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April 1st - Philatelic Group of Boston Night

Jeffrey Shapiro (Moderator)
Fayville, MA

April 15th - 1849-1852 How the French Currency of Geneva Became the Swiss Franc

Jean Voruz

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Now available: William H. Gross Collection, United States Classics 1847-1869 published jointly by William Gross and The Collectors Club

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Now available: The World’s First Postage Stamp,a new book by Alan Holyaoke, is now available from the Collectors Club. See the comments by Robert Odenweller on the book and how to order it.


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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.

The Clubhouse

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.

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President's Message
January - February 2015

Don Sundman and Cheryl Ganz at the Neinkin Medal presentation.

We were pleased to join the ASDA at their 100th Anniversary Show at the Hilton in New York City during the last weekend of October. It was a grand celebration with a busy bourse, excellent exhibits and a wonderful show ambience throughout the weekend. We shared a booth with the United States Stamp Society. More than sixty Collectors Club members stopped by to say hello, and we recruited seven new members. CBS News reporter Ines Novacic did a wonderful video on the show and stamp collecting which features our youth program. I advise all members to take a look at it. The Best in Show award for a United States Exhibit was received by Gordon Eubanks for his exhibit: The United States Issues of 1851-1856 & Their Importance in an Expanding Postal System, and the Best in Show award for a foreign exhibit was received by Dr. Robert Pildes for his exhibit: Artist Drawings, Essays, Proofs and Associated Material of the 1948 Do’ar Ivri Issue of Israel. Robert will be presenting his exhibit at the February 18, 2015 meeting of the Club. Do join us for this meeting if you are in the City.

Kees and Ulla Adema celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Ile aux Chiens, Saint Pierre & Miquelon.

At the annual cocktail party held at the Club by the Philatelic Foundation during the ASDA Show weekend, Cheryl Ganz was presented with the Foundation’s Neinkin Medal for outstanding service to philately. Don Sundman presented the Medal to Cheryl in the presence of a capacity crowd who joined in to congratulate Cheryl on this exceptional honor and award.

At the October Board meeting I was pleased to announce the appointment of our member Gary Loew to the Chair of the IT/Web Committee. Gary has been overseeing our new IT effort, and has now added the development of the new web site including the module for the digitized CCP to his area of responsibility. Please direct all future issues on these matters directly to Gary. Please join me in thanking him for accepting this critically important and complex assignment.

A number of the members of the Collectors Club attended the FIP-level international show in Saint Pierre & Miquelon during the last weekend of September. It was put on by the local club in Saint Pierre, led by J.-J. Tillard who many members met when he and his wife visited the Collectors Club in 2013. In all respects it was a remarkable show with participants from North and South America and Europe in attendance and a large array of truly exceptional exhibits. The show provided an unusual opportunity to explore this former small French Colony. While on a tour of the small island of Ile aux Chiens, member Kees Adema and his wife Ula celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Readers might enjoy the accompanying photo of Kees and Ula while touring the old Mayor’s house on the island. Seen with them are some of the locals from the early 1900’s when the island was a thriving fishing community. Congratulations to Kees and Ula.

—Edward Grabowski

President's Message
March - April 2015

Let me open my first letter as your President with a gigantic THANK YOU to Dr. Edward Grabowski, now our immediate past president, who has served with aplomb in a role more active than many realize. I am happy to report that Ed, in addition to serving as an advisor to me in my new role, will also continue leading the arrangements for our One Frame Competition in November, one of our most popular events.

I am humbled by my selection by the Board of Governors to be your President for the next year and I am hopeful that I will meet their and your expectations. While it is a great honor, my focus will be on service to the Club and ensuring that it will successfully serve the members and philately for decades to come. I welcome your suggestions and will be working with the Board of Governors to increase the utilization of our resources towards that end.

I would also like to recognize the other members of the officer team elected by the Governors. Mark Banchik steps into the Vice President role after several years in his role as Treasurer. Roger Brody returns to the Treasurer’s office after serving in other roles and will continue to offer his financial expertise to the Club. And I am pleased to report that David Steidley has agreed to continue over a decade of service to the Club in the role of Secretary. Thanks to Mark, Roger, and David for their continuing commitment to the success of the Club.

Philatelic Show at Boxborough, Massachusetts

The third annual Collectors Club Multi-frame competition will be held May 1-3, 2014 at the APS WSP sanctioned Philatelic Show in Boxborough, on the western edge of the Boston metro area. Our participation in Boxborough is part of our outreach efforts to expand the scope of our activities beyond the Clubhouse as well as provide support to the hobby. Please join me in submitting an exhibit. Three Collectors Club Awards will be given for the best 19th century US, the best 20th-21st century US, and the best International exhibits by a Collectors Club member. The Philatelic Show prospectus and entry form can be downloaded from

For extra fun, on Friday May 1, all Collectors Club members and their guests, exhibitors or not, are encouraged to join a dinner evening of fun and camaraderie in partnership with the United States Stamp Society who are also meeting at the show. The Club will host a booth on the floor of the show and I look forward to meeting many of our Northeastern members with whom I am not acquainted. Please stop by. We also hope to have a lecture presentation by one or more Collectors Club members to enhance the show experience for everyone. Please keep your eye on our website and your email box for more timely details as spring approaches.

Priorities for Moving Forward

I have shared these tactical and strategic priorities with the Board of Governors for the coming year and appreciate the support of the membership towards these goals.

Immediate Tactical Priorities for 2015

  • Complete our oil tank replacement in compliance with City rules and regulations
  • Modernize the website infrastructure to accommodate increased content and exclusive member benefits
  • Complete and implement a plan for improvements to the building and furnishings so that it will be a showcase for visitors to World Stamp Show – NY 2016

Strategic Plan

First and foremost to lead the Board of Governors in the development of a long term strategic plan for the Collectors Club,

  • Recognizing the demographic realities facing the hobby
  • Articulating answers to the question, "Why is the Collectors Club important?"
  • Maximizing membership benefits
  • Maximizing the utility of Club assets, notably our building
  • Incorporating a fundraising program for economic sustainability

As we address these priorities, I look forward to your suggestions and assistance. I can be reached by email at Thank you for your support of the Club and our shared avocation.

—Bruce Marsden

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Philatelic Show 2015 (Boxborough, MA)

Other Collectors Club News

Collectors Club Supports National Postal Museum

At the opening reception on May 2nd, Board members D.Steidley (left rear), B.Marsden (right front) and H. Scheuer (right rear) pose with Guido Craveri (left front) who was instrumental in bringing the 2 May 1840 Penny Black Cover to the National Postal Museum for a brief (May 3-11, 2014) display entitled The Genesis of Philately. The Collectors Club is proud to support the National Postal Museum.

The Collectors Club will be participating in Philatelic Show 2015 to be held at Boxborough, MA during the weekend of May 1-3, 2015. We are now soliciting exhibits for the show. Feel free to download a letter of information, an exhibit application and the prospectus. We will sponsor a booth at the show and present a Collectors Club Lecture on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. There will also be a joint dinner with The United States Stamp Society on Friday evening. Please check this site for show updates.

Edward Grabowski, Chair

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One Frame Exhibition – November 5, 2014

The Collectors Club held its annual One Frame Competition on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the Club House. Click here check out the report.

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