January-February 2020



Borch, Mr. Fred

Mr. Fred Borch

Dear Fellow OMSA members:



New Advertising Manager for JOMSA.  Longtime OMSA member Pat McGovern has assumed duties as our advertising manager.  Pat replaces Bill Westlake, who has done a great job for us over the last few years. Please click here to contact Pat with all your advertising.  Of course, if you know of a dealer who might benefit from advertising in the JOMSA, let Pat know


Membership and Morton and Eden. Morton and Eden offered to place our “Join OMSA” flyer in the back of its catalogues, near the bidding sheet. Since many non-members take part in the regular Morton and Eden auctions, the idea is for those perusing the catalogue to see our flyer and join. A big thank you to James Morton, David Kirk and all the folks at Morton and Eden offering to help increase OMSA membership.


International Symposium on Honors and Awards, Amsterdam, Netherlands. In November, I attended a symposium on orders, decorations and medals organized by OMSA member Bert Keers, who works for the Dutch Ministry of Defense.  You can read more about this symposium in this issue of JOMSA.


XIV European Conference of Phaleristic Societies, Paris, France. This yearly European event will be in Paris from May 15-17, 2020, and a number of OMSA members are attending.  The highlight will be a tour of the museum of the Legion of Honor and Orders of Chivalry, which contains orders, decorations and medals from the Middle Ages to the present day. The deadline for registration was December 31, but there is almost certainly a waiting list if you are interested attending.  Contact Mr. Dominique Henneresse clicking here. .


Donations to OMSA.  Your Society welcomes donations to our “Rainy Day” fund which was used to cover financial shortfall resulting from our convention in Houston. For example, longtime member and former director Chris Freihofer recently made a gift to OMSA in the memory of Tim Eriksen and Charles Potter, both of whom died recently. Please think of OMSA when you are making your charitable contributions.


Orlando in 2020. We want to see you in Orlando August 13-16, so mark your calendars now.




Best to all, Fred