AFDCS chooses officers for 2018

The board of directors of the American First Day Cover Society (AFDCS)—the largest not-for-profit organization geared towards first-day cover collectors in the world—has elected the society’s officers for one-year terms.

At the same time, the board also selected Mark Goodson, of Indiana, for his first term as chairman. Goodson previously served as the society’s first vice president.

The 2018 AFDCS officers will be President Lloyd de Vries, of New Jersey; Executive Vice-President Michael Litvak, of California; First Vice-President Jim Hogg, of Florida; Recording Secretary Ralph Nafziger, of Oregon; and Treasurer Ed Mendlowitz, of New Jersey.

This will be Hogg’s first term on the executive; however, he was a member of the board for three years.


AFDCS President Lloyd de Vries said the society boasts 19 members from Canada. “We’d like to have more,” he added. “With the Internet-only (no printed magazine) membership, it’s much more affordable for members outside the USA, and, to the best of my knowledge, we’re the only non-profit FDC society (other than our chapters).” An online membership includes access to the online version of the award-winning bi-monthly publication First Days for only $24.For more information about joining the AFDCS, click here.


AFDCS officers are not compensated or reimbursed for their travel expenses. The executive committee, which also includes the executive secretary, immediate past president, editor, membership and education chairs and the general counsel, conducts business throughout the year and meets annually at Americover, the society’s annual show and convention, which will be held Aug. 3-5, 2018 in Peachtree Corners (Atlanta), Ga.

The AFDCS board will also meet at Americover and conduct other business throughout the year.

For more information about the AFDCS, visit write to the AFDCS at P.O. Box 16277, Tucson, Arizona, 85732-6277, or send an e-mail to

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