Sharon Oman grew up on a Holstein Dairy Farm in Wisconsin. She attended a one-room country school until the 7 th grade and then went to a "Big City" school; 99 students in her grade. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Yes, there were myriad demonstrations against the War in Vietnam in the 60’s. For most of Sharon’s Nursing career she worked for the County of Sonoma Department of Health Services as a Public Health Nurse. She made home visits to mothers and their babies and later managed State funded programs for teenage mothers and mothers and children. Sharon’s hobbies, besides stamp collecting, are quilting, traveling, and photography. Her mother-in-law, who was collecting United States stamps and plate blocks, piqued her interest in stamp collecting in the 1980’s. Sharon’s collection started with her mother-inlaw’s duplicates. Sharon continues her collection that includes United States singles and plate blocks from the 1800’s up until 2024. She joined RECC about 5 years ago and has been an active member. A Club member informed Sharon about the American Topical Society. She then started her collection of Nurses on Stamps. This was the motivation for her presentation to RECC on the same topic. Her presentation will be shown for a limited time on the RECC website.
Member Spotlight - Sharon Oman ~ Co-President
Redwood Empire Collectors Club
The Redwood Empire Collectors Club (RECC) resumed in-person meetings January 2023 and is a very active stamp club. We have 18 active members, most of whom are ardent philatelists. Although we meet in Petaluma, our members come from all over the North Bay. Meetings normally include dinner, a short business meeting, and a philatelic presentation. We offer quarterly silent auctions of worldwide, US or specialized collections and stamps.
Our club focus is on philatelic presentations including recent topics such as “History of Charity and Christmas Stamps and Seals; Postal and Non-Postal”, "Stamps with Mathematical Equations" and “Hawaiian Postal History.” Many of our members are very specialized in their collections of postal history, covers or stamps while others collect the United States or the entire world.
We continue to sponsor the WINEPEX Stamp Event each year in October. The 2023 WINEPEX was held in Novato, California at the Best Western Plus Hotel on October 6th, 7th, and 8th. We have added a silent auction at WINEPEX and welcome our many dealers from Arizona, California, Washington, Colorado, and Texas.
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, with a variable time and date that helps those who prefer to not drive at night. We meet at 11:30 AM on second Sundays in the months of September, October, November, December, January, February and March. We meet at 6 PM on third Wednesdays of the other months. The dates and time may tend to vary..
If you would like to make a presentation, or simply attend as a guest, contact us using the information under the CONTACT-PLACE tab at the top of this page..
We are affiliated with the American Philatelic Society and Council of Northern California Philatelic Societies. To access their websites just push the corresponding blue bar tab below. Some members also belong to the American Topical Association as well as other specialized stamp societies.