Fall - 2013
While we will be well past the Labor Day holiday when you receive this issue of The Centinel, it is refreshing to reflect on the myriad of numismatic activities that have taken place this summer. And, it is with much anticipation that autumn will likewise provide additional opportunities to enjoy our great hobby. Needless to say, your Central States Numismatic Society continues to emphasize involvement in the hobby for the benefit of our very supportive membership.
We should all be proud of our Centinel Editor, Gerry Tebben, for the outstanding job that he does in developing a quality, must-read CSNS journal each and every quarter. Gerry promotes the mission and benefits of The Centinel to our board on a continual basis and encourages potential authors to share their numismatic knowledge and experiences through the pages of our journal. And, on a highly positive note, I am pleased to report that The Centinel again received a second place award in the ANA’s Outstanding Regional Club Publication category.
I want to share a little information about board member outreach through participation and staffing of CSNS educational club tables in conjunction with state coin shows and other major shows within our 13-state region. Thanks to the generosity of host clubs that provide CSNS with a club table, our efforts at these numismatic events enable us to share many of the things that are just plain good about Central States.
Staffing a club table enables us to not only meet and interact with our membership, but equally important, provides us the opportunity to share the benefits of CSNS membership with other coin show participants. Quite frankly, it’s refreshing to tell fellow hobbyists about the myriad of educational programs that are available through Central States, and all at little, if any, cost to our membership. As you read through this and past issues of The Centinel, you will get a comprehensive picture of these benefits as described by Education Director Ray Lockwood and Convention Chairman Kevin Foley. It is my hope that we continue to grow this program while adding to the educational offerings provided by CSNS.
The CSNS website, www.centralstates.info, offers comprehensive and informative reports about our organization as well as links to other clubs and related numismatic information. With the emphasis on digital technology, our webmaster, Bruce Perdue, does an exceptional job of maintaining our website and providing current information in a user-friendly manner I invite you to visit our website often to keep current on “what’s happening in Central States.”
Our Fall 2013 daylong educational seminar will be in Wichita, KS on Saturday, Oct. 5. The seminar, hosted by the Wichita Coin Club, is another in our long series of semiannual educational seminars that are held throughout our 13-state region. The Wichita seminar will feature not-to-be-missed educational presentations by noted numismatists Jay Cline (Standing Liberty quarters), Peter Huntoon (Kansas bank notes), ANA President Walter Ostromecki (numismatic education), and Rick Snow (Indian Head cents). I personally am looking forward to this seminar and hope to meet old and new friends as we learn together from our stellar list of presenters.
Your CSNS Board of Governors will hold its fall meeting Saturday, Sept. 28, in Louisville, KY, in conjunction with the Louisville and Kentucky State Numismatic Association’s 53rd Annual Fall Coin Show. As your president, I feel it is important to hold our fall board meeting in conjunction with a state show, thereby giving members in these areas an opportunity to interact with their Board and to share their ideas and concerns about our organization. Last year’s meeting was held in conjunction with the Ohio State Coin Show, and the interaction with CSNS members in that area was outstanding. We are looking to build on that experience in Louisville.
April of 2014 is our 75th Anniversary Convention in Schaumburg, IL, which will commemorate our 1939 founding. Our 75th Anniversary Committee is hard at work to make certain that our 75th year is commemorated in a memorable and lasting manner. Our 75th anniversary medal, designed by longtime and supportive member Ray Dillard, is a lasting medallic tribute to our “diamond year.” You will not want to miss obtaining one for your numismatic collection. Many other anniversary events and activities are being planned as well. You can keep current on these activities through The Centinel and our CSNS website.
In closing, I want to again urge each of you to contact me, or any board member, with questions or concerns that you might have about our organization. My contact information is available in the first pages of The Centinel, and 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 almost 75 year old numismatic organization.