President's Message
August 1997

Pacific 97 was an enormously successful show for international philately and the Scandinavian Collectors Club. Howard "Butch" Arnould received a large gold for his exhibit, "Danish West Indies Postal History, Foreign Mails Before 1880." Other Nordic area large gold winners included; Arnold Nyman, "Finland 1856-1885," Bertil 1. Larsson, "Sweden: Foreign & Domestic Postage Due Mail Before 1892," and Egil H. Thomassen, "Airmails of Norway, 1920-1945". We extend our congratulations to these and the many other fine exhibits of Scandinavian and Nordic area material on display.

The San Francisco area Chapter 21 hosted a wonderful dinner attended by nearly 50 members and friends at a downtown steak house. Members from the Bay Area and from around the country kept a friendly vigil at the SCC table greeting members and welcoming new membership applications. We left San Francisco with a renewed energy and enthusiasm for the Scandinavian Collectors Club, Nordia 2001, and the future of philately. Once again SCC's dedicated volunteers contributed to this outstanding philatelic event. Thanks!

Rolf Gummesson of Stockholm, Sweden, and Frederik G. Olausen of Columbus, Ohio were granted honorary life memberships with their induction into The Half Century Club. Nineteen others were inducted into The Quarter-Century Club. Congratulations to all.

Both the SCC and Nordia 2001 held board meetings at Pacific 97. The SCC Board approved new computer equipment for Posthorn Assistant Editor, Sandra Downs; authorized a national web site; approved additional financial support for Nordia 2001; and approved funding for a Nordic judge to serve on the jury at our national convention shows through 2000. Long range plans for the annual convention and show were settled by the Board. SESCAL, National Philatelic Exhibition (SEPAD) and Minneapolis were added to the rotation.

The Nordia 2001 Board approved Aripex, (Tucson AZ - we had a wonderful meeting there in 1991) as the host show for the first Nordia of the Twenty-first century. Ms. Betsy Towle, who represented Aripex at the meeting, welcomed us to Tucson. Ms. Towle was elected to the Nordia Board. Robert Lamb, APS Executive Secretary, also attended the meeting and expressed support for Nordia. Meetings were held with representatives of the Nordic Federations and we can look forward to their considerable encouragement and support for this important regional international show. We will keep you posted as plans for the show develop. It is not too early to be in touch with me or Nordia 2001 President, Paul Nelson, to volunteer for one of the many opportunities this show will offer. Nordia 2001 will be held on the last weekend in January at the Tucson Convention Center.

Our next gathering will take place at VAPEX, the weekend of November 7-9. There will be a SCC dinner, Board Meeting, and a General Membership Meeting. If you are thinking of exhibiting, mail in your application without delay. Roger Schnell will serve as chairman of an exceptionally well-qualified jury. This will be a special opportunity to have your exhibit critiqued by the experts.

Don Halpern has agreed to chair a committee, SCC 2000, to address the many issues that we face in the rapidly changing world of philately. How to better serve the membership, especially members living abroad; increase worldwide membership, improve the appeal of SCC publications; conducting exhibiting seminars, mentor programs, improving member to member communications; are just some of the issues that the Committee will take up. Please be in touch with Don. Chapter Presidents, new members, from near and far are especially invited to assist Don on this initiative. The SCC 2000 Committee will meet at VAPEX.

Roger Quinby

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