Winter - 2012 - 2013
As you receive your winter edition of The Centinel, we will have experienced another wonderful holiday season. It is the period beginning with Thanksgiving and through our holidays that we tend to take stock of all that we have to be thankful for - our families, our health and our many friends. From a numismatic perspective, we are all truly blessed for the collecting friendships that we have gained from our hobby.
Just over the horizon is our 74th Anniversary Convention, which will be held in Schaumburg, IL, from April 24-27. Your convention and education committees and Conventon General Chairman Kevin Foley have a robust lineup of educational activities planned, along with a superb bourse area and a world-class auction conducted by Heritage Auctions. This convention, serving as a prelude to our 75th Anniversary Convention in 2014, is one every CSNS member and others in the numismatic community will definitely want to attend.
Just one week after the conclusion of our Schaumburg convention, CSNS will host its spring 2013 educational seminar on Saturday, May 4th, at the Newman Money Museum library on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.
This educational seminar will be a key component of the Missouri Numismatic Society’s 75th anniversary celebration; the group’s founding dating to February 1938.
The overall seminar theme will be numismatics over the past 75 years. CSNS is pleased to report that our speaker lineup will include Ken Bressett, Clifford Mishler, Steve Roach and/or Jeff Stark from Coin World, along with Ron Horstman and Dave Frank from the Missouri Numismatic Society. Eric Newman has graciously agreed to open his educational museum for our seminar and is looking forward to meeting seminar participants, as he did during the previous CSNS seminar held in his museum in May 2008.
In a brief wrap-up for 2012, I want to report that your board had a very successful meeting in Dublin, OH, in late August in conjunction with the Ohio State Coin Show. The members of the Central Ohio Numismatic Association were excellent hosts. While the minutes will be reported out during the spring 2013 convention, I did want to report that Bourse Chairman Jerry Lebo announced that he will be retiring as bourse chairman in July 2013. Jerry has agreed to remain as our CSNS secretary – a big plus for our organization and our membership.
At the Ohio board meeting, the board voted to appoint Patricia Foley to succeed Lebo as our bourse chairperson. Patricia Foley has extensive experience in various facets of major coin show operations, and is currently involved in leadership positions in at least two other major numismatic show events. She will work closely with Lebo to assure a smooth and seamless transition of our highly successful convention bourse operations.
I also want to report that board members Mitch Ernst, Patti Finner and yours truly have either led or assisted in Boy Scout coin collecting merit badge seminars this past fall. These events are viewed with great importance by your CSNS board, as they promote our hobby of numismatics to the next potential generation of hobbyists.
In closing, let me say how thankful we are in the CSNS for each and every one of our loyal members and for having the resources available to support numismatic education on a variety of fronts.
My contact information is available in the first pages of The Centinel. Please use it to contact me. I will do my best to respond in a timely and forthright manner.
I am continually aware that it is a privilege to serve our 70-plus year old organization.