Stacie Chan quotes Sequoia Stamp Club President Jim Giacomazzi. on the Redwood City, CA Patch website as saying, "“There may be a time when stamps don’t exist. It’s discouraging, but you can’t stop progress.”
According to the article, stamp clubs around the area have been closing, including the 46-year-old Sunnyvale Stamp Society that met twice a month. The Sequoia Stamp Club, in contrast, has been lucky enough to enjoy a steady membership since 1947 and has come up with a novel idea to engage young people in the hobby.
"Rather than fighting for time in hectic teens’ schedules, the Stamp Club created a youth organization, Stamps R Us, that makes stamp collecting easy for the average busy student," Chan says.
Darlene Hickok, the Stamps R Us Chair, said it’s a “learn by mail” club. Members in Stamps R Us range from 6 to 17 years old, all with their own set of activities. Ironically, the Stamp Club mails the 35 members various stamps and the hinge tongs [sic] to place them in their books.
“Parents really appreciate this so their kids can do it on their own time and they don’t have to drive them to a meeting place,” Hickok said.
Shown above, 1974 stamp from Romania.
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