August 23rd Meeting
It was held as a "Picnic" at 6:00 pm. We had ten people at the club "picnic" . The weather was nice but we ate inside just in case the smoke came back.. Bill and Evie Gustafuson, Dan and Mona Herting, Steve Recher, Shirley Canfield, Mike O'Neil, Mike Monahan and the host Margaret enjoyed a couple hours of conversation and lots of good food.
There were eight of us , Steve Goheen, Lawrence Clay, Shirley Canfield, Dan Herting, Steve Recher, Ron Cone, Bill Gustafuson and Margaret Dunn, Lawrence got a 40 minute power point presentation of the history of stamps and Ukrainian Scouting.
Ukraine Scouting (Plast)
A Power Point presentation about Ukraine Scouting (Plast), founded unofficially in 1911, officially in 1913. Declared illegal in Eastern Ukraine in 1922 and Western Ukraine in 1930, replaced by Young Pioneers until 1991 when Scouting was revived. The philatelic emphasis is on two periods, the period after World War II (1946 – 1960’s) when Ukrainian Plast were very active in Displaced Person Camps in Germany and Austria and Ukrainian Scouts in Exile, particularly in Canada and the United States and from 1991 to current time after Scouting was renewed in the Ukraine.
Material includes post cards, postal cards, covers, stamps, labels or seals.
Julie shared the 2 year old returned mail. Mike O’Neil shared the postmaster certificates for his grandmother from Delrio Washington.
40+ auction items. were offered. 10 items did not sell. The total value of the items sold was 133.30. The seven items sold by Steve Recher were donated to the club for a value of $29.00.
Bill Gustafson went home with the biggest number of albums. He bought the big tote box of 7 albums from Steve Recher for $13.00.
Meeting was cancelled due to snow, wind and slick roads.
We related what we have been working on the past few months.
Jerry Johnson said he has been trying to sort and par down some items.
Shirley Canfield has had health issues which are improving so she has not been able to work on her stamps.
Steve Recher just received a 40 pound box of Bolivian covers. A collection of Polar covers arrived today.
Steve Goheen is focusing on US Possessions. He has printed out multiple pages to mount some of the items. He has a large number from the US time in Cuba and the Canal Zone.
Joe Voice is working on a 3 frame exhibit for the show in the Willamette in March and Pipex in May, It will be US Navy Postal Wings over the Pacific from 1912-1942. He is going to work on Greenland Postal History next.
Lawrence told me in his phone call that he has a power point program that he can present on my TV with a HDMI cable or with hand around pages. I didn't write down the topic.
We decided to do the auction in March when we can be sure of good weather.
We discussed using another venue and mentioned that we cannot do auctions at any of the libraries. I have no problem continuing using my home as a meeting place.
Christmas party. There were 10 of us, including spouses. The food was great and the gifts were all exceptional. Lots of chocolate. No one traded or stole another gift. Dan Herting and wife, Bill Gustafson and wife, Steve Recher and wife, Lawrence Clay, Tim Paglieri, Mike O'Neil, and Margaret Dunn We were keeping an eye on the weather so all of us were able to make it home.
November 16, 2022
Meeting was attended by only four of members. Bill Gustafson, Lawrence Clay, Dan Herting and Margaret Dunn.
Lawrence gave an update on the International Scouting Meeting that he went to in Rome in September.
Margaret shared the collection she had received from R L Bauman from Selah. He had mailed it to her this summer. Dan took it home to peruse and will bring it back for someone else to see.
Look forward to seeing everyone at Bill's for the Christmas party in December.
October 26, 2022
Meeting was attended by 9 members. The club is formally “Tri City Stamp Club” dba Tri-Cities Stamp Club. Discussion was held regarding a possible stamp show and the exhibit frames existence.
People showed collections from Great Britain, New Zealand, San Marino, Austria and various others. A few stamps changed hands.
The clubs formal name is Tri City Stamp Club and will be using Tri-Cities Stamp Club as their doing business as (dba).
Christmas Party at Bill Gustafson’s.
Gathering will start at 6:30. Spouses are invited. Members should bring a desert.
More information to be in
September 28, 2022
Meeting was attended by 8 members. Discussion was held regarding the club’s status and name. Joe Voice and Margaret Dunn have been looking into the names used over the years. A formal name will be proposed and we may use some “doing business as” names such as the one on our current logo of Tri-Cities Stamp Club.
Randy had a presentation on Queen Elizabeth. There were several other items passed around and discussed. Discussions were held regarding members awards, news and/or shows attended.
June 6, 2022
We had 10 people participate in our June club meeting—including Jeannie Smith, a previous club member who has returned to our area from Maine. She brought ice cream, cupcakes and other treats for the participants. We did introductions all the way around with each person identifying what they are currently working on in their philatelic endeavors. We then got into an open discussion on how we identify what country a stamp originates from and reference material we may use to support doing that. Reference material ranged from an old Whitman Stamp Identifier text through the internet. Googling it was brought up with a warning that what you find presented on the internet may in fact not be correct. I know that comes as a surprise to everyone (being facetious) but amazingly it was to some of my students in the Nuclear Technology Program at CBC when I told them that. A blessing we have today is the amount of information that is readily available for us to use through the internet. A potential curse associated with that is the lack of teaching and mentoring students (and therefore, the current generations of younger adults) receive in the art of critical thinking. When information is provided through unreviewed/unrefereed media of any form it is up to the individual to judge the quality of it through critical thinking.
Some examples of references used were passed around for review. Jerry Johnson presented a handout showing how he goes about identifying the markings found on postal history items (covers). Lawrence Clay and Mike Monahan presented examples of fiscal or revenue stamps and we discussed the difficulty of identifying this material because it is so similar to postal material. We went on to talk about special catalogs that are available for the fiscal/revenue material from some countries.
After a little more discussion about potential topics for future monthly meetings and upcoming events in July and August, we called it an evening.
Joe Voice, President