The British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) Dixie Beavers Regional Group met at the Southeastern Stamp Expo in Atlanta, Ga. last month, when BNAPS member John Burnett gave a presentation on the “Little Known facts of the Second World War” through the lens of Canadian postal history.
The Jan. 27 meeting was attended by four BNAPS members as well as eight additional guests.
“I noted that the interest in this subject was high with one Philadelphia attendee asking for a copy to be put on at their local club in the future,” reads a review posted to the Dixie Beavers website. “Burnett made a copy of his flash drive and gave it to the visitor.”
Some of Burnett’s topics included the Battle of the Atlantic, Canada’s longest war-time battle; the 27,000 people repatriated by MS Gripsholm; “CANLOAN,” which was a scheme devised to loan Canadian junior officers to the British Army on a voluntary basis; the Dunkirk evacuation; and the Allies’ use of the letter “V” as well as the Axis’ attempts to thwart it.
ROWLAND HILL AWARD
At the show’s awards banquet, Burnett received the South East Regional Group’s Rowland Hill Lifetime Achievement Award for service to the Southeast Federation of Stamp Clubs and to philately in general.
According to the review on the Dixie Beavers website, Burnett was interviewed and said he had no idea that he had such a positive influence on collectors.
The Dixie Beavers Regional Group will meet at Charpex in Charlotte, N.C. on July 28-29.