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Northwoods Philatelic Society

APS Chapter #1477

Classroom Wing, First Lutheran Church, 1210 S. Stephenson Ave., 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm

Milt Wirth, President
Tom Pleyte, Vice-President
Mark Pleyte, Treasurer
Jim Stearns, Secretary/Bulletin Editor

NOVEMBER MEETING REMINDER: The November meeting of the Northwoods Philatelic Society will take place in the fellowship hall of the First Lutheran Church, on Tuesday, November 21st. The church is located at 1210 South Stephenson Avenue, in Iron Mountain, next door to KFC. Their will be a short business meeting, and our popular auction. We did not get a volunteer for November treats, so none is planned. If you are so inclined, and would like to bring treats, please do so, and inform President Milt Wirth, to be sure there is no duplication.

OCTOBER MEETING MINUTES: Many thanks to Al LeBlanc for capably filling in for me, while Millie and I were in Milwaukee for chemo. The October meeting was called to order by President Milt Wirth with 8 present. The minutes for the September meeting were approved as distributed in the October Newsletter. The Treasurer’s report was unanimously approved.

OLD BUSINESS: Milt Wirth gave the club an update on Jim Stearns’ chemo trips to Milwaukee, and how things are going. Jim Stearns is still working on the revised membership directory, so if you have not yet had an opportunity to review or add/change your information, contact Jim before or during the November meeting. The Christmas greeting in the ATFP was forwarded to Jim Byrne, who will forward it to the ATFP.

NEW BUSINESS: Tom Pleyte brought a “scary” shirt, which he received from some “friends”., perhaps as a Halloween gag. The shirt showed a cartoonish caricature of Tom, on a 20 cent “impref” stamp. The meeting adjourned to treats, consisting of the remainder of the Harvest Dinner cake, which Jim & Millie forwarded to Milt Wirth. After the break, the auction was conducted, and seven out of eight members were bidders. Included were a couple of lots which Jim Stearns was given by a physician in Mississippi, for our club.

SPEAKING OF STAMPS: In a recent edition of Linns, I noted an article about a Newfoundland stamp which was never issued. Turns out, it had a Wayzata, Minnesota connection. The plot was to use a “to be issued” Newfie dollar value stamp to create some covers, and make a huge profit. Ultimately, the project was cancelled by the Canadians. The airplane was to be purchased by a wealthy businessman from Minnesota, and the flight would begin somewhere on or near Lake Minnetonka, MN. I have been on a boat cruise on that Lake, and my sister once lived in Wayzata, so this article was full of intrigue for me.

I wonder how many countries created stamps for the total eclipse last summer. The USPS did, of course, and I noted an article in the November American Philatelist regarding the fact that the stamp was printed on black paper, so requires some special sleeve to protect it from degrading. I also enjoyed a neat article on Rev. Father Ted Hessburgh, and the new stamp commemorating him as a religious leader. Fr. Hessburgh was the long term President of the University of Notre Dame, and he also was a charter member on the national Civil Rights Commission.

Be sure and plan to come to the November NPS meeting, and come early with some auctinn lots. We should be talking about our December meeting, and our annual philatelic gift exchange. See you all at the Stamp Club meeting on November 21.

one of the Almost Home Animal Shelter commemorative covers available

Send $2 and a self-addressed stamped #10 envelope
— or for 6x9 envelope with all ten stamps, $7 with a folded, 8x10,
self-addressed shipping envelope with $1.10 postage affixed —
to Jim Stearns, Northwoods Philatelic Society,
W8071 Old Carney Lake Road, Iron Mountain, MI 49801.

Almost Home Animal Shelter 6x9 commemorative cover

Pictorial Postmark and Cover Issued for Almost Home Animal Shelter

Two commemorative envelopes (covers) with a special pictorial postmark are now available through members of the Northwoods Philatelic Society, and for a limited time at the Quinnesec post office. The covers were prepared and first on sale at the grand opening of the "Almost Home Animal Shelter," located in Quinnesec, Michigan, near Iron Mountain. The envelopes honor the new animal shelter, and include artwork of the new shelter logo, event information, a stamp from the Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet / Animal Rescue stamp pane from 2010, and are postmarked with a unique, "Quinnesec Michigan Shelter Station" pictorial cancellation, specially approved for this event. The envelopes are for sale in two formats, on a #6 envelope with the cachet and a single stamp from the sheet of 10 different dog and cat designs, or on a larger, 6x9 envelope with all 10 of the different cat and dog stamps from that pane.