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Meeting Information

On a one-year hiatus. Watch for updated information.
Contact

George McGowan
PO Box 482
East Schodack, NY 12063-0482

Phone: 518-479-4396

E-mail: geolotus2003@nycap.rr.com

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Membership & Dues

The Uncle Sam Stamp Club currently has 18 members. Dues are $10 per year.

Our Officers

vacant, President | Vicki Miller, Vice President
George McGowan , Treasurer | Marjorie Warren, Secretary

Our History

The Uncle Sam Stamp Club, formerly the Troy Stamp Club, was founded in 1944 during World War II under Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration. Our roots actually go back to 1943 when a small group interested in coins and stamps started meeting in a coin shop owned by Charles French. They met about once a month until the fall of 1944. In October they officially organized under the name of the Troy Coin and Stamp Club. At that time they started to hold meetings at the Troy YMCA.

In 1947, we became affiliated with the American Philatelic Society as Chapter #240. In 1966 our bylaws were amended to eliminate the word coin from our name and we became Tthe Troy Stamp Club. Then in 1986, our vice president, Biff Owens, made a motion to change our name to the Uncle Sam Stamp Club since Troy is where Sam Wilson became known as Uncle Sam.

The club is very active in creating covers to commemorate special events both local and national. To date we have done covers for inductees in the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, to name a few. We also create covers for the annual Uncle Sam Day Parade and Victorian Stroll held in Troy. In 1959, Governor Nelson Rockefeller signed a proclamation making September 13 Uncle Sam Day in the State of New York. We have been vigorously campaigning for about 20 years to get Uncle Sam on a stamp. We have met with many dignitaries both in government and postal service to discuss this matter. To date, our efforts have been unsuccessful, which is a mystery to us. We welcome all clubs to join us in our efforts.

We have very interesting programs throughout the year by members and guests at our twice-monthly meetings. At our annual meetings, we also hold a George L. Habbert Night to honor the man who was very instrumental in the initial formation of our organization. We are always looking for new members and new ideas to keep our club healthy and vibrant.