The Poway Stamp Club Swept Both of the APS Star Route Grand Champion medals for Newsletter & Website Award Competitions - On October 31st, the Poway Stamp Club was awarded the Grand Champion Medals in the 2022 American Philatelic Society (APS) Star Route Competitions. These APS awards recognize both the Website & Newsletters excellence for content and design. Since the mid-1800s, the Star Routes were the most challenging routes in the country to deliver U.S. mail. Congress called for contractors to deliver the mail with “celerity, certainty, and security,” soon replaced with three stars. Our chapters serve and grow the hobby in those same tough terrains with that same mission.
The Poway Stamp Club is grateful and honored and has proudly posted the Awards badge on our home page. These awards exemplify the very best that is happening out in the local stamp and postal history communities. Our Webmaster/ Editor (David Klauber) thanks all of the members who contributed to the success of our award-winning Newsletter. Including: Bill O’Connor, Bob McArthur, Manny Marti, Art Berg, Trice Klauber and Jon Schrag. For more information, visit the APS.
PSC Member Mark Banchik Elected APS VP – The American Philatelic Society announced the results of the officers’ elections for the APS Board of Directors and the American Philatelic Research Library Board of Trustees. The slate of candidates for Board of Vice Presidents included PSC Member Mark Banchik who was elected to office with 3,799 votes. Congratulations to Mark for being elected and his service to the Philatelic community.
The Nicholas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition Awards are presented to recognize the outstanding efforts of our volunteers at the national and local level; and to recognize our younger members whose outstanding leadership is crucial to our future.
Trice Klauber is an APS, ATA, CSS, and Poway Stamp Club member who lives in Julian California. She has recently begun collecting Japanese stamps and is a long-term enthusiastic collector of Chinese stamps. Trice is a volunteer/member of the Poway Stamp Club where she is currently the Club's APS representative and coordinates the clubs' access to APS Circuits. She has served as the Secretary of the Poway Stamp Club for the past 4 years. Trice encourages and assists in promoting closer social relationships among philatelists of San Diego County. She promotes and assists the spreading of stamp knowledge and encourages others to participate in the pleasures derived from collecting stamps. Additionally, Trice organizes the annual PSC holiday banquet/celebration as well as external philatelic field trips. She oversees the logistics of the clubs Bid Board sales and organizes and coordinates with external clubs including the Guyana Philatelic Society.
Trice was previously a business owner, and educator and served as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, Service Unit Manager for San Diego’s Backcountry area as well as supported adult training and outdoor education programs. She was previously a 22-year volunteer for Girls Scouts of America where she acquired the moniker “Fearless Leader.” Trice Klauber is a beloved Wife, Mother, and Grandmother.
The Nicholas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition Awards are presented to recognize the outstanding efforts of our volunteers at the national and local level; and to recognize our younger members whose outstanding leadership is crucial to our future. This year the APS recognizes David Klauber.
David Klauber is a member of the APS, ATA, U.S. Stamp Society, U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, Poway Stamp Club and life-long fourth generation Stamp Collector who resides in Julian California; His volunteer service to Philately and the Poway Stamp Club includes the establishment of, and current Editor for the Poway Stamp Club Newsletter. Mr. Klauber also established and serves as Webmaster for the 2021 APS Large Gold award-winning Website powaystampclub.com. The Website provides information on club activities, newsletters, links, etc., as well as a “members only” bid board. Mr. Klauber has served the past 3 years as Vice-President of the Poway Stamp Club. During the Covid-19 Pandemic, David along with his wife Trice, have worked together to double Club membership and “put the fun back” into San Diego County stamp collecting.
David is currently conducting historical and philatelic research on both U.S. Classic & EFO Stamps. Outside of Philately, Mr. Klauber has worked at Leidos Inc. as a Chief Computer Engineer for 38 years designing Multi-service Military Hospital Computer Systems. Mr. Klauber was previously a member of the board of directors for the San Diego Historical Society. But most importantly, Mr. Klauber considers his highest achievement in life as being a husband, father, and grandfather.
Poway Stamp Club Wins an APS
Large GOLD Star Route Award
The APS chapter newsletter and website competitions, have been renamed the Star Route Awards. Since the mid-1900s, the Star Routes were the most challenging routes in the country to deliver U.S. mail. Congress called for contractors to deliver the mail with “celerity, certainty, and security,” soon replaced with three stars. Our chapters serve and grow the hobby in those same tough terrains with that same mission. This Year our site the "Poway Stamp Club" won the APS Large Gold Metal for Websites.
The Star Route Awards were awarded on October 14th 2021
Poway Club Member Honored! - 2021 Lichtenstein Winner Mark Banchik who is a member of the Poway Stamp Club was one of two joint recipients of 2021 Lichtenstein Award.
The Collectors Club was proud to announce that two individuals share this year’s prestigious Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Philately. Mark Banchik, a retired physician administrator who lives in San Diego and Patrick Maselis, an agricultural industrialist who lives in Roeselare, Belgium, are the two honorees. Dr. Banchik is also a past president of the Collectors Club and serves on its board of Governors; But more importantly for us, Dr. Banchik is also a current member of the Prestigious Poway Stamp Club. “Banchik’s" past and present philatelic leadership responsibilities have included the Collectors Club board of governors (treasurer, vice president, president); the A.P.S. (Board of Vice Presidents, expert, member of the Committee on Accreditation of National Exhibitions and Judges); the American Philatelic Congress (president); the American Air Mail Society (president); MEPSI (president, chairman, fill-in editor). He is also a fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society, London, and a member of the Club de Monte- Carlo.
1. 2021 Lichtenstein Winners, The Collectors Club, https://www.collectorsclub.org/2021-lichtenstein- winners/
The APS Recognizes
William A. O’Connor
O’Connor has served as President of the Philatelic Clubs of Southern California, President of the Eire Philatelic Society, President of the Poway Stamp Club, and Show Chairman of POWPEX. He also helps run auctions for the San Diego County Philatelic Library, serves as a regular volunteer keeping the doors open and the lights on at the San Diego Philatelic library, and has helped appraise collections for What's in Your Attic at Southern California stamp shows. He also has handled show cachet arrangements and been a general volunteer for SESCAL. O’Connor has previously been recognized with the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the Federated Philatelic Clubs of Southern California.