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ANA takes back award

The calendar will turn the page to April on Wednesday. Spring is supposed to be here in Iola, but fresh snow frustrates those of us who believe the calendar.

Frustration of another kind perhaps is occurring on the American Numismatic Association Board of Governors.

One of the leftover items in my notebook from the March 6 meeting in Portland is a motion relating to the former executive director Christopher Cipoletti.

A twice-delayed arbitration is supposed to occur in April. The ANA board would like to get the matter of Cipoletti’s firing in 2007 behind it. Will it be delayed again? We’ll see.

One thing that wasn’t delayed was a request by former president Bill Horton to strip Cipoletti of a Presidential Award that Horton had given him in the final minutes of his presidency during the banquet at the Milwaukee summer convention in 2007.

When President Barry Stuppler brought the matter up at the tail end of the meeting, a motion was made by Vice President Patti Finner and Seconded by Gov. Walter Ostromecki to rescind the Presidential Award at Horton’s request.

Former ANA President Bob Campbell commented to the board, “I think it is a bad idea.” He also said it was hurtful.

Legal Counsel Ron Sirna said the motion was in order after remarking that Cipoletti had cost the organization $2 million to $3 million in litigation. “There is a substantial basis for Mr. Horton’s request.,” Sirna said.

The vote carried unanimously.

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2 Responses to ANA takes back award

  1. What I find disturbing about this story was that there were rumblings of issues with Mr. Cipoletti that Bill Horton either ignored or refused to believe. There were too many public complaints made during the shows and in print about Chipoletti’s performance. I am sure that NN has letters and guest editorials in its archives that question Cipoletti and the Board’s performance.

    Horton caused the problems while he was ANA President by turning a deaf ear to the voices of discontent and defied his constituents to give the Presidential Award to Cipoletti.

    Now, the current Board of Governors wants to rescind the award because the legal bill for litigating Cipoletti’s dismissal cost too much. Apparently, it is not wrong for Horton to present an award to a person the members thought was not doing his job properly.

    It is too late in the evening to come up with a pithy response, but former ANA President Bob Campbell was right when he said it was a bad idea. What’s done is done. Just move forward.

  2. Tom says:

    If ANA had just paid Cipoletti his severance what would that have cost? Who decided litigation was the best solution?

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