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January, 2002
Year 9, Issue 1

Award Winning Newsletter

Meeting 7:30pm, Wednesday, January, 2
Talk and trading 7:00-7:30pm
VFW, 1601 Weld Road, Elgin, IL

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January Program

A quiz and a discussion of goals and directions the club will go in 2002 as outlined in the board meeting minutes. Come ready to discuss these and whatever else comes to mind. This is your club to do with as we all want to do with it.


December Minutes

ECC Meeting 527 - December 5, 2001
Opened:   8:10     Beginning balance:   $956.00
Closed:   8:50     Income:   $248.00
Members:   27     Expenses:   $365.40
YNs:   2     Current balance:   $838.70
Guests:   4         

President Doug Nelson called the meeting to order at 8:10 after Christmas dinner.

Jim's annual state quarter survey: North Carolina and Rhode Island had 6 votes each, New York and Kentucky had 5 votes each and Vermont had 1 vote.

Next year's annual show has been scheduled for October 27th.

Mike had a contest to see how could come closest to guessing how many wheat pennies were in a jar. Jim won with a guess of 1356. The actual number was 1343.

Don suggested that some people may like sausage for next year's Christmas dinner.

Secretary's Report

As printed in November's newsletter and was accepted.

Treasurer's Report

Balance: $956.00
The Treasurer report was accepted.

Old Business

There was none.

New Business

Mike Metras was elected new President and Frank Schlapinski was elected new Secretary.


We had our customary raffle and membership drawings. the winners were:

The meeting closed around 8:50 P.M.

Submitted by Steve, Secretary.

Board Meeting

Doug, Jim, Don and I got together at Don's Wednesday night December 19th. We talked about a lot of things after looking at coins that we had acquired over the month.

Doug began by giving the President's case and gavel to me. I guess that means it's my turn now for a while.

We talked about the January program and decided on a quiz and a discussion of goals and directions the club will take in 2002. Among the things we need to discuss are programs for next year (more below), getting some more young members, advertising in the newsletter, ANA certificates for presentations, a possible super raffle in June in conjunction with the White Elephant Auction, show medals and good-for certificates for the show. Please come armed with your suggestions and opinions on all these things and anything else you want to discuss.

We roughed out a 2002 program schedule that includes the following. Before the January meeting, I'll be talking to some of you to try to fill in some more dates. Please think about giving a presentation on your specialty. We all know that each ones excels in one area, talk to us about that for 15 or 20 minutes one month. Tentatively, the schedule looks like this as of now.

Notice that February, April, May and October are open for your presentation.

The show committee is in the beginning stages of considering some kind of medal for the 2002 show, which will be the 40th. We also are considering having a good-for-$1 in trade note or token for use only at the show. As we see it now, anyone could purchase them at face value and use them at dealer's tables and anyone (customers and dealers) could return them for redemption from the club. Some would keep them and the club would be ahead that amount.

And at the end of the meeting, we remembered that January is the month for dues. If the club hasn't received them by the mailing date for the April newsletter, you will be removed for the mailing list. If you chose, you can send your dues to the Elgin Coin Club, Box 561, South Elgin, IL 60177. As for many years, dues remain as listed in the back of the newsletter: $10 member, $15 for the full family and $5 for a single young numismatist without an adult family member.

Submitted by Mike Metras.

Show and Tell

Don D. showed off his new collection of stocks and bonds, which included Argentina, dated 7-1-1889; Venezuela dated 3-1-1887 and Ecuador dated 1-13-1892. Jim brought in his recently completed Roosevelt dime collection. All coins were BU and proof.

Roger showed a letter from David Bower about the dedication of the Pioneer Sculpture. Roger also had some pictures to show from the dedication.

Mike also showed his pictures from the dedication.

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