Helpers from St. Mary’s High enjoying SOPEX Youth Table after helping set up the show

Southern Oregon Philatelic Society and SOPEX

SOPEX 2016, the Southern Oregon Philatelic Society’s 54th annual show & bourse is over! The participation of our members again was great -at least thirty members plus four non-member wives helped set-up/tear down, exhibited, chaired a committee, provided security, worked with youth, made coffee, helped a dealer and/or was hospitable. That’s what makes a show – members cooperating and enjoying each other! We also signed up some new members.

There were Federation member exhibits from 5 clubs: Anchorage to Medford as well as several clubs from the Council. The Northwest Federation Thunderbird Medal was awarded to the gold ribbon exhibit of Nick Follansbee “India Refugee Relief, 1971-1973, the press overprinted stamps.” Nick also won the Carley Cup for best foreign exhibit by a club member.

Some highlights of SOPEX 2016 were: 52 frames of exhibits and Evelyn Bryan’s 52nd year preparing and selling our cachet covers; the kids from St. Mary’s High helping set tables and chairs and carrying dealer boxes then manning the Youth Table (and eating lots of donuts & pizza); the excitement of the Chamber of Commerce Pear Blossom Committee over Len Lukens’ Jackson county postal history entry; Rich Moyer, David Brumbach and Shane Loveland staying overnight to guard the show; judges Tim Bartshe and Tony Wawrukiewicz assessing exhibits way past their lunch time; the Memorial exhibit honoring Barbara Herbert; and the Popular Choice Pear Trophy won by Candace Weissinger’s “How did early Americans Spell Relief – the Outhouse!”

Disappointments: no youth exhibits and surprisingly no topical/thematic or display exhibits. [Reported by Nancy Swan]

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Evelyn Bryan extraordinary SOPEX Cachet Artist