Frequently Asked Questions

 
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About the Society

Does the Society publish a newsletter?

  • The Brighton Philatelic Society publishes a newsletter on a regular basis.
  • The newsletter is called The B.P.S. Bulletin.
  • The Bulletin is distributed to members of the Society.

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How do I find out when the next meeting will be held?

Information about meetings of the Brighton Philatelic Society is available here: Society Meetings

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Where are meetings normally held?

Meetings of the Brighton Philatelic Society are normally held at:

Bri-Phil House
80 Gardenvale Road
Gardenvale  VIC  3185
(Melways: Page 67 H7)

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How do I find out when the next auction will be held?

Information about auctions held at the Brighton Philatelic Society is available here: Society Auctions

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Where are auctions normally held?

Auctions at the Brighton Philatelic Society are normally held at:

Bri-Phil House
80 Gardenvale Road
Gardenvale  VIC  3185
(Melways: Page 67 H7)

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Stamp Collecting as a Hobby

Is it true that stamp collecting is the biggest hobby in the world?

This is quite a difficult question to quantify, for the hobby transcends all people, professions and nationalities.  Australia Post has some 230,000 people on its mailing list for the Philatelic Bulletin.  The American Philatelic Society has some 75,000 members; the Royal of London about 2000; the Royal of Victoria about 750 and our Society just over 300.  Then you have all the specialist societies i.e. Thailand Philatelic Society which has about 750 members and other societies that are country specific i.e. Burma, Canada, China, Japan, Malaya etc.  Add to this the other specialist societies i.e. airmail, thematics, revenues etc and the numbers start to build.  Royal Philatelic Societies also exist in Canada and South Africa.  In each Australian State you have bodies that facilitate organized philately and promote the state based societies and clubs.  Here we have the Victoria Philatelic Council.

Queen Elizabeth has the Keeper of the Royal Collection – a permanent paid position.  President Roosevelt was a known and avid stamp collector, and Philip Ruddock, previously our Attorney-General is also recognised as a stamp collector.  But by googling it was possible to determine some interesting facts. According to Kimbler & Narsavage in their book “Rocks & Minerals: Collectors Guide” mineral and rock collecting is the third largest global hobby behind that of stamp and coin collecting.  And in the Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government Appropriations for Fiscal Year 1990: Hearings” in the US Congress it was stated that “stamp collecting is the largest single hobby in the United States”.  Dilworth in her book “Acts of Possession: Collecting in America” contends that “19th century stamp collecting was praised as training boys to participate in the market-place of commerce”.

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Membership

What are the benefits of membership?

We offer:

  • Interesting displays.
  • Exchange books.
  • Club auctions.
  • Education.
  • Extensive library.
  • Refreshments.
  • Philatelic papers, articles, information and education via Google Groups for local, national and international internet BPS members.
  • Access to Stamp Dealers, Exhibits, Guest Speakers, Entertainment, and large stamp auctions.

If you have any questions about membership of the Society, you can contact the Membership Officer here: Contact the Membership Officer

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How much does membership cost?

Subscription for 2018/2019

  • Membership Officer:  Peter Alexander.
  • $40.00 per annum – Due on 1st July.
  • Also, memberships can be paid in advance.

If you have any questions about membership of the Society, you can contact the Membership Officer here: Contact the Membership Officer

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What is the membership period?

The membership year for the Brighton Philatelic Society Inc. is for 12 months from 1 July to 30 June.

If you have any questions about membership of the Society, you can contact the Membership Officer here: Contact the Membership Officer

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When does my membership expire?

Your membership of the Brighton Philatelic Society Inc. expires at the end of the membership year, i.e. on 30 June.

If you have any questions about membership of the Society, you can contact the Membership Officer here: Contact the Membership Officer

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If I join part way through the membership term, do I have to pay the full amount?

Yes.  If you join the Brighton Philatelic Society part way through the membership year, you need to pay the full subscription.

If you have any questions about membership of the Society, you can contact the Membership Officer here: Contact the Membership Officer

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How do I apply for membership?

There are two ways you can apply for your membership of the Brighton Philatelic Society:

  1. Download a Membership Application form and pay by funds transfer.
  2. Download a Membership Application form and pay by cheque/money order.

These options are available here: https://brightonps.org.au/membership/

If you have any questions about membership of the Society, you can contact the Membership Officer here: Contact the Membership Officer

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Do I need to login to the web site to apply for membership?

No.  There is no need to login to the web site with your web site username and password to submit a membership application or renewal.

There are two ways you can apply for your membership of the Brighton Philatelic Society:

  1. Download a Membership Application form and pay by funds transfer.
  2. Download a Membership Application form and pay by cheque/money order.

In either case, there is no need to login to the web site with your web site username and password.

If you have any questions about membership of the Society, you can contact the Membership Officer here: Contact the Membership Officer

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Now that I’ve applied for membership, will I be given a membership card?

No.  The Society does not issue membership cards.

If you have any questions about membership of the Society, you can contact the Membership Officer here: Contact the Membership Officer

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How do I renew my membership?

There are two ways you can renew your membership of the Brighton Philatelic Society:

  1. Download a Membership Renewal form and pay by funds transfer.
  2. Download a Membership Renewal form and pay by cheque/money order.

These options are available here: https://brightonps.org.au/membership/

If you have any questions about membership of the Society, you can contact the Membership Officer here: Contact the Membership Officer

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Do I need to login to the web site to renew my membership?

No.  There is no need to login to the web site with your web site username and password to submit a membership application or renewal.

There are two ways you can renew your membership of the Brighton Philatelic Society:

  1. Download a Membership Renewal form and pay by funds transfer.
  2. Download a Membership Renewal form and pay by cheque/money order.

In either case, there is no need to login to the web site with your web site username and password.

If you have any questions about membership of the Society, you can contact the Membership Officer here: Contact the Membership Officer

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Now that I’ve renewed my membership, will I be given a membership card?

No.  The Society does not issue membership cards.

If you have any questions about membership of the Society, you can contact the Membership Officer here: Contact the Membership Officer

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Can I pay for my membership using my credit card/debit card?

No.  The Society is not able to accept credit card or debit card payments for membership subscriptions.

There are two ways you can pay for your membership of the Brighton Philatelic Society:

  1. Download a Membership Application form or Renewal form and pay by funds transfer.
  2. Download a Membership Application form or Renewal form and pay by cheque/money order.

These options are available here: https://brightonps.org.au/membership/

If you have any questions about membership of the Society, you can contact the Membership Officer here: Contact the Membership Officer

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Can I pay for my membership by cheque or money order?

Yes.  You can pay for your new membership or your membership renewal by cheque or money order.

There are two ways you can pay for your membership of the Brighton Philatelic Society:

  1. Download a Membership Application form or Renewal form and pay by funds transfer.
  2. Download a Membership Application form or Renewal form and pay by cheque/money order.

These options are available here: https://brightonps.org.au/membership/

If you have any questions about membership of the Society, you can contact the Membership Officer here: Contact the Membership Officer

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Can I pay my membership subscription using electronic funds transfer (EFT)?

Yes.  You can pay for your new membership or your membership renewal by funds transfer.

There are two ways you can pay for your membership of the Brighton Philatelic Society:

  1. Download a Membership Application form or Renewal form and pay by funds transfer.
  2. Download a Membership Application form or Renewal form and pay by cheque/money order.

These options are available here: https://brightonps.org.au/membership/

If you have any questions about membership of the Society, you can contact the Membership Officer here: Contact the Membership Officer

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Are there any other payment options for paying my membership?

There are two ways you can apply for your membership of the Brighton Philatelic Society:

  1. Download a Membership Application form and pay by funds transfer.
  2. Download a Membership Application form and pay by cheque/money order.

These options are available here: https://brightonps.org.au/membership/

If you need help with other payment options, please contact the Treasurer: Contact the Treasurer

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Will I receive a receipt for my membership payment?

The Society does not normally issue receipts for membership subscriptions.

If you need a receipt for tax purposes, please contact the Treasurer: Contact the Treasurer

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I’m not sure about my membership status – how do I find out?

If you aren’t sure whether or not you are a financial member of the Brighton Philatelic Society, you can check the status of your membership by contacting the Membership Officer: Contact the Membership Officer

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How do I update my contact details?

If you are a member of the Brighton Philatelic Society, you may need to make changes to your contact details:

  • Name
  • Postal Address
  • Phone Numbers
  • Email Address

Please contact the Membership Officer to tell us if there are any changes: Contact the Membership Officer

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I’ve read all the FAQs about membership but I have further questions

If you have any further questions about membership of the Society, please contact the Membership Officer: Contact the Membership Officer

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How Do I…?

How do I change my password?

Once you are logged in to the web site, you can change your password by:

  • Clicking on the Change Password menu item in the Quick Links section on the right hand side of the page.

Alternatively, you can click on this link: https://brightonps.org.au/change-password/

If you’ve forgotten your password, you can reset it by:

  • Clicking on the Lost Password menu item in the Quick Links section on the right hand side of the page.

Alternatively, you can click on this link: https://brightonps.org.au/lost-password

If you need help, please contact the Webmaster: Contact the Webmaster

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I’ve forgotten my password – how do I reset it?

If you’ve forgotten your password, you can reset it by:

  • Clicking on the Lost Password menu item in the Quick Links section on the right hand side of the page.

Alternatively, you can click on this link: https://brightonps.org.au/lost-password

Please note: You do NOT need to enter your web site Username to reset your password – you can reset your password by simply entering your email address.

If you need help, please contact the Webmaster: Contact the Webmaster

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How do I change my email address?

You can update your user profile, including your email address by:

  • Clicking on the User Profile menu item in the Quick Links section on the right hand side of the page.

Alternatively, you can click on this link: https://brightonps.org.au/user-profile/

If you need help, please contact the Webmaster: Contact the Webmaster

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When Do I…?

When do I need to login to this web site?

You only need to login to this web site with your web site username and password when you need to:

  1. Access a members-only section of the site.
  2. Post a comment about an item on the site.
  3. Publish a new item on the site, e.g. an Advertisement.
  4. Upload a photo in the Photo Gallery.

There is no need to login to the web site with your web site username and password to submit a membership application or renewal.

If you need help, please contact the Webmaster: Contact the Webmaster

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When do I need to logout from this web site?

  • If you have logged in to this web site with your web site username and  password, you do not have to logout from the site.
  • If you do wish to logout, you can do so by clicking on the Logout menu item in the Quick Links section on the right hand side of the page.
  • If you wish, you can simply close your browser window.
  • When you close your browser window, your session will be terminated and you will need to login again with your web site username and  password.
  • However, if you selected the Remember Me option when you logged in, the system will resume your session and you will not have to login again with with your web site username and  password.

If you need help, please contact the Webmaster: Contact the Webmaster

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Miscellaneous

 

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