Category Archives: Stamp News

Gold Country Stamp Club – Ed Dimmick

Ed Dimmick at the Greater Reno Stamp ShowEd Dimmick, a popular stamp dealer formerly from Walnut Creek and a steady fixture at Council shows, is featured in the April-June 2015 newsletter of the Gold Country Stamp Club.

Ed has moved to Yuba City recently and joined the Gold Country Stamp Club. Ed was at the Reno show in July and reports that he is enjoying his new environs. He also opened a store in Yuba City, and many are watching to see if a regular retail store will be successful.

We all hope so!

Meetings of the Gold Country Stamp Club are 1st and 3rd Thursdays in Grass Valley. Contact President Bob Brenan at for more information.

October 2015 CNCPS President’s Message

Akthem Al-Manaseer, 2015 CNCPS PresidentFellow Collectors:

This is my last quarter serving as the CNCPS President. It was an honor and great opportunity serving this Council and its members for two consecutive terms.

Hightlights of changes during my term as president included updating the constitution and establishing a process to evaluate new apprentice judges. The written feedback form was introduced to local shows to help exhibitors improve their exhibits. The Council table at WESTPEX was established and is running successfully.

We have a new web site, and I look forward to working with the next President and Council. Special appreciation to David McNamee, Vesma Grinfelds and Tim Burgess for their continuous support in many activities that made my job at the Council more easy to perform. I would also like to thank all of our volunteer Judges and individuals for helping at many Council shows and their participation.

Please e-mail me at if you have any thoughts or questions that you
want me to include at the next Council meeting.

Finally, I strongly encourage you to consider serving on the Council board; a few positions are still available. Our elections will be held in Redwood City at PENPEX December 6 at 12:30 PM.

Akthem Al-Manaseer,
CNCPS President

News from the Friends of the Western Philatelic Library, July 2105

The FWPL reports that donations are continuing to grow to support the Building Fund.

Having a philatelic library in the region is recognized by most as a special resource to support the hobby throughout the Council area. The library serves as a repository for knowledge that spans the far reaches of our hobby over more than 150 years. Ray Teixeira and Roger Skinner stand ready to help find the answer to your philatelic questions.

The WPL is located in its own building in Redwood City at 3004 Spring Street.

If you plan to visit, give them a call at 650-306-9150. Hours are posted on their web site: There are opportunities to volunteer for a workday on Jul 18, August 15 and September 19 during this quarter.

COALPEX a Success After 7-year Pause!

Shown in the picture below (L-R): Bradley, Barbara, David McNamee (COALPEX Exhibits), and Larry. Nancy is the photographer.
Shown in the picture below (L-R): Bradley, Barbara, David McNamee (COALPEX Exhibits), and Larry. Nancy is the photographer.

Thanks to participation and attendance from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, the Contra Costa Alameda clubs pulled together to bring back swiggy app download COALPEX after a 7-year pause. Last held in 2008, the “hole” in the show schedule was felt by dealers, exhibitors and collectors in the Bay Area.

COALPEX was brought back largely by the extraordinary efforts of Jim Dempsey and the leadership of the Fremont club Past and current Presidents Ken Goss and David Epps. Randy Tuuri and Nigel Moriarty of the East Bay club provided needed show management expertise, and Gayle Hamilton (San Leandro club) and Michael Jordan (Diablo Valley club) were among many volunteers
who helped at the Welcome Table.

COALPEX had been held together for a few years by Charles Kasdorf following the passing of Leonard Holmsten, who had led COALPEX for many years. The resurrected COALPEX for 2015 was pronounced a success by all participants. If you missed this year, place a big red circle on your phone calendar for June 11-12, 2016, so that you don’t miss it!

A special thanks goes out to Southern Oregon’s Larry Crain, Bradley Fritts and Nancy Swan drove from Medford to support COALPEX with their exhibits and participation. Barbara Herbert of the Alameda club worked tirelessly at set-up, take-down and as a guide for our Oregon guests.