AFDCS Youth Team Named

AFDCS Names Bowman, Devine To Head Youth Committee

MaryAnn Bowman and Aimee Devine are the new co-chairs of the American First Day Cover Society’s Youth Committee. Both have professional backgrounds in the field of education as well as much experience working with youth and stamps.

Also serving on the committee will be Dave Bennett of California, Chris Calle of Connecticut, Jeff Hayward of New York, Jeff Shapiro of Massachusetts, and May Day Taylor of Maryland. Other members may be added later.

Bowman received the first annual Ernest A. Kehr Future of Philately Award in 1991 for her work with youth in stamp collecting. She created the first formal youth area at a national level stamp show in 1982, which has since served as a model for shows from the local to the international level. She also served on the American Philatelic Society Youth Activities Committee and is currently working with the APS on its new Stamps Teach outreach program to schools. She is Youth Director for the American Topical Association and Vice-President of Youth for the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs (WFSC). She is currently serving on the Council of Philatelists for the National Postal Museum.

Originally from Mississippi, Aimee Devine has lived in Wisconsin for the past 10 years. She is editor of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs' newsletter and producer of the ATA's Topical Tidbits, a publication for youth. She is a member of the Janesville Stamp Club and Badger Stamp Club and is the leader of the Janesville Junior Stamp Club. She is a member of the APS, ATA, and, of course, the AFDCS.

Bowman, Devine and their committee hope to create a portable FDC display that can be downloaded and displayed at youth areas of shows around the country and hold a national non-competitive cachetmaking activity for youth. Longer-range goals include a youth e-newsletter.

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