopicalassn.org/awardsdtp.
The legacy of last year’s World Stamp Show-NY 2016 continues, thanks to $200,000 in grants from the show to help philatelic groups. Donations include a $25,000 matching grant to the American Philatelic Society to support the society website and marketing, as well as $100,000 to the next U.S. international show.
Today, March 14, the American Philatelic Society released the results of a survey of more than 3,000 members and 800 non-members looking at services provided by the APS and giving insight into what collectors want to see.
The survey was conducted through Survey Monkey and the results were analyzed by David Paddock, a long-time APS member and expert in the field of market research. Paddock agreed to donate his time to lead focus groups at StampShow 2016 in Portland, Oregon and producing the report of more than 120 pages for the APS leadership and members. The key takeaway from the report was a desire to see greater education services provided on-demand through the APS website.
“There are some great insights into how our members and the collecting community at large view APS services,” said Scott English, APS Executive Director, “We have some work to do to better promote some services, like expertizing, circuit sales, and the library, and make sure they meeting the needs of our members.”
The results were presented to the APS Board of Directors at the AmeriStamp Expo in Reno, Nevada, held earlier this month.
“Thank you to David for donating his time and to all those who contributed to this survey,” said English. “The results will help us bring positive changes to the way we serve our members.”
This is the first survey performed by the APS since 2006.
Stamps returned to the national news this week when CBS This Morning broadcast a feature story on the British Guiana 1-Cent Magenta.
Reporter Jan Crawford went to the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., where she showed the exhibit now housing the prized rarity, and interviewed its owner, show designer Stuart Weitzman, and James Barron, the author of a new book about the stamp.
Weitzman purchased the stamp in 2014 for $9.5 million and has loaned it to the postal museum for the exhibit.
Barron, a New York Times reporter, this week released his new book, The One-Cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World. The book chronicles the stamp’s history and travels by following its nine owners.
Stamp collectors heading to the upcoming Garfield-Perry Stamp Club’s March Party March 23 to 25 in Cleveland will have a chance to hear more, as Barron will be on hand to speak. Barron is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. on March 25.
For more about the stamp show, visit garfieldperry.org. The original CBS story can be found on YouTube here: