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November Events News &
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Sarasota, FL - November 2nd & 3rd, 2019 FSDA Fall Sarasota Stamp Show will be held at the Columbus Hall, 4880 Fruitville Road Sarasota FL 34232. Bourse Hours : Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For further information contact Mr. Sheldon Rogg at 727-364-6897, email h.rogg@verizon.net or visit the website at www.floridastampshows.com​
Jacksonville, FL - November 9th, 2019, Spring Stamp Collectors Show will be held at the Hendricks Baptist Church, 4001 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, 32207. Bourse Hours Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  
For further information Contact Mr. Charles Winney Tel.:904-389-2725.
Melbourne, FL - November 10th, 2019 The 2nd Sunday Best One Day Coin, Stamp & Collectible Show will be held at the Azan Shrine Center, 1591 West Eau Gallie Blvd, Melbourne, Florida 32935. Bourse Hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For additional info, call 321-428-5850.
Tampa, FL - November 9th, 2019 The Tampa Stamp & Coin Expo. will be held at the Tampa Stadium Hotel, 4750 Dale Mabry Hwy. Tampa 33614 Bourse Hours are Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For further information contact Mr. Sheldon Rogg at 727-364-6897 or email: h.rogg@verizon.net. www.floridastampshows.com 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - November, 17th, 2019, Third Sunday Coin & Stamp Show will be held at the Volunteer Park Community Center, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale. Bourse Hours: Sunday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For further information contact Mr. Joe Marshall at 954-802-4967 or email at: magikj48@yahoo.com..
Postmaster General Announces New Chairman of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan today named Bolivar J. Bueno as chairman of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC), effective immediately. Bueno succeeds Janet Klug, who is retiring.

A member of CSAC since 2012, Bueno is a lecturer, creative strategist and expert in building brands. A resident of Kissimmee, FL, he is founder of The Cult Branding Co., a think tank that offers consumer insight strategies, leadership coaching, brand education and training, and creative development services.

Bueno has written several books on marketing and branding, including “Why We Talk: The Truth Behind Word-of-Mouth” (2007), which aims to change the way marketers think about word-of-mouth advertising.

Klug, a noted philatelist and author, joined CSAC in 2010 and became chairman in 2014. She previously served as president of the American Philatelic Society and also chaired the New Initiatives Committee of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum Council of Philatelists.

A lifelong stamp collector, Klug writes regularly about stamps and collecting for Linn’s Stamp News and Scott Stamp Monthly magazine. Her articles have appeared in The American Philatelist, Stamp Collectormagazine, and Global Stamp News. She also wrote the SmithsonianGuide to Stamp Collecting (2008) and 100 Greatest American Stamps (2007), co-authored with Donald Sundman.

Postmaster General Brennan thanked Klug for her years of service on CSAC and to the Postal Service. “We appreciate Janet’s dedication and enthusiasm for our stamp program,” said Brennan. “We wish her well in retirement and look forward to working with Bolivar in his new role.”  

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
STAMPS OF THE MONTH
The Holidays are Coming! Do You Know the Shipping Deadlines?


WASHINGTON — In the blink of an eye summer is over and now it’s fall. Before you know it, it will be time for the holidays again. Fortunately, the U.S. Postal Service has your back with all the mailing deadlines you need to know for the expected delivery of cards and gifts to your loved ones, whether they’re overseas or across the country. 

2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines
The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses*:

Nov. 6 — APO/FPO/DPO (all ZIP Codes) USPS Retail Ground® service
Dec. 9 — APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code™ 093 only) Priority Mail® and First-Class Mail®
Dec. 11 — APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail services
Dec. 14 — USPS Retail Ground service
Dec. 18 — APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express® service
Dec. 20 — First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards)
Dec. 20 — First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
Dec. 21 — Priority Mail service
Dec. 23 — Priority Mail Express* service
Alaska

Dec. 18 — Alaska to mainland First-Class Mail service
Dec. 19 — Alaska to mainland Priority Mail service
Dec. 21 — Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express service
Hawaii

Dec. 19 — Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail services
Dec. 21 — Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express service
*Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before December 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office™ acceptance date and time and other conditions. Some restrictions apply. For Priority Mail Express® shipments mailed December 21 through December 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered, or delivery was not attempted, within two (2) business days.

Busiest Mailing and Delivery Days
Thanks to more people shopping earlier and shopping online, the Postal Service’s “busiest day” notion is now a thing of the past. Instead, the Postal Service now has a busiest time, and it starts two weeks before Christmas. Beginning the week of Dec. 9, customer traffic is expected to increase, with the week of Dec. 16 - 22 predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week.

Skip the Trip and Ship Online 
Consumers don’t even have to leave home to ship their packages, simply visit usps.com. The Postal Service anticipates Dec. 16 will be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than 8.5 million consumers predicted to visit usps.com for help shipping that special holiday gift. And usps.com is always open.

It’s estimated nearly 400,000 consumers will use the Click-N-Ship® feature and other online services on Dec. 16 to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and even request free next-day Package Pickup.

New this year
There have been some changes made to how you can ship your packages this year. For safety reasons, as of Oct. 1, you can no longer drop off stamped packages – which means using individual stamps as postage – that are more than one-half inch thick and/or weighing more than 10 ounces into blue collection boxes, building mail chutes, or Post Office mail slots. Instead you must go to a retail counter or use the self-service kiosk (SSK) to purchase a postage label. If you opt to use the SSK, to buy a postage label, you can drop off your package in the package slot, not the mail slot, at a Post Office. If a restricted package is found in a collection box, mail chute or lobby mail slot it will be returned to sender. Mail that is returned to sender will have a Customer Return Label attached explaining the restrictions and reason for return. So don’t take any chances this year, make sure to follow the new package mailing guidelines.

To help millions of Americans share the welcoming spirit of the 2019 holiday season on their cards and letters, the U.S. Postal Service today issued four new stamps inspired by early American wreath designs.

Created by former White House chief floral designer Laura Dowling, the 2019 Holiday Wreath Forever Stamps depict iconic images of holiday wreaths, which adorn the doors and mantels of homes in every community, and convey the warm inviting spirit of the season. The Postal Service has issued nine different holiday wreath stamps in the past 57 years.

“The wreath on the door may express the shared spirit of the holidays….of family…and good will to others,” said Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer as she unveiled the stamps today during a ceremony held in Freeport, ME. “The wreath has played an enduring role in our holiday traditions — and with the Postal Service. The very first holiday postage stamp featured a wreath.”

Brennan was joined at the ceremony by Dowling and Mike Mahoney, L.L.Bean’s chief legal and compliance officer.

“L.L.Bean is pleased to host the unveiling of the USPS Holiday Wreath stamps. Our relationship with the Postal Service began with the very first parcel post mailing out of Freeport with our iconic Maine Hunting Shoe, over 105 years ago,” said Mahoney. “Since then, the Postal Service has been a great partner in our success. We are honored to be welcoming Postmaster General Brennan and hosting the unveiling of these stamps.”

News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #HolidayStamps. Followers of the Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony at facebook.com/usps.

The Holiday Wreath stamps are classic yet contemporary and evoke a sense of warmth and welcome. Many wreaths are created from materials easily found during the winter months, including pinecones, dried flowers and berries.

The ribbon leaf wreath is inspired by French floral art. Aspidistra leaves, folded and manipulated to resemble ribbons, create a long-lasting wreath.
Gilded pinecones and magnolia pods grace the wreath trimmed with cranberry red ribbon.
Red and gold ribbon adorns the wreath made from gilded dried hydrangea, eucalyptus and nandina foliage, red berries and small ornaments.
The woodland bush ivy and red winterberry wreath presents a classic red and green palette.
Add these elegant stamps to your cards and letters to share holiday greetings with family and friends.

The wreaths for the stamps, designed by Dowling, were photographed by Kevin Allen. Antonio Alcalá served as the art director of the project and designed the stamps with Dowling.

Postal Products 
The Holidays Wreaths stamps are being issued in booklets of 20 First-Class Forever stamps. Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.


HAPPY THANKSGIVING