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President's Message

by Ed Kroft

Welcome to Our Newsletter

This is a new Society initiative to bring timely information to our members. We welcome your contributions, including chapter and club news. Help to make our Society newsletter must reading for every stamp collector in Canada. 

The 90th Royal/Royale- Thanks to the Volunteers!

Hi everyone. It is time again on June 22-24 for the Society's 90th annual convention-Royal/Royale 2018. I and the Board of Directors are excited about the events at the event. My thanks to the St Catharines' club and to all the volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make this a successful event. Special thanks to Rod Paige, the Society's former Vice President, Victor Potter, Les Molnar, Jim Glen and Stuart Keeley, our Board member. Continue Reading.


The Benefits of RPSC Membership


As noted in this issue's President's Message, the RPSC board is committed to providing strong benefits to being a member of Canada's longest serving philatelic organization.

Your membership to the RPSC provides many benefits. Continue Reading to view all the benefits.

RPSC Headlines:

RPSC member joins

Canada Post committee

Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) member Jean Wang was recently appointed to Canada Post’s 12-person Stamp Advisory Committee.

Wang, a Toronto medical doctor and award-winning exhibitor, was one of five people appointed to the committee this March. In an interview with Canadian Stamp News (CSN), she said she was “overjoyed” after the Crown corporation announced her appointment.

“I only found out about the existence of the committee a few years ago, and it’s something that you can only dream about being on. I never thought I would have the chance to do it, but I think it’s amazing and I’m really looking forward to it,” Wang told CSN this March.

The committee’s members are appointed by Canada Post’s board of directors to a maximum of two three-year terms. They are appointed based on recommendations from the committee chair and generally come from three walks of life—philately or stamp collecting; art or design; and history, each of which are almost always represented among the 12 members.

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Latest issue of
'The Canadian Philatelist' focuses
on war-time blood donations

Since 1950, The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) has published a bimonthly journal called The Canadian Philatelist (TCP).

With compelling philatelic articles, society business and news as well as events and meetings calendars, TCP is a major benefit for RPSC members, who receive new editions of the journal when its published every two months.

The cover story for the May/June 2018 issue (Volume 69, No. 3), entitled "Blood in the Time of War," focuses on blood donations during major conflicts such as the First World War and Second World War. Written by RPSC member and Toronto medical doctor Jean Wang, the story is based on her award-winning exhibit, "The Story of Blood: Myth to Medicine," which earned a Large Gold at the 67th annual National Topical Stamp Show last June.

"Campaigns to recruit civilian blood donors were supported by the postal service," she writes. "Slogan cancels were used to disseminate appeals to the public. In 1942, a Winnipeg proprietary slogan was issued with the message 'SUPPORT THE BLOOD DONOR CAMPAIGN.' A bilingual slogan 'BLOOD DONORS WANTER/DONNEURS DE SANG DEMANDES' was used in Ottawa in 1944-1945. Neither of these slogans specifically referenced the war, in contrast to slogans that were used on metered mail in the United States during the latter part of WW II."

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The Inaugural Monthly Newsletter
for RPSC Members

Welcome to the first issue of The RPSC newsletter.

This newsletter is part of The RPSC’s strategic initiative, and as stated by President Ed Kroft, The RPSC wants to be known as the “go-to philatelic organization in Canada. It wants to be inclusive rather than being exclusive. It wants to be an organization for all to join.”

The newsletter will be focused on promoting The RPSC and its services and programs to members and all philatelic organizations in Canada. It will also serve to recognize the great contributions of our members to philately here in Canada and abroad. It is also being created to be an extension of The RPSC’s popular and respectable journal, The Canadian Philatelist, by providing timely updates and highlights of news and events within The RPSC and the Canadian philatelic community at large.

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Canadian Dealer Roy Houtby appointed to APS dealer council


Long-time Canadian dealer and RPSC member Roy Houtby, owner of Roy’s Stamps, was recently appointed to the American Philatelic Society (APS) Dealer Advisory Council following an announcement from APS Executive Director Scott English. Houtby, of St. Catharines, Ont., has been in the stamp business for more than 45 years and participates in upwards of 30 shows across North America, including at least a dozen major events in the U.S., each year.

Roy’s Stamps is an annual participant in both the APS StampShow, Ameristamp Expo and Canada's National Stamp Exhibition. He’s also a past president of the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association; served as bourse chair for several Canadian national shows, including “Royal 2009,” “BNAPEX 2015” and this June's “Royal 2018” in St. Catharines. He is also serving on the organizing group for “BNAPEX 2019” in Ottawa.

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Upcoming Events

Royal *2018* Royale

More than a year of preparations is about to come to fruition for members of the St. Catharines Stamp Club as they get ready to roll out the welcome mat to host Canada's National Stamp Exhibition. For all the convention details, click below.

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Philatelic Digest


Robert Zeigler, of Indianapolis, Ind., was recently appointed as the new president of the American Philatelic Society (APS), the U.S. equivalent of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC).

Zeigler, who was a member of the judging panel at the 2010 RPSC Convention in Windsor, Ont., was appointed president of the APS on May 23 following a vote of that society's board of directors. He's replacing former APS president Mick Zais, who was elected in 2016 before resigning this May after being chosen by the U.S. Senate as deputy secretary of the Department of Education .

Zeigler will complete Zais' term, which runs until August 2019.

The RPSC's on-line library is a collection of "Exhibits" (these are actually "research articles") donated to The RPSC for the viewing pleasure of our website visitors. With the explosion of the internet and the availability of philatelic related information, the next evolutionary step is to bring the commonly viewed exhibits from the stamp show's exhibition floor and create on-line versions of the presentations.
To view the entire list, click here.

A great way to support philately in Canada is by donating to the RPSC Philatelic Research Foundation. The two objectives of the Foundation are to promote youth philately, and to encourage philatelic research by sponsoring its publication and distribution. These objectives are achieved through donations of cash, or of philatelic materials from collectors and philatelists.  Charitable receipts are available.
For more details, contact the National Office at 1-888-285-4143.


The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) is inviting members to "like" its Facebook page, which it launched earlier this year.

The page highlights news about the society as well as the hobby at large; information, including videos and photographs, about shows in Canada and abroad; and other interesting philatelic tidbits.

It's managed by The RPSC's Facebook/Social Media committee, which includes: CLICK HERE.

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