Category Archives: Club Ideas

Stamp Quiz from Australia

Quizzes are fun games to offer in your club’s newsletter or you can make it part of a contest for a meeting and offer prizes for the best knowledge of stamp history.

Here is a quiz on Australian stamps.

December Quiz from Australia
by Stan Cronwall
Publish in December 2015 issue of the “Post Boy.”
Nevada Stamp Study Society
1. Joseph B. Chifley is honored on a 10 cent stamp issued in 1975.What was his claim to fame?
a. Discovered Tasmania
b. Australian Prime Minister
c.Wimbledon Singles Champion

2. A 1948 stamp honored a youth group.What is the name of the group?
a. Barrier Reef Preservation Volunteers
b. Sea Scouts & Explorers
c. Boy Scouts

3. A 1929 issue marked the centenary ofWestern Australia.What bird is featured on that stamp?
a. Moa
b. Black Swan
c. Emu (and you won’t stink!)

4. What British hero appears on a 1965 commemorative issue?
a.Winston Churchill
b. Roger Bannister
c. Fred Perry

5. The 1937-1946 definitive set shows an Australian animal on the lowest value.What animal is depicted?
a. SaltWater Crocodile
b. Koala Bear
c. Kangaroo

6. A royal couple visited Australia in 1954 and was the subject of a three stamp set?Who were they?
a. King George VI and Queen Mary
b. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh
c. King Edward VII and Mrs.Wallace Simpson

7. Australia’s Parliament House is shown on a stamp issued in 1927.Where is it located?
a. Canberra
b. Sydney
c. Perth

8. What famous explorer is the subject of 1970 set of stamps plus a souvenir sheet?
a. Captain Nelson Bligh
b. Captain Horatio Hornblower
c. Captain James Cook

9. In 1961, a famous opera singer was honored on a commemorative stamp.Who was it?
a. Dame Nellie Melba
b. Dame Lanie Cantrell
c. Dame Sarah Brightman

10. Australia issued a 1963 commemorative stamp to mark the centenary of what organization?
a. InternationalWildlife Federation
b. International Red Cross
c. The British Commonwealth

Over the years, Australia has issued only eight airmail stamps. Seven of the eight designs have featured a globe or the hemispheres.What does the other design show?a. An airplane over bush lands
b. An airplane over the Pacific Ocean
c. An airplane landing

You will have to check out the next issue of the Post Boy for the answers. in January.

Activity Ideas for Your Stamp Club

merry-christmasHere is a list of activities and ideas for other clubs that are part of the Sequoia Stamp Club in Redwood City.  They are in the Member’s Handbook.

1. Live Auctions: We have auctions approximately every 4th meeting. Members can place stamps or related items on sale in the auctions with no minimum bid (except face value.) All members can bid on auction items. Each seller can place one bid on their item if they feel that the item is selling below its value. If their bid remains the highest, they will receive the item back at no charge. If the item sells, the club receives 10% of the sale price.

2. Silent Auctions: Member items are placed on sale in the back of the room at every meeting where there is not an auction. Members can place bids on the bid sheet with their member number. The silent auction closes approximately 5 minutes after that day’s program. The person with the last bid gets the item. Members can place stamps or related items on sale in the silent auctions with a minimum bid. If the item sells, the club receives 10% of the sale price.

3. Kiloware Sales: The club purchases stamps on paper or collections from stamp organizations. The stamps are then offered to the club members for sale.

4. Circuit Books: Circuit books contain stamps for sale that are assembled by club members. Books can be checked out at every meeting.

5. Member Raffle: At every meeting member’s names are drawn to receive a $10 or $5 voucher that can be used toward purchase of stamps from the club circuit books. Members must be present to win.

6. Reference Material: Current Scott catalogs, other clubs’ newsletters, and reference material can be signed out at every meeting from the Librarian.

7. “Stamps R Us” the SSC innovative Youth Program.

8. Newsletter: The Sequoia Chatter is published and mailed to members every odd month.

9. PENPEX Stamp Show: The Sequoia Stamp Club and Peninsula Stamp Club organize and run the annual free PENPEX Stamp Show which is held the first weekend in December at the Redwood City Community Activity Center.

10. Summer Picnic: On a sunny summer weekend, a member and family social potluck picnic is held.

11. SSC Constitution and By-Laws. The Handbook and its associated annual Yearbook of activities help build a true philatelic community among members. The Handbook contains a number of historic photos linking present activities to those of the past. The Yearbook recaps the activities and accomplishments of the previous year. Over time, these become an invaluable source for understanding the history of the Sequoia Stamp Club. If your Club/Society does not do this, or (heaven forbid) does not publish a newsletter to members, your group is missing a wonderful opportunity to build your membership.

Ideas Your Club Can Use

Reprinted from the July 2014 Courier.

The San Jose Stamp Club is expanding our hospitality at Filatelic Fiesta this year. Last year we premiered this idea and want to build on it. As you may recall, we hosted an area
which included:

  • Table with stamp club fliers
  • Free coffee & donuts in the morning; water & baked goods in the afternoon
  • PC showing presentations on early US commemorative issues
  • Chairs to sit and relax or chat w/ a friend
  • Philatelic items for sale by the SJSC and its members

A primary element of this was it being staffed by club members who are tasked with engaging show guests in conversation. We coached booth staff to talk to guests about what they collect and where they are from. Staff then tries to interest them in visiting their local stamp club.

We members of the SJSC believe that someone being personally invited to visit a club is SO much more effective than a passive table with a bunch of fliers. The SJSC got one new member from my inviting them to come visit during my time at the society table during WESTPEX.

Collectors come from all over the Bay Area to attend Filatelic Fiesta, so we want to give the other local clubs to participate in recruiting new club members. This is especially important for the clubs who do not host their own show.

The San Jose Club is planning several improvements this year:

  • Reserve frame space for 4 page “club introductions” — what do want someone to know about your club?
  • Frame space near the hospitality area to gives clubs a chance to introduce their
    club to show guests
  • Incorporate the APS Stamp buddies program
  • Put up better signage that EVERYONE is welcome to come have a coffee & donuts.