The HPS Medal Awards Ceremony

 The HPS Medal Awards Ceremony 2011-2015

 
 
Back in 1984 the Hellenic Philotelic Society established the honorary distinction of a silver medal in order to honour persons or institutions who have offered distinguished services to Hellenic philately. During the past thirty-two years, the list of the medal recipients has been enhanced by certain individuals as well as by collective bodies. Their long-term activity and overall contribution have left their mark on the Hellenic philatelic framework. The recipients list can be found on the HPS website (hps.gr/en/society_medal.htm).The HPS Medal is awarded each year, but its presentation takes place at a special ceremony every five years.
On Saturday 21 May 2016, we were privileged to attend the HPS Medal Awards Ceremony for the years 2011-2015. The event took place at the “Anthony Tritsis” Amphitheatre of the Culture, Sports and Youth Organization of the Municipality of Athens, in front of a vibrant audience andthe St. Basil's Choir of Piraeus which performedpopular works of Hadjidakis, Theodorakis and of foreign composers. The new honourees were:
 
 
Nick Cardassilaris (HPS Medal 2011)
Significant services to Hellenic philately:
-          Long-standing active presence
-          Research and advancement of numerous philatelic subjects
 
 
Philatelic Society of Piraeus (HPS Medal 2011)
Significant services to Hellenic philately
-          Fifty years of philatelic activity
 
 
Anthony Virvilis (HPS Medal 2012)
Distinguished services to the Hellenic Philotelic Society:
-          Valuable long-term service
Significant services to Hellenic philately:
-          Philatelic educational activity - Authorship
Significant promotion and spread of the Greek stamp:
-          Representation of Greece to international philatelic fora
 
 
Theodore Papaeliou (HPS Medal 2012)
Distinguished services to the Hellenic Philotelic Society:
-          Valuable long-term service
Significant services to Hellenic philately:
-          Philatelic educational activity – Authorship
 
 
 
John Coundouros (HPS Medal 2013)
Distinguished services to the Hellenic Philotelic Society:
-          Valuable long-term service
Significant promotion and spread of the Greek stamp:
-          Authorship of studies
 
 
Michalis Tsironis (HPS Medal 2013)
Significant promotion and spread of the Greek stamp:
-          Participation in the Court of Honour of world exhibitions with aGreek collection
Significant services to Hellenic philately:
-          Distinguished services to the Olympic Philatelic Movement
 
 
Michalis Petradakis (HPS Medal 2014)
Significant services to Hellenic philately:
-          Distinguished participation at international exhibitions
Significant promotion and spread of the Helladic area postal history:
-          Authorship of studies
 
 
Wolfgang Bauer (HPS Medal 2015)
Significant promotion and spread of the Greek stamp:
-          Participation in the Championship Class of world exhibitions with Greek collections
 
 
In his brief greetings and remarks at the closure, the HPS President, Akis Chalvatzidopoulos, asked the audience to join him for a glass of wine at the foyer, and to make sure they mark their calendars to get back in five years’ time in order to celebrate the future honorees.
 
Costas Chazapis, AIJP