RPG Members Meetings using Zoom
We are very aware that it is now almost two years since the last RPG Annual Convention was held at Welshpool, and that there has been no opportunity since then for members to get together to share their philatelic interests or to meet socially. To allow members to ‘meet’ each other again we will be running a series of on-line meetings for RPG members using the Zoom platform.
These Members’ Zoom Meetings will be presented quarterly, with dates linked to the quarterly publication dates of the RPG Journal (Railway Philately) – so Zoom meetings will be planned for the months of March, June, September and December. Most meetings will involve a guest speaker, and it is hoped to include some speakers from abroad who we would not normally get the chance to hear. Some meetings will be just for members to meet each other, chat, and get to know each other, and some meetings will also provide RPG members with an opportunity to give short presentations based on their own collections or railway philatelic interests (*).
These RPG Zoom Meetings will nominally be restricted to RPG members, but members of other organisations with overlapping interests may also be invited from time to time. Other individuals may request a link to attend a particular meeting and such requests will be dealt with on an ad hoc basis.
How to attend an RPG Members’ Zoom Meeting
To join an RPG Zoom meeting you will need a link to that meeting. Each such meeting will be advertised well in advance, and the link to each meeting will be emailed to members approximately a week before the date of the meeting.
Members’ Zoom Meetings in 2021
(Report on First Meeting) March 2021:
The first Members’ Zoom Meeting was a presentation by Steve Ellis on Rail Mail in France held on 24 march. The presentation was split into two parts (each lasting about 30 minutes), and the first part gave an introduction to the Development of Rail Mail in France and the cancellations used, with a specific focus on the Paris Lyon Marseille (PLM) Railway, while the second part dealt with the Mont Cenis Railway and asked how a British railway (built across the mountains of the Alps between France and Italy, and operational for less than 3½ years) could have had such a significant impact on the carriage of mail in the second half of the nineteenth century! This meeting was extremely successful, with some 34 people attending (including some members of the TPO & Seapost Society and the French Railway Society).
(Report on Second Meeting) June 2021
The second Members’ Zoom Meeting was a presentation by RPG member Stephen Parkin entitled Mail by Rail: Edinburgh by the East Coast Main Line (TPOs). It was an evening presentation to allow working members the opportunity to attend also. As for the March meeting, the presentation was split into two parts (each lasting about 30 minutes). The first part covered the journey between Edinburgh and Newcastle, and the second part covered everything else. This meeting was again hugely successful, with some 30 people attending.
September 2021 (Saturday, 25 September) – Online Annual Convention- note the date!
This meeting is planned to have an afternoon session (two presentations plus a short AGM) plus an evening session (three presentations). We hope to have a bumper attendance for this event and the AGM will be kept as short as is practical! Zoom has a limit of 100 attendees, so there should be plenty room for everyone who wishes to attend. Details to follow.
December 2021 (date to be arranged)
Again, details to follow
Of course, we would have liked to make these meetings available to all RPG members but, obviously, you will need a computer and access to the internet to be able to attend these Zoom meetings (which some members do not have).
RPG Committee Meeting by Zoom
We have also employed Zoom for RPG Committee meetings. As some of our RPG Committee members live as far apart as Cornwall and Scotland, it has always been extremely difficult to arrange a ‘physical’ Committee meeting (even when such gatherings were allowed!). We have now been able to have regular Committee meetings successfully using Zoom. In fact, we have found that running Committee meetings using Zoom is by far the easiest and best way to do it!