At the winter APS StampShow in Riverside, CA, the American Philatelic Society proposed establishing an award for the best article published in the American Philatelist, their monthly journal. Officials of the APS approached the USSS to consider funding the award with a naming opportunity.
The Board of Governors, at their Annual Meeting at TEXPEX, agreed to support a motion to donate $25,000 to the APS to support an annual award for the best article in the American Philatelist and that the name of the award would be the United States Stamp Society – Barbara R. Mueller Award.
This is a one time opportunity, not only to promote research and philatelic writing, but also to promote the United States Stamp Society, our goals and mission, to expand the study of and knowledge about U.S. postage and revenue stamps to the 45,000 membership of the APS, approximately 80% of whom collect U.S.
The $25,000 donation would be set aside and allocated specifically to derive income to provide for an appropriate plaque or trophy and a cash stipend of $1000. The selection criteria and selection of recipients would be the responsibility of the American Philatelic Society.
Barbara R. Mueller is one of our Society’s most prominent members. In addition to her long and valuable service to our Society and recent induction to the USSS Hall of Fame, she has been equally honored and recognized by the American Philatelic Society, having received the APS John N. Luff Award, signed the APS Scroll of Distinguished Recipients and has been recognized in the APS Writers Unit 30 Hall of Fame.
With each annual award, the role of the United States Stamps Society would be featured in the American Philatelist. As an APS affiliate we would also be supporting the work of the APS in their efforts to promote stamp collecting in the United States.
The motion that follows was passed unanimously.
It is hereby moved that:
The United States Stamp Society (USSS) agrees to donate $25,000 to the American Philatelic Society (APS) to establish an endowment for an annual award for the best article in the American Philatelist. The $25,000 will be restricted specifically to provide income for an appropriate plaque or trophy (at the discretion of APS) and a cash honorarium of $1000 that will be awarded annually. The APS, in consideration for this donation, agrees to name the award “United States Stamp Society – Barbara R. Mueller Award,” and the APS further agrees that when publicizing the award in the American Philatelist, the APS will state that “the award was established by the United States Stamp Society to give special recognition to Barbara R. Mueller for her many contributions to philatelic research and writing.”
The USSS further agrees that the award selection criteria and selection of award recipients will be the sole responsibility of the American Philatelic Society.
-Roger Brody, Chairman