David Lorms Named Exec. Secretary

AFDCS Taps Lorms As New Executive Secretary

The American First Day Cover Society has chosen David Lorms of Virginia as its new Executive Secretary. He is a first day cover collector with extensive professional organizational management experience.

Lorms, a veteran of the U.S. Navy's Submarine Service, has worked in management for a number of not-for-profit organizations, mostly in the health field. He began collecting first day covers while helping his daughter with a Girl Scouts project — she did not continue, but he did — and is a member of the AFDCS and its Washington, D.C.-area Robert C. Graebner Chapter, as well as the American Philatelic Society, Ebony Society for Philatelic Experiences and Reflections, Universal Ship Cancellation Society, and the American Topical Associations.

He succeeds Doug Kelsey, who served as AFDCS executive director and executive secretary for nearly 30 years before passing away this summer.

Lorms lives in Colonial Beach, Va., with his wife, where he is also a member of the county electoral board.

"I was amazed at the depth of talent and experience of the people who applied for our position, but David stood out from the field," said Lloyd A. de Vries, president of the AFDCS. "Even in the interview, he identified a number of areas the society needs to work on, and I think our future together looks bright."

De Vries thanked the Search Committee of Immediate Past President Chris Lazaroff, General Counsel Tris Fall, and First Vice President Jim Hogg for their work in making the recommendation, after the AFDCS received applications from several strong candidates.

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