AFDCS Chooses Officers for 2018

The Board of Directors of the American First Day Cover Society, the largest not-for-profit organization in the world specifically for FDC collectors, has elected the Society's officers for one-year terms.

At the same time, the Board also selected Mark Goodson of Indiana (left) for his first term as its chairman. Goodson has been serving as First Vice President.

The 2018 AFDCS officers will be Lloyd de Vries of New Jersey, president; Michael Litvak of California, executive vice president; Jim Hogg of Florida, first vice president; Ralph Nafziger of Oregon, recording secretary; and Ed Mendlowitz of New Jersey, treasurer. This will be Hogg's first term on "Exec;" he had been a member of the board for three years.

AFDCS officers are not compensated, nor reimbursed for their travel expenses. The Executive Committee, which also includes the executive secretary, immediate past president, editor, membership and education chairs, and the general counsel, conducts business throughout the year and meets annually at Americover, the society's annual show and convention, which in 2018 will be held August 3-5 in Peachtree Corners (Atlanta), Ga.

The AFDCS board will also meet at Americover and conduct other business throughout the year.

2018 Show Hotel Reservations Open

Hotel Savings Also in Mind for Annual Stamp & Cover Show

Collectors and dealers attending Americover 2018 in the Atlanta area will be treated to one of the biggest bargains in stamp collecting shows: The official show room rate is $99, and it includes free breakfast for two at the hotel's excellent buffet.

Americover 2018 will be held at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast August 3-5, 2018. The hotel’s address is Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092. The annual stamp and cover show is sponsored by the American First Day Cover Society.

The $99 rate is good from Wednesday through Sunday nights; additional nights at that rate may be available if guests contact the hotel directly. Although Americovers run for three days, there will be a special tour on the preceding Thursday and a post-show dinner event Sunday evening after the show closes. If you call the hotel for reservations use group code AFDCS2, or reserve online using the direct link for reservations.

Parking is free, as is the complimentary shuttle to nearby attractions and the MARTA transit system.

"I was just at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast for Southeastern Stamp Expo, and this is an excellent venue with an outstanding staff," said Lloyd A. de Vries, president of the AFDCS. "And I'm very pleased that this is the 28th consecutive year with an Americover room rate right around $100."

All Americovers are World Series of Philately shows dedicated to first day covers and the fun of stamp collecting. Locations move around the country: 2017's show was held in the Cleveland area and Americover 2016 was in Falls Church, Va., near Washington, D.C. Other recent locations have included Somerset, N.J., Oak Brook, Ill., Irvine, Calif., and Indianapolis, Ind. Americover 2019 is set for Saint Louis, Mo.

Board Election Results

The results of the Board of Directors election, for a three-year terms that include 2018-2020, were tabulated by the Motor City Stamp and Cover Club:

Foster Miller
Gary Denis
Ron Klimley
Mark Thompson
James Hogg

There were four seats open, so Miller, Denis, Klimley and Thompson were elected.

Sixty-eight ballots were received and counted. There were no write-in votes. Although the voting deadline was pushed back, the turnout this year was greatly reduced by the production problems with the September-October 2017 issue of First Days.

On behalf of the society, I would like to thank Jim Hogg for his service on the Board, and I look forward to working with him again. I would also like to thank the MCSCC, our Detroit-area chapter, and its president Frederick C. Levantrosser, for their excellent work (and patience).

—Lloyd A. de Vries, President

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