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RPSC Foundation

June 9-12, 2022
Toronto, Ontario Canada

What a tremendous event! Hope everyone enjoyed themselves.

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RPSC Introduction to Exhibiting Course

Please join us for The RPSC’s first-ever Webinar Series: ‘An Introduction to Philatelic Exhibiting’. The event will take place from 7:30-9:00 PM EDT on three successive Tuesdays - May 14, 21 and 28 - and will feature RPSC President Gregg Redner, Andrew Kelley and Andrew McFarlane.

The topics covered will be:

May 14 – An Introduction to Philatelic Exhibiting.
May 21 – How to develop your idea into an exhibit.
May 28 – How to write a synopsis and title page.

This free series is open to all, whether you are an RPSC member or not, however, registration is required. Please use the link below to register for the series:

Registration link https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M8WOMlA9T-q5mMx0FBa3fQ

Registering with the link above will secure your attendance at all three talks. There is no need to register more than once. You will also notice that the registration makes reference to ‘Stamp Panels/ Chats’. This is the way that our account is set up and will not effect your registration. If you register with the link above, you will be ready to go.


You are invited to attend The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada’s Annual General Meeting to be held virtually by Zoom on:

Sunday, May 26th at 3:00 p.m. EDT

AGM’s agenda and other background documents.

> 2024 AGM Agenda: English | French

> 2023 AGM Minutes

> 2024 AGM Reports

> Rapport du président de La Société royale de philatélie du Canada pour l’exercice 2023-2024

> 2023 Treasuurer's Report

We look forward to you joining us to receive reports from the President, Treasurer, the Nominating Committee and other updates on various RPSC Board initiatives. As well, this meeting will provide the opportunity to celebrate those RPSC members who have now joined the 50 Year Club and to acknowledge the philatelic volunteers who were recognized by their stamp clubs.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83487705189?pwd=oWI4W5ksLlsoEu5aYHExHLYHBeE7Gq.1

Meeting ID: 834 8770 5189
Passcode: 492780

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact our National Office at info@rpsc.org or 416-921-2077 or 1-888-285-4143.

The RPSC’s first Zoom web-course: How to get started as an exhibitor. As you know, one of the societal priorities established in our new Value Proposition is the importance of education. With this as our motivation, we are thrilled to announce The RPSC’s first, free philatelic web-course, which will be an introduction to philatelic exhibiting. This exciting course will take place on three successive Tuesday evenings in May – May 14, 21, & 28 - and will begin at 7:30 pm.

If you have ever thought about becoming an exhibitor, but were just too nervous to do so, this course is for you. Perhaps you have no idea how to begin and are afraid it will be too difficult. Maybe you’ve heard horror stories about writing a synopsis or title page, and you don’t know where to start. If this is the case, then this practical course is for you! Join us as we take you through the basics of creating and developing an exhibit.

In Week One we will discuss why exhibiting is/ or can be fun and what you, as a collector, may get out of it. We’ll look at how to decide on and choose a topic, what the various terminology means and deciding on the right place to enter your exhibit.

In Week Two, we will consider how to take your chosen topic and develop a plan for it. How do you create a story line for your exhibit? How do you figure out what the proper scope is? What’s an epilogue? How do structure your topic? Is your topic a good one for a one frame exhibit? Each of these questions will be discussed and answered, hopefully making you feel more comfortable with the entire process.

Last of all, in Week Three we will investigate the often-baffling topic of how to write a synopsis and a title page for your exhibit. These two documents are the source of more confusion and create more fear than any other aspect of exhibiting. In this session we will go through this process in detail, explaining who the title page and synopsis are written for and what should be included in them.

The dates of each session will be:

May 14 – An Introduction to Philatelic Exhibiting.
May 21 – How to develop your idea into an exhibit.
May 28 – How to write a synopsis and title page.

I will be leading the first course, and I am excited to discuss the reasons one might want to begin exhibiting and how to take one’s collection and turn it into an exhibit.

Our second presenter will be Andrew Kelley.

Andrew’s philatelic journey began in fourth grade with a beginner stamp album from his school’s book club. After attending the American Philatelic Society’s (APS) summer seminar several times, he assembled a successful national and international youth exhibit. Following a break from stamps for Harvard Law School, family, and early career, Andrew returned to the hobby roughly eight years ago. Since then, he has written extensively about stamps and postal history, earning the United States Stamp Society’s (USSS) 2023 Hopkinson Literature Award for one of his articles. He is the editor of Auxiliary Markings, the journal of the Auxiliary Markings Club. He recently became editor of the United States Specialist, the monthly journal of the USSS. Andrew also serves on the APS expert committee and as the co-Chairman of the USSS Washington-Franklin committee.

Andrew returned to exhibiting in late 2022. Since then, his exhibit of the US Offset Lithographed Washington-Franklin Heads won the 2023 George Brett Cup, two grand awards, and numerous other prizes. He is an apprentice philatelic judge and is scheduled to complete his apprenticeship this summer.

Outside of philately, Andrew is a business litigation attorney and a semi-professional outdoor photographer. He lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife and children.

Andrew‘s topic for session two will be, 'How to develop an idea and turn it into an exhibit'. He is a wonderful communicator and I know that you will learn a great deal from him.

The third presenter in our Zoom series will be Andrew McFarlane. (Insert Fog. 3)

Andrew McFarlane is best known in the philatelic world for his first day cover and aerophilatelic exhibits; he has been exhibiting at the national and international levels since 2001. Andrew received the AAPE's Diamond Award in 2008 for multi-frame exhibiting and his exhibits have won seven World Series of Philately Grand Awards, over 50 Gold Medals, and numerous other special awards.

Stamp collecting became an interest when he was five years old with his father bringing him stamps from around the world. He serviced a White Ace first day cover at the age of nine after a trip to the Washington Press in his then hometown of Maplewood, NJ. Fifty years later, this first FDC now appears in one of his exhibits. Captivated by the exhibits he saw at stamp shows as a young collector, he knew he wanted to exhibit someday. Always a fan of the 1928 U.S. Beacon Airmail stamp, Andrew began a specialized collection of the issue, which eventually turned into his first exhibit.

He is a Past President of the American Air Mall Society and has also served as the webmaster for the AAPE, AAMS, AFDCS, and Writers Unit 30. He has given presentations on philatelic exhibiting to the Collector's Club (NY), the APS Summer Seminar, and the Washington 2006 International Stamp Show. Surprisingly, Andrew is one of only two philatelists known to have been bitten by a Zebra. Or at least the only ones who will admit to it. Creating the Philatelic Synopsis: A Master Class was Andrew's first philatelic book-length publication in 2021. It was well received within the philatelic community; and awarded Large Vermeil Medals in literature competitions at both CHICAGOPEX and the Great American Stamp Show (G.A.S.S.). At CAPEX 2022, an international stamp show in Canada, the book was awarded a Vermeil Medal.

When not collecting or exhibiting, Andrew works as an IT Consultant and lives with his wife, Caroline, and several adorable cats in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

We hope that you will plan to join us for this new and exciting event. The course is open to all, whether you are an RPSC member or not and best of all it is offered without charge. Please let your friends know and invite them to participate. This is our society’s way of give back to the Canadian stamp collecting community and we are so glad to be able to do it.

A Zoom link for the series will be sent out in the May newsletter and will also be available on The RPSC website. Please get in touch with me if you have any questions.

To be held at 7:00pm EST monthly through 2024.

  • January 8 - Meredith MacKinlay, Caroline Brown - Animal Mothers and Babies Stamp Issue
  • February 12 - Gregoire Tessyier - One- and Two-Page Exhibits
  • March 11 - David Foot - Eclipse Philately
  • April 8 - Douglas Hill - Canadian Cartophilately: much more than the 1898 map stamps.
  • May 13 - Garfield Portch - Philatelic Expertising
  • June 10 - Jan Hofmeyr - Understanding the grill stamps of the United States

    You are invited to a Stamp Talks Zoom webinar.

    Register in advance for this webinar:


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Costs are incurred to offer these Zoom presentations. Any donation you may provide to offset our costs would be greatly appreciated (receipts will not be issued).

    [To donate, via PayPal]
  • July 8 - Michel Houde - Stamp Collages
  • August 12 - Yan Turmine - Montreal Telegraph Company (en français)
  • September 9 - Natalie Mitchell - VGG Foundation Library
  • October 14 - LAC Archivists - Doing Research at Library and Archives Canada
  • November 11 - Leon Matthys - Halifax Explosion
  • December 9 - Lisa Tam - Letters from Santa (und der Weihnachtsmann, me Hana Kōkō, a Siôn Corn...)
Watch past Zoom Stamp Talk presentations (you must be signed in to view).
To be held at 7:00pm EST monthly through 2024.

Have questions? Need answers? Join a RPSC Panel discussion group.

  • January 15 - A Fireside Chat with The RPSC - [RPSC Board, Gregg Redner, David McLaughlin]
  • February 19 - Innovations in Exhibiting - [Jean Wang, Duncan Barber ]
  • March 18 - Social Philately - [Elizabeth Sodero, Robert Stock, Mark Loomis]
  • April 15 - Thematic Collections - [Laurie Anderson, Norma Nielson and Tim Aston]
  • May 20 - Collecting Royalty - [Steve McGill, David McLaughlin, Ann Miller]
  • June 17 - Aspects of US Philately - [Pat Walker]

    You are invited to a Stamp Talks Zoom webinar.

    Register in advance for this webinar:


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • July 15 - Learn about Specialist Societies - [Ken Nilsestuen]
  • August 19 - Show and Tell - [You!]
  • September 16 - Philatelic Reference Material
  • October 21 - Specialist Societies - Focus on TBA
  • November 18 - Specialist Societies - Focus on BNAPS
  • December 16 - Show and Tell - [You!]
Watch past Zoom Stamp Panel presentations (available to everyone!).
Chers membres francophones canadiens,

Comme vous le savez, le Conseil d’administration de la Société Royale de philatélie du Canada a récemment reconnu l’importance d’accorder une plus large place au français au sein de notre société nationale. Nous lui en remercions. Bien que par le passé, certains efforts ont été faits, nous considérons que la philatélie francophone au pays mérite plus, et que l’apport du français au sein de notre Société nationale ne pourra qu’être bénéfique pour tous et la fera davantage rayonner à travers le monde.

Un comité formé initialement de Jane Sodero, Stéphane Cloutier, George Pepall, Hugo Deshaye, Mario Chevrette, André Rondeau et Grégoire Teyssier a été mis en place. Ce comité aura la lourde tâche de veiller à ce que, dans un premier temps, tout ce que la Royale publie le soit dans les deux langues officielles du pays, à commencer par notre site Web. La tâche est énorme, mais pas infaisable. Mais pour que notre souhait de laisser une plus grande place au français dans notre Société se réalise et soit pérenne, nous devons viser 3 objectifs :

1. Traduire (ou faire traduire) ce qui existe déjà, et en priorité notre site Web.

2. Augmenter le nombre d’articles publiés en français dans The Canadian Philatéliste / Le Philatéliste Canadien.

3. Rendre le plus possible bilingue le Conseil d’administration de la SRPC.

En ce qui concerne le point #1 - la traduction - nous sommes à faire des demandes d’aide financière auprès de diverses instances gouvernementales, ce qui nous permettrait de pouvoir engager des traducteurs professionnels, car le bénévolat a ses limites. Cela dit, toute aide bénévole sera quand même la bienvenue. Nous sommes certains que parmi vous, plusieurs pourraient se joindre à ce comité en apportant leur aide en traduction-révision.

Point #2 :

« Plus le monde en mange, plus elles sont fraîches, et plus elles sont fraîches, plus le monde en mange » pour reprendre un ancien slogan d’une célèbre marque de saucisses.

Plus il y aura d’articles en français, plus il y aura de lecteurs et de membres francophones, et donc, plus il y aura d’articles en français. Aucune traduction nécessaire. Robin Harris, l’éditeur de notre revue, attend nos articles en français avec impatience! Donc, s’il-vous-plaît, écrivez!

Sur ce point, le dernier numéro de notre revue « Spécial hockey » a suscité quelques plaintes, car aucun article n’était en français. On comprend ces plaintes. Cela étant, il faut dire que l’éditeur avait fait un « appel à tous » pour la rédaction d’articles. Et très malheureusement, il n’a reçu aucun article rédigé en français! On ne peut pas lui en vouloir! Quant à en traduire quelques-uns, oui bien sûr, cela aurait été possible, mais d’une part il faut savoir qu’il en coûte entre 15 cents et 20 cents par mot (une dépense qu’à l’heure actuelle notre Société ne peut pas se permettre malheureusement) et que d’autre part, publier des mêmes articles dans les deux langues est difficilement envisageable à cause des coûts de production papier de notre revue. Donc, les choses sont simples : si nous souhaitons davantage de contenu français dans la revue : ÉCRIVONS des articles en français!

Quant au point #3, nous pensons que si les philatélistes canadiens francophones ne s’impliquent pas, les choses changeront difficilement. Le but ici n’est pas d’avoir un conseil bilingue, mais bien d’y avoir suffisamment de ressources dans les deux langues officielles pour que tous y trouvent leur compte et que notre Société reflète la réalité canadienne.

En conclusion : « Ne vous demandez pas ce que la Royale peut faire pour vous, mais plutôt ce que vous pouvez faire pour la Royale » pour paraphraser un célèbre Président des États-Unis d’Amérique!

Chers philatélistes francophones, nous avons l’opportunité de faire avancer les choses. Le Conseil d’administration de la SRPC nous en donne les moyens. Si nous nous y mettons tous ensemble, nous y arriverons, mais nous avons besoin de vous! S’il-vous-plaît, manifestez-vous en nous offrant vos services!

D’avance, merci!

Le Comité de francisation de la SRPC


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