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:
2018 – Current 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
- 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 $15.00 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.