Eleven groups participated in the competition, which was open to all APS chapter clubs; clubs or federations that run stamp shows; and any affiliate clubs. According to the judges, who included Donald J. Chenevert Jr., of Springfield, Mi., and Lloyd A. de Vries, of Washington Township, N.J., each website was evaluated for its overall content, structure, navigation, visual design, functionality and interactivity.
All entrants received a certificate and distinctive electronic award badge to post on their site signifying their award level and competition year.
- American First Day Cover Society (afdcs.org)
- American Topical Association (americantopicalassn.org)
- Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections (esperstamps.org)
- Europa Study Unit (europastudyunit.org)
- The Stamp Forum (thestampforum.boards.net)
This marks the fourth time the American First Day Cover Society’s website has received a Gold award in the APS Web Awards. ￼The society’s website previously won Gold awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The site was not entered in competition in 2015 and 2016.
The AFDCS webmaster is Todd Ronnei, a Minnesota-based paralegal who has been the society’s webmaster since 2009. From 2009-16, Ronnei also sat on the board of directors as its chairman.
“Congratulations and thanks to Todd for his excellent work,” said AFDCS President Lloyd de Vries, who was also a judge but recused himself from judging the AFDCS site.
- Chicago Philatelic Society (chicagopex.org)
- Christmas Philatelic Club (christmasphilatelicclub.org)
- Scandinavian Collectors Club (scc-online.org)
- American Society of Polar Philatelists (polarphilatelists.org)
- Compex Show Committee (compexstampshow.org)
- Vermont Philatelic Society (vermontps.org)
Next year’s competition will be held in the spring with details available at stamps.org/Club-Benefits.