Club hits milestones
This past year has been one of many milestones — some good and some not.
A great achievement was reaching our goal of raising $30,000 for the SOS Medical Foundation, with the final cheque presented Oct. 1. A patient room in the new David E. Kampe Tower will be named for the club. This fundraising would not have been possible without Gus Boersma’s leadership, our member’s support and the generous donations of stamp material from the public and our members. Thanks to everyone who supported our challenge.
Unfortunately, our president and leader of the fundraising efforts, Gus Boersma, passed away Oct. 14. But his legacy of appealing for stamp donations from the public continues, as the club maintains the same fundraising modes as in the past. Not only does the club support the SOS Medical Foundation, but many other charities such as the SPCA, Moog House, the Cancer Society and others.
I encourage members of the public to continue supporting our efforts by donating your used and new stamp collections (any country), along with accumulations of loose stamp material. After sorting and lotting, these are sold at our club meetings to members, subsequently for monies for charities.
As well as stamp material contributed by our members, many members made cash donations to the SOS Medical Foundation’s Tree of Dreams Christmas Fund last year. One such generous donation (one fifth of our goal) was from member Norbert Ricker, who sadly passed away Oct. 24, 2017. A room in the new hospital tower will also be named for the Norbert and family with his generous donation of $30,000.
For further information about Penticton & District Stamp Club, please call, Harv Baessler (250) 492-4301 or John Greene (250) 493-6955. If you have stamp material you are able to contribute to our fund raising efforts, we would be pleased to pick up or arrange for drop off at our residences.
Best wishes for a joyous holiday season!
John Greene, interim president
Harv Baessler, treasurer