90th RPSC Convention this weekend

The 90th convention of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) is returning to St. Catharines, Ont., this weekend.

Hosted by the St. Catharines Stamp Club, the three-day show is being held June 22-24 at the Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Convention Centre on 327 Ontario St. The bourse will be open tomorrow and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $3 on Friday and Saturday. In addition to free admission on Sunday, parking is also free at the venue all weekend.

It’s only the second time the convention has been held in the “Garden City” (in 2009, it was held at the same location in the city’s York-Haig neighbourhood). In fact, it’s only the third time The RPSC’s big show has been held in the Niagara Peninsula east of Hamilton, which has hosted the show three times itself (1966, 1989 and 1998).

The RPSC board of directors is scheduled to meet today at 4 p.m.

“That will give the board members a chance to wander the bourse and make their presence known,” said meetings and seminars co-chair Rod Paige, who’s also the past vice president of The RPSC.


Starting in 1959 with the first Royal Convention in Sarnia, Ont., and ending with the most recent convention in Boucherville, Qué., The RPSC has held its annual show 59 times, including 17 shows (nearly one third of the total) in Western Canada; 14 shows west of Toronto in Ontario and four shows east of Toronto in Ontario (not including Ottawa); six shows in Western Québec; five shows in Eastern Québec; four shows in the Maritimes; and two shows in Ottawa. Seven other shows were technically “not this type of Royal,” said 2018 convention chair Stuart Keeley. Three shows were held in conjunction with Capex (1978, 1987 and 1996); three were held in the U.S. (Alexandria Bay, N.Y. in 1968; Philadelphia in 1976; and Chicago in 1986); and one was held without dealers in Niagara Falls in 1963.


JUNE 22, 2018

9:45 a.m. Opening ceremony Lobby outside bourse entrance
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibition and bourse open
11 a.m.-noon Seminar:
“Great Britain Postal Reform, 1837-1840”
by Tom Slemons
Concord Room
11 a.m.-1 p.m. RPSC Fellows meeting Niagara “A” Room
1 p.m.-2 p.m. RPSC Foundation meeting Niagara “A” Room
1 p.m.-2 p.m. Seminar:
“The Fun of Topical Collecting”
by Larry Davidson
Concord Room
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Seminar:
“Understanding the Machin Series – A Primer”
by Steve McGill
Concord Room
5 p.m. Exhibition and bourse close

JUNE 23, 2018

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibition and bourse open
10 a.m.-11 a.m. RPSC Annual General Meeting Concord Room
11 a.m.-noon RPSC Board meeting Concord Room
11 a.m.-noon Seminar:
“Getting Started with Thematic Exhibiting”
by Dawn Hamman
Ostin “A/B” Room
1 a.m.-2 p.m. RPSC Philatelic Research Foundation Board meeting Concord Room
1 a.m.-2 p.m. Seminar/workshop:
“Workshop, GB Postal Reform to Modern Machins”
by Tom Slemons & Steve McGill
Ostin “A/B” Room
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Seminar:
“ATA Roundtable”
Ostin “A/B” Room
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Seminar:
“A Show and Tell of Unusual Canadian FDCs”
by Andrew Chung
Ostin “A/B” Room
5 p.m. Exhibition and bourse close
6 p.m.-7:15 p.m. RPSC President’s Reception Hall in front of Concord Room
6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Symposium Concord Room
7:30 p.m. Awards Banquet Concord Room

JUNE 24, 2018

8 a.m.-10 a.m. PSSC Breakfast and Lecture Concord Room
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Exhibition and bourse open
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Exhibitor feedback session Concord Room
1 p.m.-2 p.m. Seminar:
“Judging – Treatment and Importance”
by Dr. Joel Weiner
Ostin “A/B” Room
1 p.m.-2 p.m. RPSC chapter representatives meeting Concord Room
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Guided walkthrough of exhibits
3 p.m. Exhibition and bourse close

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