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President's Message 2018
by PNNA President James Reinders

4th Quarter 2018

It was a real joy to get much of the board together for our summer board meeting ...

Numismatists in the Pacific Northwest are easy to count amongst the best in the country in their clubs, activities, and outreach – I can point to our vibrant local clubs, outreach programs including Puyallup, local shows, and educational activities including the sell-out of our upcoming numismatic seminar! Once again, September brought tremendous outreach in the Hobby Hall at the Washington State (a.k.a. Puyallup) Fair. Many thanks to all who helped staff the booth, and especially to Rick Schultz for organizing the schedule of volunteers and for personally staffing so many hours!

Del Cushing
I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Del Cushing, a pillar of the Northwest numismatic community for more than half a century. Del was very active in the Northwest Token & Medal Society and the Boeing Employees’ Coin Club, among others. Del was a former editor of The Nor’wester, and also curated the PNNA archives/collection until he passed the reins to Tony Kalt in 2016. Del will be missed.

WCC/PNNA Fall Convention, and the SOLD-OUT Numismatic Seminar
In October, we have the WCC/PNNA Fall Convention at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center in Portland, Oct. 20-21, with the sold-out PNNA 2018 two-day Numismatic Seminar on Oct. 18-19. While I’m disappointed that we had to start turning away a few who wanted to attend, I’m very pleased to have filled the class. As I mentioned in the previous issue, I would appreciate help providing feedback to the PNNA board on what and where you’d like “the next seminar.” I definitely want to see us put something on in the Seattle area while I’m still president (my term ends in early 2020).

Across the country, other clubs have failed to fill classes which has made the ANA understandably cautious of proposals for local classes. A sign of strength in the Northwest is our ability to encourage continuous learning and participation! I’m especially grateful to the many local clubs who, in addition to the PNNA, sponsored scholarships for attending the seminar – a very worthy use of funds to promote education in our hobby!

How do we promote our shows?
We have strong show attendance in Portland and Tukwila, while many local shows across the country are challenged. I am a bit arrogant in thinking the Pacific Northwest has a secret sauce: we believe in inviting more to join in our fun! I would assert that there is plenty of interest everywhere, but that more outreach is important and it’s a job with which we can all help. Over time, we’ve had dedicated people in our region build interest in our shows, which in turn helps maintain attendance of great dealers, which in turn can draw in people, and so on. It doesn’t happen magically – it happens from hard work, and careful planning.

A recent meeting of the WCC board showed a lot of interest in how to promote our coin shows. I like to think of it as two problems: (1) How do we remind fellow club members and others who have attended shows in the past about the show, and (2) How do we catch the attention of people who are not members, but have some level of interest in coins – and invite them to join us? For the former, we have mailing against lists that we have assembled over time. For the latter, we have used radio ads. They are not cheap, but they have shown signs of working. The WCC board is juggling their funds and expanding their efforts with some use of social media advertising, and other social media efforts. While these are first time efforts, they are a response to the increasing diversity of ways to reach people in a world with lots of distractions. We will be working to collect information from people who attend the show, on how they learn about the show. I’m personally very interested in any feedback on opportunities to promote our shows, and any feedback on what works and what does not work.

Exhibiting, and the Salem Show, and beyond ...
I hope to get my act together and exhibit at the show in October. I’m always very interested to see the great collector exhibits we are blessed to have at the show. Whether you exhibited at Portland or not, I know that the Salem show in December is a great place to exhibit because the Salem club gives away coins as exhibiting awards. I never mind picking up a little gold or silver (I have received both over the years). I know the Boeing show in January, as well as the PNNA-Tukwila show in the spring are great places to exhibit as well. The best-of-show winner at Tukwila receives some money in assistance to help take the exhibit to the ANA show if they are so inclined. Exhibiting is not only fun, it can pay!

Upcoming Board Meeting Dates and Locations:

  • Oct. 20, 2018 at the WCC/PNNA Portland Convention, DoubleTree Lloyd Center, Portland, Ore., at about 6 p.m. (earlier if everyone is ready)
  • Jan. 19, 2019 at the Boeing Employee’s Coin Club Show, Kent Commons, Kent, Wash., right after the show closes
  • Mar. 16, 2019 at the PNNA show in Tukwila, at 8 a.m. (the annual membership meeting is after the show that same day)

Guests are always welcome to drop in on any board meeting - they are always open! 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 fall. See http://pnna.org/calendar.html for up-to-date listings.

3rd Quarter 2018

Puyallup – help out!!!

Sign up with Rick Schulz at richardf53@yahoo.com, to help our annual outreach in the Hobby Hall at the Washington State (a.k.a. Puyallup) Fair, Aug. 31 – Sept. 23. Rick is encouraging clubs to consider signing up for a day or two and helping out as a group. You get in FREE for the day, and spend a few hours making smiles as you talk about coins! It really is fun … and the outreach is very helpful for our hobby.

October – I am registered – are you?

I hope you can join us for the PNNA 2018 two-day Numismatic Seminar, Oct. 18-19, in Portland. It is not too late to register, and the early-registration discount is available through August. Although the PNNA scholarships applications are closed now, several local clubs are giving partial or full scholarships available to members. I think it’s a bargain of an investment, and I would NOT miss it. Info.: https://www.money.org/pnna-seminar.

If Portland is not close enough to home, help provide feedback to the PNNA board on what and where you’d like “the next seminar.” I definitely want to see us put something on in the Seattle area while I’m still president (my term ends in 2020).

Of course, October is fast approaching - and the WCC/PNNA Portland Convention is at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center, Oct. 20-21, with setup on Oct. 19.

Thank you – award winners

We recognized a number of volunteers at our annual membership meeting in Tukwila. (Please see the report and photos in the 3rd Q edition of The Nor'wester.) I am very proud of our Northwest numismatists and honored to have been able to thank so many people for their dedication. John Brown, who received the Everett Award, was unable to be in Tukwila, so I dropped in on his home club in Salem to surprise him with it. Thank you for all those who kept it a secret from him until the Salem club meeting. (I did announce that he won the award in Tukwila.)

Guests are always welcome to drop in on any board meeting - they are always open! 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.

2nd Quarter 2018

Coins have many stories, do not forget to share your favorites with others! I enjoyed the Boeing Employee’s Coin Show in January very much, and we had a very nice PNNA board meeting too. I spent the show enjoying Standing Liberty Quarters, including collecting a few for my own.

This led to me relating the story of the change in design made in 1917 to family and friends when I got home. I’ve often heard the story that the breast was covered up out of prudishness, or in response to public outcry. This has entered coin folklore but appears to be an enduring myth and not based on fact. In his book History of the United States Mint and its Coinage, numismatic historian David Lange concedes that there is no evidence of outcry from the public. He suggests that the decision to change the coin was “more likely prompted by objections from the Treasury Department.” It has also been suggested that the redesign was symbolism of our ability for liberty to stand up to her foes — it was during World War I after all.

Speaking of myths, I was nearly crushed when I read “The Myth of the Continental Dollar” in the January issue of The Numismatist. That article alone was worth my membership in the ANA in my opinion! I highly recommend this eye-opening article about the Fugio/ Continental Dollar and the conclusion that it seems most likely that they were made in England, and not by the Continental Congress in the U.S. Wow! That’s harder to believe than the fact that there was no large public uprising in 1917 against the new quarter design! I still want to own one someday.

March means we’ve elected a new board and slate of officers and have our annual membership meeting (where the new board and officers will be reported) as part of the 69th Annual PNNA Convention & Coin Show in Tukwila. Please offer the new board and officers your support and let us know your thoughts and ideas!

April will bring National Coin Week, honoring the role of numismatics in building bridges and promoting unity and reconciliation. “Connecting Cultures: From Many, One” is the theme for the 95th annual National Coin Week, April 15-21, 2018. The ANA will have opportunities to compete for some coins; see the ANA website at https://www.money.org/numismatic-events/national-coin-week for more information. The ANA also has its annual Coin Week collector exhibit prize at the National Money Show coming up in Irving, Texas. I hope you will find your own way to promote numismatics – with or without myths.

LEARN: Consider attending the PNNA 2018 two-day Numismatic Seminar, Oct. 18-19, 2018, in Portland. Pencil this in!!! More details will be on the PNNA website (https://www.pnna.org/info/education.html) soon, including an opportunity to apply for a PNNA scholarship. Keep a look out and help us promote this educational activity. I’m expecting some local clubs will help with scholarships too. I’m expecting that this class will be quite popular, and I hope we will do something in the Seattle area by 2020. Input welcome!

VOLUNTEER: Sign up with Rick Schulz early, to help our annual outreach in the Hobby Hall at the Washington State (a.k.a. Puyallup) Fair, Aug. 31 – Sept. 23, 2018. You get in FREE for the day, and spend a few hours making smiles as you talk about coins! Please email Rick at richardf53@yahoo.com for information or to sign up.

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. What could be better on a rainy spring day than a dry coin show?

I hope to see as many of you as possible at the annual PNNA membership meeting at the Tukwila Community Center on Saturday March 17 at 6:30 p.m. (The show closes at 6 p.m.)

1st Quarter 2018

Do not forget numismatics when you make up your New Year’s resolutions. I think you can agree you’ll want to keep these:

Attend lots of coin shows in 2018!

  • Attend the 69th Annual PNNA Convention & Coin Show, March 16-18 in Tukwila. Attend the annual membership meeting after the show on Saturday March 17, where membership feedback is welcome, and results will be announced of our 2018 elections, annual awards, and plans for the year.
  • Attend the 14th Annual PNNA-WCC Fall Convention & Coin Show, Oct. 20-21 in Portland.
  • Aside from the PNNA shows, we should all attend lots of other coin shows too. The PNNA calendar at http://pnna.org/calendar.html stands ready to help us plan!

Invest in your own numismatic learning!

  • Due Feb. 15: Apply for a PNNA scholarship (download form and instructions on the PNNA website at pnna.org) to attend the ANA 2018 Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs this summer. There is no better investment in learning about numismatics than hanging out in Colorado Springs for a week or two. The PNNA scholarship can help at least one adult and one youth attend each year.
  • Plan to attend the PNNA 2018 two-day Numismatic Seminar, October 18-19 in Portland. Pencil this in!! Details will be announced by the time we meet in Tukwila – and we will put information on the PNNA website at http://www.pnna.org/info/education.html.

Lend a helping (numismatic) hand!

  • Encourage members of your local clubs to apply for a PNNA Scholarship, attend PNNA shows, and attend the PNNA 2018 two-day Numismatic Seminar. Of course, attend as many local coin club meetings as you can; engage, learn, and share your numismatic passions!
  • Promote our Numismatic Merit Badge workshops to any scouts or adult scout leaders you know. Tony does a great job at the Boeing Employees’ show and the Tukwila convention, and either Tony or I make sure Portland is well covered.
  • Sign up with Rick early (email richardf53@yahoo.com) to help our annual outreach in the Hobby Hall at the Washington State (a.k.a. Puyallup) Fair, Aug. 31 – Sept. 23, 2018. You get in FREE for the day, and spend a few hours making smiles as you talk about coins!
  • Run for the board in the PNNA elections this year (coming up in February). We can always use more help!

In 2018, in addition to our two conventions – we are going to invest in our Pacific Northwest membership in two additional ways: (1) two days of classes ahead of the Fall convention in Portland – we are calling it the PNNA 2018 two-day Numismatic Seminar, and (2) scholarship funds for members to get training – including the ANA Summer Seminar and the PNNA 2018 two day Numismatic Seminar in October.

Learning is a lifelong process, and this applies to us numismatists as well! Therefore, your PNNA board has discussed many options and settled on these two investments for 2018. I know the board will pour its heart into these efforts, but we also welcome (and need) help from all our membership.

The PNNA received a generous gift of $5,000 from the Eric P. Newman Education Society. The PNNA is one of a number of organizations selected to receive an award. Eric Newman passed away on November 15, at the age of 106 (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_P._Newman). The board will use the money to further PNNA activities including scholarships to help members further their numismatic educations.

John Brown has been a tremendous help on the PNNA board for years, in addition to his other contributions to Pacific NW numismatics with the Salem Club and being a driving force behind the Polk County Coin Show (2nd annual was in 2017!). Unfortunately, John let us know that he needed to resign his board position for personal reasons. Of course, we wish him well. It is always excellent to run into John – and since his resignation in October, I’ve noticed he is no less present in numismatic circles. This is great to see. Thank you John for all your service to Pacific NW numismatics!

I’m very pleased to say that the board approved my nomination of Tom Tullis to fill the vacancy on the board. Tom has jumped in, and will help use drive Membership activities including the PNNA two day Numismatic Seminar this fall. Please welcome Tom and thank him, as we do all our board members, for their help at the regional level in making the Pacific Northwest the best place to be a numismatist!

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Boeing Employees’ Show in Kent (Jan. 20-21) and the PNNA show (March 16-18).

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 winter. What could be better on a cold winter day than a warm coin show?