(See foot of page for how to attend the first RPG Members’ Zoom Meeting)
We are very aware that it is now almost two years since the last 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. We are still hoping that it may be possible to hold a Convention later in 2021 but clearly no fixed arrangements can yet be made. However, until then …
To allow members to ‘meet’ each other again we are pleased to announce that we will be initiating a series of occasional on-line meetings for RPG members using the Zoom platform. These Members’ Zoom Meetings will be spread over a period of time. Some meetings will involve guest speakers, some will encourage members to give short presentations based on their own collections or to introduce particular philatelic topics, and some meetings will be for members just to meet each other, chat, and get to know each other!
At the moment, RPG Zoom Meetings will be restricted to RPG members only, though that may change in the future. Of course, we would have liked to make this facility 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 (but we haven’t forgotten them).
(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 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!)
First RPG Members’ Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, 24 March, 2.00 pm
We begin the first these virtual meetings at 2 o’clock on Wednesday 24th March (make a note of the date and time) with a talk by Steve Ellis. Steve is a well-known speaker in philatelic circles, and his talk will illustrate one of his interests: Rail Mail in France. The presentation will be in two parts, each lasting about 30 minutes:
In the first part Steve will give a general introduction to the Development of Rail Mail in France and the cancellations used, with a specific focus on the Paris Lyon Marseille (PLM) Railway.
In the second part he will talk about the Mont Cenis Railway and ask 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! Sounds interesting! Steve will then be available to take questions.
If you are interested in ‘Rail Mail in France’, then this should appeal to you. If this isn’t your favourite topic, perhaps you will come to the meeting just to see other members and to see what’s going on! Without doubt, we expect a good attendance. Although the meeting proper actually starts at 2.00 pm, the ‘doors will open’ at 1.45 pm for you to join the meeting.
How to attend RPG Members’ Zoom Meeting (1)
To join in the meeting you will need a link to this Zoom meeting. To obtain this link, click the blue Contact Us paragraph at the foot of the page. The Contact Us form is fairly straight forward:
– enter your name and email address
– click Yes to show you are an RPG member
– enter Zoom Meeting 1 (or similar) in the Title box
– enter any brief message in the message box
– click the I am not a robot box which allows the system to filter out spam messages (you may then be presented with a set of pictures and be asked to select which ones fit the description given)
– then click on the Send button
You will then be sent an email with the link to join the meeting, along with any further details.
Note: At the moment, RPG Zoom Meetings are restricted to RPG members only (though that may change in the future).