Orillia club taking advantage of RCNA Zoom offer

The Champlain Coin Club (CCC), based in Orillia, Ont., is one of the local clubs taking advantage of the shared Zoom subscription owned by the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA).

This September, for the first time in six months, the CCC held an in-person meeting, where officials passed a motion to allow Zoom meetings until the COVID-19 restrictions are eased or the club can find a meeting venue large enough to accommodate physical-distancing requirements.

The CCC held its first Zoom meeting using the RCNA’s subscription, which it’s extending to its roughly 50 chapter clubs at no cost, on Oct. 1. The CCC is also planning to host meetings on Nov. 5 and Dec. 3, returning to the club’s regular monthly format.


Through next June, RCNA chapters can contact Brett Irick, club services chair and area director for south-central Ontario, to schedule a club meeting.

Each club is allowed up to two Zoom meetings a month as “a coronavirus bonus to the numismatic community,” according to RCNA Executive Secretary Paul Johnson. Club officials can contact Irick at xr7gt@prodigy.net to make a meeting reservation by providing their club’s first and second choices for dates and times. A series of recurring meetings can be scheduled at one time.

Participating clubs also need to appoint a meeting moderator.


The Champlain Coin Club, whose namesake is French colonist Samuel de Champlain, was founded in Orillia in 1962.

Set to celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2022, the club usually meets – in non-pandemic times – in person on the first Thursday of each month (except July and August). Each November – again, when there’s not a pandemic – members host a public fundraiser dinner instead of a regular club meeting.

Annual membership fees are $15 for individuals and $20 for families and cover from September to June.

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