UPNS-Metropolitan Detroit

Metro Detroit Chapter of UPNS hosts international philatelic exhibit

WARREN, Mich. - The Metropolitan Detroit Chapter of the Ukrainian Philatelic and Numismatic Society (UPNS) organized a memorable international exhibit UKRAINPEX, over the weekend of October 7-8. It turned out to be one of the best ever convention-exhibits hosted by the society. Hundreds of folks stopped in over the two days to become acquainted with the stamp and coin collecting hobbies. Nine new members were recruited and dozens of young people from the local school of Ukrainian studies also dropped by and showed considerable interest in the exhibits, which featured 40 frames of materials.

Sales of commemorative show covers - envelopes designed by renowned Canadian artist John Jaciw and canceled with special U.S. Postal Service cancellations - were very brisk, as were sales of philatelic items and books.

At the members' meeting held on Saturday afternoon, October 7, the society's president, Dr. Ingert Kuzych, was able to highlight some of his new administration's accomplishments in its first year.

Various projects were discussed for the coming year. Goals for 2001 include: continuing the drive to recruit new members, celebrating the society's 50th anniversary next year by getting a special logo designed and perhaps getting special "personalized" UPNS stamps prepared by Canada Post, trying to get an anniversary commemorative envelope or postal card released by Ukraine Post (an inquiry letter requesting such a special release has been dispatched), trying to complete work on needed stamp catalogues: one on classic Ukrainian stamps, the other on Plast stamps; and attempting to obtain non-profit status for the society.

Discussions on the location of next year's gathering were also held, but no final decision was reached.

The Saturday night banquet featured a presentation by Mr. Jaciw describing some of his award-winning coin designs. Next came the announcement of exhibit winners by the show's judges, Jerry Tkachuk and Andrew Martyniuk.

The evening was closed out by Dr. Kuzych, who presented six special Maksymczuk Awards for distinguished services to Ukrainian collecting. This year's awards went to: Hryhoriy Lobko and Andrew Martyniuk, respectively, author and translator of a catalogue of modern Ukrainian provisional stamps; Lubomyr Onyshkevych, editor of the society's newsletter; George Slusarczuk, former society president and for many years its treasurer; Val Zabijaka, also a former president and a long-time auctioneer of Ukrainian collectibles; and the Metro-Detroit Chapter, for assembling such an excellent show. Show organizer Roman Maziak accepted the plaque on behalf of the entire chapter.

The strong turnout at UKRAINPEX demonstrated the vigor of the collecting hobbies in North America. Dr. Kuzych reported many people complimenting him on the "Focus on Philately" articles that appear monthly in The Ukrainian Weekly and that have helped generate renewed interest in stamp collecting. He said he plans to continue writing these features, but he invited other members to also contribute guest articles on their areas of interest.


The Ukrainian Weekly, November 19, 2000, No. 47, Vol. LXVIII