NLG NEWSLETTER – JUNE 1, 2020

NLG AWARDS DEADLINE EXTENSION

Our NLG Awards Coordinator, Dave Lange, has asked me to let the members know that, because of the unusual circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for submissions to the NLG Awards Competition has been extended to June 8, 2020. If you’re struggling to meet the deadline, please contact Dave at DavidWLange@outlook. He’s there to help (and he’s doing a great job).

ANA CONVENTION AND THE NLG AWARDS LUNCHEON

Scott Travers has been sending me updates from Pennsylvania regarding their present and future status. The latest is an official Order, effective May 29, from Governor Tom Wolf that states in paragraph G:

“Any gathering for a planned or spontaneous event of greater than 250 individuals is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, a concert, fair, festival, conference, sporting event, movie showing, or theater performance.”

The order remains in effect “until further notice,” which could be tomorrow, two months from now, or? To throw further rain on our parade, Governor Wolf stated in an interview on May 20 that he believes a COVID-19 vaccine is essential for fully opening the economy. He noted that this was his personal stance, but given that a vaccine may not be developed until the end of the year at the earliest, the chances of the ANA Convention being held in August seem slim. Nonetheless, we’re moving ahead with our Awards Competition.
Thank you, Scott for your updates and to you, our members, for your patience. As we learn more, you will be the first to know.

ELECTIONS

A full slate of five Seats on the NLG Board of Directors will be filled in this year’s election. Four current members of the board (Charles Morgan, David Alexander, Maurice Rosen, and Mike Fuljenz) have served two consecutive two-year terms and, under our bylaws, must step down for at least a year. Donn Pearlman, who was voted onto the Board in a special election held earlier this year, is eligible to run for a Board seat again if he so chooses.
Any other NLG member in good standing is eligible to run by submitting nominating statements signed by three NLG members also in good standing. These must be received no later than June 30, 2020 and sent to Ron Guth, Executive Director, P.O. Box 9119, San Diego, CA 92169.
An election will be held mid-July by email (or mail for those members who do not have email), the results will be tabulated, and the top five vote-getters will join the NLG Board.
Members of the Board oversee NLG policy, review membership applications and submit nominations for the annual Clemy Award.

WEBSITE UPDATE
The NLG website is undergoing a long-needed renovation and, according to our new Webmaster, Scott Purvis, we may be able to do a soft launch tomorrow, run through a punch list over the next couple of days, then finish up by the end of the week. I’ve seen a super-secret, prototype version of the site and I know you’ll be impressed. Thanks to the Board for authorizing the upgrade.

As always, please send me any of your comments, corrections, successes, etc. We’re here for you.

Best wishes,

Ron Guth, Executive Director
Numismatic Literary Guild