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President's Message 2017
by PNNA President James Reinders

2nd Quarter 2017

I hope to see as many of you as possible at the annual PNNA membership meeting at the Tukwila Community Center on Saturday March 18 at 6:30 p.m. (The show closes at 6 p.m.)

The annual PNNA Convention (the 68th Annual) is Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 17-19 in Tukwila. We proudly know this as both the oldest and biggest annual coin show in the Pacific Northwest. There is plenty of free parking, and admission for the show is only $2/day (children under 12 are free). Public show hours are Friday Noon – 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (although, I recommend arriving before noon Sunday to avoid “show wind-down” disappointment, as with any coin show). Thanks to our membership committee, we will have an updated PNNA tri-fold brochure at the show – please be sure to pick up a few to hand out to promote numismatics in the Northwest. As always, the PNNA calendar, http://pnna.org/calendar.html, is the place to get more information on this and other coin shows.

Volunteer! We are always in need of a little more help at all our conventions. Even if you have only an hour to spare, we’d love to have your help. Please contact convention chairman Kevin Charboneau (kcharboneau58@comcast.net) about volunteer opportunities in Tukwila, Rick Schulz (richardf53@yahoo.com) for volunteer opportunities at this year’s Washington State (Puyallup) Fair (September 1-24, 2017), and Ed Fischer (edoregon@comcast.net) for volunteer opportunities at this year’s WCC/PNNA convention in Portland, October 21-22, 2017.

Or – ask for Kevin, or myself, at the show itself and help us while you are there! The conventions are only possible because so many members offer up their time to help. We are always grateful for all the help. Of course – if you volunteer, we’ll waive the admission fee for you. A small thank you, I know … but every little bit helps!

The Boeing Employees show in January saw Tony Kalt busy again with many Boy Scouts attending his Coin Collecting Merit Badge sessions. Tony will be working with Scouts in Tukwila as well (more information – including a PDF flyer – at https://www.pnna.org/yn/scouting.html). If you are involved in Boy Scouts – we’d love your help promoting it. A personal email to a Troop or District leader, or to Scouts, can really help. Of course, we have opportunities in October in Portland as well.

Girl Scouts – we’ve not had many requests in the past two years. We schedule Girl Scouts “on request” because they tend to sign up on a Troop basis (unlike boys who come as individuals). If you are involved in Girls Scouts, we can arrange a “Fun with Money” patch workshop on demand around the Pacific Northwest. I’m the one to contact for more information (coins2017@collect3.com).

The bourse in Kent was busy enough, and there were certainly a lot of numismatic items of all kinds available. There were some nice collector exhibits too. All in all, a very nice show again!

The Board discussed a few interesting things which we would always enjoy getting feedback on:

  • If we organize a weekend seminar (a class – such as “Coin grading”) – what, and when, would people be interested in attending?
  • Annual awards – input is always welcome! Who do you know that we should recognize?
  • Summer scholarships for the ANA Summer Seminar – we hope you have applied if you are interested in some help attending. If not, there is always next year. (Put it on your calendar!)
  • Show security – we continue to work behind the scenes to keep our shows safe and secure. We added photo identification for non-public hours last year, and we have always had a security guard (or police) presence visible and invisible. We have more non-intrusive things planned to keep things very safe and secure. We welcome input.

Upcoming Board Meeting Dates and Locations:

  • March 18, 2017 at the PNNA Annual Convention, Tukwila Community Center, Tukwila, Wash. – 8:00 a.m. Board / 6:30 p.m. Membership meeting and awards.
  • June 22, 2017 in Portland at the President’s house.
  • October 21, 2017 at the WCC/PNNA Portland Convention, DoubleTree Lloyd Center, Portland, Ore. – 6 p.m.

The Board and Officers serve 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.

There are many coin shows to enjoy this spring and summer (see http://pnna.org/calendar.html for up-to-date listings). Looks like a fun year ahead! I am looking forward to seeing many of you in Tukwila.

1st Quarter 2017

Wow, a new year is coming. I hope you have enjoyed your fall and holidays, and are ready for an exciting 2017.

The new year kicks off with the Greater Tacoma Coin Show at the King Oscar in Tacoma on January 7, and the Coin/Currency/Token/Medal Show at the Clackamas Banquet Center on January 8. Patti has done an excellent job keeping this quarterly show in the Portland area, an important staple for Portland numismatists. Many more shows follow: http://pnna.org/calendar.html is the place to get more information.

The Boeing Employees show is just around the corner, January 21-22, and our Spring Convention and Annual Meeting for the PNNA is March 17-19. [Note: There are also PNNA board meetings scheduled at both of these events. See below.]

With the annual PNNA convention coming up so soon, it is time for quite a number of annual awards which help us recognize the many fine contributions our members make to our clubs and the hobby. Please take a moment to drop Danny, or myself, or any board member a note if you have any input on someone we should recognize. We really appreciate any input you might have. Please, drop us a note today (don’t delay). Thank you.

I especially hope to see you all at the annual PNNA membership meeting on March 18 in Tukwila.

The Board and Officers serve 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.

And, as Danny used to say, “Have a great numismatic winter,” and we’ll see you in 2017!