Ari Muhonen received the Pro Philatelia Gold Medal awarded by the Finnish Philatelic Federation. Here is the official citation in translation:
Ari Muhonen’s achievements in the field of organised philately are immense. He started his service in the Board of the Philatelic Federation of Finland as secretary in 2007. He served as President of the Federation for a full six-year period from spring 2008 to spring 2014. He currently chairs the Federation’s Philatelic Committee, where he is responsible for the functioning of organised philately in Finland including jury work, rules and regulations used in exhibitions, and international contacts.
Ari Muhonen has several collections that have been highly successful internationally. He is qualified as a FIP level judge in postal history and literature. He has served in many juries nationally and internationally. He is a sought-after lecturer and an avid writer for philatelic magazines. He has published several books on Finnish philately. He has represented Finland in international philatelic congresses for 12 years as well as served as Finland’s commissioner for international exhibitions, most recently Indonesia 2022.
Ari Muhonen had received the 2016 FEPA Medal for Exceptional Philatelic Study and Research and also served at the FEPA Board as Director during 2017-2020.