2008 CSA Convention
July 25-27 - CHARPEX, Charlotte, N.C.
Click PHOTOS to see some of John Kimbrough's pictures from the convention.
THE FOLLOWING REPORTIS COURTESY OF GEN. PATRICIA KAUFMANN.
“Madam President” is now a form of salutation to which I am becoming accustomed. I like it! I even have a “First Gentleman”, which surprised many of the unaware at Charlotte. I introduced my husband, Darryl Boyer, at the Southern Supper. But I had to chuckle at the comments such as “I see congratulations are in order”. Well no, we’ve actually been married for sixteen years, but if I used my legal last name of Boyer, you’d not have a clue who I was. In philatelic circles I shall remain Trish Kaufmann. Darryl is not fresh news, but it isn’t really clear since he only makes an appearance once a decade or so and then usually only for the Southern Supper. He spent most of his time in Charlotte happily waterskiing and knee boarding on Lake Norman with North Carolina family.
Superlatives positively define our experience at CHARPEX 2008 primarily due to the efforts of Gen. Tony L. Crumbley and assisting CSA local host, Richard Canupp. I heard many colonels say that the Southern Supper was one of the best in years, with which I totally agree – not the proverbial hotel “rubber chicken”, to be sure. We did have one “complaint” though, in that there was no peanut soup on the menu - a Williamsburg specialty. Sorry Joe! The fare was an absolutely superb and well executed Southern menu with food served family style.
We are indebted to Col. Scott Trepel and the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries for providing the open bar before the meal, to Col. Schuyler Rumsey for the wonderful souvenir “computer bags” at the show, and to Gen. John Kimbrough and Col. Phil Warman for sponsoring the CSA hospitality suite where we gathered for fellowship in the evenings after dinner.
CSA Exhibit Awards/CHARPEX 2008 Show Awards
As well as the Alliance awards, each of our exhibitors was presented with wonderful gold coin replicas by Charlotte Philatelic Society President Kay Don Kahler at the Southern Supper. Our Alliance exhibit awards were as follows:
Our thanks to the CSA judges, Generals Roger Oswald and Rick Calhoun. Roger also represented Confederate interests among the CHARPEX panel of judges headed by John Hotchner.
CSA Service Awards:
Col. Ed Joyce aced out Gen. Jim Monroe as the member in attendance with the earliest CSA number. Ed has been a continuous member for fifty-four years and Jim for fifty. The newest Alliance member in attendance was Vicar Warman, who joined two years ago and is often seen at trustee dad Phil Warman’s booth at shows. We welcomed Col. Steve Boyd who had never been to an Alliance meeting before. The members who traveled the farthest to be with us were our “California boys”, dealers Schuyler Rumsey, Jim Taff and Stanley Piller.
Auctioneer Schuyler Rumsey brought some delightful goodies from the late Bill Fox collection to tempt us with. They will be in his forthcoming winter auction - there will be one in between, you’ll just have to wait. Part of the Jack Molesworth stock will also be in that sale.
The trustees held two meetings during the show and the general membership meeting minutes may be found elsewhere in this issue. The annual meeting was immediately followed by an excellent presentation by CSA Authentication Service Chairman Gen. Jerry Palazolo and Recording Secretary Gen. Frank Crown. I missed that meeting as I was tending to my booth, but heard many good things about it and feedback from several members who were amazed at how much goes into researching “patients” submitted to the CSAAS. Your all volunteer team does not just say “looks good/bad to me”. As one on that team, I can assure you that a lot more goes into it than that.
The Hall Conference Center venue was spacious with superb lighting where you could actually see both exhibits and dealer stock. Dealers reported brisk sales and acquisitions. I again can’t stress what a debt of gratitude we owe Gen. Tony Crumbley for organizing this top notch event. He truly went above and beyond the call of duty and we are most grateful. Many do not realize that Tony, aka “Mr. Hospitality”, is also our Show Coordinator and helps those in other cities with all of our shows.
Our 2008 next meeting is in beautiful Charleston, SC November 14-16 and, from early feedback, I believe this may be one of our biggest mid-year gatherings ever. Details are elsewhere in the CP and in the past two newsletters. Your hosts will be Gen. Jim Monroe and Cols. Rich Murphy and Larry Baum. Make your plans now. You can’t imagine how much fun we have unless you’ve been to one before. Y’all come!