Officers & Board

Philatelic Society of Lancaster County

The James Buchanan Chapter #173 of the American Philatelic Society
Chapter 118 of the American Topical Association

Officers, Committee Chairs and Board of Directors

As per the Society By-Laws, elected officers shall consist of the President, 1st and 2nd Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. In addition, the President shall appoint chairpersons to operate the following standing committees: Program, Membership & Hospitality, Newsletter, and Publicity. These nine persons will make up the Board of Directors. In addition, the Immediate Past President will serve as advisor to the Board without voting rights at Board meetings.

2020 Officers (3rd Term)

President: Dr. Charles J. DiComo
1st Vice President: John Hostetter
2nd Vice President: William Greiner, III
Secretary: vacant
Treasurer: Lou DiFelice

Committee Chairs

LANCOPEX Chairpersons: Lou DiFelice & Dick Shaefer
Auction Chairpersons: Lou DiFelice & Dick Shaefer
Membership Chair: Barbara Buchanan
ATA Representative: Lucy Eyster
PSLC Newsletter Editor, Programs & APS Representative: Paul Petersen
Publicity Chair: Len Kasper
U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Liaison: Diane Meek
Web Programmer & Designer Chair: Dr. Charles J. DiComo
Immediate Past President: Doug Milliken

Board of Directors 2020

Dr. Charles J. DiComo, John Hostetter, William Greiner, III, Lou DiFelice, Barbara Buchanan, Dr. Paul Petersen, Len Kasper, Dick Shaefer (Emeritus Advisor), Doug Milliken (ex officio Advisor)

If you are interested in getting involved in Society operations, please contact Dr. Charles J. DiComo – we would love to have you join the team!

Meeting Agenda

  • President, Call to Order
  • Recognize & Welcome Guests
  • Guest Speaker Introduction, Presentation/Lecture/Q&A
  • Treasurer’s Report – Motion to Approve
  • Secretary’s Report – Motion to Approve
  • Consideration of Old & New Business
  • President’s Agenda Presentation
  • Vice President’s Report
  • Social Media Report (Website, Facebook, etc.)
  • Members Session – Open to Floor for discussion
  • Door Prizes & 50-50 Raffle
  • Intermission / Snack / Break
  • Presentation of Scheduled Program (Internal Speaker or Auction)
  • Adjournment of Meeting

Past Presidents

The following is a partial list of the Society’s past Presidents. If you have more info, contact Dr. Charles J. DiComo.

2025   1991 Richard Shaefer 1957  
2024   1990 Richard Shaefer 1956  
2023   1989 Richard Shaefer 1955  
2022   1988 Richard Shaefer 1954  
2021   1987 James G. Boyles 1953  
2020 Dr. Charles J. DiComo 1986 James G. Boyles 1952  
2019 Dr. Charles J. DiComo 1985 James G. Boyles 1951  
2018 Dr. Charles J. DiComo 1984 James G. Boyles 1950 Robert R. Maxwell
2017 Doug Milliken 1983 James G. Boyles 1949  
2016 Hal Klein 1982 James G. Boyles 1948  
2015 William Greiner, III 1981   1947  
2014 Len Kasper 1980   1946  
2013 Robert D. Noble 1979   1945  
2012 Bob Epler 1978   1944  
2011 John M. Bray 1977   1943  
2010 John R. Ahlfeld 1976   1942  
2009 William P. Snyder 1975   1941  
2008 Eleanor Wheeler 1974   1940  
2007 Robert D. Noble 1973   1939 Mr. Meckel
2006 Lou DiFelice 1972   1938 E.F. Evans
2005 Al Schaub 1971   1937 Reverend C.E. Berghaus
2004 Marilyn Shirley 1970   1936 Thomas A. Keller
2003 Paul Petersen 1969 Milton Brown 1935  
2002 James G. Boyles 1968   1934 Edgar W. Worrest
2001 Richard Shaefer 1967   1933  
2000 Peter S. Billis 1966   1932  
1999 William Greiner, II 1965   1931  
1998 Marilyn Shirley 1964   1930  
1997 Lucy Eyster 1963   1929 Rev. M.J. Hoeppner
1996 Peter S. Billis 1962   1928  
1995 Mike Shirley 1961   1927  
1994 William Greiner, II 1960   1926  
1993 Dan Anspach 1959   1925  
1992 Leslie Botte 1958   1924  

  Society By-Laws, Rev. 25, January 2015

From the Archives

The Philatelic Society of Lancaster County (PSLC) Revised By-Laws booklet, along with amendment to Article II, Section 3, all adopted at the October meeting in 1962.

Member Spotlight

Charles J. DiComo, PhD

Charles is a life-long philatelist and active in the philatelic community. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Chairman’s Chatter, Editorial Proofreader for The Chronicle, Webmaster and Life Member of the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, and has held Officer and Board roles. He is also the President, Web Designer/Developer of the Philatelic Society of Lancaster County as well as President and Webmaster of the Empire State Postal History Society. Charles served for 9 years on the Council of Philatelists at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum, co-leading the new initiatives committee and contributing to the NPM’s Arago website launched in 2006 – an online resource for the study of philately and postal operations. He is also a Charter member of The Philatelic Gathering founded in West Chester PA in 2018, whose mission is to share the love of philately with others.

Over the year, Charles has received a number of honors. In 2014, he received the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society Lester Brookman Cup for giving unselfishly his time and effort to transforming the USPCS website into a highly effective electronic gateway for the Society and philatelic community. In 2017, he received the APS’ Spark Plug Award in recognition of his positive impact and achievements in enhancing and growing the Philatelic Society of Lancaster Country, APS Chapter 173. In the 2018 American Philatelic Society Website Award Competition, three Gold Medals (out of 8 awarded) went to websites that Charles developed, designed and currently administers. These are the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, the Philatelic Society of Lancaster County and the Empire State Postal History Society. This award recognizes website excellence and exemplifies the very best that is happening out in the local stamp and postal history communities. In 2019, he was awarded the APS Article of Distinction for An 1845 “Ship Letter” from Port-au-Prince, Hispaniola to New York City on the Brig Hayti., which was published in the PSLC Newsletter, Vol. 82, No. 1, January 2019. You can also view the article and other award winners on the APS website HERE

He maintains active memberships in the American Philatelic Society (30+ yrs.), British North American Philatelic Society (20+ yrs.), Pennsylvania Postal History Society; Reading Stamp Collectors Club, Red Rose Coin Club and the Society of Paper Money Collectors. He has also held memberships in the Collectors Club of NY, the Carriers and Locals Society, the Postal History Society, and U.S. Stamp Society – to name a few.

Charles is a noted specialist of the U.S. 1¢ and 3¢ Cent Stamp – 1851-1860 Issue, including plating, colors, shades, cancels, perforations, and postal history. He also researches and publishes on stampless Ship Letters entering and exiting NYC harbor during the 1830-1860 periods. Charles holds a PhD in Genetics and is an Executive at WellSpan Health, an 8 hospital, 19,000 employees, integrated health system in south-central Pennsylvania. He lives in Lancaster, PA with his wife of 20+ years and their two daughters. (P11DB) .

Philatelic Bibliography

1. DiComo, PhD, Charles J., From the Grain Fields of Virginia to a Gin Distillery in Holland, Excelsior!, March 2017, Whole No. 25 NS, pp. 12-15.
2. DiComo, PhD, Charles J., An American Letter Mail Company 1844 Folded Letter from NYC to Albany – A Scarce New Find, Excelsior!, March 2018, Whole No. 27 NS, pp. 3-8.
3. DiComo, PhD, Charles J., New Plate Flaw Discovery: “Dash and Ink Trail” on 3¢ 1851 Stamp, The Chronicle 259 (August 2018), Vol. 70, No. 3, pp 215-217.
4. DiComo, PhD, Charles J., A Patrons View of the Bad Management at the U.S. Post Office Department in 1840, Excelsior!, September 2018, Whole No. 28 NS, pp. 3-7.
5. DiComo, PhD, Charles J., An 1845 “Ship Letter” from Port-au-Prince, Hispaniola to New York City on the Brig Hayti, Special Feature, Philatelic Society of Lancaster County Newsletter, January 2019, Vol. 82, No. 1, pp 5-11 2019 APS Article of Distinction Recipient .
6. DiComo, PhD, Charles J., An 1845 “Ship Letter” from Port-au-Prince, Hispaniola to New York City on the Brig Hayti, Excelsior!, March 2019, Whole No. 29 NS, pp. 5-13.
7. DiComo, PhD, Charles J., The Life of Hiram Vail and the Obsolete Notes produced for his Banking & Collection Office in Amenia, New York, Paper Money, May-June 2019, Vol. LVIII, No. 3, Whole No. 321, pp. 190-194.
8. DiComo, PhD, Charles J., The Life of Hiram Vail and the Obsolete Notes produced for his Banking & Collection Office in Amenia, New York, Reprinted with permission in Philatelic Society of Lancaster County Newsletter, July-August 2019, Vol. 82, No. 7-8, pp. 5-9.
9. DiComo, PhD, Charles J., From the Front Lines: Lt. Col. William G. Belknap’s First Hand Account of the Battle of Monterrey during the Mexican-American War in 1846, Excelsior!, September 2019, Whole No. 30 NS, pp. 19-27 (in press).