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A group of us who have found that there is no journal in the English language that serves our collecting interest have decided to do something about it. We have started this society.
Our thinking is simple; we would like all our members who collect China's postal history to be actively involved. After all, what is a society without its member's input? Furthermore, after what we have seen as to how other societies are managed, we have decided to use advanced management techniques to run our society, in teams.
There you have it, the why and the how this society is formed. In short, we are a society that serves the interest of the collectors of Chinese postal history who will actively participate and work in teams. It is as simple as that.

Team Concept and how this Society is managed
We are not going to stoop so low as to say what is wrong with other organizations. It is not our business. However, what we have seen is the motivation behind why we have chosen to use the team concept in all aspect of our society.
We believe that once we have created an environment where we treasure innovation and creativity, respect each other and other's opinion, practice inclusion rather than exclusion, then we can, in the long run, adapt to the constant changing environment, and carry out our most important task that this society is formed to do: increase and promote knowledge in Chinese postal history in the form of research, exhibiting and publication.

Our Values

  • Accountability: In a team, everyone is accountable to everyone else.

  • Authorship: We respect everyone's authorship and despise plagiarism. We have zero tolerance towards copycats. In all our publications, each team member's name will be printed for all to see in their articles.

  • Creativity: A team with members from a diverse background is proven to be more creative.

  • Change: Our hobby and everything around us is always changing. The way that we have set-up this society will make us most adaptable and as such we will evolve to whatever form or shape that the world would bring.

  • Diversity: Where others practice exclusion, we welcome all to join provided that 1) they are interested in Chinese postal history and 2) they are willing to contribute to our society, in terms of research and publication.

  • Empathy: We will think in each other's hat.

  • Equality: All members are equal. As eloquently as others can speak of doing this, it is a way of life in our society.

  • Flexibility: A team with members from a diverse background is known to be most flexible.

  • Non-political: We do not feel that our society is a medium for any forms of politics and discourages any members from carrying out their agenda in this society.

  • Representation: All members can voice their suggestions and concerns to their team (or teams) or to other members and have the matter discussed in an open manner. No one is representing us, as none is needed. We are there to make things happen.

  • Respect: We will respect each other and their opinion, although we may disagree with each other.

  • Transparency: All aspects of our society's operations must be transparent and we take a proactive approach in reporting our activities.

Operational Teams
A Steering Team (ST) steering@phsoch.org will head and operate the society. All other teams will direct their reports to this team. An Organization and Policy Team (OPT) will assist in establishing these, as the need for such becomes necessary. A Publication and Editing Team (ET) editing@phsoch.org will handle the journal as well as any society publications including our future catalogue. A Finance Team (FT) finance@phsoch.org will oversee all financial matters including membership members@phsoch.org (at this time). A Publicity (and legal) Team (PT) will represent the society in external matters, including legal. This team will also look into the venue for our general meetings. There will also be our Webpage Team (WT) contact@phsoch.org . New teams will be formed when the need arises.

Research (and Publication) Teams
All the research (and publication) teams will direct their report to Publication and Editing Team. It is hoped that we will have enough teams covering all the research areas and eventually the combined effort of our findings will result in a catalogue of postal history.

Team Operations
Each team will interact in an informal basis with and among its members. Cross team communication are strongly encouraged, as these may be mutually beneficial to both teams. All members are encouraged to voice their opinion or suggestions within their team(s) as well as to members in the Steering Team. Request for resources from the teams or clarification of policies should be directed to the operational team(s) involved.

From Here Onwards
Now that we have set up the foundations of this society, it is just the beginning of our journey. We will see how we will grow, evolve and adapt. We just want to end with this note: Nothing is cast in stone in our society, just respect for each other and the intent of furthering the study of Chinese postal history. Now we have to get to work.

Any questions should be directed to steering@phsoch.org