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Things have been happening over the last few months and despite the sudden downturn in temperature and heavy snow in many parts of England and Scandinavia, we are in fact in the spring equinox!
With the AGM behind us there are various changes to be noted. Susan Oliver has stepped down as lady chairman after many years of faithful service starting as promoter of Faroes philately within the Society in 1970! To acknowledge this President incumbent Arthur Jennion made a small presentation as a token of appreciation. She has agreed to stay on the Council in a non-executive role
Malcolm Batty has stepped down due to personal reasons and David Macdonald has taken his place. We wish them all the very best for the future
Arthur Jennion has stepped down as President after 2 years. This is standard as the tenure is never more than two years. He did request an extension of 1 day in order to delight us with another of his Faroes Maritime Mail display. The request was granted and the extra day may therefore very well have made him the longest serving President we have had in years!
The Webmaster is delighted to announce the launch of a fully searchable index of articles published in our quarterly Magazine Contact since June 1953. Much work has gone in to ensure its accuracy and much research has gone in to cross-referencing the material and to ensure consistency throughout. By putting the index in public section is becomes accessible to anyone who may need to do research on Scandinavian Philately and see what our Society may have to offer in terms of information on the subject
For the members and complete set of Contact Magazines will also be made available for their own research. A date has not been set, but work is ongoing. Members will be notified once launched. Though certain conditions will be put in place to ensure source references are duly acknowledged any member will be able to print off any missing issues in retro format for their own needs
SPS has gone multimedia! Member John Perry found a song from 1932 praising the Kungsholm liner of the Swedish-American Line which he wrote a lengthy article starting in June 2010. The article can be seen here. The song, sung by his wife Anne and sister-in-law Helen on the piano can be seen by clicking on here and the lyrics can be found below the video