Penticton History

CELEBRATING Our 50 th Anniversary

History and activities of the Penticton and District Stamp Club


  • The first meeting of the Penticton and District Stamp Club was held on November 25, 1973.
  • The club was formed with 21 original members, one of whom is still active as of 2018 – Gordon Houston who still serves as our Club Secretary.
  • The first President, Fred Arnot, affiliated the club with the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) and the Okanagan Mainline Philatelic Association (OMPA).
  • Presidents and past presidents of the Penticton and District Stamp Club are as follows:

2022                                         Steve Steele

2021 – 2022                           Jim Wild

2018 – 2020                            John Greene

2017 – Interim                         John Greene

2017 – Deceased                     Gus Boersma

2016 – 2017                             Manfred Wobst

2016 – 2007                            Gus Boersma

2007 – 2006                            Sandy Ailes

2006 – 2003                            Wayne Dods

2003 – 1999                            Margaret McKibbin

1999 – 1993                            Jim Wild

1993 – 1992                            Bob Elder

1992 – 1989                            Mike Saul

1989 – 1987                            Wayne Johnson

1987 – 1985                            Mike Saul

1985 – 1982                            Margaret McKibbin

1982 – 1980                            Carl Harris

1980 – 1979                            Cable Freeman

1979 – 1977                            Bob Elder

1977 – 1976                            Iain Hyslop

1976 – 1975                            Bob Elder

1975 – 1973                            Fred Arnot


  • Honorary Memberships are presented to individuals who have given their dedication and service to the club, they are as follows:


Ailes, Sandy                            Squires, Doug

Arnot, Fred                             Seed, Daphne

Boersma, Gus                         Manuel, Randy

Champion, George                 McKibbin, Margaret

Day, Tony

Evans, Addie

Freeman, Cable

Giesen, Klaus

Karslake, Dorothy

Brucker, Bob



  • Currently the Club has over 35 members the majority of which attend most of our monthly meetings and auctions.
  • Some of our members range as far away as; Edmonton, Kelowna and South Okanagan.


Current Club Mission


Our club offers a conduit for like minded people who enjoy talking and collecting stamps, at the same time being an active and an influential member in our community.  The community at large benefits by the sales of donated philatelic material, and funds are subsequently forwarded to designated local charitable organizations.  Funds are raised by our monthly club auctions, public auctions, bourses and other activities.


Sourcing of stamps and stamp collections

  • Letters to editors of local newspapers and philatelic magazines encourage the public to donate material. Local media supports our activities, by promoting our activities.
  • Many donations are sourced from unwanted material collecting dust and taking up space from individuals who no longer are interested in their stamps or collections, including estate donations.
  • Club members donate excess and unwanted material.
  • Word of mouth and exposure at other venues highlight our organization and activities.


Fees and other costs

  • Our annual fee charged to members is $25.00 per year.
  • Fees are used to cover costs for hall space and special celebrations in the community.


Special events highlighting our organization

  • Information and demonstration booths at various venues
  • Minute and information preservation at the Penticton Museum / Archives
  • Undertaking the design and production of special Commemorative Picture Postage Stamps.


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