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Welcome to the official web site of the American First Day Cover Society's Claude C. Ries Chapter. Chapter #48 is one of the most active Chapters in the AFDCS. The Ries Chapter serves all of Southern California and has members in many states. We have several meetings each year at both stamp shows and at member's houses, including our world famous annual Yule Tuber party.

Press Release


Ron & Jeri Sobelís West Hills Hacienda

JULY 20, 2014

The next Ries Chapter social event will be our annual Frederick Langford Memorial BBQ on Sunday, July 20th at NOON at Ron Sobelís Hacienda at 23678 Ingomar Street  West Hills CA 91304-4478

We will need the usual staples: bottled water, liter sodas, potato salad, macaroni salad, Jell-O salad, fruit salad, green salad, pitted black olives, sliced cheddar cheese, chips and dip, lettuce and pickles, sliced avocado, salsa, cake, fruit pie and brownies or cookies and LOTS of main and side dishes.  As usual, our host and hostess will provide vanilla ice cream and watermelon.  The Club will provide all the paper goods. Ron has enough tables and chairs for an Army, so no one has to bring any.

Beginning this year, the Club will provide the hot dogs, burgers and buns.  This will allow members to get creative with new and interesting side dishes.

If you are bringing a hot dish, please keep it hot during transport.  Likewise if you are bringing a cold dish, please keep it on ice as there wonít be room in the host refrigerator for your contribution.  Please bring your own serving utensils too.

After our luncheon, we will have a meeting and discussion of upcoming events and a drawing.  Please join us.  We look forward to seeing you.  The more the merrier.  Each member should bring something to donate to the drawing. 

Please call Hospitality Chairperson Kathy Clements (aka MJ) at (323)292-5460 (h) or cell (213)703-7809 to RSVP for the BBQ.  Please call sooner rather than later, one way or the other.  PLEASE donít wait until the last minute.  Feel free to email Kathy at to RSVP.  

If you donít know how to get to Ronís, use Mapquest, your GPS, an old-fashioned map or call Ron. (818)207-5391.

Please arrive on time!

If you have an Escargot Mail Buddy, please notify them of this email.


AFDCS Ries Chapter to Publish Catalog of Dave Bennett Covers

Michael Litvak, President of the Claude C. Ries Chapter #48 of the American First Day Cover Society, announced today that the chapter will publish its first book for release at Americover, the 57th annual AFDCS convention, to be held this year in Irvine, Calif., August 10-12.

          Dave Bennettís Ries Chapter Event Covers will feature the whimsical fun of the covers produced for Ries Chapter events by professional cartoonist and one of todayís most popular cachetmakers, Dave Bennett.

          Included in this 128-page, full-color book will be images of the many amusing covers that Bennett has made for over 20 years as souvenirs for Ries Chapter members for their annual Taco Fest, Summer BBQ and Yule Tuber parties.

          Also included in the catalog are covers for special Ries Chapter events, as well as an appendix of Bennett artwork done to publicize the events. In addition to the cover images, detailed information is provided about Bennettís artistic concepts and uniquely creative production methods that will delight and educate all who appreciate the challenges involved in making beautiful cachets.

          All of these covers were made in limited quantities. Thus, this will be a unique opportunity to see and enjoy these special covers in one publication.

          The catalog is offered with two styles of bindings, either a spiral binding or a perfect binding. The spiral binding can accommodate future planned supplements.

          The price is $29.95, which includes sales tax, packing and shipping to any continental U.S. address. A special pre-publication price of $24.95 will apply to all orders for which payment is made prior to July 15. Please specify the preferred binding and mail a check or money order, payable to ďRies ChapterĒ, to Kathy Clements, 3976 Olmsted Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90008-2626. Quantity discounts for orders of 10 or more are available by contacting Clements at


Next meeting is Frederick Langford Memorial BBQ, Sunday, July 20, 12:00pm


Now available, Ray Charles FDCs. See our Covers for Sale page for details.

You too can become a member of our Chapter. Dues are only $15 per year. Please complete and submit the Dues Renewal Coupon when renewing your membership. If a new member, please complete and submit the Member Bio Form.



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