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ANA election results should guide transition

A new chapter will open for the American Numismatic Association when it meets in convention in Milwaukee, Wis., the week of Aug. 5. A lameduck board has at least one critically important issue before it, which is review of the new bylaws proposals.

Will the old board act on them just days before the new board is sworn in on Aug. 11, or will it defer the issue? Suspicions that bylaw reform was simply code for disenfranchising the ANA electorate helped fuel the voting that swept out all incumbent governors and swept in seven new ones, six of which are basically pledged to overturn any action taken in the waning days of the old board that they disagree with.

There are all the makings of confrontation. Will it happen? It depends on how the two sides will act between now and Aug. 11.

I hope some good will can be drawn upon to make the transition period one of bridging differences rather than trying to make the divide deeper. We will see.

I have already heard some mutterings about what the vote totals mean. Some think it significant that only 7,171 ANA members out of 31,263 bothered to vote. The conclusion that one is then asked to make from this is that the anti-incumbent slate has less than a ringing endorsement. I would not draw that conclusion.

In my time as a member, which is almost 30 years now, I don’t remember a result that was considered a heavy voter participation rate. Perhaps someone will analyze the historical data and see what has happened the past 116 years.

The election result looks to me to be pretty unambiguous. Unless members want to see a continuation of strife and tumult, I hope the outcome will guide the actions on both sides so that amity can be restored.  

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2 Responses to ANA election results should guide transition

  1. Edward Arrich says:

    Yes, at first glance, it does seem that it is a clear message from our voting membership to clean sweep the BOG and settle the disputes of money and integrity.

    We have a great group of "guys" and "gals" in our ANA and we can get about our business of growing the hobby and the ANA.

    It seems to me that if we are to continue to grow as an organization we must excede the 90%work by 10%membership rule and involve more of our membership some way some how.

    We have something for everyone or they would not have joined so I suggest the "new" BOG look at ways to involve more members as well as recruit new members.

  2. I have to concur with Mr. Arrich’s statement exactly.

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