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2005 "Pacific Explorer 2005” FIP Exhibition. Astrophilatelic exhibits were awarde with one Large Gold plus Special Prize, and two Vermeils. Chairman of the Section Jose Grandela had five meetings with the Director of the FIP Board and Coordinator of the Section for Astrophilately, Mr. Fernando Aranaz, to deal with subjects directly related with such responsibility.
2006. Delegate and Bureau Meeting on the occasion of "España 2006” FIP World Exhibition.
Bureau Meeting and Delegates’ Conference took place on October 12. Three members of the Bureau were present (Chairman, Secretary and the representative for Europe), and 35 countries out of 57 members were present or represented by proxy.
The 69th FIP Congress approved the motion that worded as follows: Prior to the 2008 Congress, Commission Chairmen may add, up to two additional Bureau member, the Commission/Section Chairman would have the right to nominate person(s) of his own choice within the ranks of the delegates of those Commissions. This will be under the supervision of the directors of the FIP responsible for those Commissions.
Washington 2006 FIP World Exhibition. 3 Astrophilatelic Exhibits were in Court of Honor / Invited Class:
"From the Beginning of Space Exploration to Space Mail” by Beatrice Bachmann, Switzerland;
"The Development of the United States Lunar Exploration” by Reuben Ramkissoon, United States;
"The First Man on the Moon: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Moon Landing” by Paul and Chris Calle.
Seminar on Astrophilately, by Dr. Ben Ramkissoon and Mrs. Beatrice Bachman. Mrs. Bachmann was the principal presenter, giving an extensively illustrated presentation of little known balloon and pioneering stratospheric balloon flights. There was much interest shown by the audience and questions and comments followed.
2007 "St. Petersburg’2007” FIP World Exhibition. Astrophilatelic exhibits were awarded with 3 Golds; 1 Large Silver; 1 Silver; and 1 Silver Bronze.
Chairman of the Section, Jose. Grandela had four meetings with the Vice-President of the FIP Board and Coordinator of the Section for Astrophilately, Mr. Fernando Aranaz, to deal with subjects directly related with such responsibility.
In according to the motion approved at the 69th FIP Congress, Chairman of the Section, Jose Grandela nominated Igor Rodin, Russia as a Bureau Member.
2008 Delegate and Bureau Meeting on the occasion of "EFIRO 2008” FIP World Exhibition held in Bucharest, Romania.
FIP Guide to Astrophilately.
Work on the replacement Guide which are called, An Illustrated Seminar on the Guidelines for Judging and Exhibiting Astrophilately Exhibits - New Edition 2008, was completed and a CD-ROM was made available for delegates at the Bucharest Delegates’ meeting. The CD-ROMs were recorded and distributed among the Delegates by Charles Bromser. The Guide has 160 pages with a lot of illustrations. Thanking to Charles Bromser, the Guide is available in PowerPoint and PDF formats. It has been a great joint effort with input from all Bureau members and other Astrophilately experts in particular Beatrice Bachman (CH), Bart Beimers (NL), Dr Hans Ferdinand Virnich (DE).
Elections in the Bureau of the Section for Astrophilately.
Chairman: Igor Rodin (Russia), new;
Secretary: Jaromir Matejka (Austria), new as a secretary;
Bureau Members:
Julius Cacka (Czech Rebublic), new;
Mak Che King (Hong Kong), new.
During the FIP Congress held after the EFIRO 08 closure, Mr. Grandela was awarded by the FIP President, Mr. Joseph Wolff, with the Service Medal of the FIP in appreciation for his intense and long term dedication as Chairman of the Section for Astrophilately.
In according to the motion approved at the 69th FIP Congress, Chairman of the Section, Igor Rodin nominated Charles Bromser (Australia) and Reuben Ramkissoon (USA), as Bureau Members.
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