APS Awards Recognize Volunteers for National Service to Philately

APS Awards Recognize Volunteers for National Service to Philately

Nicholas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition Awards - National Service

On August 3rd at StampShow 2019, APS Executive Director Scott English will present the Nicholas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition awards, which honor the hard work of those who devote themselves to the promotion and support of stamp collecting and philately. 

The Recognition awards for National Service single out philatelists who provide outstanding service and innovation to the hobby on the national level. The 2019 recipients will be announced during the APS General Membership meeting during StampShow 2019.


Richard Bates

Richard Bates may be most widely known as editor of The Canal Zone Philatelist for many years, as well as the frequent organizer and coordinator of meetings for the Canal Zone Study Group. Also active as an experienced author, speaker, researcher and promotor, Bates is an Assistant Curator and Research Associate at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

Ray Cartier

Cartier’s service in philately began in 1973 when he and his wife Karen founded the Mid-Cities Stamp Club and he served as its first president. Ray also helped organize the club's first three stamp shows. In the early 1980s, he was recognized with the Leon Forsheimer Award of the Texas Philatelic Association for a series of articles written in their journal. In 1992 he authored the Primary Recovery Ship Cover Handbook, and in 2004 he updated and repurposed a topical collecting handbook, re-titled Topical Stamp Collecting: A Universal Hobby for Seniors. Ray's articles have appeared in Topical Time, Linn's Stamp News, Mekeel's, Global Stamp News, Stamp Collector and The Texas Philatelist. He has served as President, Vice President and Awards Chairman for the ATA Space Unit. He has more than ten exhibits and has won many golds and most popular exhibit awards over the years.

Greg Galletti

In 1977, Greg Galletti had the pleasure of participating in the Junior International Exhibition, AMPHEX '77, where he received the coveted United Nations Postal Administration award. Currently celebrating his 42nd year as an active collector, Galletti has continued to exhibit U.N. postal history and Swiss League of Nations material, which have won many national-level awards including reserve grand awards. Galletti has enjoyed mentoring other collectors to improve their own exhibits including an "All-UN" single-frame team, the U.N.-Avengers. Galletti is currently serving in his fifth two-year term as President of the United Nations Philatelists, Inc. (UNPI), and has also served as Vice President and on the Board of Directors. In 2017, he was Chairman of UN EXPO 17, an all-UN WSP exhibition in conjunction with the APS at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, PA. He is currently working on the next UN EXPO scheduled for October 2021 in Bellefonte.

Galletti has authored dozens of philatelic articles and presentations related to UN collecting, and has regularly represented the United Nations Philatelists and the United Nations Postal Administration during special first day ceremonies held in conjunction with many WSP shows. In 2017, he received the Richard Powers Lifetime Achievement Award of the UNPI, and was honored to sign the Roll of Distinguished United Nations Philatelists. In 2019, Galletti was elected American Philatelic Research Library trustee.

Richard Hall

Dick Hall is a multi-decade member of the American Helvetia Philatelic Society (AHPS), became AHPS Secretary in 1982, and has held the office continually since that time. He has been an ongoing contributor of articles to TELL, the AHPS bimonthly journal. Dick's oustanding publishing accomplishment to date was as editor of the AHPS 355-page hard-bound APHS handbook Philately of Switzerland, which won a Large Gold Medal at NABA 2012, the national exposition in Switzerland. (A Swiss philatelist asked the question: Why hadn't the Swiss ever published such a complete book?) Dick currently writes a regular column for Linn's Stamp News covering all aspects of Swiss philately. Dick was honored in 2013 by his election as a Corresponding Member of the Consilium Philateliae Helveticae, presented to “foreign philatelists who have been involved in great
worthiness in Swiss philately.” Dick is the only the second American so honored. 

Van Siegling

Van has brought “magic” to philately for a number of years, starting with a silver-bronze at the National Topical Stamp Show in 2009 for “The Magical World of Harry Potter,” now a gold medal thematic exhibit. Far more important than the awards is the fact that Van shows the exhibit frequently around the country, and uses it to generate interest in stamp collecting among Harry Potter fans of all ages. Van is also a frequent speaker at stamp clubs and other organizations.

Most recently, Van (in conjunction with APS and ATA) has made copies of his exhibit available to clubs to show at movie theaters and other venues in support of National Stamp Collecting Month and the recent release of another Harry Potter-related movie (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). Van has also been active in the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors (AAPE), in local clubs in Michigan (Kalamazoo) and Columbus (Columbus Philatelic Club, Worthington Stamp Club), and recently completed service on the board of directors of the American Topical Association.


The Nicholas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition Awards

Since 2008, the Volunteer Recognition Awards are presented to recognize the outstanding efforts of our volunteers at national and local levels; and to recognize our younger members whose outstanding leadership is crucial to our future.

The awards have been named in memory of Nick Carter who helped to establish them. Nick felt it was important to recognize those unsung heroes who contribute their talents, time and energies to benefit stamp collecting and the Society.

Learn more about the Volunteer Recognition awards and read biographies from previous years' winners.


Information about this year's award winners comes from the July issue of the American Philatelist. APS members can read the AP online and in print.
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