Robert C. Graebner Chapter #17 of the AFDCS
Meeting Dates: Second Saturday of each month
Meeting Times: 10:30 am
Meeting Location(s): Manning Center, Blessed Sacrament Church, 6001 Western Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20015
President: Norman Way
Vice President: Otto Thamasett, Jack Ginsburg
Secretary-Treasurer: Foster Miller
Contact: Foster Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Club History: The Robert C. Graebner Chapter #17, American First Day Cover Society is the go-to club for first day cover collectors in Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia area. The chapter was founded on October 13, 1973 when sixteen AFDCS members met in the office of Robert Graebner in Washington, DC to consider establishing an AFDCS chapter in the Washington, DC area. At a second meeting in November 1983, officers were elected and chapter was organized as the "National Capital Area Chapter of the AFDCS". When Robert Graebner died in August 1974, the members voted to change the name of the chapter to the "Robert C. Graebner Chapter".
Auctions of first day covers and related material are held at the January, April, July and October meetings. Other meetings feature member presentations and a raffle. The December meeting is the annual holiday party, with plenty to eat and a "Super Raffle" of several hundred lots.