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2008 NBS GENERAL MEETING REPORT
NBS President John W. Adams forwarded the following report of our General meeting at the Baltimore ANA last Friday (August 1). -EditorAs was the case with the NBS Symposium, the NBS General Meeting enjoyed a nearly full house. President Adams posted the members on various projects under way, with Len Augsburger reporting that his "100 Greatest" was nearing completion. David Sundman gave us the good news the upward trend in our membership as well as our treasury. Dan Friedus, filling in for Wayne Homren, explained some of the new technology that was being deployed at The E-Sylum and on our website.
Following the business agenda, Anne Bentley, senior curator at the Massachusetts Historical Society, gave a fascinating talk on the various numismatic publications issued by the Society over the years as well as citing some of the outstanding coins, medals and literature currently under her care. With the ANA Convention coming to Boston in 2010 (only two blocks away from the MHS), there was rush to sign up for an on-site visit. Anne promised to have a special exhibit put up for the occasion and, we suspect, there will be standing room only. As a speakers gift, Anne was presented with a medal (found on the bourse floor) issued to accompany the John F. Kennedy award, an award sponsored by her employer, the MHS !
The foregoing events consumed 50 minutes of the allotted hour with an auction conducted by Brad Karoleff taking the final 10 minutes and another fifty. Always entertaining, Brad was absolutely hilarious as he extracted large sums from all those who could not find cover. The total raised in one hour was not much less than a full year of dues and, even at that, none of the buyers felt regret because of the high quality of the items offered (including a specially bound copy of ye editor's London Diary).
Reports I've heard were that the fundraising auction was an absolute hoot, with certain unnamed officers literally crawling on the floor behind tables to avoid reaching further into their pockets. -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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