This month the team wanted to discuss the member of the month and nominated some very deserving candidates. But being the bear that I am, I pulled rank..
That's right this months member of the month was not a team selection. It was not fair. this person was chosen by me alone.
And they have no IDEA!!!! 1753364839
A secret helper (or 2) worked diligently behind the scenes to get information from contributors to this months Member of the month dedication.
Thank you for your efforts my wonderful crew...
without this person this forum would likely have collapsed over the last few months with most Admins being busy with a number of life events.
This Member kept the site alive, me in line (occasionally online), and has earned the respect of 99.999% of everyone here.
IN fact let us read what contributors had to say -
from Bear (Brett):
When I opened Stamp Bears I knew the kind of place I wanted to create. I had a lot of help in the beginning, and over time this site evolved. Along the way Stamp Bears changed somehow. It became more than a board to talk about stamps. It became more than good friends who share a common interest. It became "Family" first and friends second, of course Stamps remains but there is "more" somehow...
Early on the team decided that recognizing a member of the month was important to show our collaborative appreciation for all of the contributions that everyone makes. We have even recognized the team on occasion when they have been particularly hard at work. We have the member being recognized fill out a questionnaire and then we post it for all to see.
This month I would like to do something a little different. This month I do not want to ask this special member anything. In fact I want them to hear from us.
Over the years this member has been a sarcastic, fun loving, rule bending, rule enforcing, pain in the back side. This member has gone from a casual poster, to a staff member, to a Co-Administrator and through it all has become a great friend who I call Brother with pride. Over the years he has helped me maintain sobriety, let me vent frustrations that had NOTHING to do with the board, sent me random cards just so I knew he was around, and most recently stepped up to running the board in my absence. We have an area of the board that is for staff members only and in there is a thread that discusses some of the changes that have been going on in my life over these last few months. No matter how dark my day has been, he has always taken a moment to brighten it up. His hard work and dedication have more than earned recognition.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me in thanking kacyds for all of his amazing work, his dedication, and above all his amazing friendship. Brother, thank you from the very bottom of my heart. May you forever be my right hand.
from khj (Kim):
Kris has been one of the mainstays here on Stamp Bears ever since I joined. It is not possible to not know who he is. He was the first one to welcome me back on the new board, and I'm pretty sure he and Bear were the first two to welcome me on the original board.
He is active in almost every mentionable way. Like a regular bear, he is posting stamp pictures, starting threads, and sharing stamp info. But he goes far beyond that. His encouragement and positive comments certainly helped me feel welcomed. His interactions are not limited to online, but he sends stamps, cards... He is everywhere -- stamp threads, non-stamp threads, shoutbox...
What's more amazing is he is active in ways most members never notice. Checking posts for problems, cleaning up threads, correcting/updating software issues, hashing out ideas and following through... It's great to have Admin that take daily ownership of the board, instead of only dropping in once a week.
Kris gives Stamp Bears personality, while getting the job done as an Administrator. Along with Ross, Bear definitely picked the right side-kicks. Thanks for EVERYTHING, Kris!
from michaelcayley (Michael)
Most of you will have seen Kacyds' posts, the way he shares his knowledge to help others, and his clear enthusiasm for our hobby. You have probably also seen how he has created some of the more imaginative topical threads, like hands - who would have thought the topic of hands would yield such richness? You may also have registered how he goes out of his way to encourage people by liking their posts. What you may not be aware of is how much he does behind the scenes as an administrator: without the time and dedication he puts in, StampBears would run less smoothly. If there is a problem, it is often Kacyds who leaps in to solve it. When I joined the Moderator team last summer, Kacyds helped me settle into the role, and I have been grateful for his help and guidance. I have also appreciated his strong, sometimes mischievous, sense of humour: he has done much to stop us becoming over-serious.
from MikeC99 (Mike)
Kris has been a very dedicated and highly effective administrator on Stamp Bears. He is always checking the board and attending to any matter that requires the attention of Admins or Moderators. Kris is an effective communicator and is always willing to provide advice/help to the moderators or members of the stamp forum. His humor and wit liven up Stamp Bears immensely. I consider Kris to be not only an Administrator but a friend.
from crazyquilter (Lorna)
Very easy to say SB is a better forum because of the things Kris does for SB. He is on SB almost every day. If anyone has a question he is happy to help. He has become a Brother to a lot of us. He has sent my Granddaughter stamps and stock sheets because he has a big heart. Kris has a quick wit and posts lots of pictures which we all enjoy.
from JanetMC (Janet)
KACYDS - Kris
I first met Kris on the original Stamp Bears. I had never joined a forum before and Kris was very helpful at helping me find my way around and answering any questions that I had. And he continues to do that today with new comers.
When Kris was promoted to Admin I was very happy because I know Kris is a valuable asset to Stamp Bears. If something needs fixing he is usually right there to do it or sees that it gets done.
You can almost always find Kris down in the shout box. He loves to cut-up and have fun with rest of us who live in that part of den. Kris is also our Smiley King. If you need a smiley for any occasion Kris is the one to find it.
CONGRATULATIONS KRIS. You have definitely earned this.
Congratulations Mr. kacyds YOU are indeed the member of the month!!!
First of all I want to thank Bear for starting this great Forum and second for allowing me to be part of the team. I too think of him as a brother and as family....
Thanks to the team for the kind words. It means a lot to me, more than you think, and I teared up while reading everyone's write up. Yeah I will admit that...
Also thanks to all our great members, without all of you, we would not be here at this great forum. Thanks for all you do, whether its posting pictures, helping a fellow member identify a stamp, giving away stamps, etc., it all contributes to making this the best stamp forum on the web. Keep up the GREAT work!!!!
I have won this title before and was so great full to be recognized as a "Member of the Month".
kacyds "Kris", Is one who is the most deserving recipient of this title in my personal opinion.
Yes as Bear has stated he is a hand full, but one who I would feel so safe to have my back. And one who I also call friend and brother. I know Kacyds before Stamp Bears, if there was ever a time. In another forum is where we cemented our friendship. As here with others he helped me settle into the life of STAMPS. He also goes beyond stamps with me as he has with Bear. It had been many years since I had a friend like Mr Kacyds.
You are one of the highest on my list of people on this planet.
I have had the pleasure of knowing kacyds (aka Kris) since I joined this forum years back and have known him to be a generous and giving man, with a mischievous edge to him that has kept this site both pleasurable and fun. Knowing when to be serious and when to jest, he has kept many a member on their toes not knowing if today will be one of his impish moods. Okay, MOST of his days are impish moods. As a fellow Admin, he has fulfilled his role with honesty and fairness to all. As a member he is always willing to lend a hand with an identification, a stamp to fill a hole in a collection, or just someone to lend an ear. I call him a friend and hope he does likewise with me as well. This is well deserved and I send my congratulation along with all the team, to a gentleman (hic), fellow collector and most importantly, a friend.
This month the Admin and Moderating team picked a few great members for this honor and it was hard to settle on just one. However this member is greatly deserving of the honor.. Ladies and Gentlemen Please congratulate our dear member PostmasterGS
Mar 31, 2016 19:56:09 GMT -5 postmastergs said:
1) The quality of the discussion and all the pretty pictures of stamps!
2) There's not a single interaction that stands out in my mind, but I've really appreciated the way the membership has helped me out over the years with my various philatelic projects. I've repeatedly asked for volunteers to test and give me feed back on websites, apps, etc., and the members have never failed to deliver.
3) It's a great site for discussing stamps because the user-base is knowledgeable, easy-going, and most importantly will treat you with respect and dignity, without being unfriendly or treating you like a moron for simply asking a question.
4) My collection has continued to grow, but my collecting style has changed quite a bit. Since joining Stamp Bears, I've spent time living in Japan, the UAE, the Azores, and now back in the States. Because of all the moving, I haven't always had access to my collection and my references. As a result, in the last several years, I've really cut back on the quantity of my collecting, but I've used that as an opportunity to save-up fill the more expensive holes in my collection, and to work on the electronic side of the hobby (the website, apps), on which I can work from anywhere.
5) As the electronic side of the hobby is near and dear to my heart, I really like seeing what other users are bringing to the table in that arena. I've really enjoyed watching what dcstamps has done with his website, and threads such as this showing the digital album pages.
6) There are really too many to count, but recently, I really enjoyed this thread from darkormex. I always enjoy helping other collectors out, and it was nice to see someone really getting interested in a new topic because of a simple cancel ID.
7) Since my collecting area is relatively narrow and specialized, I tend to end up with a lot of unusual items, many of which I've shared here over the years. For example, Raisin Boxes from Smyrna, Turkey. Or German Postal Advertisements. Or German submarine mail of WWI. Or little-known cinderellas such as the stamps of the German-English Luftschiff Expedition. Perhaps the weirdest is my collection of cinderellas of the Foreign Volunteer Legions of WWII, only a few of which I've shown on the site over the years -- Galician Legion and Walloon Legion. Perhaps I should post threads for the rest!
8) Most memorable was probably my acquisition of the Green Theresienstadt Souvenir Sheet. I never posted a picture here, but it's the green version of this Black Theresienstadt Souvenir Sheet. There were three colors of souvenir sheet, and the green was the white whale -- known to exist, but good luck finding a copy. I was trolling the Internet one day, and I stumbled across a small auctionhouse in Israel that had a copy. I'd never seen one before, and it was dumb luck that I found one for auction at an auctionhouse that was off the radar and not likely to draw tons of attention from the German collecting market. The auctionhouse had it badly undervalued, but I put in a bid for what I knew was a good price. The auctionhouse e-mailed me several times to confirm my bid, since it was about 10x their estimate. In the end, I barely won it, so I was glad I hadn't lowballed my bid just because the auctionhouse didn't realize the value of what they had. It filled the last major hole in my Theresienstadt collection, and I haven't seen another copy since.
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