Minutes of the 1990 WFSC's Annual Business Meeting




April 28, 1990 Manitowoc, WI

President Ray Vedder called the 59th Annual Business Meeting of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs to order at 1:14 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Manitowoc, WI. Verna Shackleton gave the invocation.

Secretary Karen Weigt, read the roll call of member clubs and the following responded, having previously presented their credentials at the door:

Badger Stamp Club

Belle City Stamp Club

Central Wisconsin Stamp Club

First Day Cover Collectors of Wisconsin

Ford du Lac Stamp Club

Germany Philatelic Society

Green Bay Philatelic Society

Italian American Stamp Club

Janesville Stamp Club

Kettle Moraine Coin and Stamp Club

Manitowoc Philatelic Society

Milwaukee Philatelic Society

Northwestern Mutual Stamp Club

Oshkosh Philatelic Society

Outagamie Philatelic Society

Polish American Philatelic Society

Ripon Philatelic Society

Sheboygan Stamp Club

Waukesha County Philatelic Society

Wauwatosa Philatelic Society

Wisconsin Blue and Gray Society

Wisconsin Christmas Seal and Charity Stamp Society

Wisconsin Postal History Society

Wisconsin Valley Philatelic Society


Treasurer, Deanna Juhnke announced current inactive clubs: LaCrosse Stamp Club, Fort Atkinson Stamp Club, and Lake County Philatelic Society. Clubs delinquent for 1990 dues were Chain-o-Lakes Stamp Club and Queen City Philatelic Society. New clubs welcomed were North Shore Philatelic Society of Milwaukee and Belle City Stamp Club. Both were former members of the WFSC that have recently reorganized.


A motion was made to approve the minutes of the last meeting, MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


President, Ray Vedder stated current goals for the WFSC are to: [1] file necessary paperwork for IRC 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, [2] get on a solid financial base, [3] determine if any organizational changes are necessary for accomplishing future endeavors, [41 increase the number of individuals involved in WFSC activities, and [5] redefine overall goals to more adequately serve member clubs. President Vedder elaborated that filing for 501(c)(3) status has been delayed because of lack of prompt response from the IRS regarding our correct Employer ID Number. The Finance Committee is meeting regularly to determine options for getting the WFSC on a solid financial base. Some preliminary reorganization ideas have been presented to the Executive Board for consideration. Regarding assistance to member clubs, work on an updated BLUE BOOK is progressing. President Vedder invited suggestions for improved and added services and ideas on how to increase individual involvement.

Vice-President, Greg Schmidt, reported he has attended all Executive Board meetings. He also has been delegated responsibility for WFSC's philately-related activities, such as awards, exhibitions, judging, national affiliations, Hall of Fame, etc.

Secretary, Karen Weigt, reported that she has performed all secretarial duties as outlined in the bylaws. She thanked Treasurer Deanna Juhnke for filling in to ease the workload. She attended five philatelic exhibitions during the past year and coordinated and attended all Executive Board meetings. Karen admitted to an overcommitted schedule, which occasionally causes response delays, but accepted a nomination for another two-year term of office.

Treasurer, Deanna Juhnke, distributed copies of WFSC finance reports. A summary of figures arc:

                  4/22/89      4/27/90

CASH ON HAND (CHECKING)    $ 605.82  $1542.56

TOTAL, SAVINGS                       $2855.30* $2525.40**


**($1275.40 CD maturing 618190)

    ($1250.00 CD maturing 9/10/90)

There are 30 member clubs with approximately 1260 individuals. When compared to 1989, these figures indicate local clubs are losing memberships. Total income from Across the Fence was $492.25 with Expenses amounting to $771.79. Cost per copy is $0.13, half of what it was a year ago. Profit on cover sales was $285.04. A motion was made to approve the Treasurer's report. MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

Vice-President, Youth Division, MaryAnn Bowman, reported she works with the Milwaukee Division, USPS to plan and host the annual KIDPEX. The event includes youth exhibits, contests, games, activities, a cacheted cover with pictorial cancellation, and many free items. The KIDPEX '90 theme will highlight the Marine Animal stamps to be released in October, but activities will center on cancellations and postmark devices. MaryAnn requested donations of covers with cancellations from U.S. cities and states. A large volume is needed, and meter cancels also will be accepted.

Another major project this year was the formation of a Junior Philatelists of America, Wisconsin Chapter. Approximately 80 JPA Members reside in Wisconsin, including several JPA officers. Wisconsin Chapter meetings were held at KIDPEX, MILCOPEX, and WISCPEX. The Waukesha County Philatelic Society was acknowledged for providing financial support for the Chapter.

MaryAnn also thanked Wisconsin collectors for donations of stamps and other philatelic Material and pledged her continued activity in promoting youth philately on the local, regional, state and national levels. She offered assistance to any club interested in initiating a youth program, event or activity.

Northeast Region VP, Greg Schmidt, reported he has made contact with all clubs in his region either by visiting their club meetings or shows, or through correspondence with their representatives. He also offered assistance to the Manitowoc Philatelic Society for the planning of WISCOPEX '90.

East Central Region VP, Fred Erickson, reported there are six clubs in his region. He is a member of three of those clubs and is Chrmn., Fond du Lac Junior Education Program. He was Show Chrmn., FONDYPEX '89 and is on the FONDYPEX '90 and WISCOPEX '92 committees. He additionally served as Chrmn., WFSC Committee on Exhibitions. National memberships include APS, ATA, Perfins Club, and Precancel Society.

Central Region VP, Roy Northwood, reported that despite undergoing two knee operations within the past year, he functioned as Central Region VP. All three clubs in his region are active and progressing. They all had stamp shows, and two also sponsored a banquet (Central Wisconsin Stamp Club and Northwoods Stamp and Coin Club). The Wisconsin Valley Philatelic Society is now meeting in a new location and its Saturday bourses are successful. The Central Wisconsin club maintains two branches (one in Wisconsin Rapids and one in Stevens Point), which works well by having mutual officers for some positions. Roy visited the shows and meetings of all three clubs in his region. He also attended all WFSC Executive Board meetings. He additionally assisted at KIDPEX and helped man the Post Office at the Pointe Basse celebration in Nekoosa, which will be repeated in 1990.

Milwaukee Region VP, Erik Martini, reported that he has been in touch with all clubs in his region and has visited all Milwaukee area stamp and stamp-related (coin and postcard) shows. The newly formed Milwaukee Chapter, American Air Mail Society will consider joining the WFSC when their membership is larger. The UWM Philatelic Society and their annual show are run by a Professional organization. They are currently thinking about rejoining the WFSC. The new club at Deluxe Data Systems is not interested in joining the Federation because most of their members belong to other Milwaukee clubs and they prefer concentrating their efforts on promoting stamping collecting and assisting with KIDPEX The Czeslaw Slania Study Group is a national organization, with only a small percentage of its membership residing in Wisconsin. Membership in the WFSC, therefore, is of little value to their group. Erik is attempting to make contact with the Masonic Temple Stamp Club regarding rejoining the Federation, and he requested information about a rumored new club in the Greendale area.

Erik attended all but one Executive Board meeting and is currently responsible for distribution of Across the Fence. Postage costs have been considerably reduced through his efforts in hand-delivering copies to clubs in his region and, when possible, turning over other club copies to officers attending Executive Board meetings. Erik also coordinated arrangements for the first day cancel on the WFSC's Letter Carriers cover.

Southeast Region VP, Douglas Galaszewski, reported that due to a change in work hours, he was able to visit only one club in his region. Attempts will be made, however, to make more contacts in the future. He attended all Executive Board meetings and was instrumental in resolving a potential conflict of 1990 dates between WALCOPEX and STAMPFEST.

Southwest Region VP, Art Boyce, was absent and no report was submitted. Karen Weigt related that he has been seriously ill for the past few months.


American Philatelic Society representative, Karen Weigt, reported the WFSC retains a $47.10 credit with the APS which will be used as a prize or award to benefit the WFSC membership. WFSC activities and programs have been promoted in both the American Philatelist and APS Chapter Activities Committee Newsletter. She urged all clubs to regularly read the CACN and to join the APS if not already a member.

WFSC delegate to the National Association of Philatelic Federations, Roy Northwood, again thanked Karen Weigt and Erik Martini for efforts in organizing the NAPF convention, held at MILCOPEX '89. A follow-up mailing to all federations produced zero response, which was interpreted as lack of interest in continuing the group. It is, therefore, inactive at this time.

Council of Philatelic Organizations representative, Robert Meyer, reported he just received a listing of clubs belonging to COPO, and he urged all WFSC clubs to join. There is no charge for membership and he has application forms.

Chrmn., finance Committee, Deanna Juhnke, stated the committee's major accomplishment was to cut costs for producing Across the Fence. These costs are now down to a bare-bones level. Current activity is focused on providing figures to file for IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and arrangements for a raffle or auction of an afghan donated to the WFSC by Geri Atchison, of the Fond du Lac Stamp Club.

Publicity and Public Relations Committee, MaryAnn Bowman, member reported that in response to the 1989 WFSC financial crunch, the committee spent the year concentrating its efforts and fund-raising projects. This included the production of first day covers for both the Letter Carriers and Prehistoric Animals (dinosaur) stamps. The committee again coordinated an Annual WFSC Club Trivia Contest. It composed a survey for feedback related to the content of Across the Fence. To date, responses had been received from eight individuals and one club (Ripon Philatelic Society). Searches were made for an appropriate Summer Happening site, with hopes to resume the annual event in 1991. The WFSC's copy of the Video Guide to Stamp Collecting is available for use by member clubs by contacting MaryAnn. The committee continues to keep abreast of local, state and national philatelic activity news, and the Fond du Lac Stamp Club was complimented for its proficiency in already beginning publicity for WISCOPEX '92. A final comment related to John Gallagher's attempts to obtain photos of Wisconsin post offices. He now has 177 photos, but many more are needed. Individuals or clubs having photos to submit may contact MaryAnn for further information about the project.

Judging Committee, In the absence of Chuck Rebek, Chrmn., Karen Weigt related his report that future goals for the committee are to get more clubs to use the services of judges at exhibits. It gives the exhibit some credibility and judges can help exhibitors improve what they show -- something the popular vote method cannot achieve. Also, the committee urges more individuals to become judges, particularly in the Fox River Valley to Green Bay area and in the LaCrosse and Northwest areas. Karen related that she has a current list of approved judges. It was requested that the list be published in an upcoming issue of Across the Fence.

Wisconsin Stamp Suggestion Committee, Robert Mather reported he has resumed his campaign for the issuance of a Lunt-Fontanne stamp in 1993.

Committee on Exhibitions, Fred Erickson, Chrmn., had no report.

Hall of Fame Committee, Roy Northwood, Chrmn., related that Frank Moertl is now working on the Permanent Record Book which should he ready for WISCOPEX '91.

Bylaws Committee, Karen Weigt, Chrmn., stated that an amendment to the Articles of Incorporation was filed to update the Articles to conform to WFSC Bylaws. Standing Rules also were updated.

BLUE BOOK Committee, Greg Schmidt, reported an initial 150-page draft was produced for review and comments by various Executive Board members. The result was to specifically define the purpose of the book: to assist clubs hosting WISCOPEX and serve as a guideline for staging a local show. The second draft (reduced to 25 pages and on computer diskette) is now ready for review. The final copy will be reproduced and distributed to member clubs in the near future. A separate publicity sample book will travel among WISCOPEX host clubs. Greg thanked Roy Northwood for work previously done on the project.

Newsletter Editor, Clete Delvaux introduced John Fagan of the Germany Philatelic Society, who is currently printing the newsletter and credited for the improved appearance. Clete announced that he is in need of more feature articles. Bob Mather responded that if clubs will provide him with background information, hed be willing to write a "who's who" series of WFSC member clubs.


501(c)(3) Coordinator, Ray Vedder, referred to his President's Report presented earlier.

WISCONSIN ON STAMPS Handbook Coordinator, MaryAnn Bowman, reported there is continued interest for a second edition, and she is currently gathering additional items and new data. A suggestion was to use the book as a basis for a circulating slide show and that project is a possibility. The second edition will reflect a new look, but no definite timetable has been established for completion.

Cover Exchange Program Coordinator, MaryAnn Bowman, related that in slightly over a year, 4-5 participants have exchanged hundreds of covers, and she has received many compliments for implementing the program. Her experience, however, has shown that it would be more practical if exchanges were done either once or twice a year rather than monthly.



Standing Rules Revisions -- Copies of the Standing Rules with proposed amendments and additions were distributed to each delegate. A motion was made to approve the Standing Rules with amendments and additions as proposed. Motion PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

Bids for Future Conventions -- Reconfirmed bids were Sheboygan Stamp Club for 1991, Fond du Lac Stamp Club for 1992, Wisconsin Valley Philatelic Society for 1993 (with "conditional" removed), Central Wisconsin Stamp Club (Stevens Point) for 1994. The Kettle Moraine Coin and Stamp Club entered a bid for 1995.

Dues Increase Members-at-Large -- A motion was made to increase annual member-at-large dues from the current $5.00 to $7.00, effective January 1, 1991. Motion PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

Dues Increase Member Clubs Assessment -- A motion was made to increase the 11-year rate of $0.65 per member to $0.80 per member, effective January 1, 1991. Motion PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

Other New Business -- Frank Moertl (Wisconsin Postal History Society) suggested investigating the possibility of mailing Across the Fence by bulk rate. President Vedder referred the matter to the Finance Committee and requested a report at the next Executive Board meeting. Nonprofit rates also will be examined.


1990 Trivia Contest Prize -- MaryAnn Bowman announced that eight clubs participated in the 1990 contest. The winner was the Central Wisconsin Stamp Club. Delegate George Blauvelt accepted a hardcover edition of JENNY on behalf of the winning club. A request was made to publish the answers in the next issue of Across the Fence.

Daniel Rhoades -- President Vedder expressed appreciation to Dan Rhoades for his years of service to the WFSC and announced an earlier presentation of the President's Award to Dan. The award was precipitated by the news of Dan's intention to retire to part-time residence in Mississippi and reappointment of Chuck Rebek to chair the Judging Committee. -

Lois Heft -- President Vedder praised Lois Heft's gracious actions of taking over several terms as Editor of Across the Fence, and thereby rescuing the WFSC from a particularly undesirable situation. Since Lois is now spending more retirement time in Florida, her successor's appointment fulfilled the need for a full-time resident in the state of Wisconsin. Although absent, she too, was honored with a President's Award.

Robert F. Meyer -- President Vedder outlined the many philatelic achievements and offices held by WFSC's Past-President Robert F. Meyer. Bob was presented with a President's Award and an engraved plaque in recognition for his services.

Hall of Fame Class of 1990 -- Roy Northwood, Chrmn., Hall of Fame Committee, announced nominees William "Jim" Maher, E. M. "Bert" Starlin, and Ray Van Handel, Jr., for the Class of 1990. Three motions were made to accept each of the nominees. All MOTIONS PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


Secretary - Karen Weigt was re-elected without opposition. Karen Weigt shall serve for an additional two-year term beginning January 1, 1991.

Treasurer - Deanna Juhnke was re-elected without opposition. Deanna Juhnke shall serve for an additional two-year term beginning January 1, 1990.

Vice-President, Youth Division - MaryAnn Bowman was re-elected without opposition. MaryAnn Bowman shall serve for an additional one-year term beginning January 1, 1991.

Regional Vice-Presidents - The following were re-elected without opposition for an additional one-year term beginning January 1, 1991: East Central Region - Fred Fricksen, Central Region - BM Northwood, Southeast Region - Douglas Galaszewski, and Southwest Region - Art Boyce (pending confirmation from Art of willingness to serve an additional term). Greg Schmidt was appointed to fill a vacancy for Northeast Region VP until a replacement can be found.


Lyle Hobhbs, in accordance with bylaws, was automatically appointed to serve a three-year term on the Standing Committee on Exhibitions with Greg Schmidt and Co-Chairpersons, MaryAnn Bowman and Jim Maher. Automatic reappointments to the Nominating Committee are Chrmn. Ray Northwood, Wm- Grosnick Sr. and Robert F. Meyer. Jim Maher was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Hall of Fame Committee with Dwane Kaplenk and Chrmn., Frank Moertl. Clete Delvaux was reappointed Newsletter Editor. Don Kurki was appointed Historian.


A moment of silence was observed in honor of the following WFSC members deceased in the past year: Perry Arnquist, Dr. David Baerreis, Anne Burgett, Emil Cerpich, Willard Menzel, Earl Morser, Erv Norenburg, Ralph and Sally Reeves, Henry Schmall, Ray Schmitz, Ken Scott, William Silver, Carl Welk, John Whitmore, and Dr. Walter Urben.

A motion was made to thank the Manitowoc Philatelic Society for a great job done in hosting the WFSC 1990 convention and exhibition.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:50 p.m.

Karen L. Weigt Secy., WFSC

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