The American Philatelic Society has announced the recipients of the 2017 Nicholas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition Award for national and local service. The Young Adult and Young Philatelist awards will be announced at a later date.
National Service — Ed Andrews, Jack Congrove, Dawn Hamman, Ed & Judy Jarvis, and David McNamee.
Local Service — Ed Laveroni, Sharon Newby, Gerald Nylander, Guy Purington, Roger Rhoads, Charles Shoemaker, Norm Shufrin, Roger Skinner, Tim Wait, and Ann Wood.
Brief bios of each recipient are provided in the text below. Awards are presented each year at the APS General Meeting, this year on August 5 at StampShow 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. If honorees are unable to attend the show, other arrangements are made for an official presentation.
The Nicholas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of our volunteers at national and local levels and also recognize our younger members whose outstanding leadership is crucial to our future.
The awards were been named in memory of Nick Carter who helped to establish them. Nick felt it was important to recognize those unsung heroes who contribute their talents, time and energies to benefit stamp collecting and the society.
Award Recipients for National Service
Ed Andrews has been an APS member for more than 40 years. He became an accredited judge in 2007 and shortly thereafter was accredited as a chief judge. Through 2016 he has served as a judge for 28 national shows. Andrews has also supported many shows with around 25 different exhibits.
Jack Congrove has been an APS member since 2012 and a member of the American Topical Association since 1985. He currently serves as editor of the Biophilately Journal, is 2nd vice president for the American Topical Association, and show chair for Seapex, a World Series of Philately show. He also exhibits “Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Financier and Statesman.”
Dawn Hamman is the ATA’s first vice president and has staffed an ATA booth at many shows. She assists with the Sarasota National Stamp Exhibition and is secretary, co-editor of the newsletter and the ATA representative for the Venice (Florida) Stamp Club. She has offered a Stamp Collecting 101 Course for the public through the public library and has several award-winning exhibits, including “Backyard Chickens,” “Candy,” “How to Grow Tomatoes,” and “Remembering Lincoln.”
Ed and Judy Jarvis have provided outstanding service, innovation and leadership over the past 14 years, developing the Westpex World Series of Philately philatelic exhibition to be the gold standard for other WSP shows. They offer an innovative organizational approach, resulting in a committee of more than 50 volunteers for each Westpex show. They also have more than 40 public presentations and meetings for specialized philatelic international, national, and local societies. They provide docent tours of show exhibits, giving attendees an understanding and appreciation of the material.
David McNamee has contributed to philately at a local, regional and national level. He is an exhibitor and an APS accredited judge and from 2013 to 2016 was chairman of the Committee for Accreditation of National Exhibitions and Judges. McNamee writes a column for the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors quarterly journal and is chairman of its long-range planning committee.
Award Recipients for Local Service
Ed Laveroni, of California, has provided outstanding service, innovation, and leadership for more than 14 years in supporting both the Westpex (San Francisco) and Filatelic Fiesta (San Jose) World Series of Philately shows. Among his contributions are work on the organizing committee for Filatelic Fiesta; responsible for soliciting, receiving, mounting, and return of all philatelic exhibits for the fiesta; leader setting up and maintaining exhibit area for Filatelic Fiesta and Westpex.
Sharon Newby has served on the Indypex (Indianapolis, Indiana) organizing committee for the past 36 years; she has likely been responsible for reception and hospitality for every one of those years while taking on other duties, such as treasurer, exhibits, awards, judges, and frames.
Gerald “Jerry” Nylander has been a member of the Chicago Philatelic society for at least 10 years and is a director on the CPS board. He has led the Chicagopex team since 2013 as show chairman. He has been a member of the Collectors Club of Chicago since 2002, formerly serving on the CCC House Committee. He also is a member of the Auxiliary Markings Club.
Guy Purington is a long-time member of the Worthington (Ohio) Stamp Club and has been a constant and integral part of the club show for many years. In addition to serving as the bourse chairman, he also takes responsibility for frame setup and handles show security. He has performed similar roles for the Columbus Philatelic Club’s WSP-level Colopex show for numerous years.
Roger Rhoads has been a member of the American Philatelic Society since 1984. He has served as chair or co-chair of the Garfield Perry March Party (Cleveland) WSP show since 2011. He also has served as exhibits chair and been responsible for the show program. Roger served many years as chair of the APS Committee for Preservation and Care of Philatelic Material.
Charles Shoemaker has been president of the Badger Stamp Club (Madison, Wisconsin) for a number of years and provides support for the annual Danepex stamp show. He offers regular communications on meetings and other philatelic events in the area. Charles has exhibited at the local, national, and international levels and served as chair for the Committee on Exhibitions for the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs.
Norm Shufrin has been president of the Waltham Stamp Club (Massachusetts) since 2001. The club is an APS chapter with 100 members. He has served on the board of trustees for the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History for 11 years, putting in 600 to 700 volunteer hours per year. He has been show chairman for the Walpex Stamp Show, the second largest annual stamp show in New England, since 1998. He has also served as director at large and vice president for the Northeast Federation of Stamp Clubs.
Roger Skinner has provided outstanding service, innovation and leadership for more than 25 years in developing and operating the Western Philatelic Library, North Fair Oaks, California. He also has created an outstanding layout for the Westpex show, allowing maximum usage of space. Key contributions of Roger’s efforts include two difficult and successful relocations of the library; transition of the library from a manual card catalog to an electronic card catalog; personally subsidizing significant budget shortfalls; and covering library open hours when there has been a shortage of volunteers.
Tim Wait has been an active collector since the age of 5 and has been an integral part of the philatelic scene in Rockford, Illinois and the Midwest since 1987. He served eight years as president of the Rockford Stamp Club, became a certified APS judge in 2011, and has been an active exhibitor. At the 2013 StampShow in Milwaukee, he received the grand award for his exhibit, “U.S. Civil War Documentary Tax of 1862-1872.” Wait was the force behind the inaugural 2-3-4 Stamp Expo in March in Rockford. The concept show featured only 2-, 3-, and 4-frame exhibits. He is the Rockford club’s show chair and newsletter editor, president of the Illinois Postal History Society, and treasurer of the American Revenue Association.
Ann Wood, of California, is an avid collector of British Guiana and Guyana philately. She is president of the Guyana Philatelic Society. Ann has built the society to more than 180 members from six countries. She visits Guyana annually and holds stamp exhibitions, where she distributes free stamps in addition to giving free advice to people who are also in philately. These events are well attended by numerous schools, where she held various workshops for both advanced and junior collectors. All of these activities have been paid for by Ann.