American Philatelic Society
You Can Start a Stamp Club!

Club Structure

Officers - The club should have a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. The latter two offices quite often are combined, especially in smaller clubs. Larger clubs may decide to establish a Board of Directors to assist the officers in managing the club’s business affairs, helping to make plans, and providing continuity.

Youth Memberships - A decision should be made early concerning youth memberships. Even the most successful clubs must continue to attract new members, and a successful youth program helps to achieve this goal, fostering participation by entire families and nurturing youth members into eventual adult members.

Youth participation does require special commitment from the club to accept, welcome, and encourage the younger people. The youths should not be made to feel “second-class citizens.” If elementary school-aged children are permitted to attend, you may want to require that a parent or other responsible adult or older sibling accompany them. If they have enough of an interest to want to belong to the club in the first place, teenagers probably are mature enough to attend the regular club meetings on their own. Another option is to create an adjunct youth club that meets at its own place and time, with leaders and program directors from the adult club.

Bylaws Committee - After officers have been selected, the president should name a committee to draft bylaws. Keep them simple! Remember that the basic purpose in organizing a club is to have fun with stamps. Sample bylaws are included on the sample forms page.

Club Meetings - Once the club is formed, it is wise to keep business conducted at meetings to a minimum. Officers should hold separate meetings to arrive at recommendations to be made to the membership, to avoid wasting “stamp time” at club meetings. Some clubs limit the business portion of the meeting to no more than 15 minutes, correctly assuming that members attend meetings in order to enjoy stamps, not to listen to lengthy reports. This does not mean the officers should be dictators: Members should be welcome to attend meetings of the board of directors, for example, or if there is a need for a lengthy administrative affairs discussion, a special meeting can be called outside the regular program schedule.

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