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President's Message 2018
by PNNA President James Reinders

1st Quarter 2018

Do not forget numismatics when you make up your New Year’s resolutions. I think you can agree you’ll want to keep these:

Attend lots of coin shows in 2018!

  • Attend the 69th Annual PNNA Convention & Coin Show, March 16-18 in Tukwila. Attend the annual membership meeting after the show on Saturday March 17, where membership feedback is welcome, and results will be announced of our 2018 elections, annual awards, and plans for the year.
  • Attend the 14th Annual PNNA-WCC Fall Convention & Coin Show, Oct. 20-21 in Portland.
  • Aside from the PNNA shows, we should all attend lots of other coin shows too. The PNNA calendar at stands ready to help us plan!

Invest in your own numismatic learning!

  • Due Feb. 15: Apply for a PNNA scholarship (download form and instructions on the PNNA website at to attend the ANA 2018 Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs this summer. There is no better investment in learning about numismatics than hanging out in Colorado Springs for a week or two. The PNNA scholarship can help at least one adult and one youth attend each year.
  • Plan to attend the PNNA 2018 two-day Numismatic Seminar, October 18-19 in Portland. Pencil this in!! Details will be announced by the time we meet in Tukwila – and we will put information on the PNNA website at

Lend a helping (numismatic) hand!

  • Encourage members of your local clubs to apply for a PNNA Scholarship, attend PNNA shows, and attend the PNNA 2018 two-day Numismatic Seminar. Of course, attend as many local coin club meetings as you can; engage, learn, and share your numismatic passions!
  • Promote our Numismatic Merit Badge workshops to any scouts or adult scout leaders you know. Tony does a great job at the Boeing Employees’ show and the Tukwila convention, and either Tony or I make sure Portland is well covered.
  • Sign up with Rick early (email to help our annual outreach in the Hobby Hall at the Washington State (a.k.a. Puyallup) Fair, Aug. 31 – Sept. 23, 2018. You get in FREE for the day, and spend a few hours making smiles as you talk about coins!
  • Run for the board in the PNNA elections this year (coming up in February). We can always use more help!

In 2018, in addition to our two conventions – we are going to invest in our Pacific Northwest membership in two additional ways: (1) two days of classes ahead of the Fall convention in Portland – we are calling it the PNNA 2018 two-day Numismatic Seminar, and (2) scholarship funds for members to get training – including the ANA Summer Seminar and the PNNA 2018 two day Numismatic Seminar in October.

Learning is a lifelong process, and this applies to us numismatists as well! Therefore, your PNNA board has discussed many options and settled on these two investments for 2018. I know the board will pour its heart into these efforts, but we also welcome (and need) help from all our membership.

The PNNA received a generous gift of $5,000 from the Eric P. Newman Education Society. The PNNA is one of a number of organizations selected to receive an award. Eric Newman passed away on November 15, at the age of 106 (see The board will use the money to further PNNA activities including scholarships to help members further their numismatic educations.

John Brown has been a tremendous help on the PNNA board for years, in addition to his other contributions to Pacific NW numismatics with the Salem Club and being a driving force behind the Polk County Coin Show (2nd annual was in 2017!). Unfortunately, John let us know that he needed to resign his board position for personal reasons. Of course, we wish him well. It is always excellent to run into John – and since his resignation in October, I’ve noticed he is no less present in numismatic circles. This is great to see. Thank you John for all your service to Pacific NW numismatics!

I’m very pleased to say that the board approved my nomination of Tom Tullis to fill the vacancy on the board. Tom has jumped in, and will help use drive Membership activities including the PNNA two day Numismatic Seminar this fall. Please welcome Tom and thank him, as we do all our board members, for their help at the regional level in making the Pacific Northwest the best place to be a numismatist!

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Boeing Employees’ Show in Kent (Jan. 20-21) and the PNNA show (March 16-18).

Upcoming Board Meeting Dates and Locations:

  • Jan. 20, 2018 at the Boeing Employees’ Coin Show, Kent Commons, Kent, Wash., at about 6 p.m. (earlier if everyone is ready)
  • March 17, 2018 at the PNNA Convention, Tukwila Community Center, Tukwila, Wash., at about 8 a.m.
  • Summer meeting TBD
  • Oct. 20, 2018 at the WCC/PNNA Portland Convention, DoubleTree Lloyd Center, Portland, Ore., at about 6 p.m. (earlier if everyone is ready)

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.

There are many coin shows to enjoy this winter (see for up-to-date listings). What could be better on a cold winter day than a warm coin show?