Dave Gill forms new stamp collecting club

Apr 9, 2024 | Featured, Around Ottawa County | 1 comment

Denice Baldetti, left, and Dave Gill are hoping to attract more people to the hobby of stamp collecting. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

BY SHERI TRUSTY

A new stamp collecting club is thriving in Bellevue and hoping to attract even more members. Founder Dave Gill of Port Clinton formed Fire Lands Stamp Club as a way to bring local stamp collectors together. The Fire Lands Stamp Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Postmark Museum at 5001 State Route 4 in Bellevue on the grounds of Historic Lyme Village.

Before forming the club, Gill had to drive an hour to meet with fellow stamp collectors.

“There are stamp clubs in Toledo and Elyria, but we’re in a dead zone here,” Gill said. “I pulled out a map, and this museum is a bullseye between all the local clubs. What better spot than at the Postmark Museum? It’s been a great reciprocal relationship.”

Gill founded Fire Lands Stamp Club on unique principals that keeps the focus on the hobby.

“Our club is very informal. We do not elect officers. We do not collect dues. We do not have a business meeting,” he said. “Our mission is to bring stamp collectors together.”

The Fire Lands Stamp Club gives collectors the opportunity to learn about the hobby and connect with fellow stamp enthusiasts. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Each meeting is different and may feature a guest speaker, an educational presentation by a member, or a hands-on activity. New members of any experience are welcome to join the club.

“Here, whatever level of stamp collecting you are, you’ll probably learn something new,” Gill said. “We try to make it different every time.”

The club’s May 1 meeting will feature a speaker from the American Philatelic Society who will talk about estate planning for collections of any kind.

“It’s not just for stamps. It’s for any type of collection,” Gill said. “If you inherited a collection, you’ll learn what to do with it. If you have a collection, you’ll learn what you should do to prepare for when you pass away. Leaving instructions about the collection is very important.”

Fire Lands Stamp Club members Dave Gill, left, and Denice Baldetti sort stamps that were donated to the club. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Regardless of the meeting’s topic, the focus is on promoting stamp collecting.

“Our club is trying to enhance the hobby of stamp collecting by bringing those collectors together,” Gill said. “Stamp collecting can be done at home, but in the club, you can learn and trade.”

The group’s long-term goal is to form a youth stamp club.

“We’re making people aware of stamp collecting,” said Fire Lands Stamp Club member, Denice Baldetti of Tiffin. “One of our goals is to focus on youth. Research shows that stamp collecting is mainly an older male hobby. We want to keep the hobby going to the next generation.”

For more information on the Fire Lands Stamp Club, call Dave Gill at 419-656-3021.

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  1. Scott Gresser

    Dave would be the perfect person to start one. Congratulations Dave.

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