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Ron Rice, our editor and journal designer, maintains memberships in twelve organizations--seven philatelic, two numismatic, and three related to user interface design. Below is a brief description of each organization, with links to their web sites. Each and every one of these organizations provides a high level of value to its members. Please take a few minutes to explore these organizations and consider joining. Email Ron if you have any questions.

Philately

American Philatelic Society
http://www.stamps.org/
With 50,000+ members in more than 110 countries, the APS is the largest, nonprofit society in the world for stamp collectors. It is supported entirely by membership dues, gifts, and the sale of its publications and services. Founded in 1886, the APS is now in its second century of service to stamp collectors and postal historians.

American Philatelic Research Library
http://www.stamps.org/TheLibrary/lib_AbouttheAPRL.htm
The American Philatelic Research Library is the largest public philatelic library in the United States. Its holdings include many of philately's classic periodicals, and it receives more than 400 current periodicals from around the world. Catalogues, government documents, auction catalogues, and a variety of other materials are available for your use. The American Philatelic Research Library serves American Philatelic Society members as well as APRL members. The library welcomes visitors, and for those members who cannot travel to State College, Pennsylvania, the APRL provides services by mail.

American Revenue Association
http://www.ericjackson.com/ara.htm
Founded in 1947, the ARA is a non-profit corporation serving the needs and interests of ALL collectors of rev enues, tax stamps, stamped paper, telegraph and railroad stamps, and general non-postal Back-of-the-Book mate rial---U.S. and foreign, federal, state, provincial, local, municipal and private. The ARA is by far the largest, oldest and fastest-growing national or international society fulfilling this goal.

Collectors Club of New York
http://www.collectorsclub.org/
The Collectors Club was founded in New York City in the summer of 1896 as a way to "gather... all the societies, all the auctions and all the philatelic interests of the city" according to the invitation to join. One hundred eager stamp collectors responded. Sixty-six were from the City, and the rest from across the United States and as far away as Shanghai, China. While it was originally organized along the lines of other New York City Victorian clubs, the Club soon gained a national reputation among collectors because of the members' intense interest and prominence in philately. Founding members included John W. Scott of catalog and album fame, John Luff, Hiram Deats, and Charles Mekeel. Later members included such famous names as Alfred F. Lichtenstein, Theodore Steinway, Alfred Caspary, Col. Green, and Harry Lindquist. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Earl of Crawford were among the honorary members.

India Study Circle
http://www.indiastudycircle.org
The India Study Circle for Philately was established in 1950 to promote study and research into the philatelic and postal history of the Indian subcontinent. The Society has over 500 members worldwide and invites invites anyone with an interest in Indian philately to join and participate in activities. The Society publishes India Post—the highly acclaimed quarterly journal of Indian philately.

Philatelic Computing Study Group
http://www.pcsg.org
The Philatelic Computing Study Group is a spinoff from the APS Computers in Philately Committee that began in 1984. In 1993, the PCSG became Affiliate 212 of the APS and joined the worldwide Association of PC User Groups. The Compulatelist (from The Computing Philatelist) is our quarterly 20-page newsletter, published in January, April, July and October. Each issue carries a mix of information, reviews and news of interest. Recent issues have provided reviews of page layout programs, philatelic database programs and several CD-ROM catalog discs, information on scanners and philately, and news of philatelic resources on the Internet. Selected articles are posted on the PCSG web site as a service to collectors worldwide. The PCSG has almost 500 members located in the USA and 21 other countries.

Philatelic Webmasters Organization
http://www.pwmo.org
The Philatelic Webmasters Organization promotes, supports and develops philately through philatelic webmastering. There are many organizations that represent the interests of philatelic professionals (journalists, publishers, etc.), but the PWO is the only organization specifically for philatelic webmasters. The PWO is an international organization, founded in Switzerland in February, 2001.

Numismatics

American Numismatic Association
http://www.money.org
The American Numismatic Association, founded in 1891, received a Federal Charter by the United States Congress in 1912 and had it renewed in perpetuity in 1962. The purpose of the organization, as stated in its Charter, is to advance and promote the study of coins, paper money, tokens, medals and related numismatic items as a means of recording world history, art, economic development and social changes, and to promote greater popular interest in the field of numismatics. Today, with about 28,000 members, the nonprofit, educational group is the largest numismatic organization of its kind in the world. It is supported entirely by membership dues, gifts and the sale of its publications and services.

American Numismatic Society
http://www.amnumsoc.org/
The mission of the American Numismatic Society is to be the preeminent national institution advancing the study and appreciation of coins, medals and related objects of all cultures as historical and artistic documents, by maintaining the foremost numismatic collection and library, by supporting scholarly research and publications, and by sponsoring educational and interpretive programs for diverse audiences.

User Interface Design

Association for Computing Machinery
http://www.acm.org/
Founded in 1947, ACM is the world's first educational and scientific computing society. Today, our members — over 80,000 computing professionals and students world-wide — and the public turn to ACM for authoritative publications, pioneering conferences, and visionary leadership for the new millennium.

SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction)
http://www.acm.org/sigchi
ACM SIGCHI brings together people working on the design, evaluation, implementation, and study of interactive computing systems for human use. ACM SIGCHI provides an international, interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas about the field of human-computer interaction (HCI).

Usability Professionals' Association
http://www.upassoc.org
The Usability Professionals' Association provides a network and opportunities through which usability professionals can communicate and share information about skills and skill development, methodology used and/or proposed in the profession, tools, technology, and organizational issues. Created in 1991, the original membership of 50 has grown today to over 1,600 members.

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