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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

MARCH MEETING: The March meeting of the Northwoods Philatelic Society will take place in the fellowship hall of the First Lutheran Church, on Tuesday, March 20, at 700 p.m., CST. The church is located at 1210 South Stephenson Avenue, in Iron Mountain, next door to KFC. The February meeting will again include a brief business meeting, treats by Milt Wirth, and our popular stamp club auction.

FEBRUARY MEETING MINUTES: A strange thing happened in February. Breitung Township Schools were cancelled due to snow and ice, so many of us followed the history of the NPS meeting being cancelled whenever that occurs on the same day. However, a few intrepid souls showed up anyway, so the six who did arrive at the church did enjoy a short meeting and fellowship. Many thanks to Al LeBlanc for sending me along some notes. Not sure who ran the meeting, but I assume it was VP Tom Pleyte. As noted, six were in attendance. The minutes of the January meeting were approved as distributed in the February newsletter. The Treasurer's report was unanimously approved. Al noted that prior to the meeting, there was a bit of fun with the key having been left in Athelstane. The pastor was contacted, and he graciously opened up the building for the club.

OLD BUSINESS: Mark Pleyte shared info about the upcoming exhibits at WISCOPEX, and had the registration forms. If you do not yet have yours, contact Mark Pleyte. WISCOPEX 2018 is all set for May 5-6th in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, at the Voyageur Inn. Our club has developed an outstanding history of participating in the "small" exhibits program at that show. The entry forms will be out shortly, but this is the time to begin to pull it all together. Jim Byrne told me that exhibits are due down there by March 31ST. If you have never exhibited before, those who have will gladly help you along.

NEW BUSINESS: No new business was noted in Al''s minutes. The auction took place, and included club members' lots, New Sedona lots, and last months unsold Sedona lots. At our March meeting, Tom Pleyte advised that we will have club members' lots, unsold lots from the Escanaba club, which include Sedona and members' lots, and who knows what else will shop up.

Reminder, if you would like to serve as an Ambassador with the APS Club Ambassador" program, contact Milt or Jim for that info. The program calls for a club member to volunteer as a liaison with the APS Ambassador Point person on the APS staff. The program seeks to provide clubs with early notice of events, help clubs with program ideas and membership recruitment among several goals. It would be great if one of our members would like to step forward and fill that interesting role. At the January meeting, Jim Stearns passed out a handout on Cinderellas. If that little treasure went home with you by accident, be sure and bring it to the March meeting.

The meeting adjourned briefly for treats from the Piggy Wiggly, provided by Tom Pleyte., and then the auction followed.

SPEAKING OF STAMPS: As we noted above, WISCOPEX planning is well underway. We would be remiss if we did not also remind everybody that our friends in Green Bay also have a date for BAYPEX, which is March 24TH. It is time to update your want list, and equally importantly, circle your calendar. Plan your spring show schedule now. Check the ATFP for more details on shows this winter and spring.

We will call it a wrap. See you at the March meeting. Bring a friend, some loose change and some auction lots. Since Ye Old Editor did miss the "cancelled" February meeting, I still have a supply of the BAYPEX posters. Please call me immediately if you can get a few out and hung. Feel free to print the one below, and please do not wait until the meeting for more posters. Call me quickly, and I will get them to you. We need to do all we can to support BAYPEX.

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.