VICTORIAN PHILATELIC COUNCIL INC.
The composition of the Victorian Philatelic Council is:
- 4 members elected by affiliated Clubs and Societies;
- 4 members nominated by the Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria; and,
- 4 members nominated by the Australasian Philatelic Traders’ Association.
- Plus Australia Post has a non-voting observer representative.
In recent years there has only one APTA representative and no one from Australia Post.
The Council elects its own Office bearers. This includes Offices for Youth Development, Philatelic Development and a State Judges Co-ordinater.
Affiliated Clubs and Societies
During the 2016 VPC year there were 37 affiliated Clubs and Societies. 20 are in the Melbourne Metropolitan area and 17 in country Victoria.
Since 2009 affiliation with the VPC has meant the payment of an affiliation fee. Affiliation with the VPC now includes the benefit of the Australian Philatelic Federation insurance cover.
There are 2 Country clubs that have 2 evening meetings per month. 4 Metropolitan Clubs have a day and an evening meeting per month. 3 metropolitan clubs have 3 meetings a month; 2 evening plus a day meeting.
There are 3 Clubs that cater for special interests: Australian Cover, Polish and Italian.
Two Melbourne based Clubs own their own premises: Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria and the Brighton Philatelic Society. The VPC does not have its own premises.
The VPC News is the quarterly newsletter of the VPC. It is distributed free to Clubs and Societies affiliated with the VPC. Subscriptions are available to other interested persons. The current editor is John McKay. You can contact John by email or telephone 0400 377 743.
The VPC stages an Annual Congress, normally in October. One of the functions of Congress is to elect collector (Club) representatives to the VPC Council. Clubs and Societies that are affiliated to the VPC nominate the representatives. The 2017 Congress will be the 64th. The last 2 years Congress’s have been in Brighton (62nd) and Maryborough (63rd).
Award of Merit
The VPC honours philatelists who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of philately in Victoria. Nominations are sought annually and awards presented at the VPC’s Annual Congress.
The VPC now conducts an annual VICPEX State level Philatelic Exhibition. An attempt is made to alternate between Melbourne and country Victoria. Recent VICPEX Exhibitions have been in Brighton (2015) and Maryborough (2016). There will be no VICPEX 2017 due to the FIAP Exhibition in Melbourne in early 2017.
The VPC is the responsible body for the training and accreditation of philatelic judges in Victoria at the State level. The VPC can provide judges to attend Club and Society competitions. Training courses are conducted from time to time depending on demand.
Exhibition Frames and Trailer
The VPC maintains a fully enclosed trailer, which contains 30 double-sided 15 sheet exhibition frames. Use of the trailer and frames is available free of charge to affiliated Clubs.
The VPC has colour copies of a large number of stamp displays on a wide variety of topics, which are used at stamp fairs and lent to affiliate Societies. Having copies reduces the security risk of handling original material.
The VPC’s Youth Development Officer is Laurie Smyth You can contact Laurie by email or telephone (03) 5144 2109.
Contacting the Victorian Philatelic Council
All inquiries about organised philately in Victoria and services provided by the VPC should be sent to :
The Secretary (Peter Leitch),
Victorian Philatelic Council, PO Box 1
You can contact Peter by email or telephone (03) 9571 3686 or 0478 624 566.