From the Secretary - Patricia Foley

Fall - 2015

Two of the most important duties of the secretary are the maintenance of our membership records, which includes the sending out of dues notices, and the recording of payments. In the coming days, I’ll be mailing dues notices. Please keep your membership current and in effect by replying promptly with your $15 annual dues payment, $25 for clubs. Or, if you’d like to become a life member, you can simply send in a $250 payment with instructions to convert your membership to that category.

In late February or early March I’ll be mailing out ballots for our biennial election.

As a member in good standing, it is your right to cast a ballot to determine who will govern the Central States Numismatic Society for the two years beginning with our Saturday morning Awards and Installation Breakfast on April 29. Being an elected official of the Central States Numismatic Society entails a lot more than wearing a purple ribbon on one’s chest, shaking hands and kissing babies. In addition to serving on such committees as are assigned to them by the president and attending our two board meetings each year, our elected officials are expected to play a substantial fund raising role for our 501(c)(3) organization by hands on participation in enlisting sponsors for our convention. Our many educational activities, by their very nature, are not self- sustaining and generate expenditures in excess of the financial surplus from our anniversary conventions. It is the responsibility of your elected officials to make up the difference for the imaginative service and educational programs they’ve created and authorized by actually soliciting and generating sponsorship donations.

Your board will consist of an immediate past president, who will be Bruce Perdue after the Awards and Installation Breakfast. Karen Jach, your current vice-president, will be running unopposed for the office of president. Dave Heinrich, a current board member, will be running unopposed for vice president. The by-laws provide for 10 governors. 14 individuals will be seeking those 10 seats. Per the by-laws, they will be listed on the ballot in the order I received acceptances of their nominations. Each candidate is able to submit a biographical/campaign statement of no more than 200 words. Those statements begin on page 23 of this issue. Please review each carefully.

When you receive your ballot it will be in an envelope clearly marked “CSNS Ballot.” Something to keep in mind as you mark your choices is that in order to be counted your ballot must be sent back only in the specially marked return envelope that accompanied it and bearing the address of the accounting firm that will actually count the ballots. If you have more than one membership in your family please also remember that only one ballot may be enclosed in each return envelope. Also, please remember that while there are 10 governorships up for election, you may vote for any number up to 10 for that office but not more. If you do vote for more than 10 governor candidates, your ballot for all of them will not be counted. In addition, please keep in mind that you may vote for no more than three governors from any one state. If you vote for more than three from one state, your ballots for all four will not be counted, but your ballots for all the other governor candidates will be. I mention this because we’ll have four candidates from Michigan.

The ballot will list the candidates in the following order:

  • President: Karen Jach – Wisconsin
  • Vice-President: Dave Heinrich – Ohio
  • Gregory Oglesby – Missouri
  • Joe Peruski – Michigan
  • Francis Hawks – Kansas
  • Jim Moores – Missouri
  • Jack D. Huggins, Jr. – Illinois
  • W. Ray Lockwood – Indiana
  • Brett Irick – Michigan
  • Michael Curran – Iowa
  • Larry Schneider – North Dakota
  • Andrew Kimmel – Wisconsin
  • Tom Klunzinger – Michigan
  • Costa Roupas – Illinois
  • Bradley Karoleff – Ohio
  • Joseph LeBlanc – Michigan

That’s a total of 14 candidates for the 10 available governors’ positions. One thing that has always surprised me as a CSNS member is just how few people actually take the time to vote in our elections. I believe that two years ago it was somewhere in the vicinity of just 30 percent of the members. Off year school board elections typically have a higher turnout than that. I know that several times in the past the difference between being elected as a governor and not elected was less than 10 votes. Wouldn’t it be frustrating to see a candidate you really wanted to see on the board lose by just a couple of votes? With so many candidates I think it reasonable to presume that they will be more closely bunched than in our immediate past election, for example, when there were only 11 board candidates. It really shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to read the candidates’ statements on page 23 of this issue and even less than that to open your ballot, mark your choices and mail your votes in to the accounting firm in the envelope provided.

Another even more important aspect of the election to think about is the fact that a larger degree of participation will result in a board that the membership really actually wanted, rather than one in office because too many people thought that their vote didn’t matter. If your membership was worth the cost of your dues payment, letting your voice be heard in our election should certainly be worth the price of a few minutes of your time and a Forever stamp.

So, do yourself and CSNS a favor. Read the candidates statements and then when your ballot reaches you, make it out and send it back in, keeping in mind the few simple rules that I mentioned above.

Patricia Foley - Secretary
Central States Numismatic Society
P.O. Box 210710
Milwaukee, WI 53221