Mr. Jos Wolff, President of the FIP, made his first official working visit on the weekend of 25 and 26 August. He acted as a consultant and inspected the status of preparations for the World Stamp Exhibition PRAGA 2008.
Discussions during several working meetings concerned the details of communication of the organizing committee with FIP philatelic member federations, the gathering of applications for exhibits, the nomination of members of the exhibition jury and the basic schedule for the days and events of the exhibitions including the conditions for the work of all of the exhibition’s functionaries. There was also discussion concerning the series of auxiliary programs at the exhibition, such as the simultaneous Salon of Czech Youth exhibition, the presentation of the virtual exhibition EXPONET, the Youth Post and several other topics.
Working meeting on the premises of the Union of Czech Philatelists, from the left: Jos Wolff (President of the FIP), Lumír Brendl (chairman of the Union of Czech Philatelists and a member of the board of directors of the FIP), Vít Vaníček (chairman of the organizing committee of PRAGA 2008 and vice-chairman of the Union of Czech Philatelists)
Mr. Jos Wolff personally inspected the site of the future exhibition. He was especially interested in the premises where the national commissioners and jury members would be working. He praised the premises of the art nouveau Palace of Industry at the Exhibition Grounds in Prague District 7 as being a very dignified and prestigious venue for the kind of exhibition that PRAGA 2008 should be. On this occasion, representatives of the company Progres Partners Advertising s.r.o. familiarized him with the architectural plans for the exhibition including the design of a special stand for displaying the Royal Collection and important invited philatelic exhibits.
President Wolff scarcely concealed his enthusiasm when he viewed the premises of the lapidarium of the National Museum, located in the direct vicinity of the Palace of Industry. The lapidarium is envisioned as the site of the ceremonial commencement of the exhibition. Next he took a careful look at the beautiful, intimate setting of the Postal Museum, which will host the philatelic literature competition class. Without a doubt, he was convinced that the exhibition is in good hands with respect to its venue and its spatial design.
The climax of Mr. Jos Wolff’s working visit to Prague was the meeting with representatives of Czech Post, the Union of Czech Philatelists and the company Progres Partners Advertising s.r.o. on the premises of the Postal Museum and the ceremonial signing of the contract between the FIP and the organizers of the exhibition. The contract has definitively confirmed the status of the World Stamp Exhibition PRAGA 2008 and acknowledges the full patronage of the FIP.
Ceremonial signing of the contract between the FIP and the organizing committee of the exhibition PRAGA 2008, from the left: Vít Vaníček (chairman of the organizing committee of PRAGA 2008 and vice-chairman of the Union of Czech Philatelists), Lumír Brendl (chairman of the Union of Czech Philatelists and member of the board of directors of the FIP), Jos Wolff (President of the FIP), Jindřich Jirásek (representative of Progres Partners Advertising s.r.o.)