The Collectors Club is a group of more than 750 people who have come together to further the study of philately, promote the hobby and provide a social, educational, and non-commercial setting for the enthusiastic enjoyment of our common passion.
Founded in 1896, the Club counted among its members the leading—even legendary—names in philately. Today's membership is no exception and includes some of the hobby's best-known collectors, exhibitors, and authors. The vast majority of our group, however, are "regular" collectors who have one thing in common—a thirst to share their enjoyment of the hobby and a desire to learn more about collecting among others who take philately seriously.
Our physical "heart" is the Club's landmark five-story brownstone, designed by famed architect Stanford White, located at 35th Street and Madison Avenue in New York City. A $1 million renovation was completed in 2001 to ensure that the Clubhouse will meet our needs now and well into the future. While the majority of our members are from the tri-state area, others come from throughout the US and many foreign countries.
At the September Board meeting we decided to continue with the Collectors Club presence at national level stamp shows, initiated in 2013 at the NOJEX Show. I am pleased to announce that we will be participating at the Philadelphia National Stamp Exhibition of 2014 to be held in Oakes, Pennsylvania during the weekend of April 4-6, 2014. We will feature Collectors Club exhibits and lectures at the show, and will also maintain a Collectors Club Booth at which to meet members and guests. We hope to build on the success of NOJEX, and hope to attract exhibits from Club members, particularly those in the Northeast Corridor area of the country. Details on our participation at this show will be highlighted on the Club’s web site.
We will also be maintaining a Collectors Club booth at CHICAGOPEX 2013 to be held in Itasca, IL during the weekend of November 22-24. We hope to be welcoming Chicago-area members at the booth, and recruiting new members. I am seeking help from Club attendees in staffing this booth, so if you are available let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Also among the announcements, we will be having our Board of Governors Open House Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 11th, and all members and their guests are invited to attend. If you can arrange a holiday trip to New York City at this time, please join us. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m.
Dues notices for 2014 will be going out shortly. For the first time you will be able to use PayPal to pay your dues, which should make payment of dues very simple for all members, especially those who reside overseas.
I am sad to report that Tom Mazza has elected to step down from his position on the Board of Governors. Tom has been a formidable force at the Club for many years, first as a member, then President and then as a key member of the Board. His advice, particularly legal advice, has always been a big factor in shaping Board decisions. During his Presidency, two of the most important of Club events took place – our 100th Anniversary Celebration ANPHILEX in 1996, and then the rebuilding of the clubhouse at 22 East 35th Street. Tom’s leadership in both areas was simply outstanding, and key to the Club’s overall success. ANPHILEX was philately at its best, and probably the most unusual and superb show I have ever attended. I must admit to feelings of concern when I entered the Club during the height of the rebuilding period, and wondered if the job would ever be completed. However, I need not have worried, the result was such that the Club never looked better. On behalf of the Board and members of the Club I wish to thank Tom for all of his dedication and work for the Club, and his ability to make it seem so easy. I am pleased to note that Tom will still be available to the Board to advise on matters as needed.
The 125th Anniversary of Der Berliner Philatelisten-Klub
Members of the Collectors Club and The Royal Philatelic Society of London joined with fellow philatelists in Berlin on the weekend of February 15-17, 2013, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Der Berliner Philatelisten-Klub. By all accounts it was a superb celebration. We are most pleased to note that Bob Odenweller and Kees Adema were among the awardees for the Berlin Klub’s most prestigious Lindenberg Medal for their outstanding contributions to philately. A full report by Wade Saadi will appear in the next Collectors Club Philatelist. In the interim, members might enjoy looking at the photo essay ( ), which illustrates many of the weekend’s highlights.
Philadelphia National Stamp Exhibition (PNSE)
With the success of NOJEX 2013 behind us, the Board of Governors has agreed that we continue our presence at national level stamp shows. I am most pleased to announce that we will be participating at the Philadelphia National Stamp Exhibition (PNSE) of 2014 to be held in Oaks, Pennsylvania during the weekend of April 4-6, 2014. We will feature Collectors Club competitive exhibits and lectures at the show, and will also maintain a Collectors Club Booth at which to meet members, prospective new members and guests.
PNSE is one of the major APS World Series of Philately shows along the Northeast Corridor, and will provide an excellent opportunity for Collectors Club exhibitors to qualify not only for the 2014 Champions of Champions competition in Hartford, but also to qualify their exhibits for World Stamp Show – New York 2016. With more than 200 exhibit frames available, this will be a wonderful chance for Club members to display their diverse material to a wide audience, and show that the Collectors Club is an all encompassing group of collectors. Complete information on the PNSE Show, an exhibit Prospectus and an Exhibit Entry Form are available at the show’s web site (www.pnse.org) for your convenience
In addition to the regular PNSE show awards, three special Collectors Club awards will be given at this show. They will be for the best Classic U.S., Modern U.S., and Foreign exhibits by Club members, with long-term recognition on the new Multi-frame Competition Plaque displayed in the Clubhouse. Exhibits that have previously won one of these awards, will not be eligible for this competition.
A special Collectors Club dinner is being planned to help celebrate this event with further details to be announced as the show draws closer.
PNSE will also provide meeting rooms and audio-visual equipment for all speakers who would like to share their collecting knowledge and passions with fellow collectors. Please let us know if you would like to give a presentation at PNSE. This is another opportunity to show the collecting public that the Collectors Club is a diverse and welcoming organization. Additional details about the show, including special hotel rates, also can be found on the PNSE website. Updates on our participation will appear on the Club’s web site.
I am asking all club members, particularly those along the Northeast Corridor, to consider submitting an exhibit to this show, and participating in what I am sure will be a momentous event.
Edward Grabowski, President
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