Member: Mary Yahr
...The West Bend Stamp Club
is indeed blessed to count Mary Yahr
as a member of their club.Mary joined the club about 15 years ago and almost immediately became the newsletter editor.She soon became the Secretary, and she found herself as the leader of the youth group of collectors as well.She
must be pretty good as the youth leader, because the West Bend Ben Franklin Stamp Club
has 22 to 25 kids attending the meetings.She
makes sure that the kids take something free home from each meeting.Her
volunteer work also extends to the West Bend Art Museum
and the City of West Bend has presented her
an award for her
volunteer work as an "Art Mom" at the museum.She recently retired as Executive Director of the West Bend Builders Association and now works in the West Bend School District as a substitute aide.
It is apparent that she
loves working with the kids and that bodes well for the future of the hobby in the West Bend area.Mary
has been married to Ronald for 23 years and they have three children, Tessa (17), Becca, (11), and Sara (7).All three of them are stamp collectors and they have won numerous awards for their exhibits.Hobbies include traveling, giving art talks to kids in grades K through 3 and to seniors in retirement homes, and hunting.She
hunts deer, pheasant, ducks and geese, and turkeys.She
was successful on her
very first turkey hunt.Mary
family love to travel and in 2000 they attended the World Stamp Expo in California.Each day the entire family would attend the first day ceremonies and then she
would work the PNC3 booth for the rest of the day while the rest of the family went off to Disneyland.This proved to be a great arrangement for the entire family.Mary has developed a stamp exchange pen pal relationship with a fellow in Ireland, and this has led to her and her family traveling to Ireland and staying at the pen pals house.
In turn her
pen pal came to this country and stayed at her
house as well.
Mary's mother has been a stamp collector for many many years.She
collected full sheets of U.S. stamps thinking that this would be a good investment.Since Mary joined the West Bend club she has found out that it "just isn't so" and has changed her mother's collecting habits.
Some years ago a priest from India visited Mary's church and she
struck up a conversation with him.Eventually a friendship evolved that resulted in the priest sending many stamps to her
had a lot of foreign correspondents and thus obtained a lot of nice stamps, which he
sent on to Mary
.She is a general collector and calls herself an "accumulator".She
did exhibit one time and received a vermeil award for her
one page exhibit "Time Out For Games".It is as the title suggests an exhibit about games.She
daughters as well as the kids in her
stamp club to exhibit.
One time while traveling in the car she
was reading an article by Wayne Youngblood about a PNC3 stamp of which plate #6 was quite rare.She
commented to Ron that she
might have that stamp, so when she
got home she
immediately looked and sure enough she
did have it.
Mary's advice to collectors is to learn as much as you can about the hobby.Then share that information with others.It is from the sharing that you get the real joy of the hobby.We send our best wishes to Mary
and feel good about the future of the hobby, at least in the West Bend area.Thanks Mary.