AFDCS elects officers, new board chair

The board of directors of the American First Day Cover Society (AFDCS), the largest not-for-profit organization in the world focused on first-day cover collecting, recently elected officers for one-year terms.

Cynthia Scott, of Indiana, was chosen as the board’s chair. A past vice-president, show chair and board member, Scott has produced Anon E. Mouse Cachets for occasional issues since October 1981 and is also a member of the American Philatelic Society (APS), American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors and Women Exhibitors.

“I love being a student so much that I am now pursuing my second bachelor’s degree, this one a BA in English,” said Scott, who’s a former master sergeant that served for more than 30 years in the U.S. Air Force.

The 2020 AFDCS officers will include:

  • 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 Mark Thompson, of Tennessee.

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 plus the general counsel, conducts business throughout the year. They meet each year at the society’s annual convention, which in 2020 will be held Aug. 20-23 in conjunction with the APS’ Great American Stamp Show in Hartford, Conn.

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