Central States Numismatic Society
Serving the Numismatic Community since 1939
Summer - 2016
It is an honor to serve as president of the Central States Numismatic Society. Thank you for electing me. I received the gavel from Immediate Past President Bruce Perdue at the recently concluded 77th Anniversary Convention. My involvement with CSNS began in 1990 when I started my 12-year tenure as editor of The Centinel.
This past year I served as chair of the awards committee. The committee recommended the honorees of this year's Elston G. Bradfield/Roland W. Finner Literary Award for best articles in The Centinel and the Ray O. Lefman Medal of Merit for outstanding service to the society.
Our current CSNS legal counsel and frequent Centinel contributor Steven Bieda was awarded first place in the Bradfield/Finner Literary Award for his article, "The 1993 Official Presidential Inaugural Medal of President William Jefferson Clinton," which appeared in this publication's fall 2015 issue. Steve, a student of inaugural medals and a Michigan state senator, wrote with passion about the medals' production and his involvement in marketing them as a member of the Macomb Young Democrats.
Former CSNS Gov. Mitch Ernst took second place for his article, "Homestead National Monument -Community Embraces Quarter Dollar Launch," which appeared in the spring 2015 issue of The Centinel. Mitch, who helped promote the launch of the Homestead National Monument quarter dollar as president of the Nebraska Numismatic Association, wrote a report about the launch that could only have been written by someone who was involved in the release and knew the people involved.
Both articles gave Central States members a look at numismatic events that they could not have gotten elsewhere.
David Lisot, who videotaped Central States education presentations for the 10th year this convention, was awarded the Medal of Merit for his contributions to the society and the hobby. You can see Dave maneuvering his gigantic camera rig from location to location as he somehow manages to record the educational presentations and major events at our conventions.
On a more somber note, I was saddened to learn of the passing of former CSNS Gov. Donald Young, a fixture at the CSNS table for years. We served together on the finance and awards committees. Don gave of himself to promote our conventions and all things numismatic.