John M. Hotchner and Ada M. Prill
Co-chairs, APS Vision Team
The APS Vision Team announces seven candidates for office in the 2007
American Philatelic Society and American Philatelic Research Library
elections. They are: Ken Lawrence for APS President; Nancy Clark, Bob Lamb,
and Jeff Shapiro for APS Vice Presidents; Wayne Young*** for APS
Secretary; Joann Lenz for APS Director-at-Large; and Rob Haeseler for APRL
A summary of the team's program, which will be elaborated in a series of
campaign statements, consists of five issues: to complete the renovation of
the Historic Match Factory in Bellefonte; to reverse the declining
participation in philately through a broad outreach program; to uphold the
integrity of stamp collecting by energetically fighting fraud in the
marketplace; to provide an adequate nest egg for the future; and to keep the
business of the APS and APRL open and accessible to every member.
The candidates have a record of achievement for each of these tasks, and
they lead by example. They recruit new members by sharing their enthusiasm
for the stamp hobby, and by showing others how APS helps enrich every
collector's experience. But the stamp hobby is evolving and changing. APS
needs to adapt to tomorrow's conditions.
The team's candidates are well known in the hobby for their writings,
service, and philatelic achievements. Lawrence writes widely about many
subjects from classic to modern, and is a contributing editor of Scott Stamp
Monthly; he is an APRL Trustee.
Clark is President of the Auxiliary Markings Club; as an honored
champion of youth philately, she chaired the beginner's section of the
Washington 2006 international exhibition; she previously served as APS
Treasurer. Lamb collects worldwide stamps; he is a former APS Vice President
and served with distinction for 12 years as APS Executive Director. Shapiro
is a Director of the American Air Mail Society and a Governor of the United
States Stamp Society; he has 20 years experience in nonprofit organization
Young*** is the incumbent Secretary of APS; his 20 years of
outstanding writing has especially served collectors just entering the
hobby; he is the new editor of the Air Post Journal. Lenz has been a leader
in collecting U.S. plate number coil and modern varieties; she has been
Secretary of the United States Stamp Society for 11 years. Haeseler was a
senior editor of Linn's Stamp News and recently served as APS Director of
Administration; he collects 20th century U.S. postal history and is a U.S.
postal stationery expert.
Collectively the team's candidates possess a rich variety of experience
from different backgrounds and perspectives. They don't necessarily agree on
every issue facing APS, APRL, and the stamp hobby, but they plan to restore
the spirit and enthusiasm that accompanied the opening of the American
Philatelic Center by carrying that project to completion, leading the
Society and the Library back on the path to a bright future.
The team hopes to receive support from the broad range of collectors who
are concerned with the future of our hobby, who hail the proven success of
APS in reaching out to collectors of every age and interest with first-class
member services, and who share the conviction that renewing our hobby's
growth requires adapting to new challenges.
The APS Vision Team will provide up-to-date opinions and discussion
about all the issues on the Virtual Stamp Club chat board,
www.virtualstampclub.com. For more information write to the APS Vision Team,