OMSA President’s Message

May-June 2018

Borch, Mr. Fred

Mr. Fred Borch

Dear Fellow OMSA members:

Congratulations to Tim Bartholow, Bill Brown and Dave Zeller.  Our Treasurer, Tim Bartholow, was re-elected to another four-year term. Director Bill Brown also was re-elected to your Board of Directors for a three-year term. Finally, Dave Zeller, who is the co-chairman of our upcoming Denver Convention, was elected to the Board for a three-year term. Congratulations to all three! By the way, your president was also re-elected. Because Tim, Bill, Dave and I were running unopposed, Secretary Clyde Tinklepaugh cast a lone vote to confirm our election, so you will not be asked to vote in an election in 2018.


OMSA awards. Recognition is important, and OMSA has a number of medals to award achievement, merit and service to our Society. If you want to nominate any OMSA member for one of our awards, please contact our Awards Chairman, Larry Watson; click here to email Larry. Any nominations should be given to Larry in time for your Board to act on them before our August convention in Denver.


OMSA 2018 Convention. We meet in Denver from August 9-12, 2018. Please mark these dates on your calendars. We have never held a convention in Denver and it should be both fun and rewarding. Lots to see and do in the “mile-high city.”


Articles for our JOMSA. Our Journal is unique in that, unlike periodicals published by our sister societies, it does not focus on a single country’s decorations and medals. This is a good thing, as articles about Japanese, Mongolian, Portuguese and other non-American medals can be most interesting, and if they did not appear in JOMSA we would never see them. But many of our members collect American medals and want to read articles about them. If you do not thin the JOMSA has enough articles about American medals (or any other country, for that matter) and you want to read more articles about them, then you must write them. And remember that our editor, Dick Flory, is not expecting a lengthy treatise. Even just a few pages, 500 to 1000 words, about an interesting medal in your collection is welcome.


Concerns or comments. Your Board wants to hear from you I want to hear from you. After all, we want OMSA to be the best possible organization. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any concerns or comments you may have; click here to email me.




Best wishes to all, Fred


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