We will be well along into the holiday season by the time you receive your winter edition of The Centinel. On behalf of our entire Central States membership, I wish you a blessed holiday season and enriched numismatic experiences during the New Year.
The fall 2013 numismatic season has reached its conclusion, with memories of many wonderful numismatic shows and activities that were held throughout our CSNS region. Our membership and member clubs work hard at promoting state and local shows so that collectors can enjoy every aspect of our hobby. Likewise, educational opportunities and experiences that are available throughout our region that add much to our numismatic knowledge.
Being true to our mission, Central States was out and about providing educational opportunities in partnership with local clubs and state organizations. The CSNS fall seminar, held in Wichita, KS, in early October, was an outstanding success, with almost 50 attendees "learning from the experts".
Central States officers also hosted club educational tables at the state shows in Ohio, Kentucky-Louisville, Iowa, and Michigan. Additionally, I staffed club tables at the Silver Dollar show in eastern Missouri and at the educationally focused Ozarks coin show in southwest Missouri. Your CSNS also had a robust presence at the Illinois state show, and Gov. Dave Heinrich coordinated an active youth numismatic program at the Indiana state show.
Our presence at club tables, and ancillary efforts such as participating in Boy Scout merit badge clinics, provides Central States unlimited opportunities to spread the multifaceted benefits of numismatics and the ability to promote all-important numismatic education. On behalf of CSNS, I want to thank our member clubs for allowing us an opportunity for numismatic outreach throughout our region. It is my hope that these efforts continue for the long term.
Our fall 2013 Board meeting was held in Louisville, KY, in conjunction with the Kentucky-Louisville state show. Various activities and initiatives of CSNS were discussed, including numerous educational endeavors, the 2014 Schaumburg convention which will honor CSNS' 75 years (1939-2014), and the need to be alert for legislative action regarding sales taxes on numismatic transactions and state holding laws.
The Board also voted to award the auction rights for our annual conventions to Heritage Auctions for a three-year period, 2015-2017. These conventions will be held in Schaumburg, IL. Heritage will also be conducting our 2014 auction.
At the Louisville meeting, CSNS past president Harry Tileston graciously hosted and funded a hospitality room in conjunction with the Board meeting. Harry's thoughtfulness enabled Board members to interact on an informal basis and added to the enjoyment of our meeting. Harry relayed that Central States had left him with immeasurably fond memories, and he wanted to give something back to the Board. Harry summed it up by saying, "CSNS, its members and its board are my friends. Why wouldn't I want to do this?" What a positive attitude toward our organization!
Our biannual election will be held in early spring, with elected Board members and officers installed at the conclusion of our Schaumburg convention. The candidate statements for our spring 2014 incoming Board appear on page 25. I urge you to read our candidates' statements and to vote when you receive your election ballot. Historically, our percentage of ballots that are voted and returned is extremely low. Please take the time and effort to participate in the governance of our society.
Regrettably, four current Board members have decided to "pass the baton" and not seek reelection. We all owe a great deal of gratitude to Greg Allen, Bill Brandimore, Don Charters and Don Young for their service to Central States. On a personal note, I will greatly miss them.
On a more somber note, I regret to inform you of the recent passing of former CSNS President Marjorie Owen Hendershott in Iowa on Nov. 5 at age 89. Marge was a grand, well-loved lady in our Central States family and was the first woman to serve as our president. She was truly a pioneer and ambassador to our hobby, and will be remembered fondly throughout our organization. I was privileged to know her and to attend her memorial service.
I am always available to respond to your queries and concerns about Central States. We hold elective office to serve you, our membership, and nothing else. Please let us know how we are meeting your needs. And, lastly, I am most aware that it is a privilege and honor to serve our 75-year old organization.