Grand River Valley Philatelic Association












Leigh Hogg


Looking for volunteer


Joe Trauzzi


David Oberholtzer

New Collector Coordinator

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Wendi Trauzzi



Click here to read about the history of GRVPA (in PDF format)



The Grand River Valley Philatelic Association (GRVPA) has 15 Clubs as Chapter Members. As an organization, the GRVPA offers stamp collectors a variety of services and assistance. Among these are:

  1. The Grand News, started in 1969, published 5 times a year, is a forum listing the events and news from the member Clubs. It is also an opportunity for advertisers to reach more than 600 collectors.

  2. Facilitates the purchase of insurance through the RPSC for all sanctioned events by the Clubs or the GRVPA.

  3. Provides a forum for member clubs to share ideas and develop shared resources:
      a. A list of guest speakers for Club Meetings
      b. A method for listing and sharing display frames and easels
      c. Development of an unbiased judging systems for exhibits
      d. Special events like the ‘Club Fair’
      e. Initiate discussions about possible future Grandpex or other special events
      f. Utilize 15 clubs’ resources rather than one

  4. Member Clubs sponsor 15 Club Bourses annually. Many include exhibits. These bourses feature more than 60 different dealers offering a wide variety of opportunities for the collector to find that elusive item they want. There are shows in every month except for June, July and December.

  5. The Howard Bryce Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to a GRVPA Club member for major long-term contributions to the success of a member club. There is also an annual GRVPA Memorial Award that recognizes an individual for an outstanding contribution in the last year.

  6. Hamilton hosted Royal ’98, Millennium show in 2000. Grandpex was held in 2002 in Guelph. St. Catharines hosted Royal 2009 (Saugeen Stamp Club hosted Royal 2003).

  7. The annual Club Fair, started in 1995, provides an opportunity for collectors to have access to the largest gathering of Club Circuit Books in Canada (over 400 usually) and from time to time we unite with the GTAPA for an extra large event. Two silent auctions are another highlight.

  8. A 40-litre box of stamps (maintained and circulated by the GRVPA) is available on request for any Club Bourse for children.

  9. Annually there is a ‘Grand Night’ hosted at a member club. This usually involves a guest speaker, circuits from 4 or 5 clubs, and auction, etc.

  10. Under our by-laws we offer a variety of types of Club memberships, ask the executives of our charter clubs for more information.

We invite all collectors to come out and enjoy our friendly meetings at any GRVPA club!

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