The above one-of-a-kind hand-painted cachet by Budd Arrington honors Bob Rawlins.
The cover appears as the lead in the April issue of CoverAge, the newsletter of the USCS USS Saginaw Chapter . Bob passed away on March 30. He was very active in local shows and local philately as well as a national medal winner.
Bob was an avid exhibitor, with collections as far afield as 19th Century Navy mail, rocket mail, submarine mail, polar exploration, the sinking of the USS Maine, and ship cancellations and cachets. He could always be counted on to help a local show find exhibits, to freely share his historical knowledge in his areas of interest.
Bob spent his lifetime in service to others, from graduation from the Naval Academy in 1947, to his many volunteer activities since his retirement from the Navy in 1977. He served the Universal Ship Cancellation Society local chapter in various leadership positions from 1977 until the day before he passed away. For the past 20 years until his death, Bob was also an active volunteer at the Healdsburg Museum. He will be missed by many.
The look of total surprise on Jim Dempsey’s face was priceless. At the Collectors Club of San Francisco Christmas Dinner meeting, Jim was announced as the 2014 Chaloner Award recipient. The Chaloner Award is presented to philatelists who have made a significant positive contribution to philately in the Council area over a significant time.
The award was presented on behalf of the Council by CNCPS President Akthem Al- Manaseer. Jim joins a select group of philatelists
whose names appear on the permanent plaques of the Chaloner trophy. The full list of recipients is on the Council web site. It reads like a Who’s Who in Council area philately for more than six decades. Jim and his wife Sue have been long-time supporters of local stamp shows as “anchor dealer” A & D Stamps and Coins and a constant
source of encouragement to collectors that flock to their booth.
Jim is a leader among the stamp dealer community, the designated representative of the trade to the APS, and lately the spark plug that has been essential to resurrect COALPEX from fond memories to reality this next June.
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