Southern Oregon Philatelic Society and SOPEX

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...
Sequoia Stamp Club

Sequoia Stamp Club

Stamp Chatter for July-August carries a wide range of excellent features and information. Editor Jim Giacomazzi should take a bow! Among the excellent features is the announcement (with pictures) of the Sequoia Stamp Club honoring two important workers with plaques...
Exhibiting – A Part of the Collecting Hobby

Exhibiting – A Part of the Collecting Hobby

Exhibiting is a facet of the hobby that many people put aside as not for them. Yes, there are many reasons not to exhibit, and there are many to exhibit. What a lot of collectors don’t realize, however, is that exhibiting can augment the fun of other aspects of...
Council Decides: the Future of Judging at Local Stamp Shows

Council Decides: the Future of Judging at Local Stamp Shows

At the last Council meeting June 12, we discussed what changes to the APS Manual of Philatelic Judging might affect our local stamp shows. This is a concern because the Council shows are judged on APS standards and feedback provided to our exhibitors on the APS...

Joy is a Wonderful Legacy

Three incidents in the past few months have put a new focus on my philately. All are about older collections, collections that have been passed from the hands of the original collector to other collectors who are still older than the youth generation of today. There...
Woo-hoo! Big Big  Gala Gala at the Library

Woo-hoo! Big Big Gala Gala at the Library

“I takes a village . . .” (you’ve heard that one before). Well it takes a community to support a library, and the philatelic community in the Greater Bay Area came through with an outpouring of generosity and support for the Western Philatelic Library. The WESTPEX...
Stamp Collecting Is Fun

Stamp Collecting Is Fun

By Larry Crain As I travel to Northern California stamp shows (including Reno and Southern Oregon), dealers ask what I collect or what I’m looking for. They never ask why. Well, the answer is obvious: I collect because it is fun. Now there are other reasons too, but...
Missing: Your Club’s Information – President’s Message

Missing: Your Club’s Information – President’s Message

Question: What is the most important thing to do to attract new membership and increase member participation in club activities? Answer: Publicity — showing members involved in club activities. When we started the Council Courier’s new look two years ago, most clubs...