The Huntsville Philatelic Club was organized in 1963 for the purposes of providing fellowship among stamp collectors in the local area, promoting the hobby of stamp collecting for people of all ages, providing opportunities for education and increasing philatelic knowledge, providing programs for the benefit of stamp collectors, and to assist its members, families, and others in acquiring and disposing of philatelic material. The club holds chapter membership in two national organizations, Chapter 597 of the American Philatelic Society and Chapter 15 of the Germany Philatelic Society. Many of the club's members hold individual membership in these national organizations as well.
Membership in the club is open to any individual interested in collecting United States and/or foreign stamps, postal stationery, postmarks, postal history, or related items. Guests are always welcome to club meetings and activities. The club meets at Fern Bell Recreation Center at 107A Sanders Road SW in Huntsville. The club's primary financial support comes from club dues which are currently $12.00 per individual membership, or $15.00 per family membership per year.
The club has regularly scheduled meetings, typically the first and third Tuesdays of the month. One meeting each month is usually set aside for a pre-arranged program or presentation concerning some aspect of stamp collecting. These presentations are typically done by a member covering a special feature of his or her collecting interests. Other times it is an educational slide show with narrative borrowed from a major philatelic society or association. The other meeting each month is usually for member stamp trading or an auction of member owned philatelic material. Occasionally, the club receives donations of stamps and other items which are auctioned for the financial benefit of the club.
The club also sponsors an annual stamp show, the Huntsville Philatelic Exhibition, or HUNTSPEX. It is usually scheduled for the weekend after the Memorial Day holiday at a local conference center and is widely advertised in the local media. This show is the club's primary community outreach event. Approximately a dozen stamp dealers from Alabama and the surrounding states reserve tables to show their sales stock to those attending the show. Several hundred people attend the show each year. The exhibit always draws many frames of stamps and postal history which are judged in accordance with the accepted regulations and criteria of the hobby. Awards are presented to the exhibitors and a judge's critique is held for interaction among exhibitors and judges, and a question and answer period is included for the prospective or novice exhibitors.
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