After getting back to work, after the beginning of the school semester, voluntary and philatelic associations are ready for a new season. The upcoming months will be marked by two major events : The C.N.E.P. (French Union of Dealers & Experts in Philately) has decided to organize the next Spring Exhibition in Epernay. This event has existed since 1980 (Alsatec in Strasbourg) alternating with the Autumn Exibition held in Paris. Epernay will succeed Angers as well as other large cities. The A. P.S. will locally relay the C.N.E.P. and for this opportunity we shall plan a non-competitive exhibition for which we would like the participation of the Philatelic Group Champagne-Ardenne clubs. Forty stand-holders will be available to collectors and visitors. This event gives rise to the issuance of a postage stamp (a first for the city of Epernay !) and editing a (ATM) variable value stamp (another first), in honor of the tradition since 2001 in Nancy. In autumn, the A. P.S. will organize with the Union Marcophile the 36th edition of Marcophilex. The community center will host a couple of stamps and postal history specialized dealers, a prestigious exhibition, many general assemblies and meetings. Marcophilex is the meeting place for stamp collectors in the fall and we will have some nice surprises for you ! Even though Marcophilex will only take place next season, we are already preparing for this event now ! You can already mark these two international events on your organizer :
2012 Spring Exhibition from 13 to 15 April 2012 at the "Millesium" hall, Epernay, France
2012 Marcophilex from 20 to 22 October 2012 at the community center, Epernay, France
Two times, Epernay will be showcase of philately in 2012. All volunteers of the A. P.S. are highly impatient and are ready to welcome beginner and experienced philatelists as well as those wishing to explore our hobby, whether they are coming from the "four corners" of the hexagon or from abroad. We will have the opportunity to speak again in the upcoming months ... Our website has just passed the 20 000 visitors mile marker ! Thank you all for your fidelity. Kind regards
President of the A. P.S.