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President's Message 2015
by PNNA President Danny Bisgaard

4th Quarter 2015

As I write this quarter’s column, all the kids are back in school continuing their education. Speaking of education, make sure you read the articles of the two scholarship winners on their experiences this summer at the ANA summer seminar.

By the time you receive this newsletter, the Puyallup Fair will be over. Once again, a great big thank you to Rick Schulz for organizing and to all the volunteers for staffing the shifts in educating the public in the area of numismatics.

Thank you to the dealers who have donated items for the PNNA display. Those donations received to date were on display in Puyallup and will again be displayed in Portland. We continue to have a need completing the display. If interested, contact Rick Schulz (richardf53@yahoo.com, 253.535.0690).

We want to thank Ed, Larry and Scott in organizing the 11th Annual PNNA/WCC Coin Show being held at the Doubletree in Portland. Contact Ed Fischer, edoregon@comcast.net, if you want to help set up on Friday, October 16th, staff the show on Saturday, October 17th or help break down the show late Sunday, October 18th.

As we mentioned at the Boeing show held in Kent and the PNNA show held in Tukwila, bring your PNNA membership badge to the October Show. We will finish taking photos of those dealers who do not have a current badge. No badge, no access to the show floor!

Please consider serving on the PNNA Board of Directors; new elections will be held in 2016.

We plan on having another birthday party in Portland celebrating the 75th anniversary of the club. All PNNA dealers and members are invited to the hospitality room to pick up their free cupcake.

Congratulations to all PNNA members – the ANA awarded the PNNA an Exemplary Service Award, for club service, which was presented in Chicago in August 2015. Thanks to every member and club that promotes the hobby of numismatics.

Have a great “numismatic” fall – consider attending the PNNA/WCC 11th Annual Fall Convention in Portland, Ore. (Oct. 17-18), Tri-City Coin Club Show in Richland, Wash. (Oct. 23-24), Everett Coin Club Show in Everett, Wash. (Nov. 21-22), North Shore Num. Society Show in Burnaby, B.C. (Nov. 28), Salem Coin Club Show in Salem, Ore. (Dec. 5-6) or the Boeing Show in Kent, Wash. (Jan. 16-17, 2016).

Hope to see many of you this fall in Portland.

3rd Quarter 2015

As I write this quarter’s column, the weather is great in Salem – 94 degrees!

Please continue to support your local coin clubs. They are the lifeblood of the hobby and your expertise continues to motivate the YNs that are thirsty for your knowledge.

The latest ANA Numismatist has pictures of the recently completed ANA show that was held in Portland and that was co-hosted by PNNA/Portland/Salem clubs. Again, my thanks to all of the membership that stepped up and volunteered to help make this show a success.

Hopefully many of you were able to attend the awards ceremony and the PNNA 75th birthday party in Tukwila. The website has all the award winners listed. We plan on having another birthday party in October at the PNNA/WCC show. Watch for invitations this fall.

The planning is already underway for the Washington State (Puyallup) Fair and our exhibit in the hobby hall. Dates of the Fair are Sept. 11-27, 2015. Volunteers are needed to staff the exhibit – please contact Rick Schulz by e-mail at richardf53@yahoo.com, or by phone, 253-535-0690. The penny pressing machine will be at the Fair. I encourage every local member to volunteer – it is a great way to give back to the organization. Admission to the Fair is free to those who do volunteer.

We want to thank Ed, Larry and Scott for their help in organizing the PNNA/WCC show in October 2015. Contact Ed Fischer (edoregon@comcast.net) or Larry Gaye (lgaius.larry@gmail.com) to help at the Portland Show – Oct. 16-18, 2015 at the Doubletree Hotel.

As we have mentioned at the Kent and Tukwila shows, bring your PNNA membership badge to the October show. We will finish taking pictures of those dealers who did not get a membership badge in Kent or Tukwila.

Please consider serving on the Board; new elections will be held in 2016.

Have a great “numismatic summer” – consider attending the Northwest Token and Medal Society Annual Convention, Clackamas, Ore. Banquet Center, July 11-12 (contact Mike Patton) or the ANA World’s Fair of Money show in Chicago/Rosemont, Ill., Aug. 11-15 (see www.worldsfairofmoney.com for more information). Other shows are listed on the PNNA website.

Hope to see many of you this summer.

2nd Quarter 2015

Hopefully, some of you got to attend the ANA in Portland, Oregon. Brisk activity was reported. Thanks to all the volunteers and committee chairs for making the show a hit! Rick Schulz transported the “penny squisher” machine to Portland. Contact Rick by email at richardf53@yahoo.com if you want to use the machine. Thanks go to Walter Ostromecki and the ANA for awarding the PNNA and WCC and SNS special plaques for co-hosting the show.

Portlandia sculptor Raymond Kaskey spent three days autographing memorabilia. Thanks go to Ed Fischer and his wife Leila for making all the arrangements and making Ray feel at home.

Thanks go to James Free and John Brown and Rick Schulz for coordinating the volunteers and pages. The pages were very active, and if you asked them, they made some good tips! Thanks go to all the volunteers and pages that helped with the show.

Gene Wiley and Larry Gaye worked as a team in introducing the Money Talks presenters. In addition, Eric Holcomb oversaw the collector exhibits – 37 exhibits from 24 exhibitors in 111 cases. James Reinders oversaw the teaching of the boy and girl scouts – over 100 boy scouts and 12 girl scouts earned their badges or patches. Thanks to all four of these committee members who made the show extra special for presenters, exhibitors and scouts.

Please consider participating in ANA National Coin Week, April 19-25. See details on the ANA and PNNA websites. In addition, consider joining the ANA if you have not chosen to do so. The monthly production of The Numismatist gives value to your membership cost.

One of the great benefits of being a PNNA member is your membership allows you to apply for the annual scholarship to the ANA Summer Seminar as well as being nominated for the various awards PNNA annually hands out. This year’s scholarship winners are Ed Fischer from Salem, Oregon and YN Benjamin Mous from Issaquah, Washington.

As a result of PNNA turning 75, the Board voted to commission a new medal which will be unveiled at the Tukwila show. Hopefully, many of you can attend the awards ceremony. An invitation to the party is included with this [2nd Quarter 2015] mailing of The Nor’wester, or inquire at the show.

I attended the Boeing show in January and was impressed with the security. I could not get on the floor until I had the proper credentials. Speaking of proper credentials, the PNNA started producing photo name badges for dealers and committee members. Please obtain the proper credentials at the Tukwila show if you did not at the Boeing show. Starting in Portland, these credentials will be required to get on the show floor.

As the Board gets ready to meet this spring, we continue to need the memberships’ help:

  • Kevin Charbonneau (kcharboneau58@comcast.net) has volunteer opportunities for the PNNA convention in Tukwila, Wash., May 1-3, 2015. Your participation takes some of the workload off the convention committee.
  • Rick Schulz (richardf53@yahoo.com) has volunteer opportunities at this year’s Washington State (Puyallup) Fair, September 11-27, 2015.
  • Ed Fischer (edoregon@comcast.net) has volunteer opportunities at this year’s WCC/PNNA convention in Portland, Ore., October 17-18, 2015.

Have a great “numismatic spring” – consider attending the Spokane Show (April 11-12), PNNA in Tukwila (May 1-3) and the Mid Valley Coin Show in Albany, Ore. (May 23-24). Check the calendar section of the PNNA website for locations and other shows in your area, or pick up a paper copy of the calendar at the Tukwila show.

1st Quarter 2015

Hopefully, some of you got to attend the Salem Coin Show in Salem, Ore. Brisk activity was reported. No snow this year, but attendance was smaller than last year. Thanks to Rick Schulz for transporting the penny squisher machine to Salem. We now have a policy in place for PNNA members and PNNA clubs when using the machine. Contact Rick at richardf53@yahoo.com if you want to use the machine.

One of the great benefits of being a PNNA member is your membership allows you to apply for the annual scholarship to the ANA Summer Seminar, as well as being nominated for the various awards PNNA annually hands out. Please check the website and other articles in this edition of The Nor’wester to learn about the awards.

Watch your mailbox for important information concerning the awards ceremony in Tukwila in May 2015. As a result of PNNA turning 75, the Board has voted to do something special to honor such a momentous occasion.

Another round of thanks to Larry Gaye and all the Willamette Coin Club members who volunteered for the Portland Show (October 11-12 at the Doubletree Hotel). Next year, Larry turns the convention over to Ed Fischer. I know I speak for every member in thanking Larry for his years of dedicated service in making the Portland show a success.

As the Board gets ready to meet this winter, we continue to need the memberships’ help:

As we continue to mention, the Northwest has been honored by the awarding of the A.N.A. National Money Show in Portland, Oregon, March 3-7, 2015. [The show officially opens on March 5, but check out the preconvention classes and activities.] 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 young folks who can serve as pages. We are down to the last 60 days and everyone needs to step up to make this event a hit for the Northwest!

Kevin Charbonneau (kcharboneau58@comcast.net) has volunteer opportunities for the PNNA convention in Tukwila, Wash., May 1-3, 2015. Your participation takes some of the workload off the convention committee.

Have a great “numismatic” winter – consider attending the Boeing Show in Kent, Wash. (Jan. 17-18), FUN Show in Orlando, Fla. (Jan. 8-11), McMinnville Club Show in Lincoln City, Ore. (Feb. 14-15) and last but not least the ANA National Money Show in Portland, Ore. (March 5-7). Check the calendar section of the PNNA website for locations and other shows in your area.

Hope each and every one of you has a great holiday season!

Hope to see many of you this winter in Kent.