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ACCG endorses Palmer and Rottinghaus for ANA Board

The ACCG Board of Directors has amended its policy regarding endorsements for elective office.

March 17, 2009

In view of the announced candidacy of two ACCG members for election to the American Numismatic Association Board of Governors, the guild directors unanimously agreed that support of ACCG members for elective office within other numismatic organizations does not constitute a political endorsement. The ACCG has in the past, and continues, to forego endorsement of candidates for public or political office. The latest announced candidates are Dr. Scott Rottinghaus and Tom Palmer. Rottinghaus has been a member of the ACCG since October 2004 and Palmer since March 2005, placing both individuals among the earliest members of the guild. The election of ACCG members to the ANA Board of Governors is of course a benefit to the guild as the ANA has always been important an important ally and supporter of ACCG initiatives. Below are prepared statement of the two candidates.

Dr. Rottinghaus:

For the first time in several years, the ANA has stable management with Larry Shepherd and his team. This puts the incoming Board in a unique position to forego micromanagement and focus on its vision for the future of numismatics. I have the business experience, problem-solving skills, and open-mindedness to guide that vision.

Achieving this vision will require action. Financial stability is critical. The ANA’s deficit continues, and income is dampened by the global recession. The ANA must balance its budget while ensuring that financial responsibility does not diminish the quality or accessibility of services for its members. Fundraising needs to be enhanced; donors need to be properly recognized. My deep belief in the importance of education motivates me to enhance our core mission. My ability to engage with people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds makes me responsive to members’ needs and better able to increase ANA membership.

Originally a farm boy from Kansas, I joined the ANA in 1985 and have been a national volunteer for over a decade. I won Outstanding YN of the Year in 1988 and YN Best-of-Show in 1991. I have authored 32 numismatic articles, including five for The Numismatist. A regular instructor at the Summer Seminar, I have been attending since 1987 and mentoring and chaperoning YNs since 1998. I thrive in this educational setting, skipping a week of sleep with wonderful young numismatic scholars while bringing the excitement of ancient coins to life during my daytime class.

A physician educated at the University of Cambridge and the Mayo Clinic, I run clinical trials at Pfizer and am on the faculty at Yale School of Medicine, where I care for patients at the VA hospital. As a longtime collector of ancient coins and the father of two young numismatists, I am deeply and personally interested in the future of our hobby.

I will bring a fresh outlook to the ANA. I am approachable and accessible and on a first-name basis with everyone. I am full of energy and enthusiasm and ready to work for the future. I ask for your vote.

Scott T. Rottinghaus, M.D.
ANA LM-1126251
P. O. Box 868
New London, CT 06320

Mr. Palmer:

Tom has been an active numismatist for over 40 years, with interests ranging from early US silver to ancient coins. He holds life memberships in the American Numismatic Association, Maryland State Numismatic Association (MSNA), and Florida United Numismatists (FUN). He was General Chairman of the 2003 World’s Fair of Money in Baltimore and Public Registration Chairman in 1992 and 2008. He is past President of MSNA, Baltimore Coin Club, Central Florida Coin Club, and the Ancient Numismatic Society of Washington. He received an ANA Presidential Award in 2002 and participated in two Summer Seminars. He was also bourse chairman for the MSNA show for five years.

Tom is involved in numismatic education and outreach. His articles on bust half dollars and ancient coins were published in THE NUMISMATIST. He wrote several scripts used in the public radio series Money Talks, and has given Numismatic Theater presentations at five major coin conventions. He served as ANA District Delegate for central Maryland. Tom won first place for exhibits of ancient coins at the ANA conventions in Philadelphia 2000 and Baltimore 2008. He also won the 2000 Thomas Law award as best first-time exhibitor. Further, he is an ANA certified exhibit judge.

Tom served on the Board of Directors of FUN for sixteen years and was FUN public registration chairman for six years. He was the 1984 winner of FUN's Literary Award for an article on Bust Half Dollars. Tom enjoys speaking to civic groups, school classes, and Boy Scout troops. He has also given presentations to coin clubs throughout Florida and the Baltimore area.

Tom is a recently retired Budget and Financial Manager for the defense industry. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and San Diego State University.

As Governor, Tom will promote numismatic education, fiscal responsibility, and increased public outreach. He will work to improve communications among ANA, collectors, and dealers. His goal will be to parlay the goodwill brought about by the “reform” board into increased ANA membership.

Thomas A. Palmer
315 Eagles Eye Court
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
(386) 402-4649

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