Elrod, Others Receive Service Awards

Norman L. Elrod of McMinnville, Tenn. received the American First Day Cover Society’s Distinguished Service Award for 2010. Charter member Alan Warren presented the DSA to Norm at the AFDCS membership meeting held at AMERICOVER 2010. In presenting the award, Alan had this to say of Norm:

“His interest and knowledge in the field of first cachets led to his being co-author of First Cachets Revisited in 1997, and Mellone’s First Day Cover Photo Encyclopedia of First Cachets Revealed in 2005. In that year he was elected to the society’s board of directors, a position which he still holds. In 2004 he was named Exhibit Chairman for AMERICOVER, and continued to expand his responsibilities to the point where he was named Convention Chairman in 2007 – another position which he holds to this day.

“His love of our hobby is reflected in his being a speaker at local clubs, exhibiting Tennessee Statehood issue cachets, and promoting AMERICOVER on APS Stamp Talk Radio. He has already received one distinguished service award—from the Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. And now it is time for AFDCS to bestow its DSA on Norman L. Elrod.”

Glenn C. Michel Special Recognition Awards were also conferred at the show. Recipients were:
  • Mark Goodson, for his many years of able assistance researching, identifying, and compiling information for the ongoing AFDCS First Cachets project;
  • Todd Ronnei, for his creative and technological work redesigning and updating the AFDCS.org web site and for adding new online services and features;
  • Cynthia Scott, for her creative and cost-saving work since 2001 producing custom AFDCS service and exhibit award items for presentation at annual conventions;
  • Randall Sherman, for his years of promoting and distributing generic AFDCS awards at American Philatelic Society affiliated shows where First Day Covers are exhibited; and
  • Richard Sine, for his faithful service since October 2006 as editor of the highly-respected and award-winning AFDCS journal First Days.

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