2023 ends with mixed results. The relative end of the pandemic has allowed us to resume the rhythm of our monthly meetings but with a smaller audience before Covid. Is it reluctance or health concerns ? I hope that we will find a larger presence in 2024, especially as we continue to offer you talks/conferences whenever possible.
Yes, dear friends, this editorial starts like last year’s because nothing has changed during 2023 ! and neverstheless ...
2023 was marked by events :
Created in 1898, our association celebrated its 125th anniversary !
October 14th and 15th we organized Marcophilex XLVII jointly with the Union Marcophile. 2012 edition in Epernay left excellent memories for everyone. From the feedback collected, I believe I can say that 2023 edition will also leave excellent memories ! Philatelic trade was present in large numbers, as were friendly associations, an exhibition with more than 50 exhibitors, a temporary post office managed by staff from the Épernay office and a gala diner with 70 guests in a beautiful atmosphere for this marcophilic evening. The inauguration took place in a friendly manner October 14th in the presence of Christine Mazy, mayor of Épernay. A good quality edition, we are told ! The results of the sale of souvenirs show that we were not mistaken on the subject : commemorating the centenary of the death of Captain Deullin, Ace of the Great War, with a souvenir created by the street artist C215. Note to latecomers, there are still some personalized stamps and souvenir cards in stock.
On the competition side, we always obtain excellent results with our young people. We will see what 2024 has in store for us with new collections on display.
In the meantime, the members of the board of directors join me in wishing you an excellent new year and great discoveries for your collections.