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08 Jul 2019

The ANA Election is Over, Support Your New Board

| ScottB

This is a repost from the Coin Collectors Blog. Visit the blog as coinsblog.ws.

TheAmerican Numismatic Associationelection is over and the membership has made a choice. Steve Ellsworth will become the new President of the American Numismatic Association at theWorld's Fair of Moneyin August. Ralph Ross will become Vice President.

Although these were not my choices for leadership, I will support them for their two-year term. Both men deserve the support of the entire membership regardless of what you thought about the election.

The ANA is at a critical juncture in its modern history. There is a societal change happening that is affecting many hobbies and traditional institutions. It is a change borne out of changes in ideas, ideals, and how the new generation thinks about hobbies and their traditions.

The status quo is no longer acceptable. Millennials and those identified as Gen Z, who graduated from high school this year, grew up in a different world. In their world, money is electronic, stamps are utilitarian only used when necessary, and the concept of formality is reserved for a noncontroversial post on social media.

With the Millenials and Gen Z now in that numismatic black hole between being a Young Numismatist and their reawakening when they get older, it is time that the ANA adapt to the new world order of technology.

Adapting traditional hobbies between the past and technology will be difficult. Ask the philatelic (stamp collecting) world how technology has upended what they built. Technology has changed many aspects of our lives, and if numismatics do not change along with it, numismatics will become a minor aspect of the hobby community.

Making this bridge between the traditions of numismatics and the future is what the new ANA leadership and the Board of Governors will need your help. The only way the ANA will change to meet the needs of the membership is for the association to speak out. Members, especially those that are not of AARP eligible age, must be the ones to speak to the Board and let them know what the ANA has to do to have a healthy future.

"Overall, 19,737 ANA members were eligible to vote in this election; 31.06 percent of eligible voters participated."

One of the most significant issues is that the membership is not engaged. Maybe it is time for the ANA members to get off the sidelines and become involved.

Members must open lines of communications with the Board of Governors and let them know what you think. They cannot perform their jobs without knowing how to respond to the membership. Your input will help President-elect Ellsworth, and the rest of the Board set their agenda.

Help Ellsworth and the Board have a successful term. Let them know what you think. As a member you cancontact the ANAdirectly. When you do, please keep it respectful and include your membership number.

Those who want to add their comments to a public forum, the ANA gives you that opportunity. Go to theANA website, register, and post your message as anopen blog post. Yes, the ANA website has a blog section for you to post whatever you like. Keep it clean, respectful, to the point. If you can add details to your ideas, I am sure the Board would appreciate the help.

In case you did not know, the ANA website also has a section ofnumismatic forumsfor collectors to talk with other collectors about numismatics. For those who are not happy with other forum sites, you might want to take the opportunity to see what the ANA has to offer.

If all else fails, you canwrite to me. Although I am one voice in the numismatic wilderness, I am a collector who wants to see the ANA remain a thriving home for numismatic collectors. You can write to me directly or post a comment here.

It is your ANA.

Your ANA needs your input.

Support the new Board and help them find their direction.

Comments

LNCS

Level 5

I will support the new board.

Longstrider

Level 6

I couldn't have said this better. We must have more participation to survive..Everyone running was qualified to do the job they worked for. We were all more then ready to complain over the recent episodes we have experienced here. Now it's time to come together.

Congrats to those elected and thanks to anyone who voted.

I agree that the membership need to get involved, or at least a better portion of it. Best of luck and my support to all elected. It was hard picking a new president, Ellsworth and Kagin are both great guys.

Pat

Level 6

I grew I believe this new slate will have the best of the ANA first. But we must support them.

Just Mokie

Level 5

I agree with all you've said, I wonder how this election, participation-wise, compared to previous elections?

In general there hasn't been huge participation, at least in recent times

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