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April, 2003
Year 10, Issue 3

Award Winning Newsletter

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

Not a member? Come and join us anyway!

Give your spouse a break and bring your children to the club.

April Program

Mike Metras will give a talk on trains on obsolete currency.


March Minutes

ECC Meeting 541 - March 5, 2003
Opened:   7:30     Closed:   9:04
Members:   17     YNs:   0
Guests:   1         
Beginning balance:   $725.93     Income:   $253.50
Expenses:   $39.00     Current balance:   $940.43

President Mike Metras called the meeting to order at 7:30.

We welcomed guest Robert L., had show and tell, sold raffle tickets and proceeded to have our bi-annual member auction. The auction netted $326.25 for our members.

Secretary's Report

Excepted as printed in March's newsletter.

Treasurer's Report

Balance: $940.43.

Old Business

The discussion of badges for our new members and the new brochures that will be available for information for potential new members.

New Business

There was none discussed due to the length of the auction.


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

The meeting closed around 8:04 P.M.

Submitted by Frank Schlapinski, Secretary.

Board Meeting

Mike, Jim, Don, Doug and I got together at Don's Wednesday night at 7pm March 19th. Among other things we discussed the following.

We discussed the term of the officers being changed back to a one year term and the member elected vice president would become president the following year.

We received 20 requests, with payment, for our club's wooden nickels.

We bought coins for the monthly raffle and membership drawing.

Submitted by Frank Schlapinski, Secretary.

Future Meeting Programs

Show and Tell

From your President

During the December, 1993, ECC meeting, we amended the club constitution bylaws to elect officers in a staggered manner so president and secretary are elected one year and vice-president and treasurer are elected the next year. All four serve two-year terms. I remember being part of that discussion ten years ago, but that was my first year in the club and do not remember all the reasons for the changes. Perhaps, some were

During the last couple board meetings we have talked informally about this election process and the term of office. The subject came up again this month and we went into it in greater depth than before. I would like to put a few things out to you for your consideration. Let's talk about them between now and November. Then if we are of an agreeable mind, we can make a proposal to vote on a bylaw change in December (the only time we can make such a change according to our constitution). Think about the following possible changes:

With these changes, when we elect officers each year, we would be electing secretary, treasurer, and vice-president. The current vice-president would automatically become president.

Let's be honest, it does demand more of the club as a whole: more of us have to be willing to do these jobs once in a while. You learn a lot doing any one of these tasks and it is fun in its way. But you would know that it was also only for a set amount of time. The club would demand someone new - even if it were someone who had sat out his year.

Think about it. Let's talk during the next few months. There is nothing saying we have to change how we have been doing things; we can continue with these staggered two-year terms. But then there is nothing saying we have to go on doing things the way we have always been doing them either. Two-thirds of you have to say yes even after we talk, so let's talk.

Mike Metras

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