It’s hard to believe that a whole month has already passed since we went on our interesting trip to beautiful Thuringia, Meiningen to be precise. In total, we were a lively group of 12 members of our ArGe, supported by 6 additional accompanying persons. There were two special reasons for this trip: firstly, after 5 years, our ArGe board was due to be elected again, and secondly, we were invited by the Meiningen Stamp Club to take part in their stamp exhibition – a real promotional exhibition for our exhibits!

Our hotel not only offered comfort, but also an extremely convenient location from which we could easily reach the exhibition, concert halls and the historic old town on foot. On the very first day, we were warmly welcomed by Mr. Reichel, the chairman of the Meininger Verein, and his team in the impressive Villa Strupp – the heart of the exhibition. There we were able to present our exhibits and set up our advertising stand. The renovated, time-honored villa provided an impressive backdrop for our presentation!

The days in Meiningen were not only a highlight for us ArGe members, but also for our companions. Thanks to the bright sunshine and the varied program, they were able to enjoy picturesque hikes, fascinating historical insights, culinary delights and relaxing moments in nature, which we were introduced to in an evening lecture.

During the event, it became clear why the Meiningen Stamp Club is one of the most active in the whole of Germany! Not only local political figures such as the district administrator and the mayor were present, but also other prominent guests, including former Olympic champions! The musical accompaniment by the talented ensembles of the Max Reger Conservatory gave the event a very special touch.
The youth work of the Meiningen Stamp Club was particularly impressive! It was fantastic to see how the young people not only gave presentations, but also organized an auction where their enthusiasm for philately was literally palpable!

Our Annual General Meeting also ran smoothly. Detailed minutes will of course be published in the next issue of PM. However, here is a brief summary: the actions of the Board were approved and confirmed, and we are delighted to welcome Johan Diesveld as a new Board member! Brief discussions about the use and location of the franking machine and about the non-profit status of our ArGe rounded off the meeting. And as a crowning finale, Prof. Wenig gave an interesting lecture on the history of chemistry – and illustrated the whole thing philatelically! Such an extensive topic that definitely cries out for a sequel – we can hardly wait!