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The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

The American Philatelic Society, the biggest stamp collecting organization in the U-S,
has a job opening: executive director.

The job description is interesting. For one thing, it doesnít require any knowledge of
stamp collecting.

It doesnít talk about operations much, either, but then, the A-P-S already has a strong
operations guy.

The emphasis is on growth Ė of the societyís finances and its membership.

There are some very wealthy stamp collectors, many of whom are quite generous, and A-P-S
leadership feels itís often overlooked when it comes to donations. Thatís probably easier
to fix than the other problem Ė declining membership.

As the job description says, the A-P-S has an attrition rate of three-and-a-half percent.
Most of the loss comes because of age, and past members arenít being replaced fast enough.

Yes, stamp collecting isnít as popular as it once was, but I think the real problem is
that people donít join clubs and societies any more just to say they belong, or to show
support. Not in stamp collecting, not in churches or synagogues, not anywhere.

There are thousands of stamp collectors in this country who could belong to the American
Philatelic Society, but donít.

Ask them why, and theyíll tell you the A-P-S doesnít offer anything they need. Mention a
service it does have, and you hear, ďOh, I can get that elsewhere.Ē

Solving that problem IS in the job description.

I think this will be more of a challenge for the new executive director than schmoozing
potential donors.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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