Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

“The Stamp Collector”, Curt Bruckner, 1961

Our weather has finally turned, signaled by the changing leaves about three weeks late. When I was growing up in Ohio, the initial excitement of this season quickly wore off, faced with the bracing cold to come. But once January came around, the stamp shows began in earnest and I turned to my collection once again. When I married and we moved to California, job, kids, house and everything that went with these consumed all my time. My old stamp collection sat on the shelf, patiently waiting for attention once again. It wasn’t until we moved to NC that I discovered offerings on eBay. This was 1998, and we found life taking on a more balanced flavor. We built our house, settled in to new jobs, and enjoyed the four distinct seasons once again. As I write this, the squirrels are playing on the deck, leaves are gently falling all around, and I’m looking forward to a hopefully not-too-cold winter “playing” (as my wife calls it) with my stamps, same as generations of philatelists have done before me. Let’s all count our blessings. Happy Collecting!

President’s Message

As we move through our beautiful and much warmer than normal winter season, it’s inspiring to see new faces at each of our club meetings. That means growth for our club when other clubs across North Carolina may not be as fortunate. Some of that growth is attributed to the beautiful facility we meet in and acquired for us free of charge by our former president, Ed deBary.

Our programs are varied, educational and fun for all. Our every other month club auction attracts a plethora of philatelic items that can be acquired for very reasonable prices. The amount of philatelic knowledge that our membership contains is quite striking. Less experienced members can quickly determine those individuals that can help them significantly in their hobby knowledge growth. As we move into the rest of the year, I invite all members to willingly participate in all of our club auctions, programs, business segments of our meetings, etc. We are a viable club because of your input and participation.

This is YOUR club and the goal of myself and the other officers is for you to get enjoyment and knowledge from our programs.

See you soon,
Robert