Board Election Results

The American First Day Cover Society, the largest not-for-profit organization in the world specifically for FDC collectors, has elected five people to its board of directors for three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2010.

Douglas A. Kelsey of Arizona was re-elected for his second term on the board. The other four winners in the election will all be serving their first terms. Ralph Nafziger of Oregon was the top vote-getter, with 122 votes, followed by John Leszak of New York, Kelsey, Bob Lewin of California, and Thomas Peluso of New York.

Here are the vote totals:

Candidate Votes
Ralph Nafziger 122
John Leszak 118
Douglas Kelsey 113
Bob Lewin 101
Thomas Peluso 98
John Hayner 90

There were also two write-in candidates, Richard Sandowski and Doug Weisz, who each received one vote.

Kelsey is also the executive director of the AFDCS. Nafziger, a gold-medal winning exhibitor, is a retired research chemist. Leszak is a cover dealer and editor of Mekeel's/Stamps magazine. Lewin is an attorney specializing in business litigation. Peluso is an award-winning cachetmaker.

"I welcome this diverse group of exhibitors, collectors and dealers to our board," said the chairman of the board of directors, Lloyd A. de Vries. "They will help represent all segments of our Society."

De Vries also thanked Fred Levantrosser and Barbara Morris of the Motor City Stamp and Cover Club (AFDCS Chapter 5) for their work in counting the ballots in this year's election, and the nominating committee of Mary Kay Fisher, Helen Fowler and John Cropper for recruiting the candidates in an election where four of the five incumbents chose not to run for re-election.

Five seats on the AFDCS Board of Directors are elected each year for three-year terms, beginning Jan. 1 of the following year. In addition to the 15 elected directors, the president, the editor of the official journal, First Days, and the general counsel serve on the board ex officio, if not elected to the board themselves.

AFDCS directors are not compensated, nor reimbursed for their travel expenses. The board meets annually at AMERICOVER, the society's annual show and convention, which next year is being held Aug. 6-8 in Oak Brook, Ill., and via mail ballots as needed.

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