Kari Brower was recognized by ANA President Walt Ostromecki as a ‘Point of Numismatic Light’ during the April 16th meeting of the Ocean County Coin Club (OCCC) in New Jersey. The meeting featured a free public educational outreach program and salute to the ANA’s National Coin Week as well as a special tribute honoring member, Kari Brower, a dedicated and knowledgeable East Coast and ANA hobby supporter-volunteer of more than forty years. Handling the award presentation on behalf of ANA President Ostromecki was OCCC Past President and retired ANA Regional Coordinator, Jim Majoros. Kari Brower, a resident of Brick, NJ, was cited for her long standing commitment and service to the New Jersey and surrounding area coin collector community. Additionally, she was credited with enhancing the numismatic experience of and sharing the fun of the numismatic hobby with countless others. “She has had a most profound influence and impact on, from behind the scenes, both adult and young budding hobbyists for over forty years,” noted Ostromecki in his accompanying letter which was read aloud before assembled club members and visitors alike during the presentation ceremony by Majoros.
What is even more awesome about Kari Brower’s numismatic accomplishments and exploits over forty some years is the fact she does not drive and never has. WOW! Now, that’s what you call a passion, a deep rooted driving force within oneself to make a concerted effort to share the joy of the numismatic hobby of numismatics despite an obstacle —something which can certainly be recognized ‘as above and beyond the call of duty’! Kari Brower is a pro-active ANA life member, an avid published numismatic writer, deeply involved WIN member of at least twenty years and an experience numismatic exhibitor –and more over a now recognized ‘ANA Point of Numismatic Light’. Photo 1- Kari Brower (R with award in hand) receiving her ANA Point of Numismatic Light recognition certificate from Jim Majoros (L) as a number the newer and younger OCCC members look on.