Bruce Perdue

President's Message

Winter - 2015-16

Today is the end of the acceptance time for members nominated for our Board of Governors. As president, I don’t have to run for the board; I will become the past president and assist the new president as needed and Central States. Please read the bios of the individuals running for the board. Vote for the individuals who will best represent you and what you want from the Central States. Our current Board has done many good things for the numismatic hobby, and I look forward to continuing this tradition.

Currently CSNS holds a first-class annual convention with many fine educational programs and the largest educational exhibit area in the numismatic hobby. The bourse floor has expanded to nearly 300 tables and is almost sold out as this goes to print. Educational Director Ray Lockwood hosts two educational seminars a year offering first-class numismatic discussions and lectures. If you have not attended one, I recommend that you do. Our authors grant program is helping to publish works that might not have been published otherwise. These are small-run books that cover niche numismatic areas that have a limited audience and aren’t financially worth the time of the big publishers.

Central States supports clubs that are buying numismatic books to place in libraries collections as well as providing support to clubs who invite speakers to their club meeting. Gerry Tebben, Centinel editor, provides us with a very classy publication. What else can the Board offer to our members and the Numismatic Community? I’d like to know what our membership wants and needs.

With the holiday season beginning, I hope that all collectors have found a way to let your loved ones know what you want. I also hope you are giving coins as presents to encourage the young to begin collecting. I like to give coins on Halloween. Wheat cents and an occasional Indian or a silver quarter. Take those coins that you accumulated over the years that have a low monetary value and pass them out at local club meetings. Donate them to the Central States for our YN area at the Anniversary Convention. I know that Dave Heinrich would love to have coins and other numismatic material to give the kids.

Help Central States help the hobby and give us your ideas and thanks for your continued support!