To the Members of the
This is the first time I have had the
chance to greet you as you new President. It was an unexpected pressure to be
chosen and elected as your President for the 2001 - 2002 term. I will to
thank Bro. Ed Smith for all the help and assistance he has given the Club
during his term of office. I will be looking to his continued aid and
assistance for my term of office.
I will do all that is in my power to
support and assist the Club in any way that my limited time permits.
Already I slipped in a note about the Club in the Royal Arch Grand Chapter
of Virginiašs Newsletter and hope to follow that up with articles on our covers
and other activities for the Royal Arch Magazine (for those interested, the
cover article for the Summer 2001 is by your President, but not about
philatelic interests) and other Masonic publications. But I need help!!! If
any of you have an idea for an article centering around a collection of
GWMSC covers, please share it with me. What I would need would be high
quality photocopies of the covers of interest and what you would like to
see in the article. I will attempt to pull it together and submit it for
Next, is the meeting of the Club at
Baltimore Philatelic Society (BALPEX). Our meeting will take place at the
usual time on Saturday, September 1, 2001. BALPEX is to be held at the Marriott's
Hunt Valley Inn, in Hunt Valley, Maryland, located at I-83 at Shawan Road
(Exit 20; Exit 20A from Baltimore). I understand there is free parking
available and special rates for BALPEX attendees in the paid facilities.
The three day admission to BALPEX is $4.00. Unfortunately I will not be up
to BALPEX until Saturday, though I hope to be there early and with my
family. I am looking forward to seeing you there.
If you can not attend, then please
plan for our next meeting in February 2002 at the George Washington Masonic
National Memorial. It will be on the Sunday following George Washingtonšs
birthday and will be followed by a dinner at a local restaurant.
Again, let me express how much of an
honor and pleasure it is that you have selected me as you President and I
wish to thank the Club for all the support, joy and encouragement you have
given me and others who have a philatelic interest, large or small (like
myself), you are a wonderful group of Brothers.
Walter P. Benesch,
President, GWMSC 2001-2003