The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists
From the Honorary Secretary to the Board of Election
PRESS RELEASE: 17th March 2015
NEW RDPs TO SIGN THE ROLL OF DISTINGUISHED PHILATELISTS IN LEEDS
Jørgen Jørgensen FRPSL (Denmark), Dr. James P. Mazepa FRPSL (United States), Stephen D. Schumann FRPSL (United States) , Frank Walton FRPSL (United Kingdom).
The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists was established in 1921 by the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain with the approval of His Majesty King George V, who was the first Signatory. An invitation to sign the Roll is regarded as the world’s pre-eminent philatelic honour.
Not including the newly elected RDPs, 368 philatelists from 41 countries have achieved this distinction. There are at present 79 Signatories from 27 countries including 17 from the United Kingdom, ten from the USA, seven from Germany, five from France, four each from Belgium, Italy, and Switzerland, and three each from Australia and Sweden. New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, and Thailand each have two, with other countries including Austria, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Israel, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, The Russian Federation, and Spain.
At a recent meeting of the Board of Election, comprising Jane Moubray (Chairman), Tomas Bjäringer, Christopher Harman, Alan Huggins, Rolf-Dieter Jaretzky, Robert Odenweller, Christopher King, and Raymond Todd, with Richard Stock, Secretary to the Board in attendance, the members unanimously decided to ask Jørgen Jørgensen FRPSL (Denmark), James P. Mazepa FRPSL (United States), Stephen D. Schumann FRPSL (United States), and Frank Walton FRPSL (United Kingdom) to sign the Roll.
The Signing Ceremony will take place on Friday 7th August 2015 in Temple Newsam House a Tudor-Jacobean house with grounds landscaped by Capability Brown, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, during the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain.
Congress Website: www.gbcongress.uk