Board Election Results

AFDCS Elects Four To Its Board

Members of the American First Day Cover Society, the largest not-for-profit organization in the world specifically for FDC collectors, have elected four people to its Board of Directors for three-year terms that began January 1, 2019.

Here are the vote totals:

Cynthia Scott
Ralph Nafziger
Doug Kelsey
Lorraine Bailey
Jim Tatum Jr.
James Hogg

Scott, Nafziger, Kelsey and Bailey were elected to the Board. Nafziger, Kelsey and Bailey are incumbents. Scott has served on the Board before.

There were 155 ballots submitted, of which 152 were valid. There were also write-in votes for D.A. Lux, Eric Wile and Mark Thompson (who is already on the Board).

Scott is a past Americover show chair. Nafziger is currently Recording Secretary, while Kelsey is Executive Secretary. Bailey is a past AFDCS Sales chair.

Board chairman Mark Goodson thanked Elections Committee chair Otto Thamasett and committee members Neal Parr and Foster Miller, all members of the Robert C. Graebner Chapter of the AFDCS, for their work in counting the ballots in this year's election, and the Nominating Committee chaired by D.A. Lux for recruiting the candidates.

He also thanked retiring Director Allison Cusick for his many years of service on the AFDCS Board. Cusick, by the way, will now chair the Distinguished Service Award committee, a post which may only be held by a past DSA winner.

Four seats on the AFDCS Board of Directors are elected each year for three-year terms, beginning Jan. 1. In addition to the 12 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 in their own right.

The current board, plus directors whose terms expired on December 31, will now vote for the elected officers (president, executive vice president, first vice president, recording secretary, treasurer) and a chairman of the board, to serve one-year terms.

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 in 2019 will be held July 26-28 in Saint Louis, and conducts business via other means throughout the year.

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