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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

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

FEBRUARY MEETING REMINDER The February meeting of the Northwoods Philatelic Society will take place in the fellowship hall of the First Lutheran Church, on Tuesday, February 21st. The church is located at 1210 South Stephenson Avenue, in Iron Mountain, next door to KFC. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm, and will feature a short business meeting, treats and our popular auction. Be sure and be there, and bring a friend, or “fallen away” member.

JANUARY MEETING MINUTES: The January meeting was called to order by President Pat Murra. We had 12 members in attendance, including Nathan Arndt and his dad, and we welcomed a new member, Dennis Rahoi. We are so glad to see our scout and his dad, and to meet Dennis. We also welcomed back Denise Dirks. We hope to see all of you quite regularly.

OLD BUSINESS: The minutes of the December meeting, as contained in the January newsletter, were approved unanimously. Mark Pleyte's treasurer's report was likewise approved.

Jim Stearns reported that arrangements for our bi-annual Stamp Camp for Kids are moving along fine. The media has been cooperative, schools and scout leaders have been notified, and the library produced an awesome colored poster. These were passed out to members, who will distribute them widely. For those of you who get the email version, I am inserting a copy of it in this newsletter. By the time you see this, we will have completed the evening, but it will still be of interest. Jim reviewed ths signup sheet for Stamp Camp, and encouraged our club members to arrive by 5:30, to set up tables, lay out supplies for the various stations, and arrange the door prizes and help register the kids.

NEW BUSINESS: Milt Wirth gave a “mini” program regarding some very unique stamps he acquired from Europe. They include stamps made of glass, and from codfish. The items were passed around. The club members welcomed Dennis Rahoi, and we went around the room with self introductions, including collecting interests.

Jim Stearns shared that he and Millie are closing their stamp business after about 45 years. They will continue to offer supplies to stamp collectors. Glen Kivela reported that the Bay de Noc Stamp and Coin Club has secured the date for their stamp and coin show, which is next July 15th. It will be held in the M-TEK building, just off of Danforth Road, on North 30th Street, near the campus of Day de Noc College, in Escanaba, Michigan. Jim shared a note from a cover collector, in the lower peninsula, seeking to know if w could still provide a copy of our Felch Post Office Centennial cover. Jim will reply in the affirmative. It is interesting that our 2006 cover might still be in demand. Jim noted that if this collector buys one or more covers, he will turn the proceeds over to the Animal Shelter, as we did for all net profits from that cover, 11 years ago. If anyone out there missed out on that issue, contact either Jim or Milt. In the email version of this newsletter, I will attach a scan of the Felch cover.

The members look forward to the next several NPS meetings, and we have treats for the next couple of months covered. The January meeting treats came hot from the pizza oven, and we thank Pat Murra for making those arrangements. Of course, the pizza did not last until our intermission, before the auction, as they are made to be eaten hot. Tom Pleyte will bring February treats, and Milt Wirth has March treats covered.

SPEAKING OF STAMPS: Be sure and circle your calendar for the March 18th stamp show, hosted by the Green Bay Philatelic Society. BAYPEX '17 will take place again at St. Matthews Catholic Church, multipurpose room. The address is 2575 South Webster in Green Bay. Show hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Any questions, contact info is in the ATFP. If you cannot wait for BAYPEX, make a plan to visit Milwaukee in early March. STAMPFEST '17 will be held on Saturday March 4 and Sunday March 5th. ATFP will have the location shortly, as they appear to be working on the venue. Later in the spring, you will want to attend WISCOPEX ‘17, hosted this year by the Central Wisconsin Stamp Club, in Stevens Point, on May 6-7th. WISCOPEX is the location of the WFSC annual business meeting. Be sure and check out the entire show schedule in the ATFP.

Be sure and curl up and read the January issue of ATFP. Our own Jim Byrne submitted a very thoughtful article on collecting and exhibiting topical stamps and covers. In so doing, Jim reminds us all to make plans for our own participation in the exhibits at WISCOPEX. NPS did very well last year. Clete Delvaux wrote a neat item on Sherlock Holmes on stamps. Very nice to see both authors focus on topical collecting.

Be sure and plan to be at the Northwoods Philatelic Society meeting on February 21st. See below for STAMP CAMP poster and FELCH cover sample.

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.