May-June 2019



Borch, Mr. Fred

Mr. Fred Borch

Dear Fellow OMSA members:



New Membership Challenge. We want to increase our membership in the coming months and the easiest way to do this is for each OMSA member to give one electronic membership at $19.95. I challenge you to give a non-print digital membership to an interested collector or friend.


To jump start this membership drive, Directors Jeff Floyd, Dave Zeller and I will each sponsor five new, digital memberships (a total of 15 new members). The new memberships will be given to the first 15 non-member names to be submitted to the OMSA Secretary Click Here to email the Secretary.


New Member Rolls on Website. In the United States Research section of the OMSA website we have recently added the full rolls of the Spanish War Service Medal, Army Philippine Campaign Medal and Mexican Border Service Medal. Work continues to expand the number of rolls that OMSA is making available to our members. In the near future, we will add rolls for the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Air Medals awarded to members of the Civil Air Patrol in World War II and Foreign Awards to Pennsylvanians in World War I. We’re always looking for more rolls that will be of interest to OMSA members, so please let us know if you have any to contribute to the cause.


Houston and Orlando. We are all set for Houston (August 15-18, 2019) and Orlando (August 13-16, 2020). Make your hotel and travel reservations now.


Milwaukee in 2021 and New Convention Format.  Member Greg Harper, who previously co-chaired a great convention in Milwaukee, has offered to do it again in 2021. Your Board has accepted Greg’s offer but has decided to try a new format in 2021: a three-day convention. More than a few of you who attend our yearly get together have suggested that the current four-day format is too long, too expensive, or just plain outdated. With a three-day convention, the first day would be Friday, with the bourse opening that morning and the OMSA auction held that evening. Saturday morning would be an early breakfast and short business meeting before the bourse opens, with members of the public admitted. Saturday night would be our usual banquet. As for the British, American and International seminars, we will have these as well, with dates and times to be determined later. Your Board thinks this three-day convention is worth trying and that Milwaukee is the right place to do it. Please don’t hesitate to send me an email or call me if you have comments or suggestions on the proposal. By the way, we want to avoid a conflict with the American Numismatic Association (which is 10-14 August) so the tentative dates for OMSA 2021 are August 6 (Friday) through August 8 (Sunday), 2021.


Exhibit Awards at Houston. Members are reminded that at OMSA 2019 in Houston, in addition to the Best of Show, Gold, Silver and Bronze Exhibit Medals, the following exhibit awards will be presented: the Al Gleim Award for the best United States exhibit; the S.G. Yasinitsky Award for the best foreign exhibit (other than British Commonwealth) and the new Dick Flory Award for the best British/British Commonwealth exhibit; the Vice-President’s Award for the best exhibit by a first-time exhibitor; the Members’ Choice Award (by vote of the members attending); and the Theme Award (the 75thAnniversary of the Normandy Campaign (1944-2019)). There are many chances to get an award so start putting your exhibit together now!



Best wishes to all, Fred