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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 51, December 17, 2006, Article 34

ANA BOARD CANDIDATES FORM PLATFORMS

Larry Gaye writes: "I would like to echo George F. Kolbe's plea
for membership action regarding the ANA."

E-Sylum regular Wendell Wolka is running for a position on the
American Numismatic Association board.  His platform statement
notes that "The ANA should continue to focus primarily on education
and outreach as the primary ways of providing value to members and
growth for the association.

"The ANA needs to become and remain fiscally responsible, with a
balanced annual budget and a fully restored endowment fund
considered standard practice."

[For more information, contact Wendell at PURDUENUT@aol.com.
-Editor]

Another longtime E-Sylum contributor, retired Army colonel Joe
Boling, also announced his candidacy for the American Numismatic
Association's Board of Governors recently.  He has been an ANA
exhibit judge since 1978, a member of the ANA's exhibiting and
judging committee for eighteen years, and has been ANA's chief
judge for fourteen years.  Joe also teaches regularly at the ANA
Summer Seminar.

He writes: "I believe that the ANA has strayed from serving its
individual members and clubs. The emphasis has moved toward becoming
a 'heavy hitter' with government agencies, inserting ourselves into
movements to establish museums and other 'outreach' programs that
do little to serve individual collectors.  Yes, it is desirable to
raise public awareness of numismatics, but not when that means
draining the organization's fiscal resources and diverting staff
hours to programs in which most members cannot participate.

"Having been to headquarters every year for quite a while, and to
every convention for quite a bit longer, I can see the deterioration
of morale that has occurred among ANA's employees. The ferocious
turnover rate is a symptom of a leadership climate that must be
changed."

[The ANA's staff turnover rate was highlighted by former librarian
David Sklow in his recent Coin World Guest Commentary.  In an earlier
submission, Howard Daniel highlighted the alienation that many
individuals and volunteers have come to feel.

To discuss these issues or receive a complete copy of his platform
statements, contact Joe by email at joeboling@aol.com or phone
317-894-2506.  Tom Sheehan adds: "I would be happy to supply and
receive nomination forms for Joe.  My mailing address is P. O. Box
1477, Edmonds, WA  98020 and my email is ThomasSheehan@msn.com"

People like Joe and fellow ANA Judge and board candidate John Eshbach
have dedicated a large portion of their lives to the organization,
traveling and volunteering at ANA conventions and headquarters.  If
anyone deserves a say in how the organization is run, it's folks
like them.  -Editor]

E-Sylum subscriber Michael Doran has also announced his candidacy.
He writes: "The ANA must be more transparent and open. It must treat
its members and clubs with the utmost respect. And most importantly,
the ANA must return to its number one purpose - to promote the
knowledge, study, and science of the numismatic hobby."

"I will be having a campaign website up and running by January 1,
2007 or sooner. In the meantime, if you have any questions about
the campaign, please feel free to e-mail me at doranforana07@gmail.com"

[We welcome hearing more from all the candidates about the aspects
of their platforms of most interest to E-Sylum readers, particularly
the ANA's library and resource center, publications, and numismatic
research and education.  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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