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This year saw some quite innovative changes to the way the Society communicates. Since its inception minutes of the AGM (held this year at Widnes between 28th-31st March) have always been published in the June Contact, which in turn has made philatelic material in the issue somewhat limited.
We have had the facilities in place to distribute mailings electronically, used primarily for the distribution of auction catalogues, it was decided to distribute the minutes of the AGM in this manner too, thereby freeing up page space in the magazine for more relevant matters. Anyone without email will have received the minutes in hard copy in a separate mailing
Membership Fees 2015
On the point of mailings the membership fees will be going up from January 2015 as follows:
The rises are caused primarily due to increases in costs of publication and distribution. However: Anyone who is willing to accept Contact in PDF as a download from the website and then print it off themselves will retain the current membership fee of £16.50 anywhere in the world.
It is worth noting that the quality of Contact in PDF format is so good that even though it is prepared in A5 size it will print clearly in A4 IN FULL COLOUR by changing the users printer settings. Tests carried out have shown that should anyone wish to print off an issue of Contact in A3 (i.e. 4 times its original size) it will still not affect image quality or clarity!
For some this may well be the way forward as postage tariffs rise and delivery services diminish…
Further changes will be made during the next few months as the Editor intends to survey the membership on its preferences and will then act accordingly