While networking online is the trendy thing to do these days, it still can’t replace in-person networking at events like the annual convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association.
The first RCNA Convention I attended was in Winnipeg in July 2013, just a few weeks after I assumed the publisher’s role at Canadian Coin News. It was a perfect opportunity to meet our readers, dealers, advertisers and leaders of coin clubs and associations.
It helped me to quickly become immersed in the hobby and, more importantly, build relationships with fellow collectors.
The RCNA Convention should be ranked as the premiere event of the calendar year for numismatists. There’s the networking, of course, but I feel there are three other key benefits:
1. Reinvigorating yourself. The convention provides an opportunity to hang out with collectors with similar interests, allowing you to get reinvigorated mentally about your passion of collecting.
2. Staying on top of trends. While the Internet is an effective way to stay on top of trends, attending the convention will increase the likelihood that you may discover something new about your collecting interests, not to mention find something unique on the bourse floor.
3. Taking new ideas back to your club. The convention is a great opportunity to obtain ideas and trends that you can take back and share with fellow collectors at your coin club.
I commend the RCNA and its league of volunteers for hosting the annual convention. This year’s six-day event is being held in the maritime city of Halifax. Hosted by the Halifax Regional Coin Club, co-chairmen Wayne Taylor and Richard Sisco and their army of volunteers have pulled together an exciting week of events for all participants.
While there are a lot of numismatics-oriented events, the committee is also offering participants the chance to experience “down-home Maritime hospitality” with tours of Halifax, Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and a “Taste of Nova Scotia Dinner Cruise.”
As for the convention itself, incoming RCNA president Henry Nienhuis and his educational symposium committee have organized a jam-packed day of interesting speakers and topics for the Wednesday, which you can read about in more detail in this issue of CCN on page 28. Jeff Wilson, chairman of the show and bourse, has been working hard since last year’s convention in Mississauga, Ont., lining up a capacity-filled room of dealers for the Thursday to Saturday bourse.
Throughout the week there will be numerous meetings of clubs and organizations, including the RCNA board of directors, Canadian Paper Money Society, Canadian Association of Wooden Money Collectors and many others. And, of course, yours truly, along with CCN reporter Jesse Robitaille, will host a “Trends” meeting on the Thursday. We will expand our theme this year to include a presentation on new initiatives at CCN, including details on our new online buy and sell classifieds. So stop by and join us for coffee and a muffin.
My thanks to all the volunteers at this year’s convention for your countless hours in pulling together a fun-filled week for all participants.
So I hope you agree there will be plenty to do at this year’s convention in the “funtastic” city of Halifax, which will provide you with opportunities to network, reinvigorate yourself, stay on top of new trends, and take new ideas back to your club.