Celebrating Our
30th Anniversary
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ESPER
Founded 1988
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ESPER's 30th Anniversary celebration took place during the weekend of November 2-4, 2018, at the Embassy Suites in Crystal City, Virginia.  The Anniversary Committee under the leadership of Jean Lewis planned a few activities that included community outreach events at local schools and at the Anacostia Community Museum.  On Friday, we were invited to two local schools.  This was called ESPER Goes to School, “Inspiring Future Philatelists.”  Presentations were done at Hoffman-Boston Elementary School and Charles Drew Elementary School.  Members gave presentations on stamp collecting and Black history.

On Friday afternoon, we had  “Stampin’ Around D.C.”  Several members and guests were on a chartered bus taking a tour of landmarks in the nation’s capital related to African Americans.  Our tour bus guide was ESPER member Dr. Norrece T. Jones, Jr., historian and retired Associate Professor of African American Studies and History at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Each tour attendee received a red D.C. tote bag, a special bus ID, and a “passport” (created by Betty Session).

On Friday evening, ESPER members and guests got to meet and greet and mingle at the Blue Carpet Event, a welcome reception and an opportunity to show and tell about “My Favorite Stamp.”  The room included the ESPER banner, a special backdrop and blue carpeted area for photo ops, and the favorite stamps on display for review.

On Saturday morning, several ESPER members went to the Smithsonian Anacostia Community  Museum for a fun- filled time with youngsters and adults alike.  Displays and hands-on activities helped the community learn about Black history and African Americans on stamps.  During the museum event, children were able to use props to dress up to look like Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, or A. Phillip Randolph.  Jean and Betty are working on putting the kids’ panels/ quilt together to be on display at the museum.  Our founder, Dr. Esper G. Hayes, spoke to children and parents.  Saturday afternoon we had workshops and a bourse (sales area) where philatelic items or related items could be purchased. 

Saturday evening featured our 30th Anniversary’s Blue Velvet Banquet.  Our evening  affair included dinner, presentations of awards, a silent auction with 70 items up for bid, and door prizes.  Our special speaker was ESPER’s founder, Dr. Esper G. Hayes, whose message focused on pride.  During the evening’s affair, two student re-enactors were present and popular with the crowd.  They portrayed Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.

Our anniversary ended on Sunday morning with breakfast and a general meeting.  We had attendees/representatives from 15 different states: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

 

 

 

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 ESPER Day at Anacostia Museum 
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ESPER
Founded 1988
Stampin' Around D.C.
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Front row (l-r): Phillip Williams, M. Rosina Major, Warachal Faison, Beatrice Cox, Elizabeth Rankin-Fulcher, Gregory Slaughter, Walter Faison, Esper Hayes, Earnest Shinault, Clarence McKnight, Betty Session, Jean Lewis, and Bob Fields. Second row (l-r): Cayla Hall (Harriet Tubman), Joan Williams, Lauretta Chisholm, Lynda Thompson, Eloise Harris, Melissa Hinkson, Sandra Weaver, Felix Perez-Folch, Farnese Hicks, Ricky Johnson, Leon Lee, Howard Ingram, Rhonda Ingram, Karen Bertha, Regina Bullock, Julie Leak, Charlene Blair, and David Nicholas (Frederick Douglass). Back row (l-r): Debra Cherry, Don Patterson, Mark Thompson, Tony Thaxton, Jr., John Allen, Robert Cox, Calvin Mitchell, William Jordan, Betty Lewis, Oneal Tyler, Yvonne Singley, Mary Love, Jane Mays, Norrece T. Jones, Jr., Horace Baldwin, Don Conway, Vivian Roscoe, Don Neal, Eretta Morris, Edgar Hicks, and Nadine Shinault. 

30th Anniversary  Video Part 1

Bea Cox, Dr. Greg Slaugther, Jean Lewis, Clarence McKnight, Walter Faison, Betty Session, Rosina Major, Bob Fields, and Charlene Blair

Nadine Shinault, Dr. Esper G. Hayes (Founder) and Heidi Zapata, MD

Vivian Roscoe
Vivian Roscoe

Bea Cox, Dr. Greg Slaugther, Jean Lewis, Clarence McKnight, Walter Faison, Betty Session, Rosina Major, Bob Fields, and Charlene Blair

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Blue Carpet Event and
Welcome Reception One
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30th Anniversary Video Part 2
Sorority Sisters
Sorority Sisters

Jean Lewis, Carliss Williams, Desdemona Faison, Bea Cox, and Brenda Bertha

Officers, Board Members, Director
Officers, Board Members, Director

Front Row: Don Neal, Bea Cox, Clarence McKnight, Rosina Major, Charlene Blair. Back Row: Oneal Tyler, Greg Slaughter, Walter Faison, and Bob Fields

Members 3 different Sorority
Members 3 different Sorority

Desdemona Faison, Charlene Blair, and Yvonne Singley

Sorority Sisters
Sorority Sisters

Jean Lewis, Carliss Williams, Desdemona Faison, Bea Cox, and Brenda Bertha

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Blue Carpet Event and
Welcome Reception Two
David Nicholas and Cayla Hall
David Nicholas and Cayla Hall

They are dressed as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman

Ernest Shinault
Ernest Shinault

First President of ESPER

David Nicholas and Cayla Hall
David Nicholas and Cayla Hall

They are dressed as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman

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Blue Carpet Banquet pictures group one
Dr. Esper Hayes and Melissa  Hinkson
Dr. Esper Hayes and Melissa Hinkson

Heidi Zapata, MD (Dr. Hayes' goddaughter), Dr. Esper Hayes, and Dr. Nicole Bullock (Dr. Hayes' granddaughter)

David Nicholas, Don Patterson, and Kayla Hall

Dr. Esper Hayes and Melissa  Hinkson
Dr. Esper Hayes and Melissa Hinkson

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Blue Carpet Banquet pictures group two
30th Committee Plaque
30th Committee Plaque

Dr. Greg Slaugther, Jean Lewis, and Walter Faison

30th Committee Plaque
30th Committee Plaque

Dr. Greg Slaughter, Elizabeth Rankin-Fulcher, and Walter Faison

ESPER Member of Distinction
ESPER Member of Distinction

John Hotcher is a venerable philatelist and prolific writer of philatelic columns and articles. ESPER is honored to have him as a regular contributor to Reflections. (Not able to attend event)

30th Committee Plaque
30th Committee Plaque

Dr. Greg Slaugther, Jean Lewis, and Walter Faison

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Betty Lewis
Betty Lewis

Betty shared her Hattie McDaniel stamp and cover.

Bea Cox
Bea Cox

Bea, shared her Eleanor Roosevelt hand painted cover.

Betty Lewis
Betty Lewis

Betty shared her Hattie McDaniel stamp and cover.

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Awards Pictures
 "My Favorite Stamp"  
at Meet and Greet
Don Neal
Don Neal

Don displayed and sold his cachets, stamp pins, maxi cards, programs, etc.

Member looking at items to buy
Member looking at items to buy

Leon Lee
Leon Lee

Leon Lee and Ricky Johnson had a table together. Leon was selling his custom designed matted stamps. Ricky was selling stamps, covers, and ceremony programs.

Don Neal
Don Neal

Don displayed and sold his cachets, stamp pins, maxi cards, programs, etc.

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Saturday Bourse 
Dr. John Allen
Dr. John Allen

Doing workshop title: "Slave Carried Mail"

Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson

National exhibit winner, Mark is sharing how he won many exhibit awards.

Dr. John Allen and Charlene Blair
Dr. John Allen and Charlene Blair

Charlene presented with Mark Thompson on: "Exhibiting at Competitions."

Dr. John Allen
Dr. John Allen

Doing workshop title: "Slave Carried Mail"

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Saturday Workshops 
30th breakfast 2
30th breakfast 2

30th breakfast
30th breakfast

30th breakfast 2
30th breakfast 2

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Sunday Meeting
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Calvin Mitchell  cancelling Anacostia post card at local post office
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Betty Lewis, Betty Session, Sandra Weaver, and Eretta Morris
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Charlene Blair and Dr. Esper G. Hayes
at breakfast in hotel

Photos are from Tony Thaxton, Jr., Charlene Blair, Jean Lewis, Betty Session, Warachal Faison, Sandra Weaver, Karen Bertha, Don Neal, and Jane Mays. 

Some photos taken throughout our event were done by Tony Thaxton, Jr. and can be viewed at www.travelenjoylife.com. Prints can be ordered from this site. 

Our 30th Anniversary Videos were produced by Don Patterson for DDCP Communications.