Nebraska hobbyist Mitch Ernst has declared for a seat on the American Numismatic Association board of governors in this year’s election.
The Omaha-based Ernst writes, “My entire family can be seen at coin club meetings, coin shows and conventions lending a hand. Because of those wonderful experiences, I have worked tirelessly to promote the hobby through the numismatic organizations of which I have been associated.
“I have been president of both the Omaha Coin Club and the Nebraska Numismatic Association for nearly 10 years while editing both organizations’ periodicals during that same time.
His hobby resume also includes a term as a Central States Numismatic Society governor from 2012 to 2014, a 2014 Numismatic Ambassador Award, 2015 ANA Glenn Smedley Award and 2016 ANA Medal of Merit Award.
“I have seen the need for more understanding of how non-profits should work. To that end, I took a certification course at the University of Nebraska/Omaha in Non-Profit and Fund-raising Management. I received my Certificate in Non-Profit and Fund-raising Management in the fall of 2016. I would like to share the knowledge I have learned by serving on the ANA board.
“In today’s ever changing world, understanding how non-profits function in addition to successful fund-raising can be the difference between a nonprofit organization fulfilling its mission and one that does not.
“I hope through my service on the ANA board, basic guidelines and principles could be drawn up and shared for clubs, of all shapes and sizes, to follow across the country. No one needs to reinvent the wheel, but I would like to help make sure all the tires are fully inflated.”
Balloting of members of the ANA will be conducted from sometime in late May until an end date in July.
A new board will be sworn in at the ANA convention Aug. 4.
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