MintMark — Fourth Quarter 2012 2
Letter to the Editor
by Richard Jozefiak
The annual American Numismatic AssociationClub and District Representative meeting was held inPhiladelphia at the 121st World’s Fair of Money onSaturday morning, Aug. 11, 2012. I attended this meet-ing and was surprised to see a standing-room-onlycrowd with more than 30 people attending. The meet-ing was led by ANA Club and District RepresentativesCoordinator Oded Paz and ANA Membership DirectorCary Hardy. This meeting was very different fromsome past meetings I attended where there only was adozen or so people, and no ANA senior staff memberor governor.The annual Club and District Representative meet-ing has been the main gathering of these ANA volun-teers across the country each year, with awards beingpresented, the latest ANA information for volunteersgiven, and for volunteers to share their concerns andask questions about the program. The volunteers fre-quently support the ANA in the field by being the firstcontact with new ANA members, coin clubs, and thegeneral public. ANA volunteers can be found at manycoin shows across the country on weekends throughoutthe year.The ANA Club and District Representative pro-gram has gone through many changes and challengesover the years. As I moved from an ANA club repre-sentative, a District Delegate, a Regional Coordinatorto currently a District Representative, I have seen theprogram go from being active and vibrant, to almosteliminated for lack of support. I was pleased to learn atthe Aug. 11 meeting that the current ANA Board of Governors and ANA Senior Staff not only support theClub and District Representative program, but want toexpand it. They see a lot of value in the program andthe people who are the volunteers in the program.To show support for the ANA volunteers, a num-ber of ANA Officers and staff attended the meeting,including: ANA President Tom Hallenbeck, ANA VicePresident Walter Ostomecki, Jr., and new ANA Execu-tive Director Jeff Shevlin. This show of support for theANA volunteers is greatly appreciated by those of usserving in the program.With the renewed support of the ANA Board of Governors and new ANA Executive Director, the ANAClub and District Representative program can againbecome an important part of the ANA organization andcontinue to contribute and be the first line of contactwith members, coin clubs and the public across thecountry.
Richard Jozefiak is ANA Life Member 6087 and District Representative for Alabama since 2006. Heserves on the ANA Strategic Planning Committee (2011-current) and has served on the ANA Educational Com-mittee (2009-2010). He has served as an ANA Club Representative, District Delegate and Regional Coor-dinator beginning in 1994. He has been an ANA volun-teer in Alabama, Florida and Virginia. In 2011 he wasawarded the ANA Medal of Merit. In 2004 he was theOutstanding Regional Coordinator of the Year, and in2009 and 2010 was the Outstanding District Represen-tative of the year. He was a Summer Seminar classinstructor in 2012.Contacts: (256) 337-5092,firstname.lastname@example.org PO Box 2103, Madison, AL 35758
More News … Oregon and Idaho
The PNNA and WillametteCoin Club’s 8th annualconvention was held Sept.28-30 at the DoubletreeHotel in Portland, Ore. Theshow featured a 90-dealerbourse, educational exhib-its, a youth activities tableand treasure hunt, a Boyand Girl Scout merit badgeclinic, plenty of numis-matic fellowship — and anANA Presidential Awardpresentation.Following the Association’s business meeting,ANA V.P. Walt Ostromecki was introduced. On behalf of ANA President Tom Hallenbeck, Walt presented anANA Presidential Award to a surprised and stunnedDanny Bisgaard, current PNNA president. Walt notedin his comments: “Danny is truly a devoted hobby vol-unteer, someone who can’t just say no. What I am re-ferring to here is that when the PNNA was hosting theANA NSM Show in 2009 in Portland, opening day wasDanny’s birthday. Where was he found? Out partying?No, working the convention registration booth. He alsomentioned that Danny was the leader of a numismaticgroup called the Four Amigos. The group travels upand down the Interstate-5 highway on a monthly basisvisiting and passing out hobby information at all theclubs from Salem, Ore. to Tacoma-Seattle, Wash.”
(left) accepts the ANAPresidential Award from ANA V.P.
(right)of Idaho receives the prestigious Numismatic Ambassador Award from
Numismatic News at thePhiladelphia convention.Congratulations, Oded!