Astrophilatelist - Belgium, Delegate Jacqueline Lauwers-Bekaert, 2011 Report. 

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As a FIP Delegate for Belgium, I visited "Portugal 2010” and attended the Bureau Meeting of the FIP Section for Astrophilately, lead by Chairman Igor Rodin. I was very astonished that only two astrophilatelic exhibits were displayed out of the twelve applications received!
During the Belgian Regional competitive exhibition in 2011 not less than 3 astrophilatelic exhibits participated and obtained fine results from Large Silver to Vermeil.
On occasion of the 40th anniversary of BFV Cosmos (1971-2011) a commemorative special stamp was issued as well as a special cover.
At the annual general meeting of the Belgian Federation, the Provincial medal for philatelic merit was awarded to our Cosmos member Jean-Marie Verhalle. In the Provinces Antwerp, East Flanders and West Flanders the provincial commissioners for Astrophilately were re-elected, resp. Stefan Bruylants, Jacqueline Bekaert and Jean-Marie Verhalle.
In September 2012 the National competitive exhibition "Temsifil 2012” will take place and not less than six astrophilatelic exhibits as well as 1 literature (Cosmos Express) applied. For the International FIP exhibitions there are no applications received yet since for some of these exhibitions the Astro Class is not included (Jakarta 2012) or we didn’t receive information from the national commissioner (Bangkok 2013 and Melbourne 2013).
I wish to thank the FIP Bureau Members of the Astro Section for their outstanding work done in promoting our mutual hobby as is Astrophilately.
Jackie Lauwers-Bekaert
National Commissioner Astrophilately

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