RPSC partners with APS to promote stamp collecting worldwide

By Jesse Robitaille

Initiative set to culminate with 2021 ‘international’ show

The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) and American Philatelic Society (APS) have launched a partnership that’s set to begin at the 2019 Royal Convention this June.

The RPSC’s 91st convention – to be held June 21-23 in Mississauga – is the first step in a plan slated to culminate with a quasi-international show in 2021, the midpoint between the World Stamp Show in New York three years ago and the one coming to Boston in 2026.

“What we’re talking about with The RPSC is establishing what I consider to be a foothold in the worldwide community,” said APS Executive Director Scott English, who began in that role nearly four years ago, before the August 2015 StampShow in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The partnership will “go beyond” the APS’ current ties with international organizations such as the Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL), English added.

“We have recognized World Series of Philately (WSP) shows that occur in Great Britain, but it’s never reached beyond that.”

Rather than “a mutually beneficial exchange of exhibiting” – something the APS already shares with Canada, which hosts a handful of WSP shows each year – the plan is to foster a “wholesale partnership to promote the hobby around the world and make as many doors as possible for people to get into the hobby,” he added.

“It will be more comprehensive than anything we’ve done before.”

The partnership will kick off this June with the first of many co-promoted conventions. The APS will send Scott Tiffney, its director of information services, to this June’s Royal Convention, where he will man a table on the bourse and lead a seminar on the American Philatelic Research Library, which he also serves as library director.

Tiffney also spoke at last year’s British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) Convention in Québec.

In turn, The RPSC will also send representatives to major U.S. shows beginning this fall.

RPSC STRATEGIC INITIATIVE

From The RPSC’s perspective, the partnership with the APS ties into the former society’s reinvented strategic initiative, which was unveiled at the 2018 Royal Convention in St. Catharines, Ont.

Executives of the Canadian society are hoping “to appeal to everybody in the broadest way possible,” said RPSC President Ed Kroft, who added there is a “need to increase our membership because we want to offer more things to more people.”

Canada is a “natural fit” for the APS’ plans, Kroft added, because of the two countries’ close ties both culturally and geographically.

“We go to one another’s shows, and our dollar is cheaper than the U.S. dollar, so if Americans want to come to Canada, attend our shows, patronize our dealers and offer things to our members, we welcome it.”

Kroft is also the immediate past president of the Society of Israel Philatelists (SIP) and previously worked with English and the APS while at the helm of the SIP, which was the first society to use the APS headquarters in Bellefonte, Pa., as its office.

These national and international partnerships, he added, are vital for the hobby going forward.

“Philatelic organizations need to co-operate with one another in order to keep the hobby strong and attract new members,” he said, adding The RPSC’s top demographics include baby boomers, who are retiring, and the preceding cohort, Generation X.

“I’m very excited about this partnership with the APS because it’s part of The RPSC’s philosophy to partner with different organizations.”

One of nearly 100 members of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP), The RPSC also maintains close ties with many Canadian philatelic organizations, including the Toronto-based Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation.

“The RPSC is fortunate to have the benefit of working with the Greene Foundation. It’s like Bellefonte – it’s really the Canadian equivalent – and we’re grateful for that relationship,” said Kroft.

“We’re trying to be connected to as many people throughout the world – including in Canada – to grow our membership and serve our existing members. We want people in Canada to benefit as well.”

None of these plans will come at the expense of The RPSC’s Canadian members, he added.

“By virtue of saying we’re connected and we have these partnerships, people will say this is an organization people need to belong to.”

A majority of today’s stamp collectors acquire material online and forgo all aspects of “Organized Philately,” including joining a club, Kroft said.

These are the people The RPSC’s new initiatives are hoping to attract.

“We’re trying to promote the hobby to different people, not only each other’s members but also to a broader base of the unaffiliated community,” Kroft said, adding The RPSC’s current board of directors reflects that aim.

“If you look at the board’s composition, I’ve brought on people who are connected to different organizations in the stamp collecting world. All of these different people are connected in some way, shape or form to different levels of ‘Organized Philately’ in their provinces, and we need all of these people to pull together because we’re trying to make The RPSC appealing to everybody.”

RPSC HEADING SOUTH

Following the APS’ attendance at the Royal this June, The RPSC will send representatives and exhibits to the APS StampShow on Aug. 1-4 in Omaha – Nebraska’s largest city.

About 1,100 kilometres west of the Canada-U.S. border at Windsor, Ont. – and even closer to Thunder Bay and Winnipeg – this 133rd annual APS convention will boast more than 110 dealers, nearly 15,000 exhibit pages, a public auction, first-day ceremonies and participation from about 50 philatelic societies.

“We made a concerted effort over the last couple of years to make our show the national show,” said English, of StampShow, adding it’s “a forum for more than just the APS.”

At last year’s StampShow in Columbus, the American Topical Association (ATA) played the role of co-host, something it’ll return to this year.

“This plays nicely into the 150th anniversary of the ‘golden spike,’ and we’ll have train-related topical exhibiting and intellectual firepower in the form of seminars and journal articles,” said English, of this year’s StampShow theme, which marks the sesquicentennial of the 17.6-karat gold final spike being driven to complete the first trans-continental railroad across the U.S.

The ceremonial spike, which connected the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads, was driven on May 10, 1869, in Utah.

The following year, in 2020, the APS will further expand its partnership model by including the American First Day Cover Society (AFDCS), which – along with the APS and ATA – will hold its national convention in conjunction with that year’s StampShow.

“We’re expecting a lot of crossover,” said English, who added he’s expecting ATA and AFDCS members who aren’t members of the APS to experience StampShow “for the first time, or for the first time in a long time.”

The RPSC is also slated to attend StampShow 2020, which will be held in Hartford, Ct.

‘AN INTERNATIONAL TWIST’

These plans will “build to an eventual logical conclusion” at StampShow 2021, which will be held in Chicago, one of the largest cities in the U.S. and only 450 kilometres from Windsor, Ont.

“It’ll be our first national show with an international twist, and we wanted to include Canada because we have a wealth of members from there,” said English, who added the APS has nearly 1,300 Canadian members.

“That’s a sizeable population and a lot of commitment from Canada for the APS. We continue to open the road for every different affiliate and collecting specialty to have an outlet at our show, and this is reflective of that,” he said, also referencing the APS’ partnership with BNAPS, which recently announced a $1,000 scholarship for young philatelists to attend the annual Summer Seminar.

Running for more than three decades, Summer Seminar offers courses on different aspects of philately; a wide range of services at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte; and and social events “at which many members have forged lifelong friendships,” English said.

“It’s really important to bolster this work with The RPSC and APS and strengthen that network to the degree we can. We’ve been very impressed with what The RPSC has done in growth and outreach, and we want to be a part of that.”

As the midpoint between New York 2016 and Boston 2026, StampShow 2021 will halve the “substantial” decade-long gap in international shows in North America.

“Our goal is to come together with an international show, and not only will we have our traditional StampShow but we’ll extend invitations to The RPSC to be a part of it, bring exhibits and have a major presence.”

In addition to the APS, ATA and AFDCS, other societies slated to participate in StampShow 2021 include the Cuban Philatelic Society of America.

“Given the history of the two countries, it’s important to create a platform for Cuban exhibitors to enter the U.S.,” said English, who added there’s a “very active group” of worldwide philatelists, including himself, who specialize in Cuba.

“We want to be able to highlight Cuban philately throughout time, including as a part of the Kingdom of Spain, as a U.S. protectorate, as its own independent country and under Castro’s rule.”

The RPSL has also “expressed interest” in StampShow 2021, to which it will commit 50 exhibit frames.

English is also eyeing participation from philatelic organizations in South American countries.

“South American philately is something – at least for us in the western hemisphere – that doesn’t get enough promotion and attention as it deserves,” he said, adding countries such as Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras are of high interest to collectors. “You name it – a lot of people collect it.”

‘A RISING TIDE’

As for the benefits of planning this new international show, English said succinctly: “A rising tide lifts all boats.”

“People often talk about the branding challenges of being ‘this’ or ‘that’ philatelic society, but my feeling is ‘philatelic’ is the least confusing word,” said English.

“We are an international organization with members in 100 countries in the world,” he added, of the APS, “and while a lot of activity is with U.S. stamps, we also have 40 per cent of our members here and abroad who have an interest in other countries.”

The international show planned for 2021 is a “good opportunity to promote worldwide philately,” he said, adding “every philatelic organization in the world” expresses concern over dwindling membership numbers and a seemingly downward trend in philately’s interest.

“I disagree with that, but the way to overcome it is to use our resources to the greatest degree we can, and standing together, we have a louder voice than standing alone. Building partnerships and leveraging the strength of each organization will make stamp collecting accessible to everyone no matter where they live.”

Jesse Robitaille is a multi-media reporter with Canadian Coin News and a volunteer member on this year’s Royal*2019*Royale organizing committee.

Canadian exhibitor wins big in Atlanta

Canadian exhibitor Jane Sodero, a former Halifax resident currently living in Alabama, took home a handful of hardware this February at the Southeastern Stamp Expo in Atlanta, Ga.

Her exhibit was one of seven entries focusing on Canadian material at the Jan. 31-Feb. 2 exhibition, which was organized by the Southeast Federation of Stamp Clubs (SEFSC) and featured more than 140 competitive frames. There were “so many” Canadian exhibits, said Sam Chiu, vice-president of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC), that the British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) handed out five special awards.

An internationally accredited judge, Chiu was also one of six members of the jury, which was chaired by Jay Stotts, of Texas.

THREE SODERO EXHIBITS

Sodero’s two-frame exhibit, “The Eskimo Hunter,” received a vermeil medal as well as two special awards. For this entry, she also took home one of two American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors Gold Awards of Honor and the BNAPS Elizabethan Study Group Award.

One of Sodero’s two single-frame entries, “Milford House – A Rustic Resort for Over a Century,” earned a large vermeil medal and two BNAPS special awards – the Best One-Frame British North America (BNA) Exhibit Award and the Best BNA Exhibit Award.

Her other single-frame entry, “The Postal Markings of Guysborough, Nova Scotia, 1838-1937,” earned a vermeil medal.

Sodero, of Dothan, Alabama, is a national-level judge with The RPSC.

A collector since she was a child, Sodero is following in the footsteps of her mother, Elizabeth, who’s also a respected exhibitor specializing in Canadian postal history.

OTHER CANADIAN ENTRIES

Other Canadian exhibits at the 2019 Southeastern Stamp Expo include John Burnett, whose four-frame exhibit “Canada – Usages of the Stamps of 1937-1942 Domestically and to the USA,” earned a large vermeil medal.

Burnett, who calls Vancouver home but is currently living in Madison, Alabama, also took home BNAPS’ Best Two-To-Four-Frame BNA Exhibit Award and the Best Researched BNA Exhibit Award.

A collector since 1945, Burnett specializes in the stamps and postal history of Canada and British North America. He has written more than 30 articles for BNA Topics, the quarterly journal of BNAPS; Maple Leaves, the quarterly journal of the Canadian Philatelic Society of Great Britain; and the PHSC Journal, the quarterly journal of the Postal History Society of Canada.

In 2011, Burnett was elected to the BNAPS fellowship, the Order of the Beaver.

Last year, he accepted the Rowland Hill Award – an annual lifetime achievement award first presented in 2005 for outstanding contributions to stamp collecting in the southeastern U.S. – from the SEFSC.

Richard Wilson also earned a vermeil medal for his five-frame exhibit, “The Federal Inspection Stamps of Canada.”

Clarence Stillions also earned a silver medal for his two-frame exhibit, “Canada’s Embossed Stamps 1974-1981.”

Lastly, Dennis Amos earned a large silver medal for his five-frame exhibit, “Usage of the Last Canadian Issue of King George VI: Domestic and USA.”

Truths about The RPSC

By President Ed Kroft

Hello everyone. I hope that you enjoyed the holiday season and that you have had to time to enjoy your stamp collection!

My goal, as President, is to encourage a large and diverse group of collectors to enjoy the membership benefits that the RPSC currently has to offer and wants to make available. As part of the RPSC strategic planning exercise, our Board is studying ways to make this happen. The RPSC needs positive and proactive assistance from its members and from those who are willing to join us. The RPSC Board consists of 14 dedicated collectors who donate a lot of time, without monetary reward, at the local, national, and international levels to grow our hobby in Canada. We are assisted by many others who make presentations, put on stamp shows, exhibit, write articles, enjoy collecting stamps and who are generous with their time and knowledge. The RPSC and our hobby also benefit from the patronage and support from stamp dealers who attend shows and make materials available through different media.

Yet, most collectors are not members of the RPSC or any philatelic organizations. Those of us who are active in stamp clubs and other philatelic organizations want to attract new collectors to the hobby . The RPSC also needs these newbies and many existing collectors to join its membership ranks. When I or other dedicated RPSC members, including board members, are at stamp clubs or shows we hear why people are not members of the RPSC. I want to dispel some misconceptions about the RPSC which might be causing collectors to refrain from joining the RPSC.

Truths About the RPSC

  1. The RPSC is not a wealthy organization:

The RPSC is a non-profit organization. Its goal is to break even annually and its limited funds are managed responsibly during the year . The RPSC mainly spends funds on the production of the Canadian Philatelist and benefits from a government grant to help break even. The RPSC could benefit from donations to fund additional services for its members.

2. The RPSC annual stamp show welcomes all exhibitors to exhibit on all types of subjects and not just expensive Canadian stamps:

The Royal/Royale is a national show which is governed by various exhibiting rules. The Royal wants to attract a diverse group of exhibitors. I ask that anyone wanting to exhibit to come forward if his/her exhibit meets the criteria set out in the exhibiting prospectus. The amount of money that one spends on a collection does not guarantee an exhibitor a high medal.

3. Belonging to a local club that is an affiliate of the RPSC does not make a member of the local club a member of the RPSC:

Many local chapters join the RPSC for a variety of reasons. The RPSC is seeking to have more local chapter members join the RPSC as well. The RPSC is determined to be present and relevant for local chapter members. I want to hear what the local chapter members need from the RPSC.

4. The RPSC needs more volunteers from across Canada and geography is not always an issue:

People sometimes say that they cannot travel to philatelic events and cannot play a role in a national organization such as the RPSC. Although the RPSC is headquartered in Toronto, almost all of its current directors are not . The current Board is made of people from these provinces: BC (2), Alberta (2), Ontario (5), Quebec (3), New Brunswick (1). One director is in France. Only 1 director of the 5 in Ontario is from Toronto. Our editor and webmaster is from Manitoba. The internet and teleconferencing bridge the physical distance. We see each other, at our own costs, at stamp shows including the Royal/Royale convention.

5. The leadership of the RPSC is relatively young and the RPSC Board is not a “boys club”:

The Board is composed of 2 women and 12 men and the average age of the Board is younger than it has been for quite some time. Not all board members stand for election for 3 two year terms. There is turnover which gives rise to new ideas. Since 2016, there have been many new faces on the board with 2 more new members to follow in June at the annual general meeting.

New Volunteer Recognition Programme — Where are your nominations?

In each edition of the RPSC newsletter , I mention the Volunteer Recognition Program. It is intended to recognize those individuals who have made a significant contribution to philately as a member of the RPSC or a member of an RPSC Chapter or Affiliate.

To date, we have not heard from you our members and our affiliates!!! Please let us know whom you wish to see acknowledged. There are many deserving candidates. Our board does not want to make the choices.

RPSC Board Activities

Our last meeting of the Board was on February 3, 2019 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 scheduled for April 7, 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 editor@rpsc.org.

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 – mwalsh@vaxxine.com. 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.

Information and Articles for the RPSC Newsletter including Chapter Listings and Chapter News

We are always looking to attract new members to the RPSC and new collectors to the hobby. 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 –mwalsh@vaxxine.com.

In the last edition of the newsletter, you saw articles from local chapters/ clubs discussing their activities. I will continue to urge all local chapters to let the RPSC newsletter help advertise club meetings . The Canadian Philatelist contains listings of chapters every two months. Our newsletter is trying to get more timely information out to our members and to collectors who may be interested in participating in chapter activities. Let the RPSC help you grow your chapters . The RPSC is interested in seeing more collectors attend RPSC chapter meetings. We hope that the newsletter will assist in this regard and will contain details of upcoming chapter meetings, including the names of speakers and locations. Even if members or other collectors cannot attend meetings, they may learn of interesting topics and be able to source presentations from those who volunteered to share information. Please send us details of upcoming meetings, locations, speakers and topics. Send us your chapter newsletters!! We are also interested in printing articles that have already appeared in the newsletters of local clubs.

Edmonton Spring National Stamp Show- March 23-24, 2019

This excellent show usually has about 100 frames of exhibits and a number of dealers. The show welcomes collectors and exhibitors. The show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24, 2019 at its usual venue, Central Lions Rec Centre, 11113 – 113 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta. Information on the show can be found at http://www.edmontonstampclub.com.

Please Volunteer and Help the RPSC

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 and to help in any way you can. Without volunteers your Society cannot survive. That will not help to perpetuate the hobby.

Best Regards

Ed

Edwin G. Kroft, Q.C.

 

 

Joyeuses fêtes!!!

Par Ed Kroft, président

Bonjour à tous! Durant cette période de réjouissances, je veux vous offrir mes meilleurs voeux pour l’année 2019;  je vous souhaite de la santé et du bonheur pour vous et pour les gens qui vous sont chers.

C’est un temps de rencontres et de moments où on peut aussi prendre le temps de profiter de sa collection de timbres!

Merci pour les bons commentaires concernant le Bulletin de la SRPC. Si vous trouvez que certaines rubriques puissent être ajoutées, faites-nous parvenir vos textes et aidez-nous à les créer. Si vous désirez plus d’articles discutant de la collection de timbres, faites-nous en parvenir.

Membres du Conseil d’administration élus pour 2019-2021 

Six membres du Conseil ont été élus à titre de directeur de la SRPC pour un mandat de deux ans à partir du 22 juin 2019 date de la prochaine assemblée générale annuelle (AGA).

Les personnes suivantes méritent nos félicitations et nos remerciements :

  • Michèle Cartier
  • Sam Chiu
  • Hugo Deshaye
  • John Hall
  • David McLaughlin
  • Mike Walsh

Nouveau Programme de reconnaissance des bénévoles – Où sont vos nominations ?

Dans les Bulletins précédents de la SRPC, j’ai fait mention du Programme de reconnaissance des bénévoles. Le but est de reconnaître les membres qui ont fait une contribution significative à la philatélie soit au niveau de la SRPC soit à l’intérieur d’une société-membre ou affiliée à la SRPC. Jusqu’à présent nous n’avons eu aucune réponse de vous!!! S’il-vous-plaît faites-nous savoir qui vous désirez honorer.  Il y a tellement de bénévoles qui méritent une reconnaissance.  Le Conseil souhaite que ces nominations proviennent des membres.

Les activités du Conseil 

La prochaine rencontre des membres du Conseil aura lieu le 13 janvier 2019. Ceux-ci et quelques bénévoles bien impliqués discuteront de plusieurs sujets. Un fois approuvé, le compte-rendu sera disponible sur le siteweb de la SRPC  http://www.rpsc.org

Félicitations! The Canadian Philatelist / Le philatéliste canadien remporte une médaille Grand Vermeil en Thaïlande 

The Canadian Philatelist / Le philatéliste canadien a reçu une médaille Grand Vermeil avec 86 points lors du 75e Congrès annuel de la Fédération internationale de philatélie (FIP).  Le congrès a eu lieu en Thaïlande et trois membres de la SRPC représentaient notre pays : Sam Chiu, vice-président de la SRPC, David McLaughlin, président du comité international de liaison et Charles Verge, ancien président et membre actif de la SRPC.  Pour de plus amples renseignements concernant les résultats de nos Canadiens à l’exposition Thaïlande 2018, voyez le texte dans ce bulletin.

Articles demandés pour Le philatéliste canadien et le Bulletin de la SRPC 

Désirez-vous partager vos connaissances avec vos collègues philatélistes? ?  S’il-vous-plaît prenez le temps d’écrire un article approfondi pour notre revue-phare Le Philatéliste canadien aussi connu sous l’acronyme TCP. Contactez notre nouvel éditeur Robin Harris ou un membre du comité éditorial : Gray Scrimgeour, Richard Gratton, Rob Timberg et François Brisse. Si vous désirez soumettre un article, contactez Robin à editor@rpsc.org

Nous sommes toujours à la recherche de collectionneurs et de nouveaux membres de la SRPC. Si vous désirez écrire un article pour le bulletin sur la collection de timbres-poste, contactez-moi à l’adresse courriel plus bas ou Mike Walsh mwalsh@vaxxine.com

Dans la dernière édition du bulletin, vous avez pu lire des articles décrivant les activités des clubs-membres. Je continue à demander à tous les clubs de nous faire parvenir l’horaire de leurs rencontres.  Le Philatéliste canadien qui est publié aux deux mois, fournit la listes des réunions et des activités des clubs. Notre bulletin tend à fournir l’information d’une façon plus ponctuelle aux membres qui voudraient participer à l’une ou l’autre de ces rencontres.  Laissez la SRPC vous aider à augmenter votre membership. La SRPC souhaite qu’il y ait plus de collectionneurs qui participent aux activités des clubs-membres.  Nous espérons que le bulletin vous aidera dans ce domaine en fournissant la date des rencontres, le lieu et le nom des conférenciers.  Même si vous ne pouvez assister à ces réunions et qu’un sujet vous intéresse, un bénévole peut vous transmettre l’information.   Envoyez-nous le journal de votre club! Nous sommes aussi intéressés à reproduire des articles parus dans votre bulletin.

Exposition philatélique nationale du printemps. Edmonton. 23-24 mars 2019

 Cette excellente exposition présente environ 100 cadres et un nombre important de négociants.  Les collectionneurs et les exposants sont les bienvenus.  Cette exposition aura lieu les samedi et dimanche, 23-24 mars 2019 à l’endroit habituel i.e. au Central Lions Rec Centre, 11113 – 113 St. NW, Edmonton, Alta.  Vous trouverez toute l’information sur le site de l’exposition  www.edmontonstampclub.com

S’il-vous-plaît, aidez la SRPC et devenez bénévoles

 Nous sommes dans une période excitante pour votre Société! Aidez votre Société de toutes les façons possibles.  Recrutez de nouveaux membres!  Prenez un peu de votre temps dans vos vies bien remplies pour vous inscrire comme bénévoles dans un comité de la société ou dans votre société locale ou encore dans une exposition pour servir les intérêts de la SRPC.  Sans les bénévoles votre société ne peut survivre.

 Cordialement,

Ed

 

 

Happy Holidays. Let’s recognize our volunteers

By Ed Kroft, President

Hello everyone. Best of the holiday season and wishing you and your loved ones a healthy and joyous 2019. Time to spend the holidays visiting others and enjoying your stamp collection!

Thank you for the positive feedback about The RPSC Newsletter. If you do not see the content you want in the newsletter, please write for us and help us to create it. If you want more articles on stamp collecting, then please send us some.

Board Members Acclaimed for 2019-2021

Six Board members who were nominated to serve as directors were acclaimed and will serve The RPSC for a two year term as of June 22, 2019, the date of the next annual general meeting (AGM).

These individuals who deserve our congratulations and thanks are:

  • Michèle Cartier
  • Sam Chiu
  • Hugo Deshaye
  • John Hall
  • David McLaughlin
  • Mike Walsh

New Volunteer Recognition Program – Where are your nominations?

In each edition of The RPSC Newsletter, I mention the Volunteer Recognition Program. It is intended to recognize those individuals who have made a significant contribution to philately as a member of The RPSC or a member of an RPSC Chapter or Affiliate. To date, we have not heard from you our members and our affiliates!!! Please let us know whom you wish to see acknowledged. There are many deserving candidates. Our Board wants this special program to be driven by the members.

RPSC Board Activities

The next meeting of the Board will be held on January 13, 2019. The Board and other dedicated volunteers will discuss a variety of topics. Once approved, minutes of Board meetings are posted on The RPSC website. http://www.rpsc.org. 

Congratulations – The Canadian Philatelist Wins a Large Vermeil in Thailand 

The Canadian Philatelist received a large vermeil with 86 points at the recent 75th annual Congress of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP). It was held in Thailand and our country was represented by three members of The RPSC: Sam Chiu, who is vice-president of The RPSC; David McLaughlin, chair of The RPSC international liaison; and, Charles Verge, a past president and active member of The RPSC.  For more details on the Canadian results at Thailand 2018, read the related story in this newsletter.

Articles Needed for the Canadian Philatelist and for The RPSC Newsletter

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 TCP are encouraged to contact Robin at editor@rpsc.org.

We are always looking to attract new members to The RPSC and new collectors to the hobby. If you wish to write a piece on stamp collecting for The RPSC Newsletter, please contact me at the email address below or the newsletter Editor Mike Walsh at mwalsh@vaxxine.com. Please share your knowledge with your fellow collectors.

In the last edition of the newsletter, you saw articles from local chapters discussing their activities. I will continue to urge all local chapters to let The RPSC Newsletter help advertise club meetings. The Canadian Philatelist contains listings of chapter meetings and events, published every two months. Our newsletter is trying to get more timely information out to our members and to collectors who may be interested in participating in chapter activities. Let The RPSC help you grow your chapters. The RPSC is interested in seeing more collectors attend RPSC chapter meetings. We hope the newsletter will assist in this regard and will contain details of upcoming chapter meetings, including the names of speakers and locations.

Even if members or other collectors cannot attend meetings, they may learn of interesting topics and be able to source presentations from those who volunteered to share information.

Please send us details of upcoming meetings, locations, speakers and topics. Send us your chapter newsletters!! We are also interested in printing articles that have already appeared in the newsletters of local clubs.

Edmonton Spring National Stamp Show March 23-24, 2019

This excellent show usually has about 100 frames of exhibits and a number of dealers. The show welcomes collectors and exhibitors. The show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24, 2019 at its usual venue, Central Lions Rec Centre, 11113 – 113 St NW, Edmonton, Alta. Information on the show can be found at www.edmontonstampclub.com.

Please Volunteer and Help The RPSC

These are truly exciting times for your Society! Please help your Society in any way you can. Recruit new members! Please find a little time in your busy lives to volunteer for Society committees or at your local club or show to advance and promote the interests of our Society. Without volunteers your Society cannot survive.

Best Regards

Ed

 

Toronto’s postal history

By Garfield Portch FRPSC

Telling the story of the development of the Post Office in York and Toronto from the beginning to the death of Queen Victoria is an interesting challenge.

Although I have casually researched the subject for more than 25 years, I still have no idea of how many different date handstamps were used and even less of an idea of the number of other miscellaneous handstamps may have been employed. The number of combinations of uses will be formidable.

To try to make some sense of a complicated history, I have essentially chosen to break the study into the periods of service of the postmasters.

Although the story really begins with the incorporation of Toronto on March 6, 1834 it is important to appreciate the development of York from 1793 when John Graves Simcoe, Governor of Upper Canada, decided that his landing spot at Ashbridge’s Bay would be a favourable site for a new town until 1834 when the town was renamed Toronto.

In 1797 the population of York was only 241.

William Willcocks was not appointed as the first postmaster until 1797. In December 1801, Willcocks resigned in favour of William Allen who, in turn was replaced by Donald McLean in 1896. Allen was re-appointed in 1808 and served until he was succeeded by James Scott Howard (his assistant) in July 1828.

When Howard took the job, the post office was a building on the south side of Duke Street (now Adelaide) between Jarvis and George Streets. With the growth of the town and the increasing volume of mail, that building became obsolete because of its small capacity. Howard purchased land on Duke Street and built a new structure containing both the post office and a residence for his family at what is now “Toronto’s First Post Office” at 260 Adelaide Street.

In 1835 Howard was offered the position of Postal Surveyor of Upper Canada but declined the promotion preferring to remain Toronto’s postmaster.

Charles Albert Berczy took the position and positioned himself in the Toronto Post Office where he could observe and report on the goings-on of the friends and allies of William Lyon Mackenzie, newspaper publisher and Toronto’s first mayor. Mackenzie’s supporters were vigorously protesting the actions of the Family Compact, a pro-conservative group led by Lieutenant Governor Sir Francis Bond Head. On December 13, 1837 (two days after Mackenzie’s failed rebellion) Howard was dismissed and Berczy assumed the role of Toronto’s postmaster.

In April 1838, Berczy was officially appointed as the postmaster in Toronto. One of his early duties was to build a new post office at Yonge and Front Streets thus removing the office from Howard’s home.

During his tenure as postmaster, Berczy was active in other positions as well. He was a Director of the Bank of Upper Canada and the President of Consumer’s Gas Light & Water Company. The Postmaster General, W.H. Griffin, reported that Berczy “never distinguished himself”. He was dismissed in 1853 and committed suicide in 1859.

Joseph Lesslie was appointed postmaster in 1853. The City population in 1850 had grown to 25,166 and with that there was substantial growth in mail volume. The Post Office staff in 1854 had grown to seven clerks, two letter carriers, the postmaster and four other employees. During Lesslie’s term the Grand Trunk Railway was completed between Montreal and Toronto (1856) and mail leaving Toronto to the east went by rail. Additionally, in 1859 Canada switched to decimal currency and mail collection boxes were placed on Toronto streets.

Lesslie was pensioned off February 12, 1879 to make way for Thomas Charles Patteson who was owed political favours by John A. Macdonald. At the time of his departure, Lesslie’s postal staff included an assistant postmaster, 47 clerks, 36 letter carriers and several other general employees. By all accounts it appears that Lesslie was a competent postmaster and a well-liked civil servant.

Patteson assumed the role of Toronto’s fourth postmaster in 1879 and served in that position until his death in 1907.

The Toronto population continued to grow (86,400 in 1881) creating a need for expanding postal services. In 1880, Toronto added three new offices named Toronto West, Toronto North and Toronto East. Over the following 26 years another 24 locations were added in drug stores and other small shops with most being named after the street upon which they were situated. This expansion was the beginning of today’s system of postal outlets in small retail outlets.

Suffice to say that there is much more to the story of the post office in Toronto than this brief summary. I heartily recommend that any stamp collector entering the field of postal history take the challenge of studying his/her home town post office. One never knows what the story will reveal or where the trail will go.

 

Présence de la SRPC à deux importantes expositions à l’ouest de Toronto : l’une nationale et l’autre régionale

Récemment deux membres du Conseil de la société se sont assurés que les visiteurs présents à deux importantes expositions soient reçus amicalement; ceux-ci ont donné de l’information pour ceux qui souhaiteraient devenir membre de la société et ont offert gracieusement des copies de notre bulletin, Le Philatéliste canadien, le tout accompagné d’une friandise.  Les échanges ont également porté sur les timbres et sur l’exposition elle-même.

La première exposition fut Canpex au Centre hellénique de London. Cette exposition de niveau national d’une durée de deux jours présentait 34 collections, 22 négociants, une table jeunesse ainsi que quatre plis soulignant les 150 ans de l’histoire de la Foire de l’Ouest de London.  Il est à noter que le fait d’aligner les cadres sur un seul côté de la salle a permis de dégager l’espace et de faciliter les rencontres avec les marchands.

L’annonce des prix de présence et les conversations entre les philatélistes ont permis de briser les moments de silence. Le londonien Doug McAndless, un directeur de la SRPC, a géré notre table

presqu’exclusivement durant les deux jours; je lui ai apporté mon aide afin de lui permettre d’examiner les collections et de visiter les négociants.  Doug fut l’un des responsables de la mise sur pied de l’exposition Canpex avec les co-présidents Steve Johnson et John Sheffield;  ceux-ci ont pu démontrer avec succès qu’il n’est pas nécessaire d’être une mégapole pour offrir une exposition de grande qualité.

Une semaine plus tard, Guelph était l’hôte d’une exposition, Guelphpex, présentée dans un environnement complètement différent et, de mémoire, pour la première fois dans une église du centre-ville. Ce qui nous a permis de faire d’agréables promenades durant ces belles journées d’automne ensoleillées et de laisser de côté, pour un bref moment, les collectionneurs et les marchands.

Dix négociants, un encan silencieux et une bourse de 40 volumes ont permis d’occuper les visiteurs et de remplir complètement le gymnase. Il est intéressant de noter que plusieurs membres avaient apporté des collections non-compétitives exposées dans des cadres de bois contenant six pages chacun.  J’ai aussi remarqué que des bénévoles préparaient de délicieux sandwiches répondant à tous les critères d’une saine alimentation.

Au cours de ces deux expositions, près de 100 collectionneurs ont pris contact avec nous et ils ont signé le livre des visiteurs. Le nouveau plan stratégique prévoit d’assurer une présence lors du plus grand nombre d’expositions possibles.  L’aide des membres serait grandement appréciée.

 

Pour Doug McAndless,

George Pepall

 

LE MOT DU PRÉSIDENT – Novembre 2018

LE MOT DU PRÉSIDENT   –   Novembre 2018

traduction : Michèle Cartier

 

Bonjour à tous! Au plaisir de vous retrouver de nouveau. Merci pour vos commentaires positifs au sujet du bulletin de la SRPC.  Si vous ne trouvez pas le contenu souhaité dans le bulletin, faites- nous le savoir et aidez-nous à le rédiger.  Si vous désirez plus d’articles concernant la collection de timbres, envoyez-nous vos textes.  Cette publication essaie de transmettre les dernières nouvelles pertinentes aux membres de la société.  Aidez-nous à atteindre notre but.

 

Échéance pour la mise en candidature des personnes qui désirent se présenter sur le Conseil d’administration en 2019-2020

 

Le dernier numéro du Philatéliste canadien contient l’appel d’offres pour les mises en candidature des personnes désirant faire partie de la direction de la SRPC pour 2019-2020.  Tous les formulaires doivent être secondés par des membres en règle de la société et contenir une brève biographie philatélique accompagnée d’une photographie (de préférence à haute résolution) pouvant être publiée dans le Philatéliste canadien. Les candidats doivent être des membres en règle de la SRPC.

Voici le formulaire de la mise en nomination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORMULAIRE DE MISE EN NOMINATION AU CONSEIL D’ADMINISTRATION DE LA SRPC

 

JE PROPOSE :

 

__________________________________________ , membre en règle de la SRPC, à titre de candidat(e) pour l’élection au Conseil d’administration de la SRPC pour 2019-2020

 

PROPOSÉ PAR : ______________________________________________________

Membre No.     _______________

PROPOSÉ PAR : ______________________________________________________

Membre No.     _______________

 

Date : ______________________

 

CONSENTEMENT

 

Par la présente, je, _______________________________________ consent à ma mise nomination à titre de candidat(e) pour l’élection au Conseil d’administration de la Société royale de philatélie du Canada pour 2019-2020, pour un mandat de deux ans. J’accepte de me présenter à l’élection et de servir la SRPC au meilleur de mes capacités si je suis élu(e).

 

Date : _______________________

 

SIGNATURE : ________________________________________________________

 

 

S’il-vous-plaît, faire parvenir votre formulaire au Bureau national de la SRPC soit par la poste, par courriel ou par fax, au plus tard, le 8 décembre 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patronage vice-royal

 

La Gouverneure générale du Canada, Son Excellence la très honorable Julie Payette est heureuse de nous informer de son acception à la présidence d’honneur de la Société royale de philatélie du Canada. La SRPC est honorée de son acceptation.  Le patronage vice-royal de notre société remonte à plusieurs année et n’est valable que la durée du mandat de l’actuelle Gouverneure générale.

 

Nouveau programme de reconnaissance des bénévoles

 

Dans le dernier numéro du bulletin de la SRPC, j’ai mentionné le Programme de reconnaissance des bénévoles. Il s’agit de reconnaître les membres qui ont fait une contribution significative à la philatélie soit au niveau de la SRPC soit à l’intérieur d’une société-membre ou affiliée à la SRPC.

Nous attendons de vos nouvelles, vous les membres !!! Faites-nous savoir qui vous pensez doit être honoré.

 

Activités du Conseil d’administration

 

Notre dernière rencontre a eu lieu le 4 novembre 2018. Le Comité et d’autres bénévoles ont discuté de nombreux sujets ayant trait au plan stratégique et concernant les futures expositions de la Royale.  Une fois approuvé, le compte-rendu de la réunion sera disponible sur le site de la SRPC.  http://www.rpsc.org

Nous essayons de répondre aux besoins des collectionneurs anciens et nouveaux.

 

Articles demandés pour le Philatéliste canadien et le bulletin de la SRPC

 

Désirez-vous partager vos connaissances philatéliques? S’il-vous-plaît prenez le temps d’écrire un article approfondi pour notre revue-phare Le Philatéliste canadien aussi connu sous l’acronyme TCP. Contactez notre nouvel éditeur Robin Harris ou un membre du comité éditorial : Gray Scrimgeour, Richard Gratton, Rob Timberg et François Brisse. Si vous désirez soumettre un article, contactez Robin à editor@rpsc.org

Un sincère remerciement à Herb Colling pour son travail à l’édition du TCP.

 

Nous sommes toujours à la recherche de collectionneurs et de nouveaux membres de la SRPC. Si vous désirez écrire un article sur la collection de timbres-poste pour le bulletin, s’il-vous-plaît me contacter à l’adresse courriel plus bas ou Mike Walsh  mwalsh@vaxxine.com

 

Nous sommes aussi intéressés à publier des articles qui paraissent dans les bulletins des clubs locaux. Partagez vos connaissances avec vos collègues.

 

London 2020 – Mai 2020 – Pensez-vous exposer ou encore y assister?

 

L’exposition  London 2020 Specialised World Stamp Championship simplement connue sous le nom de « London 2020 » aura lieu du samedi 2 mai au samedi 9 mai 2020 au Business Design Centre, Islington, Londres.  La date limite pour soumettre une application est le 30 juin 2019.  Je suis le commissaire pour le Canada; s’il-vous-plaît m’indiquer si vous êtes intéressé à exposer.  L’exposition est sous le patronage philatélique de la Fédération internationale de philatélie (FIP) et est reconnue par la Fédération européenne des associations philatéliques (FEPA).  L’exposition est sous le haut patronage de Sa Majesté la Reine Élisabeth II.  Il y aura 2,750 cadres en compétition.  Les collections seront échangées dans les cadres après 4 jours.  Les Règlements individuels (IREX) pour l’exposition London 2020 seront bientôt disponibles sur le site-web de l’exposition. www.london2020.co

 

Liste et nouvelles des clubs

 

Je continue à vous demander d’utiliser le bulletin de la SRPC pour annoncer vos réunions.   Le Philatéliste canadien affiche la liste des clubs à tous les deux mois.  Cependant le bulletin fournit des informations plus ponctuelles concernant les activités des clubs à tous nos membres et aux collectionneurs qui seraient intéressés à y participer.  Laissez la SRPC vous aider à faire croître votre club et à augmenter la participation aux réunions de votre club.  Nous espérons que le bulletin pourra vous aider à ce sujet en fournissant des informations concernant les activités à venir telles que le nom des conférenciers, les sujets traités et l’endroit où se tient la rencontre.  Même si un membre ne peut se rendre à la conférence, il pourra toujours se renseigner auprès d’une personne présente qui voudra bien partager cette information.

S’il-vous-plaît, envoyez-nous des renseignements concernant vos prochaines réunions, le lieu, le nom des conférenciers et le sujet des présentations.

Envoyez-nous une copie de vos bulletins locaux!

 

S’il-vous-plaît aidez-nous en faisant du bénévolat auprès de la SRPC

 

Nous sommes dans une période excitante pour votre Société! Aidez votre Société de toutes les façons possibles.  Recrutez de nouveaux membres!  Prenez un peu de temps parmi vos nombreuses occupations pour vous inscrire dans un comité de la Société ou faire du bénévolat auprès de votre société locale ou lors de son exposition pour faire la promotion de la SRPC.  Sans votre aide la Société ne peut survivre.

 

Cordiales salutations

 

Ed

e.kroft@shaw.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RPSC a presence at two strong shows west of Toronto: One National, One Local

Recently two Board members of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada made sure that visitors to two recent weekend shows were offered a friendly greeting, information about membership, a complimentary back issue of The Canadian Philatelist and a candy. Conversation about stamps and the show was a bonus.

The first was Canpex at the Hellenic Centre in London. This two-day national level show featured 34 diverse exhibits, 22 dealers, a youth table and a focus through four show covers on the 150-year history of London’s Western Fair. It was noticeable that lining up the exhibits to one side of the room made best use of space and rendered the dealers more accessible.

Lucky draw announcements and conversation among philatelic friends broke up any moments of silence. London’s Doug McAndless, a RPSC director, presided over our table for most of the two days, but I put in a stint to allow Doug a chance to check on the exhibits and dealers. Doug was one of the workers setting up the Canpex show under the veteran leadership of co-chairs Steve Johnson and John Sheffield, who are to be commended for proving that you don’t have to be in a megacity to put on a strong show.

A week later in Guelph a very different environment was the scene of the annual Guelphpex show, held for the first time in memory in a church in a downtown neighbourhood, which on a sunny fall day made for a pleasant walk when matters philatelic needed to be left for a while to the dealers and collectors.

Ten dealers, a silent auction and 40 members’ circuit books drew lots of attention and filled the church’s gym. It was interesting to see that several members had brought out non-competitive exhibits of local material in traditional six-page wooden frames. I noticed as well that the kitchen volunteers were obeying all the requirements of public health in making up delicious sandwiches.

Over the two shows, close to 100 collectors checked in with us and signed our visitor pages. It is the hope and plan of the RPSC Board,  as part of its new strategic plan, to provide a presence at as many shows as possible. Members’ help in doing so would be much appreciated.

For Doug McAndless, George Pepall

November-December TCP takes readers on a voyage of Sir Frederick Banting’s life

Our cover story in The Canadian Philatelist for November December is about Sir Frederick Banting, one of the discoverers of insulin for the treatment of diabetes.  He was touted as the fourth greatest Canadian in a CBC poll, and the first scientist to be so honoured. The discovery of insulin to treat diabetes has affected the lives of millions, and is considered one of the most significant medical discoveries made in Canada.

Michael Peach will take us on a voyage of discovery of Banting’s life. His service in World War I significantly shaped his career, and led him to his significant achievement that in turn resulted in a Nobel Prize for medicine. Peach details Banting’s life in relation to the many stamps that have commemorated his medical advances. In the true spirit of a scientist of his day, Banting sold the patent rights for insulin for one dollar to the University of Toronto so that it would be generally available.

It’s a remarkable story, made more intriguing by the fact that there was little support for scientific or medical research in the 1920s when the discoveries were made. It’s significant that Banting was eventually knighted by King George V for his contributions to medical research.

If that isn’t enough, TCP will go on to explore achievements in the philatelic world, which include a letter to the family of Anne Frank, the famous Jew who perished in Hitler’s concentration camps.  The letter was found and sold recently at auction.  Anne Frank, of course, chronicled her life in hiding from the Nazis until her family was betrayed.

Another important new philatelic discovery concerns a letter from Robert Louis Stevenson to Henry James.  The find provides an insight into the literary life of the late 1800s, and Robert Odenweller will take us on that voyage.  While documenting an important time in the life of an author in Samoa, the story also reverberates through the philatelic world with some discoveries about the stamps and cancellations on the envelope.

It’s a story not to be missed in the November December edition of The Canadian Philatelist, published by The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada.