The Redwood Empire Collectors Club held its first meeting in January, 1991, and has met on a regular basis since. Meetings are held monthly except for a summer barbecue or picnic, a Christmas event, and our October WINEPEX show.
There are currently over 20 active members, all of whom could be termed ardent philatelists. Although we meet in Petaluma, our members come from all over the Bay Area. Meetings normally include dinner, a short business meeting, and a speaker. Since 1991 we have had over 150 philatelic presentations - including such topics as “District of Columbia Early Postmarks”, "Charity Stamps of Russia" and the “First Issue of Austria.” We prefer this approach to perusing circuit books. Many of our members are quite specialized in their collection and others collect the entire world.
Other examples of presentations: Behruz Nassre gave a presentation on "The Classic Lions of Iran 1865-1879", and Stephen Tedesco presented "The U.S. 15¢ Webster of 1870 from Model to Finished Die". His related single frame exhibit later won the Champion of Champions award from APS.
In 1994 we held our first annual RECC sponsored WINEPEX show in San Rafael. Our “Claim to Philatelic Fame” is that we only accept single frame exhibits at WINEPEX. Because we have always encouraged exhibits from members, many have honed their single frame skills and gone on to exhibit in national APS shows and Washington 2006, winning Golds, and Grands. More advanced exhibitors help new collectors create or improve their exhibits.
We are always looking for new members and consider ourselves an open, friendly club. We meet at a local restaurant in Petaluma, North of San Francisco in the Wine Country, on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 P.M. If you would like to make a presentation, or simply attend as a guest, contact us using the information under the CONTACT-PLACE tab of this website.
We are affiliated with the American Philatelic Society and with the Council of Northern California Philatelic Societies. To access their websites just push the corresponding blue bar tab below.
Some of our activities and members are depicted below. As you can see we are quite an active organization.
Redwood Empire Collectors Club
At a recent meeting Michael S. Turrini presented our
President Dennis Buss with the coveted "My Hero"Award.
This rarely given honor has been bestowed to those persons
that with their dedication and character have impressed
Michael to so be acknowledged. Our thanks to Michael for
his gracious presentation.