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NEWS . . .         

           Nominations are now open for the upcoming TPA Foundation (TPAF) Elections for 2019. This first election under the new organization will include:

                          ♦ Two (2) directors for one-year terms

                          ♦ Two (2) directors for two-year terms

                          ♦ Two (2) directors for three-year terms

         Each prospect should prepare a written statement signifying his or her willingness to run for a Director position. A pdf form for this purpose is available on this website by clicking here Nomination Form.

        Also, the form can be mailed to you by notifying TPA Director Ray E. Cartier at raycartier09@gmail.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.

       We encourage our Chapters to submit a candidate from their club to assure that we have a representative range of Directors from our various chapters. The necessary information must be submitted to TPA Secretary/Treasruer Darryl Metting, PO Box 285, Shiner TX 77984-0285, or by email to his attention at ihred65@yahoo.com by Oct. 1, 2018. Voting will conclude on Dec. 15, 2018.

       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.                                                           

 

MEET DARRYL MEETING - NEW TPA SECRETARY-TREASURER

          Hello to all the philatelists out there. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Darryl Metting. I will be your new Secretary- Treasurer. I am currently in the process of taking over the position from longtime Secretary-Treasurer Lyle Boardman. I have been told that I will have big shoes to fill but I also know that I will have the best mentor to follow when taking over this position. I have already learned a
lot from Lyle and look forward to working with him more for a smooth transition. I have been a collector of U.S. mint stamps since 1973. The
bug bit me then and I'm still at it. My main collection interest in U.S.
mint is plate blocks and singles prior to 1940. I also collected plate
number coil strips for many years but not so much as of late. I started collecting Canada mint singles in 1985 and still collect them as well. My main interest in Canada is pre-1965.

          I grew up in the small south Texas town of Nordheim where there were numerous stamp collectors at the time. I give full credit to my local postmaster, Herbert Mutschler, for getting me started in stamp collecting. He was an avid plate block collector and a great mentor. I graduated from Nordheim High School as salutatorian and took all my business courses at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). I kept up my stamp collecting hobby as best as my budget could afford. I always tried to get the new issues, if nothing more. I recently retired from The Austin American-Statesman newspaper after total of a more than 25 years in the news business. I started my newspaper work at the Victoria Advocate, followed by the Amarillo Globe-News and finally at the Austin Statesman. Just as some of us longtime collectors have seen so many changes in our stamps, I have seen many changes in the news industry. All told, I don't recall many dull moments in either.

          I am married to the former Amiee Mikulenka from Smithville, Texas. We have four children; Allyson, Chelsae, Jason and Kelly. I have been a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Nordheim, serving on the church council from 1984-1997 and as secretary from 1985-1992. I served on the DeWitt County Farm Bureau Board of Directors from 1986-1992 and was secretary there from 1986-1991.

          I look forward to working with the TPA board for many years. I'll be keeping in touch with you, the membership, with a column every so often along with producing membership reports. If any of you have questions, suggestions for increasing membership or just want to pass along a thought, give me call or send me an email. You can reach me at (512) 234-0231 or my email address is: ihred65@yahoo.com. Thank you,  Darryl Metting.

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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