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Janet Houser,
Youth Coordinator and Assistant to the Director of Education

I came to work at the APS in July 1990, hired by Jean Varner, APS Controller, to work in Accounting. My duties were to process all American Philatelic Research Library income and expenses, all Sales Division income, all fund-raising income, and to send receipts for all monetary donations. And, believe it or not, we manually posted all the transactions into the ledgers, and balanced accounts using a calculator.

In 2003 I transferred into the Education Department as the Education Assistant/Youth Coordinator. My title has changed several times over the last few years, as well as the responsibilities of the job. I coordinate the All*Star Stamp Club program, which includes writing the APS All*Star Leader Letter, sending the leaders supplies for their clubs, and sending birthday cards to all the youth who are All*Star members.

When the APS added the Young Stamp Collectors of America to our outreach programs, I was chosen as the coordinator for this program as well. Here my responsibilities include maintaining a member database, writing and laying out the YSCA Stamp Collecting e-newsletter, and mentoring the monthly online meetings. Just last year, the online U.S. “mini” stamp albums were added to my to-do list. Bonny Farmer and I alternate sharing the fun of choosing and researching the stamps to be included in each album. Although it is very time consuming, I am learning a lot about the history behind the stamps used in each album.

In addition to all of this, I answer phone calls and e-mails concerning APS youth programs. We help those who want to start a youth club; parents and grandparents who want to help a child start collecting; Boy Scout Stamp Collecting merit badge counselors; Girl Scout leaders; or anyone who wants to help a young person start stamp collecting.

I am also the Assistant to the Director of Education, and help as we prepare for the various educational programs offered by the APS. Some of our duties are organizing the annual Summer Seminar offered each June, “On the Road” courses, and the different programs that are offered at StampShow and Ameristamp Expo.

My family and I like to travel, and we have been blessed to be able to visit all but two of the contiguous forty-eight states. In my spare time at home, I enjoy crocheting and counted cross-stitch projects.

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