Spring - 2016
Although there is snow on the ground, spring is fast approaching and the 77th Anniversary Convention will be here before you know it! I would like to recommend to all CSNS members that they attend. With a bourse floor approaching 300 tables and many fine educational programs, it is an event all should attend. I leave it to Education Director Ray Lockwood and Convention Chairman Kevin Foley to describe the variety of excellent programs and meetings scheduled for the convention. I will return with my webmaster column in the future.
This will be my last column as the president of Central States Numismatic Society. It has been a fantastic two years as your president, and I thank you. During my tenure as president I tried to continue the great tradition of CSNS and worked to improve the Society. I know that in-coming President Karen Jach will do a fine job of leading us in the next two years. I will, of course, still be on the board as past president to help guide the future of Central States. One of my final acts as president has been to have The Centinel digitized with the Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP) to make its content available on line for use by numismatic reseachers and CSNS members. If you are not familiar with the NNP come to this year’s convention and learn about it. Len Augsburger, project coordinator for the Newman Numismatic Portal, will be joined by Wayne Homren, a past president of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society and editor of the E-Sylum electronic newsletter, in giving a program at the convention, entitled: The Newman Numismatic Portal: What It Is, How It Works and What It Can do For You. (E-sylum V19n07)
Our future is bright as I write this. We have a strong treasury. We have commitments to continue holding our convention at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center. This is the best economic location, the dealer choice; and our visitors love it as well. The facility is first class and parking is free! With the ANA being elsewhere this year, the convention will be the major numismatic event in the Midwest this year. Please attend and bring your children!
We need to continue to promote the hobby to the next generation. Recently my father passed away at 93. He lived a good life and was a stamp collector. He collected the plate blocks from sheets of stamps. While meeting with my brother, who is the executor of the estate, the family was asked what they wanted to do with my father’s stamp collection? My brother indicated that the only dealer he could find in the Orange county (CA) area was offering very little for the collection. My family asked me, the resident expert collector why this was? I replied that the stamp collectors let the hobby die. They didn’t teach their kids to collect stamps! My father took us to stamp shows as pages several years and a couple of duplicate bridge tournaments as well. But none of us collected stamps! Yes, I collect coins, and I did things with my kids to encourage them to collect as well. With the advent of the Internet, cell phones and a huge variety of electronic toys, it is incumbent on us to pass the collecting bug to the next generation. After all as I am fond of telling people. “Who will buy my stuff when I am gone?” No one wants my dad’s stuff and his years of collecting will yield postage for his family at best, or perhaps 65% of face at worst.
In closing this final commentary as president of Central States, I quote Bob Hope, “Thanks for the memories!”