After recommendation by the Governing Board, the Sequoia Stamp Club unanimously approved both Miriam Thurston and Ed Bierman as Life Members.

Miriam joined the club in 1997 and currently is serving as Sunshine chairperson, keeping the club informed regarding health issues of members and sending cards on behalf of the club when appropriate. Miriam also provides the Phil A. Tellick cartoon which appears every issue on the last page of our Chatter newsletter. As the club’s resident artist, each year at PENPEX Miriam designs the show cachet and collaborates with the local Post Office for a special show cancel. Every year in November, Miriam arranges a display at the Redwood City Library to promote stamp collecting and the Sequoia Stamp Club. Miriam’s collecting interest is Worldwide topicals, especially religion on stamps, and U.S. Miriam is a regular exhibitor at PENPEX, and recently won an award for her exhibit on Abraham Lincoln.

Ed Bierman receiving his lifetime membershipEd Bierman joined the Sequoia Stamp Club in 2000. Ed is an avid underwater scuba diver and photographer, so it is natural for him to collect Marshall Islands and Fish topicals. He also collects private mailing cards and postcards, especially items of local interest. He recently won Grand Award at the COALPEX Show for his exhibit on San Francisco’s Cliff House. He is also a regular contributor of articles to the Chatter and gave a very interesting presentation at a recent Sequoia Club meeting on Redwood City postcards. Ed’s contribution each year to PENPEX is to put together an excellent 16 page program listing all the events and details of the show. Ed is the current Webmaster for the Sequoia Club, PENPEX, and the Council of No. California Philatelic Societies. Congratulations to both Miriam and Ed for their lifetime membership awards.