The United States Stamp Society will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting at NOJEX during the weekend of Friday to Sunday, May 30th through June 1st, at the Empire Meadowlands Hotel & Suites located at 2 Harmon Plaza in Secaucus, New Jersey (formerly the Crown Plaza Meadowlands). The hotel is offering a special rate of $135 per night for a single and $145 for a double. To obtain this room rate contact the hotel at (201) 348-6900 and request the special NOJEX rate or make your reservations online directly from the NOJEX website. Please note that the show is not on Memorial Day weekend.
The show is an American Philatelic Society World Series of Philately exhibit competition which will include a large number of exhibits from our members. In addition to the normal range of awards available at all WSP competitions, eligible exhibits of USSS members will also compete for the prestigious Southgate and Hopkinson Trophies for multi-frame exhibits, as well as the new W. Wallace Cleland Award for the best single frame exhibit. These three awards are presented only at the show hosting the annual meeting of the Society. Keep in mind that NOJEX is the only Champion of Champions qualifying show in the tri-state (NJ-NY-CT) area. Also, exhibiting at NOJEX will give you the opportunity to qualify your exhibit for the next U.S international show, New York 2016, which is fast approaching.
On Friday evening we will hold the Society’s traditional Annual Fellowship Dinner, which is always one of the highlights of our Annual Meeting. When we last met in Chicago in November, we went to Lou Malnati’s, one of Chicago’s best known and “best” Chicago style pizza restaurants. It has been suggested that inasmuch as we are now in the New York/New Jersey area, we should have our dinner at a traditional New York style pizza restaurant so we can determine once and for all which style pizza is “the best.” We’ll be working on that and have full details at the show.
On Saturday, the Board Meeting for Governors, Officers, employees of the Society and Committee Chairpersons will be held at 8 AM prior to the opening of the show. Our Annual General Membership Meeting will be held at 1 PM. The meeting will update the membership on the business of the Society and the presentation of several awards. The full schedule of all of the show events will be posted on the show website.
The Society will have a booth at the show for the purposes of selling our publications, promoting the Society, recruiting new members, and socializing with fellow U.S. collectors. Please contact me if you can help staff the booth for a short time. We could really use the help and any time you can spare will be greatly appreciated. In addition to those who volunteer, we will also have our officers, committee chairs, and authors helping out. This will be the place to meet old friends and make new ones.
We look forward to seeing a large contingent of our members at this great show. A good time is sure to be had by all.