Sunday, October 18, 2020, Cupertino Coin Club held our annual banquet with 27 members and guests participating. We had 19 members and guests attending in the private back patio at the lovely Palermo Italian in mid-town San Jose. Eight members and their families got take-out meals from the restaurant and joined in at home via Zoom for the Awards presentations. Special thanks go to Gran G for his assistance with Zoom and Emile M who gave those at home an up-front view by moving his iPad around for each award. Our photographers were Emile M, Steve T, Alex T, and Suzy T. Betty H received the Medal Design Award from our Medals Chairman, Emile M. Lyle O, Jerome R, and Steve W received Life Member Awards.
Matthew M filled Michael Turrini’s shoes by reading Mr. Turrini’s opening Inspirational and representing NCNA, CSNA, and the ANA. Alex T assisted Matthew with the distribution of the following Awards. Don P and Al Lo were awarded the prestigious Gordon R. Donnell Award. Gran G IV and his son, Griffin, were each awarded the NCNA President’s Citation. ANA Certificates of Recognition were awarded to Don P, Emile M, Fred & Martha D, Griffin G, Matthew M, and Gary A posthumously awarded to his brother, Carl. President, Suzy accepted on behalf of Cupertino Coin Club, California State Numismatic Association’s letter and certificate in congratulations of our club’s 50th Golden Jubilee Anniversary, 1970-2020.
Tokens of Esteem were awarded to Rita M, Dan B, and Betty H. Numerous President’s Thank You Gifts were handed out in appreciation of members’ selfless contributions to the club over the last 12 months. Speaker trophies were handed out to Don P, Harold W, Matthew M, and Emile M for their Zoom presentations from May – October. Betty H’s guess of the number of Skittles in the gumball machine was the closest without going over, but she asked that it be awarded to the next closest guesser, who was Keith S. Ken B won the money jar guessing game. Five rounds of Bingo were played with the winners being Carl A, Emile M, Suzy T, Emile M again, and Ken B. Steve M won BINGO Blackout. It was wonderful getting together in person. Everyone was thanked for attending at 9:00 pm. Thank you, to Matthew’s family for helping us carry everything out to our car. We look forward to next year’s banquet with the hope that more members will be able to attend. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!