FEPA Medal for Service to Philately 2022
Patrick Maselis RDP (Belgium)
Patrick Maselis has given outstanding service to philately in Europe for many years through his generous and unstinting support for innumerable organisations and events, his encouragement to young collectors and the example he has set as a first-class philatelist and exhibitor. He was President of the Club de Monte-Carlo for 13 years, organising every two years the excellent Monacophil exhibitions where he made a massive effort to bring together philatelists from all over the world to enjoy the opportunity to meet, view the outstanding displays and take advantage of copious offerings of new literature that were produced for the occasion. From 2017-2019 he served as the first non-British President of the Royal Philatelic Society London and it was under his leadership that RPSL celebrated its 150th anniversary, most notably with the memorable Stockholmia 2019 exhibition. He has brought many historical episodes, especially relating to Belgium, to light through philately and he is a past winner of the FEPA Medal for exceptional study and research. The list of his contributions and achievements in promoting philately is formidable and it is fair to say that, thanks to his personal energy, commitment and enthusiasm, European philately in the 21st Century has been much more vibrant and interesting than it might otherwise have been. FEPA is delighted to recognise his achievements through the award of this medal.