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    If anyone has any questions about the inner workings of an OMSA convention please feel free to contact me to discuss your questions or concerns.
    N. Weiss


    ed muller

    Update repeat on the Jax Convention International Seminar:

    Our speakers [topic titles follow their names] will appear in the following order:

    Jani Tiainen Topic: "The World War II Campaign Crosses of Finland"
    Tim Brown Topic: "The Imperial Austrian Order of the Red Cross"
    Ed Muller Topic: "The Order of Lenin: A Survey of Recent Developments"


    ed muller

    More on what is anticipated at the Jax Convention.

    British Speakers and topics (not exact quote for titles)

    speakers are Paul Wood from Morton and Eden speaking on an aspect of the Afghan Campaign, Glenn Stein on Polar and Jack Boddington on a twist with foreign medals in British groups.



    If anyone wants more detail on the 2011 Convention, please click on the Convention tab at the top of the page. That will take you to a series of pages on all aspects of the Convention. Included is the hotel information, registration form, Seminar topics and things to do in Jacksonville.




    John is right as the exact seminars to be given in Jacksonville are posted together with the schedule.

    As Chairman of the British & Commonwealth Seminars, I am always looking for new speakers for our seminars. So if your are interested in discussing this further, please contact me through the forum, via PM or email. Typically, I try to line up the next series of seminars one year in advance. So in Jacksonville, I will be looking to fill the British & Commonwealth program for the Dallas Convention.

    If you are not sure what types of talks you might give, take a look at the "Past Seminars" listing under the "Past Convention" tab on the home page. All the seminar leaders are willing to coach and help those that might be a bit apprehensive about doing it. Those who start out reluctant take the plunge tell me that they really enjoyed the experience and made new friends in the process!



    Hello, all: This is Tim Bartholow, co-chair of the 2011 Jacksonville Convention, along with Nathan Weiss. The full program is set, and should be posted here on the website soon. I see postings on the seminars here in the forum and elsewhere on the site, so let me mention the two guest speakers briefly. At breakfast, we will hear from Dr. Allen Crowell (MAJ, USA ret), former enlisted vocalist with and then Conductor of the United States Army Chorus in Washington, DC. As a musician, and a former military musician myself, I know this talk will give all of us a different perspective on military careers, not to mention on a career spent in proximity to the nation’s capitol. At the banquet on Saturday, we will hear what promises to be a most entertaining talk from member Christopher B. Hill. His intentionally cryptic title will lead us through several tales of medals and medal collecting, rather than men and deeds. You’ll hear about reuniting separated groups, finding or just missing the medal you’ve been searching for — experiences we can all relate to!

    I urge you to come to Jacksonville for the friendship, the collecting, the bourse, and the resort atmosphere. Convention rates at the Hyatt are available between Monday, August 8 and (probably) Wednesday, August 17, if I calculate correctly. Come early and stay late! If Nathan or I can do anything to help you enjoy the convention, don’t hesitate to ask.


    jomsa editor

    Tim: Are there any provisions for a shuttle or other transportation from the airport to the hotel? If I remember correctly, the last time we were there taxis were the only recourse. Regards, Dick Flory




    This is from Tim and I just posted this on the Convention page of the website.

    Airport transportation is through GO Airport Shuttle, located at pole #4 downstairs,
    outside baggage claim. The fare is $20 for the first passenger, and $8 for each
    additional passenger to the same address (i.e. a group of four owes $11 each),
    so try to ride in groups! Their number is (904) 353-8880.



    doc riley

    After some serious thought, I have reached this decision. It pains me to say this but, I have decided to not attend the Convention this year. I will miss seeing old friends there and will have to display my exhibit at a later Convention. Right now their are some things that helped me reach this decision. To Everybody that attends, have a GREAT time.

    With Regret,
    :cry: Doc


    jb floyd

    As of Monday morning, 11 July we have the following numbers for the convention in Jacksonville:

    121 registrants
    19 family members
    74 members taking 91 bourse tables
    11 competitive exhibits, 1 non-competitive, plus the OMSA exhibit

    Some procrastinaors will check in over the next month (and one or two at the door), but this is an excellent start. If you haven’t registered, please do so and come join us in Jacksonville.



    Hello all:

    I’m one of the procrastinators… just mailed my registration today.

    Question on bourse: I see from posted schedule that early registration is Weds 10 Aug 1500-1800.

    Are we allowed to set up in bourse at that time?

    Or do we have to wait until Thurs 11 Aug during 0800 to 1700 to set up?

    Thanks in advance for an answer.




    Hello Jim,

    Glad to hear your are going to Jacksonville. You can ask Tim Bartholow as co-chairman of the OMSA Convention, but recent past conventions (including my convention in Houston) would not allow set-up till Thurday morning. One of the main reasons is due to not having a Security presence in the Bourse on Wednesday night. The cost for Security as at least one officer must be present in the bourse all night to ensure the safety of the everyones’ material. Therefore, I would assume it would be the same in Jacksonville.

    Best Regards,



    Thanks Chris. That is how I was thinking it would be (Thurs set up). see you there.



    jb floyd

    It looks like we have about 135 registered for the convention now, so it’s still growing.

    If you haven’t registered, now’s the time.

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