20th Anniversary of the Cyprus Philatelic Society:
The Cyprus Philatelic Society, which is the only philatelic organisation in Cyprus with membership from all over Cyprus, was formed on the 5th of December, 1959 by 35 philatelists who met for this specific purpose, after an invitation published in the press. The Society, is governed by an elected Committee of nine members, on which all the major cities of Cyprus are represented, and has its seat in Nicosia.
The spreading of philately, the advancement of the Cyprus stamp, the tightening of relations among philatelists, the study of philatelic subjects and the facilities offered to members to enrich their collections are among others, the basic aims of the Society as set out in the Articles of Association voted for in the first General Meeting. In order to achieve the above mentioned basic aims, the Society is organising regular meetings of its members in its premises, provides its members with a library, organises exhibitions, lectures, auctions and film projections of philatelic interest, publishes a magazine and supplies its members with stamps.
The Society is represented by four of its members on the Advisory Committee which under the chairmanship of the Director of the Postal Services Department advices the Minister of Communications and Works on matters relating to the issues, subjects and designs of stamps. The Society maintains perfect relations with the Directorate of Postal Services in achieving the common aim of better appearance and promotion of the Cyprus stamp.
Without any doubt, the Cyprus Philatelic Society has been the flag bearer of philately in Cyprus and a major factor in the promotion and progress of philately. The tremendous increase in membership, which at present (1979) numbers 1148, is an ample proof of its considerable contribution and activity in this field.
The Postal Services Department, in recognition of the services of the Cyprus Philatelic Society gives to the members of the society certain privileges and facilities (i.e. specimen stamps, etc.) which philatelic organisations all over the world would envy, and honours its twentieth anniversary of multiple activity with a special stamp, in this "Anniversaries and Events 1979" issue.
Declaration of the Rights of the Child:
In 1959, the General Assembly of the U.N. adopted the Declaration of the rights of the Child and later adopted a resolution declaring 1979 the International Year of Child.
The child shall enjoy all the rights set forth in this Declaration. Every child, without any exception whatsoever, shall be entitled to these rights, without distinction or discrimination on account of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, whether of himself or of his family.
The child shall enjoy special protection, and shall be given opportunities and facilities, by law and by other means, to enable him to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially in a healthy and normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity. In the enactment of laws for this purpose, the best interests of the child shall be the paramount consideration.
The child shall be entitled from his birth to a name and a nationality.
The child shall enjoy the benefits of social security. He shall be entitled to grow and develop in health; to this end, special care and protection shall be provided both to him and to his mother, including adequate pre-natal and post-natal care. The child shall have the right to adequate nutrition, housing, recreation and medical services.
The child who is physically, mentally or socially handicapped shall be given the special treatment, education and care required by his particular condition.
The child, for the full and harmonious development of his personality, needs love and understanding. He shall, wherever possible, grow up in the care and under the responsibility of his parents, and, in any case, in an atmosphere of affection and of moral and material security; a child of tender years shall not, save in exceptional circumstances, be separated from his mother. Society and the public authorities shall have the duty to extend particular care to children without a family and to those without adequate means of support. Payment of State and other assistance towards the maintenance of children of large families is desirable.
The child is entitled to receive education, which shall be free and compulsory, at least in the elementary stages. He shall be given an education which will promote his general culture and enable him, on a basis of equal opportunity, to develop his abilities, his individual judgment, and his sense of moral and social responsibility, and to become a useful member of society. The best interests of the child shall be the guiding principle of those responsible for his education and guidance; that responsibility lies in the first place with his parents. The child shall have full opportunity for play and recreation, which should be directed to the same purposes as education; society and the public authorities, shall endeavors to promote the enjoyment of this right.
The child shall in all circumstances be among the first to receive protection and relief.
The child shall be protected against all forms of neglect, cruelty and exploitation. He shall not be the subject of traffic, in any form. The child shall not be admitted to employment before an appropriate minimum age; he shall in no case be caused or permitted to engage in any occupation or employment which would prejudice his health or education, or interfere with his physical, mental or moral development.
The child shall be protected from practices which may foster racial, religious and any other form of discrimination. He shall be brought up in a spirit of understanding, tolerance, friendship among peoples, peace and universal brotherhood, and in full consciousness that his energy and talents should be devoted to the service of his fellow men.
75th Anniversary of Rotary International 1905-1980:
The first rotary movement started in Chicago on 23rd February 1905 by a small group of ideologists comprising of a mineralogist, a merchant tailor, and a coal dealer, and led by Paul Harris, a lawyer. It was a reaction to the moral decadence in their country. Ever since, the movement has spread to over 100 countries, organized into many thousand clubs with over half a million members including scientists, merchants, manufacturers, scholars and artists. Half of these clubs and two thirds of the members live in the U.S.A. In 1922 the Rotary Clubs spread all over the world, united into the "Rotary International". The first Rotary Club in Cyprus was established in Nicosia in 1938. At present there are six clubs in the country. The principles of the Rotarian philosophy aim at rendering services to the community for the promotion of friendship, social harmony and peace and the predominance of social and moral values. The Rotary International has developed a many sided charity programme all over the world. In 1947 it established the Rotary Scholarship Foundation and in 1962 it put forward the system of small clinic units for rendering medical treatment to developing countries. More charity projects are undertaken by the local clubs in various countries. Each club is directed by a council which includes one representative from each profession, elected according to merit. They meet very often and discuss various subjects during dinners. Political and religious discussions which may provoke friction are excluded. The various Rotary Clubs communicate with each other through the Rotary International Club at Chicago. Cyprus is one of the many countries which have released stamps to mark the 75th anniversary of the Rotary International.