Well,it has been a little more than a month since the VNA convention in Fredericksburg, and for the most part, the comments regarding the show were very positive. Attendance was greater than 1200. Not a record, as far as I know, but very respectable considering the times. The US mint was pleased with the show except their location caused problems with their credit card machine, and the ANA has already messaged us regarding another class in 2018. The banquet was well attended and the food and speaker for the banquet were excellent. We had 2 philatelic dealers this year and both were extremely complimentary both about the assistance given loading and unloading, and with the show itself and have already signed up for next year.
I want to thank the volunteers who were there to help with setup, breakdown, and monitoring the front tables and the back table with food and drinks for the dealers, Thursday pm I was exhausted and could hardly walk due to assisting the dealers with setup but I had a great sleep that night, except I did not want to get up the next morning.
The club honored Betty Rollins for helping with the back table, by inviting her to the banquet
Saturday, and the club honored a group of volunteers with plaques for outstanding service to the VNA also at the dinner.
Some changes have been made since the convention, namely the Bourse Chairman for the 2018 convention is Richard Schornack from the Peninsula Coin Club. The position of Bourse Chair is a thankless job, with primarily complaints regarding everything from climate to parking, food, location, lack of buyers, etc. etc. As far as i am concerned John Cunningham did as good a job as anyone could have done with limited help and experience in that position. He has resigned as Bourse Chair for the next convention and as i have stated has been replaced. I want to thank him for leading the last two conventions, and hope that he will continue to attend and participate in future conventions.
The VNA board is already at work setting up the 2018 convention and as in the past requires help from all that are willing to help. Any positive or negative comments or suggestions
are welcome. The 2018 convention will be held in the same hall as this year, so all need to know that parking for dealers is on the left side of the hall.
The next VNA board meeting is to be held at the Shenandoah Valley Coin Club winter show at the Weyers Cave Community Center at 0730 on December3, 2017. I suggested this location in order to get more participation from the members in southern and western Va., and i hope we will succeed in more attending.
Thanks to all!!