Seattle Numismatic Society

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Address: Seattle Numismatic Society c/o Scott Loos, PO Box 2210, North Bend, WA 98045, Ph. 425-831-8789.
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President's Message

President's Message by SNS president Rick Schulz.

November 2017 - Seattle Numismatic Society is a club in crisis. I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but it is true. Seven or eight years ago when I started coming to SNS, the attending membership was robust, by local standards, with as many as 25 or more at meetings. We had an healthy mix of older collectors and dealers, youngish collectors and dealers and even a YN or two coming to our monthly meetings. Over the past couple years we've witnessed a steady decline in attendance to the point where in the past year we are lucky if we see eight or nine members at a meeting.

This trend has been a frequent topic of conversation at recent meetings. The consensus is that we are an aging club with very few new members joining. Also, we've lost a few members who have passed on. I believe all of this to be true, but not the whole picture. In the years I've been associated with SNS I do not remember any effort to get our name out there to the collecting public of Greater Seattle. We do have a web page, thanks to Eric Holcomb who keeps it updated, and Eric also makes sure our club info is current on the PNNA web page. Aside from that we have very little contact with the public. I believe it is time for us to become more proactive. All aspects of our club need to be evaluated:

  • Day and time of our meetings. Is there a better day? Should we start the meeting earlier?
  • Meeting location. Is it too hard to get to in the evening? Is it now too small? Should we consider a location outside of Seattle (Tukwila, Edmonds, Bellevue)?
  • Activities. Take advantage of opportunities to spread the word about SNS. Be better prepared for SNS day at the Puyallup Fair. Have club info handouts available for local shows and at area coin shops.
  • Coin Show. Should we put on a Seattle Numismatic Society Coin Show? It wouldn't have to be in the Seattle city limits.
  • Greater digital presence. Should we have a FaceBook, Twitter, etc, presence?

What do you think? I'd like to hear your thoughts on these topics and any other ideas you might have. I'd also like to ask everyone - Is there a specific reason or reasons why you are not making our monthly meetings (traffic, weather, darkness, time, conflicts)? Is there anything we can do to get you back? Please email any comments or questions to richardf53@yahoo.com or, better yet, come to a meeting and tell us what you think.

At the last meeting we agreed to start implementing some new ideas and policies that we hope will bring some members back to our monthly meetings and maybe interest new people into giving us a try. First, we know we have some members that do not like to drive after dark and/or in stormy rush hour traffic. To address this issue starting next year, summer, 2018, we've decided to change the months we take off, July and August to December and January. Also, we are going to make up some fliers and take them around to local coin clubs so at least they know we have meetings and can advise their customers that there is an organization called Seattle Numismatic Society. Finally, at least for the next six months or so, we will remain at Queen Anne Manor. We'll see how it goes.

Seattle Numismatic Society, formerly Seattle Coin Club, has been around for more than eighty years. It will not fail on my watch.

President's Message by SNS president Scott Loos.

September 2013 - I hope everyone had a great summer! Now it is back to our regular monthly meetings. First off, my summer went well. I attended the ANA summer convention in Chicago, Ill. The attendance was moderate and the activity seemed to be down a bit from previous years.

All in all, it was a great showing for the Pacific Northwest: Larry Gaye from the Willamette Coin Club and PNNA received an ANA Presidential award and the ANA medal of Merit; Katie Reinders, also from PNNA and WCC, received ANA YN of the year as well as YN best in show exhibit. Her father, James, received the ANA Outstanding Adult Advisor. SNSí own Joe Boling received the ANA Exemplary Service Award.

We had our SNS barbeque in early August. Many thanks go out to Dennis Stevens for coordinating and hosting. The food was plentiful, the weather cooperative and the company was delightful.

SNS Elections are coming soon. Please think about helping out in one of the officer positions or serve as a board member. To operate effectively, the club needs your active participation.

I hope to see many of you on the 19th. Thanks, Scott.