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SEPTEMBER 28-30, 2012
WILLAMETTE COIN CLUB/
PACIFIC NORTHWEST
NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION
8TH ANNUAL FALL CONVENTION

DoubleTree Lloyd Center Hotel
1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232

 
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WCC / PNNA Fall Convention Report - 2012

Convention Dates/Times:

  • It's Over! We'll see you again next year ... October 4-6, 2013 (Dealer setup on the 4th).

  • Dealer/exhibitor set up and Early Bird entry:
    Friday, September 28, 3:00 - 6:00 PM.
    Saturday, September 29, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM.

  • Public show hours:
    Saturday, September 29, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
    Sunday, September 30, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Other convention information:

  • Approximately 90 local, regional and national coin dealer tables. See the 2012 dealer list.

  • Located adjacent to Lloyd Center Mall and just a few blocks from the Oregon Convention Center.

  • Admission was $2.00 per day. Children under 12 were free.

  • "Early Bird" admission was available for a fee.

  • As usual, the show was in a room connected to the DoubleTree parking garage, immediately across the street from the main hotel entrance.

  • There was an expanded collector exhibit area on one side of the room near the entrance. Eric Holcomb (PNNA chief judge) was available to consult. See the competitive exhibit results.

  • Walt Ostromecki again conducted the popular Young Numismatist (YN) treasure hunt. (See details below.)

  • Boy and Girl Scout programs See scouting page | See scout program flyer.

  • Hourly door prizes!

Young Numismatist/Family Programs

In addition to Boy and Girl Scout clinics, there was also a general public and youth and family activities table inside the show (sometimes known as the "WCC-PNNA Kid's Educational Zone") which provided youth, families and non-collectors with all sorts of FREE hobby introduction information and educational materials. Plans also called for a FREE 10-stop youth Numismatic TREASURE HUNT, for both Saturday and Sunday.

2012 Fall Convention Report

Report by ANA VP Walt Ostromecki, Email: ostromecki@money.org.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST COIN SHOW UPBEAT AND BUSY

The PNNA and Willamette Coin Club's 8th annual convention, held September 28-30 at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland, OR featured a 90-dealer bourse, educational exhibits, a youth activities table and treasure hunt, a boy and girl scout merit badge clinic, plenty of numismatic fellowship and an ANA Presidential Award presentation. Show Chairman Larry Gaye reported show attendance was brisk and steady on Saturday, but fell off a bit on Sunday afternoon. "The dealers overall were pleased with sales," Larry commented. "We were again most fortunate to have ANA VP, Walt Ostromecki in attendance. Walt staffed the ANA and hobby information booth as well as the Kid's Zone activities table where a ten-stop educational treasure hunt began. He is absolutely amazing when it comes to relating to and talking coins with the kids of all ages, and adult, too."

James Reinders and his daughter Katie conducted the Boy and Girl Scout merit badge clinics. Some two dozen scouts and leaders participated. The PNNA Board meeting commenced at 6:00 PM on Saturday night. The Association is gearing up for its 75th Anniversary in 2015. Plans for this celebration are being headed up by Ed Fischer. Other business included a report which noted the group has just completed the purchase of a hand-crank Penny Press which will be used to create an array of elongated souvenirs for the PNNA's shows and at the Puyallup Fair (WA). The Association also announced the kickoff of a new award for 2012: the Literary Award for Best Club Newsletter. The award covers both printed and electronic club newsletters.

Following the Association's business portion of the meeting, ANA VP Walt Ostromecki was introduced. He took the opportunity to officially announce and kickoff his candidacy for the ANA Presidency in 2013. This was followed up by the highlight of the evening, the presentation on behalf of ANA President Tom Hallenbeck of an ANA Presidential Award to a surprised and stunned Danny Bisgaard, current PNNA president. Walt noted in his comments: "Danny is truly a devoted hobby volunteer, someone who can't just say no. What I am referring here is that when the PNNA was hosting the ANA NSM Show in 2009 in Portland, opening day was Danny's birthday. Where was he found? Out partying? No, working the convention registration booth. He also mentioned that Danny was the leader of a numismatic group called the FOUR AMIGOS. The group travels up and down the Interstate-5 Highway on a monthly basis visiting and passing out hobby information at all the clubs from Salem, OR to Tacoma-Seattle, WA." Danny began his numismatic hobby experience at age 16 (1969) when a neighbor first introduced him to coin collecting. He has had a passion ever since for not only collecting, but wanting to help educate others about the joys, fun and history of numismatics. Danny believes the only sure way to grow the future of coin collecting hobby is to "reach out and touch the next generation of collectors" through outreach education. The "four amigos" have introduced hundreds if not thousands to the joys of the coin collecting hobby and coin club membership.

Danny has been an active ANA volunteer at the three ANA conventions held in Portland since 1997 as well as a numismatic theater presenter, exhibitor, young numismatists outreach program promoter especially at the PNNA hosted table during the yearly Puyallup Fair (WA). Danny credits his initial contact with numismatics at age 16 to a neighbor; the spark which ignited and grew his collecting interest to coin dealer Ken Basford; and his rise to serve clubs and the PNNA in leadership positions to Scott Loos. "I am blessed with a wife who understands my passion for coin collecting and joins in with me in that pursuit," commented Danny in his remarks following the acceptance of his ANA Presidential Award.

PNNA president Danny Bisgaard (left) accepts the ANA Presidential Award on behalf of ANA President Hallenbeck from ANA VP Walt Ostromecki (right). The award took place at the PNNA board meeting on Saturday, September 29 at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center Hotel in Portland.

There were five competitive exhibits at the show and a couple of educational displays. James Reinders took two first places for his exhibits "Complete German State 3 Mark Commemorative Type Set" and "Clock Makers Collection." Second place was claimed by Gerald Williams, "The Arts: The Numismatic Contribution of the Cooper Union." Third went to YN Katie Reinders with "Happy Birthday Oregon - Pendelton Round Up." Fourth was captured by another YN Marie Fernandez for "Should IN GOD WE TRUST be on coins?. The judges were Eric Holcomb, Gawain O'Connor and Danny Bisgaard.

The next PNNA convention is scheduled for April 12-14, 2013 at the Tukwila Community Center, Tukwila, WA, and the next PNNA/WCC fall convention is scheduled for October 4-6, 2013 in Portland, OR.

Local Host Club: Willamette Coin Club website.