“We can’t keep doing things the same way because of tradition….we must change our culture, attitudes and values or our hobby will die.” This, according to ANA past president, Walter Ostromecki. He was the keynote speaker at the ONA’s April 9 convention banquet and although he delivered what might appear to be a bleak message, it is actually a message of hope. He believes coin clubs have to learn to communicate in a new way and embrace technology to effect change. “We have to start thinking differently and doing things in new ways. We shouldn’t misuse technology, but we can embrace it and take advantage of its strengths,” said Ostromecki. One of those strengths is in the diversity of ways that the internet, for example, allows collectors to communicate and to educate. Continue reading →
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I recently had an opportunity to teach a group of junior and senior kindergarten kids about money: what it is, why we use it, where we can get it and why people collect it. That kind of thing. These were some of the concepts I tried to cover and some of the questions I tried to answer for the boys and girls who ranged between four and five years of age. It’s a tough audience. One thing is certain – and I touched on this in a previous guest column – these kids were curious….really curious.
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