Board Meeting August 7, 2021 Gulf Coast Stamp Club
Called to order at 1:30 pm by President Rob O’Dell Board members attending 6 with 3 other Club members and 4 guests. Quorum requirement met and meeting is Official (See Attachment 1 – list of attendees)
Old Business: 1 Report on availability of Library Meeting Room – Bob St. Martin’s Library has opened the meeting room for use. Two weeks ago they broke through the wall for the Library expansion. Plans for meeting schedule in rest of 2021 September 4, 2021 – Mercy Housing October 1 & 2, 2021 – Bourse St. Martin Community Center October 9, 2021 – St Martin Library November 6, 2021 – Mercy Housing December 4, 2021 – St. Martin Library December ? – Time and place for Christmas Party to be determined
2 Question on Club Library - Rob Librarian Gordon Nelms will update the list of books in the library. Bob Marousky will then send the list to Leonard Hartman, Philatelic Literature Dealer, to see if he would like to purchase any books.
3 Club Members attending Southeastern Federation Show in January 28 to 30, 2022 Tabled at this time
4 Plans for Christmas Party- Bob Librarian Meg Henderson said it would be ok to have a catered Christmas party in the Library Meeting Room. Tom Adams researched the cost of having the party catered and it would cost about twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per person. Some individuals suggested a luncheon party at Royal Super Buffet. Time, date and location for the party still to be determined.
5 Domain Name - Rob The bill the club received for our domain name (www.gulfcoaststampclub.org) was actually “phishing”, that is trying to get us to pay for something we have already paid. Webmaster Gordon Nelms asked why he was not shown the bill. He could have answered the question at the July meeting. New Business 1 Secretary’s Request for supplies - Bob Secretary Bob Marousky requested funds to purchase a toner for his laser printer (cost about $60.00) and two reams of paper. President Rob O’Dell mentioned the increased price of paper and volunteered to donate 2 reams to the Club. A motion was made and carried to pay for the toner.
2 Information on Club Hats - Tom Tom Adams spoke about the design and cost to get hats for the Club. The hats would be dark hunter green to match our Club Shirts. The design on the hat would be the same lighthouse as on the shirts and the wording Gulf Coast Stamp Club next to the lighthouse. Hat size can be adjusted by a Velcro strap at the back. Cost would be approximately $12.00 each if we have an order of 16 or more hats. Tom said that for $3.00 more, individuals could have something printed on the back of their hat such as Retired Air Force. Discussion held on whether the Club should pay for the hats and give one to each member. Some individuals thought members could buy their own hats. It was pointed out that the hats would be good for promoting the club. No decision was made at this time. Tom was asked to see if we could get an example of the hat and a different price.
3. Sad News Tom Adams announced that lifetime Club member Robert Endt passed away at 8:30 this morning. He was at home at the time. Tom volunteered to write a tribute to Robert to be posted on the Club website. A sympathy card was made available for members to sign. A donation to the American Philatelic Society (APS) in Robert’s honor.
October 1 & 2, 2021 Bourse Planning Dealers – Rob At this time we have 5 dealers and we can use 5 or 6 additional dealers. Some of our regular dealers (John Bigelow and Bill Salvatore) are committed to a show in Arkansas. Fred Bradford may not be able to come due to health issues. Show Chairman Rob O’Dell will continue to contact dealers.
Covid Concerns The new wave of the delta varient of covid is troubling. Tom Adams reminded members that he still had anti-covid supplies left over from the last show. The big APS show next week is still on. Member Felix Luis Folch attended a National Stamp Show last weekend and he mentioned that there was hand sanitizer on each table. Club will monitor covid conditions and make a go/no go decision for the show at a later time.
Robert T. Marousky (Official Copy signed)
Robert T. Marousky Secretary, Gulf Coast Stamp Club Attachment 1 List of Attendees President Rob O’Dell Vice President Dr. John Barrett Secretary Bob Marousky Treasurer Mike Kayes Board Member Gordon Nelms Board Member Tom Adams Member Felix Luis Folch Member Cathy Marousky Member Pat Adams Member Eric White Member Robin Overstreet Guest Ed Izzy Guest Bobby Blake Guests Rob and Rhonda Burns
Business Meeting August 7, 2021 Gulf Coast Stamp Club
Called to order at 2:03 pm by President Rob O’Dell with 13 Club members and 4 guests (2 who joined the club) attending. Quorum requirement met and meeting is Official. (See Attachment 1 – List of Attendees)
Approval of July 2021 minutes for Business meeting. Motion to accept the July Minutes as published on the website made and approved.
Treasurer’s Report (See Attachment 2 – Treasurer’s Report) Motion to accept August Treasurer’s report as read made and approved.
October Bourse See details of discussion in Board Meeting Minutes for August 7, 2021.
Standard Agenda Items Website Update– Gordon Tom Adams will write a tribute for life member Robert Endt who passed away today. Webmaster Gordon Nelms will post it on the website. Gordon asked for an update on the dealers for the October show so he can update the website.
Circuit Update– Bob Current Manager Bob Marousky reported there was over $400.00 (four hundred dollars) in sales last month. A copy of the Circuit rotation schedule was given to members. If others want to be on the rotation notify Bob. Otherwise the circuit can be seen at meetings.
Southeastern Federation Update– Gordon No action or changes on the Federation website. Only information on the site is about their January 2022 show in Norcross (North of Atlanta) show.
Old Business 1 Decision on Club Library See information in August 7, 2021 Board Meeting minutes.
2 Ideas for getting more members to meetings Calling and reminding members about the monthly meeting seems to be helping. Thus the number of members and guests attending today’s meeting.
3 Tentative Christmas Party Plans See information in August 7, 2021 Board Meeting minutes. 4 Confirm Rotating Meeting Schedule for rest of 2021 See information in August 7, 2021 Board Meeting minutes.
New Business Need to start thinking about theme for GULFPEX 2022. Members were asked to see if there are any anniversaries related to the Gulf Coast that might make a good theme. Dr. John Barrett provided a list of past show themes given to him by Harry Steinwinder before he died. One suggestion for a possible theme was the 80th anniversary of the Viet Nam War. Several of our members were in the military during that time period and several served in Viet Nam.
Announcements Our valued member Felix Louis Perez-Folch is receiving an award from the American Philatelic Society (APS) as the outstanding military volunteer of the year. Former award winner Bob Marousky read the information posted about Felix’s work promoting stamp collecting, especially topical collecting, as posted in the APS Journal. Felix will receive the award at the Great American Stamp Show this coming weekend.
Volunteer for September Educational Program This month’s presenter, Gordon Nelms, was not able to do the program scheduled. He has volunteered to do the program on navigation of Club website in September. Bob Marousky read an idea from the Dayton Ohio stamp Club for an interesting educational program. Basically members bring in stamps, covers, post cards related to some location or travel in their past history. Then they take 3 to 5 minutes to present it at the meeting. This is different from the Show and Tell because the item being shown has something to do with the members past and not just an item they own.
Show and Tell by Members Olympic Stamps – Bob Marousky. In honor of the Summer Olympics that are just ending Bob brought in Olympic related philatelic material. It included the first US stamps for Olympic games issued in 1932. Great Britain stamps issued for the 1948 Olympic games held there. The 1948 games were called the “austerity” Olympics because of the food rationing still in effect after World War II. Inexpensive Tongs – Bob Marousky showed a four pack of tweezers he purchased in the Dollar Tree store. They are basically the same as regular stamp tongs. The price was one dollar and they can be found in the tool section. Union Stamps – Tom Adams brought in a small (1” by 2”) book that showed if modern union members paid their monthly dues. If dues were paid a stamp was put in the book covering the name of the month. By coincidence Bob Marousky had an identical style book in his pocket. Bob’s book was a birthday gift from John Wright. The books were from different unions and time periods. Al Allegue asked if anyone was familiar with Crypto Stamps. They are like Crypto coins and can be just collected or used as an investment.
Adjournment Meeting Adjourned at 2:59 pm.
Educational Presentation In place of the regular scheduled presentation that had to be delayed, President Rob O’Dell suggested members talk about how they began stamp collecting. Many members spoke about starting collecting in their youth and going to local stores that had stamps and supplies for sale to purchase material. Cynthia Baughman talked about having a pen pal in Australia and admiring their stamps. Cathy Marousky related how she would go to stamp shows with her husband (Secretary Bob Marousky) and decided to collect Match and Medicine stamps instead of being bored at the shows. Several members mentioned the help of postmasters when they began collecting. The postmasters would go into the safe and bring out copies of previously issued stamps that officially had gone off sale. Members participating were Rob, Tom, Cynthia, Bob, Eric, Cathy, and Robin.
Robert T. Marousky (Official Copy Signed)
Robert T. Marousky Secretary, Gulf Coast Stamp Club Attachment 1 List of Attendees President Rob O’Dell Vice President Dr. John Barrett Secretary Bob Marousky Treasurer Mike Kayes Board Member Gordon Nelms Board Member Tom Adams Member Felix Luis Folch Member Cathy Marousky Member Pat Adams Member Eric White Member Robin Overstreet Member Cynthia Baughman Member Al Allegue Guest Ed Izzy Guest Bobby Blake Guests Rob and Rhonda Burns
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