- March 23-25, 2017 Annual meeting, Garfield-Perry March Party, Cleveland, OH
- Sept. 21-23, 2018 Annual meeting, MILCOPEX, Milwaukee, WI
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.
The 2004 Annual Meeting of the USSS in New Jersey is fast approaching. The United States Stamp Society meeting will be held in conjunction with NOJEX, the annual stamp show sponsored by the North Jersey Federated Stamp Clubs.
The USSS will gather during the Memorial Day weekend, from Saturday, May 29th through Monday, May 31st, at the Meadowlands Crowne Plaza Hotel, Two Harmon Plaza, Secaucus, New Jersey.
The show will include an American Philatelic Society World Series of Philately exhibit competition, which will include more than 100 frames of United States and related material presented by USSS members. The bourse will be made up of 40 dealers from across the country offering a wide range of U.S. material.
The exhibit entries will cover a wide range of subjects such as the 1893 Columbian envelopes, the first day covers of the 1929 George Rogers Clark issue, the second airmail issue of the Canal Zone and U.S. private vending coils. A number of usage exhibits will also be displayed including the Washington-Franklin Series and the Liberty Series. In addition to the competitive exhibits, USSS members will find a special treat from the Philatelic Foundation. The PF will present a two-frame exhibit showing how it conducted its analysis of the famous 3¢ Orangeburg coil stamp (Scott #389), showing both genuine and faked copies. In conjunction with this exhibit, a member of the Foundation’s expertising staff will present a lecture about the Foundation’s experiences in analyzing this rare issue.
We anticipate that those members attending the show will be able to purchase the latest U.S. Stamp Society publication, U.S. Booklets and Booklet Panes, 1900-1978, Volume 1: Flat Plate Regular Issues by Donald B. Littlefield and Sam Frank. The Board recently approved a motion to send the final draft of this long awaited book to the printer and we should have the initial supply on hand at the show. The special member price will be $19.00 ($24.00 for non-members). I certainly recommend that every member add this volume to his or her library.
There will be a number of presentations and meetings throughout the weekend that are sure to be of interest to collectors of U.S. stamps. At 1 PM on Saturday there will be a meeting of the Second Bureau Issue Committee. Anyone with an interest in this issue, the 1902 Series, is welcome to stop in. Following this, at 2:00 PM, Rod Juell, our Project Manager coordinating the writing of The Encyclopedia of United States Stamp Collecting, will hold a workshop meeting for members who are writing, and those who would like to write, sections of this book. Even if you’ve never written an article before, stop by and talk to Rod. You’ll be surprised at what you probably have to offer to this very worthwhile project. Rounding out the day at 3:00 PM, Jeffery Shapiro, Chairman of the Presidential Issue Committee, will present a program titled “The Prexies: Common Stamps – Uncommon Usages.” Jeff always gives an interesting presentation and this should be no exception.
We will conclude Saturday’s activities with a Society tradition, the annual fellowship dinner. This Dutch treat dinner is always one of the highlights of our annual meeting and a good time is had by all. We will gather the troops as the show closes at 6:00 PM and head out for an enjoyable dinner and evening of fellowship. At the time of this writing, the location of the dinner is not yet confirmed but details will be available at the Society table.
On Sunday, the Board Meeting for Governors, Officers, employees of the Society and Committee Chairmen will be held prior to the opening of the show from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Our annual General Membership meeting is scheduled for 1:00-2:00 PM that afternoon. However, at 11:00 AM, Eliot Landau, Chairman of the newly formed U.S. Registered Mail Study Group, will hold a meeting for all those interested in this fascinating area and give a presentation built around a walk-through of a registry exhibit.
The American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors will hold host a seminar at 2:00 PM and the Judges Critique of the exhibits will follow at 3:00 PM. Immediately after the critique, there will be a Judging Seminar on a topic to be determined. The Sunday night awards banquet will be held at the hotel beginning with a Dutch treat cocktail hour at 6:30 PM.
The show and all of the aforementioned activities will take place on-site at the hotel. The hotel is offering special rates of $99 for a single room and $109 for a double room. To obtain these room rates contact the hotel at (201) 348-6900 and request the special the NOJEX rates. A special reservation form can also be obtained by contacting me at P.O. Box 1005, Mountainside, NJ 07092 or via email. Parking at the hotel is free. Although there is a $2 admission fee to the show, we have free passes available which I can provide.
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 are willing to help staff the table. We could really use the help and any time you could spare will be greatly appreciated. In addition to those who volunteer, we will also have our officers, Board members, 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 New Jersey show. A good time is sure to be had by all.
– Nick Lombardi
With much of the country in a deep freeze right now, many of us are thinking about springtime and warmer weather. This year springtime will also bring our 2017 Annual Meeting to be held at the !27th March Party sponsored by the Garfield-Perry Stamp Club, one of the premier national level shows. The show will take place from Thursday March 23rd through Saturday, March 25th. The combination of warmer weather and philatelic camaraderie will be a welcome change.
The show will be held at the LaVilla Banquet and Party Center, 11500 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, Ohio. The show hotel will be the Cleveland Airport Marriott at 4277 W. l 50th Street, also in Cleveland. The hotel is offering a special rate of only $112 per night which will be available from March 22nd through March 25th. To make reservations and receive this reduced rate, call the hotel at 216-252-5333 before March 2nd. The hotel will provide complimentary parking and, for those flying in, they have a complimentary airport shuttle upon request.
A number of show activities will take place at the hotel. These include a show hospitality room, a Thursday evening wine and cheese reception and a complimentary Exhibitors & Judges Luncheon on Friday. On Friday evening, the awards banquet will be held at the 100th Bomb Group Restaurant located at 20920 Brookpark Road. Banquet tickets are $55 per person in advance or $60 if purchased at the show.
The Exhibit Prospectus and Application are available on the show website at www.garfieldperry.org or from the Exhibits Chairman, our own Greg Shoults, at email@example.com. Inasmuch as this is our annual meeting show, exhibiting members will be able to compete for our three Society exhibiting awards – The Southgate, The Hopkinson and The Cleland.
As is our tradition, we will be holding our Dutch Treat Fellowship Dinner on Thursday evening, the first night of the show, at a site to be determined.
The Society booth, staffed throughout the show, will provided members with a place to gather and visit. If you would like to give a presentation at the show and/or would be willing to volunteer some time to help staff the Society booth , please let me know.
Nick Lombardi President