WFSC Convention '96

This special WISCOPEX '96 issue is to welcome you to the great show planned in conjunction with the 65th annual convention of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs.

WISCOPEX '96 will be held on May 4-5 at the Holiday Inn Sunspree, in Oconomowoc, WI. The event is hosted by the Waukesha County Philatelic Society and is chaired by Robert J. Mather. This same group hosted WISCOPEX '88 and TOPEX '93, both tremendously successful shows. Further details of the show's events appear on pp. 2, 3, 11 and 12.

WFSC Annual Business Meeting

All WFSC member clubs are re-minded to send a delegate and/or an alternate to the Annual Business Meeting, scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 1:Q0 p.m. Members-at-large also are invited to attend, but have no voting privileges. The meeting includes reports of officers and committees. This is also the time to bring any comments and suggestions that you or your club may have concerning the WFSC and its operations.

Delegate check-in procedure

To shorten the check-in fine, delegates/alternates may preregister at the WFSC society table at any time prior to the meeting. Just present your written credentials to WFSC Secretary Karen Weigt. She will get you signed in and give you your meeting papers.

Delegates are also advised that the WFSC is classified as an IRC 501(c)(3) organization, thereby making your out-of-pocket expenses to attend the Annual Business Meeting deductible on your IRS income tax returns.

WFSC society table activities

Wear your WFSC logo button, show it to the staff at the society table and receive a gift from the WFSC. Bring your club publicity fliers (club meeting information, show fliers, etc.). Place them on the society table for distribution to all show visitors.

Get your club's light switched on within the WFSC map to indicate your club is represented at the show.

While at the table, offer part of your time during the weekend to relieve the staff now and then or to help out in some other manner.

And, here's a big thank-you to all the WISCOPEX dealers who chose to support this even and our special WISCOPEX issue with their ads. It's important that you patronize all of our advertisers. When you visit their booths, be sure to tell them you saw their ad in Across the Fence Post!

The WFSC family of officers lo& forward to seeing all of you at WISCOPEX '96.

The state's best little stamp show, May 4-5

WISCOPEX '96, hosted by the Waukesha County Philatelic Society, will be held May 4-5 in Oconomowoc at the Holiday Inn Sunspree (formerly Olympia Resort). Conveniently located north of I-94 at Highway 67, this first-class hotel will be the sight of the 65th annual convention and exhibition of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs. A detailed map appears on p. 11.

• Show theme

Georgia O'Keeffe, Wisconsin-born artist, will be the show's theme. The show cover cachet features a poppy design. Covers are franked with garden flower stamps and include a special show cancel. They will be sold for $1.50 each. Upon the issuance of the O'Keeffe stamp, a first-day cover utilizing a form of the WISCOPEX cover will also be available through mail order for $2.50. (See specific mail-order instructions on p. 10.)

• Exhibits

There will be something for every-one at the show. In addition to the Open, Single-frame, and Youth exhibiting classes, a new non-competitive Display Class has been introduced for this year's event.

• Bourse

A concerted effort was made to invite dealers offering a variety of philatelic material. The 30 dealers come from as far away as State College, PA, as well as from neighboring states of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota. Several are new to our area. Show attendees will not be Disappointed

• Judges' critique

The judges' critique of exhibits will be held on Saturday. Exhibitors can get advice on how to improve their exhibits and non-exhibitors can learn how exhibits are judged.

• Meetings

Societies planning their meetings at the show include: American Air Mail Society, General Billy Mitchell Chapter; Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs Annual Business Meeting; Wisconsin Postal History Society; Wisconsin Blue and Gray Society; Junior Philatelists of America, Wisconsin Chapter.

• Youth activities

The youth area will provide a variety of hands-on educational experiences. Children will have an opportunity to learn more about the hobby, and free philatelic materials will be distributed.

• Raffle

Continuing the tradition of a raffle, a beautiful inlaid wood reproduction of the 1974 Federal Duck stamp (#RW 41 - $5 Wood Ducks) will be given away at the show. The piece measures 19 inches by 24 inches and is inset with 19 different exotic woods. Originally retailing for $350, this lovely piece could be hanging in your stamp room. Raffle tickets cost $1 each or six for $5. They may be purchased at the show or in advance from: Robert Mather, S56-W29562 Roanoke Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188.

• Awards banquet

The Saturday night banquet and awards ceremony will commence at 7:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn

Sunspree. The WFSC's second annual dealer recognition award will be presented and the new inductees for the WFSC Hall of Fame will be honored.

Banquet tickets cost $15. The buffet meal offers a main entree choice of roast sirloin of beef and baked chicken. In addition, the meal will include choices of mixed green salad, pasta salad, relish tray, marinated tomato-cucumber dill salad, sliced fresh fruit, a vegetable and appropriate starch, assorted rolls, and a dessert choice of apple pie, cherry pie, and chocolate torte.

• Lodging

Those wishing to stay at the Holiday Inn Sunspree can make reservations directly by calling 1-800-558-9573. Rooms are $69 per night plus tax. Room reservations should be made by April 15, as these rooms will be released prior to the show. Those looking for a less expensive place to stay will need to select from accommodations in the Waukesha and Brookfield area, approximately 14 miles from the show site.

Additional information about WISCOPEX is available from: MaryAnn Bowman, P.O. Box 1451, Waukesha, WI 53187.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, May 4

10:00 a.m. -- Show opens

10:30 a.m. -- American Air Mail Society, General Billy Mitchell Chapter meeting

12:45 p.m. -- Check-in and seating for Annual Business Meeting

1:00 p.m. -- Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs Annual Business Meeting

3:30 p.m. -- Judges' critique of exhibits

6:00 p.m. -- Show closes

7:00 p.m. -- Awards banquet

Sunday, May 5

10:00 a.m. -- Show opens

10:00 a.m. -- Wisconsin Postal History Society meeting

1:00 p. m. -- Wisconsin Blue and Gray Society meeting

2:30 p.m. -- Junior Philatelists of America, Wisconsin Chapter meeting

4:00 p.m. -- Show closes

WISCOPEX '96 Exhibit Awards

Champion of Champions

Gold - Communication by U.S. Mail in Jefferson County, Wisconsin -- the first century, by Barbara Mueller

• 1996 Champion of Champions

Gold - Sheboygan Wisconsin Postal History, by Robert Keppert

Open Division

Gold - The Involvement of KCS Industries in U. S. Booklet Stamp Production: 1991-1994, by Brian Liedtke

• WISCOPEX Best of Show

• APS Medal of Excellence Post-1940

Gold - Confederate States of America, Stampless Covers, by Roger Oswald

• APS Medal of Excellence Pre-1900

Gold - How Writers Use Flowers to interpret their ideas, by Ellice Miller

• ATA Medal

Gold - Post Offices of Waukesha County, by Frank Moertl

• Wisconsin Postal History Society Award

Gold - Taylor County Postal History, by Frank Moertl

Gold - Books of Hearts by Roy Marks

Gold - Confederate Stamps Printed & Engraved in London, England, by Gary Zink

Silver - Wisconsin Flag Cancels, by Andrew Buckland

Silver - The Donkey in Man 's World, by Robert Mather

Silver - US, Machine Cancels, by Andrew Buckland

Bronze - Current Post Offices of the Wisconsin Lead Mining Region, by Daniel Hammell

Single-frame Division

GoldWolf, by Frederick Ziemann

Silver - In Memorian, by Robert Mather

Silver - The Voyages of MYOMIE, by Ron Fritz

Silver - Wisconsin First Days, by Jim Maher

Junior Division

Gold - The Living Seas, by Katie Perronne

• WISCOPEX Best Youth Exhibit

• Footloose Filatelists Youth Grand

• ATA Youth Medal

• JPA Blue Ribbon

Gold - Olympics, by Tracy Zavrl

• Footloose Filatelists Youth Reserve Grand Gold - Zoo Animals, by Melony Trapman

• H E. Harris Ribbon

Gold - Stamps of the Southwest, by David Updikc

• AAPE Award of Honor

Gold - Types of Birds, by Lisa Giss

• International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors Youth Award

Silver - Dinosaurs, by Michael Brooks I

• AAPE Award of Honor

Silver -Airplanes, by Thomas Wangard

Silver - Orchids. by Paul Braun

Silver - Circus. by Christopher Brooks

Silver - The First Fifty Years of Airplanes, by Julie Giss

Silver - My Favorite Country, by Ben Sander

Silver - Sports on United States Stamps, by Ryan Schaible

Silver - Reptiles, by Daniel Huber

Silver - Canada - Our Neighbor to the North, by Chad 7uehlke

Silver - Garden Flowers, by Ashley McGargill

Silver - The Olympics on US Stamps, by Aaron Zutz

People's Choice Award

1933 Century of Progress Exposition, by John Fagan (shown in the Display Class)

Latest update: June 14, 2005