OMSA President’s Message

January-February 2018

Borch, Mr. Fred

Mr. Fred Borch

Dear Fellow OMSA members:

New Publication: History of OMSA Exhibits. Your Treasurer, Tim Bartholow, has authored an “illustrated history” of OMSA exhibits from 1960 to 2017 (with annual updates after every convention). This OMSA Monograph No. 30 is available in an electronic format on our website. Tim provides an incredible amount of detail on our members and their scholarship as well as many photographs of exhibits. You may download a copy by going to the RESEARCH tab on the home page of, then the AMERICAN RESEARCH link, and then click on HISTORY OF OMSA EXHIBITS. That will allow you to download a reduced-in-size version in pdf format, which takes about 15 seconds. Congratulations to Tim for capturing this history in an electronic publication.


OMSA membership in 2018. As you know, OMSA is implementing a digital membership for $19.95. Consequently, if you go to http:/ to renew on-line, you will see this membership feature. Those who are digital members will receive a pdf copy of the JOMSA six times a year. Those of you who renew at the usual $49.00 per year will receive a paper copy of the JOMSA and, if you provide your email address to our Secretary, Clyde Tinklepaugh, and request a copy of the electronic version you will receive the digital JOMSA too. Bottom line: members who receive the paper JOMSA may also receive the pdf version, but you must make the request to our Secretary. The digital version will not be sent automatically to non-digital members.

Regional Representatives. Some of you know that Vice President Chris Cawthorne has pushed for OMSA to increase its energy, and membership, in the U.S. through a “Regional Representatives” framework. The top three jobs for our new Regional Representatives are: (1) recruit and welcome new OMSA members; (2) follow-up with any OMSA members not renewing their membership (to learn why and encourage renewal if possible); and (3) act as a liaison for and provide feedback to the OMSA Secretary on membership issues.

I will have more details on this Regional Representative framework in a future President’s Message, but your Board has endorsed Chris Cawthorne’s initiative and consequently we have divided our 50 states into seven regions: Northeast, Middle Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Heartland, Northwest and Southwest. We now have Regional Representatives for five of the seven regions.

In the Northeast (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont), we have Dave Rogers click here to email

In the Middle Atlantic (Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia), we have Stephen Shaw click here to email

In the Southeast (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina and Tennessee), we have Bill Jansen click here to email

In the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin), we have Steve Watts click here to email

In the Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming), we have Frank Smith click here to email 

We still need representatives for the Heartland (Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas) and the Southwest (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.

If you are interested in serving your fellow OMSA members in the Heartland or Southwest regions, contact Clyde Tinkelpaugh click here to email

Please contact your Regional Representative with any questions, comments or ideas about increasing OMSA membership in your region. If you are attending a militaria or gun show or some other event where medal collectors are going to be in attendance, think about working with your Regional Representative to advertise OMSA. For example, Dave Rogers, our Northeast Representative, recently attended a gun show and set up an OMSA display to attract new members. If Dave’s display just brings in a few new members, that is good news for our society.


New advertisers. We are looking for new JOMSA advertisers and Director Chris Freihofer is spearheading this initiative. The intent is to identify orders, decorations, and medals dealers, both here and overseas, who would benefit from advertising in our first-class journal. Please contact Chris directly if you know a dealer who is not now advertising in the JOMSA and whom we should contact. Click here to email Chris.


OMSA 2018 Convention. We meet in Denver from August 9-12, 2018. Please mark the date on your calendars.

Best wishes to all, Fred


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