After a deep, wet winter, spring’s burst of energy is upon us. Now is the time to think about and start executing on your collecting goals for 2017. Take an inventory of your collections, get valuations in order, identify wants or needs, plan show attendance or start a research project. Try starting with just two or three goals so you have an achievable list. Here is mine: (1) Complete a 1-frame exhibit on “Mails of the Pacific Coast Companies”; (2) Complete my collection of Irish singles, 1922-2000 (two stamps to go!); (3) Attend WESTPEX, APS StampShow 2017, and PENPEX.

Shows are on my mind as I’ve just returned from APS AMERISTAMP EXPO in Reno. We had a strong showing! Members Joe Coleman, Greg Cykman, Scott English, Vesma Grinfelds, Peter Leffler, Bud McLellen, Mike McGee, Kristin Patterson, Jessica Rodriguez, and Jim Sauer spent an enjoyable two or three days shopping at the 40-dealer bourse, viewing exhibits and attending educational meetings. I was proud to witness Joe and Greg receiving their 25-year APS membership awards from Mick Zais, APS President. (See page 2 for photos and more.) Sequoia Stamp Club has been an APS member chapter for decades, entitling the club to vote on officers and access numerous member benefits.

In 2017, I’d like our club to add 5 new members to APS–could one of these be you? To learn about APS’ many member benefits, you can ask me or APS Executive Director Scott English, who’s joining our second April meeting. As just one, you can get PDF copies of research articles from APS’ extensive library in Pennsylvania in just one day at nominal cost, typically $5. You get access to insurance, online stamp buys, a great monthly magazine, national fellowship with other collectors, and more. Look closely at www.stamps.org today and if you join, let me know.

Don’t forget to bring them to our meetings for display. Questions about a new collecting area or a troublesome cover or stamp? Our social time between 7:05PM and 7:30PM is your golden opportunity to ask others about your material.

And, if you can help us with a presentation, activity or other program item, please step up. Pete Leffler has spent several weeks planning our 2017 program but a few slots remain and we are anxious to tap the knowledge, experience and skills of our members. Many thanks from me to all our members who have made the club’s first quarter of 2017 a success. The energy and devotion of everyone working on our auctions, communications,
outreach and other activities is truly inspiring.

Until I see you again, may all your gum be never hinged, and all your album spaces be filled.

Chris Palermo, President, Sequoia Stamp Club