Highlights from the 75th Anniversary Conference and Convention
On Friday, November 11th, the New England Numismatic Association hosted a Banquet and Social Hour as part of the 75th Anniversary celebration with eighty seven guests present. The evening started with a social hour from 5:30-6:30, followed by dinner and then our Keynote Speaker: Q. David Bowers who spoke on: "New England: Focal Point of American Numismatics; Then, Now and the Future”. Bob Fritsch did an outstanding job as the Master of Ceremonies keeping the program running smoothly with Mike Simpson giving the Invocation, John Ferreri, Joe Duval and Roger Durand manned the raffle table. ANA National Coordinator Richard Josefiak presented to NENA a Presidential certificate of recognition for our 75th, Anniversary, we were also presented with a Presidential certificate of recognition for 65 years as an ANA Club Member both certificates were signed by Kim Kick, ANA Executive Director and Jeff Garrett, ANA President. NENA presented a Presidential Award to Ernie Botte in reconnection of his generous support of our organization and programs. We thanked Q. David Bowers for his efforts and presented him with a Speakers Certificate, Speakers Medal and our 75th, Anniversary Medal Set. We also held the drawings for the raffles that included numerous books and vouchers thanks to the generosity of Stack’s/Bowers Galleries, Whitman Publishing Company, Kenneth Bressett, Denly’s of Boston and Heritage Coins and Collectibles.
On Saturday November 12th, our activities included the John Kittredge Young Numismatist Program sponsored by NENA and the Kittredge Foundation. The Club Table where visitors could purchase this year’s medals, get their Program and Show Guide and receive a free Special Anniversary Button; The Exhibits Gallery; The What is it Table, and our Annual Meeting that included the election of officers.
The Young Numismatist program was held from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM and was headed by Richard J. Hand Jr. with the assistance of Diane Zuck, Richard Ziegler and Jack Haroian. This year’s program was very well attended with twenty six children plus an additional sixteen adults. ANA National Coordinator Richard Josefiak spoke to the group on the benefits and educational programs the ANA provides for the children including their “Coins for A’s Program”. NENA President William Harkins presented Richard Hand an Educational Award in reconnection for his work with the kids during National Coin Week at the Brockton Public Library, Brockton, MA and the outstanding job he is doing with NENA’s Y.N. Program.
This year’s exhibits were outstanding! We had eight exhibits with a total of twenty six cases including an eight case Special Marque Exhibit that highlighted NENA’s history. There were seven Competitive exhibits that included: The Unique Dollars; Austria’s 5-Euro Commemorative Coins; Odd and Curious Money; The Massachusetts Bay Tercentenary; Medals and Tokens of the Gallery Mint; Massachusetts History through Town Medals and One Dollar Insect Coins of Australia.
We would like to thank all those that helped make this a successful event including our board, committees, volunteers and members. Ernie Botte and EBW Promotions for providing the exhibit space and meeting room for our event; The Kittredge Foundation for their generous support of our YN Program; The dealers for their support and generous donations of coins, medals, tokens and supplies for our Y.N Program and all those that supported us with their well wishes and advertisements in our program and show guide.
|Bob Fritsch, our Master of Ceremonies||Bill Harkins presents Richard Hand
with the Educational Award
for his excellent work with
the Young Numismatists
|Q. David Bowers, our Keynote Speaker|