The Penticton & District Stamp Club, located in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, raised more than $400 for local charities at a members-only yard sale on July 19.
Nearly 30 members attended the two-hour outdoor event, where nine tables were loaded with donated philatelic material and offered for sale. Following provincial guidelines, attendees were required to distance, wear masks and register their names for potential contact tracing.
A sheet of Picture Postage stamps marking the 100th anniversary of the SS Sicamous in 2014 – the club’s first venture into commemorating historical events – was offered as a door prize. The Sicamous is a sternwheeler moored on the shore of Okanagan Lake.
A handcrafted wooden storage cabinet for stamps in glassine envelopes was also offered as a “surprise” door prize.
Lastly, President John Greene presented a cheque worth more than $1,200 to John Moorehouse, development and communications officer with the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, one of several charities supported by the club. Social distancing was maintained by presenting the cheque with a hand-held reaching assist tool.
With uncertainty about the club’s meeting venue reopening in time for its next meeting in September, club officials are contemplating another yard sale.