Post by irishjack on Jul 19, 2015 12:51:02 GMT
Two years ago on a whim I decided to start a stamp forum, the first couple of weeks was a true test.
We had just a little handful of members I look back at the days when our number of members was just 20 but we kept marching and grew slowly.
Now we have well over 240 members with lots of different interests.
Within our first year we were accepted as a chapter of the APS and won a Vermeil in its annual web completion. this year I hope we receive Gold.
This is thanks to Steve's hard work who is our APS rep.
We have also grown some great threads on Cinderella's. One that pops to mind is the Canadian thread and the Buses threads are outstanding.
Talking about threads, Rod has shown many pages from his albums always a treat to look at. The postmark calendar thread will keep a person busy reading for a few hours, lots of great postal history, you will find yourself going around in fun tangents.
But one of the most important things to mention is the generosity of the members of this little forum. The giveaways over the last 2 years have been unbelievable.
I can recall one member sending a les Gibson guitar to a member to help him cheer up while he was down. Others sent cash to help out, great gifts of kindness, I received many PM's from Jeff asking if I was involved and told him nope just your friends on the forum. One pm he said he was short on cash and didn't know how he was going to pay the bus to go to the hospital, he received his mail for that day and inside was some cash that solved the problem, no sender information just a note from a friend from TSF.
In the first year Jeff was very involved with helping kick start the forum.
We have lost a couple of members, Mac, Huckless and Jeff but I sure they are busy in the big Bourse in the sky.
In 2 years we have never had any trouble on this forum, My hat goes off to the members that conduct themselves is such a civil fashion, its so easy to fly off the handle when you are passionate about something, but here we have a very laidback approach.
So I raise a glass and thank all the members for the hard work they put in. Good luck in the second anniversary giveaway draws to those that put their name in.