News from the Sequoia Stamp Club:

At the February 28 meeting a motion to accept the proposed changes to the by-laws was passed by a vote of 43 – 2. The major revision involves a change in the make-up of the Governing Board, providing for three Directors at Large to be elected directly by club members.

After a favorable vote on the amended by-laws, a special election was held to select the three new members of the Governing Board. We had six outstanding candidates which resulted in an extremely close election. The top vote getters and new members of our Board are Gil Goodrich, Kristin Patterson, and Ed Rodriguez.

The members of the Governing Board have decided to pay the cost of extending our meetings by ½ hour beginning with the March 27 meeting. This will allow for a more relaxed meeting with more time for socializing. Speakers will not be rushed to complete their presentations and we will also have time for an APS video if we choose. Finally, it will give the silent auction managers more time to process the winning bids and to pay the sellers.

Sequoia Lifetime Members
(l to r) Jim, Kristin, Darlene & Ed

Lifetime Members

At the Jan 10th meeting Jim Giacomazzi, Kristin Patterson, Darlene Hickok, and Ed Rodriguez were presented life membership awards.

Jim joined the club in 1992, serves as the auctioneer in live auctions, and is currently serving a fourth
term as club president.

Kristin joined the club in 1997, has served three terms as club president, has been the chairperson of PENPEX since 2006, and was recently elected an APS Director at Large.

Darlene has been a club member since 2001, currently serves as secretary of both Sequoia and PENPEX, and is chairperson for the Sequoia Stamps R Us Youth Group.

Ed joined Sequoia in 2001, has served six terms as Sequoia president, and currently is chairman of the program committee. Congratulations to our new life members!

At the March 27 meeting Sequoia Club President Jim Giacomazzi presented the APS “Sparkplug Award” to Severin (Steve) Morger.  Steve has been a member of the Sequoia Club for over twenty years and is an APS life member. He has served as secretary of the club and is currently in charge of the silent auctions. He is a consistent volunteer for the PENPEX show and always willing to do whatever is
needed to help the club. Congratulations Steve and a big thank you for your many years of excellent service to the club.

This year the Sequoia Stamp club celebrates its 65th anniversary. We are very proud of our heritage and we have scheduled a special program for the meeting on September 25. There will be speakers, special guests, a slide show of photos, and refreshments. A 65th anniversary committee is planning the event, with the possibility of distributing a special yearbook. Guests are welcome, so be sure to mark your calendar and make every effort to attend this special event.

The Sequoia Stamp Club offers much for local collectors from auctions, presentations, local news, and question and answering opportunities. Included in this monthly news eBlast are the upcoming Sequoia Stamp Club activities and area stamp shows.

2012 Schedule:
Apr 10 – Art on Stamps – Miriam Thurston
April 14-15 – SOPEX Stamp Show, Medford, OR
Apr 24 – Live Auction – Members
April 27-29 – WESTPEX Stamp Show, Burlingame
May 8 – Forensic Philately, UNTEA Forgeries – Ed Burfine
May 22 – The Era of the Rubber Stamp – Hank Washauer – [6:30 pm Executive Board Meeting]

Hope to see you soon at a Sequoia meeting.
Jim Giacomazzi, Sequoia Stamp Club President, sequoiastampclub@yahoo.com

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