ANNUAL CONVENTION AND REGIONAL MEETINGS
 

2021 ANNUAL CONVENTION


     The 2021 CSS Annual Meeting was held at the Great American Stamp Show (formerly APS Stamp Show) August 12-15, in Rosemont, IL (near Chicago).  Twenty-six CSS members signed in at the CSS booth.  Nine new members joined and we sold many CSS Catalogs, books and DVDs.  A grand time was had by all.  GASS had 78 dealer booths, 51 society booths, 11 cachet makers, three first day ceremonies, and four days of various meetings and seminars.  In philatelic competition there were 134 exhibits filling 1,204 frames and 79 entrants in the literature category.  The 2021 CSS Catalog won a Gold Medal in the literature category. 
     Hugh Lawrence's ten frame "Postal Rates During the Gold Yuan Era: The Chinese Hyperinflation of 1948 - 49," exhibit received a Large Gold Medal and the Postal History Society Award.  Hugh’s single frame “China’s Non-Denominated Domestic Air Letter Sheets,” exhibit received a Gold Medal and the U.S.  Postal Stationery Society Marcus White One Frame Award.   H. James Maxwell's ten frame "Rates During the Post-War Chinese National Currency Era" exhibit received a Large Gold Medal, and his three frame “Imperial and Republic of China Official Postal Seals,” exhibit received a Gold Medal.
     The attendance at our Annual Membership Meeting was good and we had excellent discussions on several subjects.  Emphasis was placed on expanding our social media presence. The Board of Directors meeting was held using Zoom.


2020 ANNUAL CONVENTION


     The 2020 annual meeting was held at the Sarasota National Stamp Exhibition (SESCAL), February 7-9, in Sarasota, FL. It was a great success. Fourteen members signed in at the CSS booth and one new member joined.
     Three members exhibited a total of twenty-nine frames of China exhibits.  Hugh Lawrence's ten frame “Postal Rates During the Gold Yuan Era: The Chinese Hyperinflation of 1948 - 49,” received a Large Gold Medal, the CSS Best Exhibit of China Award, and the CSS Republic of China (Taiwan) Chapter Award.  H. James Maxwell's ten frame “Rates During the Post-War Chinese National Currency Era” received a Large Gold Medal and the Paul Chang Chinese Postal History Award.  His new three frame exhibit, “Imperial & Republic of China Official Postal Seals” received a Large Gold Medal and the James R. Lee Memorial Award. Tom Massa’s six frame “Rates During the Chinese Silver Yuan Currency Era,” received a Gold Medal and the CSS Chia Nan Chapter (Los Angeles) Award.
 

2019 ANNUAL CONVENTION


     The 2019 annual meeting was held at BALPEX 2019, August 30-September 1 in Baltimore, MD. It was a great success. Jeffrey Schneider gave a wonderful talk on “The Transition from the Customs Post to the Imperial Post in China, 1896-97.” Also, Hugh Lawrence spoke on “The Zhu De Portrait Stamps Issued by the Shandong Wartime Post and Their Surcharges.”  Fourteen members signed in at the CSS booth and two new members joined.  Sales of the China Clipper DVD Set and the new JCP DVD set were brisk.
     Three members exhibited a total of forty-two frames of China exhibits.  Hugh Lawrence's ten frame “Postal Rates During the Gold Yuan Era: The Chinese Hyperinflation of 1948 - 49,” received a Large Gold Medal, the Reserve Grand, the Paul Chang Chinese Postal History Award, the CSS Republic of China (Taiwan) Chapter Award, and the APS 1940-1980 Medal of Excellence; and his single frame “The Non-Denominated Domestic Air Letter Sheets of China” received a Large Gold Medal.  H. James Maxwell's ten frame “Rates During the Post-War Chinese National Currency Era” received a Large Gold Medal and the CSS Best Exhibit of China Award; his ten frame “Keeping Pace with Inflation: The Post-War Chinese National Currency Issues” received a Large Gold Medal and the CSS Chia Nan Chapter Award; and his “China’s U.S. Constitution Commemoratives: Through-the-Line Usages” received a Gold Medal.  William P. Winter's ten frame “The Martyrs Stamps of China - 1932 to 1949” received a Large Gold Medal and the Baltimore Philatelic Society Rimma Skiarevski Award.


     

         Our luncheon after the Annual Membership Meeting


2018 ANNUAL CONVENTION

 

A great time was had by all at this year's Annual Convention, held June 8-10 at NAPEX in Washington, D.C.  Eighteen members signed in at the CSS booth and several new members joined or renewed their memberships. Four members exhibited a total of forty-six frames of China. Hugh Lawrence's ten frame "Postal Rates During the Gold Yuan Era: The Chinese Hyperinflation of 1948 - 49," received a Gold Medal, the CSS Best Exhibit of China Award, the CSS Paul Chang Chinese Postal History Award, and the CSS Republic of China (Taiwan) Award.  William P. Winter's ten frame "The Martyrs Stamps of China - 1932 to 1949" received a Gold Medal and the CSS James R. Lee Memorial Award Chiu Shan Chapter (San Francisco).  Tom Massa's ten frame "Rates During The Chinese Silver Yuan Currency Era" received a Gold Medal and the CSS Chia Nan (Los Angeles) Chapter Award. H. James Maxwell's ten frame "Keeping Pace With Inflation: The Post-War Chinese National Currency Issues" received a Gold Medal and his ten frame "Rates During the Post-War Chinese National Currency Era" received a Gold Medal. In addition member Bill Winter exhibited his four frame “The Free State of Danzig, 1919-39,” and member Myron Palay exhibited his eight frame “Japan’s Wars, 1894-1911.”


2017 ANNUAL CONVENTION

 

The Annual Convention was held September 8-10 at SEAPEX in Seattle, WA.  Fourteen members signed in at the CSS booth and several new members joined. Hugh Lawrence's ten frame "Postal Rates During the Gold Yuan Era: The Chinese Hyperinflation of 1948 - 49" received a Large Gold Medal and the CSS Best Exhibit of China Award.  H. James Maxwell's ten frame "Keeping Pace With Inflation: The Post-War Chinese National Currency Issues" received a Gold Medal and his single-frame "China’s U.S. Constitution Commemoratives: Through-The-Line Usages” received a Large Gold Medal.


2016 ANNUAL CONVENTION


Our convention was held at WORLD STAMPS SHOW NY 2016 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City from Saturday, May 28-Saturday, June 4, 2016.  Well over fifty CSS members attended NY2016 and 47 came to the Annual Membership Meeting at 1 PM on Saturday May 28.

 



                Some of those that attended our membership meeting.
 


 

(Left to Right) Hugh Lawrence, Tom Massa, Teresa Murphy, Aaron Li,
Dennis Murphy, H. James Maxwell and Paul Gault having dinner 2014


ANNUAL CONVENTIONS

 

The Annual Convention is held each year at a World Series of Philately (WSP) stamp show.  It moves around the country to different shows.  The Annual Board of Directors meeting and the Annual Membership Meeting are held at the Annual Convention.  Frequently there is a speaker at the Annual Membership Meeting. The Society always sets up a booth at the show to sell books and DVDs and to sign up new members. The Society gives out numerous awards for exhibits.  It also offers scholarships to young exhibitors. Sometimes the Society puts on a seminar that is open to the public.


Future Annual Conventions will be at:           

Great American Stamp Show Aug. 25-28, 2022, Sacramento, CA
     Great American Stamp Show Aug. 10-13, 2023, Cleveland, OH        
     Great American Stamp Show Aug. 15-18, 2024, Hartford, CT
     Boston 2026 World Expo, May 23-30, 2026
 

Email the President with questions.
 

Members attending a dinner at FLOREX 2012


Some members who attended the Annual Convention at SESCAL in Los Angeles, CA

 


 

REGIONAL MEETINGS


Regional Meetings are held at various stamp shows around the country. A booth is set up to sell books and DVDs and to sign up new members. Often the Society puts on a seminar that is open to the public. A China Stamp Society "Best Exhibit of China" award is presented. 


Future Regional Meetings will be announce here and in the China Clipper.    

    

 

Members after the luncheon at Pacific '97


One of the tables of members at the Society luncheon at Washington 2006