Six months of the 2017 club year now are behind us and summer’s warm days provide a great opportunity to reflect on your collecting goals for the rest of the year. The stamp show schedule is light until APS in Richmond in August kicks off the autumn season, but auction houses continue to offer ample material. Now may be a good time to look for bargains online, as many buyers are on holiday and sellers will be motivated to price accordingly. Speaking of online, if internet sales concern you, our members are here to help with selecting reputable dealers and search techniques to find the material you need – just ask at a meeting.
We have had a strong club year thus far. We had a superb Sequoia scholarship winner just a few days ago, a visit by the APS Executive Director, an interesting live program on Russia air support stamps, a flourishing youth program, the contribution of great new circuit books, intake of 2018 Scott catalogs and other books, and one of our recent silent auctions overflowed onto a side table!
I would also like to thank Pete Leffler for supplying two pizzas per meeting, picking them up at the restaurant closest to the CAB, at the end of a long journey from Oakland via San Francisco. Talk about dedication. This welcome upgrade to our social service has been helping 12 to 16 members per meeting have a needed snack, as evidenced by empty boxes at the end of the night! This is especially useful for those officers and members who must arrive straight from distant work locations. Our demographics are evolving, and as we attract more members who are working tough Silicon Valley hours, more quantity and variety for our social time is appropriate.
At our next meeting, please share a stamp story! Our meetings are enriched by hearing of your acquisitions, show or auction experiences, and exhibit plans. Can we serve you better in some way? Please write me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christopher J. Palermo
Sequoia Stamp Club President