Having served as MSNA’s Vice President for the past two years, I now look forward to the next two years serving as President. My thanks and appreciation to Frank Murphy for his capable leadership and service as he helped MSNA transition from an organization primarily focused each year on arranging and holding an annual Coin Show to one more focused on collaboration and support of other numismatic organizations and endeavors. In 2008 MSNA co-hosted the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Baltimore. In 2009 we inaugurated our Distinguished Lecture Series and Exhibits in association with the summer Whitman Coin and Currency Show. The success of both these endeavors confirmed my thinking that shifting focus and direction in this manner was in the better interests of MSNA and its membership. As President for 2010–2011, I will do my best to build on that direction and focus.

To the membership unfamiliar with my numismatic background… I have been a collector of coins and other numismatic material from the time I was a teenager (some 35 years if I can still do my math). In my youthful days, my grandfather cultivated my interest in coins by frequently showing me his meager collection of US coins he collected here and there during the Great Depression when long-saved “rainy-day” money from drawers and jars had to be released and spent to make ends meet for many folks. I’ve been active with various numismatic organizations at local, state, and national levels since 1981. I’ve have served Montgomery County Coin Club as President four times and as their Club Secretary more times than I’ll admit. I look forward to visiting as many MSNA member clubs as possible—as time and circumstance permit—over the next two years so to better familiarize myself with our Organization and membership.

As we enter this coming year, MSNA will start work on our 2010 Distinguished Lecture Series. I would also like to lead some initiatives for refreshing and expanding our Organization’s presence on the internet. Towards this end any recommendations, ideas, talents, or other engagement from our membership is welcome.

In closing, please take time to read and enjoy this issue of the Maryland Numismatist. I look forward to reading any submission of articles for the 2010 Best Article contest announced in the Autumn 2009 issue. Therefore be busy with the pen or keyboard and start your composition. Also, I do thank you for allowing me to accept the MSNA gavel.

Jack Schadegg, MSNA President