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, two of which are still active as of 2016 – Dorothy Karslake and Gordon Houston who still serves as our club secretary.
Our 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:
o 2018 – 2019 John Greene
o 2017 – 2018 Gus Boersma
o 2016 – 2017 Manfred Wobst
o 2007 – 2016 Gus Boersma
o 2006 – 2007 Sandy Ailes
o 2003 – 2006 Wayne Dods
o 1999 – 2003 Margaret McKibben
o 1993 – 1999 Jim Wild
o 1992 – 1993 Bob Elder
o 1989 – 1992 Mike Saul
o 1987 – 1987 Wayne Johnson
o 1985 – 1985 Mike Saul
o 1982 – 1985 Margaret McKibben
o 1980 – 1982 Carl Harris
o 1979 – 1980 Cable Freeman
o 1977 – 1979 Bob Elder
o 1976 – 1977 Iain Hyslop
o 1975 – 1976 Bob Elder
o 1973 – 1975 Fred Arnot
Honorary Memberships are presented to members who have given exemplary performance, dedication and service. Over the many years we have many such individuals, they are as follows:
Currently the Club has over 50 members the majority of which attend most of our monthly meetings and auctions.
Some of our members live as far away as; Edmonton, Kelowna and towns south to the American border, west to Hedley.
Current Club Mission
Our club offers a conduit for like minded people who enjoy talking and collecting stamps, at the same time be 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 accumulated and forwarded to nominated local charitable organizations. Funds raised by our monthly club auctions, private auctions, bourses and other activities. Donors nominate which charitable organization will receive the funds.
Sourcing of stamps and stamp collections
Letters to editors of local newspapers, and philatelic magazines to encourage the public to donate stamp material.
Many donations are sourced from unwanted material collecting dust and taking up space, by individuals who are not interested in the stamps or collections.
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.
Our annual fee for Junior members with their parent(s), is $5.00 per year
Fees are used to cover costs for hall space and special celebrations in the community.
Special events highlighting our organization:
First day envelope for Penticton 75 anniversary.
Information and demonstrations at various venues
Minute and information preservation at the Penticton Museum / Archives
Undertaking the design and issuance by Canada Post of special commemorative postage, cancellations and first day of issue covers. The anniversary of the SS Sicamous docked in Penticton, and the 100 anniversary of the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR), at Summerland.