Another year coming to an end and by this time, I hope that Christmas holidays will have been family and happy.
2019 was a good year, with many significant events. I would be pleased to report them to you at our general meeting next March.
2020 should be more "quiet". It is planned to start the year with the celebration of the reopening of the new Museum of Champagne Wine and Regional Archeology. At the moment, we still do not know whether the demonstration will take place in late February or early March, "before the municipal elections" we are told in the City ! It’s complicated to try to organize something under these conditions : Phil@poste requires a date to validate the date stamp and the temporary office, the manufacture of personalized stamps and the printing of souvenirs ... That’s a lot of inertia to overcome ! But the will is there.
As usual, I would say, some of our members will represent the APS at the French championship which will take place in Paris in June with very good chances of being in good position once again.
At the level of the Champagne-Ardenne Philatelic Group, a new team has taken the reins with the desire for more transparency and communication on the actions carried out. We have been at work since the Sens congress in October and we will be able to propose a new version of the statutes and internal regulations soon. Things are progressing well and constructively.
La Poste has accustomed us to the revision of its tariff rates at the beginning of the year. For 2020, it’s a 10% increase ! One more reason to use your "old" stamps in francs, but you will have to stick even more on your letters ! To help you, you can use the 2020 euro/franc rate online on this site :
My friends of the board of directors join me in wishing you a Happy New Year 2020 full of happiness and great philatelic discoveries.