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2016

Jim Payne Memorial Award! – Congratulations to Jim Payne Memorial Service Award recipient Rosanne Buehler, wife of Coin Show Co-Chair and Medals Co-Chair David Buehler. Both Buehlers are extremely active in the club, and David had previously received the award in 2009. Photo (right): Ben M. (right), last year's award recipient, presents the Jim Payne Memorial Service Award to Rosanne (left). The award was presented at the annual October banquet. See the banquet page.

YNs Win Literary Awards! Brothers Ben and Alex M. won first and second place respectively in the 2016 annual American Numismatic Association (ANA) YN Literary Awards competition. Ben came first in the Q. David Bowers Young Numismatist category for his article "The Tale of Two Islands," and Alex came second in the Bill Fivaz Young Numismatist category for his article "Progressive Times in Japan." The brothers are thrilled with their awards! Ben’s winning article is included in his YN column of the club's July 2016 newsletter, and Alex’s article was published in the August 2016 issue.

The BECC 52nd annual coin show in Kent, Washington was held January 16-17, 2016. Wooden nickels and elongated cents with the Boeing 100 Years design were available at the coin show until supplies were exhausted. (One free wooden nickel and one free elongated cent per show attendee. Additional cents could be purchased.)

2015

Jim Payne Memorial Award! – Congratulations to Jim Payne Memorial Service Award recipient Benjamin M. Ben is the first Young Numismatist (YN) to receive the award, and is very active with the club, including writing a column for the club newsletter, and preparing collector exhibits for the annual coin show in January. Photo: Tony Kalt (right), last year's award recipient, presents the Jim Payne Memorial Service Award to Ben (left). The award was presented at the annual October banquet. See the banquet page. The banquet theme was "Boeing – 100 Years," and the speaker was David Williams from the Hydroplane Museum. Mr. Williams spoke regarding Mira Slovak.

BECC wins 2nd Place in PNNA Newsletter Competition! The BECC submitted its newsletter to the PNNA Literary Award competition for best club newsletter for 2014, and was awarded a 2nd place certificate at the 2015 PNNA convention. BECC President (and PNNA Director) Tony Kalt (right in photo) awarded the certificate to newsletter editor Terry Kamm (left).

YNs participate in Portland ANA! The BECC congratulates two of its YNs for their participation in the ANA National Money Show in Portland, March 5-7, 2015. Alex and Ben attended the ANA show and had a wonderful experience. BECC members can read about their experiences in the March newsletter. Let’s continue the great support the BECC provides to inspire YNs to excel in the hobby!

The BECC 51st annual coin show in Kent, Washington was held January 17-18, 2015. Image at right: artwork for elongated cents featuring V-22 Osprey available at show.

2014

Jim Payne Memorial Award! – Congratulations to Jim Payne Memorial Service Award recipient Tony Kalt. Tony is club Vice President and Medals Co-Chair, and has directed YN activities at recent annual club coin shows. Photo: Tony Kalt (center) receives the Jim Payne Memorial Award from Jesse Torres (left) and John Enges (right) with Bruce Coggins (behind). The award was presented at the annual October banquet. See the banquet page.

 

It's Over! Thanks to all who participated in the show!
The BECC 50th annual coin show in Kent, WA was held January 18-19, 2014. Artwork: Design for elongated cent ("squished penny") which were available at the show, using the PNNA's "Penny Press."

2013

BECC 50th Anniversary! If you're an eligible Boeing person and needed a good reason to join the BECC here it was: a gold piece was the grand prize every single general meeting in 2013 to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary! The BECC 50th anniversary banquet was held on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

Jim Payne Memorial Award! – Congratulations to Jim Payne Memorial Service Award recipient Jesse Torres, as announced at the October 50th anniversary banquet.

Photo: Jesse Torres (left) receives the Jim Payne Memorial Service Award from Bruce Coggins (right). Jesse has served the club in several capacities including currently as club secretary.

New Everett Meetings! The Boeing Employees’ Coin Club held a "North End Kick-Off Meeting" at the Boeing Everett 40-92 Cafeteria at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Prizes and snacks were provided. Meetings were also held in May, August, September, November and December at the Everett Firefighters' Hall. Greg Smith reports that he appreciates the efforts of all involved and looks forward to great turnouts. Photo at right: Attendees at the May 20 BECC meeting in Everett.

BECC wins newsletter award! The BECC was selected to receive the first-ever Literary Award for Best Club Newsletter from the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association (PNNA). The award was presented on April 13, 2013 at the PNNA's annual convention in Tukwila. Photos: Del Cushing (right) accepts the club newsletter award on behalf of the BECC. Presenting the award is PNNA President Danny Bisgaard (left). Note there are two different plaques - one will be kept by the BECC, and the other is a "permanent" plaque. See the PNNA convention report.
Congratulations to BECC editor Terry Kamm (see officers page), and to all others who contribute to the newsletter!

BECC YN wins award! Also congratulations to YN Ben M. Ben's essay submission to the 2013 American Numismatic Association (ANA) Young Numismatist Literary Awards competition was selected to receive third-place honors in the Bill Fivaz Young Numismatist Literary Award category. The awards were presented on July 4, 2013, during the graduation banquet of the ANA Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs. Ben submitted an article which was also published in the February 2013 BECC Newsletter. The article in the newsletter was titled “Passions in Collecting” and described his passion about collecting butterfly coins. Ben changed the title of his essay to "The Inspired Collector" for the ANA, but the content is essentially the same as the one published in the newsletter. Way to go Ben!

It's Over! Hope you enjoyed the show, and we'll see you again next year!
BECC annual coin show was held January 19-20, 2013 at Kent Commons.
Photo: Scene from the 2013 BECC annual coin show.

BECC Library inventory added (PDF file), as compiled by BECC Librarian Michael Nau. Items in the library may be borrowed by club members subject to the rules established by the board of directors.

2012

Jim Payne Award! Congratulations to Bruce Coggins (left), winner of the annual Jim Payne Memorial Service Award, seen receiving his award from 2011 JP award winner John Enges (right). This award is given to the club member who embodies the character and principles that endeared Jim Payne to everyone who met him. Bruce unflaggingly supports club activities in any way he can and he volunteers to help with set up and tear down of each meeting, of the banquet, and of the coin show. For years Bruce has served the club as the auction chair.

July BBQ! In Lieu of the standard monthly meeting format July has become a tradition of a club picnic complete with a BBQ menu. Members were given a BU 2012 Jefferson Nickel as a door prize for signing in. The photo shows club members gathering at the picnic shelter at the Tukwila Community Center. The grill was going and the food assortment was good! There were choices in all categories and colors! In the chocolate category we had chips and brownies! Remember we need to enjoy life once in awhile!

It's Over! Hope you enjoyed the show, and we'll see you again next year!
BECC annual coin show was held January 21-22, 2012 at Kent Commons.

See 2012 coin show flyer.
See coin show page for complete information including YN and Scout activities.
See 2012 exhibit awards (including photos). See more 2012 coin show photos.
Photo: John Enges and Jesse Torres at their bourse tables.

BECC Library inventory added (PDF file), as compiled by BECC Librarian Michael Nau. Items in the library may be borrowed by club members subject to the rules established by the board of directors.

2011

John Enges (left) receives the Jim Payne Memorial Service Award from Terry Kamm (right). John has served the club in an number of capacities including preparation of banquet food! The award was presented at the October 26, 2011 annual banquet. See the full banquet report.

Theft reported! The BECC regrets to report that a number of items were recently stolen from a club member. The items include Boy Scout silver anniversary coins, silver ingots and silver serving pieces. If you have information or are offered this material for sale, please contact Greg Smith at 253-737-6268.

Jim Payne Memorial Award nominations are sought!! It is that time of year again where the past three Jim Payne Award recipients get together and review the people you nominate for our most prestigious award. Your nominee must be submitted by the first week in October to give the committee time to review and select the candidate for the award. Your candidate(s) should be a member in good standing of our club, and your written submittal should explain why you think your candidate deserves the award. Please submit your written proposal to Greg Smith, Terry Kamm or David Buehler.

BECC Membership Picnic/BBQ, 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, Tukwila, WA. Thanks, John, for doing the cooking!

See more photos from this event.

The BECC will also have its annual banquet at the Tukwila Community Center in October. See the banquet page for more information, and sign up soon!

 

January 15-16, 2011 BECC Coin Show at Kent Commons —
Photo at left: BECC members John Enges and Jesse Torres at their bourse table;
Del Cushing in the background (right). Photo at right: BECC volunteers at the club table.

As reported by bourse chairman Greg Smith, "The BECC Coin Show was well attended with 73 dealers and 80 dealer assistants operating 175 tables of everything from ancients to tokens. The general admissions topped 1,000. We also had 31 BECC members that did the set up, took care of general admission and walked the floor to aid anyone as necessary. Overall the show was a success, and feedback was generally very positive. The exhibits were light with only six entrants in four categories (see 2011 exhibit awards). The show is a nationally recognized show with dealers and buyers coming from across the nation and down the west coast."

Scholarships! The BECC provided scholarships for four current BECC members to attend the seminar "Introduction to Counterfeit Detection of United States Coins," held January 22-23, 2011 in Tukwila, WA. The BECC paid $99 of the tuition cost of $198 per person. The members who took advantage of this opportunity will report on their experiences at an upcoming club meeting. Photos: Group including instructor Mary Sauvain; Alan Van Horn; Grant Knutson; Jesse Torres.

2010

In Memoriam – We are saddened to report that Michael Pepka, longtime BECC Coin Show Chairperson, passed away on October 8, 2010 after a brief battle with cancer of the esophagus. Mike was a wonderful individual and loved managing the coin shows in January. We already miss him. A memorial service arranged by Mike's wife and family was held on October 15 in Issaquah. Mike had known this was coming in time to make sure that the coin show would go off as smoothly as possible. Please direct all future concerns with the BECC annual coin show to Greg Smith at 253-737-6268, e-mail smithgd11@comcast.net. See tribute to Michael read at the October BECC banquet.

Congratulations, Terry! Terry Kamm (right) receives the 2010 Jim Payne Memorial Service Award from 2009 recipient David Buehler (left), at the October banquet. Terry has served as past President, Vice President, Secretary, Membership Clerk, Newspaper Editor and helped with many volunteer activities. See the Jim Payne award page. | See banquet report and photos (PDF)!

Survey! BECC members were encouraged to complete the 2010 Boeing Recreation Survey by November 1. Please contact David Buehler or the Boeing recreation office for more information.

Boeing Family Days – The BECC had a table at the Duwamish event on August 25, 2010, and at the Auburn event on August 15, 2010.

Greg and Dave step up to new coin show positions – Greg Smith (left behind BECC table in photo) and David Buehler (at right behind table) have stepped up to new positions with the BECC annual coin show committee. Greg is the new bourse chairman and Dave is the new general show chairman. See the BECC officers page for contact information. The club would like to thank the previous show chairman, Michael Pepka, for his many years of excellent service. Michael, who is unfortunately now deceased (see story above), was the recipient of the club's 2008
Jim Payne Memorial Service Award.

Boeing Employees Coin Show – January 16-17, 2010, Kent Commons, 525 4th Ave, Kent, WA. Photo: Along with 65 dealers and hundreds of buyers at the 2010 BECC Coin Show, Young Numismatists could venture a guess at how many foreign coins were in a large jar. Our winner was a young local area lad by the name of John W., who guessed 2000 coins. Greg Smith (left) met up with John (right) and his family and presented a "30th Anniversary of Numismatic News Lincoln Cent Set" dating 1952-1982, all in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition. Along with the set John received a Boeing Employees' Club T-Shirt, a partial set of Lincoln cents dating back to 1910, a copy of Coins magazine and another BU "Wheatie" starter set. Oh, the number of coins actually in the jar ... 2010, of course!

2009

Congratulations to 2009 Jim Payne Memorial Service Award winner David Buehler! Photo: David Buehler (left) receives the BECC's Jim Payne Memorial Service Award from 2008 recipient Michael Pepka (right). The award was presented at the club's 2009 annual banquet. (Please see this page for additional banquet/award photos.) Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2010 award.

Yosh turns 80! On July 11, 2009, Yoshio "Yosh" celebrated his 80th birthday with family and a few friends. As some of you know, Yosh is a club celebrity. Not only is he a long time member, but Yosh was one of the many Japanese Americans that was interned during World War II. Yosh seldom misses a club meeting, and is ready to swap quips with anyone that knows him. Happy Birthday, Yosh! Photo: Yosh, his daughter Leslie, and lovely wife Betty.

Hamm Creek Project! On Saturday, February 7, 2009, five BECC members participated in the Hamm Creek clean-up community service project. Hamm Creek is down the Duwamish about another mile toward Seattle from the Oxbow. According to Greg Smith, "The day was nippy, but once we started hacking and pulling blackberry bush stalks it warmed up." Greg also pointed out that beavers live near the creek, although none were sighted during the clean-up. Photo: BECC Members Jesse Torres, Grant Knutsen, Greg Smith, Ken Dang and Daryle Hawkins. Thanks to the volunteers!!

The Boeing Employees Coin Show, the club's big annual show, was held January 17-18, 2009 at Kent Commons. If you missed it, see the info about next year's show, attend a regular club meeting instead, or see the PNNA calendar for other local coin shows. Photo: bourse activity at the 2009 coin show. Behind the tables with dealer badges are BECC members Greg Smith and John Enges.

Nominations Sought for 2009 BECC Executive Board – Nominations are being sought for the club's Executive Board. Open positions include President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Retirees can serve in any of these positions except Treasurer. The last opportunity to make nominations is usually in December (when the election is held), however due to the cancellation of the December 2008 meeting, the election and installation of officers is expected to occur at the January 2009 club meeting.

2008

Congratulations, Mike!! Michael Pepka was awarded the Jim Payne Memorial Service Award for all his extraordinary help as Coin Show Bourse Chairman, Banquet Coordinator, Past President and all around great guy! The award was presented at the annual banquet.

Meetings in Burien! After trying the Tukwila Community Center for the February 2008 monthly meeting, the March-September BECC regular monthly meetings were back at the Burien Community Center. The remaining 2008 BECC monthly meetings will also be held in Burien (except for the October banquet) unless otherwise announced.

PNNA Convention! The Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association annual convention was held April 4-6, 2008 at the Tukwila Community Center. This is the biggest coin show of the year in the Seattle area (even a little bigger than our own BECC show), so we hope you didn't miss the action!

The Boeing Employees Coin Show was held January 19-20, 2008 at Kent Commons, 525 4th Ave., Kent, WA. As usual, this was one of the best coin shows of the year in the Northwest.

2007

New Location!! Beginning in December 2007, most BECC regular monthly meetings will be held at the Burien Community Center. We met there on Wednesday, December 19 (one week early due to the holiday), and we'll meet there again on January 23. Happy Holidays!!

Oxbow Open House – The BECC participated in the October 24, 2007 open house at Oxbow.

BECC Annual Banquet was held Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at Oxbow! See banquet page for more info.
At the banquet, BECC President Greg Smith received the 3rd annual Jim Payne Memorial Service Award. Congratulations, Greg!

Boeing Family Days – The BECC participated in the following Boeing Family Days this summer: SeaTac, Renton, Auburn, Frederickson, Everett. If you couldn't attend but want info about the club, please let us know, or come to our next regular meeting. Thank you for your interest in the BECC!

Oxbow Open House – Thanks to those of you who visited us at the Oxbow Activity Center Open House, Wednesday, April 25, 2007. If you couldn't attend but want info about the club, please let us know!

April was Big (and No Fooling)!! – See the PNNA website for details. There were several important events, including the Washington State Quarter launch ceremony, PNNA Tukwila convention, and National Coin Week.

The Boeing Employees Coin Show was held January 20-21, 2007 at Kent Commons, 525 4th Ave., Kent, WA. As usual, this was one of the best coin shows of the year in the Northwest.

2006

Jim Bell named as Jim Payne Memorial Service Award winner – At the October 2006 banquet, BECC medals chairman Jim Bell was announced as the second annual winner of the club's Jim Payne Memorial Service Award. Congratulations, Jim, and thanks for your many hours of hard work on the medals program!

Annual Banquet at Burien Elks – The BECC annual banquet was held Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 5:30 PM at Burien Elks Lodge No. 2143, 14006 1st Ave S, Burien, WA 98168. Advance reservations were required.

It's Over! Puyallup Fair – Members of the BECC and other local coin clubs assisted the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association in staffing the coin table at the Puyallup Fair Hobby Hall, 10 AM to 10 PM from September 8-24, 2006. Handouts were available including magazines, wooden nickels, and Lincoln cents and foreign coins for junior collectors! If you have a numismatic question that wasn't answered at the Fair, please e-mail info@pnna.org or attend a club meeting.

Stolen Medals Recovered! – The Renton Police Department reported the recovery of stolen firearms and "collector coins" (including BECC medals) from a local suspect. The BECC medals are 5 E3A AWACS, 2 B-29's and 2 75th Anniversary medals.

The Boeing Employees Coin Show was held January 21-22, 2006 at Kent Commons!

2005

In Memoriam: Jim Payne, 1926-2005 – We are saddened to report that a good friend passed away on September 22. Jim Payne was perhaps the most influential and respected member of the Boeing Employees Coin Club (BECC). He served the club in many capacities over approximately a 35-year time period. In recent years he was best known as the largest dealer in BECC medals, although he also supplied many other numismatic items to the club and its members. Jim was also the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association's Bob Everett Memorial Award. Jim will be greatly missed, and his shoes will be hard to fill, as they say. The club has established its own memorial award in his honor (the first winner was Del Cushing).

BECC Medals ... Commemorating the Boeing Legacy of Flight – Left: Photo composition of past BECC medals and B-50 airplane featured on 2005 medal. (Click on image to enlarge.) Right: 2005-dated B-50 silver medal. The deadline to order from the club was November 30, 2004. Silver and pewter 2005 medals were available through the Boeing Employee Discount Program.

See medals page for news about previous BECC medals.