Welcome to the ISWSC
The International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors serves the interests of all worldwide collectors. It strives to promote the fun and fascination of worldwide stamp collecting to young and old alike, and has an active outreach program serving youth, their leaders and and stamp collectors of all ages and experience levels.
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ISWSC Zoom Meeting January 8th
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
ISWSC is having a Zoom Meeting. Member Ralph Cox will do a presentation and there will be time to share interesting stuff, get your questions answered, update folks on club happenings and whatever else you want to talk about. Bring your What’s Its, new acquisitions or anything you would like to share.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1pm PST/4pm EST.
If you did not receive an invite please contact our Executive Director for the login information.
Executive Directors Report
The following is from Joaane's latest report in the January February edition of The Circuit.
Happy New Year! With the beginning of a new year, a new dues structure goes into effect, raising dues for members receiving mailed newsletters by $3.00 a year. It’s a small increase and one we feel is tolerable and necessary. Postal rates are increasing at shorter and shorter intervals and as the number of mail subscribers decease inevitably over time, our cost of mailing will increase. We won’t have enough mail subscribers to qualify for the bulk mail rate. due to the unavailability of bulk mail rates for a smaller group of mail subscribers. Right now, we are able to use bulk mail rates only because I get the overage sent to me as individual magazines. I get about ten individual copies of The Circuit for each issue.
I have sure missed in-person stamp shows. If you live on or near the West Coast, mark your calendars for the APS/ATA Great American Stamp Show which will be in my hometown of Sacramento this coming August 25-28. I’d be happy to host a gathering of ISWSC members for dinner at my home about 10 minutes from the show. We will also try to schedule an ISWSC meeting at the show. I attended Westpex in San Francisco and while attendance was down, it was a great show. We had our local show, Sacapex, in November and it was well attended with very happy dealers and attendees. The USPS had a booth there and did a large amount of sales. More than 300 people came Saturday and a bit more than half that on Sunday.
Does anyone use Twitter? We need a volunteer to keep up our Twitter page and post to it. I confess that I rarely if ever use it but the younger generation does and to keep ourselves relevant, it would be nice to keep our presence there active.
I am so tired of having the lovely stamped mail that I get defaced with marker pens and ink pens instead of a proper cancel. For Sacapex, we mailed nearly 2,000 postcards using various combinations of donated stamps—and not a one was cancelled by the post office. The one I received in the mail had the usual marker pen streak through the stamp. Most of the others that I saw were just left uncancelled.
Make sure I have your correct email address, especially if you would like to join us for a club Zoom meeting in January. Tentative schedule is for January 8 at 1:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. I will email a Zoom link to everyone with a recorded email address about a week before. Bring your interesting stuff, whatzits (or what-is-its), and items to share.
ISWSC Gets Reviewed in Canadian Stamp News
The February 16, 2021 edition of Canadian Stamp News profiled our website and free stamp program. In the article the author claims the internet can rescue stamp collecting and our website is used as an example.
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Ask the Stamp Answer Person a Question
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