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Philatelic society to honor 82

The Saudi Philatelic & Numismatics Society (SPNS) marked its 50th anniversary at its headquarters in the Saudi capital on Saturday and announced that it will honor 82 individuals and newspapers for their support.
“They will be honored in fitting ceremonies during the celebration of the Saudi National Day on Sept. 23 at the King Fahd Cultural Center,” Usamah M. Al-Kurdi, SPNS chairman, said. The awarding ceremony will be attended by Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and Minister of Culture and Information Abdulaziz Khoja.
Al-Kurdi added that the founders of the society of 50 years will also be honored. “There are 30 names on the list and we’re searching for others,” he said.
One of the founding members, Abdalla Ibrahim Almukrin, now 80 years old, attended the 50th founding anniversary celebration. Almukrin, who used to work at the post office, is also a member of the Voice of America Stamp Club.
Al-Kurdi added that the society’s board members for the last 50 years and those currently serving on the board will also be honored as a token of gratitude for their service to the society.
Al-Kurdi said that a new show entitled “Bank notes and stamp collectors,” will be held during the Saudi National Day celebration. “We hope to organize two lectures — one on bank notes and the other on Saudi stamps,” he said.
The SPNS is scheduled to honor participants, Saudis and non-Saudis who received medals from the organizers of international exhibitions including the Federation of Stamp Collectors and the Asian Federation of Stamp Collectors, on Sept. 24.
Al-Kurdi said that the SPNS aims to create a good environment where hobbyists can meet for various activities related to stamp collection, bank notes and old coins.
“We have a lot of these activities in SPNS’s branches in Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, Dammam, Al-Ahsa and Jazan in addition to the headquarters in the Saudi capital,” he said. He added that as part of its strategy, SPNS has weekly gatherings for members, a separate one for female members and a third for numismatics collectors.
Al-Kurdi added that SPNS also gives attention to the development of the members’ capabilities and that there are various activities in this regard. One activity is organizing local events for professional collectors, another for beginners and still another for the young hobbyists or enthusiasts. Al-Kurdi added that the different kinds of activities for collectors of stamps, coins and bank notes are rated at three levels. The Society was founded by Ibrahim Milibary in 1964. The original founders were A. Katooah, H. Nori, Sadiq Jamal, H. Abbas, Ismael Attar, Hassan Qari, Faisal Ajhori, Ibrahim Tabil, Omar Bukhar, Ismael Shafi, Turki Khokair, and Mohammad Safdar.

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