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President's Message 2014
by PNNA President Danny Bisgaard

4th Quarter 2014

Hopefully, some of you got to attend the ANA summer seminar in Colorado Springs. The PNNA scholarship winners have written articles about their experiences in this quarter’s newsletter. One of the great benefits of being a PNNA member is your membership allows for you to apply for the annual scholarship to the ANA summer seminar. Other members had a chance to attend the ANA show in Chicago. A lot of activity was witnessed as the throngs of attendees stood in line for the U.S. Mint release of the first gold Kennedy Half.

By the time you get this newsletter, the Puyallup Fair will be over. A great big thank you to Rick Schulz for organizing all the volunteers to staff the shifts and to all the volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to entertain all the fair goers who visited the booth. The penny pressing machine continues to be used and continues to be a great hit! In addition, we also handed out Washington commemorative medals.

Another round of thanks to Larry Gaye and all the WCC members who have volunteered for the Portland Show (Oct. 11-12 at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center Hotel). There’s still time to help; contact Larry at lgaius.larry@gmail.com. Please consider entering an exhibit in this year’s show. We have exhibit seminars scheduled for Salem, Ore. on 9/28 from 1-4 p.m. at the Cordon Road Fire Hall and for Edmonds, Wash. on 11/9 from 1-4 p.m. at 8304 212th St. SW. We are hoping to generate additional interest in exhibiting at the ANA in March 2015.

Thanks to John Brown who continues to provide answers addressing questions that came up in the 2013 survey.

Please check out the website for the various committees for 2014-2016. These committee chairs and members continue to address issues and grow this organization. We have established a new committee for show security and I am excited about some of the ideas they are working on. Look to future articles about the progress of this committee.

As the Board gets ready to meet this fall, we continue to need the memberships’ help: As we continue to mention, the Northwest has been honored by the awarding of the ANA National Money Show in Portland, Oregon, March 5-7, 2015. Please contact me (d.bisgaard@comcast.net) or refer to the second quarter 2014 newsletter if you are willing to serve as an ambassador or know folks that can serve as pages. Also see the ad on page 5 of The Nor'wester.

Also, the PNNA turns 75 in 2015, and your board has been working on new logo designs (see cover) and a commemorative medal. If you have any ideas for the celebration in May 2015, contact a board member.

Have a great “numismatic” fall – consider attending the 10th annual PNNA/WCC Fall Convention in Portland, Ore. (Oct. 11-12), Vancouver Island Collectibles show in Victoria, B.C. (Oct. 24-25), Everett Club Show in Everett, Wash. (Nov. 15-16), Salem Coin Show in Salem, Ore. (Dec. 6-7) and the Kent Valley Coin Show in Kent, Wash. (Dec. 12-13). Check the calendar section of the PNNA website (or the calendar on page 7) for locations and other shows in your area.

Hope to see many of you this fall in Portland.

3rd Quarter 2014

At the Tukwila convention, new officers and board were inducted to lead the PNNA over the next two years. Here is your new Board for the 2014-2015 term: Officers - Danny Bisgaard as President, James Reinders as Vice-President, John Brown as Secretary, Scott Loos as Treasurer and Lisa Loos continues as Past President. Board – Kevin Charbonneau, Gawain O’Connor, James Free, Mark Gruner, Rick Schulz, Dan Vornbrock, John Brown, Ed Fischer, Dennis Reed, Ron Engholm and Tony Kalt.

I want to personally thank the membership for their confidence in the new Board and to welcome new Board members James Free, Tony Kalt, Dennis Reed and Ron Engholm. In addition, I want to personally thank outgoing Board members William McKivor, Jesse Torres, Dennis Stevens and Dale Reubish for their past service.

Please refer to the PNNA website for a list of the annual award winners that were presented at Tukwila. We so appreciate the member’s involvement in the numismatic hobby we all love to participate in.

The spring PNNA convention was held this past May. Interest continues as we watch the volatile metals market. We had steady crowds all three days. Thanks to all the volunteers and to the convention committee – we continue to need more volunteers. Thank you to Kevin Charbonneau and his team as well as Tony Kalt who assisted Walt during the YN treasure hunt. Again, thanks to all of you that spent endless preparation and labor hours in making the convention a success.

The Puyallup Fair is just around the corner (Sept. 5-21). We need volunteers to staff the table at the Fair. We use this opportunity to continue to educate the public about numismatics as well as a recruiting tool. Rick Schulz, Puyallup Fair Coordinator, has begun visiting local clubs to solicit volunteers. The Board encourages you to participate and sign up for a shift or two. By the way, the Fair has great entertainment in the evening. Please contact Rick at richardf53@yahoo.com if you would like to volunteer.

Refer to last quarter’s edition for contact information for the need of volunteers for the ANA show scheduled in March 2015. In addition, thanks to Ed Fischer and his team for the final production of the ANA medal. Sales continue and medals are available for purchase. (See the PNNA website to place an online order.)

The Board serves at your pleasure – please contact any one of us with your suggestions. We want to grow this organization and we want to better educate our members on the subject of numismatics.

Have a great “numismatic” summer – consider attending the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago (Aug. 5-9; see www.worldsfairofmoney.com for more information), the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association convention in Ontario, Canada (Aug. 13-16) and the Florence Money Show in Florence, Oregon (Aug. 16-17).

2nd Quarter 2014

As I write this quarter’s column, the weather in the Northwest has turned to spring like. Temperatures in the middle sixties have caused the flowers and trees to start blooming. This cycle of blooming or re-birth may cause one to dust off one’s collection and attend a local coin show to add to one’s particular area of interest or discover a new area of interest. Whatever your choice, consider attending the PNNA convention in Tukwila, Washington, May 2-4, 2014.

A big thank you goes to Bill McIvor in getting this year’s election ballot ready. He has been a steady influence to the PNNA and has chosen not to run for reelection. We will miss his input and wish him well in his future endeavors. Thanks, Bill for your contribution to the PNNA’s success.

To that end, make sure you vote for a slate of officers using the ballot enclosed with the newsletter. Your input is vital in moving the organization forward. In addition, consider attending the membership meeting at 6 p.m. on May 3rd, where you will get a chance to meet the new Board.

Thank you to the Board for their hard work the last two years. Some of the 2013 accomplishments are as follows: penny press machine; continue work on redesign of the PNNA logo and medal design for 2015 anniversary; increased membership; action on survey results; new PNNA membership flyer; new traveling numismatic coin display; Club Representative Program; sponsorship of an educational seminar in Portland.

Thanks to Rick Schulz and other club members, the penny press machine continues to be a hit at the various coin shows. If you are a PNNA club and want to use the machine, contact Rick at richardf53@yahoo.com. In addition, contact Rick if you want to volunteer at the 2014 Washington State Fair in September, or see http://www.pnna.org/info/fair.html. Rick is also the contact for needed Washington ambassadors and YN pages for the 2015 ANA show.

As the Board gets ready to meet at the Tukwila show, we continue to seek the membership’s help:

  • Contact Kevin Charboneau (kcharboneau58@comcast.net) about volunteer opportunities for the PNNA convention in Tukwila, May 2-4, 2014. Your participation takes some of the workload off the convention committee.
  • Contact Ed Fischer, edoregon@comcast.net, about the redesign of the PNNA logo and medal designs for the upcoming 75th PNNA anniversary in 2015. In addition, the ANA convention medal is in its final design; see pp. 8-9 of The Nor'wester for details.

As a result of the awarding of the ANA National Money Show in Portland, Oregon, March 5-7, 2015, chairs of various subcommittees have been appointed. Please contact the following if you wish to help or participate:

Host Chair – Danny Bisgaard – d.bisgaard@comcast.net
Host Assistant Chair – Scott Loos – scottloos@msn.com
Collector Exhibits – Eric Holcomb – eric@holcomb.com
Money Talks – Gene Wiley – gawiley99@yahoo.com
Scout Chair – James Reinders – scouts2015@collect3.com
Pages from Oregon – John Brown – brownjoheil@gmail.com
Ambassadors from Oregon – James Free – jfree@centurylink.net
Advisor – Larry Gaye – lgaius.larry@gmail.com

There will be an ANA committee meeting in Tukwila. Please consider attending the annual awards presentations at
the membership meeting at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The ANA Summer Seminar PNNA scholarships have been awarded to Scott McLaine from Astoria, Oregon and YN Ermin Chow from Edmonton, Alberta. Congratulations to both!

Have a great “numismatic” summer – consider attending the Mid-Valley Coin Show in Albany, Ore. – May 24-25, 2014 or Kent Valley Coin Show in Kent, Wash. – June 14, 2014 or the ANA Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs – June 21-July 3, 2014 or the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago, Ill. – August 5-9, 2014. For other show dates, please check out the PNNA webpage under calendar.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Tukwila.

1st Quarter 2014

As I write this quarter’s column, the weather in the Northwest has been unusually cold. Temperatures in the Salem area have been in the lower teens. The weather, however, did not keep everyone away from the Salem Coin Show held December 7th and 8th. Most of the dealers made the show and business was brisk.

A big thank you goes to Pat Patke, Larry Gaye and Scott Loos for organizing the Portland, Oregon PNNA/WCC annual convention. All of the team of volunteers made the show a success. Exhibit award winners are posted on the PNNA website.

We continue to appreciate the work James Reinders does in promoting exhibits. We were blessed to have four adult and two YN exhibits at the annual Salem show. Gold and silver were awarded to the winners. Please take the time to learn and exhibit at your local coin shows.

Thanks to Rick Schulz and other club members, the penny squisher machine continues to be a hit at the various coin shows. If you are a PNNA club and want to use the machine, contact Rick at richardf53@yahoo.com.

In light of various numismatic thefts recently, please be aware of your surroundings. The Numismatic Crime Information Center (www.numismaticcrimes.org) provides a system to deal with incidents of numismatic thefts. They report crimes and alert the numismatic industry and law enforcement agencies on the local, state, federal and international level.

As the Board gets ready to meet at the Boeing show, we continue to seek the memberships’ help: Contact Kevin Charbonneau about volunteer opportunities for the PNNA convention in Tukwila, May 2-4, 2014. Your participation takes some of the workload off the convention committee. Contact Ed Fischer about the redesign of the PNNA logo and medal designs for the upcoming 75th PNNA anniversary in 2015 (edoregon@comcast.net). In addition, if you have ideas for the PNNA medal, you might consider a design that will befit the ANA spring convention, since both activities are taking place in 2015.

Please consider serving on the Board; new elections will be held in 2014. Refer to the article on page 8 of the 1st Quarter 2014 newsletter for more information. The organization continues to need your help in leading the PNNA in better serving the numismatic community.

As a result of the awarding of the ANA National Money Show in Portland, March 3-7, 2015, chairs of various subcommittees have been appointed. Please contact us if you are willing to serve on the various committees that are needed to make this show a success. Those who have volunteered to chair various committees will be meeting before the PNNA board meeting in Tukwila.

The newsletter will have articles on the various awards we present. Please take the time to read, note the deadlines and submit nominations for consideration.

Have a great “numismatic” spring – consider attending the FUN Show in Florida, January 9-12 or the Boeing show in Kent, Washington, January 18-19 or the ANA National Money Show in Atlanta, February 27 – March 1. For other show dates, please check out the PNNA web page under “calendar.”

I hope you had a joyous holiday season and are enjoying the new year. Looking forward to seeing many of you in Kent.