Ellis is New AFDCS Treasurer

AFDCS Board Chooses Barry Ellis As Treasurer

The Board of Directors of the American First Day Cover Society has elected Barry Ellis of Indiana to be the organization’s treasurer.

He replaces Elliott Fischer, who passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer. Fischer had served as treasurer for more than 20 years.

The AFDCS treasurer acts more as an auditor than a check-writer. “The Treasurer will perform the duties of Society auditor and budget director as well as supervise the financial activities of the Executive Director,” according to the Bylaws.

Ellis recently retired after working forty years in the accounting field and was a Certified Financial Planner. His experience includes working at a not-for-profit hospital as its accounting manager. He also has worked at a local accountancy firm, which included working with nonprofits and preparing their tax returns. He currently serves on the board of a large local nonprofit organization, the Little River Wetlands Project, and was its treasurer for five years.

Within the AFDCS, Ellis is a past member of its Board of Directors and just finished a term as chairman of its Philip H. Ward Award Committee, which recognizes the best first day cover articles published each year, and manages the AFDCS Endowment Fund.

“Barry is someone who not only knows the AFDCS, but also the financial concerns of a nonprofit,” said Lloyd A. de Vries, president of the AFDCS.

As treasurer, Ellis is a member of the AFDCS Executive Committee.

AFDCS officers are not compensated, nor reimbursed for their travel expenses. The Executive Committee, which also includes the executive director, immediate past president, editor, membership and education chairs, and the general counsel, meets annually at Americover, the society's annual show and convention, which in 2013 is being held Aug. 16-18 in near Cleveland in Independence, Ohio, and conducts other business by mail ballots as needed.

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