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The American Philatelic Society, founded September 14, 1886, is the oldest and largest national organization of stamp collectors in the United States. Initially termed "branch societies", Chapters have been an integral part of the APS since its founding. Now more than 475 local stamp clubs in the U.S. and several other countries are APS Chapters. Membership dues for an APS Chapter are the same as for an individual member of the Society. With a nucleus of just three individual APS members, your own club may become an APS Chapter and benefit from the many services offered to clubs by the APS. As you read below you will see how becoming an APS Chapter will aid your club in planning interesting programs, recruiting new members, and providing more philatelic enjoyment to your current membership.

To Become a Chapter
Complete a chapter application on-line or send in the .pdf application. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tracy Young

The APS Supports Its Chapters by Offering:

Chapter Contests
The APS offers awards for entries in two annual competitions for newsletters and web sites. Judged by experts, awards are presented based on content and layout along with critiques with suggestions for improvements. Entry is free.


Monthly Journal
For the benefit of all Chapter members, The American Philatelist, the Society's official monthly journal, also is sent to each Chapter. Regular features include new discoveries, specialty columns, "how-to-do-it" articles, original research monographs, and feature stories by outstanding philatelic writers. Also members as well as your club memberships can view The AP online!

Show Calendar Listing
APS Chapters may publicize information about their sponsored exhibitions in the special "SHOW TIME" section of our monthly magazine and in our online show calendar. Click here for Show Calendar details.

Stamp and Cover Sales Circuits
Upon request, sales circuits containing stamps and covers based upon the collecting interests of the members of each individual chapter, are sent as often as once a month. They are shipped to arrive just prior to the Chapter's scheduled meeting date and may be retained for 30 days thereafter. See the Sales Division online information for more details.

Slide Programs
APS slide programs are one of the most popular Chapter services. More than 140 programs are available for rent and several are being converted to a DVD format for purchase in our DVD Shop. The DVD’s are easier to use by clubs without a slide projector. All slide programs are available with a cassette tape recording and script, with a running time varying from 20 minutes to 1 hour. A list of current slide programs with instructions on how Chapters may participate is available online. A few programs for rent are offered only in VHS cassette or DVD formats. Be sure to view the list of available programs and rent one for your next club meeting.

Insurance
The APS has officially selected Hugh Wood, Inc. as its official member insurance carrier. Rates are very reasonable and cover a variety of options. For more information, please dial toll-free in the US: 1-888-277-6494. Full details are at http://www.hughwood.com/.

Accredited Judges
The APS has an established exhibition judging program. Nearly 125 accredited judges are available to serve at Chapter exhibitions. Most Chapters like to use APS-accredited judges for their exhibitions, with local members serving as apprentice judges and thereby gaining valuable experience and competency toward meeting the APS judging accreditation requirements. Click here for Accredited Judges

Research Library
An APS Chapter and all its members are entitled and encouraged to utilize the vast resources of the American Philatelic Research Library. A nominal fee is charged to cover the costs of book loans and photocopies of short articles. The Library publishes a quarterly journal, Philatelic Literature Review, to which APS Chapters may subscribe. Any requests for book loans by non-APS members must be through an APS member in good standing who will be responsible for return of the borrowed materials or via inter-library loan. Visit the Research Library

Awards and Medals

Medals of Excellence and Research Award - available to WSP Shows.

Chapter Exhibition Medals - available for Chapters to award as they wish at their own philatelic exhibitions.

Club Sparkplug Awards - recognize those members who provide the energy that keeps your club moving!

Nicholas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition Award - The ultimate award for a local club volunteer is the Carter Volunteer Recognition Award for local promotion/service, named for the former APS President. Chapter status of the nominating club and APS membership of the nominee are not requirements. Nominations are accepted throughout the year and are retained for up to three years.

Mailing List Discounts
Special pricing available to clubs to purchase mailing lists to promote membership or invite local APS members to your next show.

One eBlast per Year
Send out one e-mail message per year for any World Series of Philately show, chapter or affiliate per the guidelines.

Club Websites
APS Produced & Maintained Chapter Webpages - click for details.

Online Exhibits
The APS encourages collectors to showcase their exhibits and allow others the opportunity to view, and learn from them. Click to view our current listing of online exhibits.

Recruiting Benefits
A comprehensive APS recruiting package is available to all Chapters for use at local and regional exhibitions. APS promotional business reply cards also are available for distribution at meetings, at exhibitions, or in Chapter mailings. Interested collectors mail the post-paid cards to the APS requesting detailed information about Society memberships. The Chapter receives credit for all new memberships resulting from this recruiting technique. One year's free dues or the equivalent credit may be earned by Chapters for every five new APS members sponsored during a calendar year. The APS also can help a Chapter recruit new members. Upon request, the APS makes available the names and addresses of APS members residing in the locale served by the Chapter.

Club Meeting Flyers
Advertise your upcoming club meeting or stamp show with flyers provided in 8 1/2 x 11 format - click here to view available flyers.

 

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