News & Events
Message from the President - June 2020
Polonus and covid-19
The board and I sincerely hope all members and their families
are safe, well, adhering to government guidelines, and protecting
themselves during this difficult period. Polonus continues to work
during lockdown ensuring our member services are provided.
Annual Meeting at balpex in September 2020
The balpex show committee has cancelled the show. Our bylaws require an annual meeting of members. We are working
on plans to hold a virtual member meeting likely using technology such as Zoom video-conferencing. The Polonus board
will also have a virtual board meeting and transfer of officers
as planned after the recent election (see election results below).
Polonus will endeavor to contact all our members once we
complete planning for our virtual annual meeting. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
2020 Election Results
Election results were certified on March 31, 2020, and all candidates on the nominating committee slate have been elected.
Welcome to John Dunn, Andrew Urushima, and Doug Carpenter as new board members. Remaining board members are
Tom Bieniosek, Regis Hoffman, Ron Klimley, Jim Mazepa,
and Bill Williges; I will remain on the board as immediate
past president. We also thank Bob Ogrodnik, Ray Pietruszka,
and Dan Lubelski for their efforts on behalf of Polonus as they
leave the board. Normally installation of officers takes place
at the annual meeting following an election, in this case, the
previously discussed balpex show. We are already transitioning various responsibilities to those newly elected and ensure
continuation of member services regardless of how the annual
meeting at balpex evolves.
New Website, New Webmaster
Allan Clapp has retired as our webmaster and we thank him
for all his efforts in putting the new website together. The
new webmaster, Larry Fillion, began his duties effective April
1, 2020. Many of you know Larry from his various philatelic
pursuits. He is arguably the consummate webmaster for philatelic websites. The new website launched mid-March and went
through a period of testing and tweaking. There remain a few
items to fix or improve, but overall this website is much easierto use and is more robust than the old one; it also costs us far
less to operate and maintain. We hope everyone will take time
to review its features. If you have suggestions regarding the new
website please use the “Contact Us” option on the website to
voice your comments.
The new website does not require registration; if you were
registered on the old site you will have the same password and
can easily access the new site. You can also opt to change your
password. If you were not registered on the old website you will
need to request a password to access the new site. To change or
get a new password use the “Contact Us” option on the website.
Polonus Store Website
Earlier this year the board decided to forgo a dedicated website for the store in favor of converting the existing Polonus
Store Annex eBay site to a full-fledged eBay store with all the
inherent advantages. This new eBay store was constructed over
the last month and is now fully operational with more than
300 fixed price and auction lots. A major benefit for Polonus members is a 10% discount on purchases and guaranteed
combined shipping costs, however, you must await an invoice
to ensure your discount. The site can be easily accessed at
Dues are ... overdue!
Dues and donations can be paid via mail or the website using a
direct PayPal link which makes the payment process very easy. If
you have not paid your 2020 dues this will be your last Polonus
Bulletin. We ask for your continued support of the society.
Don’t forget we always have volunteer opportunities which
help us keep the society strong. In particular we are looking for
someone to take over the Polonus Store effort, so please let us
know if you have an interest. This is a “virtual” position requiring only a computer and dedication.
Are you satisfied with Polonus?
We are only as good as our ability to service the needs of the
membership. We need to hear from you if we are not providing
an activity, service, or resource that would be helpful to you or
other members. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Ed Andrews, President