August 16 Meeting Minutes 

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July 20 Meeting Minutes 

published by tqmchess@aol.com 25 July 22 at 11:15 AM

The July meeting was a Club picnic, so no business was discussed.  Thirteen members and six of their guests enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch and pleasant conversation under the protection of Shelter #5.  On behalf of the Club, John D. provided members with a philatelic gift of mint US stamps (mine was a set of plate blocks along with the 3-stamp magic disappearing rabbit set.) Many thanks to all who prepared for and cleaned up after the event.

June 21 Meeting Minutes 

published by tqmchess@aol.com 27 June 22 at 1:30 PM

Meeting called to order at 7:02 pm by President John D. Fourteen members and one visitor were present.

John welcomed everyone and reminded us to sign-in and wear our name tags.

Visitor Andy A. was introduced and he told us a little about himself. Andy completed an membership application and joined the club.

President John D.: The COVID situation is still being monitored and the Club will follow all official recommendations and mandates. At this time, masks are optional at meetings. Items are displayed on the FREE and SALES tables for member’s perusal. The next meeting will be the Club Picnic on July 20. The picnic will be held at Long Leaf Park shelter #5 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and will be catered by Pine Valley Market. Come at your convenience during that time. Please RSVP to Treasurer Tim S. by July 13. RSVP is very important for food preparation planning. Members and their guests are welcome. Cost is $5.00 per person.  There will be no meeting at the church in July. The next meeting at the church will be August 16 and will be an auction. Auction Rules and Forms are available on the Club Website. John continues to pursue the possibility of having the Wilmington Post Office Customer Relations representative attend a club meeting, possibly in September.

Vice President Hondo D.:  Absent, no report.

Secretary Steve M.: Absent, no report.

Treasurer Tim S.: Gains included $1.15 donation, $20.00 dues, and sales $128.42. Expenditure of $35.00 for meeting room rent. Balance is $3815.37.

Old Business:

John D. and Bruce P. continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations.

The Club picnic July 20, 2022 at Long Leaf Park shelter #5.

USPS postage rates increase on July 10. First Class Letter rate increases to 60 cents.

Highlights of the Postal Reform Act and the USPS House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

New Business:

The Club’s votes in the APS/APRL annual election have been submitted.

The Board of Directors has reviewed the Club Constitution and Bylaws and will present some minor changes to the membership for a vote at the September meeting.

Secretary Steve M. will resign from his office on December 31, 2022. The Club will need someone to step up and fill this position. Contact President John D. or Secretary Steve M. if interested.

To improve the membership’s privacy, the Board has decided that last names will no longer be used on public forums such as the website and meeting minutes. Only first names and last initial will be used.

The Board has decided to not pursue a closer relationship with the Asheville Stamp Club. The great distance between the clubs makes such a proposal unsustainable

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 pm.

Jimmy J. presented an informative and entertaining Power Point slideshow on the fun of collecting North Carolina Dead Post Offices.

Submitted by Jimmy J. for WPS Secretary Steve M.

May 17 Meeting Minutes 

Wilmington Philatelic Society (WPS)

published by tqmchess@aol.com on 3 June 2022 at 3:21 PM

Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members were present. Three visitors, Richard Cooper, Steve Davidson and John Bauer were also present.

John welcomed everyone and reminded us to sign-in and wear our name tags. The visitors were introduced and each told us a little about themselves. Steve Davidson and John Bauer joined WPS by completing a membership application and paying dues.

President John Daniels: The COVID situation is still being monitored and the Club will follow all official recommendations and mandates. At this time, masks are optional at meetings. Tonight’s meeting is a bourse with club and members’ lots for sale along with the table of free items. The next meeting, June 21, will feature a presentation by Jimmy Jordan.

Vice President Hondo Davids:  Tonight’s program is a bourse and next meeting’s program will be a presentation by Jimmy Jordan.

Secretary Steve Matthews: Absent, no report.

Treasurer Tim Snyder: A gain of $10 in dues and expenditure of $35 for meeting room rent. Balance is $3700. A photo was shown showing renovations of our old meeting room at Pearsall Presbyterian Church by the new owner PBC Design.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations.

The Club picnic is scheduled for July 20, 2022 at Long Leaf Park shelter #5.

Wilmington Philatelic Society business cards are available on the sign-in table.

USPS postage rates increase on July 10. First Class Letter rate increases to 60 cents.

New Business:

John is attempting to have Lori Tucker, USPS Wilmington Customer Relations Coordinator, attend a Club meeting to give us some insight into the workings of the Postal Service.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 pm.

The stamp bourse was a success with many lots being sold.

Submitted by Jimmy Jordan for WPS Secretary Steve Matthews

April 18 Meeting Minutes 

Wilmington Philatelic Society (WPS)
published by tqmchess@aol.com on April 23,2022 at 10:17 am

The meeting was called to order at 7:12 pm by President John Daniels. Eleven members attended, but no guests. All new Board members were present.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone, explained the use of name badges, and reminded members to sign in on the clip board.

Announcements

John explained that the Board recently held an e-mail vote and determined that face masks will be optional at WPS meetings until further notice.   (Two members present wore face masks.)  He also pointed out the Free Table.  All previous Sale Table lots were sold.

The final action under Announcements was the installation of officers for the 2022-23 program year.  Robert Valik read the official notice of installation:  President, John Daniels; Vice-President, Hondo Davids, Treasurer, Tim Snyder; Secretary, Steve Matthews; Board Member at Large, Bruce Patterson; Past President, Richard Porcelli.

 Open Forum

Bruce announced he was accepting on-paper stamps for a Veteran’s organization in Fayetteville.  Hondo added that he was also accepting donations of on-paper stamps for Scouts.  John indicated that he is still collecting off-paper stamps for another Veteran’s group.

Annual Reports

John Daniels was the first to report the progress the Club made last year.  We missed some meetings, used ZOOM for some, and finally re-located to the Southside Baptist Church, which has proven to be a good fit with the Club’s meeting needs.  Other stamp clubs have not fared as well, including the Myrtle Beach Stamp Club and another group in the Chapel Hill-Raleigh area.  John will continue his effort to meet with the Church Pastor about ways we might support the Church’s youth program.  Additionally, he is seeking volunteers for the Membership Outreach Committee.  Finally, WPS needs to update our organizational contact information at various philatelic websites.

John read Helen Rittersporn’s report as the outgoing Vice-President.  She offered additional detail on the meetings cancelled, conducted via ZOOM, and held in-person.  Several presentations, bourses, and auctions were conducted last year.  Finally, Helen successfully transferred the Club to our new website and has tutored Steve Matthews and John on uploading content.

Steve Matthews explained that the Club roster was solid at 30 regular remembers and three life members.  He also mentioned the website transition, and he appealed to the members to consider serving on the Board next year.

Tim Snyder summarized our financial status for the year.  Three meeting dates were cancelled and had no financial activity.  Overall, annual income was $1,648 compared to $1,134 in expenses.  Thus, the Club netted $514 last year.  The most significant expenses were the “Christmas in July Picnic” ($529), the meeting rental ($300), and website improvements ($202).

There were no specific comments from Bruce Patterson, Richard Porcelli, or Jimmy Jordan, who was unable to attend. (Jimmy was the outgoing Secretary.)

Old Business

Stamp donations were previously discussed, so John started with a comment about ordering supplies from Subway Stamp Company—the larger the group order, the smaller the postage and handling fees per customer.  Sandy Montalto remains the point of contact for these orders.

Our meeting night remains the same – there was no consensus to change it at this time despite a conflict with the Coin Club Board of Directors meeting.

At the next WPS Board meeting, the Club’s constitution and bylaws will be reviewed.  So far, no members have expressed any concerns.  (Possible points of issue would be the update of officer duties and responsibilities as well as the Club’s regular meeting night.)

This year’s picnic is confirmed for July 20th, 3-7 PM, Long Leaf Park, pavilion #5.  More information will follow as the date approaches.

The Myrtle Beach Stamp Club anticipates hosting a stamp show again in February, 2023 and also in 2024.

Members willing to serve on the Membership Outreach Committee should contact John.

The next WPS meeting will be on Tuesday, May 17th, 7 PM, and will be a stamp Bourse.  John estimates about 75 Club lots will be available, but members are encouraged to bring their own philatelic items for sale, too.  (No commission!!)  The Bourse will start after a short business meeting.

The WPS stamp table at the Azalea Coin Show was successful.  WPS participants on either Saturday or Sunday included John Daniels, Bruce Patterson, Hondo Davids, Bob Doleman, Sandy Montalto, Tim Snyder, and Steve Matthews.  On Sunday morning, John and Steve were able to review a very nice inherited stamp collection.

Helen remains a resource for our website as the official Administrator/Webmaster.  Members are encouraged to forward photos or articles to Steve Matthews for possible publication on our site.

New Business

John has business cards with Club contact information.  Members are encouraged to pick up a few cards at WPS meetings to distribute to prospective members or to post on bulletin boards.

USPS has proposed postage rate increases on July 10.  For example, first class postage will increase from 58 cents to 60 cents for the first ounce.  Additional ounces will be 24 cents instead of the current 20 cents.  Other postage rates will rise.

The Postal Reform Act was signed by President Biden, and this gives USPS a firm foundation for the future. John distributed a news article on the legislation, written by Will Weissert and Zeke Miller of the Associated Press. “The new law ends a requirement that the Postal Service finance workers’ health care benefits ahead of time for the next 75 years”.  That provision had tied up USPS finances for many years!

Richard mentioned that the Church will be hosting a meeting to discuss the recent increase in Wilmington thefts and break-ins.  This has been scheduled for 6PM on May 3, and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s office will be making a presentation.

John suggested a future discussion topic for the Club: Where do we buy stamps?  Some dealers are more reputable than others, and there are various low-cost sources that we could share with each other.

The final note before adjournment was the question posed by Richard, will stamps ever become Nonfungible Tokens (NFTs)?

At 8:07 the meeting was adjourned.

Steve Matthews
WPS Secretary

March 15 Meeting Minutes 

Wilmington Philatelic Society (WPS)
published by tqmchess@aol.com 18 March 2022, 9:30 AM

Meeting called to order at 7:08 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members attended, but no guests. All Board members were present.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to sign in.

Announcements

John mentioned that legislation is in the works to improve funding for USPS. (The bill has been approved by the House and the Senate and is pending the President’s signature.)  John also reported that he was contacted (as an APS Chapter President) by a researcher, Oliver Louis Jean Barry, exploring the relationships between stamps and country history.  John will consider the request in greater detail and consider whether WPS should reply.   Richard reminded the Club that Wilmington philatelic history is available at a website he and his wife have created.

David Watts announced that he was returning to Ohio next month and thanked the Club for its warm and friendly support.  The Club bid David a fond farewell.

Open Forum

Hondo Davids asked why we were still wearing masks, and Steve pointed out that even though Covid-19 infections are decreasing, they are still 3 times higher than the low point last June.  Additionally, only about 60% of North Carolinians are fully vaccinated (slightly below the national average).  Finally, older persons are still advised to wear masks indoors.  John stated we will revisit our current mask policy at a later date as conditions change.  Hondo explained that the Coin Club doesn’t wear masks, but their meetings are held during a meal.

Bruce Patterson stated that he is continuing to collect stamps on paper and can now mail them to an organization for therapeutic use.  The stamps shouldn’t be trimmed of excess paper as the trimming is part of the rehabilitation activity.  The veterans are not stamp collectors with a philatelic interest.  John continues to collect donations of off-paper stamps, and these go to veterans who are collectors, or they are re-sold to benefit the charity.  The off-paper stamps need to be sorted so that US and foreign are in separate envelopes or bags.

Martin Meyerson asked how the prices of Stamps for Sale were marked, and members explained how this was done with 3×5 cards attached to each philatelic item on the Sale Table.  Stamps tend to be grouped into a package (envelope or binder) rather than listed separately, but it is possible for a lot to be a single stamp.  Members may present items for sale, too, not just the Club.

Tim announced that Mission BBQ was honoring Vietnam War Veterans on March 29 by offering them a free sandwich.  March 29th is the anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.

Nomination and Election of Officers and Directors

John presented the slate of Board members for 2022-2023 and asked for additional nominations from the floor.  As there were no additional nominations, the slate was declared duly elected.  Photos of the new Board were taken later in the meeting.  The slate is:  John Daniels, President; Hondo Davids, Vice-President; Tim Snyder, Treasurer; Steve Matthews, Secretary; Bruce Patterson, Director; Richard Porcelli, Director (Past-President).

Officer Reports

Helen Rittersporn reported that she would continue with a refresh of the WPS website, meeting with John and Steve by ZOOM in the near future. She also gave a preview of the topical stamp collecting presentation to follow after the business meeting.  Note: In the future, Hondo Davids will schedule program presentations, and the next open date is September.

Steve stated that dues were continuing to come in with most of the members in good standing.  He will work with Helen and John to add more content to the website.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net increase of $258.45 for the past month with proceeds from the Club Auction offsetting the $35 rent payment to the church.  Tim also passed out an article about Amelia Earhart postal history.

Bruce had no additional news to report, but Richard showed a framed display of digital stamps that he and his wife assembled.   This display will be part of the WPS stamp table at the upcoming Azalea Coin Show, 9-10 April.

Old Business:

Marine Cancellations (Camp Lejeune).  Richard doesn’t yet know how many special cancellations were processed by the Wilmington Post Office.

Subway Stamp Company.  John summarized the Board’s discussion of process on this point, and Sandy Montalto will handle all orders.  Sandy will collect funds from members when the supplies are received and delivered.  So far only one order has been submitted to Sandy.  Members were encouraged to visit Subway’s website and email orders to Sandy.  He will likely order later in the week.

Azalea Coin Club Stamp Table.  John and Hondo explained that the stamp table will be near the front of the building.  Members are welcome to attend and to help staff the stamp table.  Several items will be on display as well as tubs of stamps for “new collectors” to look through and sample.

Upcoming Programs.  John stated that the April 18 meeting will include the installation of officers, annual reports, and informal “show and tell”.   The May meeting will include a Bourse following the business meeting.  Jimmy Jordan will make a presentation at the June meeting, and the Board voted to conduct a picnic at Long Leaf Park in July.  More information will follow on the picnic (likely mid to late July depending upon the availability of the desired Shelter #5.)

 New Business:

John reinforced the website refresh which is underway this year.

John also asked members to think about our meeting night – is 3rd Tuesday night still OK, or should we return to 2nd Tuesday night if the Church can accommodate?  A straw poll may be taken next month. (Note: Hondo said the Coin Club is considering a change in the night their Board of Directors regularly meets.)

The Board voted to donate $100 to the APS Mighty Duck Club inasmuch as we don’t need to pay annual dues since we have a sufficient number of APS members in the Club.

Another recent decision by the Board was to establish a Membership Outreach Committee, so John asked members to consider volunteering for that effort.

Finally, the Board is reviewing the Constitution and By-Laws for possible update.  Members may view these documents at the WPS website and forward comments to Steve (Secretary) or report them at our next monthly meeting.

World of Philately

 Jimmy was unable to attend so John gave the update on USPS at the beginning of the meeting.

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:53 after a motion to adjourn was submitted, seconded, and approved.

Program – Topical Stamp Collecting

Helen introduced the discussion by referring the Club to https://americantopical.org/ and introducing two members who shared their topical stamp collecting materials.  Sandy Montalto briefly reviewed a topical collection that included binders with such philatelic themes as windmills, ships, butterflies, and turtles.  Dave Swart then explained his interest in tennis stamps, recounting the discovery of a Great Britain stamp with a Wimbledon postmark.  He also displayed “letter writing” stamps from Japan, and pointed out that he had an interest in scouting stamps.  Members were invited to stay for a bit and review the topical stamp binders.

After a few photos were taken, members were free to mingle, make one last stamp table purchase, or depart.

Steve Matthews, Secretary  Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

February 15 Meeting Minutes  

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 20 February 2022, 10:48 AM

Meeting called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members attended after late arrivals were counted. Johnny Johnson joined the Club as our newest member!

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He made brief announcements regarding our activities for the evening (Auction).

Open Forum

There were no comments during the Open Forum but John acknowledged the APS interview with Richard Porcelli, and the link to the article was subsequently emailed to all members.

Officer Reports

Helen Rittersporn reported that the website had been updated, especially the contact form, which is now on the home page.  All inquiries go directly to John, and he re-routes them as needed.

Steve Matthews encouraged members to review the new website and reported that he had mailed the renewal letters for dues

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net increase of $16.70 for the past month with proceeds from the Sales Table offsetting the $35 rent payment to the church and other expenses.  Tim also passed out an article the impact criminal Pretty Boy Floyd had on philately.  Floyd’s first robbery, at the age of 18, was a post office. After he and others committed many post office robberies, the idea of overprints for Kansas and Nebraska was introduced in an unsuccessful effort to stop robbers.  The overprinted stamps could only be sold within their respective states.  The practice was discontinued in 1930.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations. 

Feb 25 is the last day for special Camp Lejeune Marine Corps cancellations by the Wilmington Post Office.

John confirmed the stamp table will be available at the Azalea Festival Coin Show on 9-10 April.  Members can volunteer to staff the table.  The show will be held at the Elks Lodge building on Oleander Drive in Wilmington.

Sandy has contacted the Subway Stamp Shop about the possibility of the Club submitting bulk orders for supplies.  The process will be for members to review Subway’s online catalog, send orders to Sandy for consolidation, and pay Sandy later after all calculations are made

John reminded members that next month’s meeting (15 March) will involve election of officers followed by a presentation by Helen on topical stamp collecting.

The March meeting will include the election of officers, and all members were encouraged to consider running for office.

 New Business:

John brought up the importance of tracking stamp sales and each Bourse or Auction.  Members were reminded to give Tim all pertinent lot information when making payments.

The Club is planning on another July Picnic to offset the lack of a December 2021 Holiday Party.  Members were invited to think about possible dates.

World of Philately

 Jimmy shared a story about a recent philatelic purchase he made which was sent to him by registered mail, and then returned to the vendor weeks later as undeliverable due to a lack of an appropriate receptacle.  The vendor re-sent the order via regular first class mail, and it arrived without incident.

Jimmy reported another failure of USPS to deliver a quarterly magazine published by an international society for Japanese stamps.  The society had to republish and re-mail all magazines sent to US members because USPS lost the first shipment.

Finally, Great Britain has announced plans to add a data matrix (bar code) to new definitive and Christmas stamps.  These are to replace previously printed definitive and Christmas stamps which will no longer be valid after a grace period (about one year).  Will other countries follow suit?

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:35 PM.  Members were allowed about 13 minutes to preview lot items. 

Auction

Six members and the Club submitted lots for auction.  Rob Valik served as the auctioneer with assistance from Helen.  The auction lasted about an hour.

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary

Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

January 18, Meeting Minutes  

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 20 January 2022, 10:52 AM

Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Twelve members were present. No visitors attended the meeting.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He made brief announcements regarding our activities for the evening and our next meeting on 15 February (Auction).

Open Forum

There were no comments during the Open Forum.

Officer Reports

Helen Rittersporn had nothing new to report as Vice President.

Steve stated that the two new members had paid dues for the next year, and our membership stood at 33.  Annual dues renewal letters will be mailed in February.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net increase of $69.01 for the past month with proceeds from the Bourse offsetting the $35 rent payment to the church and other expenses. 

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations. 

John announced that Hondo Davids won the trivia contest in December.  He was presented with a certificate and a prize.

John and Helen will look into additional charitable organizations to whom we could donate stamps. John also indicated that the next Board meeting would likely be held at the church, and the Pastor will be invited to attend so we can learn more about how WPS might assist youth programs related to stamp collecting.

Richard handed out special Camp Lejeune cancelled covers that used stamps he donated.  Thank you, Richard!

Sandy will talk to the Subway Stamp Company about the possibility of the Club submitting bulk orders for supplies.

John reminded members of the Azalea Coin Show on 9-10 April because WPS will operate a stamp table as we have done in the past.  Members were invited to participate.

The March meeting will include the election of officers, and all members were encouraged to consider running for office.

John encouraged members to look at the remaining Bourse lots after the business meeting.  Unsold lots will be saved for future Auction or Bourse meetings.

 New Business:

The February meeting will be an Auction.  Auction sheets (two copies needed) and instructions are available at the WPS website.  Members may submit up to 10 lots.  Arrive early next month as the order of the lots in the Auction will be based on the sign-in order.

The March meeting will include the election of officers and then a presentation by Helen on the American Topical Association.

Richard pointed out that the last issue of the USPS Biweekly Bulletin recognized WPS for their contribution of the Camp Lejeune cancellations (Kudos Richard!!)

World of Philately

 Jimmy shared an email he received from Wendell Triplett’s daughter regarding his current activities in a Maryland retirement community.  The letter offered a lot of detail about Wendell’s life and was very touching.

 Other Remarks

John shared information about our two new members along with Fred Pyatt, a current member who now resides in Florida.

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:37 PM.

Program

Helen briefly explained the Christmas Philatelic Society, a chapter within the American Philatelic Society.  Using a spiffy, colored handout, Helen walked the Club through the information she gained during a December 2021 virtual meeting.

Following Helen’s presentation, members made last minute purchases from the Bourse remainders before departing the meeting.

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary,
Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

December 21, 2021 Meeting Minutes 

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 4 January 2022, 4:56 pm

Meeting called to order at 7:10 PM by President John Daniels. Eleven members were present including our newest member, Martin Meyerson. No visitors attended.  In the acting secretary’s absence, the minutes were taken and compiled by members of the Board.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded those present about masking and social distancing.  He made brief announcements about the stamp trivia quiz and light refreshments. Richard and Carolyn Porcelli, Helen and John set up and provisioned the refreshment areas for the members to enjoy after the business meeting.

Martin Meyerson was introduced and he told us of his interest in joining and his collection pursuits.

John requested members to come forward to volunteer for a possible philatelic presentation at the January meeting (January 18th).

John asked Bruce to update the members on the success of the Wreaths Across America effort (Bruce – magnificent!); asked Richard to update the members on the Porcelli-designed special Camp LeJeune cancellation (which the USPS approved and then neglected to publish in the first December Postal Bulletin); and asked Richard to briefly biography our recently deceased 98 year old Life Member, Lee Sherman ( who was active in our Club before most of our current members joined).

     – LeJeune cancellation – the submission period has been extended into February due to the USPS Postal Bulletin omission. Note: Sandy Montalto agreed to underwrite the cost of postage placed on LeJeune posted covers of those attending the meeting, and Richard inventoried the members present

     – Lee Shernan’s write-up will be placed in the “In Memoriam” section of the Club website in January

Officer Reports

Helen briefly encouraged members to utilize the new website and watch for continuing changes and updates. There was no Secretary’s report. The Treasurer indicated that the next report will be in January after the bourse receipts are fully in hand. Balance currently remains over $3000.

Old Business

John explained that we had a nice thank-you note from Stamps For The Wounded for our early December donation of another 9.5 pounds of US and worldwide off-paper stamps. Bruce is still accumulating on-paper material, as the Daughters of the Confederacy is not accepting material due to the outsized needs of covid-related activities.

Bourse results will be explained at the January meeting

Free & Sales tables will again be available at the January meeting. John reminded members that a member may place material on either table, not just the Club.

New Business

John explained a little about the APS Expertizing Program and brought a handful of APS expertizing applications for members with interest to take and use

Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Show 2022 – NOT being held

Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Azalea Festival Coin Show is being held the weekend of April 9 & 10 at the Elks facility on Oleander Drive. WPS will have a courtesy table at the show both days. John requested volunteers to come forward to man our table AM/PM both days

The APS/American Air Mail Society notified the Club of a holiday gift offer of free books/literature. John passed the offer around to attending members. No interest.

John reminded members of the March nomination/election of Officers/Board Member-at-Large and the Annual Meeting in April and the potential Club picnic in July.

The Business Meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM

November 16, 2021 Meeting Minutes 

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 22 November 2021, 12:30 PM

 Meeting called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members were present by the end of the meeting. No visitors attended the meeting.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He made brief announcements regarding our activity for the evening (the Bourse) and our next meeting on 21 December.

Open Forum

Bruce Patterson announced he was accepting donations for Wreaths Across America throughout the meeting ($15/wreath).  He also reported that about 60% of the Wilmington veteran gravestones were accounted for.

Richard Porcelli suggested that the Club investigate any “free” newspapers for a possible way of publicizing WPS. 

Officer Reports

Helen Rittersporn encouraged members to visit our website and explained that the Board will continue updating and improving it.

Steve stated that there were no new member contacts or membership cancellations.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net debit of $31.70 for the past month with proceeds from stamp sales partially offsetting the $35 rent payment to the church.  The Club’s balance remains over $3,000.

Richard Porcelli showed a proposed Marine Corps cancellation that he has submitted through channels for approval.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations. 

 New Business:

No new business was discussed.

Other Remarks

John explained the layout of tables for the Bourse, Helen invited members to attend a letter writing social event on Wednesday (the 17th) to support deployed troops during the holidays, and Richard suggested that the Club post photographs of Club events (such as the Bourse) on the Club website.  Finally, John distributed a new forever stamp with a coded message and invited members to solve the riddle.

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:17 PM followed by the Bourse.

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Note: Subsequent to the meeting, President John Daniels emailed the membership a list of remaining lots from the Bourse with instructions on how to arrange purchase, if interested in any of the items.

Minutes of October 19, 2021  – Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published 26 October 2021 by tqmchess@aol.com, 10:32 AM

Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Twelve members were present by the end of the meeting. No visitors.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He announced that Steve Matthews was appointed by the Board as Secretary to replace Jimmy Jordan and Bruce Patterson was appointed Member-at-Large to replace Steve Matthews.  Both will serve the term remaining on those positions until 2022 elections.

Richard Porcelli, who was originally going to attend the Postal Customer Council meeting on 5 November, appealed to the Club for a volunteer to replace him.  He is unable to attend the upcoming meeting and tour of the postal facility at Camp Lejeune.  Any volunteers need to contact him by Thursday, 21 October in order to complete the registration process by Friday.  The meeting will be held 10AM to 1230 PM.  The Postal Customer Council (PCC) is a USPS program to “foster a close working relationship between the USPS and commercial mailers”.

Richard also made a cover and presented it to Jimmy Jordan in recognition of his long support as Secretary.  The cachet and “stamp” used was US Scott #1 with Jimmy’s portrait substituted for Benjamin Franklin.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn was not able to present her briefing on the WPS website because we lacked WiFi/Internet access.  Instead, Helen will prepare a handout that is going to be distributed to members via email from the Secretary.

The Acting Secretary reported that there were no new contacts during the past month, Membership stands at 32.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net debit of $16 for the past month with proceeds from the Sales Table last month partially offsetting our $35 rent payment to the Southside Baptist Church.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations.  John distributed a handout with instructions for donations to “Stamps for the Wounded”.  While a lot of material may be accepted, damaged stamps, pen or Sharpie-cancelled stamps, and metered cancellations are not.  John invited members to donate material at the next meeting since he intends to ship donations at the end of November.

The very nice new WPS website is now up and running thanks to Helen’s hard work.

There was a brief discussion of nickel boxes as one member is interested.  John committed to allowing him to review donated stamps and select anything useful. 

A calendar of Club events for 2021 – 2022 was briefly summarized with more details to follow on our website later.

 

  • November will be a Bourse with as many as 100 lots available for purchase. (No bidding necessary – just select the priced lot and pay the Treasurer).
  • December will be a regular meeting featuring a trivia contest with prize and light refreshments. (No sit-down dinner.)
  • January will be a program meeting – topic still open and suggestions encouraged.
  • February will be an auction; members only may bid.
  • March will be Club elections and a brief “show and tell” discussion.
  • April is dedicated to the installation of officers and annual reports by outgoing officers.
  • May will be a Bourse.
  • June will be a program meeting, topic open.
  • July will be another “Christmas in July” picnic.
  • August will be an auction
  • September and October will be program meetings, topics open.
  • November 2022 will be a Bourse.
  • December 2022 (hopefully) will be a Holiday Party at a restaurant.

John reminded members they could place items for sale on a “sale table” at any meeting.

New Business:

John distributed copies of an APS article on “Unsoakable Self-adhesive Stamps” along with an editorial about National Stamp Collecting Month.  Steve also distributed an article on National Stamp Collecting Month published in Carolina Country.

John stated that Bruce will explain the Wreaths Across America program at the next meeting.

John reported that WPS should be able to participate in the April 2022 Azalea Coin Show by hosting a stamp table as in past years (2021 excepted).

There was a brief discussion of using our website to publicize nearby stamp shows or facilitating ridesharing to them.  The Board will look into this suggestion.  Members were also encouraged to submit proposed website content to Steve or John for Board review

John discussed the Board’s interest in finding out if the Southside Baptist Church has any youth/scouting programs for which WPS could provide philatelic support.  Related to that, Hondo Davids reported that he is a Scout Leader and Stamp Merit Badge Counselor for Virginia with an interest in supporting the Cape Fear Area Council.  This may be another opportunity for WPS outreach.

Richard brought up an idea of a special cover or cancellation for scouting.

There being no further new business, Steve moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:49 (second by Helen).

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

Minutes of September 21, 2021 Wilmington Philatelic Society

posted October 14, 2021, 8:20 AM by tqmchess@aol.com

Meeting called to order at 7:03 pm by President John Daniels. Nine members were present. No visitors.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.

Richard Porcelli shared a cover cachet he is going to have serviced for National Postal Customer Council Day Sep 22, 2021. The Postal Customer Council (PCC) is a USPS program to “foster a close working relationship between the USPS and commercial mailers”.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn will present the premier of the new WPS website after the business meeting.

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported that there were no new contacts during the past month, Membership stands at 32. Jimmy also announced his resignation as WPS Secretary.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net gain of $43.20 for the past month. Balance is $3360.88.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations.

The very nice new WPS website is now up and running thanks to Helen’s hard work.

A discussion to re-introduce nickel stamp boxes showed there is very little interest in the boxes.

The annual Club report to the American Philatelic Society has been submitted. The WPS again qualifies for free APS membership due to the number of APS members in the Club. John encouraged membership in the APS.

A calendar of Club events for 2021 – 2022 will be established at the next meeting of the Board.

New Business:

John distributed copies of an APS article on “Unsoakable Self-adhesive Stamps”.

A short discussion about the annual Christmas party resulted in several possible agendas. The subject will be taken up at the next meeting of the Board.

With Jimmy’s resignation the Club is in need of a new Secretary and Board member.

Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.

Richard Porcelli shared a newly published catalog of Computer Vended Postage Stamps.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:49 pm.

Helen Rittersporn presented a tutorial on the features of the new WPS website.

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of August 17, 2021

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Posted October 14, 2021 at 8:43 AM by tqmchess@aol.com [updated 2/11/2022]

Meeting called to order at 7:11 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to our first meeting at Southside Baptist Church.

President John Daniels welcomed and introduced our newest member, David Watts.

Richard Porcelli, now the keeper of the keys, explained the layout of the church building and parking lot.

Our newlyweds, member Bruce Patterson and wife Nancy were presented a congratulatory card and cake.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that her work on the Club’s new website is nearing completion and should be ready for beta testing in a week or two.

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported that Jim Haxby, of Asheville NC, had joined the club and Jim Hickey, who no longer collects had resigned. Members Brian Triplett, Todd Brohaugh, Roger Persichilli, [name removed at request of former member], and Lilian Tompa had been removed from the membership roll due to nonpayment of dues and not responding to Club correspondence.

Treasurer report made by John Daniels in the absence of Tim Snyder. Balance is $3317.68

Old Business:

President John Daniels thanked Richard Porcelli for his lead role in obtaining Southside Baptist Church as our new meeting place.

John announced that we will continue to meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month but some members have conflict and consideration is being given to changing to the 2nd Tuesday. 

John reported that the WPS Christmas in July Picnic, held at Long Leaf Park (Hugh Macrae Park), was a big success. 

John thanked Helen Rittersporn for continuing to mention WPS in her Anchored Scraps blog. In the past 6 years WPS activities or information has be in her blog 20 times.

New Business:

Now that we have a meeting place, John will convene a Board meeting soon.

Auctions, bourses, and the sales/free tables will continue as before.

Jimmy Jordan gave a brief philatelic news update.

Business meeting adjourned at 07:47 pm.

Richard Porcelli gave a program presentation “Every Cover Has a Story”. Some of his life stories and remembrances brought back by seeing old postal covers.

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary

Wilmington Philatelic Society    

Minutes of Meetings 2021

Meeting of June 15, 2021

posted Jun 30, 2021, 8:53 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Jun 30, 2021, 8:56 AM ]

Minutes of June 15, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by Vice President Helen Rittersporn. Only six members were present. Helen welcomed everyone.Helen and Jimmy Jordan spent a few minutes reporting on President John Daniels’ recovery from eye surgery.New member David Watts was introduced. Dave has collected since his teens and comes to us from the Asheville (NC) Stamp Club.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported one new member, David Watts. Membership now stands at 37. Membership renewal is going well with an 80% renewal rate so far. Reminders will be sent to the eight tardy members.Treasurer Tim Snyder was absent. No report.Old Business:            The search for a meeting location continues with two locations being toured in the coming weeks.            Helen is working on changing the Club website to WordPress and will report progress to the Board.           New Business:               Christmas in July, a replacement for the canceled Christmas party, will be held at Long Leaf Park on July 14. This will be our meeting for July. An announcement flyer and RSVP form will be sent to everyone.        Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.Those members present introduced themselves to new member Dave Watts.The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of May 18, 2021

posted Jun 3, 2021, 7:57 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of May 18, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:02 pm by President John Daniels. Fourteen members were present. John welcomed everyone.Helen Rittersporn spent a few minutes explaining Zoom and answering questions about using Zoom.Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that the Port City Peddler may be a possible meeting site. The owner plans to make a meeting room available for public use but the room is not ready yet.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36. Membership renewal is going well with a 70% renewal rate so far.Treasurer Tim Snyder no change in the treasury since last meeting. No income and no expenditures.Old Business:            The search for a meeting location continues. John recently learned that there may be a possibility to use New Hanover County Recreation property for meeting. John will follow up on this lead.            John continues to collect stamps for the veterans will have 8 – 10 pounds to ship this month.            The Board has proposed a Christmas in July social as a replacement for the canceled Christmas party.  John reported that the use of Long Leaf Park is possible and will follow up            The Philatelic Bourse has been very successful and we will have another one when a meeting place is secured.            The club is in need of programs and teaching presentations for our meetings. Volunteers are solicited. See Vice President Helen.New Business:            The stamp dealer that helped John on appraisals and disposition of estates and donated stamps has retired. He was the only dealer in North Carolina that would that would work with John. Other dealers’ charge fees that are unrealistic for our type of material. Hopefully something will work out.Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.Richard Porcelli shared some of his computer vended stamps.Helen shared her recently acquired ventage sewing machine.The meeting was adjourned at 8:07 pm.Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of April 20, 2021

posted Jun 3, 2021, 7:52 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Jun 3, 2021, 7:53 PM ]

Minutes of April 20, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members were present. John welcomed everyone. The Zoom meeting allowed member Matt Stoll and Don Hargy join us from New Jersey and Maryland.With this being our first Zoom meeting Helen Rittersporn spent a few minutes assisting everyone getting settled in. Helen will give more detailed help instructions in a presentation at the next meeting.President John Daniels presented memoriam for Andy Vics and Gene Sauer. Several members shared their memories of our recently passed friends.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36.Membership renewal notices have are tardy due to COVID-19 uncertainties but will be mailed within a week.President John Daniels gave the Treasurer’s report in the absence of Tim Snyder. Treasury balance of $3714.36.President John Daniels gave a brief report on the April 16, 2021 meeting of the Board of Directors. The major item was the Board’s decision, due to the lack of meetings for a year and a half and other COVID-19 related problems, to cancel the Annual Meeting reports and suspend the Annual Election. The current Officers and Board Members will continue to serve.Old Business:            This is our first meeting since November 2020 which was a stamp bourse. The August and November stamp bourses were a great success and plans are to continue having them.            The Wreaths Across America pictorial cancellation project was a success. Bruce Patterson gave a short summation of the project.            The February 2021 Myrtle Beach Stamp Show was cancelled due to COVID and the 2022 show is in jeopardy due to motel remodeling. The WPS did not participate in the Azalea Festival Coin Show due to the short notice of space availability.            The Board proposed a Christmas in July social, possibly a catered picnic at Long Leaf Park. Members expressed approval. Detail to be decided.            Bruce will continue to collect stamps on paper for the veterans and John will continue Andy’s program of collecting stamps off paper for John Hotchner’s Stamps for the Wounded.New Business:            The search for a meeting place continues with several possible opportunities. Any help searching is appreciated.            Please give feed back on the virtual Zoom meeting. We may have to continue meet on Zoom for a while.            John asked for any ideas and/or volunteers for meeting and program presentations.Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.The meeting was adjourned but the Secretary failed to note the time.Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Club Meeting Temporarily Suspended

posted Jan 4, 2021, 12:29 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

As of December 2020, our usual meeting location is no longer available to the Club. The Board of Directors is in the process of locating a new meeting site. The Club will be notified when a new location is secured. 

November 17, 2020 Meeting Changes

posted Nov 11, 2020, 12:15 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Nov 11, 2020, 12:19 PM ]

Five hours after posting the November 17 Stamp Club Meeting Announcement the Governor changed the COVID-19 safety protocol. Indoor group meetings have again been limited to 10 people or less. This make a normal club meeting impractical. The business meeting has been removed from the agenda but the Stamp Bourse will still be held on Tuesday night. The following rules will be followed to ensure compliance with the Governor’s 10-person limit.For everyone’s health and safety the following rules must be observed:1. You must bring a face mask and wear it both inside the meeting room and outside in the parking lot.2. No more than 10 people will be allowed in the meeting room at a time. Controls will be in place at the door to ensure compliance. If the room is full, wait in the parking lot until someone exits. Masks must be worn at all times.3. As a courtesy to other members, no socializing will be allowed in the meeting room. Use your time to peruse the stamps and make your selection. Others may be waiting for you to exit so they may have their turn to enter the bourse. Masks must be worn at all times.4. Socializing will be allowed in the parking lot. The required 6 feet of social distancing must be observed. Masks must be worn at all times.5. Please follow the North Carolina COVID-19 guidelines. If you have been exposed in the last 14 days or you are not feeling well, please stay home.6. There will be hand sanitizer and wipes available. The Club will supply gallon plastic bags for you to take home loose material. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society.

Minutes of Meetings 2020

Meeting of October 20, 2020

posted Nov 17, 2020, 2:45 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of October 20, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society  Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone and reminded us to wear our name tags and sign the attendance sheet.John announced that due to the closing of Scrap and Design the last meeting at this location will be the November meeting. The Board of Directors is searching for a new meeting location.October is Stamp Collecting Month.The Club has received a Thank You card from John Hotchner for stamps donated to the wounded.Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that she is investigating the possible move of the Club website from Google Sites to WordPress.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36.Treasurer Tim Snyder reported the Club made $327.98 at the August Stamp Bourse. Treasury balance of $3126.55.Old Business:   Everyone needs to be searching for a new meeting place.   The December Christmas Party meeting has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A summer event is a possible alternative.   Richard Porcelli and Bruce Patterson reported on the progress being made on the December 19, 2020 Wreaths Across America special pictorial postmark. New Business:     John reported on the June 16, 202 meeting of the Board of Directors.    The November meeting will be a Stamp Bourse.Jimmy Jordan presented a few items of philatelic news.Meeting adjourned at 7:25 pm.Jimmy Jordan presented a program on watermarks and watermarking stamps. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of September 15, 2020

posted Oct 5, 2020, 12:16 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of September 15, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the first meeting since February by taking a few minutes for everyone to become re-acquainted and tell how they had coped with the Covid-19 pandemic.Annual Meeting reports were given by the Club Officers and the 2020-2021 Club Officers were sworn in. The abbreviated Annual Meeting was necessary due to the April meeting being canceled by Covid-19 restrictions.Old Business:  The March 2020 through August 2020 meetings had been canceled due to Covid-19.  John reported that the August walk-thru Stamp Bourse was a big success.  Bruce Patterson and Richard Porcelli reported on their pictorial cancellation project for Wreaths Across America.  Participation in the Lower Cape Fear Coin Show was canceled.  Donn Ebert has announced cancelation of the 2021 Myrtle Beach Stamp Show. New Business:  John reported on the June 16, 202 meeting of the Board of Directors. A charitable donation of $100 in the name of Shelly Holt, our landlord, was authorized. The donation is in lieu of rent.  The December Christmas Party was discussed. There is a real possibility that the party will be canceled because of Covid-19 restrictions and probable low attendance.  John announced that the November 2020 meeting will be the last at our current meeting location. Our landlord is not renewing her lease on the building. A search for a new location will begin.  The Stamp Bourses was well received and there will likely be others held in the future.  The remaining 2020 calendar of events and the possibility of virtual meetings were discussed but everything is on hold until after the virus pandemic and a new meeting place is found.  John announced that Howard Loving has donated Elisabeth’s stamp collection to the Club and asked that it be distributed to the membership. John will develop a system of distribution. Jimmy Jordan presented a few items of philatelic news. Meeting adjourned Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of August 18, 2020

posted Aug 19, 2020, 10:27 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of August 18, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society A normal sit-down meeting could not be held because of COVID-19 restrictions on meeting size and the need for proper social distancing. A Stamp Bourse was held in place of a meeting. Display tables were filled with a large number of stamps, covers, albums, and philatelic supplies. Some lots were free and others were for sale at very reasonable prices. All of the lots came from the Club’s accumulation of donated material and all proceeds benefited the Club’s Treasury. In accordance with North Carolina Covid -19 guidelines and for the health and safety of all attendees, only ten people were allowed in the stamp room at a time and face masks were required. Everyone appeared to fine items for their collections and a lot of stamps found new homes. A total of 12 members attend the bourse. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society 

Minutes of July 21, 2020 Meeting

posted Aug 19, 2020, 9:37 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of July 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society July 21, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of June 16, 2020

posted Aug 19, 2020, 9:35 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of June 16, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society June 16, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of May 19, 2020

posted Aug 19, 2020, 9:26 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Aug 19, 2020, 9:27 AM ]

Minutes of May 19, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society May 19, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of April 21, 2020

posted May 11, 2020, 7:56 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of April 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society April 21, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The April 21, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of March 17, 2020

posted Mar 21, 2020, 9:26 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Aug 19, 2020, 9:33 AM ]

Minutes of March 17, 2020Wilmington Philatelic SocietyMarch 17, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed.

Meeting of February 18, 2020

posted Feb 20, 2020, 1:54 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of February 18, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society

Updated by tqmchess@aol.com 2/11/2022, 7:44 AM

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Nineteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The meeting is an Auction and the sign-in sheet determines the order in which lots are auctioned. Due to the auction, there is no “Free” table tonight.Vice President Report: Andy Vics shared a 1954 post card given to him by member John Valentino. The card was a thank you note for stamps donated to the Stamps for the Wounded program. The message on the card was almost identical to the present day thank you notes the Club receives for donating to the program. Andy encouraged all members to check, and read, the WPS website often. All club announcements and news items are posted on the website making it a valuable source of information. This is even more important now that the seems to be some kind of restriction on sending large emails to the Club.Secretary Report: Two new membership applications have been received through the website. Both applicants are attending tonight’s meeting and hopefully will join the Club. Current membership remains 37.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2504.86.Old Business: The Myrtle Beach Stamp Show was well attended by WPS members. Eight to ten members attended. There were a few stamp dealers and a number of cover and post card dealers at the show. Remember the Cape Fear Azalea Festival Coin Show April 4-5. The Club will have a display table at the show and volunteers are needed to represent the Club. One of Helen Rittersporn’s recent blog posts was about cover collecting and contained links to the WPS website. Helen’s blogs often promote stamp collecting and the WPS. The results of the Auction Want List survey has been distributed to the Club. This should assist auction sellers in presenting lots that have a higher probability of selling.New Business: The March 17 meeting will be the annual nomination and election of officers. Our two visitors, [name removed] and Robert Valik of Leland, joined the Club by payment of dues.Meeting adjourned at 07:30 pm.A Farewell Cake and Ice Cream Party was held for founding charter member Wendell Triplett. Wendell signed the WPS American Philatelic Society Charter Application in 1984! He was also the Club Treasurer for several decades. Wendell is moving to Baltimore to be closer to family members.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn, with the assistance of Robert Valik, conducted a very successful club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Meeting of January 21, 2020

posted Feb 4, 2020, 6:18 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of January 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic SocietyThe meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm by President John Daniels. Seventeen members and one visitor, Dave Malkmus of Carolina Beach, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. He also reminded everyone that the WPS Calendar on the website has been updated for 2020 and the Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Stamp Show is Saturday and Sunday February 8-9. Flyers for the show are available.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson reported on the success of the Wreath Across America program. Gene Sauer reported that Pearsall Church, our old meeting place, is under contract and may sell soon.Vice President Report: Shipped 5 pounds of stamps to the Stamps for Veterans program. A total of 68 pounds has be shipped so far. He is accepting donations for the May 2020 shipment.Secretary Report: No new contacts, membership inquirers, or membership applications received. Current membership remains 36. The collection of 2020 dues has started.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current Treasury balance is $2264.86 after paying Hieronymus Seafood $805.00 for the Christmas party.Old Business: The Club’s Christmas Holiday Party at Hieronymus Seafood was successful. The Linn’s list of brick and mortar stamp stores is now up to 84. Wendel Triplett was presented with a framed Life Membership certificate. Wendell announced that he would soon be moving to the Baltimore Maryland area.New Business: The Azalea Festival Coin Show is April 4-5, 2020. The Club will have a presence at the show. The March meeting will be election of club officers with the instillation of officers at the April meeting. Jimmy reported items of philatelic news.The February meeting will be a Club auction.Meeting adjourned at 7:36Steve Matthews presented a program on identification of reprinted stamps and how he finds the research and study of his stamps interesting and fun.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Minutes of Meetings 2019

Meeting of November 19, 2019

posted Nov 24, 2019, 1:38 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of November 19, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:10 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the first meeting at the Scrap and Design Center, our new meeting location.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The meeting is an Auction and the sign-in sheet determines the order in which lots are auctioned. Due to the auction, there is no “Free” table. The Christmas party will again be at Hieronymus Seafood on Wednesday December 11. The menu and details will be emailed in a few days. Please RSVP.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson informed us that the Wreath Across America program is exceeding expectations but is still accepting donations.Vice President Report: The next shipment of donated Stamps for Veterans will be mailed Friday. He is accepting donations for the May 2020 shipment.Secretary Report: One new contact and membership inquiry received but no new applications. Current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2974.66.  Old Business: The Club’s annual Christmas Holiday Party is December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood. There is no charge for members. Guest pay $20.00. Let the Secretary know if you plan to attend and if a guest will attend. Headcount for the restaurant is needed by December 3. Program and presentation volunteers are needed for the 2020 meeting calendar. See Andy Vics if you can help.  New Business: The Club library is now located in John Daniels garage. An inventory shows a number of missing books. Please return any overdue books. Several items were approved at the recent Board Meeting. Certificates will be presented to our two active Life Members, Gene Sauer and Wendell Triplett, at the Christmas Party. John Daniels will check into the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club’s offer for floor space at the 2020 Cape Fear Coin Show.Jimmy reported items of philatelic news.The next meeting is the annual Christmas Party on Wednesday December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood.Meeting adjourned.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn conducted a very successful club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

October 8, 2019 Meeting

posted Oct 30, 2019, 11:18 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of October 8, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Seventeen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of items were placed on the club “Free” table. The Christmas party will again be at Hieronymus Seafood on Wednesday December 11. Details at the November meeting. This was the last meeting at Pearsall Church. The November meeting will be the first at our new meeting place Scrap and Design Center, Judges Road, Wilmington. Maps to the new meeting location were available.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson informed us of the Wreath Across America program which is accepting donations. Helen Rittersporn suggested the club do something to honor Nancy Pope who died August 30, 2019. Nancy was the Head Curator of the History Department of the National Postal Museum. The suggestion will be discussed at the next meeting of the Board of Directors. 
Vice President Report: A map and directions to the new meeting location have been place on the club website.
Secretary Report: No new contacts or membership applications. Current membership remains 36.
Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2868.96.
Old Business: The club encourages members to support the hobby through APS membership. Beginning with the November meeting we will meet on the THIRD Tuesday of the month at the Scrap and Design Center, 311 Judges Rd, Unit 2B, Wilmington, NC. The retired CANADA box of stamps will be added to the general accumulation of stamps available to the membership. John reminded us that he had received inquiries from two ladies with stamp collections for sale. See John for details.   
New Business: Linn’s Stamp News is compiling a list of “brick and mortar” stamps stores in the USA. This is an ongoing list and new stores will be added as discovered. There are none in North Carolina. The Myrtle Beach Stamp Show is coming up in February 2020. Details will be announced. It is time to fill the 2020 Meeting Calendar with presentations. Contact Andy if you would like to volunteer.
Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news. 
The next meeting is Tuesday November 19 at the Scrap and Design Center. This will be a club auction.
Meeting adjourned.
Richard Porcelli demonstrated a method to soak self-adhesive stamps off paper and Jimmy Jordan demonstrated soaking, drying, and pressing the older “lick n stick” stamps off paper. 
Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

September 10, 2019 Meeting

posted Sep 14, 2019, 1:33 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Sep 14, 2019, 1:35 PM ]

Minutes of September 10, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of items will be placed on the club “Free” table but not until after Helen’s presentation. The October 8, 2019 meeting will be held at the church and will be the last meeting held at Pearsall.Floor Remarks: Richard Porcelli commented on the American Philatelist article about the stamp hobby is not dying but is evolving. This started a lively discussion about the changing nature of the stamp collecting hobby and philatelic marketplace. Ebay is now the market place for most collectors and is setting the prices for most philatelic sales. The public now uses the web and social media as their main means of conducting business, communication, and entertainment. Our club needs to accept this change and broaden our approach to stamp collecting and public outreach. Helen’s presentation will address this very subject.Vice President Report: We need volunteers to make presentations at upcoming meetings. Donation for Stamps for the Wounded are being accepted. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: No new contacts or membership applications. Current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2896.66.Old Business: The club encourages members to support the hobby through APS membership. Helen Rittersporn and Lloyd MacAskill are our newest APS members. The search for a new meeting place is over, at least for the time being. Beginning with the November meeting we will meet on the THIRD Tuesday of the month at the Scrap and Design Center, 311 Judges Rd, Unit 2B, Wilmington, NC. Adequate driving directions will be provided later.New Business: Elaine Herzog and Juanita Sizemore contacted John about collections they have for sale. Both collections are US stamps and First Day Covers. See John for contact information. The club’s annual Christmas Social at Hieronymus Seafood is rapidly approaching Details will be available soon. The October meeting is an “Open” meeting. Please bring philatelic items to share with the club. Jimmy Jordan will hold a Stamp Soaking Clinic for those who are interested.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news. He also shared a personal experience with bank fraud. Someone was able to print completely bogus checks using Jimmy’s bank routing number and account number and then make a purchase. Jimmy discovered the fraud immediately and, with the help of his bank, was able to close the old account and open a new one. Although he suffered no financial loss the aggravation of the modern electronic banking system is almost overwhelming. It takes one to two pay cycles (i.e. months) for changes to direct deposits and automatic drafts to become effective. Until the changeover to the new account is complete, Jimmy has to monitor his accounts and make daily authorization (or not) phone calls to the bank.  All are reminded to review your financial accounts daily!    The next meeting is Tuesday October 8, 2019 at the church. This will be an “Open” meeting along with Jimmy’s stamp soaking clinic.Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.Helen Rittersporn presented the program “My 10 Favorite Anchored Scraps.com Blog Posts on Stamp Collecting”. Helen actively promotes old fashion letter writing with her blog and often finds ways to incorporate stamps and stamp collecting in her posts. Well Done Helen!Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

August 13, 2019 Meeting

posted Aug 14, 2019, 2:14 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of August 13, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and one visitor, Carol Noll, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The September meeting will most likely be at the church. The search for a new meeting place continues with the most promising place being the Scrap and Design building at 311 Judges Rd. The club will be notified as new information develops. The “Free Table” returns next meeting.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson announced that the VA Center is forming a veteran’s memorabilia display area and is looking for donations of material.Vice President Report: Donations are still being accepted Stamps for the Wounded. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: One new contact was received via the website this month. Edward Caropreso wanted a stamp collection appraised for an estate probate. John assisted Edward. Todd Brohaugh joined after the July meeting and Butch Minnick resigned due to relocating to Virginia. Membership remains at 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2857.56.Old Business: The search for a new meeting place is ongoing. The church is now closed but we can continue to meet here until the property is sold. Please pay attention to any email notices for updates. Last month’s retirement of the Nickel Boxes proved to be a good idea as an inspection of the remaining stamps revealed mostly poor-quality material. The Canada Box has been well search by the membership and is also being retired. Two members have recently joined the American Philatelic Society (APS). The APS offers a number of benefits its members and is well worth joining. The WPS also benefits because as long as we maintain a specified percentage of APS members the club received free APS Club membership.New Business: The APS has issued a SCAM ALERT. People claiming to be from the APS are soliciting to buy collections for a fee. The APS does not buy collections!Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is September 10, 2019. Helen Rittersporn will make a presentation on the world of blogging.Meeting adjourned at 7:38 pm.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn conduct a club auction following the meeting.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

July 9, 2019 Meeting

posted Jul 14, 2019, 8:47 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of July 9, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of donated items were placed on the club “Free” and “For Sale” tables. The “Fill a Bag” box of free stamps is available.In Memoriam: Richard Porcelli and Andy Vics shared some of their remembrances of Michelle Long.Floor Remarks: Richard Porcelli reported on Tineye.com, a reverse image search program. Upload an image and the program will tell you where the image appears on the web.Vice President Report: A thank you note was received from John Hotchner in recognition of the club’s donation to Stamps for the Wounded. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: One member reinstated his membership and Butch Minnick resigned due to his relocation to Virginia. Current membership is 35. The club’s annual Chapter Report has been submitted to the APS. The club meets the minimum requirements for free chapter dues.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2830.16.Old Business: The search for a new meeting place is ongoing. The church is now closed but we can continue to meet here until the property is sold. Please pay attention to any email notices for updates. Due to the flood of donated free stamps, the Nickel Boxes have become obsolete and have been withdrawn from circulation. The Nickel Boxes will be reinstated if the demand returns.New Business: NoneJimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is August 13, 2019 and will be an Auction.Meeting adjourned.Visitor Todd Brohaugh joined the club. Welcome Todd! Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

June 11, 2109 Meeting

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Minutes of June 11, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of donated items were placed on the club “Free” and “For Sale” tables.Floor Remarks:   Sandy Montalto suggested that a meeting be dedicated to helping members identifying stamps. Richard Porcelli said that there was a website that could match scans/photos of items to other items on the web and may be useful in identifying stamps. He could not remember the exact name of the site.Vice President Report: Another four pounds of stamps has been shipped to Stamps for the Wounded. This brings the total to 63 pounds of stamps donated in four years. The contact bridge on the club website use to contact club officers has be upgraded to a secure link. The change adds another layer of security to the link.Secretary Report: We have received one new application for membership through the website. Membership is pending payment of dues. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2801.36.Old Business: Fresh material has been added to the Nickel Boxes and members are encouraged to take a look. A motion to accept the amendments to the By-Laws proposed at the May meeting was made and seconded. The motion passed by voice vote. There were no nay votes.New Business: John announced to the club that Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church is closing and the property will be sold. A search for a new meeting place is underway and the membership was asked to assist finding a location. The church will close on June 30, 2019 but a tentative agreement with the church will allow us continued use of the room until the property is actually sold. WPS Board member Andy Vics nominated Gene Sauer for Life Member in recognition of her many years of service to the club. The nomination was seconded and passed by voice vote. There were no nay votes.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is July 9, 2019 and will be an Open meeting.Meeting adjourned.Following the business meeting, Lillian Tompa gave a presentation of Fancy Cancels. Her presentation encouraged an interesting discussion of fancy cancels with significant audience participation.Jimmy Jordan gave a short show and tell on the cover cachet art work of J. R, Hemenway.Membership applicant Shonda Asaad became our newest member upon payment of dues.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

May 14, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of May 14, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Twenty-two members and one visitor, Norman Levesque, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A large donation of stamps has been received. Many of the items will show up on the Free Table. Reminder that next meeting will be a Show & Tell. Lillian will present some fancy cancels. Others will have the opportunity to show interesting items as well. Last call for stamp donations for Steve Matthew’s Leland school project. Reminder for all auction sellers to properly describe and mark lots.Officers’ ReportsVice President: The accumulated Stamps for the Wounded will be mailed next week. The next shipment is planned for November. A “Closed Album Page” has been added to the Club website. This page has been added as a remembrance of deceased members.Secretary Report: No new contacts or prospects. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Current Treasury balance $2787.73.Director at Large Report: No repostOld Business: Reminder that we have “nickel stamp boxes” available to help build your collection. Discovered that the printer of the recently acquired Club table top banner mistakenly made two banners. We received two banners for the price of one. Helen Rittersporn was reimbursed the cost of the banner. Jimmy Jordan presented the Board of Directors proposed changes to the Club By-Laws.New Business: Helen Rittersporn was introduced as the Club’s new auctioneer. Bruce Patterson was thanked for his work as auctioneer the past few years. The Club received a stamp donation from UNCW Professor James Hunt. Professor Hunt was hired by our former Club President Lee Sherman.The next meeting is June 11, 2019 and will be a club show and tell.Meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm.Helen conducted her first auction after the meeting.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

April 9, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of April 9, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The club presence at the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club show April 6-7 received a lot of attention. This is our 35th anniversary meeting with the club being chartered on March 31, 1984. The recent passing of several club members was remembered.Annual Meeting ReportsPresident: Review of the past year along with expectations and goals for the coming year.Vice President: Another good year for donations to Stamps for the Wounded. Fifty-nine pounds of stamps have been donated in four years.Secretary Report: The club website is very important with numerous news items, meeting announcements, and new issue announcements. Almost 100% of new contacts originate with the website. Seven new members joined during the past year, lost one member due to her death, and four members failed to renew their membership. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Past years income from all sources $2000.76. Expenditures $1442.75. Net income $564.01. Major expenditures were the Christmas Party, meeting room rent, and hurricane relief charitable donation. Current Treasury balance $2726.40.Director at Large Report: Introduced a cachet and Computer Stamp commemorating her 1500th daily blog post. The stamp and cachet were designed by club member Richard Porcelli.Old Business: Final report on the Myrtle Beach Stamp Show and the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Show. The new table top Club Banner designed and procured by Helen Rittersporn was introduced. Steve Matthews reported on his Lincoln Elementary School (Leland, NC) project and requested stamp donations. John suggested the importance and benefits of APS membership.New Business: Jimmy Jordan nominated club founding member Wendell Triplett for Honorary Life Membership. The nomination was seconded and carried by a unanimous vote.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.-*+The next meeting is May 14, 2019 and will be a club auction.Meeting adjourned.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

March 12, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of March 12, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members and three visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting. President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The Lower Cape Fear Coin Club show is April 6-7 and volunteers are needed to staff the WPS table. The next club meeting is April 9 and will be the Annual Meeting with installation of officers. Gene Sauer brought a sheet cake to share with everyone.   John opened the floor for the nomination of club officers for 2019. Bob Doleman nominated the current slate of officers, with second by Gene Sauer. There being no other nominations John declared John Daniels, President; Andy Vics, Vice President; Jimmy Jordan, Secretary; Tim Snyder, Treasurer; Helen Rittersporn, Director at Large; and Richard Porcelli, Director Past President elected as provided in the Club By-Laws.Vice President Report:   The next mailing of stamps for the veterans will be in May.Secretary Report:   The annual membership renewal drive will end March 31. Ninety percent of the membership have renewed. Two membership applications are pending. Current membership 37. Treasurer Report:   Dues payments, auction sales, and auction fees have brought the treasury balance to $2612.95.Old Business:   The February Auction was one of the most successful every. The Board of Directors has decided to table the suggestion to establish a sales and swap committee. Dave Mork’s moving “give-away” is still available with boxes full of collectable items. The “nickel stamp boxes” are available and a mint US box is being considered.New Business:    John reported on the February 27, 2019 Board of Directors meeting. Steve Matthews told us about his stamps for education project with the Lincoln Elementary School in Leland. To match countries being studied by the students he needs stamps from Malawi, Egypt, Japan, Italy, Australia, and India. Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is April 9, 2109.Meeting adjourned.Our three visitors, Lloyd MacAskill, Ron Rowan, and Steve Sikorski joined the club. All three gentlemen found the club through our website.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

February 12, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of February 12, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The nominations and election of club officers will be held at the March meeting.Vice President Report:   Donations of stamps for the veterans are welcome. Next shipment will be sent in April.Secretary Report:   Membership dues renewal cycle is going well with 75% of the membership paid. Butch Minnick, of Hampstead, joint the club. Current membership is 37.Treasurer Report:   Tim reported payment of $300 rent to the church for the 2018 meetings. Current balance is $1825.50.Old Business:   A request to enter non-philatelic items into the club auctions had been received. The auctions are for philatelic items only. Two important meetings: March will be the election of club officers and April will be the Annual Meeting with state of the club reports from the officers. Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Show is April 5-6. The WPS will have a table and volunteers are needed. A number of members attended the Myrtle Beach Stamp Show.New Business:    Member David Mork has a large amount of covers, album pages, and other items he needs to dispose of. See David for details. Tonight’s auction contains a number of donated lots will all proceeds going to the club. John reported that he had assisted a collector sell his stamps. This resulted in a $250 donation to the club from the collector and a $100 finder’s fee donation from the dealer.     John told us about a man using non-denominated 10 cent Christmas Stamps from 1975 to mail his Christmas cards with none being rejected for postage due. Jimmy reported the new stamp issues for February and other philatelic news.The next meeting is March 12, 2019 and will be the election of officers.Meeting adjourned at 7:20.Auctioneer Bruce Patterson conducted the club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society

January 8, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of January 8, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed Visitor Bert Elam to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. Our annual Christmas Social meeting on December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant was a success. The next club meeting is February 12th and will be a club auction. Flyers for the February Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Stamp Show were made available. Vice President Report:   The club website has been updated to reflect the 2019 schedule. The next mailing of stamps for the veterans will be in May.Secretary Report:   One person has contacted the club about possible membership. The current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report:   The total expense for the Christmas Party was $782.50. Ticket sales amounted to $475.00 with the remaining $307.50 paid by the club. Treasury balance $2125.39.Old Business:   Nothing but positive comments about the Christmas Party. John suggests that next year’s party be held on Wednesday to avoid the conflct with the Wilmington Ski Club party held on Tuesday. Gene reported that the church yard sale held in December made $1200 for the church. Jon reminded everyone that the club website had been updated to reflect the information gleaned from the recent membership survey. Program Chairman Andy Vics asked for volunteers to present programs and Lilian said she would make a presentation of Fancy Cancels in September. John will again ask Lori Stehlin, of the Wilmington Post Office, to attend a club meeting.New Business:    John announced the agenda for the next few months include an Auction in February, nomination of officers in March, and the Annual Meeting in April. Jimmy reminded us that 2019 dues are now payable and a payment letter will be going out soon. John asked for donation of any S&H Green Stamps members may have. They are still redeemable! John thanked our visitor, Bert Elam, for donating a collection to the club. Lilian Tompa shared a box of FDCs.Jimmy reported on the upcoming January 27, 2019 USPS rate increase and several other philatelic news items.The next meeting is February 12, 2109 and will be a club auction.Meeting adjourned.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Archives previous meeting minutes 2014, 2011

May 13, 2014

posted May 14, 2014, 2:11 PM by Andy Vics   [ updated May 15, 2014, 6:51 AM ]

Minutes of May 13, 2014

Wilmington Philatelic Society

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by president Andy Vics. 

Sixteen members were present. There were no guests.

Minutes of the April 8 meeting were made available in printed form. The minutes will no longer be read. The minutes of previous meetings are also accessible on our Web site and can be e-mailed or sent to members by USPS when requested. 

Reports:

Vice president – nothing to report.

Treasurer – Club account balance is $691.95

Secretary – Absent

Member at Large – Absent

Old business:  None

New business: None

Andy announced that our club was recognized in an article titled “Wilmington’s Mrs. Whistler” in the May 2014 issue of Wrightsville Beach Magazine. Members Jimmy Jordan and Richard Porcelli provided covers to be used in the article.

Member Bob Doleman suggested we explore starting a Silent Auction to speed up our auctions. Discussion followed but no firm decision was made.

The next meeting will be June 10, 2014. This will be an open meeting.

The meeting was adjourned.

A club auction conducted by Matt Stoll followed the club business meeting.

Submitted by:

Andy Vics, President

posted Mar 11, 2011, 2:15 PM by Andy Vics   [ updated Mar 11, 2011, 2:16 PM ]

Minutes of March 8, 2011

posted Mar 8, 2011 8:55 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of March 8, 2011

Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President Andy Vics with 18 members and three visitors in attendance. Andy announced that a new website for the club had been established and encouraged everyone to use it. This site will be the main avenue of communications for the club. A cabinet has been place in the storage room of the church fellowship hall. The club’s library, name tags, and miscellaneous forms will be kept in the cabinet. Andy asked everyone to read the club’s Constitution and By-Laws before the next meeting and be ready to discuss and vote on any changes that may be needed. To correct an oversight in January’s election, a Member at Large needs to be elected to the Board of Directors. Nominations and a vote will be held during the meeting in April. A discussion of the Membership Survey conducted in November 2008 is also planned.

 

Lee Sherman submitted his resignation from the office of Vice President. Lee regrets having to resign, but must due to the demands of caring for his wife Fran. Nominations and a vote for a new Vice President will be held during the meeting in April.

 

Treasurer Wendell Tripplet reported that the club is in a sound financial condition, but the rent for use of the meeting room is due. It is important that dues for 2011 be paid promptly.

 

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported plans are being made with the Myrtle Beach Stamp Club for our spring joint meeting. The meeting will be on Saturday, April 16 at the Spring House Restaurant in North Myrtle Beach. Final plans and arrangements will be announced at our April meeting.

 

With no additional business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned. A club auction followed the meeting.

 

The next scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.

 

Submitted by:

 

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary

Wilmington Philatelic Society

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Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

 

January 18, Meeting Minutes  

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 20 January 2022, 10:52 AM

Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Twelve members were present. No visitors attended the meeting.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He made brief announcements regarding our activities for the evening and our next meeting on 15 February (Auction).

Open Forum

There were no comments during the Open Forum.

Officer Reports

Helen Rittersporn had nothing new to report as Vice President.

Steve stated that the two new members had paid dues for the next year, and our membership stood at 33.  Annual dues renewal letters will be mailed in February.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net increase of $69.01 for the past month with proceeds from the Bourse offsetting the $35 rent payment to the church and other expenses. 

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations. 

John announced that Hondo Davids won the trivia contest in December.  He was presented with a certificate and a prize.

John and Helen will look into additional charitable organizations to whom we could donate stamps. John also indicated that the next Board meeting would likely be held at the church, and the Pastor will be invited to attend so we can learn more about how WPS might assist youth programs related to stamp collecting.

Richard handed out special Camp Lejeune cancelled covers that used stamps he donated.  Thank you, Richard!

Sandy will talk to the Subway Stamp Company about the possibility of the Club submitting bulk orders for supplies.

John reminded members of the Azalea Coin Show on 9-10 April because WPS will operate a stamp table as we have done in the past.  Members were invited to participate.

The March meeting will include the election of officers, and all members were encouraged to consider running for office.

John encouraged members to look at the remaining Bourse lots after the business meeting.  Unsold lots will be saved for future Auction or Bourse meetings.

 New Business:

The February meeting will be an Auction.  Auction sheets (two copies needed) and instructions are available at the WPS website.  Members may submit up to 10 lots.  Arrive early next month as the order of the lots in the Auction will be based on the sign-in order.

The March meeting will include the election of officers and then a presentation by Helen on the American Topical Association.

Richard pointed out that the last issue of the USPS Biweekly Bulletin recognized WPS for their contribution of the Camp Lejeune cancellations (Kudos Richard!!)

World of Philately

 Jimmy shared an email he received from Wendell Triplett’s daughter regarding his current activities in a Maryland retirement community.  The letter offered a lot of detail about Wendell’s life and was very touching.

 Other Remarks

John shared information about our two new members along with Fred Pyatt, a current member who now resides in Florida.

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:37 PM.

Program

Helen briefly explained the Christmas Philatelic Society, a chapter within the American Philatelic Society.  Using a spiffy, colored handout, Helen walked the Club through the information she gained during a December 2021 virtual meeting.

Following Helen’s presentation, members made last minute purchases from the Bourse remainders before departing the meeting.

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary,
Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

December 21, 2021 Meeting Minutes 

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 4 January 2022, 4:56 pm

Meeting called to order at 7:10 PM by President John Daniels. Eleven members were present including our newest member, Martin Meyerson. No visitors attended.  In the acting secretary’s absence, the minutes were taken and compiled by members of the Board.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded those present about masking and social distancing.  He made brief announcements about the stamp trivia quiz and light refreshments. Richard and Carolyn Porcelli, Helen and John set up and provisioned the refreshment areas for the members to enjoy after the business meeting.

Martin Meyerson was introduced and he told us of his interest in joining and his collection pursuits.

John requested members to come forward to volunteer for a possible philatelic presentation at the January meeting (January 18th).

John asked Bruce to update the members on the success of the Wreaths Across America effort (Bruce – magnificent!); asked Richard to update the members on the Porcelli-designed special Camp LeJeune cancellation (which the USPS approved and then neglected to publish in the first December Postal Bulletin); and asked Richard to briefly biography our recently deceased 98 year old Life Member, Lee Sherman ( who was active in our Club before most of our current members joined).

     – LeJeune cancellation – the submission period has been extended into February due to the USPS Postal Bulletin omission. Note: Sandy Montalto agreed to underwrite the cost of postage placed on LeJeune posted covers of those attending the meeting, and Richard inventoried the members present

     – Lee Shernan’s write-up will be placed in the “In Memoriam” section of the Club website in January

Officer Reports

Helen briefly encouraged members to utilize the new website and watch for continuing changes and updates. There was no Secretary’s report. The Treasurer indicated that the next report will be in January after the bourse receipts are fully in hand. Balance currently remains over $3000.

Old Business

John explained that we had a nice thank-you note from Stamps For The Wounded for our early December donation of another 9.5 pounds of US and worldwide off-paper stamps. Bruce is still accumulating on-paper material, as the Daughters of the Confederacy is not accepting material due to the outsized needs of covid-related activities.

Bourse results will be explained at the January meeting

Free & Sales tables will again be available at the January meeting. John reminded members that a member may place material on either table, not just the Club.

New Business

John explained a little about the APS Expertizing Program and brought a handful of APS expertizing applications for members with interest to take and use

Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Show 2022 – NOT being held

Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Azalea Festival Coin Show is being held the weekend of April 9 & 10 at the Elks facility on Oleander Drive. WPS will have a courtesy table at the show both days. John requested volunteers to come forward to man our table AM/PM both days

The APS/American Air Mail Society notified the Club of a holiday gift offer of free books/literature. John passed the offer around to attending members. No interest.

John reminded members of the March nomination/election of Officers/Board Member-at-Large and the Annual Meeting in April and the potential Club picnic in July.

The Business Meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM

November 16, 2021 Meeting Minutes 

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 22 November 2021, 12:30 PM

 Meeting called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members were present by the end of the meeting. No visitors attended the meeting.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He made brief announcements regarding our activity for the evening (the Bourse) and our next meeting on 21 December.

Open Forum

Bruce Patterson announced he was accepting donations for Wreaths Across America throughout the meeting ($15/wreath).  He also reported that about 60% of the Wilmington veteran gravestones were accounted for.

Richard Porcelli suggested that the Club investigate any “free” newspapers for a possible way of publicizing WPS. 

Officer Reports

Helen Rittersporn encouraged members to visit our website and explained that the Board will continue updating and improving it.

Steve stated that there were no new member contacts or membership cancellations.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net debit of $31.70 for the past month with proceeds from stamp sales partially offsetting the $35 rent payment to the church.  The Club’s balance remains over $3,000.

Richard Porcelli showed a proposed Marine Corps cancellation that he has submitted through channels for approval.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations. 

 New Business:

No new business was discussed.

Other Remarks

John explained the layout of tables for the Bourse, Helen invited members to attend a letter writing social event on Wednesday (the 17th) to support deployed troops during the holidays, and Richard suggested that the Club post photographs of Club events (such as the Bourse) on the Club website.  Finally, John distributed a new forever stamp with a coded message and invited members to solve the riddle.

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:17 PM followed by the Bourse.

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Note: Subsequent to the meeting, President John Daniels emailed the membership a list of remaining lots from the Bourse with instructions on how to arrange purchase, if interested in any of the items.

Minutes of October 19, 2021  – Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published 26 October 2021 by tqmchess@aol.com, 10:32 AM

Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Twelve members were present by the end of the meeting. No visitors.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He announced that Steve Matthews was appointed by the Board as Secretary to replace Jimmy Jordan and Bruce Patterson was appointed Member-at-Large to replace Steve Matthews.  Both will serve the term remaining on those positions until 2022 elections.

Richard Porcelli, who was originally going to attend the Postal Customer Council meeting on 5 November, appealed to the Club for a volunteer to replace him.  He is unable to attend the upcoming meeting and tour of the postal facility at Camp Lejeune.  Any volunteers need to contact him by Thursday, 21 October in order to complete the registration process by Friday.  The meeting will be held 10AM to 1230 PM.  The Postal Customer Council (PCC) is a USPS program to “foster a close working relationship between the USPS and commercial mailers”.

Richard also made a cover and presented it to Jimmy Jordan in recognition of his long support as Secretary.  The cachet and “stamp” used was US Scott #1 with Jimmy’s portrait substituted for Benjamin Franklin.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn was not able to present her briefing on the WPS website because we lacked WiFi/Internet access.  Instead, Helen will prepare a handout that is going to be distributed to members via email from the Secretary.

The Acting Secretary reported that there were no new contacts during the past month, Membership stands at 32.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net debit of $16 for the past month with proceeds from the Sales Table last month partially offsetting our $35 rent payment to the Southside Baptist Church.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations.  John distributed a handout with instructions for donations to “Stamps for the Wounded”.  While a lot of material may be accepted, damaged stamps, pen or Sharpie-cancelled stamps, and metered cancellations are not.  John invited members to donate material at the next meeting since he intends to ship donations at the end of November.

The very nice new WPS website is now up and running thanks to Helen’s hard work.

There was a brief discussion of nickel boxes as one member is interested.  John committed to allowing him to review donated stamps and select anything useful. 

A calendar of Club events for 2021 – 2022 was briefly summarized with more details to follow on our website later.

 

  • November will be a Bourse with as many as 100 lots available for purchase. (No bidding necessary – just select the priced lot and pay the Treasurer).
  • December will be a regular meeting featuring a trivia contest with prize and light refreshments. (No sit-down dinner.)
  • January will be a program meeting – topic still open and suggestions encouraged.
  • February will be an auction; members only may bid.
  • March will be Club elections and a brief “show and tell” discussion.
  • April is dedicated to the installation of officers and annual reports by outgoing officers.
  • May will be a Bourse.
  • June will be a program meeting, topic open.
  • July will be another “Christmas in July” picnic.
  • August will be an auction
  • September and October will be program meetings, topics open.
  • November 2022 will be a Bourse.
  • December 2022 (hopefully) will be a Holiday Party at a restaurant.

John reminded members they could place items for sale on a “sale table” at any meeting.

New Business:

John distributed copies of an APS article on “Unsoakable Self-adhesive Stamps” along with an editorial about National Stamp Collecting Month.  Steve also distributed an article on National Stamp Collecting Month published in Carolina Country.

John stated that Bruce will explain the Wreaths Across America program at the next meeting.

John reported that WPS should be able to participate in the April 2022 Azalea Coin Show by hosting a stamp table as in past years (2021 excepted).

There was a brief discussion of using our website to publicize nearby stamp shows or facilitating ridesharing to them.  The Board will look into this suggestion.  Members were also encouraged to submit proposed website content to Steve or John for Board review

John discussed the Board’s interest in finding out if the Southside Baptist Church has any youth/scouting programs for which WPS could provide philatelic support.  Related to that, Hondo Davids reported that he is a Scout Leader and Stamp Merit Badge Counselor for Virginia with an interest in supporting the Cape Fear Area Council.  This may be another opportunity for WPS outreach.

Richard brought up an idea of a special cover or cancellation for scouting.

There being no further new business, Steve moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:49 (second by Helen).

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

Minutes of September 21, 2021 Wilmington Philatelic Society

posted October 14, 2021, 8:20 AM by tqmchess@aol.com

Meeting called to order at 7:03 pm by President John Daniels. Nine members were present. No visitors.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.

Richard Porcelli shared a cover cachet he is going to have serviced for National Postal Customer Council Day Sep 22, 2021. The Postal Customer Council (PCC) is a USPS program to “foster a close working relationship between the USPS and commercial mailers”.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn will present the premier of the new WPS website after the business meeting.

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported that there were no new contacts during the past month, Membership stands at 32. Jimmy also announced his resignation as WPS Secretary.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net gain of $43.20 for the past month. Balance is $3360.88.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations.

The very nice new WPS website is now up and running thanks to Helen’s hard work.

A discussion to re-introduce nickel stamp boxes showed there is very little interest in the boxes.

The annual Club report to the American Philatelic Society has been submitted. The WPS again qualifies for free APS membership due to the number of APS members in the Club. John encouraged membership in the APS.

A calendar of Club events for 2021 – 2022 will be established at the next meeting of the Board.

New Business:

John distributed copies of an APS article on “Unsoakable Self-adhesive Stamps”.

A short discussion about the annual Christmas party resulted in several possible agendas. The subject will be taken up at the next meeting of the Board.

With Jimmy’s resignation the Club is in need of a new Secretary and Board member.

Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.

Richard Porcelli shared a newly published catalog of Computer Vended Postage Stamps.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:49 pm.

Helen Rittersporn presented a tutorial on the features of the new WPS website.

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of August 17, 2021

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Posted October 14, 2021 at 8:43 AM by tqmchess@aol.com [updated 2/11/2022]

Meeting called to order at 7:11 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to our first meeting at Southside Baptist Church.

President John Daniels welcomed and introduced our newest member, David Watts.

Richard Porcelli, now the keeper of the keys, explained the layout of the church building and parking lot.

Our newlyweds, member Bruce Patterson and wife Nancy were presented a congratulatory card and cake.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that her work on the Club’s new website is nearing completion and should be ready for beta testing in a week or two.

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported that Jim Haxby, of Asheville NC, had joined the club and Jim Hickey, who no longer collects had resigned. Members Brian Triplett, Todd Brohaugh, Roger Persichilli, [name removed at request of former member], and Lilian Tompa had been removed from the membership roll due to nonpayment of dues and not responding to Club correspondence.

Treasurer report made by John Daniels in the absence of Tim Snyder. Balance is $3317.68

Old Business:

President John Daniels thanked Richard Porcelli for his lead role in obtaining Southside Baptist Church as our new meeting place.

John announced that we will continue to meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month but some members have conflict and consideration is being given to changing to the 2nd Tuesday. 

John reported that the WPS Christmas in July Picnic, held at Long Leaf Park (Hugh Macrae Park), was a big success. 

John thanked Helen Rittersporn for continuing to mention WPS in her Anchored Scraps blog. In the past 6 years WPS activities or information has be in her blog 20 times.

New Business:

Now that we have a meeting place, John will convene a Board meeting soon.

Auctions, bourses, and the sales/free tables will continue as before.

Jimmy Jordan gave a brief philatelic news update.

Business meeting adjourned at 07:47 pm.

Richard Porcelli gave a program presentation “Every Cover Has a Story”. Some of his life stories and remembrances brought back by seeing old postal covers.

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary

Wilmington Philatelic Society    

Minutes of Meetings 2021

Meeting of June 15, 2021

posted Jun 30, 2021, 8:53 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Jun 30, 2021, 8:56 AM ]

Minutes of June 15, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by Vice President Helen Rittersporn. Only six members were present. Helen welcomed everyone.Helen and Jimmy Jordan spent a few minutes reporting on President John Daniels’ recovery from eye surgery.New member David Watts was introduced. Dave has collected since his teens and comes to us from the Asheville (NC) Stamp Club.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported one new member, David Watts. Membership now stands at 37. Membership renewal is going well with an 80% renewal rate so far. Reminders will be sent to the eight tardy members.Treasurer Tim Snyder was absent. No report.Old Business:            The search for a meeting location continues with two locations being toured in the coming weeks.            Helen is working on changing the Club website to WordPress and will report progress to the Board.           New Business:               Christmas in July, a replacement for the canceled Christmas party, will be held at Long Leaf Park on July 14. This will be our meeting for July. An announcement flyer and RSVP form will be sent to everyone.        Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.Those members present introduced themselves to new member Dave Watts.The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of May 18, 2021

posted Jun 3, 2021, 7:57 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of May 18, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:02 pm by President John Daniels. Fourteen members were present. John welcomed everyone.Helen Rittersporn spent a few minutes explaining Zoom and answering questions about using Zoom.Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that the Port City Peddler may be a possible meeting site. The owner plans to make a meeting room available for public use but the room is not ready yet.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36. Membership renewal is going well with a 70% renewal rate so far.Treasurer Tim Snyder no change in the treasury since last meeting. No income and no expenditures.Old Business:            The search for a meeting location continues. John recently learned that there may be a possibility to use New Hanover County Recreation property for meeting. John will follow up on this lead.            John continues to collect stamps for the veterans will have 8 – 10 pounds to ship this month.            The Board has proposed a Christmas in July social as a replacement for the canceled Christmas party.  John reported that the use of Long Leaf Park is possible and will follow up            The Philatelic Bourse has been very successful and we will have another one when a meeting place is secured.            The club is in need of programs and teaching presentations for our meetings. Volunteers are solicited. See Vice President Helen.New Business:            The stamp dealer that helped John on appraisals and disposition of estates and donated stamps has retired. He was the only dealer in North Carolina that would that would work with John. Other dealers’ charge fees that are unrealistic for our type of material. Hopefully something will work out.Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.Richard Porcelli shared some of his computer vended stamps.Helen shared her recently acquired ventage sewing machine.The meeting was adjourned at 8:07 pm.Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of April 20, 2021

posted Jun 3, 2021, 7:52 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Jun 3, 2021, 7:53 PM ]

Minutes of April 20, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members were present. John welcomed everyone. The Zoom meeting allowed member Matt Stoll and Don Hargy join us from New Jersey and Maryland.With this being our first Zoom meeting Helen Rittersporn spent a few minutes assisting everyone getting settled in. Helen will give more detailed help instructions in a presentation at the next meeting.President John Daniels presented memoriam for Andy Vics and Gene Sauer. Several members shared their memories of our recently passed friends.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36.Membership renewal notices have are tardy due to COVID-19 uncertainties but will be mailed within a week.President John Daniels gave the Treasurer’s report in the absence of Tim Snyder. Treasury balance of $3714.36.President John Daniels gave a brief report on the April 16, 2021 meeting of the Board of Directors. The major item was the Board’s decision, due to the lack of meetings for a year and a half and other COVID-19 related problems, to cancel the Annual Meeting reports and suspend the Annual Election. The current Officers and Board Members will continue to serve.Old Business:            This is our first meeting since November 2020 which was a stamp bourse. The August and November stamp bourses were a great success and plans are to continue having them.            The Wreaths Across America pictorial cancellation project was a success. Bruce Patterson gave a short summation of the project.            The February 2021 Myrtle Beach Stamp Show was cancelled due to COVID and the 2022 show is in jeopardy due to motel remodeling. The WPS did not participate in the Azalea Festival Coin Show due to the short notice of space availability.            The Board proposed a Christmas in July social, possibly a catered picnic at Long Leaf Park. Members expressed approval. Detail to be decided.            Bruce will continue to collect stamps on paper for the veterans and John will continue Andy’s program of collecting stamps off paper for John Hotchner’s Stamps for the Wounded.New Business:            The search for a meeting place continues with several possible opportunities. Any help searching is appreciated.            Please give feed back on the virtual Zoom meeting. We may have to continue meet on Zoom for a while.            John asked for any ideas and/or volunteers for meeting and program presentations.Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.The meeting was adjourned but the Secretary failed to note the time.Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Club Meeting Temporarily Suspended

posted Jan 4, 2021, 12:29 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

As of December 2020, our usual meeting location is no longer available to the Club. The Board of Directors is in the process of locating a new meeting site. The Club will be notified when a new location is secured. 

November 17, 2020 Meeting Changes

posted Nov 11, 2020, 12:15 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Nov 11, 2020, 12:19 PM ]

Five hours after posting the November 17 Stamp Club Meeting Announcement the Governor changed the COVID-19 safety protocol. Indoor group meetings have again been limited to 10 people or less. This make a normal club meeting impractical. The business meeting has been removed from the agenda but the Stamp Bourse will still be held on Tuesday night. The following rules will be followed to ensure compliance with the Governor’s 10-person limit.For everyone’s health and safety the following rules must be observed:1. You must bring a face mask and wear it both inside the meeting room and outside in the parking lot.2. No more than 10 people will be allowed in the meeting room at a time. Controls will be in place at the door to ensure compliance. If the room is full, wait in the parking lot until someone exits. Masks must be worn at all times.3. As a courtesy to other members, no socializing will be allowed in the meeting room. Use your time to peruse the stamps and make your selection. Others may be waiting for you to exit so they may have their turn to enter the bourse. Masks must be worn at all times.4. Socializing will be allowed in the parking lot. The required 6 feet of social distancing must be observed. Masks must be worn at all times.5. Please follow the North Carolina COVID-19 guidelines. If you have been exposed in the last 14 days or you are not feeling well, please stay home.6. There will be hand sanitizer and wipes available. The Club will supply gallon plastic bags for you to take home loose material. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society.

Minutes of Meetings 2020

Meeting of October 20, 2020

posted Nov 17, 2020, 2:45 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of October 20, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society  Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone and reminded us to wear our name tags and sign the attendance sheet.John announced that due to the closing of Scrap and Design the last meeting at this location will be the November meeting. The Board of Directors is searching for a new meeting location.October is Stamp Collecting Month.The Club has received a Thank You card from John Hotchner for stamps donated to the wounded.Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that she is investigating the possible move of the Club website from Google Sites to WordPress.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36.Treasurer Tim Snyder reported the Club made $327.98 at the August Stamp Bourse. Treasury balance of $3126.55.Old Business:   Everyone needs to be searching for a new meeting place.   The December Christmas Party meeting has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A summer event is a possible alternative.   Richard Porcelli and Bruce Patterson reported on the progress being made on the December 19, 2020 Wreaths Across America special pictorial postmark. New Business:     John reported on the June 16, 202 meeting of the Board of Directors.    The November meeting will be a Stamp Bourse.Jimmy Jordan presented a few items of philatelic news.Meeting adjourned at 7:25 pm.Jimmy Jordan presented a program on watermarks and watermarking stamps. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of September 15, 2020

posted Oct 5, 2020, 12:16 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of September 15, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the first meeting since February by taking a few minutes for everyone to become re-acquainted and tell how they had coped with the Covid-19 pandemic.Annual Meeting reports were given by the Club Officers and the 2020-2021 Club Officers were sworn in. The abbreviated Annual Meeting was necessary due to the April meeting being canceled by Covid-19 restrictions.Old Business:  The March 2020 through August 2020 meetings had been canceled due to Covid-19.  John reported that the August walk-thru Stamp Bourse was a big success.  Bruce Patterson and Richard Porcelli reported on their pictorial cancellation project for Wreaths Across America.  Participation in the Lower Cape Fear Coin Show was canceled.  Donn Ebert has announced cancelation of the 2021 Myrtle Beach Stamp Show. New Business:  John reported on the June 16, 202 meeting of the Board of Directors. A charitable donation of $100 in the name of Shelly Holt, our landlord, was authorized. The donation is in lieu of rent.  The December Christmas Party was discussed. There is a real possibility that the party will be canceled because of Covid-19 restrictions and probable low attendance.  John announced that the November 2020 meeting will be the last at our current meeting location. Our landlord is not renewing her lease on the building. A search for a new location will begin.  The Stamp Bourses was well received and there will likely be others held in the future.  The remaining 2020 calendar of events and the possibility of virtual meetings were discussed but everything is on hold until after the virus pandemic and a new meeting place is found.  John announced that Howard Loving has donated Elisabeth’s stamp collection to the Club and asked that it be distributed to the membership. John will develop a system of distribution. Jimmy Jordan presented a few items of philatelic news. Meeting adjourned Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of August 18, 2020

posted Aug 19, 2020, 10:27 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of August 18, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society A normal sit-down meeting could not be held because of COVID-19 restrictions on meeting size and the need for proper social distancing. A Stamp Bourse was held in place of a meeting. Display tables were filled with a large number of stamps, covers, albums, and philatelic supplies. Some lots were free and others were for sale at very reasonable prices. All of the lots came from the Club’s accumulation of donated material and all proceeds benefited the Club’s Treasury. In accordance with North Carolina Covid -19 guidelines and for the health and safety of all attendees, only ten people were allowed in the stamp room at a time and face masks were required. Everyone appeared to fine items for their collections and a lot of stamps found new homes. A total of 12 members attend the bourse. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society 

Minutes of July 21, 2020 Meeting

posted Aug 19, 2020, 9:37 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of July 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society July 21, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of June 16, 2020

posted Aug 19, 2020, 9:35 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of June 16, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society June 16, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of May 19, 2020

posted Aug 19, 2020, 9:26 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Aug 19, 2020, 9:27 AM ]

Minutes of May 19, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society May 19, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of April 21, 2020

posted May 11, 2020, 7:56 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of April 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society April 21, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The April 21, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of March 17, 2020

posted Mar 21, 2020, 9:26 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Aug 19, 2020, 9:33 AM ]

Minutes of March 17, 2020Wilmington Philatelic SocietyMarch 17, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed.

Meeting of February 18, 2020

posted Feb 20, 2020, 1:54 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of February 18, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society

Updated by tqmchess@aol.com 2/11/2022, 7:44 AM

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Nineteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The meeting is an Auction and the sign-in sheet determines the order in which lots are auctioned. Due to the auction, there is no “Free” table tonight.Vice President Report: Andy Vics shared a 1954 post card given to him by member John Valentino. The card was a thank you note for stamps donated to the Stamps for the Wounded program. The message on the card was almost identical to the present day thank you notes the Club receives for donating to the program. Andy encouraged all members to check, and read, the WPS website often. All club announcements and news items are posted on the website making it a valuable source of information. This is even more important now that the seems to be some kind of restriction on sending large emails to the Club.Secretary Report: Two new membership applications have been received through the website. Both applicants are attending tonight’s meeting and hopefully will join the Club. Current membership remains 37.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2504.86.Old Business: The Myrtle Beach Stamp Show was well attended by WPS members. Eight to ten members attended. There were a few stamp dealers and a number of cover and post card dealers at the show. Remember the Cape Fear Azalea Festival Coin Show April 4-5. The Club will have a display table at the show and volunteers are needed to represent the Club. One of Helen Rittersporn’s recent blog posts was about cover collecting and contained links to the WPS website. Helen’s blogs often promote stamp collecting and the WPS. The results of the Auction Want List survey has been distributed to the Club. This should assist auction sellers in presenting lots that have a higher probability of selling.New Business: The March 17 meeting will be the annual nomination and election of officers. Our two visitors, [name removed] and Robert Valik of Leland, joined the Club by payment of dues.Meeting adjourned at 07:30 pm.A Farewell Cake and Ice Cream Party was held for founding charter member Wendell Triplett. Wendell signed the WPS American Philatelic Society Charter Application in 1984! He was also the Club Treasurer for several decades. Wendell is moving to Baltimore to be closer to family members.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn, with the assistance of Robert Valik, conducted a very successful club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Meeting of January 21, 2020

posted Feb 4, 2020, 6:18 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of January 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic SocietyThe meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm by President John Daniels. Seventeen members and one visitor, Dave Malkmus of Carolina Beach, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. He also reminded everyone that the WPS Calendar on the website has been updated for 2020 and the Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Stamp Show is Saturday and Sunday February 8-9. Flyers for the show are available.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson reported on the success of the Wreath Across America program. Gene Sauer reported that Pearsall Church, our old meeting place, is under contract and may sell soon.Vice President Report: Shipped 5 pounds of stamps to the Stamps for Veterans program. A total of 68 pounds has be shipped so far. He is accepting donations for the May 2020 shipment.Secretary Report: No new contacts, membership inquirers, or membership applications received. Current membership remains 36. The collection of 2020 dues has started.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current Treasury balance is $2264.86 after paying Hieronymus Seafood $805.00 for the Christmas party.Old Business: The Club’s Christmas Holiday Party at Hieronymus Seafood was successful. The Linn’s list of brick and mortar stamp stores is now up to 84. Wendel Triplett was presented with a framed Life Membership certificate. Wendell announced that he would soon be moving to the Baltimore Maryland area.New Business: The Azalea Festival Coin Show is April 4-5, 2020. The Club will have a presence at the show. The March meeting will be election of club officers with the instillation of officers at the April meeting. Jimmy reported items of philatelic news.The February meeting will be a Club auction.Meeting adjourned at 7:36Steve Matthews presented a program on identification of reprinted stamps and how he finds the research and study of his stamps interesting and fun.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Minutes of Meetings 2019

Meeting of November 19, 2019

posted Nov 24, 2019, 1:38 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of November 19, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:10 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the first meeting at the Scrap and Design Center, our new meeting location.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The meeting is an Auction and the sign-in sheet determines the order in which lots are auctioned. Due to the auction, there is no “Free” table. The Christmas party will again be at Hieronymus Seafood on Wednesday December 11. The menu and details will be emailed in a few days. Please RSVP.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson informed us that the Wreath Across America program is exceeding expectations but is still accepting donations.Vice President Report: The next shipment of donated Stamps for Veterans will be mailed Friday. He is accepting donations for the May 2020 shipment.Secretary Report: One new contact and membership inquiry received but no new applications. Current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2974.66.  Old Business: The Club’s annual Christmas Holiday Party is December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood. There is no charge for members. Guest pay $20.00. Let the Secretary know if you plan to attend and if a guest will attend. Headcount for the restaurant is needed by December 3. Program and presentation volunteers are needed for the 2020 meeting calendar. See Andy Vics if you can help.  New Business: The Club library is now located in John Daniels garage. An inventory shows a number of missing books. Please return any overdue books. Several items were approved at the recent Board Meeting. Certificates will be presented to our two active Life Members, Gene Sauer and Wendell Triplett, at the Christmas Party. John Daniels will check into the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club’s offer for floor space at the 2020 Cape Fear Coin Show.Jimmy reported items of philatelic news.The next meeting is the annual Christmas Party on Wednesday December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood.Meeting adjourned.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn conducted a very successful club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

October 8, 2019 Meeting

posted Oct 30, 2019, 11:18 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of October 8, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Seventeen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of items were placed on the club “Free” table. The Christmas party will again be at Hieronymus Seafood on Wednesday December 11. Details at the November meeting. This was the last meeting at Pearsall Church. The November meeting will be the first at our new meeting place Scrap and Design Center, Judges Road, Wilmington. Maps to the new meeting location were available.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson informed us of the Wreath Across America program which is accepting donations. Helen Rittersporn suggested the club do something to honor Nancy Pope who died August 30, 2019. Nancy was the Head Curator of the History Department of the National Postal Museum. The suggestion will be discussed at the next meeting of the Board of Directors. 
Vice President Report: A map and directions to the new meeting location have been place on the club website.
Secretary Report: No new contacts or membership applications. Current membership remains 36.
Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2868.96.
Old Business: The club encourages members to support the hobby through APS membership. Beginning with the November meeting we will meet on the THIRD Tuesday of the month at the Scrap and Design Center, 311 Judges Rd, Unit 2B, Wilmington, NC. The retired CANADA box of stamps will be added to the general accumulation of stamps available to the membership. John reminded us that he had received inquiries from two ladies with stamp collections for sale. See John for details.   
New Business: Linn’s Stamp News is compiling a list of “brick and mortar” stamps stores in the USA. This is an ongoing list and new stores will be added as discovered. There are none in North Carolina. The Myrtle Beach Stamp Show is coming up in February 2020. Details will be announced. It is time to fill the 2020 Meeting Calendar with presentations. Contact Andy if you would like to volunteer.
Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news. 
The next meeting is Tuesday November 19 at the Scrap and Design Center. This will be a club auction.
Meeting adjourned.
Richard Porcelli demonstrated a method to soak self-adhesive stamps off paper and Jimmy Jordan demonstrated soaking, drying, and pressing the older “lick n stick” stamps off paper. 
Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

September 10, 2019 Meeting

posted Sep 14, 2019, 1:33 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Sep 14, 2019, 1:35 PM ]

Minutes of September 10, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of items will be placed on the club “Free” table but not until after Helen’s presentation. The October 8, 2019 meeting will be held at the church and will be the last meeting held at Pearsall.Floor Remarks: Richard Porcelli commented on the American Philatelist article about the stamp hobby is not dying but is evolving. This started a lively discussion about the changing nature of the stamp collecting hobby and philatelic marketplace. Ebay is now the market place for most collectors and is setting the prices for most philatelic sales. The public now uses the web and social media as their main means of conducting business, communication, and entertainment. Our club needs to accept this change and broaden our approach to stamp collecting and public outreach. Helen’s presentation will address this very subject.Vice President Report: We need volunteers to make presentations at upcoming meetings. Donation for Stamps for the Wounded are being accepted. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: No new contacts or membership applications. Current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2896.66.Old Business: The club encourages members to support the hobby through APS membership. Helen Rittersporn and Lloyd MacAskill are our newest APS members. The search for a new meeting place is over, at least for the time being. Beginning with the November meeting we will meet on the THIRD Tuesday of the month at the Scrap and Design Center, 311 Judges Rd, Unit 2B, Wilmington, NC. Adequate driving directions will be provided later.New Business: Elaine Herzog and Juanita Sizemore contacted John about collections they have for sale. Both collections are US stamps and First Day Covers. See John for contact information. The club’s annual Christmas Social at Hieronymus Seafood is rapidly approaching Details will be available soon. The October meeting is an “Open” meeting. Please bring philatelic items to share with the club. Jimmy Jordan will hold a Stamp Soaking Clinic for those who are interested.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news. He also shared a personal experience with bank fraud. Someone was able to print completely bogus checks using Jimmy’s bank routing number and account number and then make a purchase. Jimmy discovered the fraud immediately and, with the help of his bank, was able to close the old account and open a new one. Although he suffered no financial loss the aggravation of the modern electronic banking system is almost overwhelming. It takes one to two pay cycles (i.e. months) for changes to direct deposits and automatic drafts to become effective. Until the changeover to the new account is complete, Jimmy has to monitor his accounts and make daily authorization (or not) phone calls to the bank.  All are reminded to review your financial accounts daily!    The next meeting is Tuesday October 8, 2019 at the church. This will be an “Open” meeting along with Jimmy’s stamp soaking clinic.Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.Helen Rittersporn presented the program “My 10 Favorite Anchored Scraps.com Blog Posts on Stamp Collecting”. Helen actively promotes old fashion letter writing with her blog and often finds ways to incorporate stamps and stamp collecting in her posts. Well Done Helen!Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

August 13, 2019 Meeting

posted Aug 14, 2019, 2:14 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of August 13, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and one visitor, Carol Noll, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The September meeting will most likely be at the church. The search for a new meeting place continues with the most promising place being the Scrap and Design building at 311 Judges Rd. The club will be notified as new information develops. The “Free Table” returns next meeting.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson announced that the VA Center is forming a veteran’s memorabilia display area and is looking for donations of material.Vice President Report: Donations are still being accepted Stamps for the Wounded. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: One new contact was received via the website this month. Edward Caropreso wanted a stamp collection appraised for an estate probate. John assisted Edward. Todd Brohaugh joined after the July meeting and Butch Minnick resigned due to relocating to Virginia. Membership remains at 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2857.56.Old Business: The search for a new meeting place is ongoing. The church is now closed but we can continue to meet here until the property is sold. Please pay attention to any email notices for updates. Last month’s retirement of the Nickel Boxes proved to be a good idea as an inspection of the remaining stamps revealed mostly poor-quality material. The Canada Box has been well search by the membership and is also being retired. Two members have recently joined the American Philatelic Society (APS). The APS offers a number of benefits its members and is well worth joining. The WPS also benefits because as long as we maintain a specified percentage of APS members the club received free APS Club membership.New Business: The APS has issued a SCAM ALERT. People claiming to be from the APS are soliciting to buy collections for a fee. The APS does not buy collections!Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is September 10, 2019. Helen Rittersporn will make a presentation on the world of blogging.Meeting adjourned at 7:38 pm.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn conduct a club auction following the meeting.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

July 9, 2019 Meeting

posted Jul 14, 2019, 8:47 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of July 9, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of donated items were placed on the club “Free” and “For Sale” tables. The “Fill a Bag” box of free stamps is available.In Memoriam: Richard Porcelli and Andy Vics shared some of their remembrances of Michelle Long.Floor Remarks: Richard Porcelli reported on Tineye.com, a reverse image search program. Upload an image and the program will tell you where the image appears on the web.Vice President Report: A thank you note was received from John Hotchner in recognition of the club’s donation to Stamps for the Wounded. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: One member reinstated his membership and Butch Minnick resigned due to his relocation to Virginia. Current membership is 35. The club’s annual Chapter Report has been submitted to the APS. The club meets the minimum requirements for free chapter dues.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2830.16.Old Business: The search for a new meeting place is ongoing. The church is now closed but we can continue to meet here until the property is sold. Please pay attention to any email notices for updates. Due to the flood of donated free stamps, the Nickel Boxes have become obsolete and have been withdrawn from circulation. The Nickel Boxes will be reinstated if the demand returns.New Business: NoneJimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is August 13, 2019 and will be an Auction.Meeting adjourned.Visitor Todd Brohaugh joined the club. Welcome Todd! Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

June 11, 2109 Meeting

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Minutes of June 11, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of donated items were placed on the club “Free” and “For Sale” tables.Floor Remarks:   Sandy Montalto suggested that a meeting be dedicated to helping members identifying stamps. Richard Porcelli said that there was a website that could match scans/photos of items to other items on the web and may be useful in identifying stamps. He could not remember the exact name of the site.Vice President Report: Another four pounds of stamps has been shipped to Stamps for the Wounded. This brings the total to 63 pounds of stamps donated in four years. The contact bridge on the club website use to contact club officers has be upgraded to a secure link. The change adds another layer of security to the link.Secretary Report: We have received one new application for membership through the website. Membership is pending payment of dues. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2801.36.Old Business: Fresh material has been added to the Nickel Boxes and members are encouraged to take a look. A motion to accept the amendments to the By-Laws proposed at the May meeting was made and seconded. The motion passed by voice vote. There were no nay votes.New Business: John announced to the club that Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church is closing and the property will be sold. A search for a new meeting place is underway and the membership was asked to assist finding a location. The church will close on June 30, 2019 but a tentative agreement with the church will allow us continued use of the room until the property is actually sold. WPS Board member Andy Vics nominated Gene Sauer for Life Member in recognition of her many years of service to the club. The nomination was seconded and passed by voice vote. There were no nay votes.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is July 9, 2019 and will be an Open meeting.Meeting adjourned.Following the business meeting, Lillian Tompa gave a presentation of Fancy Cancels. Her presentation encouraged an interesting discussion of fancy cancels with significant audience participation.Jimmy Jordan gave a short show and tell on the cover cachet art work of J. R, Hemenway.Membership applicant Shonda Asaad became our newest member upon payment of dues.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

May 14, 2019 Meeting

posted May 20, 2019, 6:35 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of May 14, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Twenty-two members and one visitor, Norman Levesque, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A large donation of stamps has been received. Many of the items will show up on the Free Table. Reminder that next meeting will be a Show & Tell. Lillian will present some fancy cancels. Others will have the opportunity to show interesting items as well. Last call for stamp donations for Steve Matthew’s Leland school project. Reminder for all auction sellers to properly describe and mark lots.Officers’ ReportsVice President: The accumulated Stamps for the Wounded will be mailed next week. The next shipment is planned for November. A “Closed Album Page” has been added to the Club website. This page has been added as a remembrance of deceased members.Secretary Report: No new contacts or prospects. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Current Treasury balance $2787.73.Director at Large Report: No repostOld Business: Reminder that we have “nickel stamp boxes” available to help build your collection. Discovered that the printer of the recently acquired Club table top banner mistakenly made two banners. We received two banners for the price of one. Helen Rittersporn was reimbursed the cost of the banner. Jimmy Jordan presented the Board of Directors proposed changes to the Club By-Laws.New Business: Helen Rittersporn was introduced as the Club’s new auctioneer. Bruce Patterson was thanked for his work as auctioneer the past few years. The Club received a stamp donation from UNCW Professor James Hunt. Professor Hunt was hired by our former Club President Lee Sherman.The next meeting is June 11, 2019 and will be a club show and tell.Meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm.Helen conducted her first auction after the meeting.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

April 9, 2019 Meeting

posted May 20, 2019, 6:31 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of April 9, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The club presence at the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club show April 6-7 received a lot of attention. This is our 35th anniversary meeting with the club being chartered on March 31, 1984. The recent passing of several club members was remembered.Annual Meeting ReportsPresident: Review of the past year along with expectations and goals for the coming year.Vice President: Another good year for donations to Stamps for the Wounded. Fifty-nine pounds of stamps have been donated in four years.Secretary Report: The club website is very important with numerous news items, meeting announcements, and new issue announcements. Almost 100% of new contacts originate with the website. Seven new members joined during the past year, lost one member due to her death, and four members failed to renew their membership. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Past years income from all sources $2000.76. Expenditures $1442.75. Net income $564.01. Major expenditures were the Christmas Party, meeting room rent, and hurricane relief charitable donation. Current Treasury balance $2726.40.Director at Large Report: Introduced a cachet and Computer Stamp commemorating her 1500th daily blog post. The stamp and cachet were designed by club member Richard Porcelli.Old Business: Final report on the Myrtle Beach Stamp Show and the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Show. The new table top Club Banner designed and procured by Helen Rittersporn was introduced. Steve Matthews reported on his Lincoln Elementary School (Leland, NC) project and requested stamp donations. John suggested the importance and benefits of APS membership.New Business: Jimmy Jordan nominated club founding member Wendell Triplett for Honorary Life Membership. The nomination was seconded and carried by a unanimous vote.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.-*+The next meeting is May 14, 2019 and will be a club auction.Meeting adjourned.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

March 12, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of March 12, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members and three visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting. President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The Lower Cape Fear Coin Club show is April 6-7 and volunteers are needed to staff the WPS table. The next club meeting is April 9 and will be the Annual Meeting with installation of officers. Gene Sauer brought a sheet cake to share with everyone.   John opened the floor for the nomination of club officers for 2019. Bob Doleman nominated the current slate of officers, with second by Gene Sauer. There being no other nominations John declared John Daniels, President; Andy Vics, Vice President; Jimmy Jordan, Secretary; Tim Snyder, Treasurer; Helen Rittersporn, Director at Large; and Richard Porcelli, Director Past President elected as provided in the Club By-Laws.Vice President Report:   The next mailing of stamps for the veterans will be in May.Secretary Report:   The annual membership renewal drive will end March 31. Ninety percent of the membership have renewed. Two membership applications are pending. Current membership 37. Treasurer Report:   Dues payments, auction sales, and auction fees have brought the treasury balance to $2612.95.Old Business:   The February Auction was one of the most successful every. The Board of Directors has decided to table the suggestion to establish a sales and swap committee. Dave Mork’s moving “give-away” is still available with boxes full of collectable items. The “nickel stamp boxes” are available and a mint US box is being considered.New Business:    John reported on the February 27, 2019 Board of Directors meeting. Steve Matthews told us about his stamps for education project with the Lincoln Elementary School in Leland. To match countries being studied by the students he needs stamps from Malawi, Egypt, Japan, Italy, Australia, and India. Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is April 9, 2109.Meeting adjourned.Our three visitors, Lloyd MacAskill, Ron Rowan, and Steve Sikorski joined the club. All three gentlemen found the club through our website.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

February 12, 2019 Meeting

posted May 20, 2019, 6:20 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of February 12, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The nominations and election of club officers will be held at the March meeting.Vice President Report:   Donations of stamps for the veterans are welcome. Next shipment will be sent in April.Secretary Report:   Membership dues renewal cycle is going well with 75% of the membership paid. Butch Minnick, of Hampstead, joint the club. Current membership is 37.Treasurer Report:   Tim reported payment of $300 rent to the church for the 2018 meetings. Current balance is $1825.50.Old Business:   A request to enter non-philatelic items into the club auctions had been received. The auctions are for philatelic items only. Two important meetings: March will be the election of club officers and April will be the Annual Meeting with state of the club reports from the officers. Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Show is April 5-6. The WPS will have a table and volunteers are needed. A number of members attended the Myrtle Beach Stamp Show.New Business:    Member David Mork has a large amount of covers, album pages, and other items he needs to dispose of. See David for details. Tonight’s auction contains a number of donated lots will all proceeds going to the club. John reported that he had assisted a collector sell his stamps. This resulted in a $250 donation to the club from the collector and a $100 finder’s fee donation from the dealer.     John told us about a man using non-denominated 10 cent Christmas Stamps from 1975 to mail his Christmas cards with none being rejected for postage due. Jimmy reported the new stamp issues for February and other philatelic news.The next meeting is March 12, 2019 and will be the election of officers.Meeting adjourned at 7:20.Auctioneer Bruce Patterson conducted the club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society

January 8, 2019 Meeting

posted May 20, 2019, 6:16 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of January 8, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed Visitor Bert Elam to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. Our annual Christmas Social meeting on December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant was a success. The next club meeting is February 12th and will be a club auction. Flyers for the February Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Stamp Show were made available. Vice President Report:   The club website has been updated to reflect the 2019 schedule. The next mailing of stamps for the veterans will be in May.Secretary Report:   One person has contacted the club about possible membership. The current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report:   The total expense for the Christmas Party was $782.50. Ticket sales amounted to $475.00 with the remaining $307.50 paid by the club. Treasury balance $2125.39.Old Business:   Nothing but positive comments about the Christmas Party. John suggests that next year’s party be held on Wednesday to avoid the conflct with the Wilmington Ski Club party held on Tuesday. Gene reported that the church yard sale held in December made $1200 for the church. Jon reminded everyone that the club website had been updated to reflect the information gleaned from the recent membership survey. Program Chairman Andy Vics asked for volunteers to present programs and Lilian said she would make a presentation of Fancy Cancels in September. John will again ask Lori Stehlin, of the Wilmington Post Office, to attend a club meeting.New Business:    John announced the agenda for the next few months include an Auction in February, nomination of officers in March, and the Annual Meeting in April. Jimmy reminded us that 2019 dues are now payable and a payment letter will be going out soon. John asked for donation of any S&H Green Stamps members may have. They are still redeemable! John thanked our visitor, Bert Elam, for donating a collection to the club. Lilian Tompa shared a box of FDCs.Jimmy reported on the upcoming January 27, 2019 USPS rate increase and several other philatelic news items.The next meeting is February 12, 2109 and will be a club auction.Meeting adjourned.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Archives previous meeting minutes 2014, 2011

May 13, 2014

posted May 14, 2014, 2:11 PM by Andy Vics   [ updated May 15, 2014, 6:51 AM ]

Minutes of May 13, 2014

Wilmington Philatelic Society

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by president Andy Vics. 

Sixteen members were present. There were no guests.

Minutes of the April 8 meeting were made available in printed form. The minutes will no longer be read. The minutes of previous meetings are also accessible on our Web site and can be e-mailed or sent to members by USPS when requested. 

Reports:

Vice president – nothing to report.

Treasurer – Club account balance is $691.95

Secretary – Absent

Member at Large – Absent

Old business:  None

New business: None

Andy announced that our club was recognized in an article titled “Wilmington’s Mrs. Whistler” in the May 2014 issue of Wrightsville Beach Magazine. Members Jimmy Jordan and Richard Porcelli provided covers to be used in the article.

Member Bob Doleman suggested we explore starting a Silent Auction to speed up our auctions. Discussion followed but no firm decision was made.

The next meeting will be June 10, 2014. This will be an open meeting.

The meeting was adjourned.

A club auction conducted by Matt Stoll followed the club business meeting.

Submitted by:

Andy Vics, President

posted Mar 11, 2011, 2:15 PM by Andy Vics   [ updated Mar 11, 2011, 2:16 PM ]

Minutes of March 8, 2011

posted Mar 8, 2011 8:55 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of March 8, 2011

Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President Andy Vics with 18 members and three visitors in attendance. Andy announced that a new website for the club had been established and encouraged everyone to use it. This site will be the main avenue of communications for the club. A cabinet has been place in the storage room of the church fellowship hall. The club’s library, name tags, and miscellaneous forms will be kept in the cabinet. Andy asked everyone to read the club’s Constitution and By-Laws before the next meeting and be ready to discuss and vote on any changes that may be needed. To correct an oversight in January’s election, a Member at Large needs to be elected to the Board of Directors. Nominations and a vote will be held during the meeting in April. A discussion of the Membership Survey conducted in November 2008 is also planned.

 

Lee Sherman submitted his resignation from the office of Vice President. Lee regrets having to resign, but must due to the demands of caring for his wife Fran. Nominations and a vote for a new Vice President will be held during the meeting in April.

 

Treasurer Wendell Tripplet reported that the club is in a sound financial condition, but the rent for use of the meeting room is due. It is important that dues for 2011 be paid promptly.

 

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported plans are being made with the Myrtle Beach Stamp Club for our spring joint meeting. The meeting will be on Saturday, April 16 at the Spring House Restaurant in North Myrtle Beach. Final plans and arrangements will be announced at our April meeting.

 

With no additional business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned. A club auction followed the meeting.

 

The next scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.

 

Submitted by:

 

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary

Wilmington Philatelic Society

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Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

 

January 18, Meeting Minutes  

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 20 January 2022, 10:52 AM

Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Twelve members were present. No visitors attended the meeting.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He made brief announcements regarding our activities for the evening and our next meeting on 15 February (Auction).

Open Forum

There were no comments during the Open Forum.

Officer Reports

Helen Rittersporn had nothing new to report as Vice President.

Steve stated that the two new members had paid dues for the next year, and our membership stood at 33.  Annual dues renewal letters will be mailed in February.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net increase of $69.01 for the past month with proceeds from the Bourse offsetting the $35 rent payment to the church and other expenses. 

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations. 

John announced that Hondo Davids won the trivia contest in December.  He was presented with a certificate and a prize.

John and Helen will look into additional charitable organizations to whom we could donate stamps. John also indicated that the next Board meeting would likely be held at the church, and the Pastor will be invited to attend so we can learn more about how WPS might assist youth programs related to stamp collecting.

Richard handed out special Camp Lejeune cancelled covers that used stamps he donated.  Thank you, Richard!

Sandy will talk to the Subway Stamp Company about the possibility of the Club submitting bulk orders for supplies.

John reminded members of the Azalea Coin Show on 9-10 April because WPS will operate a stamp table as we have done in the past.  Members were invited to participate.

The March meeting will include the election of officers, and all members were encouraged to consider running for office.

John encouraged members to look at the remaining Bourse lots after the business meeting.  Unsold lots will be saved for future Auction or Bourse meetings.

 New Business:

The February meeting will be an Auction.  Auction sheets (two copies needed) and instructions are available at the WPS website.  Members may submit up to 10 lots.  Arrive early next month as the order of the lots in the Auction will be based on the sign-in order.

The March meeting will include the election of officers and then a presentation by Helen on the American Topical Association.

Richard pointed out that the last issue of the USPS Biweekly Bulletin recognized WPS for their contribution of the Camp Lejeune cancellations (Kudos Richard!!)

World of Philately

 Jimmy shared an email he received from Wendell Triplett’s daughter regarding his current activities in a Maryland retirement community.  The letter offered a lot of detail about Wendell’s life and was very touching.

 Other Remarks

John shared information about our two new members along with Fred Pyatt, a current member who now resides in Florida.

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:37 PM.

Program

Helen briefly explained the Christmas Philatelic Society, a chapter within the American Philatelic Society.  Using a spiffy, colored handout, Helen walked the Club through the information she gained during a December 2021 virtual meeting.

Following Helen’s presentation, members made last minute purchases from the Bourse remainders before departing the meeting.

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary,
Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

December 21, 2021 Meeting Minutes 

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 4 January 2022, 4:56 pm

Meeting called to order at 7:10 PM by President John Daniels. Eleven members were present including our newest member, Martin Meyerson. No visitors attended.  In the acting secretary’s absence, the minutes were taken and compiled by members of the Board.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded those present about masking and social distancing.  He made brief announcements about the stamp trivia quiz and light refreshments. Richard and Carolyn Porcelli, Helen and John set up and provisioned the refreshment areas for the members to enjoy after the business meeting.

Martin Meyerson was introduced and he told us of his interest in joining and his collection pursuits.

John requested members to come forward to volunteer for a possible philatelic presentation at the January meeting (January 18th).

John asked Bruce to update the members on the success of the Wreaths Across America effort (Bruce – magnificent!); asked Richard to update the members on the Porcelli-designed special Camp LeJeune cancellation (which the USPS approved and then neglected to publish in the first December Postal Bulletin); and asked Richard to briefly biography our recently deceased 98 year old Life Member, Lee Sherman ( who was active in our Club before most of our current members joined).

     – LeJeune cancellation – the submission period has been extended into February due to the USPS Postal Bulletin omission. Note: Sandy Montalto agreed to underwrite the cost of postage placed on LeJeune posted covers of those attending the meeting, and Richard inventoried the members present

     – Lee Shernan’s write-up will be placed in the “In Memoriam” section of the Club website in January

Officer Reports

Helen briefly encouraged members to utilize the new website and watch for continuing changes and updates. There was no Secretary’s report. The Treasurer indicated that the next report will be in January after the bourse receipts are fully in hand. Balance currently remains over $3000.

Old Business

John explained that we had a nice thank-you note from Stamps For The Wounded for our early December donation of another 9.5 pounds of US and worldwide off-paper stamps. Bruce is still accumulating on-paper material, as the Daughters of the Confederacy is not accepting material due to the outsized needs of covid-related activities.

Bourse results will be explained at the January meeting

Free & Sales tables will again be available at the January meeting. John reminded members that a member may place material on either table, not just the Club.

New Business

John explained a little about the APS Expertizing Program and brought a handful of APS expertizing applications for members with interest to take and use

Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Show 2022 – NOT being held

Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Azalea Festival Coin Show is being held the weekend of April 9 & 10 at the Elks facility on Oleander Drive. WPS will have a courtesy table at the show both days. John requested volunteers to come forward to man our table AM/PM both days

The APS/American Air Mail Society notified the Club of a holiday gift offer of free books/literature. John passed the offer around to attending members. No interest.

John reminded members of the March nomination/election of Officers/Board Member-at-Large and the Annual Meeting in April and the potential Club picnic in July.

The Business Meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM

November 16, 2021 Meeting Minutes 

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 22 November 2021, 12:30 PM

 Meeting called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members were present by the end of the meeting. No visitors attended the meeting.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He made brief announcements regarding our activity for the evening (the Bourse) and our next meeting on 21 December.

Open Forum

Bruce Patterson announced he was accepting donations for Wreaths Across America throughout the meeting ($15/wreath).  He also reported that about 60% of the Wilmington veteran gravestones were accounted for.

Richard Porcelli suggested that the Club investigate any “free” newspapers for a possible way of publicizing WPS. 

Officer Reports

Helen Rittersporn encouraged members to visit our website and explained that the Board will continue updating and improving it.

Steve stated that there were no new member contacts or membership cancellations.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net debit of $31.70 for the past month with proceeds from stamp sales partially offsetting the $35 rent payment to the church.  The Club’s balance remains over $3,000.

Richard Porcelli showed a proposed Marine Corps cancellation that he has submitted through channels for approval.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations. 

 New Business:

No new business was discussed.

Other Remarks

John explained the layout of tables for the Bourse, Helen invited members to attend a letter writing social event on Wednesday (the 17th) to support deployed troops during the holidays, and Richard suggested that the Club post photographs of Club events (such as the Bourse) on the Club website.  Finally, John distributed a new forever stamp with a coded message and invited members to solve the riddle.

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:17 PM followed by the Bourse.

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Note: Subsequent to the meeting, President John Daniels emailed the membership a list of remaining lots from the Bourse with instructions on how to arrange purchase, if interested in any of the items.

Minutes of October 19, 2021  – Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published 26 October 2021 by tqmchess@aol.com, 10:32 AM

Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Twelve members were present by the end of the meeting. No visitors.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He announced that Steve Matthews was appointed by the Board as Secretary to replace Jimmy Jordan and Bruce Patterson was appointed Member-at-Large to replace Steve Matthews.  Both will serve the term remaining on those positions until 2022 elections.

Richard Porcelli, who was originally going to attend the Postal Customer Council meeting on 5 November, appealed to the Club for a volunteer to replace him.  He is unable to attend the upcoming meeting and tour of the postal facility at Camp Lejeune.  Any volunteers need to contact him by Thursday, 21 October in order to complete the registration process by Friday.  The meeting will be held 10AM to 1230 PM.  The Postal Customer Council (PCC) is a USPS program to “foster a close working relationship between the USPS and commercial mailers”.

Richard also made a cover and presented it to Jimmy Jordan in recognition of his long support as Secretary.  The cachet and “stamp” used was US Scott #1 with Jimmy’s portrait substituted for Benjamin Franklin.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn was not able to present her briefing on the WPS website because we lacked WiFi/Internet access.  Instead, Helen will prepare a handout that is going to be distributed to members via email from the Secretary.

The Acting Secretary reported that there were no new contacts during the past month, Membership stands at 32.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net debit of $16 for the past month with proceeds from the Sales Table last month partially offsetting our $35 rent payment to the Southside Baptist Church.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations.  John distributed a handout with instructions for donations to “Stamps for the Wounded”.  While a lot of material may be accepted, damaged stamps, pen or Sharpie-cancelled stamps, and metered cancellations are not.  John invited members to donate material at the next meeting since he intends to ship donations at the end of November.

The very nice new WPS website is now up and running thanks to Helen’s hard work.

There was a brief discussion of nickel boxes as one member is interested.  John committed to allowing him to review donated stamps and select anything useful. 

A calendar of Club events for 2021 – 2022 was briefly summarized with more details to follow on our website later.

 

  • November will be a Bourse with as many as 100 lots available for purchase. (No bidding necessary – just select the priced lot and pay the Treasurer).
  • December will be a regular meeting featuring a trivia contest with prize and light refreshments. (No sit-down dinner.)
  • January will be a program meeting – topic still open and suggestions encouraged.
  • February will be an auction; members only may bid.
  • March will be Club elections and a brief “show and tell” discussion.
  • April is dedicated to the installation of officers and annual reports by outgoing officers.
  • May will be a Bourse.
  • June will be a program meeting, topic open.
  • July will be another “Christmas in July” picnic.
  • August will be an auction
  • September and October will be program meetings, topics open.
  • November 2022 will be a Bourse.
  • December 2022 (hopefully) will be a Holiday Party at a restaurant.

John reminded members they could place items for sale on a “sale table” at any meeting.

New Business:

John distributed copies of an APS article on “Unsoakable Self-adhesive Stamps” along with an editorial about National Stamp Collecting Month.  Steve also distributed an article on National Stamp Collecting Month published in Carolina Country.

John stated that Bruce will explain the Wreaths Across America program at the next meeting.

John reported that WPS should be able to participate in the April 2022 Azalea Coin Show by hosting a stamp table as in past years (2021 excepted).

There was a brief discussion of using our website to publicize nearby stamp shows or facilitating ridesharing to them.  The Board will look into this suggestion.  Members were also encouraged to submit proposed website content to Steve or John for Board review

John discussed the Board’s interest in finding out if the Southside Baptist Church has any youth/scouting programs for which WPS could provide philatelic support.  Related to that, Hondo Davids reported that he is a Scout Leader and Stamp Merit Badge Counselor for Virginia with an interest in supporting the Cape Fear Area Council.  This may be another opportunity for WPS outreach.

Richard brought up an idea of a special cover or cancellation for scouting.

There being no further new business, Steve moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:49 (second by Helen).

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

Minutes of September 21, 2021 Wilmington Philatelic Society

posted October 14, 2021, 8:20 AM by tqmchess@aol.com

Meeting called to order at 7:03 pm by President John Daniels. Nine members were present. No visitors.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.

Richard Porcelli shared a cover cachet he is going to have serviced for National Postal Customer Council Day Sep 22, 2021. The Postal Customer Council (PCC) is a USPS program to “foster a close working relationship between the USPS and commercial mailers”.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn will present the premier of the new WPS website after the business meeting.

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported that there were no new contacts during the past month, Membership stands at 32. Jimmy also announced his resignation as WPS Secretary.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net gain of $43.20 for the past month. Balance is $3360.88.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations.

The very nice new WPS website is now up and running thanks to Helen’s hard work.

A discussion to re-introduce nickel stamp boxes showed there is very little interest in the boxes.

The annual Club report to the American Philatelic Society has been submitted. The WPS again qualifies for free APS membership due to the number of APS members in the Club. John encouraged membership in the APS.

A calendar of Club events for 2021 – 2022 will be established at the next meeting of the Board.

New Business:

John distributed copies of an APS article on “Unsoakable Self-adhesive Stamps”.

A short discussion about the annual Christmas party resulted in several possible agendas. The subject will be taken up at the next meeting of the Board.

With Jimmy’s resignation the Club is in need of a new Secretary and Board member.

Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.

Richard Porcelli shared a newly published catalog of Computer Vended Postage Stamps.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:49 pm.

Helen Rittersporn presented a tutorial on the features of the new WPS website.

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of August 17, 2021

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Posted October 14, 2021 at 8:43 AM by tqmchess@aol.com [updated 2/11/2022]

Meeting called to order at 7:11 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to our first meeting at Southside Baptist Church.

President John Daniels welcomed and introduced our newest member, David Watts.

Richard Porcelli, now the keeper of the keys, explained the layout of the church building and parking lot.

Our newlyweds, member Bruce Patterson and wife Nancy were presented a congratulatory card and cake.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that her work on the Club’s new website is nearing completion and should be ready for beta testing in a week or two.

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported that Jim Haxby, of Asheville NC, had joined the club and Jim Hickey, who no longer collects had resigned. Members Brian Triplett, Todd Brohaugh, Roger Persichilli, [name removed at request of former member], and Lilian Tompa had been removed from the membership roll due to nonpayment of dues and not responding to Club correspondence.

Treasurer report made by John Daniels in the absence of Tim Snyder. Balance is $3317.68

Old Business:

President John Daniels thanked Richard Porcelli for his lead role in obtaining Southside Baptist Church as our new meeting place.

John announced that we will continue to meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month but some members have conflict and consideration is being given to changing to the 2nd Tuesday. 

John reported that the WPS Christmas in July Picnic, held at Long Leaf Park (Hugh Macrae Park), was a big success. 

John thanked Helen Rittersporn for continuing to mention WPS in her Anchored Scraps blog. In the past 6 years WPS activities or information has be in her blog 20 times.

New Business:

Now that we have a meeting place, John will convene a Board meeting soon.

Auctions, bourses, and the sales/free tables will continue as before.

Jimmy Jordan gave a brief philatelic news update.

Business meeting adjourned at 07:47 pm.

Richard Porcelli gave a program presentation “Every Cover Has a Story”. Some of his life stories and remembrances brought back by seeing old postal covers.

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary

Wilmington Philatelic Society    

Minutes of Meetings 2021

Meeting of June 15, 2021

posted Jun 30, 2021, 8:53 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Jun 30, 2021, 8:56 AM ]

Minutes of June 15, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by Vice President Helen Rittersporn. Only six members were present. Helen welcomed everyone.Helen and Jimmy Jordan spent a few minutes reporting on President John Daniels’ recovery from eye surgery.New member David Watts was introduced. Dave has collected since his teens and comes to us from the Asheville (NC) Stamp Club.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported one new member, David Watts. Membership now stands at 37. Membership renewal is going well with an 80% renewal rate so far. Reminders will be sent to the eight tardy members.Treasurer Tim Snyder was absent. No report.Old Business:            The search for a meeting location continues with two locations being toured in the coming weeks.            Helen is working on changing the Club website to WordPress and will report progress to the Board.           New Business:               Christmas in July, a replacement for the canceled Christmas party, will be held at Long Leaf Park on July 14. This will be our meeting for July. An announcement flyer and RSVP form will be sent to everyone.        Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.Those members present introduced themselves to new member Dave Watts.The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of May 18, 2021

posted Jun 3, 2021, 7:57 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of May 18, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:02 pm by President John Daniels. Fourteen members were present. John welcomed everyone.Helen Rittersporn spent a few minutes explaining Zoom and answering questions about using Zoom.Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that the Port City Peddler may be a possible meeting site. The owner plans to make a meeting room available for public use but the room is not ready yet.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36. Membership renewal is going well with a 70% renewal rate so far.Treasurer Tim Snyder no change in the treasury since last meeting. No income and no expenditures.Old Business:            The search for a meeting location continues. John recently learned that there may be a possibility to use New Hanover County Recreation property for meeting. John will follow up on this lead.            John continues to collect stamps for the veterans will have 8 – 10 pounds to ship this month.            The Board has proposed a Christmas in July social as a replacement for the canceled Christmas party.  John reported that the use of Long Leaf Park is possible and will follow up            The Philatelic Bourse has been very successful and we will have another one when a meeting place is secured.            The club is in need of programs and teaching presentations for our meetings. Volunteers are solicited. See Vice President Helen.New Business:            The stamp dealer that helped John on appraisals and disposition of estates and donated stamps has retired. He was the only dealer in North Carolina that would that would work with John. Other dealers’ charge fees that are unrealistic for our type of material. Hopefully something will work out.Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.Richard Porcelli shared some of his computer vended stamps.Helen shared her recently acquired ventage sewing machine.The meeting was adjourned at 8:07 pm.Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of April 20, 2021

posted Jun 3, 2021, 7:52 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Jun 3, 2021, 7:53 PM ]

Minutes of April 20, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members were present. John welcomed everyone. The Zoom meeting allowed member Matt Stoll and Don Hargy join us from New Jersey and Maryland.With this being our first Zoom meeting Helen Rittersporn spent a few minutes assisting everyone getting settled in. Helen will give more detailed help instructions in a presentation at the next meeting.President John Daniels presented memoriam for Andy Vics and Gene Sauer. Several members shared their memories of our recently passed friends.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36.Membership renewal notices have are tardy due to COVID-19 uncertainties but will be mailed within a week.President John Daniels gave the Treasurer’s report in the absence of Tim Snyder. Treasury balance of $3714.36.President John Daniels gave a brief report on the April 16, 2021 meeting of the Board of Directors. The major item was the Board’s decision, due to the lack of meetings for a year and a half and other COVID-19 related problems, to cancel the Annual Meeting reports and suspend the Annual Election. The current Officers and Board Members will continue to serve.Old Business:            This is our first meeting since November 2020 which was a stamp bourse. The August and November stamp bourses were a great success and plans are to continue having them.            The Wreaths Across America pictorial cancellation project was a success. Bruce Patterson gave a short summation of the project.            The February 2021 Myrtle Beach Stamp Show was cancelled due to COVID and the 2022 show is in jeopardy due to motel remodeling. The WPS did not participate in the Azalea Festival Coin Show due to the short notice of space availability.            The Board proposed a Christmas in July social, possibly a catered picnic at Long Leaf Park. Members expressed approval. Detail to be decided.            Bruce will continue to collect stamps on paper for the veterans and John will continue Andy’s program of collecting stamps off paper for John Hotchner’s Stamps for the Wounded.New Business:            The search for a meeting place continues with several possible opportunities. Any help searching is appreciated.            Please give feed back on the virtual Zoom meeting. We may have to continue meet on Zoom for a while.            John asked for any ideas and/or volunteers for meeting and program presentations.Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.The meeting was adjourned but the Secretary failed to note the time.Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Club Meeting Temporarily Suspended

posted Jan 4, 2021, 12:29 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

As of December 2020, our usual meeting location is no longer available to the Club. The Board of Directors is in the process of locating a new meeting site. The Club will be notified when a new location is secured. 

November 17, 2020 Meeting Changes

posted Nov 11, 2020, 12:15 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Nov 11, 2020, 12:19 PM ]

Five hours after posting the November 17 Stamp Club Meeting Announcement the Governor changed the COVID-19 safety protocol. Indoor group meetings have again been limited to 10 people or less. This make a normal club meeting impractical. The business meeting has been removed from the agenda but the Stamp Bourse will still be held on Tuesday night. The following rules will be followed to ensure compliance with the Governor’s 10-person limit.For everyone’s health and safety the following rules must be observed:1. You must bring a face mask and wear it both inside the meeting room and outside in the parking lot.2. No more than 10 people will be allowed in the meeting room at a time. Controls will be in place at the door to ensure compliance. If the room is full, wait in the parking lot until someone exits. Masks must be worn at all times.3. As a courtesy to other members, no socializing will be allowed in the meeting room. Use your time to peruse the stamps and make your selection. Others may be waiting for you to exit so they may have their turn to enter the bourse. Masks must be worn at all times.4. Socializing will be allowed in the parking lot. The required 6 feet of social distancing must be observed. Masks must be worn at all times.5. Please follow the North Carolina COVID-19 guidelines. If you have been exposed in the last 14 days or you are not feeling well, please stay home.6. There will be hand sanitizer and wipes available. The Club will supply gallon plastic bags for you to take home loose material. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society.

Minutes of Meetings 2020

Meeting of October 20, 2020

posted Nov 17, 2020, 2:45 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of October 20, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society  Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone and reminded us to wear our name tags and sign the attendance sheet.John announced that due to the closing of Scrap and Design the last meeting at this location will be the November meeting. The Board of Directors is searching for a new meeting location.October is Stamp Collecting Month.The Club has received a Thank You card from John Hotchner for stamps donated to the wounded.Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that she is investigating the possible move of the Club website from Google Sites to WordPress.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36.Treasurer Tim Snyder reported the Club made $327.98 at the August Stamp Bourse. Treasury balance of $3126.55.Old Business:   Everyone needs to be searching for a new meeting place.   The December Christmas Party meeting has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A summer event is a possible alternative.   Richard Porcelli and Bruce Patterson reported on the progress being made on the December 19, 2020 Wreaths Across America special pictorial postmark. New Business:     John reported on the June 16, 202 meeting of the Board of Directors.    The November meeting will be a Stamp Bourse.Jimmy Jordan presented a few items of philatelic news.Meeting adjourned at 7:25 pm.Jimmy Jordan presented a program on watermarks and watermarking stamps. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of September 15, 2020

posted Oct 5, 2020, 12:16 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of September 15, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the first meeting since February by taking a few minutes for everyone to become re-acquainted and tell how they had coped with the Covid-19 pandemic.Annual Meeting reports were given by the Club Officers and the 2020-2021 Club Officers were sworn in. The abbreviated Annual Meeting was necessary due to the April meeting being canceled by Covid-19 restrictions.Old Business:  The March 2020 through August 2020 meetings had been canceled due to Covid-19.  John reported that the August walk-thru Stamp Bourse was a big success.  Bruce Patterson and Richard Porcelli reported on their pictorial cancellation project for Wreaths Across America.  Participation in the Lower Cape Fear Coin Show was canceled.  Donn Ebert has announced cancelation of the 2021 Myrtle Beach Stamp Show. New Business:  John reported on the June 16, 202 meeting of the Board of Directors. A charitable donation of $100 in the name of Shelly Holt, our landlord, was authorized. The donation is in lieu of rent.  The December Christmas Party was discussed. There is a real possibility that the party will be canceled because of Covid-19 restrictions and probable low attendance.  John announced that the November 2020 meeting will be the last at our current meeting location. Our landlord is not renewing her lease on the building. A search for a new location will begin.  The Stamp Bourses was well received and there will likely be others held in the future.  The remaining 2020 calendar of events and the possibility of virtual meetings were discussed but everything is on hold until after the virus pandemic and a new meeting place is found.  John announced that Howard Loving has donated Elisabeth’s stamp collection to the Club and asked that it be distributed to the membership. John will develop a system of distribution. Jimmy Jordan presented a few items of philatelic news. Meeting adjourned Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of August 18, 2020

posted Aug 19, 2020, 10:27 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of August 18, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society A normal sit-down meeting could not be held because of COVID-19 restrictions on meeting size and the need for proper social distancing. A Stamp Bourse was held in place of a meeting. Display tables were filled with a large number of stamps, covers, albums, and philatelic supplies. Some lots were free and others were for sale at very reasonable prices. All of the lots came from the Club’s accumulation of donated material and all proceeds benefited the Club’s Treasury. In accordance with North Carolina Covid -19 guidelines and for the health and safety of all attendees, only ten people were allowed in the stamp room at a time and face masks were required. Everyone appeared to fine items for their collections and a lot of stamps found new homes. A total of 12 members attend the bourse. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society 

Minutes of July 21, 2020 Meeting

posted Aug 19, 2020, 9:37 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of July 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society July 21, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of June 16, 2020

posted Aug 19, 2020, 9:35 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of June 16, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society June 16, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of May 19, 2020

posted Aug 19, 2020, 9:26 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Aug 19, 2020, 9:27 AM ]

Minutes of May 19, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society May 19, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of April 21, 2020

posted May 11, 2020, 7:56 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of April 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society April 21, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The April 21, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of March 17, 2020

posted Mar 21, 2020, 9:26 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Aug 19, 2020, 9:33 AM ]

Minutes of March 17, 2020Wilmington Philatelic SocietyMarch 17, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed.

Meeting of February 18, 2020

posted Feb 20, 2020, 1:54 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of February 18, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society

Updated by tqmchess@aol.com 2/11/2022, 7:44 AM

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Nineteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The meeting is an Auction and the sign-in sheet determines the order in which lots are auctioned. Due to the auction, there is no “Free” table tonight.Vice President Report: Andy Vics shared a 1954 post card given to him by member John Valentino. The card was a thank you note for stamps donated to the Stamps for the Wounded program. The message on the card was almost identical to the present day thank you notes the Club receives for donating to the program. Andy encouraged all members to check, and read, the WPS website often. All club announcements and news items are posted on the website making it a valuable source of information. This is even more important now that the seems to be some kind of restriction on sending large emails to the Club.Secretary Report: Two new membership applications have been received through the website. Both applicants are attending tonight’s meeting and hopefully will join the Club. Current membership remains 37.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2504.86.Old Business: The Myrtle Beach Stamp Show was well attended by WPS members. Eight to ten members attended. There were a few stamp dealers and a number of cover and post card dealers at the show. Remember the Cape Fear Azalea Festival Coin Show April 4-5. The Club will have a display table at the show and volunteers are needed to represent the Club. One of Helen Rittersporn’s recent blog posts was about cover collecting and contained links to the WPS website. Helen’s blogs often promote stamp collecting and the WPS. The results of the Auction Want List survey has been distributed to the Club. This should assist auction sellers in presenting lots that have a higher probability of selling.New Business: The March 17 meeting will be the annual nomination and election of officers. Our two visitors, [name removed] and Robert Valik of Leland, joined the Club by payment of dues.Meeting adjourned at 07:30 pm.A Farewell Cake and Ice Cream Party was held for founding charter member Wendell Triplett. Wendell signed the WPS American Philatelic Society Charter Application in 1984! He was also the Club Treasurer for several decades. Wendell is moving to Baltimore to be closer to family members.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn, with the assistance of Robert Valik, conducted a very successful club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Meeting of January 21, 2020

posted Feb 4, 2020, 6:18 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of January 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic SocietyThe meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm by President John Daniels. Seventeen members and one visitor, Dave Malkmus of Carolina Beach, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. He also reminded everyone that the WPS Calendar on the website has been updated for 2020 and the Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Stamp Show is Saturday and Sunday February 8-9. Flyers for the show are available.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson reported on the success of the Wreath Across America program. Gene Sauer reported that Pearsall Church, our old meeting place, is under contract and may sell soon.Vice President Report: Shipped 5 pounds of stamps to the Stamps for Veterans program. A total of 68 pounds has be shipped so far. He is accepting donations for the May 2020 shipment.Secretary Report: No new contacts, membership inquirers, or membership applications received. Current membership remains 36. The collection of 2020 dues has started.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current Treasury balance is $2264.86 after paying Hieronymus Seafood $805.00 for the Christmas party.Old Business: The Club’s Christmas Holiday Party at Hieronymus Seafood was successful. The Linn’s list of brick and mortar stamp stores is now up to 84. Wendel Triplett was presented with a framed Life Membership certificate. Wendell announced that he would soon be moving to the Baltimore Maryland area.New Business: The Azalea Festival Coin Show is April 4-5, 2020. The Club will have a presence at the show. The March meeting will be election of club officers with the instillation of officers at the April meeting. Jimmy reported items of philatelic news.The February meeting will be a Club auction.Meeting adjourned at 7:36Steve Matthews presented a program on identification of reprinted stamps and how he finds the research and study of his stamps interesting and fun.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Minutes of Meetings 2019

Meeting of November 19, 2019

posted Nov 24, 2019, 1:38 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of November 19, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:10 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the first meeting at the Scrap and Design Center, our new meeting location.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The meeting is an Auction and the sign-in sheet determines the order in which lots are auctioned. Due to the auction, there is no “Free” table. The Christmas party will again be at Hieronymus Seafood on Wednesday December 11. The menu and details will be emailed in a few days. Please RSVP.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson informed us that the Wreath Across America program is exceeding expectations but is still accepting donations.Vice President Report: The next shipment of donated Stamps for Veterans will be mailed Friday. He is accepting donations for the May 2020 shipment.Secretary Report: One new contact and membership inquiry received but no new applications. Current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2974.66.  Old Business: The Club’s annual Christmas Holiday Party is December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood. There is no charge for members. Guest pay $20.00. Let the Secretary know if you plan to attend and if a guest will attend. Headcount for the restaurant is needed by December 3. Program and presentation volunteers are needed for the 2020 meeting calendar. See Andy Vics if you can help.  New Business: The Club library is now located in John Daniels garage. An inventory shows a number of missing books. Please return any overdue books. Several items were approved at the recent Board Meeting. Certificates will be presented to our two active Life Members, Gene Sauer and Wendell Triplett, at the Christmas Party. John Daniels will check into the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club’s offer for floor space at the 2020 Cape Fear Coin Show.Jimmy reported items of philatelic news.The next meeting is the annual Christmas Party on Wednesday December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood.Meeting adjourned.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn conducted a very successful club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

October 8, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of October 8, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Seventeen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of items were placed on the club “Free” table. The Christmas party will again be at Hieronymus Seafood on Wednesday December 11. Details at the November meeting. This was the last meeting at Pearsall Church. The November meeting will be the first at our new meeting place Scrap and Design Center, Judges Road, Wilmington. Maps to the new meeting location were available.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson informed us of the Wreath Across America program which is accepting donations. Helen Rittersporn suggested the club do something to honor Nancy Pope who died August 30, 2019. Nancy was the Head Curator of the History Department of the National Postal Museum. The suggestion will be discussed at the next meeting of the Board of Directors. 
Vice President Report: A map and directions to the new meeting location have been place on the club website.
Secretary Report: No new contacts or membership applications. Current membership remains 36.
Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2868.96.
Old Business: The club encourages members to support the hobby through APS membership. Beginning with the November meeting we will meet on the THIRD Tuesday of the month at the Scrap and Design Center, 311 Judges Rd, Unit 2B, Wilmington, NC. The retired CANADA box of stamps will be added to the general accumulation of stamps available to the membership. John reminded us that he had received inquiries from two ladies with stamp collections for sale. See John for details.   
New Business: Linn’s Stamp News is compiling a list of “brick and mortar” stamps stores in the USA. This is an ongoing list and new stores will be added as discovered. There are none in North Carolina. The Myrtle Beach Stamp Show is coming up in February 2020. Details will be announced. It is time to fill the 2020 Meeting Calendar with presentations. Contact Andy if you would like to volunteer.
Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news. 
The next meeting is Tuesday November 19 at the Scrap and Design Center. This will be a club auction.
Meeting adjourned.
Richard Porcelli demonstrated a method to soak self-adhesive stamps off paper and Jimmy Jordan demonstrated soaking, drying, and pressing the older “lick n stick” stamps off paper. 
Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

September 10, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of September 10, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of items will be placed on the club “Free” table but not until after Helen’s presentation. The October 8, 2019 meeting will be held at the church and will be the last meeting held at Pearsall.Floor Remarks: Richard Porcelli commented on the American Philatelist article about the stamp hobby is not dying but is evolving. This started a lively discussion about the changing nature of the stamp collecting hobby and philatelic marketplace. Ebay is now the market place for most collectors and is setting the prices for most philatelic sales. The public now uses the web and social media as their main means of conducting business, communication, and entertainment. Our club needs to accept this change and broaden our approach to stamp collecting and public outreach. Helen’s presentation will address this very subject.Vice President Report: We need volunteers to make presentations at upcoming meetings. Donation for Stamps for the Wounded are being accepted. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: No new contacts or membership applications. Current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2896.66.Old Business: The club encourages members to support the hobby through APS membership. Helen Rittersporn and Lloyd MacAskill are our newest APS members. The search for a new meeting place is over, at least for the time being. Beginning with the November meeting we will meet on the THIRD Tuesday of the month at the Scrap and Design Center, 311 Judges Rd, Unit 2B, Wilmington, NC. Adequate driving directions will be provided later.New Business: Elaine Herzog and Juanita Sizemore contacted John about collections they have for sale. Both collections are US stamps and First Day Covers. See John for contact information. The club’s annual Christmas Social at Hieronymus Seafood is rapidly approaching Details will be available soon. The October meeting is an “Open” meeting. Please bring philatelic items to share with the club. Jimmy Jordan will hold a Stamp Soaking Clinic for those who are interested.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news. He also shared a personal experience with bank fraud. Someone was able to print completely bogus checks using Jimmy’s bank routing number and account number and then make a purchase. Jimmy discovered the fraud immediately and, with the help of his bank, was able to close the old account and open a new one. Although he suffered no financial loss the aggravation of the modern electronic banking system is almost overwhelming. It takes one to two pay cycles (i.e. months) for changes to direct deposits and automatic drafts to become effective. Until the changeover to the new account is complete, Jimmy has to monitor his accounts and make daily authorization (or not) phone calls to the bank.  All are reminded to review your financial accounts daily!    The next meeting is Tuesday October 8, 2019 at the church. This will be an “Open” meeting along with Jimmy’s stamp soaking clinic.Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.Helen Rittersporn presented the program “My 10 Favorite Anchored Scraps.com Blog Posts on Stamp Collecting”. Helen actively promotes old fashion letter writing with her blog and often finds ways to incorporate stamps and stamp collecting in her posts. Well Done Helen!Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

August 13, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of August 13, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and one visitor, Carol Noll, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The September meeting will most likely be at the church. The search for a new meeting place continues with the most promising place being the Scrap and Design building at 311 Judges Rd. The club will be notified as new information develops. The “Free Table” returns next meeting.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson announced that the VA Center is forming a veteran’s memorabilia display area and is looking for donations of material.Vice President Report: Donations are still being accepted Stamps for the Wounded. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: One new contact was received via the website this month. Edward Caropreso wanted a stamp collection appraised for an estate probate. John assisted Edward. Todd Brohaugh joined after the July meeting and Butch Minnick resigned due to relocating to Virginia. Membership remains at 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2857.56.Old Business: The search for a new meeting place is ongoing. The church is now closed but we can continue to meet here until the property is sold. Please pay attention to any email notices for updates. Last month’s retirement of the Nickel Boxes proved to be a good idea as an inspection of the remaining stamps revealed mostly poor-quality material. The Canada Box has been well search by the membership and is also being retired. Two members have recently joined the American Philatelic Society (APS). The APS offers a number of benefits its members and is well worth joining. The WPS also benefits because as long as we maintain a specified percentage of APS members the club received free APS Club membership.New Business: The APS has issued a SCAM ALERT. People claiming to be from the APS are soliciting to buy collections for a fee. The APS does not buy collections!Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is September 10, 2019. Helen Rittersporn will make a presentation on the world of blogging.Meeting adjourned at 7:38 pm.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn conduct a club auction following the meeting.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

July 9, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of July 9, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of donated items were placed on the club “Free” and “For Sale” tables. The “Fill a Bag” box of free stamps is available.In Memoriam: Richard Porcelli and Andy Vics shared some of their remembrances of Michelle Long.Floor Remarks: Richard Porcelli reported on Tineye.com, a reverse image search program. Upload an image and the program will tell you where the image appears on the web.Vice President Report: A thank you note was received from John Hotchner in recognition of the club’s donation to Stamps for the Wounded. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: One member reinstated his membership and Butch Minnick resigned due to his relocation to Virginia. Current membership is 35. The club’s annual Chapter Report has been submitted to the APS. The club meets the minimum requirements for free chapter dues.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2830.16.Old Business: The search for a new meeting place is ongoing. The church is now closed but we can continue to meet here until the property is sold. Please pay attention to any email notices for updates. Due to the flood of donated free stamps, the Nickel Boxes have become obsolete and have been withdrawn from circulation. The Nickel Boxes will be reinstated if the demand returns.New Business: NoneJimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is August 13, 2019 and will be an Auction.Meeting adjourned.Visitor Todd Brohaugh joined the club. Welcome Todd! Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

June 11, 2109 Meeting

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Minutes of June 11, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of donated items were placed on the club “Free” and “For Sale” tables.Floor Remarks:   Sandy Montalto suggested that a meeting be dedicated to helping members identifying stamps. Richard Porcelli said that there was a website that could match scans/photos of items to other items on the web and may be useful in identifying stamps. He could not remember the exact name of the site.Vice President Report: Another four pounds of stamps has been shipped to Stamps for the Wounded. This brings the total to 63 pounds of stamps donated in four years. The contact bridge on the club website use to contact club officers has be upgraded to a secure link. The change adds another layer of security to the link.Secretary Report: We have received one new application for membership through the website. Membership is pending payment of dues. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2801.36.Old Business: Fresh material has been added to the Nickel Boxes and members are encouraged to take a look. A motion to accept the amendments to the By-Laws proposed at the May meeting was made and seconded. The motion passed by voice vote. There were no nay votes.New Business: John announced to the club that Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church is closing and the property will be sold. A search for a new meeting place is underway and the membership was asked to assist finding a location. The church will close on June 30, 2019 but a tentative agreement with the church will allow us continued use of the room until the property is actually sold. WPS Board member Andy Vics nominated Gene Sauer for Life Member in recognition of her many years of service to the club. The nomination was seconded and passed by voice vote. There were no nay votes.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is July 9, 2019 and will be an Open meeting.Meeting adjourned.Following the business meeting, Lillian Tompa gave a presentation of Fancy Cancels. Her presentation encouraged an interesting discussion of fancy cancels with significant audience participation.Jimmy Jordan gave a short show and tell on the cover cachet art work of J. R, Hemenway.Membership applicant Shonda Asaad became our newest member upon payment of dues.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

May 14, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of May 14, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Twenty-two members and one visitor, Norman Levesque, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A large donation of stamps has been received. Many of the items will show up on the Free Table. Reminder that next meeting will be a Show & Tell. Lillian will present some fancy cancels. Others will have the opportunity to show interesting items as well. Last call for stamp donations for Steve Matthew’s Leland school project. Reminder for all auction sellers to properly describe and mark lots.Officers’ ReportsVice President: The accumulated Stamps for the Wounded will be mailed next week. The next shipment is planned for November. A “Closed Album Page” has been added to the Club website. This page has been added as a remembrance of deceased members.Secretary Report: No new contacts or prospects. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Current Treasury balance $2787.73.Director at Large Report: No repostOld Business: Reminder that we have “nickel stamp boxes” available to help build your collection. Discovered that the printer of the recently acquired Club table top banner mistakenly made two banners. We received two banners for the price of one. Helen Rittersporn was reimbursed the cost of the banner. Jimmy Jordan presented the Board of Directors proposed changes to the Club By-Laws.New Business: Helen Rittersporn was introduced as the Club’s new auctioneer. Bruce Patterson was thanked for his work as auctioneer the past few years. The Club received a stamp donation from UNCW Professor James Hunt. Professor Hunt was hired by our former Club President Lee Sherman.The next meeting is June 11, 2019 and will be a club show and tell.Meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm.Helen conducted her first auction after the meeting.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

April 9, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of April 9, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The club presence at the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club show April 6-7 received a lot of attention. This is our 35th anniversary meeting with the club being chartered on March 31, 1984. The recent passing of several club members was remembered.Annual Meeting ReportsPresident: Review of the past year along with expectations and goals for the coming year.Vice President: Another good year for donations to Stamps for the Wounded. Fifty-nine pounds of stamps have been donated in four years.Secretary Report: The club website is very important with numerous news items, meeting announcements, and new issue announcements. Almost 100% of new contacts originate with the website. Seven new members joined during the past year, lost one member due to her death, and four members failed to renew their membership. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Past years income from all sources $2000.76. Expenditures $1442.75. Net income $564.01. Major expenditures were the Christmas Party, meeting room rent, and hurricane relief charitable donation. Current Treasury balance $2726.40.Director at Large Report: Introduced a cachet and Computer Stamp commemorating her 1500th daily blog post. The stamp and cachet were designed by club member Richard Porcelli.Old Business: Final report on the Myrtle Beach Stamp Show and the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Show. The new table top Club Banner designed and procured by Helen Rittersporn was introduced. Steve Matthews reported on his Lincoln Elementary School (Leland, NC) project and requested stamp donations. John suggested the importance and benefits of APS membership.New Business: Jimmy Jordan nominated club founding member Wendell Triplett for Honorary Life Membership. The nomination was seconded and carried by a unanimous vote.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.-*+The next meeting is May 14, 2019 and will be a club auction.Meeting adjourned.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

March 12, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of March 12, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members and three visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting. President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The Lower Cape Fear Coin Club show is April 6-7 and volunteers are needed to staff the WPS table. The next club meeting is April 9 and will be the Annual Meeting with installation of officers. Gene Sauer brought a sheet cake to share with everyone.   John opened the floor for the nomination of club officers for 2019. Bob Doleman nominated the current slate of officers, with second by Gene Sauer. There being no other nominations John declared John Daniels, President; Andy Vics, Vice President; Jimmy Jordan, Secretary; Tim Snyder, Treasurer; Helen Rittersporn, Director at Large; and Richard Porcelli, Director Past President elected as provided in the Club By-Laws.Vice President Report:   The next mailing of stamps for the veterans will be in May.Secretary Report:   The annual membership renewal drive will end March 31. Ninety percent of the membership have renewed. Two membership applications are pending. Current membership 37. Treasurer Report:   Dues payments, auction sales, and auction fees have brought the treasury balance to $2612.95.Old Business:   The February Auction was one of the most successful every. The Board of Directors has decided to table the suggestion to establish a sales and swap committee. Dave Mork’s moving “give-away” is still available with boxes full of collectable items. The “nickel stamp boxes” are available and a mint US box is being considered.New Business:    John reported on the February 27, 2019 Board of Directors meeting. Steve Matthews told us about his stamps for education project with the Lincoln Elementary School in Leland. To match countries being studied by the students he needs stamps from Malawi, Egypt, Japan, Italy, Australia, and India. Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is April 9, 2109.Meeting adjourned.Our three visitors, Lloyd MacAskill, Ron Rowan, and Steve Sikorski joined the club. All three gentlemen found the club through our website.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

February 12, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of February 12, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The nominations and election of club officers will be held at the March meeting.Vice President Report:   Donations of stamps for the veterans are welcome. Next shipment will be sent in April.Secretary Report:   Membership dues renewal cycle is going well with 75% of the membership paid. Butch Minnick, of Hampstead, joint the club. Current membership is 37.Treasurer Report:   Tim reported payment of $300 rent to the church for the 2018 meetings. Current balance is $1825.50.Old Business:   A request to enter non-philatelic items into the club auctions had been received. The auctions are for philatelic items only. Two important meetings: March will be the election of club officers and April will be the Annual Meeting with state of the club reports from the officers. Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Show is April 5-6. The WPS will have a table and volunteers are needed. A number of members attended the Myrtle Beach Stamp Show.New Business:    Member David Mork has a large amount of covers, album pages, and other items he needs to dispose of. See David for details. Tonight’s auction contains a number of donated lots will all proceeds going to the club. John reported that he had assisted a collector sell his stamps. This resulted in a $250 donation to the club from the collector and a $100 finder’s fee donation from the dealer.     John told us about a man using non-denominated 10 cent Christmas Stamps from 1975 to mail his Christmas cards with none being rejected for postage due. Jimmy reported the new stamp issues for February and other philatelic news.The next meeting is March 12, 2019 and will be the election of officers.Meeting adjourned at 7:20.Auctioneer Bruce Patterson conducted the club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society

January 8, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of January 8, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed Visitor Bert Elam to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. Our annual Christmas Social meeting on December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant was a success. The next club meeting is February 12th and will be a club auction. Flyers for the February Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Stamp Show were made available. Vice President Report:   The club website has been updated to reflect the 2019 schedule. The next mailing of stamps for the veterans will be in May.Secretary Report:   One person has contacted the club about possible membership. The current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report:   The total expense for the Christmas Party was $782.50. Ticket sales amounted to $475.00 with the remaining $307.50 paid by the club. Treasury balance $2125.39.Old Business:   Nothing but positive comments about the Christmas Party. John suggests that next year’s party be held on Wednesday to avoid the conflct with the Wilmington Ski Club party held on Tuesday. Gene reported that the church yard sale held in December made $1200 for the church. Jon reminded everyone that the club website had been updated to reflect the information gleaned from the recent membership survey. Program Chairman Andy Vics asked for volunteers to present programs and Lilian said she would make a presentation of Fancy Cancels in September. John will again ask Lori Stehlin, of the Wilmington Post Office, to attend a club meeting.New Business:    John announced the agenda for the next few months include an Auction in February, nomination of officers in March, and the Annual Meeting in April. Jimmy reminded us that 2019 dues are now payable and a payment letter will be going out soon. John asked for donation of any S&H Green Stamps members may have. They are still redeemable! John thanked our visitor, Bert Elam, for donating a collection to the club. Lilian Tompa shared a box of FDCs.Jimmy reported on the upcoming January 27, 2019 USPS rate increase and several other philatelic news items.The next meeting is February 12, 2109 and will be a club auction.Meeting adjourned.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Archives previous meeting minutes 2014, 2011

May 13, 2014

posted May 14, 2014, 2:11 PM by Andy Vics   [ updated May 15, 2014, 6:51 AM ]

Minutes of May 13, 2014

Wilmington Philatelic Society

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by president Andy Vics. 

Sixteen members were present. There were no guests.

Minutes of the April 8 meeting were made available in printed form. The minutes will no longer be read. The minutes of previous meetings are also accessible on our Web site and can be e-mailed or sent to members by USPS when requested. 

Reports:

Vice president – nothing to report.

Treasurer – Club account balance is $691.95

Secretary – Absent

Member at Large – Absent

Old business:  None

New business: None

Andy announced that our club was recognized in an article titled “Wilmington’s Mrs. Whistler” in the May 2014 issue of Wrightsville Beach Magazine. Members Jimmy Jordan and Richard Porcelli provided covers to be used in the article.

Member Bob Doleman suggested we explore starting a Silent Auction to speed up our auctions. Discussion followed but no firm decision was made.

The next meeting will be June 10, 2014. This will be an open meeting.

The meeting was adjourned.

A club auction conducted by Matt Stoll followed the club business meeting.

Submitted by:

Andy Vics, President

posted Mar 11, 2011, 2:15 PM by Andy Vics   [ updated Mar 11, 2011, 2:16 PM ]

Minutes of March 8, 2011

posted Mar 8, 2011 8:55 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of March 8, 2011

Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President Andy Vics with 18 members and three visitors in attendance. Andy announced that a new website for the club had been established and encouraged everyone to use it. This site will be the main avenue of communications for the club. A cabinet has been place in the storage room of the church fellowship hall. The club’s library, name tags, and miscellaneous forms will be kept in the cabinet. Andy asked everyone to read the club’s Constitution and By-Laws before the next meeting and be ready to discuss and vote on any changes that may be needed. To correct an oversight in January’s election, a Member at Large needs to be elected to the Board of Directors. Nominations and a vote will be held during the meeting in April. A discussion of the Membership Survey conducted in November 2008 is also planned.

 

Lee Sherman submitted his resignation from the office of Vice President. Lee regrets having to resign, but must due to the demands of caring for his wife Fran. Nominations and a vote for a new Vice President will be held during the meeting in April.

 

Treasurer Wendell Tripplet reported that the club is in a sound financial condition, but the rent for use of the meeting room is due. It is important that dues for 2011 be paid promptly.

 

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported plans are being made with the Myrtle Beach Stamp Club for our spring joint meeting. The meeting will be on Saturday, April 16 at the Spring House Restaurant in North Myrtle Beach. Final plans and arrangements will be announced at our April meeting.

 

With no additional business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned. A club auction followed the meeting.

 

The next scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.

 

Submitted by:

 

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary

Wilmington Philatelic Society

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Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

 

January 18, Meeting Minutes  

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 20 January 2022, 10:52 AM

Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Twelve members were present. No visitors attended the meeting.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He made brief announcements regarding our activities for the evening and our next meeting on 15 February (Auction).

Open Forum

There were no comments during the Open Forum.

Officer Reports

Helen Rittersporn had nothing new to report as Vice President.

Steve stated that the two new members had paid dues for the next year, and our membership stood at 33.  Annual dues renewal letters will be mailed in February.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net increase of $69.01 for the past month with proceeds from the Bourse offsetting the $35 rent payment to the church and other expenses. 

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations. 

John announced that Hondo Davids won the trivia contest in December.  He was presented with a certificate and a prize.

John and Helen will look into additional charitable organizations to whom we could donate stamps. John also indicated that the next Board meeting would likely be held at the church, and the Pastor will be invited to attend so we can learn more about how WPS might assist youth programs related to stamp collecting.

Richard handed out special Camp Lejeune cancelled covers that used stamps he donated.  Thank you, Richard!

Sandy will talk to the Subway Stamp Company about the possibility of the Club submitting bulk orders for supplies.

John reminded members of the Azalea Coin Show on 9-10 April because WPS will operate a stamp table as we have done in the past.  Members were invited to participate.

The March meeting will include the election of officers, and all members were encouraged to consider running for office.

John encouraged members to look at the remaining Bourse lots after the business meeting.  Unsold lots will be saved for future Auction or Bourse meetings.

 New Business:

The February meeting will be an Auction.  Auction sheets (two copies needed) and instructions are available at the WPS website.  Members may submit up to 10 lots.  Arrive early next month as the order of the lots in the Auction will be based on the sign-in order.

The March meeting will include the election of officers and then a presentation by Helen on the American Topical Association.

Richard pointed out that the last issue of the USPS Biweekly Bulletin recognized WPS for their contribution of the Camp Lejeune cancellations (Kudos Richard!!)

World of Philately

 Jimmy shared an email he received from Wendell Triplett’s daughter regarding his current activities in a Maryland retirement community.  The letter offered a lot of detail about Wendell’s life and was very touching.

 Other Remarks

John shared information about our two new members along with Fred Pyatt, a current member who now resides in Florida.

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:37 PM.

Program

Helen briefly explained the Christmas Philatelic Society, a chapter within the American Philatelic Society.  Using a spiffy, colored handout, Helen walked the Club through the information she gained during a December 2021 virtual meeting.

Following Helen’s presentation, members made last minute purchases from the Bourse remainders before departing the meeting.

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary,
Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

December 21, 2021 Meeting Minutes 

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 4 January 2022, 4:56 pm

Meeting called to order at 7:10 PM by President John Daniels. Eleven members were present including our newest member, Martin Meyerson. No visitors attended.  In the acting secretary’s absence, the minutes were taken and compiled by members of the Board.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded those present about masking and social distancing.  He made brief announcements about the stamp trivia quiz and light refreshments. Richard and Carolyn Porcelli, Helen and John set up and provisioned the refreshment areas for the members to enjoy after the business meeting.

Martin Meyerson was introduced and he told us of his interest in joining and his collection pursuits.

John requested members to come forward to volunteer for a possible philatelic presentation at the January meeting (January 18th).

John asked Bruce to update the members on the success of the Wreaths Across America effort (Bruce – magnificent!); asked Richard to update the members on the Porcelli-designed special Camp LeJeune cancellation (which the USPS approved and then neglected to publish in the first December Postal Bulletin); and asked Richard to briefly biography our recently deceased 98 year old Life Member, Lee Sherman ( who was active in our Club before most of our current members joined).

     – LeJeune cancellation – the submission period has been extended into February due to the USPS Postal Bulletin omission. Note: Sandy Montalto agreed to underwrite the cost of postage placed on LeJeune posted covers of those attending the meeting, and Richard inventoried the members present

     – Lee Shernan’s write-up will be placed in the “In Memoriam” section of the Club website in January

Officer Reports

Helen briefly encouraged members to utilize the new website and watch for continuing changes and updates. There was no Secretary’s report. The Treasurer indicated that the next report will be in January after the bourse receipts are fully in hand. Balance currently remains over $3000.

Old Business

John explained that we had a nice thank-you note from Stamps For The Wounded for our early December donation of another 9.5 pounds of US and worldwide off-paper stamps. Bruce is still accumulating on-paper material, as the Daughters of the Confederacy is not accepting material due to the outsized needs of covid-related activities.

Bourse results will be explained at the January meeting

Free & Sales tables will again be available at the January meeting. John reminded members that a member may place material on either table, not just the Club.

New Business

John explained a little about the APS Expertizing Program and brought a handful of APS expertizing applications for members with interest to take and use

Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Show 2022 – NOT being held

Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Azalea Festival Coin Show is being held the weekend of April 9 & 10 at the Elks facility on Oleander Drive. WPS will have a courtesy table at the show both days. John requested volunteers to come forward to man our table AM/PM both days

The APS/American Air Mail Society notified the Club of a holiday gift offer of free books/literature. John passed the offer around to attending members. No interest.

John reminded members of the March nomination/election of Officers/Board Member-at-Large and the Annual Meeting in April and the potential Club picnic in July.

The Business Meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM

November 16, 2021 Meeting Minutes 

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 22 November 2021, 12:30 PM

 Meeting called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members were present by the end of the meeting. No visitors attended the meeting.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He made brief announcements regarding our activity for the evening (the Bourse) and our next meeting on 21 December.

Open Forum

Bruce Patterson announced he was accepting donations for Wreaths Across America throughout the meeting ($15/wreath).  He also reported that about 60% of the Wilmington veteran gravestones were accounted for.

Richard Porcelli suggested that the Club investigate any “free” newspapers for a possible way of publicizing WPS. 

Officer Reports

Helen Rittersporn encouraged members to visit our website and explained that the Board will continue updating and improving it.

Steve stated that there were no new member contacts or membership cancellations.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net debit of $31.70 for the past month with proceeds from stamp sales partially offsetting the $35 rent payment to the church.  The Club’s balance remains over $3,000.

Richard Porcelli showed a proposed Marine Corps cancellation that he has submitted through channels for approval.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations. 

 New Business:

No new business was discussed.

Other Remarks

John explained the layout of tables for the Bourse, Helen invited members to attend a letter writing social event on Wednesday (the 17th) to support deployed troops during the holidays, and Richard suggested that the Club post photographs of Club events (such as the Bourse) on the Club website.  Finally, John distributed a new forever stamp with a coded message and invited members to solve the riddle.

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:17 PM followed by the Bourse.

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Note: Subsequent to the meeting, President John Daniels emailed the membership a list of remaining lots from the Bourse with instructions on how to arrange purchase, if interested in any of the items.

Minutes of October 19, 2021  – Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published 26 October 2021 by tqmchess@aol.com, 10:32 AM

Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Twelve members were present by the end of the meeting. No visitors.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He announced that Steve Matthews was appointed by the Board as Secretary to replace Jimmy Jordan and Bruce Patterson was appointed Member-at-Large to replace Steve Matthews.  Both will serve the term remaining on those positions until 2022 elections.

Richard Porcelli, who was originally going to attend the Postal Customer Council meeting on 5 November, appealed to the Club for a volunteer to replace him.  He is unable to attend the upcoming meeting and tour of the postal facility at Camp Lejeune.  Any volunteers need to contact him by Thursday, 21 October in order to complete the registration process by Friday.  The meeting will be held 10AM to 1230 PM.  The Postal Customer Council (PCC) is a USPS program to “foster a close working relationship between the USPS and commercial mailers”.

Richard also made a cover and presented it to Jimmy Jordan in recognition of his long support as Secretary.  The cachet and “stamp” used was US Scott #1 with Jimmy’s portrait substituted for Benjamin Franklin.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn was not able to present her briefing on the WPS website because we lacked WiFi/Internet access.  Instead, Helen will prepare a handout that is going to be distributed to members via email from the Secretary.

The Acting Secretary reported that there were no new contacts during the past month, Membership stands at 32.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net debit of $16 for the past month with proceeds from the Sales Table last month partially offsetting our $35 rent payment to the Southside Baptist Church.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations.  John distributed a handout with instructions for donations to “Stamps for the Wounded”.  While a lot of material may be accepted, damaged stamps, pen or Sharpie-cancelled stamps, and metered cancellations are not.  John invited members to donate material at the next meeting since he intends to ship donations at the end of November.

The very nice new WPS website is now up and running thanks to Helen’s hard work.

There was a brief discussion of nickel boxes as one member is interested.  John committed to allowing him to review donated stamps and select anything useful. 

A calendar of Club events for 2021 – 2022 was briefly summarized with more details to follow on our website later.

 

  • November will be a Bourse with as many as 100 lots available for purchase. (No bidding necessary – just select the priced lot and pay the Treasurer).
  • December will be a regular meeting featuring a trivia contest with prize and light refreshments. (No sit-down dinner.)
  • January will be a program meeting – topic still open and suggestions encouraged.
  • February will be an auction; members only may bid.
  • March will be Club elections and a brief “show and tell” discussion.
  • April is dedicated to the installation of officers and annual reports by outgoing officers.
  • May will be a Bourse.
  • June will be a program meeting, topic open.
  • July will be another “Christmas in July” picnic.
  • August will be an auction
  • September and October will be program meetings, topics open.
  • November 2022 will be a Bourse.
  • December 2022 (hopefully) will be a Holiday Party at a restaurant.

John reminded members they could place items for sale on a “sale table” at any meeting.

New Business:

John distributed copies of an APS article on “Unsoakable Self-adhesive Stamps” along with an editorial about National Stamp Collecting Month.  Steve also distributed an article on National Stamp Collecting Month published in Carolina Country.

John stated that Bruce will explain the Wreaths Across America program at the next meeting.

John reported that WPS should be able to participate in the April 2022 Azalea Coin Show by hosting a stamp table as in past years (2021 excepted).

There was a brief discussion of using our website to publicize nearby stamp shows or facilitating ridesharing to them.  The Board will look into this suggestion.  Members were also encouraged to submit proposed website content to Steve or John for Board review

John discussed the Board’s interest in finding out if the Southside Baptist Church has any youth/scouting programs for which WPS could provide philatelic support.  Related to that, Hondo Davids reported that he is a Scout Leader and Stamp Merit Badge Counselor for Virginia with an interest in supporting the Cape Fear Area Council.  This may be another opportunity for WPS outreach.

Richard brought up an idea of a special cover or cancellation for scouting.

There being no further new business, Steve moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:49 (second by Helen).

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

Minutes of September 21, 2021 Wilmington Philatelic Society

posted October 14, 2021, 8:20 AM by tqmchess@aol.com

Meeting called to order at 7:03 pm by President John Daniels. Nine members were present. No visitors.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.

Richard Porcelli shared a cover cachet he is going to have serviced for National Postal Customer Council Day Sep 22, 2021. The Postal Customer Council (PCC) is a USPS program to “foster a close working relationship between the USPS and commercial mailers”.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn will present the premier of the new WPS website after the business meeting.

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported that there were no new contacts during the past month, Membership stands at 32. Jimmy also announced his resignation as WPS Secretary.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net gain of $43.20 for the past month. Balance is $3360.88.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations.

The very nice new WPS website is now up and running thanks to Helen’s hard work.

A discussion to re-introduce nickel stamp boxes showed there is very little interest in the boxes.

The annual Club report to the American Philatelic Society has been submitted. The WPS again qualifies for free APS membership due to the number of APS members in the Club. John encouraged membership in the APS.

A calendar of Club events for 2021 – 2022 will be established at the next meeting of the Board.

New Business:

John distributed copies of an APS article on “Unsoakable Self-adhesive Stamps”.

A short discussion about the annual Christmas party resulted in several possible agendas. The subject will be taken up at the next meeting of the Board.

With Jimmy’s resignation the Club is in need of a new Secretary and Board member.

Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.

Richard Porcelli shared a newly published catalog of Computer Vended Postage Stamps.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:49 pm.

Helen Rittersporn presented a tutorial on the features of the new WPS website.

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of August 17, 2021

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Posted October 14, 2021 at 8:43 AM by tqmchess@aol.com [updated 2/11/2022]

Meeting called to order at 7:11 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to our first meeting at Southside Baptist Church.

President John Daniels welcomed and introduced our newest member, David Watts.

Richard Porcelli, now the keeper of the keys, explained the layout of the church building and parking lot.

Our newlyweds, member Bruce Patterson and wife Nancy were presented a congratulatory card and cake.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that her work on the Club’s new website is nearing completion and should be ready for beta testing in a week or two.

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported that Jim Haxby, of Asheville NC, had joined the club and Jim Hickey, who no longer collects had resigned. Members Brian Triplett, Todd Brohaugh, Roger Persichilli, [name removed at request of former member], and Lilian Tompa had been removed from the membership roll due to nonpayment of dues and not responding to Club correspondence.

Treasurer report made by John Daniels in the absence of Tim Snyder. Balance is $3317.68

Old Business:

President John Daniels thanked Richard Porcelli for his lead role in obtaining Southside Baptist Church as our new meeting place.

John announced that we will continue to meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month but some members have conflict and consideration is being given to changing to the 2nd Tuesday. 

John reported that the WPS Christmas in July Picnic, held at Long Leaf Park (Hugh Macrae Park), was a big success. 

John thanked Helen Rittersporn for continuing to mention WPS in her Anchored Scraps blog. In the past 6 years WPS activities or information has be in her blog 20 times.

New Business:

Now that we have a meeting place, John will convene a Board meeting soon.

Auctions, bourses, and the sales/free tables will continue as before.

Jimmy Jordan gave a brief philatelic news update.

Business meeting adjourned at 07:47 pm.

Richard Porcelli gave a program presentation “Every Cover Has a Story”. Some of his life stories and remembrances brought back by seeing old postal covers.

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary

Wilmington Philatelic Society    

Minutes of Meetings 2021

Meeting of June 15, 2021

posted Jun 30, 2021, 8:53 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Jun 30, 2021, 8:56 AM ]

Minutes of June 15, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by Vice President Helen Rittersporn. Only six members were present. Helen welcomed everyone.Helen and Jimmy Jordan spent a few minutes reporting on President John Daniels’ recovery from eye surgery.New member David Watts was introduced. Dave has collected since his teens and comes to us from the Asheville (NC) Stamp Club.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported one new member, David Watts. Membership now stands at 37. Membership renewal is going well with an 80% renewal rate so far. Reminders will be sent to the eight tardy members.Treasurer Tim Snyder was absent. No report.Old Business:            The search for a meeting location continues with two locations being toured in the coming weeks.            Helen is working on changing the Club website to WordPress and will report progress to the Board.           New Business:               Christmas in July, a replacement for the canceled Christmas party, will be held at Long Leaf Park on July 14. This will be our meeting for July. An announcement flyer and RSVP form will be sent to everyone.        Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.Those members present introduced themselves to new member Dave Watts.The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of May 18, 2021

posted Jun 3, 2021, 7:57 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of May 18, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:02 pm by President John Daniels. Fourteen members were present. John welcomed everyone.Helen Rittersporn spent a few minutes explaining Zoom and answering questions about using Zoom.Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that the Port City Peddler may be a possible meeting site. The owner plans to make a meeting room available for public use but the room is not ready yet.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36. Membership renewal is going well with a 70% renewal rate so far.Treasurer Tim Snyder no change in the treasury since last meeting. No income and no expenditures.Old Business:            The search for a meeting location continues. John recently learned that there may be a possibility to use New Hanover County Recreation property for meeting. John will follow up on this lead.            John continues to collect stamps for the veterans will have 8 – 10 pounds to ship this month.            The Board has proposed a Christmas in July social as a replacement for the canceled Christmas party.  John reported that the use of Long Leaf Park is possible and will follow up            The Philatelic Bourse has been very successful and we will have another one when a meeting place is secured.            The club is in need of programs and teaching presentations for our meetings. Volunteers are solicited. See Vice President Helen.New Business:            The stamp dealer that helped John on appraisals and disposition of estates and donated stamps has retired. He was the only dealer in North Carolina that would that would work with John. Other dealers’ charge fees that are unrealistic for our type of material. Hopefully something will work out.Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.Richard Porcelli shared some of his computer vended stamps.Helen shared her recently acquired ventage sewing machine.The meeting was adjourned at 8:07 pm.Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of April 20, 2021

posted Jun 3, 2021, 7:52 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Jun 3, 2021, 7:53 PM ]

Minutes of April 20, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members were present. John welcomed everyone. The Zoom meeting allowed member Matt Stoll and Don Hargy join us from New Jersey and Maryland.With this being our first Zoom meeting Helen Rittersporn spent a few minutes assisting everyone getting settled in. Helen will give more detailed help instructions in a presentation at the next meeting.President John Daniels presented memoriam for Andy Vics and Gene Sauer. Several members shared their memories of our recently passed friends.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36.Membership renewal notices have are tardy due to COVID-19 uncertainties but will be mailed within a week.President John Daniels gave the Treasurer’s report in the absence of Tim Snyder. Treasury balance of $3714.36.President John Daniels gave a brief report on the April 16, 2021 meeting of the Board of Directors. The major item was the Board’s decision, due to the lack of meetings for a year and a half and other COVID-19 related problems, to cancel the Annual Meeting reports and suspend the Annual Election. The current Officers and Board Members will continue to serve.Old Business:            This is our first meeting since November 2020 which was a stamp bourse. The August and November stamp bourses were a great success and plans are to continue having them.            The Wreaths Across America pictorial cancellation project was a success. Bruce Patterson gave a short summation of the project.            The February 2021 Myrtle Beach Stamp Show was cancelled due to COVID and the 2022 show is in jeopardy due to motel remodeling. The WPS did not participate in the Azalea Festival Coin Show due to the short notice of space availability.            The Board proposed a Christmas in July social, possibly a catered picnic at Long Leaf Park. Members expressed approval. Detail to be decided.            Bruce will continue to collect stamps on paper for the veterans and John will continue Andy’s program of collecting stamps off paper for John Hotchner’s Stamps for the Wounded.New Business:            The search for a meeting place continues with several possible opportunities. Any help searching is appreciated.            Please give feed back on the virtual Zoom meeting. We may have to continue meet on Zoom for a while.            John asked for any ideas and/or volunteers for meeting and program presentations.Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.The meeting was adjourned but the Secretary failed to note the time.Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Club Meeting Temporarily Suspended

posted Jan 4, 2021, 12:29 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

As of December 2020, our usual meeting location is no longer available to the Club. The Board of Directors is in the process of locating a new meeting site. The Club will be notified when a new location is secured. 

November 17, 2020 Meeting Changes

posted Nov 11, 2020, 12:15 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Nov 11, 2020, 12:19 PM ]

Five hours after posting the November 17 Stamp Club Meeting Announcement the Governor changed the COVID-19 safety protocol. Indoor group meetings have again been limited to 10 people or less. This make a normal club meeting impractical. The business meeting has been removed from the agenda but the Stamp Bourse will still be held on Tuesday night. The following rules will be followed to ensure compliance with the Governor’s 10-person limit.For everyone’s health and safety the following rules must be observed:1. You must bring a face mask and wear it both inside the meeting room and outside in the parking lot.2. No more than 10 people will be allowed in the meeting room at a time. Controls will be in place at the door to ensure compliance. If the room is full, wait in the parking lot until someone exits. Masks must be worn at all times.3. As a courtesy to other members, no socializing will be allowed in the meeting room. Use your time to peruse the stamps and make your selection. Others may be waiting for you to exit so they may have their turn to enter the bourse. Masks must be worn at all times.4. Socializing will be allowed in the parking lot. The required 6 feet of social distancing must be observed. Masks must be worn at all times.5. Please follow the North Carolina COVID-19 guidelines. If you have been exposed in the last 14 days or you are not feeling well, please stay home.6. There will be hand sanitizer and wipes available. The Club will supply gallon plastic bags for you to take home loose material. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society.

Minutes of Meetings 2020

Meeting of October 20, 2020

posted Nov 17, 2020, 2:45 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of October 20, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society  Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone and reminded us to wear our name tags and sign the attendance sheet.John announced that due to the closing of Scrap and Design the last meeting at this location will be the November meeting. The Board of Directors is searching for a new meeting location.October is Stamp Collecting Month.The Club has received a Thank You card from John Hotchner for stamps donated to the wounded.Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that she is investigating the possible move of the Club website from Google Sites to WordPress.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36.Treasurer Tim Snyder reported the Club made $327.98 at the August Stamp Bourse. Treasury balance of $3126.55.Old Business:   Everyone needs to be searching for a new meeting place.   The December Christmas Party meeting has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A summer event is a possible alternative.   Richard Porcelli and Bruce Patterson reported on the progress being made on the December 19, 2020 Wreaths Across America special pictorial postmark. New Business:     John reported on the June 16, 202 meeting of the Board of Directors.    The November meeting will be a Stamp Bourse.Jimmy Jordan presented a few items of philatelic news.Meeting adjourned at 7:25 pm.Jimmy Jordan presented a program on watermarks and watermarking stamps. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of September 15, 2020

posted Oct 5, 2020, 12:16 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of September 15, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the first meeting since February by taking a few minutes for everyone to become re-acquainted and tell how they had coped with the Covid-19 pandemic.Annual Meeting reports were given by the Club Officers and the 2020-2021 Club Officers were sworn in. The abbreviated Annual Meeting was necessary due to the April meeting being canceled by Covid-19 restrictions.Old Business:  The March 2020 through August 2020 meetings had been canceled due to Covid-19.  John reported that the August walk-thru Stamp Bourse was a big success.  Bruce Patterson and Richard Porcelli reported on their pictorial cancellation project for Wreaths Across America.  Participation in the Lower Cape Fear Coin Show was canceled.  Donn Ebert has announced cancelation of the 2021 Myrtle Beach Stamp Show. New Business:  John reported on the June 16, 202 meeting of the Board of Directors. A charitable donation of $100 in the name of Shelly Holt, our landlord, was authorized. The donation is in lieu of rent.  The December Christmas Party was discussed. There is a real possibility that the party will be canceled because of Covid-19 restrictions and probable low attendance.  John announced that the November 2020 meeting will be the last at our current meeting location. Our landlord is not renewing her lease on the building. A search for a new location will begin.  The Stamp Bourses was well received and there will likely be others held in the future.  The remaining 2020 calendar of events and the possibility of virtual meetings were discussed but everything is on hold until after the virus pandemic and a new meeting place is found.  John announced that Howard Loving has donated Elisabeth’s stamp collection to the Club and asked that it be distributed to the membership. John will develop a system of distribution. Jimmy Jordan presented a few items of philatelic news. Meeting adjourned Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of August 18, 2020

posted Aug 19, 2020, 10:27 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of August 18, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society A normal sit-down meeting could not be held because of COVID-19 restrictions on meeting size and the need for proper social distancing. A Stamp Bourse was held in place of a meeting. Display tables were filled with a large number of stamps, covers, albums, and philatelic supplies. Some lots were free and others were for sale at very reasonable prices. All of the lots came from the Club’s accumulation of donated material and all proceeds benefited the Club’s Treasury. In accordance with North Carolina Covid -19 guidelines and for the health and safety of all attendees, only ten people were allowed in the stamp room at a time and face masks were required. Everyone appeared to fine items for their collections and a lot of stamps found new homes. A total of 12 members attend the bourse. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society 

Minutes of July 21, 2020 Meeting

posted Aug 19, 2020, 9:37 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of July 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society July 21, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of June 16, 2020

posted Aug 19, 2020, 9:35 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of June 16, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society June 16, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of May 19, 2020

posted Aug 19, 2020, 9:26 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Aug 19, 2020, 9:27 AM ]

Minutes of May 19, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society May 19, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of April 21, 2020

posted May 11, 2020, 7:56 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of April 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society April 21, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The April 21, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of March 17, 2020

posted Mar 21, 2020, 9:26 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Aug 19, 2020, 9:33 AM ]

Minutes of March 17, 2020Wilmington Philatelic SocietyMarch 17, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed.

Meeting of February 18, 2020

posted Feb 20, 2020, 1:54 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of February 18, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society

Updated by tqmchess@aol.com 2/11/2022, 7:44 AM

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Nineteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The meeting is an Auction and the sign-in sheet determines the order in which lots are auctioned. Due to the auction, there is no “Free” table tonight.Vice President Report: Andy Vics shared a 1954 post card given to him by member John Valentino. The card was a thank you note for stamps donated to the Stamps for the Wounded program. The message on the card was almost identical to the present day thank you notes the Club receives for donating to the program. Andy encouraged all members to check, and read, the WPS website often. All club announcements and news items are posted on the website making it a valuable source of information. This is even more important now that the seems to be some kind of restriction on sending large emails to the Club.Secretary Report: Two new membership applications have been received through the website. Both applicants are attending tonight’s meeting and hopefully will join the Club. Current membership remains 37.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2504.86.Old Business: The Myrtle Beach Stamp Show was well attended by WPS members. Eight to ten members attended. There were a few stamp dealers and a number of cover and post card dealers at the show. Remember the Cape Fear Azalea Festival Coin Show April 4-5. The Club will have a display table at the show and volunteers are needed to represent the Club. One of Helen Rittersporn’s recent blog posts was about cover collecting and contained links to the WPS website. Helen’s blogs often promote stamp collecting and the WPS. The results of the Auction Want List survey has been distributed to the Club. This should assist auction sellers in presenting lots that have a higher probability of selling.New Business: The March 17 meeting will be the annual nomination and election of officers. Our two visitors, [name removed] and Robert Valik of Leland, joined the Club by payment of dues.Meeting adjourned at 07:30 pm.A Farewell Cake and Ice Cream Party was held for founding charter member Wendell Triplett. Wendell signed the WPS American Philatelic Society Charter Application in 1984! He was also the Club Treasurer for several decades. Wendell is moving to Baltimore to be closer to family members.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn, with the assistance of Robert Valik, conducted a very successful club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Meeting of January 21, 2020

posted Feb 4, 2020, 6:18 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of January 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic SocietyThe meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm by President John Daniels. Seventeen members and one visitor, Dave Malkmus of Carolina Beach, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. He also reminded everyone that the WPS Calendar on the website has been updated for 2020 and the Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Stamp Show is Saturday and Sunday February 8-9. Flyers for the show are available.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson reported on the success of the Wreath Across America program. Gene Sauer reported that Pearsall Church, our old meeting place, is under contract and may sell soon.Vice President Report: Shipped 5 pounds of stamps to the Stamps for Veterans program. A total of 68 pounds has be shipped so far. He is accepting donations for the May 2020 shipment.Secretary Report: No new contacts, membership inquirers, or membership applications received. Current membership remains 36. The collection of 2020 dues has started.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current Treasury balance is $2264.86 after paying Hieronymus Seafood $805.00 for the Christmas party.Old Business: The Club’s Christmas Holiday Party at Hieronymus Seafood was successful. The Linn’s list of brick and mortar stamp stores is now up to 84. Wendel Triplett was presented with a framed Life Membership certificate. Wendell announced that he would soon be moving to the Baltimore Maryland area.New Business: The Azalea Festival Coin Show is April 4-5, 2020. The Club will have a presence at the show. The March meeting will be election of club officers with the instillation of officers at the April meeting. Jimmy reported items of philatelic news.The February meeting will be a Club auction.Meeting adjourned at 7:36Steve Matthews presented a program on identification of reprinted stamps and how he finds the research and study of his stamps interesting and fun.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Minutes of Meetings 2019

Meeting of November 19, 2019

posted Nov 24, 2019, 1:38 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of November 19, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:10 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the first meeting at the Scrap and Design Center, our new meeting location.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The meeting is an Auction and the sign-in sheet determines the order in which lots are auctioned. Due to the auction, there is no “Free” table. The Christmas party will again be at Hieronymus Seafood on Wednesday December 11. The menu and details will be emailed in a few days. Please RSVP.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson informed us that the Wreath Across America program is exceeding expectations but is still accepting donations.Vice President Report: The next shipment of donated Stamps for Veterans will be mailed Friday. He is accepting donations for the May 2020 shipment.Secretary Report: One new contact and membership inquiry received but no new applications. Current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2974.66.  Old Business: The Club’s annual Christmas Holiday Party is December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood. There is no charge for members. Guest pay $20.00. Let the Secretary know if you plan to attend and if a guest will attend. Headcount for the restaurant is needed by December 3. Program and presentation volunteers are needed for the 2020 meeting calendar. See Andy Vics if you can help.  New Business: The Club library is now located in John Daniels garage. An inventory shows a number of missing books. Please return any overdue books. Several items were approved at the recent Board Meeting. Certificates will be presented to our two active Life Members, Gene Sauer and Wendell Triplett, at the Christmas Party. John Daniels will check into the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club’s offer for floor space at the 2020 Cape Fear Coin Show.Jimmy reported items of philatelic news.The next meeting is the annual Christmas Party on Wednesday December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood.Meeting adjourned.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn conducted a very successful club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

October 8, 2019 Meeting

posted Oct 30, 2019, 11:18 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of October 8, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Seventeen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of items were placed on the club “Free” table. The Christmas party will again be at Hieronymus Seafood on Wednesday December 11. Details at the November meeting. This was the last meeting at Pearsall Church. The November meeting will be the first at our new meeting place Scrap and Design Center, Judges Road, Wilmington. Maps to the new meeting location were available.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson informed us of the Wreath Across America program which is accepting donations. Helen Rittersporn suggested the club do something to honor Nancy Pope who died August 30, 2019. Nancy was the Head Curator of the History Department of the National Postal Museum. The suggestion will be discussed at the next meeting of the Board of Directors. 
Vice President Report: A map and directions to the new meeting location have been place on the club website.
Secretary Report: No new contacts or membership applications. Current membership remains 36.
Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2868.96.
Old Business: The club encourages members to support the hobby through APS membership. Beginning with the November meeting we will meet on the THIRD Tuesday of the month at the Scrap and Design Center, 311 Judges Rd, Unit 2B, Wilmington, NC. The retired CANADA box of stamps will be added to the general accumulation of stamps available to the membership. John reminded us that he had received inquiries from two ladies with stamp collections for sale. See John for details.   
New Business: Linn’s Stamp News is compiling a list of “brick and mortar” stamps stores in the USA. This is an ongoing list and new stores will be added as discovered. There are none in North Carolina. The Myrtle Beach Stamp Show is coming up in February 2020. Details will be announced. It is time to fill the 2020 Meeting Calendar with presentations. Contact Andy if you would like to volunteer.
Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news. 
The next meeting is Tuesday November 19 at the Scrap and Design Center. This will be a club auction.
Meeting adjourned.
Richard Porcelli demonstrated a method to soak self-adhesive stamps off paper and Jimmy Jordan demonstrated soaking, drying, and pressing the older “lick n stick” stamps off paper. 
Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

September 10, 2019 Meeting

posted Sep 14, 2019, 1:33 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Sep 14, 2019, 1:35 PM ]

Minutes of September 10, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of items will be placed on the club “Free” table but not until after Helen’s presentation. The October 8, 2019 meeting will be held at the church and will be the last meeting held at Pearsall.Floor Remarks: Richard Porcelli commented on the American Philatelist article about the stamp hobby is not dying but is evolving. This started a lively discussion about the changing nature of the stamp collecting hobby and philatelic marketplace. Ebay is now the market place for most collectors and is setting the prices for most philatelic sales. The public now uses the web and social media as their main means of conducting business, communication, and entertainment. Our club needs to accept this change and broaden our approach to stamp collecting and public outreach. Helen’s presentation will address this very subject.Vice President Report: We need volunteers to make presentations at upcoming meetings. Donation for Stamps for the Wounded are being accepted. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: No new contacts or membership applications. Current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2896.66.Old Business: The club encourages members to support the hobby through APS membership. Helen Rittersporn and Lloyd MacAskill are our newest APS members. The search for a new meeting place is over, at least for the time being. Beginning with the November meeting we will meet on the THIRD Tuesday of the month at the Scrap and Design Center, 311 Judges Rd, Unit 2B, Wilmington, NC. Adequate driving directions will be provided later.New Business: Elaine Herzog and Juanita Sizemore contacted John about collections they have for sale. Both collections are US stamps and First Day Covers. See John for contact information. The club’s annual Christmas Social at Hieronymus Seafood is rapidly approaching Details will be available soon. The October meeting is an “Open” meeting. Please bring philatelic items to share with the club. Jimmy Jordan will hold a Stamp Soaking Clinic for those who are interested.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news. He also shared a personal experience with bank fraud. Someone was able to print completely bogus checks using Jimmy’s bank routing number and account number and then make a purchase. Jimmy discovered the fraud immediately and, with the help of his bank, was able to close the old account and open a new one. Although he suffered no financial loss the aggravation of the modern electronic banking system is almost overwhelming. It takes one to two pay cycles (i.e. months) for changes to direct deposits and automatic drafts to become effective. Until the changeover to the new account is complete, Jimmy has to monitor his accounts and make daily authorization (or not) phone calls to the bank.  All are reminded to review your financial accounts daily!    The next meeting is Tuesday October 8, 2019 at the church. This will be an “Open” meeting along with Jimmy’s stamp soaking clinic.Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.Helen Rittersporn presented the program “My 10 Favorite Anchored Scraps.com Blog Posts on Stamp Collecting”. Helen actively promotes old fashion letter writing with her blog and often finds ways to incorporate stamps and stamp collecting in her posts. Well Done Helen!Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

August 13, 2019 Meeting

posted Aug 14, 2019, 2:14 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of August 13, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and one visitor, Carol Noll, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The September meeting will most likely be at the church. The search for a new meeting place continues with the most promising place being the Scrap and Design building at 311 Judges Rd. The club will be notified as new information develops. The “Free Table” returns next meeting.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson announced that the VA Center is forming a veteran’s memorabilia display area and is looking for donations of material.Vice President Report: Donations are still being accepted Stamps for the Wounded. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: One new contact was received via the website this month. Edward Caropreso wanted a stamp collection appraised for an estate probate. John assisted Edward. Todd Brohaugh joined after the July meeting and Butch Minnick resigned due to relocating to Virginia. Membership remains at 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2857.56.Old Business: The search for a new meeting place is ongoing. The church is now closed but we can continue to meet here until the property is sold. Please pay attention to any email notices for updates. Last month’s retirement of the Nickel Boxes proved to be a good idea as an inspection of the remaining stamps revealed mostly poor-quality material. The Canada Box has been well search by the membership and is also being retired. Two members have recently joined the American Philatelic Society (APS). The APS offers a number of benefits its members and is well worth joining. The WPS also benefits because as long as we maintain a specified percentage of APS members the club received free APS Club membership.New Business: The APS has issued a SCAM ALERT. People claiming to be from the APS are soliciting to buy collections for a fee. The APS does not buy collections!Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is September 10, 2019. Helen Rittersporn will make a presentation on the world of blogging.Meeting adjourned at 7:38 pm.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn conduct a club auction following the meeting.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

July 9, 2019 Meeting

posted Jul 14, 2019, 8:47 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of July 9, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of donated items were placed on the club “Free” and “For Sale” tables. The “Fill a Bag” box of free stamps is available.In Memoriam: Richard Porcelli and Andy Vics shared some of their remembrances of Michelle Long.Floor Remarks: Richard Porcelli reported on Tineye.com, a reverse image search program. Upload an image and the program will tell you where the image appears on the web.Vice President Report: A thank you note was received from John Hotchner in recognition of the club’s donation to Stamps for the Wounded. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: One member reinstated his membership and Butch Minnick resigned due to his relocation to Virginia. Current membership is 35. The club’s annual Chapter Report has been submitted to the APS. The club meets the minimum requirements for free chapter dues.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2830.16.Old Business: The search for a new meeting place is ongoing. The church is now closed but we can continue to meet here until the property is sold. Please pay attention to any email notices for updates. Due to the flood of donated free stamps, the Nickel Boxes have become obsolete and have been withdrawn from circulation. The Nickel Boxes will be reinstated if the demand returns.New Business: NoneJimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is August 13, 2019 and will be an Auction.Meeting adjourned.Visitor Todd Brohaugh joined the club. Welcome Todd! Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

June 11, 2109 Meeting

posted Jun 12, 2019, 3:53 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of June 11, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of donated items were placed on the club “Free” and “For Sale” tables.Floor Remarks:   Sandy Montalto suggested that a meeting be dedicated to helping members identifying stamps. Richard Porcelli said that there was a website that could match scans/photos of items to other items on the web and may be useful in identifying stamps. He could not remember the exact name of the site.Vice President Report: Another four pounds of stamps has been shipped to Stamps for the Wounded. This brings the total to 63 pounds of stamps donated in four years. The contact bridge on the club website use to contact club officers has be upgraded to a secure link. The change adds another layer of security to the link.Secretary Report: We have received one new application for membership through the website. Membership is pending payment of dues. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2801.36.Old Business: Fresh material has been added to the Nickel Boxes and members are encouraged to take a look. A motion to accept the amendments to the By-Laws proposed at the May meeting was made and seconded. The motion passed by voice vote. There were no nay votes.New Business: John announced to the club that Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church is closing and the property will be sold. A search for a new meeting place is underway and the membership was asked to assist finding a location. The church will close on June 30, 2019 but a tentative agreement with the church will allow us continued use of the room until the property is actually sold. WPS Board member Andy Vics nominated Gene Sauer for Life Member in recognition of her many years of service to the club. The nomination was seconded and passed by voice vote. There were no nay votes.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is July 9, 2019 and will be an Open meeting.Meeting adjourned.Following the business meeting, Lillian Tompa gave a presentation of Fancy Cancels. Her presentation encouraged an interesting discussion of fancy cancels with significant audience participation.Jimmy Jordan gave a short show and tell on the cover cachet art work of J. R, Hemenway.Membership applicant Shonda Asaad became our newest member upon payment of dues.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

May 14, 2019 Meeting

posted May 20, 2019, 6:35 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of May 14, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Twenty-two members and one visitor, Norman Levesque, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A large donation of stamps has been received. Many of the items will show up on the Free Table. Reminder that next meeting will be a Show & Tell. Lillian will present some fancy cancels. Others will have the opportunity to show interesting items as well. Last call for stamp donations for Steve Matthew’s Leland school project. Reminder for all auction sellers to properly describe and mark lots.Officers’ ReportsVice President: The accumulated Stamps for the Wounded will be mailed next week. The next shipment is planned for November. A “Closed Album Page” has been added to the Club website. This page has been added as a remembrance of deceased members.Secretary Report: No new contacts or prospects. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Current Treasury balance $2787.73.Director at Large Report: No repostOld Business: Reminder that we have “nickel stamp boxes” available to help build your collection. Discovered that the printer of the recently acquired Club table top banner mistakenly made two banners. We received two banners for the price of one. Helen Rittersporn was reimbursed the cost of the banner. Jimmy Jordan presented the Board of Directors proposed changes to the Club By-Laws.New Business: Helen Rittersporn was introduced as the Club’s new auctioneer. Bruce Patterson was thanked for his work as auctioneer the past few years. The Club received a stamp donation from UNCW Professor James Hunt. Professor Hunt was hired by our former Club President Lee Sherman.The next meeting is June 11, 2019 and will be a club show and tell.Meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm.Helen conducted her first auction after the meeting.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

April 9, 2019 Meeting

posted May 20, 2019, 6:31 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of April 9, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The club presence at the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club show April 6-7 received a lot of attention. This is our 35th anniversary meeting with the club being chartered on March 31, 1984. The recent passing of several club members was remembered.Annual Meeting ReportsPresident: Review of the past year along with expectations and goals for the coming year.Vice President: Another good year for donations to Stamps for the Wounded. Fifty-nine pounds of stamps have been donated in four years.Secretary Report: The club website is very important with numerous news items, meeting announcements, and new issue announcements. Almost 100% of new contacts originate with the website. Seven new members joined during the past year, lost one member due to her death, and four members failed to renew their membership. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Past years income from all sources $2000.76. Expenditures $1442.75. Net income $564.01. Major expenditures were the Christmas Party, meeting room rent, and hurricane relief charitable donation. Current Treasury balance $2726.40.Director at Large Report: Introduced a cachet and Computer Stamp commemorating her 1500th daily blog post. The stamp and cachet were designed by club member Richard Porcelli.Old Business: Final report on the Myrtle Beach Stamp Show and the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Show. The new table top Club Banner designed and procured by Helen Rittersporn was introduced. Steve Matthews reported on his Lincoln Elementary School (Leland, NC) project and requested stamp donations. John suggested the importance and benefits of APS membership.New Business: Jimmy Jordan nominated club founding member Wendell Triplett for Honorary Life Membership. The nomination was seconded and carried by a unanimous vote.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.-*+The next meeting is May 14, 2019 and will be a club auction.Meeting adjourned.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

March 12, 2019 Meeting

posted May 20, 2019, 6:24 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of March 12, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members and three visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting. President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The Lower Cape Fear Coin Club show is April 6-7 and volunteers are needed to staff the WPS table. The next club meeting is April 9 and will be the Annual Meeting with installation of officers. Gene Sauer brought a sheet cake to share with everyone.   John opened the floor for the nomination of club officers for 2019. Bob Doleman nominated the current slate of officers, with second by Gene Sauer. There being no other nominations John declared John Daniels, President; Andy Vics, Vice President; Jimmy Jordan, Secretary; Tim Snyder, Treasurer; Helen Rittersporn, Director at Large; and Richard Porcelli, Director Past President elected as provided in the Club By-Laws.Vice President Report:   The next mailing of stamps for the veterans will be in May.Secretary Report:   The annual membership renewal drive will end March 31. Ninety percent of the membership have renewed. Two membership applications are pending. Current membership 37. Treasurer Report:   Dues payments, auction sales, and auction fees have brought the treasury balance to $2612.95.Old Business:   The February Auction was one of the most successful every. The Board of Directors has decided to table the suggestion to establish a sales and swap committee. Dave Mork’s moving “give-away” is still available with boxes full of collectable items. The “nickel stamp boxes” are available and a mint US box is being considered.New Business:    John reported on the February 27, 2019 Board of Directors meeting. Steve Matthews told us about his stamps for education project with the Lincoln Elementary School in Leland. To match countries being studied by the students he needs stamps from Malawi, Egypt, Japan, Italy, Australia, and India. Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is April 9, 2109.Meeting adjourned.Our three visitors, Lloyd MacAskill, Ron Rowan, and Steve Sikorski joined the club. All three gentlemen found the club through our website.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

February 12, 2019 Meeting

posted May 20, 2019, 6:20 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of February 12, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The nominations and election of club officers will be held at the March meeting.Vice President Report:   Donations of stamps for the veterans are welcome. Next shipment will be sent in April.Secretary Report:   Membership dues renewal cycle is going well with 75% of the membership paid. Butch Minnick, of Hampstead, joint the club. Current membership is 37.Treasurer Report:   Tim reported payment of $300 rent to the church for the 2018 meetings. Current balance is $1825.50.Old Business:   A request to enter non-philatelic items into the club auctions had been received. The auctions are for philatelic items only. Two important meetings: March will be the election of club officers and April will be the Annual Meeting with state of the club reports from the officers. Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Show is April 5-6. The WPS will have a table and volunteers are needed. A number of members attended the Myrtle Beach Stamp Show.New Business:    Member David Mork has a large amount of covers, album pages, and other items he needs to dispose of. See David for details. Tonight’s auction contains a number of donated lots will all proceeds going to the club. John reported that he had assisted a collector sell his stamps. This resulted in a $250 donation to the club from the collector and a $100 finder’s fee donation from the dealer.     John told us about a man using non-denominated 10 cent Christmas Stamps from 1975 to mail his Christmas cards with none being rejected for postage due. Jimmy reported the new stamp issues for February and other philatelic news.The next meeting is March 12, 2019 and will be the election of officers.Meeting adjourned at 7:20.Auctioneer Bruce Patterson conducted the club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society

January 8, 2019 Meeting

posted May 20, 2019, 6:16 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of January 8, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed Visitor Bert Elam to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. Our annual Christmas Social meeting on December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant was a success. The next club meeting is February 12th and will be a club auction. Flyers for the February Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Stamp Show were made available. Vice President Report:   The club website has been updated to reflect the 2019 schedule. The next mailing of stamps for the veterans will be in May.Secretary Report:   One person has contacted the club about possible membership. The current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report:   The total expense for the Christmas Party was $782.50. Ticket sales amounted to $475.00 with the remaining $307.50 paid by the club. Treasury balance $2125.39.Old Business:   Nothing but positive comments about the Christmas Party. John suggests that next year’s party be held on Wednesday to avoid the conflct with the Wilmington Ski Club party held on Tuesday. Gene reported that the church yard sale held in December made $1200 for the church. Jon reminded everyone that the club website had been updated to reflect the information gleaned from the recent membership survey. Program Chairman Andy Vics asked for volunteers to present programs and Lilian said she would make a presentation of Fancy Cancels in September. John will again ask Lori Stehlin, of the Wilmington Post Office, to attend a club meeting.New Business:    John announced the agenda for the next few months include an Auction in February, nomination of officers in March, and the Annual Meeting in April. Jimmy reminded us that 2019 dues are now payable and a payment letter will be going out soon. John asked for donation of any S&H Green Stamps members may have. They are still redeemable! John thanked our visitor, Bert Elam, for donating a collection to the club. Lilian Tompa shared a box of FDCs.Jimmy reported on the upcoming January 27, 2019 USPS rate increase and several other philatelic news items.The next meeting is February 12, 2109 and will be a club auction.Meeting adjourned.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Archives previous meeting minutes 2014, 2011

May 13, 2014

posted May 14, 2014, 2:11 PM by Andy Vics   [ updated May 15, 2014, 6:51 AM ]

Minutes of May 13, 2014

Wilmington Philatelic Society

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by president Andy Vics. 

Sixteen members were present. There were no guests.

Minutes of the April 8 meeting were made available in printed form. The minutes will no longer be read. The minutes of previous meetings are also accessible on our Web site and can be e-mailed or sent to members by USPS when requested. 

Reports:

Vice president – nothing to report.

Treasurer – Club account balance is $691.95

Secretary – Absent

Member at Large – Absent

Old business:  None

New business: None

Andy announced that our club was recognized in an article titled “Wilmington’s Mrs. Whistler” in the May 2014 issue of Wrightsville Beach Magazine. Members Jimmy Jordan and Richard Porcelli provided covers to be used in the article.

Member Bob Doleman suggested we explore starting a Silent Auction to speed up our auctions. Discussion followed but no firm decision was made.

The next meeting will be June 10, 2014. This will be an open meeting.

The meeting was adjourned.

A club auction conducted by Matt Stoll followed the club business meeting.

Submitted by:

Andy Vics, President

posted Mar 11, 2011, 2:15 PM by Andy Vics   [ updated Mar 11, 2011, 2:16 PM ]

Minutes of March 8, 2011

posted Mar 8, 2011 8:55 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of March 8, 2011

Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President Andy Vics with 18 members and three visitors in attendance. Andy announced that a new website for the club had been established and encouraged everyone to use it. This site will be the main avenue of communications for the club. A cabinet has been place in the storage room of the church fellowship hall. The club’s library, name tags, and miscellaneous forms will be kept in the cabinet. Andy asked everyone to read the club’s Constitution and By-Laws before the next meeting and be ready to discuss and vote on any changes that may be needed. To correct an oversight in January’s election, a Member at Large needs to be elected to the Board of Directors. Nominations and a vote will be held during the meeting in April. A discussion of the Membership Survey conducted in November 2008 is also planned.

 

Lee Sherman submitted his resignation from the office of Vice President. Lee regrets having to resign, but must due to the demands of caring for his wife Fran. Nominations and a vote for a new Vice President will be held during the meeting in April.

 

Treasurer Wendell Tripplet reported that the club is in a sound financial condition, but the rent for use of the meeting room is due. It is important that dues for 2011 be paid promptly.

 

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported plans are being made with the Myrtle Beach Stamp Club for our spring joint meeting. The meeting will be on Saturday, April 16 at the Spring House Restaurant in North Myrtle Beach. Final plans and arrangements will be announced at our April meeting.

 

With no additional business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned. A club auction followed the meeting.

 

The next scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.

 

Submitted by:

 

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary

Wilmington Philatelic Society

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January 18, Meeting Minutes  

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 20 January 2022, 10:52 AM

Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Twelve members were present. No visitors attended the meeting.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He made brief announcements regarding our activities for the evening and our next meeting on 15 February (Auction).

Open Forum

There were no comments during the Open Forum.

Officer Reports

Helen Rittersporn had nothing new to report as Vice President.

Steve stated that the two new members had paid dues for the next year, and our membership stood at 33.  Annual dues renewal letters will be mailed in February.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net increase of $69.01 for the past month with proceeds from the Bourse offsetting the $35 rent payment to the church and other expenses. 

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations. 

John announced that Hondo Davids won the trivia contest in December.  He was presented with a certificate and a prize.

John and Helen will look into additional charitable organizations to whom we could donate stamps. John also indicated that the next Board meeting would likely be held at the church, and the Pastor will be invited to attend so we can learn more about how WPS might assist youth programs related to stamp collecting.

Richard handed out special Camp Lejeune cancelled covers that used stamps he donated.  Thank you, Richard!

Sandy will talk to the Subway Stamp Company about the possibility of the Club submitting bulk orders for supplies.

John reminded members of the Azalea Coin Show on 9-10 April because WPS will operate a stamp table as we have done in the past.  Members were invited to participate.

The March meeting will include the election of officers, and all members were encouraged to consider running for office.

John encouraged members to look at the remaining Bourse lots after the business meeting.  Unsold lots will be saved for future Auction or Bourse meetings.

 New Business:

The February meeting will be an Auction.  Auction sheets (two copies needed) and instructions are available at the WPS website.  Members may submit up to 10 lots.  Arrive early next month as the order of the lots in the Auction will be based on the sign-in order.

The March meeting will include the election of officers and then a presentation by Helen on the American Topical Association.

Richard pointed out that the last issue of the USPS Biweekly Bulletin recognized WPS for their contribution of the Camp Lejeune cancellations (Kudos Richard!!)

World of Philately

 Jimmy shared an email he received from Wendell Triplett’s daughter regarding his current activities in a Maryland retirement community.  The letter offered a lot of detail about Wendell’s life and was very touching.

 Other Remarks

John shared information about our two new members along with Fred Pyatt, a current member who now resides in Florida.

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:37 PM.

Program

Helen briefly explained the Christmas Philatelic Society, a chapter within the American Philatelic Society.  Using a spiffy, colored handout, Helen walked the Club through the information she gained during a December 2021 virtual meeting.

Following Helen’s presentation, members made last minute purchases from the Bourse remainders before departing the meeting.

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary,
Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

December 21, 2021 Meeting Minutes 

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 4 January 2022, 4:56 pm

Meeting called to order at 7:10 PM by President John Daniels. Eleven members were present including our newest member, Martin Meyerson. No visitors attended.  In the acting secretary’s absence, the minutes were taken and compiled by members of the Board.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded those present about masking and social distancing.  He made brief announcements about the stamp trivia quiz and light refreshments. Richard and Carolyn Porcelli, Helen and John set up and provisioned the refreshment areas for the members to enjoy after the business meeting.

Martin Meyerson was introduced and he told us of his interest in joining and his collection pursuits.

John requested members to come forward to volunteer for a possible philatelic presentation at the January meeting (January 18th).

John asked Bruce to update the members on the success of the Wreaths Across America effort (Bruce – magnificent!); asked Richard to update the members on the Porcelli-designed special Camp LeJeune cancellation (which the USPS approved and then neglected to publish in the first December Postal Bulletin); and asked Richard to briefly biography our recently deceased 98 year old Life Member, Lee Sherman ( who was active in our Club before most of our current members joined).

     – LeJeune cancellation – the submission period has been extended into February due to the USPS Postal Bulletin omission. Note: Sandy Montalto agreed to underwrite the cost of postage placed on LeJeune posted covers of those attending the meeting, and Richard inventoried the members present

     – Lee Shernan’s write-up will be placed in the “In Memoriam” section of the Club website in January

Officer Reports

Helen briefly encouraged members to utilize the new website and watch for continuing changes and updates. There was no Secretary’s report. The Treasurer indicated that the next report will be in January after the bourse receipts are fully in hand. Balance currently remains over $3000.

Old Business

John explained that we had a nice thank-you note from Stamps For The Wounded for our early December donation of another 9.5 pounds of US and worldwide off-paper stamps. Bruce is still accumulating on-paper material, as the Daughters of the Confederacy is not accepting material due to the outsized needs of covid-related activities.

Bourse results will be explained at the January meeting

Free & Sales tables will again be available at the January meeting. John reminded members that a member may place material on either table, not just the Club.

New Business

John explained a little about the APS Expertizing Program and brought a handful of APS expertizing applications for members with interest to take and use

Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Show 2022 – NOT being held

Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Azalea Festival Coin Show is being held the weekend of April 9 & 10 at the Elks facility on Oleander Drive. WPS will have a courtesy table at the show both days. John requested volunteers to come forward to man our table AM/PM both days

The APS/American Air Mail Society notified the Club of a holiday gift offer of free books/literature. John passed the offer around to attending members. No interest.

John reminded members of the March nomination/election of Officers/Board Member-at-Large and the Annual Meeting in April and the potential Club picnic in July.

The Business Meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM

November 16, 2021 Meeting Minutes 

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 22 November 2021, 12:30 PM

 Meeting called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members were present by the end of the meeting. No visitors attended the meeting.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He made brief announcements regarding our activity for the evening (the Bourse) and our next meeting on 21 December.

Open Forum

Bruce Patterson announced he was accepting donations for Wreaths Across America throughout the meeting ($15/wreath).  He also reported that about 60% of the Wilmington veteran gravestones were accounted for.

Richard Porcelli suggested that the Club investigate any “free” newspapers for a possible way of publicizing WPS. 

Officer Reports

Helen Rittersporn encouraged members to visit our website and explained that the Board will continue updating and improving it.

Steve stated that there were no new member contacts or membership cancellations.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net debit of $31.70 for the past month with proceeds from stamp sales partially offsetting the $35 rent payment to the church.  The Club’s balance remains over $3,000.

Richard Porcelli showed a proposed Marine Corps cancellation that he has submitted through channels for approval.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations. 

 New Business:

No new business was discussed.

Other Remarks

John explained the layout of tables for the Bourse, Helen invited members to attend a letter writing social event on Wednesday (the 17th) to support deployed troops during the holidays, and Richard suggested that the Club post photographs of Club events (such as the Bourse) on the Club website.  Finally, John distributed a new forever stamp with a coded message and invited members to solve the riddle.

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:17 PM followed by the Bourse.

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Note: Subsequent to the meeting, President John Daniels emailed the membership a list of remaining lots from the Bourse with instructions on how to arrange purchase, if interested in any of the items.

Minutes of October 19, 2021  – Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published 26 October 2021 by tqmchess@aol.com, 10:32 AM

Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Twelve members were present by the end of the meeting. No visitors.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He announced that Steve Matthews was appointed by the Board as Secretary to replace Jimmy Jordan and Bruce Patterson was appointed Member-at-Large to replace Steve Matthews.  Both will serve the term remaining on those positions until 2022 elections.

Richard Porcelli, who was originally going to attend the Postal Customer Council meeting on 5 November, appealed to the Club for a volunteer to replace him.  He is unable to attend the upcoming meeting and tour of the postal facility at Camp Lejeune.  Any volunteers need to contact him by Thursday, 21 October in order to complete the registration process by Friday.  The meeting will be held 10AM to 1230 PM.  The Postal Customer Council (PCC) is a USPS program to “foster a close working relationship between the USPS and commercial mailers”.

Richard also made a cover and presented it to Jimmy Jordan in recognition of his long support as Secretary.  The cachet and “stamp” used was US Scott #1 with Jimmy’s portrait substituted for Benjamin Franklin.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn was not able to present her briefing on the WPS website because we lacked WiFi/Internet access.  Instead, Helen will prepare a handout that is going to be distributed to members via email from the Secretary.

The Acting Secretary reported that there were no new contacts during the past month, Membership stands at 32.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net debit of $16 for the past month with proceeds from the Sales Table last month partially offsetting our $35 rent payment to the Southside Baptist Church.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations.  John distributed a handout with instructions for donations to “Stamps for the Wounded”.  While a lot of material may be accepted, damaged stamps, pen or Sharpie-cancelled stamps, and metered cancellations are not.  John invited members to donate material at the next meeting since he intends to ship donations at the end of November.

The very nice new WPS website is now up and running thanks to Helen’s hard work.

There was a brief discussion of nickel boxes as one member is interested.  John committed to allowing him to review donated stamps and select anything useful. 

A calendar of Club events for 2021 – 2022 was briefly summarized with more details to follow on our website later.

 

  • November will be a Bourse with as many as 100 lots available for purchase. (No bidding necessary – just select the priced lot and pay the Treasurer).
  • December will be a regular meeting featuring a trivia contest with prize and light refreshments. (No sit-down dinner.)
  • January will be a program meeting – topic still open and suggestions encouraged.
  • February will be an auction; members only may bid.
  • March will be Club elections and a brief “show and tell” discussion.
  • April is dedicated to the installation of officers and annual reports by outgoing officers.
  • May will be a Bourse.
  • June will be a program meeting, topic open.
  • July will be another “Christmas in July” picnic.
  • August will be an auction
  • September and October will be program meetings, topics open.
  • November 2022 will be a Bourse.
  • December 2022 (hopefully) will be a Holiday Party at a restaurant.

John reminded members they could place items for sale on a “sale table” at any meeting.

New Business:

John distributed copies of an APS article on “Unsoakable Self-adhesive Stamps” along with an editorial about National Stamp Collecting Month.  Steve also distributed an article on National Stamp Collecting Month published in Carolina Country.

John stated that Bruce will explain the Wreaths Across America program at the next meeting.

John reported that WPS should be able to participate in the April 2022 Azalea Coin Show by hosting a stamp table as in past years (2021 excepted).

There was a brief discussion of using our website to publicize nearby stamp shows or facilitating ridesharing to them.  The Board will look into this suggestion.  Members were also encouraged to submit proposed website content to Steve or John for Board review

John discussed the Board’s interest in finding out if the Southside Baptist Church has any youth/scouting programs for which WPS could provide philatelic support.  Related to that, Hondo Davids reported that he is a Scout Leader and Stamp Merit Badge Counselor for Virginia with an interest in supporting the Cape Fear Area Council.  This may be another opportunity for WPS outreach.

Richard brought up an idea of a special cover or cancellation for scouting.

There being no further new business, Steve moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:49 (second by Helen).

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

Minutes of September 21, 2021 Wilmington Philatelic Society

posted October 14, 2021, 8:20 AM by tqmchess@aol.com

Meeting called to order at 7:03 pm by President John Daniels. Nine members were present. No visitors.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.

Richard Porcelli shared a cover cachet he is going to have serviced for National Postal Customer Council Day Sep 22, 2021. The Postal Customer Council (PCC) is a USPS program to “foster a close working relationship between the USPS and commercial mailers”.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn will present the premier of the new WPS website after the business meeting.

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported that there were no new contacts during the past month, Membership stands at 32. Jimmy also announced his resignation as WPS Secretary.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net gain of $43.20 for the past month. Balance is $3360.88.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations.

The very nice new WPS website is now up and running thanks to Helen’s hard work.

A discussion to re-introduce nickel stamp boxes showed there is very little interest in the boxes.

The annual Club report to the American Philatelic Society has been submitted. The WPS again qualifies for free APS membership due to the number of APS members in the Club. John encouraged membership in the APS.

A calendar of Club events for 2021 – 2022 will be established at the next meeting of the Board.

New Business:

John distributed copies of an APS article on “Unsoakable Self-adhesive Stamps”.

A short discussion about the annual Christmas party resulted in several possible agendas. The subject will be taken up at the next meeting of the Board.

With Jimmy’s resignation the Club is in need of a new Secretary and Board member.

Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.

Richard Porcelli shared a newly published catalog of Computer Vended Postage Stamps.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:49 pm.

Helen Rittersporn presented a tutorial on the features of the new WPS website.

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of August 17, 2021

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Posted October 14, 2021 at 8:43 AM by tqmchess@aol.com [updated 2/11/2022]

Meeting called to order at 7:11 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to our first meeting at Southside Baptist Church.

President John Daniels welcomed and introduced our newest member, David Watts.

Richard Porcelli, now the keeper of the keys, explained the layout of the church building and parking lot.

Our newlyweds, member Bruce Patterson and wife Nancy were presented a congratulatory card and cake.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that her work on the Club’s new website is nearing completion and should be ready for beta testing in a week or two.

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported that Jim Haxby, of Asheville NC, had joined the club and Jim Hickey, who no longer collects had resigned. Members Brian Triplett, Todd Brohaugh, Roger Persichilli, [name removed at request of former member], and Lilian Tompa had been removed from the membership roll due to nonpayment of dues and not responding to Club correspondence.

Treasurer report made by John Daniels in the absence of Tim Snyder. Balance is $3317.68

Old Business:

President John Daniels thanked Richard Porcelli for his lead role in obtaining Southside Baptist Church as our new meeting place.

John announced that we will continue to meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month but some members have conflict and consideration is being given to changing to the 2nd Tuesday. 

John reported that the WPS Christmas in July Picnic, held at Long Leaf Park (Hugh Macrae Park), was a big success. 

John thanked Helen Rittersporn for continuing to mention WPS in her Anchored Scraps blog. In the past 6 years WPS activities or information has be in her blog 20 times.

New Business:

Now that we have a meeting place, John will convene a Board meeting soon.

Auctions, bourses, and the sales/free tables will continue as before.

Jimmy Jordan gave a brief philatelic news update.

Business meeting adjourned at 07:47 pm.

Richard Porcelli gave a program presentation “Every Cover Has a Story”. Some of his life stories and remembrances brought back by seeing old postal covers.

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary

Wilmington Philatelic Society    

Minutes of Meetings 2021

Meeting of June 15, 2021

posted Jun 30, 2021, 8:53 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Jun 30, 2021, 8:56 AM ]

Minutes of June 15, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by Vice President Helen Rittersporn. Only six members were present. Helen welcomed everyone.Helen and Jimmy Jordan spent a few minutes reporting on President John Daniels’ recovery from eye surgery.New member David Watts was introduced. Dave has collected since his teens and comes to us from the Asheville (NC) Stamp Club.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported one new member, David Watts. Membership now stands at 37. Membership renewal is going well with an 80% renewal rate so far. Reminders will be sent to the eight tardy members.Treasurer Tim Snyder was absent. No report.Old Business:            The search for a meeting location continues with two locations being toured in the coming weeks.            Helen is working on changing the Club website to WordPress and will report progress to the Board.           New Business:               Christmas in July, a replacement for the canceled Christmas party, will be held at Long Leaf Park on July 14. This will be our meeting for July. An announcement flyer and RSVP form will be sent to everyone.        Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.Those members present introduced themselves to new member Dave Watts.The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of May 18, 2021

posted Jun 3, 2021, 7:57 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of May 18, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:02 pm by President John Daniels. Fourteen members were present. John welcomed everyone.Helen Rittersporn spent a few minutes explaining Zoom and answering questions about using Zoom.Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that the Port City Peddler may be a possible meeting site. The owner plans to make a meeting room available for public use but the room is not ready yet.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36. Membership renewal is going well with a 70% renewal rate so far.Treasurer Tim Snyder no change in the treasury since last meeting. No income and no expenditures.Old Business:            The search for a meeting location continues. John recently learned that there may be a possibility to use New Hanover County Recreation property for meeting. John will follow up on this lead.            John continues to collect stamps for the veterans will have 8 – 10 pounds to ship this month.            The Board has proposed a Christmas in July social as a replacement for the canceled Christmas party.  John reported that the use of Long Leaf Park is possible and will follow up            The Philatelic Bourse has been very successful and we will have another one when a meeting place is secured.            The club is in need of programs and teaching presentations for our meetings. Volunteers are solicited. See Vice President Helen.New Business:            The stamp dealer that helped John on appraisals and disposition of estates and donated stamps has retired. He was the only dealer in North Carolina that would that would work with John. Other dealers’ charge fees that are unrealistic for our type of material. Hopefully something will work out.Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.Richard Porcelli shared some of his computer vended stamps.Helen shared her recently acquired ventage sewing machine.The meeting was adjourned at 8:07 pm.Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of April 20, 2021

posted Jun 3, 2021, 7:52 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Jun 3, 2021, 7:53 PM ]

Minutes of April 20, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members were present. John welcomed everyone. The Zoom meeting allowed member Matt Stoll and Don Hargy join us from New Jersey and Maryland.With this being our first Zoom meeting Helen Rittersporn spent a few minutes assisting everyone getting settled in. Helen will give more detailed help instructions in a presentation at the next meeting.President John Daniels presented memoriam for Andy Vics and Gene Sauer. Several members shared their memories of our recently passed friends.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36.Membership renewal notices have are tardy due to COVID-19 uncertainties but will be mailed within a week.President John Daniels gave the Treasurer’s report in the absence of Tim Snyder. Treasury balance of $3714.36.President John Daniels gave a brief report on the April 16, 2021 meeting of the Board of Directors. The major item was the Board’s decision, due to the lack of meetings for a year and a half and other COVID-19 related problems, to cancel the Annual Meeting reports and suspend the Annual Election. The current Officers and Board Members will continue to serve.Old Business:            This is our first meeting since November 2020 which was a stamp bourse. The August and November stamp bourses were a great success and plans are to continue having them.            The Wreaths Across America pictorial cancellation project was a success. Bruce Patterson gave a short summation of the project.            The February 2021 Myrtle Beach Stamp Show was cancelled due to COVID and the 2022 show is in jeopardy due to motel remodeling. The WPS did not participate in the Azalea Festival Coin Show due to the short notice of space availability.            The Board proposed a Christmas in July social, possibly a catered picnic at Long Leaf Park. Members expressed approval. Detail to be decided.            Bruce will continue to collect stamps on paper for the veterans and John will continue Andy’s program of collecting stamps off paper for John Hotchner’s Stamps for the Wounded.New Business:            The search for a meeting place continues with several possible opportunities. Any help searching is appreciated.            Please give feed back on the virtual Zoom meeting. We may have to continue meet on Zoom for a while.            John asked for any ideas and/or volunteers for meeting and program presentations.Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.The meeting was adjourned but the Secretary failed to note the time.Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Club Meeting Temporarily Suspended

posted Jan 4, 2021, 12:29 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

As of December 2020, our usual meeting location is no longer available to the Club. The Board of Directors is in the process of locating a new meeting site. The Club will be notified when a new location is secured. 

November 17, 2020 Meeting Changes

posted Nov 11, 2020, 12:15 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Nov 11, 2020, 12:19 PM ]

Five hours after posting the November 17 Stamp Club Meeting Announcement the Governor changed the COVID-19 safety protocol. Indoor group meetings have again been limited to 10 people or less. This make a normal club meeting impractical. The business meeting has been removed from the agenda but the Stamp Bourse will still be held on Tuesday night. The following rules will be followed to ensure compliance with the Governor’s 10-person limit.For everyone’s health and safety the following rules must be observed:1. You must bring a face mask and wear it both inside the meeting room and outside in the parking lot.2. No more than 10 people will be allowed in the meeting room at a time. Controls will be in place at the door to ensure compliance. If the room is full, wait in the parking lot until someone exits. Masks must be worn at all times.3. As a courtesy to other members, no socializing will be allowed in the meeting room. Use your time to peruse the stamps and make your selection. Others may be waiting for you to exit so they may have their turn to enter the bourse. Masks must be worn at all times.4. Socializing will be allowed in the parking lot. The required 6 feet of social distancing must be observed. Masks must be worn at all times.5. Please follow the North Carolina COVID-19 guidelines. If you have been exposed in the last 14 days or you are not feeling well, please stay home.6. There will be hand sanitizer and wipes available. The Club will supply gallon plastic bags for you to take home loose material. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society.

Minutes of Meetings 2020

Meeting of October 20, 2020

posted Nov 17, 2020, 2:45 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of October 20, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society  Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone and reminded us to wear our name tags and sign the attendance sheet.John announced that due to the closing of Scrap and Design the last meeting at this location will be the November meeting. The Board of Directors is searching for a new meeting location.October is Stamp Collecting Month.The Club has received a Thank You card from John Hotchner for stamps donated to the wounded.Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that she is investigating the possible move of the Club website from Google Sites to WordPress.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36.Treasurer Tim Snyder reported the Club made $327.98 at the August Stamp Bourse. Treasury balance of $3126.55.Old Business:   Everyone needs to be searching for a new meeting place.   The December Christmas Party meeting has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A summer event is a possible alternative.   Richard Porcelli and Bruce Patterson reported on the progress being made on the December 19, 2020 Wreaths Across America special pictorial postmark. New Business:     John reported on the June 16, 202 meeting of the Board of Directors.    The November meeting will be a Stamp Bourse.Jimmy Jordan presented a few items of philatelic news.Meeting adjourned at 7:25 pm.Jimmy Jordan presented a program on watermarks and watermarking stamps. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of September 15, 2020

posted Oct 5, 2020, 12:16 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of September 15, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the first meeting since February by taking a few minutes for everyone to become re-acquainted and tell how they had coped with the Covid-19 pandemic.Annual Meeting reports were given by the Club Officers and the 2020-2021 Club Officers were sworn in. The abbreviated Annual Meeting was necessary due to the April meeting being canceled by Covid-19 restrictions.Old Business:  The March 2020 through August 2020 meetings had been canceled due to Covid-19.  John reported that the August walk-thru Stamp Bourse was a big success.  Bruce Patterson and Richard Porcelli reported on their pictorial cancellation project for Wreaths Across America.  Participation in the Lower Cape Fear Coin Show was canceled.  Donn Ebert has announced cancelation of the 2021 Myrtle Beach Stamp Show. New Business:  John reported on the June 16, 202 meeting of the Board of Directors. A charitable donation of $100 in the name of Shelly Holt, our landlord, was authorized. The donation is in lieu of rent.  The December Christmas Party was discussed. There is a real possibility that the party will be canceled because of Covid-19 restrictions and probable low attendance.  John announced that the November 2020 meeting will be the last at our current meeting location. Our landlord is not renewing her lease on the building. A search for a new location will begin.  The Stamp Bourses was well received and there will likely be others held in the future.  The remaining 2020 calendar of events and the possibility of virtual meetings were discussed but everything is on hold until after the virus pandemic and a new meeting place is found.  John announced that Howard Loving has donated Elisabeth’s stamp collection to the Club and asked that it be distributed to the membership. John will develop a system of distribution. Jimmy Jordan presented a few items of philatelic news. Meeting adjourned Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of August 18, 2020

posted Aug 19, 2020, 10:27 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of August 18, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society A normal sit-down meeting could not be held because of COVID-19 restrictions on meeting size and the need for proper social distancing. A Stamp Bourse was held in place of a meeting. Display tables were filled with a large number of stamps, covers, albums, and philatelic supplies. Some lots were free and others were for sale at very reasonable prices. All of the lots came from the Club’s accumulation of donated material and all proceeds benefited the Club’s Treasury. In accordance with North Carolina Covid -19 guidelines and for the health and safety of all attendees, only ten people were allowed in the stamp room at a time and face masks were required. Everyone appeared to fine items for their collections and a lot of stamps found new homes. A total of 12 members attend the bourse. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society 

Minutes of July 21, 2020 Meeting

posted Aug 19, 2020, 9:37 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of July 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society July 21, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of June 16, 2020

posted Aug 19, 2020, 9:35 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of June 16, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society June 16, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of May 19, 2020

posted Aug 19, 2020, 9:26 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Aug 19, 2020, 9:27 AM ]

Minutes of May 19, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society May 19, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of April 21, 2020

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Minutes of April 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society April 21, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The April 21, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of March 17, 2020

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Minutes of March 17, 2020Wilmington Philatelic SocietyMarch 17, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed.

Meeting of February 18, 2020

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Minutes of February 18, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society

Updated by tqmchess@aol.com 2/11/2022, 7:44 AM

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Nineteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The meeting is an Auction and the sign-in sheet determines the order in which lots are auctioned. Due to the auction, there is no “Free” table tonight.Vice President Report: Andy Vics shared a 1954 post card given to him by member John Valentino. The card was a thank you note for stamps donated to the Stamps for the Wounded program. The message on the card was almost identical to the present day thank you notes the Club receives for donating to the program. Andy encouraged all members to check, and read, the WPS website often. All club announcements and news items are posted on the website making it a valuable source of information. This is even more important now that the seems to be some kind of restriction on sending large emails to the Club.Secretary Report: Two new membership applications have been received through the website. Both applicants are attending tonight’s meeting and hopefully will join the Club. Current membership remains 37.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2504.86.Old Business: The Myrtle Beach Stamp Show was well attended by WPS members. Eight to ten members attended. There were a few stamp dealers and a number of cover and post card dealers at the show. Remember the Cape Fear Azalea Festival Coin Show April 4-5. The Club will have a display table at the show and volunteers are needed to represent the Club. One of Helen Rittersporn’s recent blog posts was about cover collecting and contained links to the WPS website. Helen’s blogs often promote stamp collecting and the WPS. The results of the Auction Want List survey has been distributed to the Club. This should assist auction sellers in presenting lots that have a higher probability of selling.New Business: The March 17 meeting will be the annual nomination and election of officers. Our two visitors, [name removed] and Robert Valik of Leland, joined the Club by payment of dues.Meeting adjourned at 07:30 pm.A Farewell Cake and Ice Cream Party was held for founding charter member Wendell Triplett. Wendell signed the WPS American Philatelic Society Charter Application in 1984! He was also the Club Treasurer for several decades. Wendell is moving to Baltimore to be closer to family members.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn, with the assistance of Robert Valik, conducted a very successful club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Meeting of January 21, 2020

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Minutes of January 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic SocietyThe meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm by President John Daniels. Seventeen members and one visitor, Dave Malkmus of Carolina Beach, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. He also reminded everyone that the WPS Calendar on the website has been updated for 2020 and the Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Stamp Show is Saturday and Sunday February 8-9. Flyers for the show are available.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson reported on the success of the Wreath Across America program. Gene Sauer reported that Pearsall Church, our old meeting place, is under contract and may sell soon.Vice President Report: Shipped 5 pounds of stamps to the Stamps for Veterans program. A total of 68 pounds has be shipped so far. He is accepting donations for the May 2020 shipment.Secretary Report: No new contacts, membership inquirers, or membership applications received. Current membership remains 36. The collection of 2020 dues has started.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current Treasury balance is $2264.86 after paying Hieronymus Seafood $805.00 for the Christmas party.Old Business: The Club’s Christmas Holiday Party at Hieronymus Seafood was successful. The Linn’s list of brick and mortar stamp stores is now up to 84. Wendel Triplett was presented with a framed Life Membership certificate. Wendell announced that he would soon be moving to the Baltimore Maryland area.New Business: The Azalea Festival Coin Show is April 4-5, 2020. The Club will have a presence at the show. The March meeting will be election of club officers with the instillation of officers at the April meeting. Jimmy reported items of philatelic news.The February meeting will be a Club auction.Meeting adjourned at 7:36Steve Matthews presented a program on identification of reprinted stamps and how he finds the research and study of his stamps interesting and fun.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Minutes of Meetings 2019

Meeting of November 19, 2019

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Minutes of November 19, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:10 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the first meeting at the Scrap and Design Center, our new meeting location.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The meeting is an Auction and the sign-in sheet determines the order in which lots are auctioned. Due to the auction, there is no “Free” table. The Christmas party will again be at Hieronymus Seafood on Wednesday December 11. The menu and details will be emailed in a few days. Please RSVP.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson informed us that the Wreath Across America program is exceeding expectations but is still accepting donations.Vice President Report: The next shipment of donated Stamps for Veterans will be mailed Friday. He is accepting donations for the May 2020 shipment.Secretary Report: One new contact and membership inquiry received but no new applications. Current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2974.66.  Old Business: The Club’s annual Christmas Holiday Party is December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood. There is no charge for members. Guest pay $20.00. Let the Secretary know if you plan to attend and if a guest will attend. Headcount for the restaurant is needed by December 3. Program and presentation volunteers are needed for the 2020 meeting calendar. See Andy Vics if you can help.  New Business: The Club library is now located in John Daniels garage. An inventory shows a number of missing books. Please return any overdue books. Several items were approved at the recent Board Meeting. Certificates will be presented to our two active Life Members, Gene Sauer and Wendell Triplett, at the Christmas Party. John Daniels will check into the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club’s offer for floor space at the 2020 Cape Fear Coin Show.Jimmy reported items of philatelic news.The next meeting is the annual Christmas Party on Wednesday December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood.Meeting adjourned.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn conducted a very successful club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

October 8, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of October 8, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Seventeen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of items were placed on the club “Free” table. The Christmas party will again be at Hieronymus Seafood on Wednesday December 11. Details at the November meeting. This was the last meeting at Pearsall Church. The November meeting will be the first at our new meeting place Scrap and Design Center, Judges Road, Wilmington. Maps to the new meeting location were available.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson informed us of the Wreath Across America program which is accepting donations. Helen Rittersporn suggested the club do something to honor Nancy Pope who died August 30, 2019. Nancy was the Head Curator of the History Department of the National Postal Museum. The suggestion will be discussed at the next meeting of the Board of Directors. 
Vice President Report: A map and directions to the new meeting location have been place on the club website.
Secretary Report: No new contacts or membership applications. Current membership remains 36.
Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2868.96.
Old Business: The club encourages members to support the hobby through APS membership. Beginning with the November meeting we will meet on the THIRD Tuesday of the month at the Scrap and Design Center, 311 Judges Rd, Unit 2B, Wilmington, NC. The retired CANADA box of stamps will be added to the general accumulation of stamps available to the membership. John reminded us that he had received inquiries from two ladies with stamp collections for sale. See John for details.   
New Business: Linn’s Stamp News is compiling a list of “brick and mortar” stamps stores in the USA. This is an ongoing list and new stores will be added as discovered. There are none in North Carolina. The Myrtle Beach Stamp Show is coming up in February 2020. Details will be announced. It is time to fill the 2020 Meeting Calendar with presentations. Contact Andy if you would like to volunteer.
Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news. 
The next meeting is Tuesday November 19 at the Scrap and Design Center. This will be a club auction.
Meeting adjourned.
Richard Porcelli demonstrated a method to soak self-adhesive stamps off paper and Jimmy Jordan demonstrated soaking, drying, and pressing the older “lick n stick” stamps off paper. 
Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

September 10, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of September 10, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of items will be placed on the club “Free” table but not until after Helen’s presentation. The October 8, 2019 meeting will be held at the church and will be the last meeting held at Pearsall.Floor Remarks: Richard Porcelli commented on the American Philatelist article about the stamp hobby is not dying but is evolving. This started a lively discussion about the changing nature of the stamp collecting hobby and philatelic marketplace. Ebay is now the market place for most collectors and is setting the prices for most philatelic sales. The public now uses the web and social media as their main means of conducting business, communication, and entertainment. Our club needs to accept this change and broaden our approach to stamp collecting and public outreach. Helen’s presentation will address this very subject.Vice President Report: We need volunteers to make presentations at upcoming meetings. Donation for Stamps for the Wounded are being accepted. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: No new contacts or membership applications. Current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2896.66.Old Business: The club encourages members to support the hobby through APS membership. Helen Rittersporn and Lloyd MacAskill are our newest APS members. The search for a new meeting place is over, at least for the time being. Beginning with the November meeting we will meet on the THIRD Tuesday of the month at the Scrap and Design Center, 311 Judges Rd, Unit 2B, Wilmington, NC. Adequate driving directions will be provided later.New Business: Elaine Herzog and Juanita Sizemore contacted John about collections they have for sale. Both collections are US stamps and First Day Covers. See John for contact information. The club’s annual Christmas Social at Hieronymus Seafood is rapidly approaching Details will be available soon. The October meeting is an “Open” meeting. Please bring philatelic items to share with the club. Jimmy Jordan will hold a Stamp Soaking Clinic for those who are interested.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news. He also shared a personal experience with bank fraud. Someone was able to print completely bogus checks using Jimmy’s bank routing number and account number and then make a purchase. Jimmy discovered the fraud immediately and, with the help of his bank, was able to close the old account and open a new one. Although he suffered no financial loss the aggravation of the modern electronic banking system is almost overwhelming. It takes one to two pay cycles (i.e. months) for changes to direct deposits and automatic drafts to become effective. Until the changeover to the new account is complete, Jimmy has to monitor his accounts and make daily authorization (or not) phone calls to the bank.  All are reminded to review your financial accounts daily!    The next meeting is Tuesday October 8, 2019 at the church. This will be an “Open” meeting along with Jimmy’s stamp soaking clinic.Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.Helen Rittersporn presented the program “My 10 Favorite Anchored Scraps.com Blog Posts on Stamp Collecting”. Helen actively promotes old fashion letter writing with her blog and often finds ways to incorporate stamps and stamp collecting in her posts. Well Done Helen!Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

August 13, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of August 13, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and one visitor, Carol Noll, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The September meeting will most likely be at the church. The search for a new meeting place continues with the most promising place being the Scrap and Design building at 311 Judges Rd. The club will be notified as new information develops. The “Free Table” returns next meeting.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson announced that the VA Center is forming a veteran’s memorabilia display area and is looking for donations of material.Vice President Report: Donations are still being accepted Stamps for the Wounded. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: One new contact was received via the website this month. Edward Caropreso wanted a stamp collection appraised for an estate probate. John assisted Edward. Todd Brohaugh joined after the July meeting and Butch Minnick resigned due to relocating to Virginia. Membership remains at 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2857.56.Old Business: The search for a new meeting place is ongoing. The church is now closed but we can continue to meet here until the property is sold. Please pay attention to any email notices for updates. Last month’s retirement of the Nickel Boxes proved to be a good idea as an inspection of the remaining stamps revealed mostly poor-quality material. The Canada Box has been well search by the membership and is also being retired. Two members have recently joined the American Philatelic Society (APS). The APS offers a number of benefits its members and is well worth joining. The WPS also benefits because as long as we maintain a specified percentage of APS members the club received free APS Club membership.New Business: The APS has issued a SCAM ALERT. People claiming to be from the APS are soliciting to buy collections for a fee. The APS does not buy collections!Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is September 10, 2019. Helen Rittersporn will make a presentation on the world of blogging.Meeting adjourned at 7:38 pm.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn conduct a club auction following the meeting.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

July 9, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of July 9, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of donated items were placed on the club “Free” and “For Sale” tables. The “Fill a Bag” box of free stamps is available.In Memoriam: Richard Porcelli and Andy Vics shared some of their remembrances of Michelle Long.Floor Remarks: Richard Porcelli reported on Tineye.com, a reverse image search program. Upload an image and the program will tell you where the image appears on the web.Vice President Report: A thank you note was received from John Hotchner in recognition of the club’s donation to Stamps for the Wounded. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: One member reinstated his membership and Butch Minnick resigned due to his relocation to Virginia. Current membership is 35. The club’s annual Chapter Report has been submitted to the APS. The club meets the minimum requirements for free chapter dues.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2830.16.Old Business: The search for a new meeting place is ongoing. The church is now closed but we can continue to meet here until the property is sold. Please pay attention to any email notices for updates. Due to the flood of donated free stamps, the Nickel Boxes have become obsolete and have been withdrawn from circulation. The Nickel Boxes will be reinstated if the demand returns.New Business: NoneJimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is August 13, 2019 and will be an Auction.Meeting adjourned.Visitor Todd Brohaugh joined the club. Welcome Todd! Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

June 11, 2109 Meeting

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Minutes of June 11, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of donated items were placed on the club “Free” and “For Sale” tables.Floor Remarks:   Sandy Montalto suggested that a meeting be dedicated to helping members identifying stamps. Richard Porcelli said that there was a website that could match scans/photos of items to other items on the web and may be useful in identifying stamps. He could not remember the exact name of the site.Vice President Report: Another four pounds of stamps has been shipped to Stamps for the Wounded. This brings the total to 63 pounds of stamps donated in four years. The contact bridge on the club website use to contact club officers has be upgraded to a secure link. The change adds another layer of security to the link.Secretary Report: We have received one new application for membership through the website. Membership is pending payment of dues. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2801.36.Old Business: Fresh material has been added to the Nickel Boxes and members are encouraged to take a look. A motion to accept the amendments to the By-Laws proposed at the May meeting was made and seconded. The motion passed by voice vote. There were no nay votes.New Business: John announced to the club that Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church is closing and the property will be sold. A search for a new meeting place is underway and the membership was asked to assist finding a location. The church will close on June 30, 2019 but a tentative agreement with the church will allow us continued use of the room until the property is actually sold. WPS Board member Andy Vics nominated Gene Sauer for Life Member in recognition of her many years of service to the club. The nomination was seconded and passed by voice vote. There were no nay votes.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is July 9, 2019 and will be an Open meeting.Meeting adjourned.Following the business meeting, Lillian Tompa gave a presentation of Fancy Cancels. Her presentation encouraged an interesting discussion of fancy cancels with significant audience participation.Jimmy Jordan gave a short show and tell on the cover cachet art work of J. R, Hemenway.Membership applicant Shonda Asaad became our newest member upon payment of dues.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

May 14, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of May 14, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Twenty-two members and one visitor, Norman Levesque, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A large donation of stamps has been received. Many of the items will show up on the Free Table. Reminder that next meeting will be a Show & Tell. Lillian will present some fancy cancels. Others will have the opportunity to show interesting items as well. Last call for stamp donations for Steve Matthew’s Leland school project. Reminder for all auction sellers to properly describe and mark lots.Officers’ ReportsVice President: The accumulated Stamps for the Wounded will be mailed next week. The next shipment is planned for November. A “Closed Album Page” has been added to the Club website. This page has been added as a remembrance of deceased members.Secretary Report: No new contacts or prospects. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Current Treasury balance $2787.73.Director at Large Report: No repostOld Business: Reminder that we have “nickel stamp boxes” available to help build your collection. Discovered that the printer of the recently acquired Club table top banner mistakenly made two banners. We received two banners for the price of one. Helen Rittersporn was reimbursed the cost of the banner. Jimmy Jordan presented the Board of Directors proposed changes to the Club By-Laws.New Business: Helen Rittersporn was introduced as the Club’s new auctioneer. Bruce Patterson was thanked for his work as auctioneer the past few years. The Club received a stamp donation from UNCW Professor James Hunt. Professor Hunt was hired by our former Club President Lee Sherman.The next meeting is June 11, 2019 and will be a club show and tell.Meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm.Helen conducted her first auction after the meeting.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

April 9, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of April 9, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The club presence at the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club show April 6-7 received a lot of attention. This is our 35th anniversary meeting with the club being chartered on March 31, 1984. The recent passing of several club members was remembered.Annual Meeting ReportsPresident: Review of the past year along with expectations and goals for the coming year.Vice President: Another good year for donations to Stamps for the Wounded. Fifty-nine pounds of stamps have been donated in four years.Secretary Report: The club website is very important with numerous news items, meeting announcements, and new issue announcements. Almost 100% of new contacts originate with the website. Seven new members joined during the past year, lost one member due to her death, and four members failed to renew their membership. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Past years income from all sources $2000.76. Expenditures $1442.75. Net income $564.01. Major expenditures were the Christmas Party, meeting room rent, and hurricane relief charitable donation. Current Treasury balance $2726.40.Director at Large Report: Introduced a cachet and Computer Stamp commemorating her 1500th daily blog post. The stamp and cachet were designed by club member Richard Porcelli.Old Business: Final report on the Myrtle Beach Stamp Show and the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Show. The new table top Club Banner designed and procured by Helen Rittersporn was introduced. Steve Matthews reported on his Lincoln Elementary School (Leland, NC) project and requested stamp donations. John suggested the importance and benefits of APS membership.New Business: Jimmy Jordan nominated club founding member Wendell Triplett for Honorary Life Membership. The nomination was seconded and carried by a unanimous vote.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.-*+The next meeting is May 14, 2019 and will be a club auction.Meeting adjourned.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

March 12, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of March 12, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members and three visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting. President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The Lower Cape Fear Coin Club show is April 6-7 and volunteers are needed to staff the WPS table. The next club meeting is April 9 and will be the Annual Meeting with installation of officers. Gene Sauer brought a sheet cake to share with everyone.   John opened the floor for the nomination of club officers for 2019. Bob Doleman nominated the current slate of officers, with second by Gene Sauer. There being no other nominations John declared John Daniels, President; Andy Vics, Vice President; Jimmy Jordan, Secretary; Tim Snyder, Treasurer; Helen Rittersporn, Director at Large; and Richard Porcelli, Director Past President elected as provided in the Club By-Laws.Vice President Report:   The next mailing of stamps for the veterans will be in May.Secretary Report:   The annual membership renewal drive will end March 31. Ninety percent of the membership have renewed. Two membership applications are pending. Current membership 37. Treasurer Report:   Dues payments, auction sales, and auction fees have brought the treasury balance to $2612.95.Old Business:   The February Auction was one of the most successful every. The Board of Directors has decided to table the suggestion to establish a sales and swap committee. Dave Mork’s moving “give-away” is still available with boxes full of collectable items. The “nickel stamp boxes” are available and a mint US box is being considered.New Business:    John reported on the February 27, 2019 Board of Directors meeting. Steve Matthews told us about his stamps for education project with the Lincoln Elementary School in Leland. To match countries being studied by the students he needs stamps from Malawi, Egypt, Japan, Italy, Australia, and India. Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is April 9, 2109.Meeting adjourned.Our three visitors, Lloyd MacAskill, Ron Rowan, and Steve Sikorski joined the club. All three gentlemen found the club through our website.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

February 12, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of February 12, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The nominations and election of club officers will be held at the March meeting.Vice President Report:   Donations of stamps for the veterans are welcome. Next shipment will be sent in April.Secretary Report:   Membership dues renewal cycle is going well with 75% of the membership paid. Butch Minnick, of Hampstead, joint the club. Current membership is 37.Treasurer Report:   Tim reported payment of $300 rent to the church for the 2018 meetings. Current balance is $1825.50.Old Business:   A request to enter non-philatelic items into the club auctions had been received. The auctions are for philatelic items only. Two important meetings: March will be the election of club officers and April will be the Annual Meeting with state of the club reports from the officers. Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Show is April 5-6. The WPS will have a table and volunteers are needed. A number of members attended the Myrtle Beach Stamp Show.New Business:    Member David Mork has a large amount of covers, album pages, and other items he needs to dispose of. See David for details. Tonight’s auction contains a number of donated lots will all proceeds going to the club. John reported that he had assisted a collector sell his stamps. This resulted in a $250 donation to the club from the collector and a $100 finder’s fee donation from the dealer.     John told us about a man using non-denominated 10 cent Christmas Stamps from 1975 to mail his Christmas cards with none being rejected for postage due. Jimmy reported the new stamp issues for February and other philatelic news.The next meeting is March 12, 2019 and will be the election of officers.Meeting adjourned at 7:20.Auctioneer Bruce Patterson conducted the club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society

January 8, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of January 8, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed Visitor Bert Elam to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. Our annual Christmas Social meeting on December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant was a success. The next club meeting is February 12th and will be a club auction. Flyers for the February Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Stamp Show were made available. Vice President Report:   The club website has been updated to reflect the 2019 schedule. The next mailing of stamps for the veterans will be in May.Secretary Report:   One person has contacted the club about possible membership. The current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report:   The total expense for the Christmas Party was $782.50. Ticket sales amounted to $475.00 with the remaining $307.50 paid by the club. Treasury balance $2125.39.Old Business:   Nothing but positive comments about the Christmas Party. John suggests that next year’s party be held on Wednesday to avoid the conflct with the Wilmington Ski Club party held on Tuesday. Gene reported that the church yard sale held in December made $1200 for the church. Jon reminded everyone that the club website had been updated to reflect the information gleaned from the recent membership survey. Program Chairman Andy Vics asked for volunteers to present programs and Lilian said she would make a presentation of Fancy Cancels in September. John will again ask Lori Stehlin, of the Wilmington Post Office, to attend a club meeting.New Business:    John announced the agenda for the next few months include an Auction in February, nomination of officers in March, and the Annual Meeting in April. Jimmy reminded us that 2019 dues are now payable and a payment letter will be going out soon. John asked for donation of any S&H Green Stamps members may have. They are still redeemable! John thanked our visitor, Bert Elam, for donating a collection to the club. Lilian Tompa shared a box of FDCs.Jimmy reported on the upcoming January 27, 2019 USPS rate increase and several other philatelic news items.The next meeting is February 12, 2109 and will be a club auction.Meeting adjourned.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Archives previous meeting minutes 2014, 2011

May 13, 2014

posted May 14, 2014, 2:11 PM by Andy Vics   [ updated May 15, 2014, 6:51 AM ]

Minutes of May 13, 2014

Wilmington Philatelic Society

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by president Andy Vics. 

Sixteen members were present. There were no guests.

Minutes of the April 8 meeting were made available in printed form. The minutes will no longer be read. The minutes of previous meetings are also accessible on our Web site and can be e-mailed or sent to members by USPS when requested. 

Reports:

Vice president – nothing to report.

Treasurer – Club account balance is $691.95

Secretary – Absent

Member at Large – Absent

Old business:  None

New business: None

Andy announced that our club was recognized in an article titled “Wilmington’s Mrs. Whistler” in the May 2014 issue of Wrightsville Beach Magazine. Members Jimmy Jordan and Richard Porcelli provided covers to be used in the article.

Member Bob Doleman suggested we explore starting a Silent Auction to speed up our auctions. Discussion followed but no firm decision was made.

The next meeting will be June 10, 2014. This will be an open meeting.

The meeting was adjourned.

A club auction conducted by Matt Stoll followed the club business meeting.

Submitted by:

Andy Vics, President

posted Mar 11, 2011, 2:15 PM by Andy Vics   [ updated Mar 11, 2011, 2:16 PM ]

Minutes of March 8, 2011

posted Mar 8, 2011 8:55 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of March 8, 2011

Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President Andy Vics with 18 members and three visitors in attendance. Andy announced that a new website for the club had been established and encouraged everyone to use it. This site will be the main avenue of communications for the club. A cabinet has been place in the storage room of the church fellowship hall. The club’s library, name tags, and miscellaneous forms will be kept in the cabinet. Andy asked everyone to read the club’s Constitution and By-Laws before the next meeting and be ready to discuss and vote on any changes that may be needed. To correct an oversight in January’s election, a Member at Large needs to be elected to the Board of Directors. Nominations and a vote will be held during the meeting in April. A discussion of the Membership Survey conducted in November 2008 is also planned.

 

Lee Sherman submitted his resignation from the office of Vice President. Lee regrets having to resign, but must due to the demands of caring for his wife Fran. Nominations and a vote for a new Vice President will be held during the meeting in April.

 

Treasurer Wendell Tripplet reported that the club is in a sound financial condition, but the rent for use of the meeting room is due. It is important that dues for 2011 be paid promptly.

 

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported plans are being made with the Myrtle Beach Stamp Club for our spring joint meeting. The meeting will be on Saturday, April 16 at the Spring House Restaurant in North Myrtle Beach. Final plans and arrangements will be announced at our April meeting.

 

With no additional business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned. A club auction followed the meeting.

 

The next scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.

 

Submitted by:

 

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary

Wilmington Philatelic Society

February 15 Meeting Minutes  – placeholder

Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

 

January 18, Meeting Minutes  

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 20 January 2022, 10:52 AM

Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Twelve members were present. No visitors attended the meeting.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He made brief announcements regarding our activities for the evening and our next meeting on 15 February (Auction).

Open Forum

There were no comments during the Open Forum.

Officer Reports

Helen Rittersporn had nothing new to report as Vice President.

Steve stated that the two new members had paid dues for the next year, and our membership stood at 33.  Annual dues renewal letters will be mailed in February.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net increase of $69.01 for the past month with proceeds from the Bourse offsetting the $35 rent payment to the church and other expenses. 

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations. 

John announced that Hondo Davids won the trivia contest in December.  He was presented with a certificate and a prize.

John and Helen will look into additional charitable organizations to whom we could donate stamps. John also indicated that the next Board meeting would likely be held at the church, and the Pastor will be invited to attend so we can learn more about how WPS might assist youth programs related to stamp collecting.

Richard handed out special Camp Lejeune cancelled covers that used stamps he donated.  Thank you, Richard!

Sandy will talk to the Subway Stamp Company about the possibility of the Club submitting bulk orders for supplies.

John reminded members of the Azalea Coin Show on 9-10 April because WPS will operate a stamp table as we have done in the past.  Members were invited to participate.

The March meeting will include the election of officers, and all members were encouraged to consider running for office.

John encouraged members to look at the remaining Bourse lots after the business meeting.  Unsold lots will be saved for future Auction or Bourse meetings.

 New Business:

The February meeting will be an Auction.  Auction sheets (two copies needed) and instructions are available at the WPS website.  Members may submit up to 10 lots.  Arrive early next month as the order of the lots in the Auction will be based on the sign-in order.

The March meeting will include the election of officers and then a presentation by Helen on the American Topical Association.

Richard pointed out that the last issue of the USPS Biweekly Bulletin recognized WPS for their contribution of the Camp Lejeune cancellations (Kudos Richard!!)

World of Philately

 Jimmy shared an email he received from Wendell Triplett’s daughter regarding his current activities in a Maryland retirement community.  The letter offered a lot of detail about Wendell’s life and was very touching.

 Other Remarks

John shared information about our two new members along with Fred Pyatt, a current member who now resides in Florida.

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:37 PM.

Program

Helen briefly explained the Christmas Philatelic Society, a chapter within the American Philatelic Society.  Using a spiffy, colored handout, Helen walked the Club through the information she gained during a December 2021 virtual meeting.

Following Helen’s presentation, members made last minute purchases from the Bourse remainders before departing the meeting.

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary,
Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

December 21, 2021 Meeting Minutes 

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 4 January 2022, 4:56 pm

Meeting called to order at 7:10 PM by President John Daniels. Eleven members were present including our newest member, Martin Meyerson. No visitors attended.  In the acting secretary’s absence, the minutes were taken and compiled by members of the Board.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded those present about masking and social distancing.  He made brief announcements about the stamp trivia quiz and light refreshments. Richard and Carolyn Porcelli, Helen and John set up and provisioned the refreshment areas for the members to enjoy after the business meeting.

Martin Meyerson was introduced and he told us of his interest in joining and his collection pursuits.

John requested members to come forward to volunteer for a possible philatelic presentation at the January meeting (January 18th).

John asked Bruce to update the members on the success of the Wreaths Across America effort (Bruce – magnificent!); asked Richard to update the members on the Porcelli-designed special Camp LeJeune cancellation (which the USPS approved and then neglected to publish in the first December Postal Bulletin); and asked Richard to briefly biography our recently deceased 98 year old Life Member, Lee Sherman ( who was active in our Club before most of our current members joined).

     – LeJeune cancellation – the submission period has been extended into February due to the USPS Postal Bulletin omission. Note: Sandy Montalto agreed to underwrite the cost of postage placed on LeJeune posted covers of those attending the meeting, and Richard inventoried the members present

     – Lee Shernan’s write-up will be placed in the “In Memoriam” section of the Club website in January

Officer Reports

Helen briefly encouraged members to utilize the new website and watch for continuing changes and updates. There was no Secretary’s report. The Treasurer indicated that the next report will be in January after the bourse receipts are fully in hand. Balance currently remains over $3000.

Old Business

John explained that we had a nice thank-you note from Stamps For The Wounded for our early December donation of another 9.5 pounds of US and worldwide off-paper stamps. Bruce is still accumulating on-paper material, as the Daughters of the Confederacy is not accepting material due to the outsized needs of covid-related activities.

Bourse results will be explained at the January meeting

Free & Sales tables will again be available at the January meeting. John reminded members that a member may place material on either table, not just the Club.

New Business

John explained a little about the APS Expertizing Program and brought a handful of APS expertizing applications for members with interest to take and use

Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Show 2022 – NOT being held

Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Azalea Festival Coin Show is being held the weekend of April 9 & 10 at the Elks facility on Oleander Drive. WPS will have a courtesy table at the show both days. John requested volunteers to come forward to man our table AM/PM both days

The APS/American Air Mail Society notified the Club of a holiday gift offer of free books/literature. John passed the offer around to attending members. No interest.

John reminded members of the March nomination/election of Officers/Board Member-at-Large and the Annual Meeting in April and the potential Club picnic in July.

The Business Meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM

November 16, 2021 Meeting Minutes 

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published by tqmchess@aol.com on 22 November 2021, 12:30 PM

 Meeting called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members were present by the end of the meeting. No visitors attended the meeting.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He made brief announcements regarding our activity for the evening (the Bourse) and our next meeting on 21 December.

Open Forum

Bruce Patterson announced he was accepting donations for Wreaths Across America throughout the meeting ($15/wreath).  He also reported that about 60% of the Wilmington veteran gravestones were accounted for.

Richard Porcelli suggested that the Club investigate any “free” newspapers for a possible way of publicizing WPS. 

Officer Reports

Helen Rittersporn encouraged members to visit our website and explained that the Board will continue updating and improving it.

Steve stated that there were no new member contacts or membership cancellations.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net debit of $31.70 for the past month with proceeds from stamp sales partially offsetting the $35 rent payment to the church.  The Club’s balance remains over $3,000.

Richard Porcelli showed a proposed Marine Corps cancellation that he has submitted through channels for approval.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations. 

 New Business:

No new business was discussed.

Other Remarks

John explained the layout of tables for the Bourse, Helen invited members to attend a letter writing social event on Wednesday (the 17th) to support deployed troops during the holidays, and Richard suggested that the Club post photographs of Club events (such as the Bourse) on the Club website.  Finally, John distributed a new forever stamp with a coded message and invited members to solve the riddle.

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:17 PM followed by the Bourse.

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Note: Subsequent to the meeting, President John Daniels emailed the membership a list of remaining lots from the Bourse with instructions on how to arrange purchase, if interested in any of the items.

Minutes of October 19, 2021  – Wilmington Philatelic Society

Published 26 October 2021 by tqmchess@aol.com, 10:32 AM

Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Twelve members were present by the end of the meeting. No visitors.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.  He announced that Steve Matthews was appointed by the Board as Secretary to replace Jimmy Jordan and Bruce Patterson was appointed Member-at-Large to replace Steve Matthews.  Both will serve the term remaining on those positions until 2022 elections.

Richard Porcelli, who was originally going to attend the Postal Customer Council meeting on 5 November, appealed to the Club for a volunteer to replace him.  He is unable to attend the upcoming meeting and tour of the postal facility at Camp Lejeune.  Any volunteers need to contact him by Thursday, 21 October in order to complete the registration process by Friday.  The meeting will be held 10AM to 1230 PM.  The Postal Customer Council (PCC) is a USPS program to “foster a close working relationship between the USPS and commercial mailers”.

Richard also made a cover and presented it to Jimmy Jordan in recognition of his long support as Secretary.  The cachet and “stamp” used was US Scott #1 with Jimmy’s portrait substituted for Benjamin Franklin.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn was not able to present her briefing on the WPS website because we lacked WiFi/Internet access.  Instead, Helen will prepare a handout that is going to be distributed to members via email from the Secretary.

The Acting Secretary reported that there were no new contacts during the past month, Membership stands at 32.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net debit of $16 for the past month with proceeds from the Sales Table last month partially offsetting our $35 rent payment to the Southside Baptist Church.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations.  John distributed a handout with instructions for donations to “Stamps for the Wounded”.  While a lot of material may be accepted, damaged stamps, pen or Sharpie-cancelled stamps, and metered cancellations are not.  John invited members to donate material at the next meeting since he intends to ship donations at the end of November.

The very nice new WPS website is now up and running thanks to Helen’s hard work.

There was a brief discussion of nickel boxes as one member is interested.  John committed to allowing him to review donated stamps and select anything useful. 

A calendar of Club events for 2021 – 2022 was briefly summarized with more details to follow on our website later.

 

  • November will be a Bourse with as many as 100 lots available for purchase. (No bidding necessary – just select the priced lot and pay the Treasurer).
  • December will be a regular meeting featuring a trivia contest with prize and light refreshments. (No sit-down dinner.)
  • January will be a program meeting – topic still open and suggestions encouraged.
  • February will be an auction; members only may bid.
  • March will be Club elections and a brief “show and tell” discussion.
  • April is dedicated to the installation of officers and annual reports by outgoing officers.
  • May will be a Bourse.
  • June will be a program meeting, topic open.
  • July will be another “Christmas in July” picnic.
  • August will be an auction
  • September and October will be program meetings, topics open.
  • November 2022 will be a Bourse.
  • December 2022 (hopefully) will be a Holiday Party at a restaurant.

John reminded members they could place items for sale on a “sale table” at any meeting.

New Business:

John distributed copies of an APS article on “Unsoakable Self-adhesive Stamps” along with an editorial about National Stamp Collecting Month.  Steve also distributed an article on National Stamp Collecting Month published in Carolina Country.

John stated that Bruce will explain the Wreaths Across America program at the next meeting.

John reported that WPS should be able to participate in the April 2022 Azalea Coin Show by hosting a stamp table as in past years (2021 excepted).

There was a brief discussion of using our website to publicize nearby stamp shows or facilitating ridesharing to them.  The Board will look into this suggestion.  Members were also encouraged to submit proposed website content to Steve or John for Board review

John discussed the Board’s interest in finding out if the Southside Baptist Church has any youth/scouting programs for which WPS could provide philatelic support.  Related to that, Hondo Davids reported that he is a Scout Leader and Stamp Merit Badge Counselor for Virginia with an interest in supporting the Cape Fear Area Council.  This may be another opportunity for WPS outreach.

Richard brought up an idea of a special cover or cancellation for scouting.

There being no further new business, Steve moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:49 (second by Helen).

Steve Matthews, Acting Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

Minutes of September 21, 2021 Wilmington Philatelic Society

posted October 14, 2021, 8:20 AM by tqmchess@aol.com

Meeting called to order at 7:03 pm by President John Daniels. Nine members were present. No visitors.

President John Daniels welcomed everyone and reminded us to be safe and wear our masks.

Richard Porcelli shared a cover cachet he is going to have serviced for National Postal Customer Council Day Sep 22, 2021. The Postal Customer Council (PCC) is a USPS program to “foster a close working relationship between the USPS and commercial mailers”.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn will present the premier of the new WPS website after the business meeting.

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported that there were no new contacts during the past month, Membership stands at 32. Jimmy also announced his resignation as WPS Secretary.

Treasurer Tim Snyder reported a net gain of $43.20 for the past month. Balance is $3360.88.

Old Business:

John and Bruce continue the collection of stamps for veterans’ organizations.

The very nice new WPS website is now up and running thanks to Helen’s hard work.

A discussion to re-introduce nickel stamp boxes showed there is very little interest in the boxes.

The annual Club report to the American Philatelic Society has been submitted. The WPS again qualifies for free APS membership due to the number of APS members in the Club. John encouraged membership in the APS.

A calendar of Club events for 2021 – 2022 will be established at the next meeting of the Board.

New Business:

John distributed copies of an APS article on “Unsoakable Self-adhesive Stamps”.

A short discussion about the annual Christmas party resulted in several possible agendas. The subject will be taken up at the next meeting of the Board.

With Jimmy’s resignation the Club is in need of a new Secretary and Board member.

Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.

Richard Porcelli shared a newly published catalog of Computer Vended Postage Stamps.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:49 pm.

Helen Rittersporn presented a tutorial on the features of the new WPS website.

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of August 17, 2021

Wilmington Philatelic Society

Posted October 14, 2021 at 8:43 AM by tqmchess@aol.com [updated 2/11/2022]

Meeting called to order at 7:11 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to our first meeting at Southside Baptist Church.

President John Daniels welcomed and introduced our newest member, David Watts.

Richard Porcelli, now the keeper of the keys, explained the layout of the church building and parking lot.

Our newlyweds, member Bruce Patterson and wife Nancy were presented a congratulatory card and cake.

Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that her work on the Club’s new website is nearing completion and should be ready for beta testing in a week or two.

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported that Jim Haxby, of Asheville NC, had joined the club and Jim Hickey, who no longer collects had resigned. Members Brian Triplett, Todd Brohaugh, Roger Persichilli, [name removed at request of former member], and Lilian Tompa had been removed from the membership roll due to nonpayment of dues and not responding to Club correspondence.

Treasurer report made by John Daniels in the absence of Tim Snyder. Balance is $3317.68

Old Business:

President John Daniels thanked Richard Porcelli for his lead role in obtaining Southside Baptist Church as our new meeting place.

John announced that we will continue to meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month but some members have conflict and consideration is being given to changing to the 2nd Tuesday. 

John reported that the WPS Christmas in July Picnic, held at Long Leaf Park (Hugh Macrae Park), was a big success. 

John thanked Helen Rittersporn for continuing to mention WPS in her Anchored Scraps blog. In the past 6 years WPS activities or information has be in her blog 20 times.

New Business:

Now that we have a meeting place, John will convene a Board meeting soon.

Auctions, bourses, and the sales/free tables will continue as before.

Jimmy Jordan gave a brief philatelic news update.

Business meeting adjourned at 07:47 pm.

Richard Porcelli gave a program presentation “Every Cover Has a Story”. Some of his life stories and remembrances brought back by seeing old postal covers.

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary

Wilmington Philatelic Society    

Minutes of Meetings 2021

Meeting of June 15, 2021

posted Jun 30, 2021, 8:53 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Jun 30, 2021, 8:56 AM ]

Minutes of June 15, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by Vice President Helen Rittersporn. Only six members were present. Helen welcomed everyone.Helen and Jimmy Jordan spent a few minutes reporting on President John Daniels’ recovery from eye surgery.New member David Watts was introduced. Dave has collected since his teens and comes to us from the Asheville (NC) Stamp Club.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported one new member, David Watts. Membership now stands at 37. Membership renewal is going well with an 80% renewal rate so far. Reminders will be sent to the eight tardy members.Treasurer Tim Snyder was absent. No report.Old Business:            The search for a meeting location continues with two locations being toured in the coming weeks.            Helen is working on changing the Club website to WordPress and will report progress to the Board.           New Business:               Christmas in July, a replacement for the canceled Christmas party, will be held at Long Leaf Park on July 14. This will be our meeting for July. An announcement flyer and RSVP form will be sent to everyone.        Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.Those members present introduced themselves to new member Dave Watts.The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of May 18, 2021

posted Jun 3, 2021, 7:57 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of May 18, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:02 pm by President John Daniels. Fourteen members were present. John welcomed everyone.Helen Rittersporn spent a few minutes explaining Zoom and answering questions about using Zoom.Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that the Port City Peddler may be a possible meeting site. The owner plans to make a meeting room available for public use but the room is not ready yet.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36. Membership renewal is going well with a 70% renewal rate so far.Treasurer Tim Snyder no change in the treasury since last meeting. No income and no expenditures.Old Business:            The search for a meeting location continues. John recently learned that there may be a possibility to use New Hanover County Recreation property for meeting. John will follow up on this lead.            John continues to collect stamps for the veterans will have 8 – 10 pounds to ship this month.            The Board has proposed a Christmas in July social as a replacement for the canceled Christmas party.  John reported that the use of Long Leaf Park is possible and will follow up            The Philatelic Bourse has been very successful and we will have another one when a meeting place is secured.            The club is in need of programs and teaching presentations for our meetings. Volunteers are solicited. See Vice President Helen.New Business:            The stamp dealer that helped John on appraisals and disposition of estates and donated stamps has retired. He was the only dealer in North Carolina that would that would work with John. Other dealers’ charge fees that are unrealistic for our type of material. Hopefully something will work out.Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.Richard Porcelli shared some of his computer vended stamps.Helen shared her recently acquired ventage sewing machine.The meeting was adjourned at 8:07 pm.Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of April 20, 2021

posted Jun 3, 2021, 7:52 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Jun 3, 2021, 7:53 PM ]

Minutes of April 20, 2021Wilmington Philatelic SocietyVirtual Zoom Meeting Via Computer Meeting called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members were present. John welcomed everyone. The Zoom meeting allowed member Matt Stoll and Don Hargy join us from New Jersey and Maryland.With this being our first Zoom meeting Helen Rittersporn spent a few minutes assisting everyone getting settled in. Helen will give more detailed help instructions in a presentation at the next meeting.President John Daniels presented memoriam for Andy Vics and Gene Sauer. Several members shared their memories of our recently passed friends.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36.Membership renewal notices have are tardy due to COVID-19 uncertainties but will be mailed within a week.President John Daniels gave the Treasurer’s report in the absence of Tim Snyder. Treasury balance of $3714.36.President John Daniels gave a brief report on the April 16, 2021 meeting of the Board of Directors. The major item was the Board’s decision, due to the lack of meetings for a year and a half and other COVID-19 related problems, to cancel the Annual Meeting reports and suspend the Annual Election. The current Officers and Board Members will continue to serve.Old Business:            This is our first meeting since November 2020 which was a stamp bourse. The August and November stamp bourses were a great success and plans are to continue having them.            The Wreaths Across America pictorial cancellation project was a success. Bruce Patterson gave a short summation of the project.            The February 2021 Myrtle Beach Stamp Show was cancelled due to COVID and the 2022 show is in jeopardy due to motel remodeling. The WPS did not participate in the Azalea Festival Coin Show due to the short notice of space availability.            The Board proposed a Christmas in July social, possibly a catered picnic at Long Leaf Park. Members expressed approval. Detail to be decided.            Bruce will continue to collect stamps on paper for the veterans and John will continue Andy’s program of collecting stamps off paper for John Hotchner’s Stamps for the Wounded.New Business:            The search for a meeting place continues with several possible opportunities. Any help searching is appreciated.            Please give feed back on the virtual Zoom meeting. We may have to continue meet on Zoom for a while.            John asked for any ideas and/or volunteers for meeting and program presentations.Jimmy Jordan gave his World of Philately news report.The meeting was adjourned but the Secretary failed to note the time.Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Club Meeting Temporarily Suspended

posted Jan 4, 2021, 12:29 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

As of December 2020, our usual meeting location is no longer available to the Club. The Board of Directors is in the process of locating a new meeting site. The Club will be notified when a new location is secured. 

November 17, 2020 Meeting Changes

posted Nov 11, 2020, 12:15 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com   [ updated Nov 11, 2020, 12:19 PM ]

Five hours after posting the November 17 Stamp Club Meeting Announcement the Governor changed the COVID-19 safety protocol. Indoor group meetings have again been limited to 10 people or less. This make a normal club meeting impractical. The business meeting has been removed from the agenda but the Stamp Bourse will still be held on Tuesday night. The following rules will be followed to ensure compliance with the Governor’s 10-person limit.For everyone’s health and safety the following rules must be observed:1. You must bring a face mask and wear it both inside the meeting room and outside in the parking lot.2. No more than 10 people will be allowed in the meeting room at a time. Controls will be in place at the door to ensure compliance. If the room is full, wait in the parking lot until someone exits. Masks must be worn at all times.3. As a courtesy to other members, no socializing will be allowed in the meeting room. Use your time to peruse the stamps and make your selection. Others may be waiting for you to exit so they may have their turn to enter the bourse. Masks must be worn at all times.4. Socializing will be allowed in the parking lot. The required 6 feet of social distancing must be observed. Masks must be worn at all times.5. Please follow the North Carolina COVID-19 guidelines. If you have been exposed in the last 14 days or you are not feeling well, please stay home.6. There will be hand sanitizer and wipes available. The Club will supply gallon plastic bags for you to take home loose material. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society.

Minutes of Meetings 2020

Meeting of October 20, 2020

posted Nov 17, 2020, 2:45 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of October 20, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society  Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone and reminded us to wear our name tags and sign the attendance sheet.John announced that due to the closing of Scrap and Design the last meeting at this location will be the November meeting. The Board of Directors is searching for a new meeting location.October is Stamp Collecting Month.The Club has received a Thank You card from John Hotchner for stamps donated to the wounded.Vice President Helen Rittersporn reported that she is investigating the possible move of the Club website from Google Sites to WordPress.Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported no new inquiries or membership applications. Membership stands at 36.Treasurer Tim Snyder reported the Club made $327.98 at the August Stamp Bourse. Treasury balance of $3126.55.Old Business:   Everyone needs to be searching for a new meeting place.   The December Christmas Party meeting has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A summer event is a possible alternative.   Richard Porcelli and Bruce Patterson reported on the progress being made on the December 19, 2020 Wreaths Across America special pictorial postmark. New Business:     John reported on the June 16, 202 meeting of the Board of Directors.    The November meeting will be a Stamp Bourse.Jimmy Jordan presented a few items of philatelic news.Meeting adjourned at 7:25 pm.Jimmy Jordan presented a program on watermarks and watermarking stamps. Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of September 15, 2020

posted Oct 5, 2020, 12:16 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of September 15, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the first meeting since February by taking a few minutes for everyone to become re-acquainted and tell how they had coped with the Covid-19 pandemic.Annual Meeting reports were given by the Club Officers and the 2020-2021 Club Officers were sworn in. The abbreviated Annual Meeting was necessary due to the April meeting being canceled by Covid-19 restrictions.Old Business:  The March 2020 through August 2020 meetings had been canceled due to Covid-19.  John reported that the August walk-thru Stamp Bourse was a big success.  Bruce Patterson and Richard Porcelli reported on their pictorial cancellation project for Wreaths Across America.  Participation in the Lower Cape Fear Coin Show was canceled.  Donn Ebert has announced cancelation of the 2021 Myrtle Beach Stamp Show. New Business:  John reported on the June 16, 202 meeting of the Board of Directors. A charitable donation of $100 in the name of Shelly Holt, our landlord, was authorized. The donation is in lieu of rent.  The December Christmas Party was discussed. There is a real possibility that the party will be canceled because of Covid-19 restrictions and probable low attendance.  John announced that the November 2020 meeting will be the last at our current meeting location. Our landlord is not renewing her lease on the building. A search for a new location will begin.  The Stamp Bourses was well received and there will likely be others held in the future.  The remaining 2020 calendar of events and the possibility of virtual meetings were discussed but everything is on hold until after the virus pandemic and a new meeting place is found.  John announced that Howard Loving has donated Elisabeth’s stamp collection to the Club and asked that it be distributed to the membership. John will develop a system of distribution. Jimmy Jordan presented a few items of philatelic news. Meeting adjourned Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Wilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of August 18, 2020

posted Aug 19, 2020, 10:27 AM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of August 18, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society A normal sit-down meeting could not be held because of COVID-19 restrictions on meeting size and the need for proper social distancing. A Stamp Bourse was held in place of a meeting. Display tables were filled with a large number of stamps, covers, albums, and philatelic supplies. Some lots were free and others were for sale at very reasonable prices. All of the lots came from the Club’s accumulation of donated material and all proceeds benefited the Club’s Treasury. In accordance with North Carolina Covid -19 guidelines and for the health and safety of all attendees, only ten people were allowed in the stamp room at a time and face masks were required. Everyone appeared to fine items for their collections and a lot of stamps found new homes. A total of 12 members attend the bourse. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society 

Minutes of July 21, 2020 Meeting

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Minutes of July 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society July 21, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of June 16, 2020

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Minutes of June 16, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society June 16, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Minutes of May 19, 2020

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Minutes of May 19, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society May 19, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of April 21, 2020

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Minutes of April 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society April 21, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The April 21, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed. Jimmy Jordan, SecretaryWilmington Philatelic Society

Meeting of March 17, 2020

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Minutes of March 17, 2020Wilmington Philatelic SocietyMarch 17, 2020 Stamp Club Meeting CanceledBased upon the latest information and suggestions from the Center of Disease Control, meetings of the Wilmington Philatelic Society have been suspended until further notice. The March 17, 2020 meeting has been canceled. President John Daniels will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the decision of when to resume meetings will be based upon the best advice from the CDC and local health professionals. The Club will be kept informed.

Meeting of February 18, 2020

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Minutes of February 18, 2020Wilmington Philatelic Society

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The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Nineteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The meeting is an Auction and the sign-in sheet determines the order in which lots are auctioned. Due to the auction, there is no “Free” table tonight.Vice President Report: Andy Vics shared a 1954 post card given to him by member John Valentino. The card was a thank you note for stamps donated to the Stamps for the Wounded program. The message on the card was almost identical to the present day thank you notes the Club receives for donating to the program. Andy encouraged all members to check, and read, the WPS website often. All club announcements and news items are posted on the website making it a valuable source of information. This is even more important now that the seems to be some kind of restriction on sending large emails to the Club.Secretary Report: Two new membership applications have been received through the website. Both applicants are attending tonight’s meeting and hopefully will join the Club. Current membership remains 37.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2504.86.Old Business: The Myrtle Beach Stamp Show was well attended by WPS members. Eight to ten members attended. There were a few stamp dealers and a number of cover and post card dealers at the show. Remember the Cape Fear Azalea Festival Coin Show April 4-5. The Club will have a display table at the show and volunteers are needed to represent the Club. One of Helen Rittersporn’s recent blog posts was about cover collecting and contained links to the WPS website. Helen’s blogs often promote stamp collecting and the WPS. The results of the Auction Want List survey has been distributed to the Club. This should assist auction sellers in presenting lots that have a higher probability of selling.New Business: The March 17 meeting will be the annual nomination and election of officers. Our two visitors, [name removed] and Robert Valik of Leland, joined the Club by payment of dues.Meeting adjourned at 07:30 pm.A Farewell Cake and Ice Cream Party was held for founding charter member Wendell Triplett. Wendell signed the WPS American Philatelic Society Charter Application in 1984! He was also the Club Treasurer for several decades. Wendell is moving to Baltimore to be closer to family members.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn, with the assistance of Robert Valik, conducted a very successful club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Meeting of January 21, 2020

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Minutes of January 21, 2020Wilmington Philatelic SocietyThe meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm by President John Daniels. Seventeen members and one visitor, Dave Malkmus of Carolina Beach, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. He also reminded everyone that the WPS Calendar on the website has been updated for 2020 and the Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Stamp Show is Saturday and Sunday February 8-9. Flyers for the show are available.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson reported on the success of the Wreath Across America program. Gene Sauer reported that Pearsall Church, our old meeting place, is under contract and may sell soon.Vice President Report: Shipped 5 pounds of stamps to the Stamps for Veterans program. A total of 68 pounds has be shipped so far. He is accepting donations for the May 2020 shipment.Secretary Report: No new contacts, membership inquirers, or membership applications received. Current membership remains 36. The collection of 2020 dues has started.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current Treasury balance is $2264.86 after paying Hieronymus Seafood $805.00 for the Christmas party.Old Business: The Club’s Christmas Holiday Party at Hieronymus Seafood was successful. The Linn’s list of brick and mortar stamp stores is now up to 84. Wendel Triplett was presented with a framed Life Membership certificate. Wendell announced that he would soon be moving to the Baltimore Maryland area.New Business: The Azalea Festival Coin Show is April 4-5, 2020. The Club will have a presence at the show. The March meeting will be election of club officers with the instillation of officers at the April meeting. Jimmy reported items of philatelic news.The February meeting will be a Club auction.Meeting adjourned at 7:36Steve Matthews presented a program on identification of reprinted stamps and how he finds the research and study of his stamps interesting and fun.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

Minutes of Meetings 2019

Meeting of November 19, 2019

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Minutes of November 19, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:10 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the first meeting at the Scrap and Design Center, our new meeting location.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The meeting is an Auction and the sign-in sheet determines the order in which lots are auctioned. Due to the auction, there is no “Free” table. The Christmas party will again be at Hieronymus Seafood on Wednesday December 11. The menu and details will be emailed in a few days. Please RSVP.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson informed us that the Wreath Across America program is exceeding expectations but is still accepting donations.Vice President Report: The next shipment of donated Stamps for Veterans will be mailed Friday. He is accepting donations for the May 2020 shipment.Secretary Report: One new contact and membership inquiry received but no new applications. Current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2974.66.  Old Business: The Club’s annual Christmas Holiday Party is December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood. There is no charge for members. Guest pay $20.00. Let the Secretary know if you plan to attend and if a guest will attend. Headcount for the restaurant is needed by December 3. Program and presentation volunteers are needed for the 2020 meeting calendar. See Andy Vics if you can help.  New Business: The Club library is now located in John Daniels garage. An inventory shows a number of missing books. Please return any overdue books. Several items were approved at the recent Board Meeting. Certificates will be presented to our two active Life Members, Gene Sauer and Wendell Triplett, at the Christmas Party. John Daniels will check into the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club’s offer for floor space at the 2020 Cape Fear Coin Show.Jimmy reported items of philatelic news.The next meeting is the annual Christmas Party on Wednesday December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood.Meeting adjourned.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn conducted a very successful club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

October 8, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of October 8, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Seventeen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of items were placed on the club “Free” table. The Christmas party will again be at Hieronymus Seafood on Wednesday December 11. Details at the November meeting. This was the last meeting at Pearsall Church. The November meeting will be the first at our new meeting place Scrap and Design Center, Judges Road, Wilmington. Maps to the new meeting location were available.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson informed us of the Wreath Across America program which is accepting donations. Helen Rittersporn suggested the club do something to honor Nancy Pope who died August 30, 2019. Nancy was the Head Curator of the History Department of the National Postal Museum. The suggestion will be discussed at the next meeting of the Board of Directors. 
Vice President Report: A map and directions to the new meeting location have been place on the club website.
Secretary Report: No new contacts or membership applications. Current membership remains 36.
Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2868.96.
Old Business: The club encourages members to support the hobby through APS membership. Beginning with the November meeting we will meet on the THIRD Tuesday of the month at the Scrap and Design Center, 311 Judges Rd, Unit 2B, Wilmington, NC. The retired CANADA box of stamps will be added to the general accumulation of stamps available to the membership. John reminded us that he had received inquiries from two ladies with stamp collections for sale. See John for details.   
New Business: Linn’s Stamp News is compiling a list of “brick and mortar” stamps stores in the USA. This is an ongoing list and new stores will be added as discovered. There are none in North Carolina. The Myrtle Beach Stamp Show is coming up in February 2020. Details will be announced. It is time to fill the 2020 Meeting Calendar with presentations. Contact Andy if you would like to volunteer.
Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news. 
The next meeting is Tuesday November 19 at the Scrap and Design Center. This will be a club auction.
Meeting adjourned.
Richard Porcelli demonstrated a method to soak self-adhesive stamps off paper and Jimmy Jordan demonstrated soaking, drying, and pressing the older “lick n stick” stamps off paper. 
Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

September 10, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of September 10, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of items will be placed on the club “Free” table but not until after Helen’s presentation. The October 8, 2019 meeting will be held at the church and will be the last meeting held at Pearsall.Floor Remarks: Richard Porcelli commented on the American Philatelist article about the stamp hobby is not dying but is evolving. This started a lively discussion about the changing nature of the stamp collecting hobby and philatelic marketplace. Ebay is now the market place for most collectors and is setting the prices for most philatelic sales. The public now uses the web and social media as their main means of conducting business, communication, and entertainment. Our club needs to accept this change and broaden our approach to stamp collecting and public outreach. Helen’s presentation will address this very subject.Vice President Report: We need volunteers to make presentations at upcoming meetings. Donation for Stamps for the Wounded are being accepted. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: No new contacts or membership applications. Current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2896.66.Old Business: The club encourages members to support the hobby through APS membership. Helen Rittersporn and Lloyd MacAskill are our newest APS members. The search for a new meeting place is over, at least for the time being. Beginning with the November meeting we will meet on the THIRD Tuesday of the month at the Scrap and Design Center, 311 Judges Rd, Unit 2B, Wilmington, NC. Adequate driving directions will be provided later.New Business: Elaine Herzog and Juanita Sizemore contacted John about collections they have for sale. Both collections are US stamps and First Day Covers. See John for contact information. The club’s annual Christmas Social at Hieronymus Seafood is rapidly approaching Details will be available soon. The October meeting is an “Open” meeting. Please bring philatelic items to share with the club. Jimmy Jordan will hold a Stamp Soaking Clinic for those who are interested.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news. He also shared a personal experience with bank fraud. Someone was able to print completely bogus checks using Jimmy’s bank routing number and account number and then make a purchase. Jimmy discovered the fraud immediately and, with the help of his bank, was able to close the old account and open a new one. Although he suffered no financial loss the aggravation of the modern electronic banking system is almost overwhelming. It takes one to two pay cycles (i.e. months) for changes to direct deposits and automatic drafts to become effective. Until the changeover to the new account is complete, Jimmy has to monitor his accounts and make daily authorization (or not) phone calls to the bank.  All are reminded to review your financial accounts daily!    The next meeting is Tuesday October 8, 2019 at the church. This will be an “Open” meeting along with Jimmy’s stamp soaking clinic.Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.Helen Rittersporn presented the program “My 10 Favorite Anchored Scraps.com Blog Posts on Stamp Collecting”. Helen actively promotes old fashion letter writing with her blog and often finds ways to incorporate stamps and stamp collecting in her posts. Well Done Helen!Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan, Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

August 13, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of August 13, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and one visitor, Carol Noll, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The September meeting will most likely be at the church. The search for a new meeting place continues with the most promising place being the Scrap and Design building at 311 Judges Rd. The club will be notified as new information develops. The “Free Table” returns next meeting.Floor Remarks: Bruce Patterson announced that the VA Center is forming a veteran’s memorabilia display area and is looking for donations of material.Vice President Report: Donations are still being accepted Stamps for the Wounded. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: One new contact was received via the website this month. Edward Caropreso wanted a stamp collection appraised for an estate probate. John assisted Edward. Todd Brohaugh joined after the July meeting and Butch Minnick resigned due to relocating to Virginia. Membership remains at 36.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2857.56.Old Business: The search for a new meeting place is ongoing. The church is now closed but we can continue to meet here until the property is sold. Please pay attention to any email notices for updates. Last month’s retirement of the Nickel Boxes proved to be a good idea as an inspection of the remaining stamps revealed mostly poor-quality material. The Canada Box has been well search by the membership and is also being retired. Two members have recently joined the American Philatelic Society (APS). The APS offers a number of benefits its members and is well worth joining. The WPS also benefits because as long as we maintain a specified percentage of APS members the club received free APS Club membership.New Business: The APS has issued a SCAM ALERT. People claiming to be from the APS are soliciting to buy collections for a fee. The APS does not buy collections!Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is September 10, 2019. Helen Rittersporn will make a presentation on the world of blogging.Meeting adjourned at 7:38 pm.Auctioneer Helen Rittersporn conduct a club auction following the meeting.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

July 9, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of July 9, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of donated items were placed on the club “Free” and “For Sale” tables. The “Fill a Bag” box of free stamps is available.In Memoriam: Richard Porcelli and Andy Vics shared some of their remembrances of Michelle Long.Floor Remarks: Richard Porcelli reported on Tineye.com, a reverse image search program. Upload an image and the program will tell you where the image appears on the web.Vice President Report: A thank you note was received from John Hotchner in recognition of the club’s donation to Stamps for the Wounded. The next shipment will be in November.Secretary Report: One member reinstated his membership and Butch Minnick resigned due to his relocation to Virginia. Current membership is 35. The club’s annual Chapter Report has been submitted to the APS. The club meets the minimum requirements for free chapter dues.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2830.16.Old Business: The search for a new meeting place is ongoing. The church is now closed but we can continue to meet here until the property is sold. Please pay attention to any email notices for updates. Due to the flood of donated free stamps, the Nickel Boxes have become obsolete and have been withdrawn from circulation. The Nickel Boxes will be reinstated if the demand returns.New Business: NoneJimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is August 13, 2019 and will be an Auction.Meeting adjourned.Visitor Todd Brohaugh joined the club. Welcome Todd! Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

June 11, 2109 Meeting

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Minutes of June 11, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Fifteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A number of donated items were placed on the club “Free” and “For Sale” tables.Floor Remarks:   Sandy Montalto suggested that a meeting be dedicated to helping members identifying stamps. Richard Porcelli said that there was a website that could match scans/photos of items to other items on the web and may be useful in identifying stamps. He could not remember the exact name of the site.Vice President Report: Another four pounds of stamps has been shipped to Stamps for the Wounded. This brings the total to 63 pounds of stamps donated in four years. The contact bridge on the club website use to contact club officers has be upgraded to a secure link. The change adds another layer of security to the link.Secretary Report: We have received one new application for membership through the website. Membership is pending payment of dues. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Tim gave a detailed report on the past month’s income and expenditures. The current treasury balance is $2801.36.Old Business: Fresh material has been added to the Nickel Boxes and members are encouraged to take a look. A motion to accept the amendments to the By-Laws proposed at the May meeting was made and seconded. The motion passed by voice vote. There were no nay votes.New Business: John announced to the club that Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church is closing and the property will be sold. A search for a new meeting place is underway and the membership was asked to assist finding a location. The church will close on June 30, 2019 but a tentative agreement with the church will allow us continued use of the room until the property is actually sold. WPS Board member Andy Vics nominated Gene Sauer for Life Member in recognition of her many years of service to the club. The nomination was seconded and passed by voice vote. There were no nay votes.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is July 9, 2019 and will be an Open meeting.Meeting adjourned.Following the business meeting, Lillian Tompa gave a presentation of Fancy Cancels. Her presentation encouraged an interesting discussion of fancy cancels with significant audience participation.Jimmy Jordan gave a short show and tell on the cover cachet art work of J. R, Hemenway.Membership applicant Shonda Asaad became our newest member upon payment of dues.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

May 14, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of May 14, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm by President John Daniels. Twenty-two members and one visitor, Norman Levesque, were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. A large donation of stamps has been received. Many of the items will show up on the Free Table. Reminder that next meeting will be a Show & Tell. Lillian will present some fancy cancels. Others will have the opportunity to show interesting items as well. Last call for stamp donations for Steve Matthew’s Leland school project. Reminder for all auction sellers to properly describe and mark lots.Officers’ ReportsVice President: The accumulated Stamps for the Wounded will be mailed next week. The next shipment is planned for November. A “Closed Album Page” has been added to the Club website. This page has been added as a remembrance of deceased members.Secretary Report: No new contacts or prospects. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Current Treasury balance $2787.73.Director at Large Report: No repostOld Business: Reminder that we have “nickel stamp boxes” available to help build your collection. Discovered that the printer of the recently acquired Club table top banner mistakenly made two banners. We received two banners for the price of one. Helen Rittersporn was reimbursed the cost of the banner. Jimmy Jordan presented the Board of Directors proposed changes to the Club By-Laws.New Business: Helen Rittersporn was introduced as the Club’s new auctioneer. Bruce Patterson was thanked for his work as auctioneer the past few years. The Club received a stamp donation from UNCW Professor James Hunt. Professor Hunt was hired by our former Club President Lee Sherman.The next meeting is June 11, 2019 and will be a club show and tell.Meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm.Helen conducted her first auction after the meeting.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

April 9, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of April 9, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and two visitors were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The club presence at the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club show April 6-7 received a lot of attention. This is our 35th anniversary meeting with the club being chartered on March 31, 1984. The recent passing of several club members was remembered.Annual Meeting ReportsPresident: Review of the past year along with expectations and goals for the coming year.Vice President: Another good year for donations to Stamps for the Wounded. Fifty-nine pounds of stamps have been donated in four years.Secretary Report: The club website is very important with numerous news items, meeting announcements, and new issue announcements. Almost 100% of new contacts originate with the website. Seven new members joined during the past year, lost one member due to her death, and four members failed to renew their membership. Current membership is 35.Treasurer Report: Past years income from all sources $2000.76. Expenditures $1442.75. Net income $564.01. Major expenditures were the Christmas Party, meeting room rent, and hurricane relief charitable donation. Current Treasury balance $2726.40.Director at Large Report: Introduced a cachet and Computer Stamp commemorating her 1500th daily blog post. The stamp and cachet were designed by club member Richard Porcelli.Old Business: Final report on the Myrtle Beach Stamp Show and the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Show. The new table top Club Banner designed and procured by Helen Rittersporn was introduced. Steve Matthews reported on his Lincoln Elementary School (Leland, NC) project and requested stamp donations. John suggested the importance and benefits of APS membership.New Business: Jimmy Jordan nominated club founding member Wendell Triplett for Honorary Life Membership. The nomination was seconded and carried by a unanimous vote.Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.-*+The next meeting is May 14, 2019 and will be a club auction.Meeting adjourned.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

March 12, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of March 12, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Thirteen members and three visitor were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting. President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The Lower Cape Fear Coin Club show is April 6-7 and volunteers are needed to staff the WPS table. The next club meeting is April 9 and will be the Annual Meeting with installation of officers. Gene Sauer brought a sheet cake to share with everyone.   John opened the floor for the nomination of club officers for 2019. Bob Doleman nominated the current slate of officers, with second by Gene Sauer. There being no other nominations John declared John Daniels, President; Andy Vics, Vice President; Jimmy Jordan, Secretary; Tim Snyder, Treasurer; Helen Rittersporn, Director at Large; and Richard Porcelli, Director Past President elected as provided in the Club By-Laws.Vice President Report:   The next mailing of stamps for the veterans will be in May.Secretary Report:   The annual membership renewal drive will end March 31. Ninety percent of the membership have renewed. Two membership applications are pending. Current membership 37. Treasurer Report:   Dues payments, auction sales, and auction fees have brought the treasury balance to $2612.95.Old Business:   The February Auction was one of the most successful every. The Board of Directors has decided to table the suggestion to establish a sales and swap committee. Dave Mork’s moving “give-away” is still available with boxes full of collectable items. The “nickel stamp boxes” are available and a mint US box is being considered.New Business:    John reported on the February 27, 2019 Board of Directors meeting. Steve Matthews told us about his stamps for education project with the Lincoln Elementary School in Leland. To match countries being studied by the students he needs stamps from Malawi, Egypt, Japan, Italy, Australia, and India. Jimmy reported on the upcoming USPS new stamp issues and other philatelic news.The next meeting is April 9, 2109.Meeting adjourned.Our three visitors, Lloyd MacAskill, Ron Rowan, and Steve Sikorski joined the club. All three gentlemen found the club through our website.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

February 12, 2019 Meeting

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Minutes of February 12, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members were present. John welcomed everyone to the meeting.President’s Remarks: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. The nominations and election of club officers will be held at the March meeting.Vice President Report:   Donations of stamps for the veterans are welcome. Next shipment will be sent in April.Secretary Report:   Membership dues renewal cycle is going well with 75% of the membership paid. Butch Minnick, of Hampstead, joint the club. Current membership is 37.Treasurer Report:   Tim reported payment of $300 rent to the church for the 2018 meetings. Current balance is $1825.50.Old Business:   A request to enter non-philatelic items into the club auctions had been received. The auctions are for philatelic items only. Two important meetings: March will be the election of club officers and April will be the Annual Meeting with state of the club reports from the officers. Lower Cape Fear Coin Club Show is April 5-6. The WPS will have a table and volunteers are needed. A number of members attended the Myrtle Beach Stamp Show.New Business:    Member David Mork has a large amount of covers, album pages, and other items he needs to dispose of. See David for details. Tonight’s auction contains a number of donated lots will all proceeds going to the club. John reported that he had assisted a collector sell his stamps. This resulted in a $250 donation to the club from the collector and a $100 finder’s fee donation from the dealer.     John told us about a man using non-denominated 10 cent Christmas Stamps from 1975 to mail his Christmas cards with none being rejected for postage due. Jimmy reported the new stamp issues for February and other philatelic news.The next meeting is March 12, 2019 and will be the election of officers.Meeting adjourned at 7:20.Auctioneer Bruce Patterson conducted the club auction.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society

January 8, 2019 Meeting

posted May 20, 2019, 6:16 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of January 8, 2019Wilmington Philatelic Society The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President John Daniels. Sixteen members and one visitor were present. John welcomed Visitor Bert Elam to the meeting.President’s Remarks:   Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet and wear their name badges. Our annual Christmas Social meeting on December 11 at Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant was a success. The next club meeting is February 12th and will be a club auction. Flyers for the February Myrtle Beach Stamp Club Stamp Show were made available. Vice President Report:   The club website has been updated to reflect the 2019 schedule. The next mailing of stamps for the veterans will be in May.Secretary Report:   One person has contacted the club about possible membership. The current membership remains 36.Treasurer Report:   The total expense for the Christmas Party was $782.50. Ticket sales amounted to $475.00 with the remaining $307.50 paid by the club. Treasury balance $2125.39.Old Business:   Nothing but positive comments about the Christmas Party. John suggests that next year’s party be held on Wednesday to avoid the conflct with the Wilmington Ski Club party held on Tuesday. Gene reported that the church yard sale held in December made $1200 for the church. Jon reminded everyone that the club website had been updated to reflect the information gleaned from the recent membership survey. Program Chairman Andy Vics asked for volunteers to present programs and Lilian said she would make a presentation of Fancy Cancels in September. John will again ask Lori Stehlin, of the Wilmington Post Office, to attend a club meeting.New Business:    John announced the agenda for the next few months include an Auction in February, nomination of officers in March, and the Annual Meeting in April. Jimmy reminded us that 2019 dues are now payable and a payment letter will be going out soon. John asked for donation of any S&H Green Stamps members may have. They are still redeemable! John thanked our visitor, Bert Elam, for donating a collection to the club. Lilian Tompa shared a box of FDCs.Jimmy reported on the upcoming January 27, 2019 USPS rate increase and several other philatelic news items.The next meeting is February 12, 2109 and will be a club auction.Meeting adjourned.Submitted by:Jimmy Jordan,Secretary Wilmington Philatelic Society 

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May 13, 2014

posted May 14, 2014, 2:11 PM by Andy Vics   [ updated May 15, 2014, 6:51 AM ]

Minutes of May 13, 2014

Wilmington Philatelic Society

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by president Andy Vics. 

Sixteen members were present. There were no guests.

Minutes of the April 8 meeting were made available in printed form. The minutes will no longer be read. The minutes of previous meetings are also accessible on our Web site and can be e-mailed or sent to members by USPS when requested. 

Reports:

Vice president – nothing to report.

Treasurer – Club account balance is $691.95

Secretary – Absent

Member at Large – Absent

Old business:  None

New business: None

Andy announced that our club was recognized in an article titled “Wilmington’s Mrs. Whistler” in the May 2014 issue of Wrightsville Beach Magazine. Members Jimmy Jordan and Richard Porcelli provided covers to be used in the article.

Member Bob Doleman suggested we explore starting a Silent Auction to speed up our auctions. Discussion followed but no firm decision was made.

The next meeting will be June 10, 2014. This will be an open meeting.

The meeting was adjourned.

A club auction conducted by Matt Stoll followed the club business meeting.

Submitted by:

Andy Vics, President

posted Mar 11, 2011, 2:15 PM by Andy Vics   [ updated Mar 11, 2011, 2:16 PM ]

Minutes of March 8, 2011

posted Mar 8, 2011 8:55 PM by jjordan18@ec.rr.com

Minutes of March 8, 2011

Wilmington Philatelic Society

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President Andy Vics with 18 members and three visitors in attendance. Andy announced that a new website for the club had been established and encouraged everyone to use it. This site will be the main avenue of communications for the club. A cabinet has been place in the storage room of the church fellowship hall. The club’s library, name tags, and miscellaneous forms will be kept in the cabinet. Andy asked everyone to read the club’s Constitution and By-Laws before the next meeting and be ready to discuss and vote on any changes that may be needed. To correct an oversight in January’s election, a Member at Large needs to be elected to the Board of Directors. Nominations and a vote will be held during the meeting in April. A discussion of the Membership Survey conducted in November 2008 is also planned.

 

Lee Sherman submitted his resignation from the office of Vice President. Lee regrets having to resign, but must due to the demands of caring for his wife Fran. Nominations and a vote for a new Vice President will be held during the meeting in April.

 

Treasurer Wendell Tripplet reported that the club is in a sound financial condition, but the rent for use of the meeting room is due. It is important that dues for 2011 be paid promptly.

 

Secretary Jimmy Jordan reported plans are being made with the Myrtle Beach Stamp Club for our spring joint meeting. The meeting will be on Saturday, April 16 at the Spring House Restaurant in North Myrtle Beach. Final plans and arrangements will be announced at our April meeting.

 

With no additional business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned. A club auction followed the meeting.

 

The next scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.

 

Submitted by:

 

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary

Wilmington Philatelic Society