Editor's Note: The following announcement was issued by Dr. Donald H. Kagin of Kagin's Jan. 4.
The world has changed. Our way of life, including the numismatic hobby and, for some of us our life-long business, has been altered by the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet I am amazed and heartened at how well our industry has responded.
It is with this challenge and inspiration in mind that I announce my candidacy for president of the American Numismatic Association.
We must be innovative and strategic in our approach to achieving a “new normal,” that will get us safely through this crisis and allow our numismatic community to thrive and grow.
I know we can do that.
Internet usage and social media has increased substantially, especially for clubs. I call it the Zoom Boomas it has allowed us to increase member participation and to maintain the camaraderie derived from sharing our favorite hobby.
Virtual communication will be the key to engaging and increasing membership especially with a generation who have grown up with this technology. As ANA president my first priority will be to significantly increase on-line educational programming providing curriculum, presentations, and communication 24/7 at member’s fingertips on any electronic device.
I will foster a new excitement by revamping the current committee structure to energize existing hobbyists and engage the next generation of volunteers.
And I will use my experience of eight years on the ANA board – most recently as immediate Vice President – to build board consensus to implement these innovations.
My 60-year collecting experience (50 years as a dealer), and my education including B.A. and Ph.D. numismatics degrees, have taught me best practices to share with our membership. And I will continue to forge and cultivate relationships that will foster innovative solutions to today’s challenges.
I urge you to check out www.Kagin4ANAPresident.com, review my platform, including scores of initiatives suggested by members over the last several years, and send me your "2 cents."
Donald H. Kagin, Ph.D.