This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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Feeling a little owly? Out of sorts? Grumpy? Do you find yourself shaking your head over the latest Mint actions?
Well, forget all that. Take a deep breath and turn your thoughts to all the good things in the hobby and to the people you know who volunteer to make our organized hobby possible.
It is time to nominate candidates for the annual Numismatic Ambassador Awards sponsored by Numismatic News.
This paper has been recognizing individuals since 1974 who do the hard work of making things happen but who very often do not get the recognition they deserve.
Who has been president of your local coin club for the past 10 years because nobody else is willing to serve, or who fills those even tougher jobs of coin club secretary or coin club newsletter editor?
Now is the time to say thank you by nominating them for this award.
It has been our experience that many of the hobby’s volunteers do not stop at just one thing. That long-servicing club officer might also be the one who ends up giving most educational talks, or putting together exhibits that require pain-staking attention to detail and almost a lifetime of experience.
You know who I mean. You probably have someone already in mind. It is these individuals who have these lengthy histories of hobby volunteerism that we would like to consider.
Please take a few moments and fill out the form on Page 16, or email us the information based on the form.
I know it might be difficult to know the life history of your award candidate, but do your best. Consult other hobbyists who might have the answers to your questions.
Here in the office we do not need a complete hobby biography, but what we need is one that will give the “flavor” of the individual’s commitment to numismatics.
We will put your nominee’s biography together with the others received and create a ballot. This ballot will be sent to all of the current holders of the award. They vote their choices. We tabulate the results and will give the awards at the annual Numismatic Ambassador Breakfast Aug. 18 at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont.
We operate on the principles that other award winners will recognize the qualities necessary to be a Numismatic Ambassador and that the 2011 class of new ambassadors should be honored and inducted before current Ambassadors who are assembled for that purpose.
Please let me persuade you to take the time necessary to make a nomination – or more than one. You must be my eyes and ears. You know who is deserving. This process doesn’t have a nominee quota.
Don’t forget to provide a sense of the person. too. What’s he or she like as a person? A team player? Concerned about Young Numismatists?
Don’t delay. Deadline for receipt of nominations is June 15. Act now while it is all in your mind.
Click here to download the 2011 Numismatic Ambassador Nomination Form.