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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Wilmington Community Center

Attendees

Karen Peters
Doug Wolfe
Jessie Ano
Barbara Rothman
Barbara Mulvey
Bob Cressey
Nancy Cressey
Starr Hough
Linda Joss-Dyke
Gil Dyke

Karen Peters called the meeting to order at 7 PM and we began our open discussion “Wilmington in World War II.” Karen showed some photos and documents of her family members who served in World War II. Starr Hough showed a photo of Richard Pelkey in his army uniform. There were photos and some discussion about various World War II veterans from Wilmington. Karen displayed a copy of the Essex County deceased veterans list which was compiled in 2009 by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Doug Wolfe showed a photo and article about a helicopter being developed in 1942 by Sikorsky. The helicopter was brought up on Whiteface Mountain for testing. Doug also talked about James Olney, a pilot who flew 59 missions in World War II.

At the close of the open discussion Karen requested the secretary’s report. Doug made a change to the fourth sentence of paragraph seven. It now reads, “Doug reported that the late June Cooper had donated a photo of the installation of the Veterans Memorial electric light at the summit of Whiteface.” Sentence three of paragraph thirteen is changed to read, “Doug also mentioned the new quarry hiking trail at the toll house.”

Bob Cressey made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected and his motion was seconded by Linda Joss-Dyke. All voted in favor.

Karen presented the treasurer’s report on behalf of Donna Griffin who was not present. At of the end of June we had $10,873.92 in our Adirondack Foundation fund, $3,724.93 in our bank account, $100 in our NBT Building Fund Account and $100 in petty cash. Nancy Cressey moved to approve the treasurer’s report and Bob seconded the motion. All voted in favor. Guy moved to approve the May treasurer’s report and Gil Dyke seconded the motion. All voted in favor. Karen informed us that we now have an on line account with Staples. Anyone who needs supplies can contact Donna or Karen.

Karen reported on communications. She responded to a request from Sid and Jan Ward about cemetery preservation. The Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown sent information about their 2015 season exhibits and schedule. The Adirondack Foundation sent information about a leadership seminar which was held June 18th. Karen sent several thank you notes as follows: to Judy Lawrence for assisting at the WHS vendor booth at the 2015 Wilmington Bike Fest, to Ron Keegan for an interview about his family’s experience in the motel and restaurant business, to Niki Kourofsky for her program and book signing Adirondack Outlaws: Bad Boys and Lawless Ladies and to Sheree Spooner for her assistance in getting our book made available for sale at the Whiteface gift shops. The Museum Association of New York sent a thank you to the WHS for renewing our membership.

Kempton Price, who is a descendant of the Malbone family has donated some records and items from that family. Phil Johnson sent us a thank you along with a copy of his article on skiing history.

The Library, Museum and Historical Sites Committee met on June 16th and interviewed Ron Keegan about his recollections of his family’s motel business in Wilmington. The next research meeting will be Tuesday, July 21st from 10AM to 1PM.

Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee that we sold a number of the Adirondack 102 Club book for Fathers’ Day, but few were sold at the Bike Fest. There was a big article in the June 18th issue of the Lake Placid News about the Wilmington Historical Society. A press release for the July 17th concert at the Range Hall by Dave Ruch has gone out. The Country Bear will again provide refreshments. Due to the size of the crowd expected Karen will make arrangements with Roy Holzer for additional refreshments and beverages. We plan to do a 50-50 raffle and sell our books at the concert. Karen asked several people to plan to be at the Range Hall at 6PM to set up chairs and fans. Ginny Crispell is now making the poster for our next program, “Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks” which will be on August 21st. The Annual Report was mailed out in June.

Nancy reported for the Membership and Nominations Committee that the membership renewal reminders went out at the end of June. Our current membership total for 2015 is 125.

Guy Stephenson photographed several headstones in the Pleasant View Cemetery that are in need of repair. Karen then emailed Plattsburgh Memorials to ask for an estimate of the cost to repair these three headstones. Plattsburgh Memorials acknowledged the request and said they will send us an estimate.

Linda reported that she will get the fundraising committee together to come up with suggestions for what kind of fundraising event we want to do at the Festival of Colors and also what we may want to do as a separate event. She will have suggestions to present at the next meeting.

Karen reported that Donna and webmaster Patrick McIntyre are working on setting up Paypal to sell our books online.

The first annual Adirondack 102 Club Dinner will be held Thursday, September 3, 2015, 6PM at Jimbo’s Club in Brant Lake, NY. We received an email from Ford Balch asking that the research paper about E. M. Cooper by June Clow, “A Man for Wilmington” be put on our website. At present we do not have a good enough copy to scan but we will retype it and get that accomplished.

Linda moved to adjourn the meeting and Jess seconded her motion. All voted in favor.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Secretary
Wilmington Historical Society

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