Open Letter to GCCG Membership


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06 September 2018

Dear Members of the German Colonies Collectors Group,

We had a very successful meeting in Columbus at StampShow! Fourteen very enthusiastic and eager members were present as I presented the current state of our group and thoughts on the future. 

We talked and shared ideas for the better part of an hour, and everyone was excited to continue our group and help in its sustainment, promotion and growth.  While we all know that we are fighting demographics, as long as there are dedicated collectors who love the hobby and wish to share and keep it going, we will have a German Colonies Collectors Group.

With that of course, we need volunteers to run the group, and many hands makes light work.  We had numerous collectors sign up to help as editors/proofers, membership, treasurer, distribution, an archivist/indexer, a couple of columnists and the Friedmann guide.  I am still looking for a liaison with the ArGe and G&CPS, someone to run a Facebook page, someone to manage and recruit advertisers and above all more content.  If someone would like to volunteer for those tasks, please let me know.  And we have Melanie donating her skills to run the website.

The future holds a semi-annual printed edition of the Vorläufer, additional online material on quarters opposite the Vorläufer is sent, and an overall expanded web presence. The Vorläufer will include the regular favorites, plus I would like to add an expanded question and answers/”What is It?” portion, a beginner orientation column, and a trading/ad-let portion for collectors to find/sell/trade material, to include helping us connect with dealers.  I have found that many of us are sitting on items that no longer have a place in our collections but might fit nicely in someone else’s.  I will also invite our German and British fellow societies to promote themselves in the spirit of “more is better” and forging ties with others of similar interests. 

By the end of the year, you will receive a new membership/dues notice in the mail, with your reply due no later than 31 March 2019.  This will re-affirm your commitment to the Group and provide the financial backing to keep it going.

I would like to personally thank all those who attended the meeting at StampShow and provided wonderful input.  I also want to thank Lou Pataki for the great presentation on the Shantung Railway.  Next year, I will make sure to book two hours!

All the best,

Oliver Wyrtki



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