RPSC President’s Message
By Ed Kroft
The show in Mississauga was very successful. I Wish to extend thanks to the Bramalea Stamp Club, West Toronto Stamp Club and Canadian Stamp News for hosting Royal *2019* Royale at the Hilton Mississauga.
This year’s Royal had two special themes. It is an honour to serve as President for the 60th Anniversary of the Canadian Philatelic Association receiving its ROYAL designation from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The second theme, ‘It’s Your Royal,’ appropriately paid tribute to all members of the RPSC and the important role that everyone plays in enhancing our hobby for collectors of all ages and levels. This was one of the themes that I spoke of at the AGM on June 22, 2019. I wish to extend my thanks to Joe Trauzzi, Rod Paige, Stewart Keeley, Mike Walsh and many others, including the dealers, volunteers, speakers, the board of the RPSC, Robin Harris our editor and webmaster, the Fellows of the RPSC, and others who made this event successful and memorable.
I was pleased to see and visit with the senior Fellow of the RPSC, Michael Madesker, who attended all three days of the show and exhibited as well. Good health and best wishes Michael! We all were also able to extend best wishes and many thanks to Margaret Schulzke who was so valuable to us at the RPSC for so many years. We all wish her well in retirement! Thanks to all of you who talked to me at the show about aspects of the RPSC and who provided ideas as to how to improve things . Please keep all your ideas coming!
New Volunteer Recognition Programme- Keep the nominations coming!
At the AGM, we recognize 22 individuals from across Canada and their contributions to our hobby. Please keep your nominations coming in so we can increase the number of recognized volunteers at next years AGM in Fredericton.
RPSC Board Activities
Our most recent meeting of the Board was held on June 22, 2019 in person and by teleconference . The Board and other dedicated volunteers discussed a variety of topics, including various aspects of the strategic plan. Once approved, minutes of Board meetings are posted on the RPSC website. http://www.rpsc.org. The next Board meeting is expected to be in late September 2019.
Articles Are Needed for The Canadian Philatelist
Do you wish to share your knowledge of philately with others? Please consider taking your time to write an informative and scholarly piece for the RPSC’s flagship publication, the Canadian Philatelist , also known as TCP. Please contact our new editor , Robin Harris, or a member of our talented editorial board: Gray Scrimgeour, Richard Gratton , Rob Timberg and Francois Brisse. Those wishing to submit articles for publication are encouraged to contact Robin at email@example.com.
If you wish to write a piece on stamp collecting for the RPSC Newsletter, please contact me at the email address below or Mike Walsh – firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also interested in printing articles that have already appeared in the newsletters of local clubs. Please share your knowledge with your fellow collectors.
Chapter Activities -What Happens at Your Meetings?
Many chapters are affiliates of the RPSC. I know that Collectors enjoy attending meetings and the camaraderie of spending time with like-minded people. In May 2018, I read a very interesting article in Linn’s magazine about stamp club activities . The following is a list of activities(with my modifications )shown in that article which you might wish to adopt, assuming these are not already on your list: sales circuit books, slide shows, auctions, breaking down collections for sales to members, bus trips to stamp shows, club newsletter, buying/selling and trading, exchanges of books, old catalogues and articles , club holiday parties, club exhibits within the club and for entry into shows, formal presentations, guest speakers, host stamp shows, local display of postal history at non-Philatelic events, dealer representative at meetings, philatelic trivia night, raffles, show and tell sessions, favourite item and recent purchases show and tell, themed meetings, and workshops on aspects of philately. Share others that I may not have listed!
Please Volunteer and Help the RPSC
In every issue, I make the same plea. We all love our hobby and dedicate as much time as we can to it in many ways. I am asking you those of you who are unaffiliated with a local club to join a club and the RPSC . To RPSC members, I appeal for your help in any way you can. Without volunteers your Society and the hobby cannot prosper .