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President's Message 2016
by PNNA President James Reinders

4th Quarter 2016

Sharing our hobby is a passion of our members – and we are blessed to have so many people helping in so many ways.

I’m excited by all the educational programs we see at the clubs, shows, and other events. This year’s PNNA-Willamette Annual Convention in Portland will be no exception with dealers, volunteers, exhibits, kid’s treasure trivia and the Boy Scout workshop. Everyone plays a role in sharing our love of numismatics with others! Congratulations to our member club, the Willamette Coin Club (, on their 30th anniversary! There should be celebrating going on at the convention!

In August, we had a great presence at the scouting jamboree WashJam 2016 — see the story on pp. 14-15 (of The Nor'wester). The PNNA was there thanks to the dedication and hard work of Kevin Charboneau, Tony Kalt and Rick Schulz. Thank you to all who helped!

In September, we had a great presence at the 2016 Puyallup Fair (now officially known as the 2016 Washington State Fair - September 2-25, 2016). Once again, the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association hosted a display in the Fair’s Hobby Hall with Rick Schulz coordinating not only our volunteers but a display to educate Fair visitors about coins, coin collecting and numismatics in general. Our volunteers work to develop interest in coins and collecting with lots of giveaways and games focused on kids. Thank you to all who helped!

During our summer board meeting, we approved a new logo for the PNNA. It debuted at WashJam and in the PNNA booth at the Puyallup Fair. Having come off our 75th anniversary year, and the special 75th anniversary logo; it is great to have a fresh logo for the PNNA for the newsletter, website, banners, elongated cents, etc.

This is the approved black and white version of the new PNNA logo, prepared by artist Tim Garcia based on the 75th anniversary medal design by sculptor Thomas D. Rogers. Color and black and white logos appear together on the cover of the newsletter. (4th Q 2016 edition of The Nor'wester - available soon.)

The Board and Officers serve at your pleasure – please contact any one of us with your suggestions. We want to grow this organization and we want to better educate our members on the subject of numismatics.

Have a great numismatic fall – consider attending the Tri-City Coin Club show in Richland, WA (Oct. 1-2), PNNA-Willamette Coin Club Fall Convention in Portland (Oct. 8-9), Fenwick Stamp & Coin Show in Renton (Oct. 9 and Dec. 11), Spokane Fall Coin Show (Oct. 15-16), first annual Polk County Coin Show (Oct. 23), Bremerton-West Sound Coin Show (Nov. 5), Everett Coin & Stamp Show on Nov. 19, Holiday Coin Show in Tacoma (Nov. 26), Salem Coin Club annual show in Salem, OR (Dec. 3-4), Kent Valley Coin Show (Dec. 10) or the Northwest Token & Medal Society meeting in Olympia (Dec. 11). As always, double-check the date and location for shows on the “Calendar” page on the website, and also pick up a paper copy of the calendar in Portland. (Note: Shows should normally be open to the public from at least 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise indicated, although dealers typically begin taking down early on Sundays.)

I hope to see many of you this fall in Portland.

Projected Board Meeting dates and locations:

  • October 8, 2016 – PNNA/WCC Convention at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center Hotel in Portland – 6 p.m.
  • January 21, 2017 – Boeing Employees Coin Show at the Kent Commons in Kent, Wash. – 6 p.m.
  • March 18, 2017 – PNNA Annual Convention at the Tukwila Community Center in Tukwila, Wash. – 8 a.m. Board/6 p.m. Membership/Awards.
  • 2017 Summer Board Meeting - Date and location TBD. 

3rd Quarter 2016

At the Tukwila convention, new officers and board were inducted to lead the PNNA over the next two years. I appreciate the confidence of the PNNA membership in the new board, and the trust you place in all of us, including myself (James Reinders) as the newly elected president. We welcome Lance Nesemann to the board. John Brown was elected to the board after serving as our secretary, a role our past president Danny will now tackle. We are all very thankful for the leadership of Danny Bisgaard these past four years as the PNNA president as well as the Host Chairman for the National Money Show held last year in Portland. We are also thankful for the service of our departing board member, Lisa Loos, who has served the board for the last four years in the “Past President” position.

The Spring PNNA convention was held April 22-24. We had steady crowds all three days. Thanks to all the volunteers and to the convention committee. It was great to have ANA Governor Steve Ellsworth and Past ANA President Walt Ostromecki at the show. They both are engaging promoters of numismatics and the ANA. We are thankful to Walt Ostromecki for the YN treasure hunt, and the dealers who helped as stations. The YN activities not only create interest and education for youth, but they help parents and grandparents renew their interest as well. Thank you to all of you that spent endless preparation and labor hours in making the convention a success with many roles ranging from the hospitality room, to the exhibit area and judging, to badging and badge checking, set-up and tear-down, and much more. We are blessed to have such dedication from our volunteers; please consider joining our volunteers to help keep the individual burden fun. We continue to adapt the convention dates based on crowded national calendars so as to maximize participation, so next year the show will move a little earlier and will be held March 17-19, 2017.

The Puyallup Fair (now known officially as the Washington State Fair) is just around the corner – Sept. 2-25, 2016, but closed on Tuesdays this year. We need volunteers to staff the table at the Fair. We use this opportunity to continue to educate the public about numismatics as well as a recruiting tool. Rick Schulz, Puyallup Fair Coordinator, will begin visiting local clubs to solicit volunteers. The Board encourages you to participate and sign up for a shift or two. By the way, the Fair has great entertainment in the evening. Please contact Rick by e-mail at if you would like to volunteer.

Projected board meeting dates and locations:

  • July 23, 2016 at Spiffy’s Restaurant near Chehalis, Wash., I-5 milepost 68, from 8 to 10 a.m.
  • Oct. 8, 2016 at the PNNA-Willamette Convention, Doubletree Hotel, Portland, Ore., at about 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 21, 2017 at the Boeing Employees Coin Show, Kent Commons, Kent, Wash., at about 6 p.m.
  • March 18, 2017 at the PNNA Convention, Tukwila Community Center, Tukwila, Wash., at about 8 a.m.

At the next board meeting, we hope to finalize our multi-year discussion of refreshing the PNNA logo now that the 75th anniversary celebration has completed. The board plans to choose a new logo from a collection of options that are the product of many discussions and revisions. Feel free to contact any officer or board member with feedback before our July 23 meeting. Below is a glimpse of the four we have under consideration.

The Board and Officers serve at your pleasure – please contact any one of us with your suggestions. We want to grow this organization and we want to better educate our members on the subject of numismatics.

Have a great “numismatic” summer – consider attending the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, August 9-13, 2016. Walt Ostromecki is their Host Chairman! Info.:

President's Message 2016
by PNNA Past President Danny Bisgaard

2nd Quarter 2016

As I write this quarter’s column, my last one as President, I’m reflecting back on how quickly four years goes by. The Board’s expertise and the membership have provided the support in the continual growth of this organization. My thanks to all the members and to all the volunteers who have made all the shows a success.

Thank you to the Board for their hard work that past two years. Some of the 2015 accomplishments are as follows: Increased use and designs for the penny press machine, ANA Spring show in Portland, logo and medal design for the 75th anniversary celebration of the PNNA and increased security for the PNNA shows by the issuance of dealer photo ID badges.

A big thank you goes to James Free and Eric Holcomb in getting this year’s election ballot ready. A ballot is included in The Nor’wester mailing (both paper and online versions). Please take the time to vote! Your input is vital in moving the organization forward. In addition, consider attending the membership meeting at 6 p.m. on April 23rd. where you will get a chance to meet the new Board.

Thanks to Rick Schulz and other club members, the penny press machine continues to be a hit at the various coin shows. If you are a PNNA member club and want to use the machine, contact Rick at In addition, contact Rick if you want to volunteer at the 2016 Washington State Fair in September. More volunteers are needed due to the increased length of the Fair.

As the Board gets ready to meet at the Tukwila show, we continue to seek the memberships’ help: Contact convention chairman Kevin Charboneau, email, about volunteer opportunities for the PNNA convention in Tukwila, April 22-24. Your participation takes some of the workload off the convention committee.

Please nominate members for the various PNNA awards, list included in the previous 1st Quarter Nor’wester. Please consider attending the annual awards presentations at the membership meeting on April 23rd at 6 p.m.

Have a great “numismatic” summer – consider attending the 67th annual PNNA show in Tukwila, Wash. – April 22-24; North Shore Numismatic Society Stamp and Coin Fair at Nikkei Center in Burnaby, BC, Canada – May 28; or the Mid-Valley Coin Show in Albany, Ore. – May 28-29. For other show dates, please check out the PNNA website ( under the “Calendar” button.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Tukwila.

1st Quarter 2016

As I write this quarter’s column, all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are over. I hope all of you had a blessed holiday season, found a deal or two and are looking forward to 2016.

We have had quite a year, and the metals market continues to be on a roller-coaster ride. There were numerous coin shows in the Northwest, with the largest being the March ANA National Money Show in Portland. The PNNA has strived to improve show security with the new badging system. The penny squisher machine has been such a hit, we are already having to replace parts on it that have worn out.

We want to continue to thank those who have contributed items to the travelling display. We continue to have a need completing the display. If interested, contact Rick Schulz (, 253-535-0690).

Speaking of Rick Schulz, I continue to be thankful for his leadership in arranging all the volunteers to cover the fair shifts at Puyallup. Three weeks of three shifts per day covered by two volunteers. 47 names were submitted to me and I thank each and every one (too many to list individually) for their service. Please make a note on your calendar for September of 2016 – the Fair run will be longer and more volunteers will be needed. {Next year’s Fair is scheduled for Sept. 2-25, 2016, but the Fair will be closed on Tuesdays, resulting in 21 days to be staffed.}

We want to thank Ed, Larry and Scott in organizing the 11th annual PNNA/WCC coin show which was held at the Lloyd Center Doubletree in Portland. A good turnout, with business being brisk at times. Ed Fischer’s first adventure as convention chair had its challenges but he was helped by a great cadre of volunteers. Ed is already planning next year’s convention and applying lessons learned. A great big thank you to Leila in running a tight ship in the hospitality room!

Please consider serving on the Board; new elections will be held in 2016. Refer to the article on page 8. James Free will be receiving nominations from the members and a ballot should be mailed in late March.

Please read the various articles on the award nominations. Most deadlines are April 1, 2016. This is your opportunity to nominate someone who has made an impact in the area of numismatics. Awards will be handed out at the PNNA Convention in Tukwila, Wash., on April 23rd.

Kevin Charbonneau ( has volunteer opportunities for the PNNA convention in Tukwila, Wash., April 22-24. Your participation takes some of the workload off the convention committee.

Have a great “numismatic” winter – consider attending the Boeing show in Kent, Wash. (Jan. 16-17); Olympia, Wash. Coin Club show (Jan. 30); Ocean Shores, Wash. Antique and Collectible Show (Feb. 13-14); ANA National Money Show in Dallas, Texas (March 5-6) or the PNNA Convention in Tukwila, Wash. (April 22-24). An updated listing of shows can be found in the calendar section of the PNNA website.

Hope to see many of you in Kent.