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09.09.2011 - Two new presidencies for Wolfgang Maassen
Consilium Philatelicum
For reasons of age, the long-standing President of the German Consilium Philatelicum, Dr. Heinz Jaeger, was not longer eligible for this function. Dr. Jaeger, who

Consilium Philatelicum
For reasons of age, the long-standing President of the German Consilium Philatelicum, Dr. Heinz Jaeger, was not longer eligible for this function. Dr. Jaeger, who is also Honorary President of the BDPh, held the presidency of the Consilium since 1999. Vice President Hermann Walter Sieger and Dr. Jaeger himself were however able to recommend a suitable successor; a suggestion that was followed unanimously by the members of the Consilium. The result was that Wolfgang Maassen of Schwalmtal, who was already responsible for the organization of the meetings of the Consilium, was elected as the new President of this exclusive institution, a chapter of which only 24 people can be a member.

The Consilium Philatelicum (CPh) sees itself - like the philatelic academies that can be found in other European countries - as a stable circle of renowned and experienced philatelists, a group of people that has the determination to bring their activities more and more in the open in order to support the BDPh.

Wolfgang Maassen has promised to maintain this good tradition, and he will be supported in his activities by the former and current Vice President Hermann Walter Sieger, whom he thanked sincerely for his commitment. The agenda for the year 2012 is already impressive, with a significant number of symposiums and other events that will turn up. In the fall of 2012, the CPh will be represented at HABRIA, thanks to a small symposium that will carry the theme ‘Philatelic relations between Germany and Great Britain’. During the first weekend of December, in the ‘House of Philately and Postal History’ in Bonn, everything will be about one central theme: thematic philately.

Chapter of the Hermann E. Sieger Literature Prize
The Hermann E. Sieger Literature Prize can boast of a venerable age: the award, established in 1922, exists for almost ninety years now. On 4 September 2011, during the 112th German Philately Day in Wuppertal, Hermann Walter Sieger announced that this prestigious prize, which can be award to persons who have delivered an outstanding publication in the German language,will continue to exist, thanks to the support of his son, Günter.

Since Dr. Heinz Jaeger, Honorary President of the BDPh and up until now President of the Chapter that decides which author will receive the Sieger Prize, has reached an age that no longer allows him to take on the presidency, a successor had to be appointed. The newly elected President of the Consilium Philatelicum, Wolfgang Maassen, had the honour of being invited by the Sieger firm to take over the presidency from Dr. Jaeger. It is a fine example of continuity, because since 1988 the President of the Consilium has always been also chairman of the Chapter of the Hermann E. Sieger Literature Prize (Emil W. Mewes from 1988 until 1999 and Dr. Heinz Jaeger from 2000 until 2011).