Around the same time the Postmedia publication picked up a pair of Ontario Newspaper Awards, the Stratford Coin Club was handed a prestigious honour from the Ontario Numismatic Association.
It turns out the Beacon Herald wasn’t the only Stratford organization to earn an ONA this past weekend.
Around the same time the Postmedia publication picked up a pair of Ontario Newspaper Awards, the Stratford Coin Club was handed a prestigious honour from the Ontario Numismatic Association. At a convention in Kingston, it was named club of the year.
Club president Doug Hamilton, who was at the event along with director Ron Holm, said it validated recent efforts to modernize the nearly 60-year-old organization.
“We’ve kind of reinvented ourselves,” he said Thursday. “It (recognizes) club improvement and dedication to the hobby.”
They learned about the award during the Saturday morning delegates’ breakfast at the Ambassador Hotel. A lengthy list of criteria touched on education and efforts to promote the hobby both inside and outside the club. Hamilton said they’ve been focusing recently on providing a service to the community by advising people on potential collections.
“You’d be surprised how many people out there have a can of coins and they don’t know what to do with them,” he said.
The 62-year-old St. Marys resident pointed out ever group has different strengths and personalities.
“Some are solely based on education, and they have a lot of longtime collectors that have expensive stuff,” he said. “We’re on the other end of the scale where we have some people like that, but most of our club are newer members and people that are more relaxed in the hobby.”
It also hosts multiple social gatherings outside of regular meetings.
“Most other clubs only have one,” he said.
The social efforts seem to be paying dividends as a 35th member signed up during its Wednesday night meeting at the Burnside Agriplex.
“That’s two more than last year,” he said.