Philatelic Youth Council (PYC) New Zealand
Philatelic Youth Council of New Zealand Inc.
Chairpersons Report – February 2016
2015 was another successful year for PYC with the council making the move onto the Web with its own site for the first time. Paul McTaggart has put in a tremendous amount of work to get the site up and running. With additional funding received from COGS some significant advancement is now possible. Paul is planning to utilise some of our older youth to assist in these developments, which is really exciting.
The website advancement will hopefully assist PYC build its profile and reverse the reducing numbers of youth PYC has on its database. We have a need to make stamp collecting desirable again to the technically savvy youth of today. This is an issue that our hobby is having all around the world and it will remain one of our biggest challenges.
Fun philately continues to be our flagship product with it being distributed to all our youth who have shown an interest in the hobby. 2015 saw the first time that colour was added to the newsletter; this was possible with the cost of printing in colour being much more competitive. Anne coordinates her team putting in a lot of effort organising the issues, the content through to getting them posted out with the help of her team. Fun Philately still remains popular and the efforts of Anne and her team are appreciated.
We continue to punch above our weight with the number and quality of youth exhibitors. We are envied by other countries with the success we are having. This success is still down to our flagship activity the stamp camps. The 2015 camp was yet again another success and I would like to thank the organising committee from Christchurch with the camp held in Hanmer Springs for the first time. The organising of our camps is a challenge with rising costs, reduction in campers and a reducing pool of leaders. Geoff Tyson announced at the last camp that it would be his last as a leader, so I would like to thank Geoff for his many years of camp attendance.
PYC also had a good year with good sales of our protectors which does provide additional funding to keep our other projects moving. Moving into 2016 these and other funding sources will remain important to enable PYC to continue to enable our youth collectors to do well.
A challenge we do have is to bring in new people on to the team, ideally it would be great to see some of our youth who have come through our activities move onto our committee. The PYC executive is a committed group who do a great job with the resources we have. Once again thank you to the executive for the work you all achieve and look forward to your continued support.