Post Rider - Special Edition - Spring 2009

A special communication for all of our members:

First, you will remember that Marion asked someone to volunteer to be our new Editor of the Post Rider. In a flash, her request was answered by Maulik Thakkar. THANK YOU, MAULIK!! (Your Board just loves it when our members are so cooperative, spontaneous, willing, and generous with their time and talents. It makes our job a real pleasure.) Some of you already know Maulik, a member since 5/07; you may have seen his program on "The Gandhi Mourning Issue" at our meeting in fall 2007; and you may have seen his prize winning exhibit on the same subject at the APS Stamp Show in Hartford in August 2008. This is a man who belongs to both the Norwalk Club and YOKHSC; he is a valuable member of both clubs! In addition to managing his own blogspot, he will be the blogspot editor for our Club. Please make a special point of introducing yourself to him at a meeting. Welcome him as Editor and feel free to send him any items you think are newsworthy; or comments and feedback. Maulik's email address is:

The second reason for this communication is to let you know that the church where we meet, needs the Circle Room on this coming Wednesday night, April 22, for a big meeting of the Church Council -- their governing body. That is the fourth Wed., and was supposed to be the night of our meeting. Fortunately, there are five (5) Wednesdays in April, this year; so, we have asked permission to hold our meeting on the following Wednesday at 8 PM. Permission has been granted so, would you please change your calendar and mark it for our meeting on Wednesday, April 29th, at 8 PM.

Our speaker will be Bob Kugel -- talking about and showing us his stamps of The Feudatory States of India. Recently, someone asked the question, "What are Feudatory States?" Bob will answer that question. If you have a collection of stamps from the Feudatory States, please bring them. We hope you will make a concerted effort to attend our meeting on the 29th, show support for Bob's presentation, and show support for your club.

Because of the switch, our intended program on German Inflationary Stamps with Catherine Stone has been moved to Wed., May 13th. In light of all the shifts and switches, we all are attempting to be flexible, noting all YOKHSC meetings in pencil, and "trying to be good sports" about all the changes in our meeting schedules. Your Board wants to thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please show your support for our presenters by coming out on 4/29 and again, on 5/13. See you then!

Message From Bob Kugel,
I'll be giving a review of the stamps of India's Feudatory states with emphasis on several states, most likely Cochin, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Travancore.
* Old Stuff Moved Here separately.
* 20-Apr-2009 - Maulik Thakkar
Happy New Year to all our members!

First and most importantly... dues are due.
$20 covers your membership and supports our programs, annual church contribution as thanks for our venue, and newsletter expenses. Please bring your dues to the next meeting.

Or send them to:

Jerry Logan
12 Perry Avenue
Port Chester, NY 10573

Since New Year's Day is on the first Thursday in January 2009, our January meetings will slip to the second, third, and fifth Thursdays for this month only.

January 8th:
Board Meeting

January 15th:
Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members

Suggested Slate for 2009


  • President -- Marion Hazlehurst

  • V. President -- Bob Kugel

  • Treasurer -- Jerry Logan

  • Sales Manager -- John Lydecker

  • Board Members-At-Large
  • Al Dolge

  • Catherine Stone

  • Ken Kutz

  • Anyone who cannot attend the Annual Meeting and Program, may send in their vote for the entire Slate or may nominate someone else for any one of the positions. However, they must have the agreement to serve, of their own nominee.

    The Program for the annual meeting will be – “The Item I’d part with Last!” Please protect your prize item so it can be passed around the table safely!

    January 29:
    Rich Hoffman will speak about his major collecting interests and then focus on his Inauguration Covers, which is a timely topic.

    Feb. 5th Board Meeting

    Feb. 12th Auction: Contact John Lydecker via email at if you want to submit material.

    Feb. 26th: The program is still pending an answer from Nutmeg, but we are trusting that we will have one of their speakers that night.
    Mar. 5th
    Board Meeting

    Mar. 7th
    NORPEX STAMP SHOW – NORWALK SENIOR CENTER at 11 Allen Road, Norwalk – For directions, Please call Marion- 966-0175
    Norpex will be at a new location this year. There will be plenty of parking. Reserve that date and marking your calendar now.


    Our Annual Dinner was held on December 11, 2008 at the Red Barn, with all arrangements made by our member, Al Dolge. We had a great time and good food. For those who were not there, you missed a very nice evening and a bit of a surprise when Jerry Logan made a special presentation of our Golden Tongs Award and Lifetime Membership to Nanette Smith. All of you know Nan as our longtime Corresponding Secretary and Editor of the Post Rider for more years than anyone can remember. She has been extremely dedicated to the Club and to her specific responsibilities. All the Members of the Board agreed it was high time we let her know how much we appreciate all the years she very unselfishly dedicated herself to the Club and our benefit.

    Nanette Smith sent us this note....

    To all of the members of Ye Olde King's Highway Stamp Club.

    I want to thank you for the "Golden" stamp tongs and the unique plaque that were given to me at the Christmas dinner. Such a surprise and a bit embarrassing. I do things for the club because I enjoy it not with any idea of a "reward". So again, thank you. And I hope 2009 will be a good year for the Club and all its members.


    Ken Kutz's new LIMITED EDITION book is out! Ken's Award Winning Collection of Postal Mining History has been lovingly documented under the title: A LIFETIME TREASURE HUNT. Ken has copies available for sale and they are well worth the modest price he is charging just to cover his printing expenses. This is truly a treasure worth having in your library. Please contact Ken before they are all gone.

    Calling all auction enthusiasts: We need to know what your interests are when it comes to auction material. Please contact John Lydecker at

    Two of our members exhibited at StampShow 2008 in Hartford. Maulik Thakkar won a Silver Medal for his exhibit entitled “Mahatma Gandhi – 1948 Memorial Issues”. Maulik says, “My score was 71/100, just 4 shy of a Vermeil. Hopefully next time!” We say, “Congratulations, Maulik! The single frame competition is keen and a Silver seems great to us!”

    Members have the unprecedented online opportunity to take the Stamp Campus Keys to Exhibiting course taught by Janet Klug and Ann Triggle. Go to:

    APS members can take the Stamp Campus online course Collecting First Day Covers Part I taught by Marjorie Sente. Her columns appeared regularly in the philatelic press for nearly 30 years, from 1977 through 2006. Again, please use the same internet address shown for the course above.