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President's Message 2011
by PNNA Past President Lisa Loos

4th Quarter 2011

I can’t believe that summer is over … as the popular saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” Even though our summer weather did not cooperate, we still had plenty of activities to keep us busy. June brought the official start of summer and the annual Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, CO. The PNNA sponsors a scholarship to one adult and one YN to attend. This years adult recipient was Jesse Torres, of the Boeing Employees Coin Club. I spoke to Jesse soon after he returned and he couldn’t stop talking about the great experience and how cool it was to meet some of the most distinguished names in numismatics. His summary will be posted on the PNNA website when available.

In July, I gathered the board together for a meeting and BBQ. Thanks to our “Grill Master” Dennis Stevens, the food was almost as good as our meeting. We all had a good time and managed to discuss some great ideas. Please read and review the minutes for a recap of the meeting.

With August came the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago, IL. I have attended this show for the past 10
or so years, and I can’t remember a bigger bourse floor … it was HUGE!! Like always, a good contingent of Northwesterners were there.

I usually do not like to toot my own horn in this column, however, I am today. A few weeks before the show, Scott and I were informed that we will be presented with the Numismatic Ambassador Award sponsored by Numismatic News. This award is very special to us as it truly comes from our peers; as you are nominated and voted on by current Ambassadors. The award was presented to us by David Harper, Editor of Numismatic News, during the Ambassador breakfast. Later in the convention, our own Katie Reinders, YN from the Willamette Coin Club and daughter of current PNNA board member, James, received the YN best-in-show exhibit award for her exhibit entitled, “Happy Birthday Oregon.” (See photo and report.) A very good showing for the PNNA!!

As summer closes, fall begins with two big events. In September, PNNA once again had a booth at the Puyallup
Fair in the Hobby Hall. A BIG KUDOS to Rick Schulz, Puyallup Fair Coordinator, who feverishly attended local club meetings to sign up volunteers. I believe all shifts were filled thanks to everyone who volunteered their time. This event would not be successful without our great support team. Also, I would like to thank Rick’s wing man, Kevin Charbonneau, who willingly volunteered to help set up our booth and display backdrop. October brings us the Willamette Coin Club/PNNA co-sponsored convention in Portland, October 22-23 at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree Inn. Once again, the bourse will be sold out. Thanks to the show committee and the WCC members for making this happen.

That’s it for now. Hope to see everyone in Portland.

3rd Quarter 2011

I hope everybody is enjoying their summer. I know summer can be a little slow for numismatic activities. However, here are a few ideas that can occupy your time. In July, here in the Northwest, the Northwest Token and Medal Society will be holding their 27th Annual Convention in Vancouver, WA, July 9-10. On July 16th, Dale Reubish will once again be hosting the Olympia South Sound Coin & Currency Show in Tumwater. If you care to be a bit more adventurous, you can take a road trip to Colorado Springs to visit the ANA Headquarters and the Money Museum. Then in August travel to Chicago for the ANA World’s Fair of Money.

Of course, with the start of summer, it is once again time to begin planning for the Puyallup Fair and our exhibit in the hobby hall. We are looking for volunteers to “man” or “woman” the booth. If you are interested, please read Rick Schulz’s article, included in this edition on page 2, for more information and to contact him for available slots. If you have not volunteered before, I encourage you to give it a try. It is a good way to give back to the organization. Besides, you get FREE admittance into the Fair.

I hope everyone finds something of interest to keep the numismatic juices flowing during the “Dog Days of Summer.” Until next time. Wag More, Bark Less.

2nd Quarter 2011

Will winter ever end??? It seems as though Mother Nature has thrown everything at us this winter; from snow to hail, to torrential rain and for about 5 minutes showed us the sun. Alas, after spending an hour (in the sun I might add) today at the dog park, it looks as though the worst is behind us and we can think about spring.

What better way to begin a new season then spending it at the PNNA Convention in Tukwila. The convention will be April 8-10 at the Tukwila Convention Center. The show committee again has done a fantastic job to ensure there will be a flurry of activity. To read more about what the convention has to offer, please see the article submitted by Mike Labosier, General Chairman. I hope to see many of you there.

On to PNNA news: Your board continues to meet every quarter to discuss improvements to the organization. It never ceases to amaze me the great ideas that are presented. At January’s meeting, the discussion of the by-laws came into play. Since the by-laws have not been revised in over 10 years, I assigned a committee to review and make any recommendations that would benefit the overall health of the organization. We will be discussing the committee’s recommendation in April. Another idea was to have a traveling kiosk at local shows to create awareness of the PNNA and our benefits. This will be making its debut in Tukwila. The board is also considering a new logo/branding. The existing logo has been in place since club inception, and like most corporations, re-branding needs to be done to inject a more current feel. The Outreach Committee has been assigned this task. If you have any ideas as to what the new logo should be, please contact any member of the Outreach Committee. There may be a contest involved and a prize for the best design. Please read the minutes to see all the good work the board is doing.

As always, I encourage you to attend any board meeting. They are open to all PNNA members and guests. Our next board meeting will be Saturday, April 9th at 8AM. We will follow with a general membership meeting that evening at 6PM where annual award winners will be announced. Also, I will be having an informal discussion where you will be able to present suggestions and give feedback as to how we can improve. We had a very good discussion last year, and implemented a few ideas that were shared. We can’t improve or change unless we know what our members want. Remember, this is your club…

Hope to see everyone in April. Until then, wag more, bark less! — Lisa

1st Quarter 2011

I hope everyone had a joyous and happy holiday!

The PNNA ended 2010 with three very active events. The October PNNA/WCC convention in Portland was well attended and seemed to have a strong buying public. James Reinders, Outreach Chair, coordinated another outstanding Scouting Clinic. Of course it would not have been successful without the assistance of his daughter, Katie, who gave an outstanding presentation. For her efforts, I gave her a President’s Award. November saw two great shows beginning in Everett and continuing with Salem. Everett had a new venue this year which seemed to be better attended and preferred by many dealers. Salem held their annual Thanksgiving weekend show, again very well attended by the public even though Oregon and Oregon State were both playing key football games on Saturday!

Now that the New Year is upon us, we have three activities that we can all enjoy. First is the Greater Tacoma Coin Show held at the King Oscar in Tacoma, January 8-9, followed by the Boeing Employees Coin Club show held at Kent Commons January 15-16. Finally we have a Counterfeit Detection Seminar, held in conjunction with the ANA, at the Courtyard Marriott in Tukwila, WA, January 22-23. (Pre-registration is required for this event.) These three activities should help all of us get back into the swing of numismatic thoughts after all the great holiday feasts and festivities.

Looking forward to another good year, and to seeing everyone at some time!

All the best, Lisa.