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ROBERT CONLEY APPOINTED NEW JOURNAL EDITOR

        The new editor of the Journal of Texas Philately and Postal History is a native Australian who lives in the tip top of the State of Maine. Now keep calm, Robert Conley knows his stuff – he’s currently the editor of two philatelic publications and is a serious philatelist. He will take over from Tom Koch, whose final issue as editor was the November 2018 issue..
        Conley wrote the Pennsylvania Local Real Estate Transfer Tax Stamps Catalog which won a vermeil at Chicagopex. Most importantly for TPA members though, is that he is already editor of two journals: The State Revenue Society NEWS and the United States Cancellation Club News. He is also the SRS Auction Manager. He is a member of the American Revenue Association and Hawaiian Philatelic Society.
        He spent his first 48 years in Australia and came to America after the miracle of finding his future wife through Ancestry.com, of all things. “No, we are not long-lost cousins,” he said, “One of my great grandparent's brothers married one of Heather's great grandparent's sisters in Wales in 1865!  So no blood connection there.”
They chose to settle in rural Glenburn, Maine, just north of Bangor, where, as Robert says, “We've enjoyed five years of wedded bliss.”
        He admits he has been to Texas a couple of times. “I grew up in a state much like Texas . . . big, hot, conservative, decentralized, rich with natural resources, and most of all, better than the rest of the country. I get it!” he said.
        He is a retired corporate banker and currently serves as a cashier for a tractor supply company.
The current leaders of the TPA have suggested that Robert to run for one of the new Director’s positions. You can see more about him in the candidate profiles on page 10. You will want to keep his email through which to file stories – texaspaeditor@yahoo.com.

ELECTION OF DIRECTORS FOR 2019

         The TPA Election is now underway. Per the new bylaws approved by the TPA Foundation (TPAF) in late 2017, six new Directors will be elected beginning in 2019. The bylaws are available on the TPA website, www.texasstamps.org. The new Directors will serve staggered terms as shown in the ballot at right. Two directors will be up for election every year beginning in 2020.The Directors will select the new TPAF officers from among themselves. There will be no association-wide election for president, vice president, etc.

       The deadline for voting is Dec. 15, 2018. A pdf form for this purpose is available on this website by clicking here 2018 Ballot. A space has been provided for anyone who wishes to submit a write-in candidate or candidates. You must specify the term the write-in candidate is seeking – 1, 2 or 3 years. A copy of the ballot or your own written ballot can be sent mailed or emailed to Secretary-Treasurer Darryl Metting, PO Box 285, Shiner, TX 77984-0285 before the deadline of Dec. 15, 2018. You can send your selections directly to Darryl via email at ihred@yahoo.com.

      The new bylaws of the TPAF appeared in the November 2017 issue of The Texas Philatelist. You may also find a pdf of the bylaws by clicking here: TPAF Bylaws.

       The Directors elected will choose a President and Vice President from among themselves. Those who hold the appointed positions of Secretary/Treasurer, Journal Editor or Website Coordinator may elect to run for the Board if they wish to have a vote but they do not have to. A list of candidates and their biographies will appear in the November issue of the Journal of Texas Philately & Postal History. Again, the deadline for the receipt of votes for all candidates is Dec. 15, 2018.                                                           

HERE ARE THE SIX CANDIDATES FOR THE SIX POSITIONS     

Clayton Finney, Houston Texas
Term: Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2020 (2 years)

I have been a member of the APS for more than 25 years and am a TPA life member. I’ve been active in the Houston Philatelic Society for more than 15 years. I’ve been the Concession Chair and Co-Chair for the Greater Houston Stamp Show for many years as well. I’ve collected as long as I can remember – since at least early elementary school. I was a member of the stamp club in Fort Smith, Ark., and was active as an approvals dealer and show dealer at the Muskogee, Okla., show in the 1990s. In college and a few years after I was dormant and then began accumulating and collecting again. I still work on USA stamps but now collect some British Africa and Jamaica and specialize in accumulating Arkansas postal history and post cards.

Jonathan Topper, Houston, Texas
Term: Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2020 (2 years)

I am a lifelong stamp collector (started at age 5) and postal history collector. I joined the Houston Philatelic Society when I arrived in the Lone Star State. Soon after I joined the Texas Philatelic Association and have had the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees in the past. Recently, I served on the ad hoc team that formed the new TPA Foundation. I am a retired toxicologist, and started my own stamp appraisal business 10 years ago. As an officer with the Texas Stamp Dealers Association, I have the opportunity to buy and sell new collections and thereby “ouch history” every day. My TPA Foundation membership keeps me in touch with others who also enjoy the hobby. Meeting our fellow Texas Postal History enthusiasts at our local stamp shows who share our common philatelic interest and fellowship is a highlight at these events. I would like to continue my work with the new TPA Foundation as it changes and adjusts to the new collector environment during this internet age.

Anne Moxley, Richardson, Texas
Term: Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 2021 (3 years)

I have served on the TPA Foundation Board since 2016 and am a member in good standing. I am  the daughter of former TPA President, the late Robert Benner. Since childhood I have followed my father’s passion for philately and now participate fully in club and association activities. For many years I served as the Front Desk Chairperson at TEXPEX, including the last five shows held in Grapevine. I was also an annual member of the TEXPEX teardown crew. I am the secretary for the Fred Sawyer Chapter of the American First Day Cover Society in North Texas, and secretary-treasurer of the Collectors Club of Dallas. I am the CCOD’s liaison for the TPA.
I enjoy collecting first day covers and topical issues of penguins and flowers. I am a member of the American Topical Association and serve as the Frame Repair Assistant for the Mid-Cities Stamp Expo. I am  a full-time receptionist with Progressive Laboratories in Irving, Texas, and serve on the Board for the Richardson Crossroads Condominium Association HOA. I look forward to continuing to serve the TPA.
My husband,, Thomas Moxley, and I live in Richardson, Texas.

Robert Conley, Glenburn, Maine
Term: Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 20191 (1 year)

Like most other philatelists, I've been a collector my whole life.  Whether it be stamps, coins, banknotes, gemstones, butterflies or even chemical elements, there's just something about the hunt itself, and then finding the odd or unusual and categorizing it. I have collected many things but now focus on U.S. state and municipal real estate transfer tax revenues, Maine Postal History and anything Hawaiian. The Hawaiian Philatelic Society and the American Revenue Association also count me as a member. So I might not know much about Texas philately in particular, but I offer other, more scarce skills and a new set of ideas, enthusiasm and life experiences. The existing Board has engaged me to be your editor starting 2019. I think also being part of the Board of the Association is important to ensure I am fully aware of all the business and issues before it . . . to help me to keep you fully informed. In that vein, I ask for your vote to appoint me a director of this long-lived, thriving Association.  Thank you and God bless.

Darryl Metting, Shiner, Texas
Term: Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 2021 (3 years)

I have been a collector of U.S. mint stamps since 1973. The bug bit me then and I’m still at it. I grew up in the small Texas town of Nordheim, where there were numerous stamp collectors at the time. I give much credit to my local postmaster at the time, Hebert Mutschler, for getting me started in stamp collecting. My main collecting interest is in U.S. plate blocks and singles prior to 1940. I began collecting Canada mint singles in 1985 but my main interest is Canada Pre-1965. This year I took over the secretary-treasurer duties from Lyle Boardman. I had big shoes to fill but he has worked with me for a smooth transition. I am married to Amiee and we have four children. I look forward to working on the TPA Board for many years.

Greg Cain, Houston, Texas
Term: Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 2019 (1 year)

I have been collecting stamps since I was about 8 years old.  My dad got my brother and me started with two copies of the Worldwide Stamp Album by John W. Nicklin (1935). I still have mine. Except for college, I’ve been a steady collector pretty much ever since.  My longest standing collecting interest has been U.S. commemorative singles, which I still enjoy. I also collect Roosevelt (FDR) on stamps, U.S. revenues and the postal history of my hometown of Evansville, Ind.. My favorite activity at stamp shows, other than saying hello to dealers and other collectors, is to browse through boxes of advertising and hotel covers.
I joined the APS in 1994 and the Methodist Philatelic Society a few years later.   completed my undergraduate and law school studies at SMU in the early 1980s, and have been employed as a corporate tax attorney pretty much ever since.  I have three grown children and in 2012 married Lucy Fisher, after living as a widower for 7 years.  Lucy has introduced me to West Texas, camping and rock concerts and I have introduced her to philately. I would be happy to serve as a director of the TPA, your state-wide stamp organization.  Thank you

 

WRITE A STORY FOR THE NEW JOURNAL - CASH PRIZES FOR BEST ARTICLES

TPA members are welcome to submit news and feature stories about stamps and postal history. There are two editions remaining in 2018 for you to qualify for one of two cash prizes or both. The Leon Forcheimer Literature Award has been presented by the TPA for many years to the author of the best annual article in The Texas Philatelist. The winner receives a $50 cash prize and certificate and recognition in the publication. In 2015 the Texas Postal History Society began the Gene Gaddy Literature Award for the best annual article in The Texas Postal History Society Journal that also carries a cash prize and certificate. Now that the the two groups have merged the publications, the Gaddy prize will also be awarded to the best annual Texas postal history story in The Journal of Texas Philately and Postal History. It offfers a $50 cash prize and certificate. It is possible that the same article can win both prizes in a single year. So submit your stories to the JTPPH editor to have a chance at getting your story published and possibly receiving an award! The current editor is Tom Koch at tkoch@tx.rr.com. His address is 1013 Springbrook Dr., DeSoto TX 75115. 

TPA DIGITIZATION PROJECT

          President John Germann has been working on the Digitization Project with the Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library at The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas. The Wineburgh is the home of the TPA Archives. The finding aid to the records is located at http://www.utdallas.edu/library/specialcollections/tpa.html. It is titled "Guide to the Texas Philatelic Association, Inc. Records, 1896-2006 W061-07." The current project is an effort to digitize the historic earliest philatelic publications in Texas that includes the Texas Philatelic Association's first newsletters. The longterm goal is to have a complete run of The Texas Philatelist issues available online through the Wineburgh Library by way of a grant.

SEND YOUR CHAPTER REPORTS TO GREG CAIN

          Greg Cain is now handling the Chapters in Action report in each copy of The Texas Philatelist. Please send him copies of your newsletter by regular mail or pdf by email. You can also simply offer Greg a summary of your quarterly activities. Dealines are about a month before the publication month. Contact Greg at greg.cain@comcast.net or Greg Cain, 1926 Brimbery St., Houston TX 77018-1730. We appreciate receiving your reports to show the membership a summary of your activities and news.

2018 UPCOMING SHOWS

MAY 19-20 TSDA SAN ANTONIO STAMP SHOW
Norris Conference Center, 618 Northwest Freeway Loop 410, Suite 207 (across San Pedro from NorthStar Mall), San Antonio, TX 78216 (Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-3)

JUN 1-2 TSDA HOUSTON STAMP SHOW
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 7611 Katy Fwy. (IH-10 West), Houston, TX 77024.  (Friday 10-5, Saturday 9-4)
 
JUN 22-23 TSDA DALLAS STAMP SHOW
Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd., Richardson, TX 75080 (Friday 10-5, Saturday 9-4)

JUN 29-30 OKPEX WORLD SERIES OF PHILATELY
Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Rd., Midwest City, OK 73110.

AUG 9-12   APS NATIONAL STAMPSHOW
Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High St., Columbus, OH 43215. For the first time to be held in conjunction with the American Topical Association’s National Topical Stamp Show

AUG 24-25 TSDA DALLAS STAMP SHOW
Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd., Richardson, TX 75080 (Friday 10-5, Saturday 9-4)
 
SEP 21-23 GREATER HOUSTON STAMP SHOW
Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Road, Humble TX 77338. (Friday/Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-4).    www.houstonstampclub.org 

OCT 13-14 TSDA SAN ANTONIO STAMP SHOW
Norris Conference Center, 618 Northwest Freeway Loop 410, Suite 207 (across San Pedro from NorthStar Mall), San Antonio, TX 78216 (Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-3)
 
NOV 2-3  TSDA HOUSTON STAMP SHOW
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 7611 Katy Freeway (IH-10 West), Houston, TX 77024.  (Friday 10-5, Saturday 9-4)

NOV 9-10  MID-CITIES STAMP CLUB EXPO
Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051. (Highway 114 at Main Street exit, just north of DFW Airport), Friday 10-5, Saturday 9-4.

DEC 7-8  TSDA DALLAS STAMP SHOW
Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd, Richardson, TX 75080-4551, Friday 11-5, Saturday 9-4.

 

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