Philatelic Society of Lancaster County
The James Buchanan Chapter #173 of the American Philatelic Society
Chapter 118 of the American Topical Association
Officers, Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, Past Presidents & Member Spotlight
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.
2021 Officers (4th Term)
President: Dr. Charles J. DiComo
1st Vice President: John Hostetter
2nd Vice President: William Greiner, III
Secretary: David Weichert (not pictured)
Treasurer: Lou DiFelice
2021 Board of Directors
Dr. Charles J. DiComo, John Hostetter, William Greiner, III, Lou DiFelice, David Weichert, Barbara Buchanan, Dr. Paul Petersen, Len Kasper, Dick Shaefer (Emeritus Advisor), Doug Milliken (ex officio Advisor)
LANCOPEX Chairpersons: Lou DiFelice & Dick Shaefer
Auction Chairpersons: Lou DiFelice & Dick Shaefer
Membership Chair: Barbara Buchanan
PSLC Newsletter Editor, Programs & APS/ATA Representative: Paul Petersen
Publicity Chair: Len Kasper
U.S. Postal Service Liaison: Paul Petersen and Dr. Charles J. DiComo
Web Programmer/Designer and Social Media Chair: Dr. Charles J. DiComo
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!
- President, Call to Order, Agenda Presentation
- Recognize & Welcome Guests
- Treasurer & Secretary Reports – Motion to Approve
- Membership, Social Media & Public Relations Reports
- Members Session – Open to Floor for discussion
- Door Prizes & 50-50 Raffle
- Guest Speaker Intro, Presentation, Q&A OR Scheduled Program (Internal Speaker or Auction)
- Adjournment of Meeting
The following is a partial list of the Society’s past Presidents. If you have more info, contact Dr. Charles J. DiComo.
|2021||Dr. Charles J. DiComo||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|
|2013||Robert D. Noble||1979||1945||Edgar W. Worrest|
|2012||Bob Epler||1978||1944||James L. Knipe|
|2011||John M. Bray||1977||1943||Robert H. Goodell|
|2010||John R. Ahlfeld||1976||1942||Robert H. Goodell|
|2009||William P. Snyder||1975||1941||J. Andrew Frantz|
|2008||Eleanor Wheeler||1974||1940||Rollin L. Charles|
|2007||Robert D. Noble||1973||1939||Robert Ruppin|
|2006||Lou DiFelice||1972||1938||Robert Ruppin (First PSLC President)|
|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|
|2000||Peter S. Billis||1966||1932|
|1999||William Greiner, II||1965||1931|
|1997||Lucy Eyster||1963||1929||Rev. M.J. Hoeppner|
|1996||Peter S. Billis||1962||1928|
|1994||William Greiner, II||1960||1926|
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.
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.
He has received numerous honors, including the USPCS’ 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 and 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. Most recently in 2020, Charles was honored with the APS Nicholas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition Award for his National Service to philately.
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 a special feature in the January 2019 Philatelic Society of Lancaster County Newsletter, and subsequently published in the March 2019 Empire State Postal History Society journal Excelsior! You can also view the article and other award winners on the APS website HERE.
In 2020, he was the recipient of the Grand Award and Large Gold in Literature at the Sarasota National Stamp Expo and Writers Unit 30 for his work entitled New Plate Flaw Discovery: “Dash and Ink Trail” on 3¢ 1851 Stamp, which was published in The Chronicle 259 (August 2018), Vol. 70, No. 3, pp 215-217. He also received a Large Vermeil for An 1845 “Ship Letter” from Port-au-Prince, Hispaniola to New York City on the Brig Hayti. He was also honored with the Excelsior! Best Article Award by his peers at the Empire State Postal History Society for his 2019 article entitled 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. This article also took home a Large Vermeil at the 2020 SESCAL (Stamp Exhibition of Southern California) First Annual Literature Exhibition of Philatelic Articles.
He maintains active memberships in the American Philatelic Society (30+ yrs.), APS Writers Unit #30, 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 acute care hospital, 22,000 employee, integrated health system in south-central Pennsylvania. He lives in Lancaster, PA with his wife of 24 years and their two daughters. (P11DB). (AP26).
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. (Grand Award & Large Gold in Literature, Sarasota National Stamp Expo & Writers Unit 30, 2020)
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. (Large Vermeil in Literature , Sarasota National Stamp Expo & Writers Unit 30, 2020)
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. (Empire State Postal History Society Excelsior! Best Article Award of 2019)
10. DiComo, PhD, Charles J., Lancaster to Philadelphia; Same Distance, Different Rates – It’s all about the Sheets, Special Feature, Philatelic Society of Lancaster County Newsletter, January 2021, Vol. 84, No. 1, pp. 7-10.
11. DiComo, PhD, Charles J., A Noteworthy Precancel on Lancaster Watch Company’s Advertising Covers, The American Philatelist February 2021, Vol. 135, No. 2, Whole No. 1441, pp. 144-152.
12. DiComo, PhD, Charles J. and Larry Laliberte, An 1835 Stampless Cover London to Philadelphia via New York, BULLETIN, March 2021, Vol. 54, No. 4, pp. xx-xx (In Press).
13. Bowman, John, D. and DiComo, PhD, Charles, J., Investigating Covers Lead Philatelists to Sordid Tale, Excelsior!, March 2021, Whole No. 33 NS, pp. xx-xx (In Press).
14. DiComo, PhD, Charles J., Scarce Use of 1938 Prexie Makes Nice Addition to Local Collection, Excelsior!, March 2021, Whole No. 33 NS, pp. xx-xx (In Press).
15. DiComo, PhD, Charles J., Lancaster to Philadelphia; Same Distance, Different Rates – It’s all about the Sheets, Pennsylvania Postal Historian, May 2021, Vol. 49, No. 2, Whole No. 227 (In Press).