National Recognition for Local Philatelists

The 2018 APS Carter Volunteer Recognition Awards were presented at Stampshow in Columbus this past August. The Nicholas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition Award recognizes the outstanding efforts by volunteers at national and local levels. These are fellow collectors who contribute their talents and countless hours to benefit stamp collecting and the APS.

Ross Towle has been recognized for his contributions at the national level as a leader in numerous national and international philatelic societies. Ross is a well-known presence in the Council area at stamp shows as an exhibitor and philatelic judge. He is a prolific author and a key member of the WESTPEX Committee and Board of Directors. Ross developed the software to support the WESTPEX registration, exhibits and awards functions, greatly easing the burden of show administration for many others.

Wayne Menuz and Roy Teixeira were individually recognized for their contributions to local philately. Wayne has been involved in local philately for 50 years.  After many years as Bourse Chair for WESTPEX, helping to make that show one of the finest in North America, he was instrumental working with the San Jose Stamp Club to prepare Filatelic Fiesta to rejoin the national WSP circuit.

Roy has been the “go-to” person on the Board of the Western Philatelic Library, volunteering huge amounts of time for decades supporting library operations.  Lately, he has been supervising many building safety improvements in their new quarters in Redwood City.

These three volunteers are representative of the scores of volunteers that support the Council and local stamp clubs and stamp shows for the benefit of collector throughout the Council and beyond. All three have also served in leadership positions in national and international philatelic societies.  All three have been previously awarded the Council’s highest honor for service to philately, the Henry Chaloner Award.

Congratulations for well-deserved honors!