Bruce Perdue

President's Message

Fall 2014

It is hard to believe that another summer is almost over! School is back in session soon, and Halloween is just around the corner. Central States lost a past president recently when Don Charters died. Don was always a voice of reason on the Board and a tireless worker at the registration desk during our anniversary convention. He will be missed. His obituary can be found in this issue of The Centinel.

The fall Board meeting is coming up soon in Schaumburg. So if you have any matters that you believe the board should review please feel free to contact me at One of the issues that the Board will wrestle with is should all members be eligible to run for office? Currently only members who reside in the 13 "Central States" are eligible to be an officer or member of the Board. I'd like to know how the membership feels about this issue.

The 2015 convention is coming along nicely. At this point, dealer booth sales stand above 230. This total excludes complimentary club tables. So my hat is off to Patricia and Kevin Foley on table sales for 2015. It is my hope that we can expand the convention to 300-plus tables and continue to offer a strong bourse floor as well as educational programs. We are looking for additional educational programs to offer our members. I am sure that Chairman Kevin Foley and Educational Director Ray Lockwood would welcome your suggestions.

The author grant program continues to draw many interesting and worthwhile book proposals. We will be reviewing them and authorizing grant money to several authors for new numismatic books. It is my hope that numismatic research that is well done will continue to be funded by CSNS. Much research is lost when a researcher dies and the family discards the work. The books we fund frequently have a limited audience of only 50 or so individuals, but it is our belief that if should be preserved for future generations of numismatists.

Since the coin of the year seems to be the Kennedy half dollar let me paraphrase JFK, "Ask not what your coin club can do for you, ask what you can do for your coin club?"

What are you doing to bring along a new generation of coin collectors? Are you teaching a new generation to collect what we love? The hobby's strength is in its young upcoming numismatists. Are you helping with your local club?