NEWS

JUNE 2011- Carl Clark- RIP. The ACC regrets the passing of member Carl Clark. Please see the full obituary here. Carl died May 25.

JUNE 2011- Club Medal to Feature  Partridge Inn-The ACC Board of Directors met in June and decided, among other things, to feature the Partridge Inn on the reverse of the 2011 Club Medal. The Partridge Inn has been a noted Augusta landmark for nearly one hundred years.

APRIL 2011- All is Ready for the 2011 ACC Spring Coin Show- 47 tables have been sold to the upcoming Spring coin show, to be held at Patriots Park Friday-Saturday May 13-14. Club Members and the public should support this important event by attending and supporting the dealers. This is a family-friendly event, and it is free to the public.  Exhibits, buy-sell coins and precious metals, books, and collectibles.

FEBRUARY 2011- ACC Donates Magazines to Columbia County Library- In these tough economic times, the Columbia County Public Library in Evans was very happy to receive a donation of 20 magazine subscriptions from the ACC. The donation keeps magazines such as the NUMISMATIST, Business Week, Scientific American, Harper's, Sports Illustrated, and several children's publications on the magazine rack for another year or more. This is the second year the ACC has made this donation. Use the Library!!

JANUARY 2011- New Officers Elected- Former Club President David Chism turned over the gavel to new President Steve Nix. Glenn Sanders is First VP, Howard Black 2nd VP, John Attaway Secretary, Xavier Pique Treasurer, Brian Hoyt and JC Williams Sargent in Arms. Also on the Board are Arno Safran, Larry Lucree and Joe Burt.

JANUARY 2011-In Memory of Bennie Bolgla - Bennie Bolgla was born in 1915 two years before the United States entered the WWI. The President of the United States was Woodrow Wilson who was raised in Augusta, GA. Seventeen different men sat in the Oval Office during Bennie’s amazing lifespan. During a portion of that span, he was a coin collector and served as President of the Augusta Coin Club.  Bennie Bolgla was prominently mentioned in one of the newsletter stories in 2009. The article was titled “Collecting the US Coins of 1944”, a denominational set then sixty-five years old. In WWII on June 6, 1944 the Allied forces opened up a second front in the invasion of Brittany, France. Bennie was one of our combat officers who were part of the Allied Force that landed at “Omaha Beach” on that historic day. I remember asking Bennie whether he thought the depiction of that event in the movie, “Saving Private Ryan” adequately described “D Day” as he remembered it and his reply was, “Being there was a heck of a lot worse!” Bennie was one of the many unsung heroes that changed the course of WW II eventually leading to an Allied victory over the Axis powers.  We shall miss him! See Augusta Chronicle Obit HERE.

JANUARY 2011- Changes made to Club Bylaws- At the January meeting of the Board of Directors, the following decisions were made to the by-laws and/or operating policies were changed:

* Prize for perfect attendance to be a numismatic item as chosen by the Board, plus free membership for following year. For 2010- A $20 New Bill is the Prize.

* Auction Minimums modified.

* Numismatic Items (in lieu of Silver Eagle) to be door prizes at each meeting.

* Show Prizes will no longer include 1/4 OZ gold.

* May 2011 Show to be held at Patriots Park

NOVEMBER 2010- Coin Show Held at Patriots Park- The Fall Coin Show was held Nov. 12-13, with over 45 tables sold. Attendance was light. An auction was held Friday evening, and an educational program titled the Life and Coinage of Thomas Jefferson was held Saturday.

JULY 2010- Guest Speaker Robert Moon Makes Presentation- Robert Moon, Expert on Federal notes and paper currency made the educational presentation during the July meeting. Mr. Moon is a cataloguer for Heritage Auction Galleries. Mr. Moon resides in Greenwood, SC.

JUNE 2010- Club Dinner Held- The ACC held its semi-annual dinner during the June meeting. A generous club member donated 30 delicious pizzas, which were complemented by salad, fruit, desserts, and drinks provided by the membership. This was a great event!!

JUNE 2010- Silver Medal  arrives- The ACC  commissioned a 1-Ounce .999 Silver Medal from Bex Engraving. Only 75 are being made, so place your order soon. The price is $35 each. The medals are available now.

MAY 2010- Coin Show Held May 7-8 at Patriots Park Center- The Spring Coin Show was held Friday and Saturday, with attendance y the public being light but steady.  Over 50 tables were sold by the Club.

MAY 2010- Club Medallion For 2010 Features Broad Street-1920- The ACC has ordered news.h1the 2010 medal, featuring a scene from Old Broad Street, Augusta circa 1920.The medals arrived in time for the coin show, and sold briskly. They are $7 each, 3 for $20. In Copper, Bronze, and Shiny Silver Finish.

MARCH 2010- The Club Mourns the Passing of Marvin Blalock- It is with sincere sorrow that we mark the passing of Club Member Marvin Blalock. Marvin was a long-time Club member, Viet-Nam War Veteran, and friend to many.  Please see the March 2010 Newsletter for a remembrance written by Arno Safran. We will miss you Marvin.

JANUARY 2010- ACC Makes Large Charitable Donations-The Augusta Coin Club made two significant contributions, as follows:

$1000.00 to International Child Care, Inc., a charity operating a hospital and other facilities in Haiti, as a way of providing relief in the wake of the huge earthquake in that island nation.

$505 to the Columbia County Library, in the form of 14 periodical and magazine subscriptions that would be discontinued without ACC's gift.

OCTOBER 2009- ACC Newsletter Receives ANA Prize- The Augusta Coin Club and its editor, Arno Safran, have once again received national recognition from The ANA. The Club Newsletter received a third place award for Outstanding Local Club Newsletter in 2009. Great work, Arno!

SEPTEMBER 2009- Solid Silver Medal Issued for ACC 50th Anniversary- ACC issued a one troy ounce .999 Silver medal to celebrate its 50th year. The front of the medal featured a banner, with an outline of the State of Georgia and the dates 1969-2009. A limited edition of 75 pieces was made. It has nearly sold out, with only a few medals left.

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SEPTEMBER 2009- Articles Of Incorporation Amended- ACC has revised its Articles of Incorporation to reflect our mission to operate  a non-profit organization  for the sole purpose of promoting the hobby of numismatics. The amended articles are a public document and can be viewed at the Georgia Secretary of State's Website. The Club hired the accounting firm Harkryder and Demian to provide advice and guidance  on this matter.

SEPTEMBER 2009-Club Dinner held at Best Value Inn- ACC held its semi-annual club dinner at Best Value Inn, in conjunction with its September meeting. Many members cooperated by bringing desserts, drinks, and paper goods. The club provided a generous spread of pizza, salad, veggies, and fruit. No one walked away hungry, for sure. Over 70 people were in attendance.

MAY 2009- Spring Show a Success- The ACC held its show at the BelAir Conference Center May 8 and 9. We sold 50 Tables. Attendance was brisk, with Friday's promotional lunch and  complimentary coupons provided by Rhinehart's. Thank you Rhinehart's. Many thanks also to our Saturday lunch sponsor, who provided sandwiches, Heavenly Ham.

MAY 2009- Monterey Company making the 2009 Medallions- The contract for making the 2009 medallions was awarded to Monterey Company. Because of delays at another vendor concerning production of a solid silver medallion, the medals will not be ready in time for the May 2009 Show. Plans for issuing a solid silver 2009 medallion have been placed on hold, as Monterey could not mint the solid silver with the existing dies. MEDALS ARRIVE MAY 21.

FEB. 2009- Theme Chosen for 2009 Medallion- The Club membership voted on a theme for the 2009 Club Medallion at the February meeting. The theme chosen was the Augusta Canal at the Canal Headgates.  The membership also showed great interest in issuing a solid silver medallion for the 50th Anniversary 2009 date.

FEB 2009- ACC Celebrates 50 th Anniversary- 2009 marks the 50th year of the Augusta Coin Club. The ACC Board of Directors decided to make it a banner year with ongoing activities, celebrations, and special events. Among these are:

Obtaining Proclamations from Augusta and Columbia County Government

50th Anniversary Medallion- Possibly a solid Silver version

Gala Club Dinner in July 2009

JAN 2009- Club Officers Assume Duties- The new ACC Officers for 2009 were elected by the membership as follows:

President- David Chism

1st Vice President- Arno Safran

2nd Vice President - Glenn Sanders

Secretary- John Attaway

Treasurer- Xavier Pique

Sgt-in Arms- Bryan Hoyt, Michael Peterson

Board of Directors- Larry Lucree, Howard Black, J.C. Williams

JAN 2009- Club Dinner Held -The January 2009 Meeting and Dinner were a roaring success, with 67 members and guests attending. Plenty of pizza, salad, fruit, soft drinks and desserts were provided by the Club and its members. It was a fun affair and as good a time as could be had by all. Thank you ACC Members!!

NOV 2008 - Fall Coin Show a Success- 46 Tables Sold-The Club held its Fall Show 2008 at The BelAir conference Center Nov. 14-15. 2008. The show was well attended in spite of rainy weather on Friday. Our thanks to all the club members who helped and to our Bourse Chairman, David Chism, for making it all possible.

OCT 2008- Club Officers Featured as Speakers at SCNA Show- ACC Board members Arno Safran and Xavier Pique were features speakers at the SCNA Show in Greenville, SC. The show was held October 23-25, 2008 at the Carolina First Center in Greenville. Arno presented the Young Numismatists Program, and Xavier gave his talk on Coats of Arms in coins.

OCTOBER  2008- The officers and Members of the club were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Linda Attaway, Club member and wife of club secretary John Attaway. We will all miss her. Individual contributions may be sent in her memory to the American Cancer Society.

AUGUST 2008- President Myers leaving the Club- It is with great sense of loss that we announce the departure of our President, Col. Bill Myers, from the Augusta Coin Club. Bill will be headed to Arizona with his wife, Kathy. All club officers and members are very grateful for Bill's tenure as president and his service to the country as an Army Surgeon. We wish them the best of luck in the future. Bill's departure will be effective at the end of September, 2008.

JUNE 2008- Club Dinner  Held With June Meeting-  The fun started at 6:00 PM at The America's Best Value Inn on June 19. Members provided salad, desserts and eating utensils. The Club bought 25 pizzas, which were readily consumed by over 65 members and guests. The regular monthly meeting and auction followed.

MAY 2008- Coin Show a Success- The Club held its Spring Show at the Bel Air Conference Center May 2 and 3. We had about 46 Tables sold, and solid participation from dealers, Club Members, and the general public.

APRIL 2008-  Club Medals Arrive- The 2008 Club Medals featuring the Confederate Powder Works are now available for purchase. They are available in Shiny Copper, Silver Finish, Antique Copper and Antique Bronze.  Price: $7.00 each or $25.00 for a set of 4. See related article in the March 2008 Newsletter, page 3.

DEC. 2007- Club Show Makes Numismatic News!!

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DECEMBER 2007- Sixty Members and Guests Attend Club Dinner- Logans was hopping on December 13 as sixty members and guests of the Augusta Coin Club celebrated the winter Club Dinner. We had lots of give-aways and everyone had plenty to eat. Arno Safran was recognized for his superb leadership as acting President for over one year, while Bill Myers was away on active duty in Iraq.

NOVEMBER 2007- Fall Coin Show A Success- The fall ACC Coin Show was held Nov. 16-17 at the BelAir Conference Center. 48 tables were sold, and attendance was satisfactory.  Contact Bourse Chairman David Chism at (706) 541-4143 for  info. on renting show tables and dates for future shows.  Thanks!

SEPTEMBER 2007- Fall Coin Show a Sellout- Over 40 tables have been rented to local and regional dealers for the November ACC Coin show at the BelAir Conference Center.  Save the dates (NOV 16-17) and support the club by attending the show, buying coins, and helping out with the many duties and chores during the show.

AUGUST 2007-Club Receives ANA Award- AGAIN!!-  The "Augusta Coin Club Newsletter," published by the Augusta Coin Club, and its Editor, ARNO SAFRAN have been selected by a panel of judges to receive the second-place Outstanding Local Club Publication Award. The Outstanding Club Publications Awards will be presented during the ANA's 116th Anniversary Convention in Milwaukee, at the ANA  Representative Program Breakfast on Saturday, August 11, at 8 a.m. in Room 103C of the Midwest Airlines Center. Congratulations, Arno.

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JULY 2007- Club President Receives Bronze Star- The Augusta Coin Club President, Col. William Myers, has received the Bronze Star Medal, awarded for "distinguishing him or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service" while on active duty in Iraq. Congratulations, Bill. Bill will be returning from duty in August, 2007.

JULY 2007- Club Dinner Held July 24, 6:00 PM at Logans - The Club hosted  a  dinner to celebrate the success of the recent coin show and to say "Thanks" to the members who support the club through volunteer work, time, donations, and effort. Over 57 members and guests attended.

JUNE 2007- ACC 2007 Club Medallions  Available- The 2007 token features the Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Available in Bare Copper, Antique Bronze, and Antique Copper. $4.00 for Members (first one)and $5 for Non-members.

MAY 2007- ACC Spring  Coin Show a Success- 38 Tables were sold to dealers at the spring show, held May 4-5 at the Bel Air Conference Center in Evans, GA. The show was well attended. Raffle prize winners were: JC Williams (1/4 oz gold),Joe Ervin(1/10 oz gold), Daniel Sewell (Morgan $1), Ron Coleman (Silver proof set) and Rick Walker (Silver Eagle).

May 2007- Laptop Computer acquired by ACC- The Club has purchased a (used) Dell laptop computer to run the Power Point educational presentations at the meetings.

March 2007- Club Donates Girl Scout Cookies to Soldiers in Iraq- The Augusta Coin Club donated 12 cases (not 12 boxes!!) of Girl Scout Cookies to wounded soldiers in Iraq. The effort was coordinated through our Club President, Dr. Colonel Bill Myers, who is currently serving in Iraq, and David Chism on this end. The goods have been received.