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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Wilmington Community Center


Jessica Ano
Donna Griffin
Starr Hough
Pam Gray
Merri C. Peck
Linda Joss-Dyke
Guy Stephenson
Gilbert Dyke

The Open Discussion “Wilmington Family History (1) -Peck Family” was led by Merri Peck. The Peck Family traces its roots back to New England, the first immigrant ancestor, Joseph Peck, arriving from England in 1610. The first Peck in the Jay /Wilmington area was Joshua (m. Rachel Mallory). He and his descendants lived in the area known as Peck Hill (currently Route 86 from the intersection in Jay up to Wilmington). The next Peck in Wilmington was from Vermont arriving in 1802, David Peck (m. Ruth Hamlin). Most descendants who still live in Wilmington/Jay are related to David. Many Pecks have a history of serving their country, including the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Merri and others told more stories and gave more information about the descendants and relatives.

The Regular meeting was called to order by Merri Carol Peck, 8:05pm.

The Secretary’s report of the March 1, 2017, meeting was presented. Donna Griffin moved to accept the report. Guy Stephenson seconded. The motion passed.

The treasurer gave a printed report for both the March and April meetings. The balance in the General Fund at the March meeting was $2,993.13 and for this April meeting is $4,322.39. The transfer fund is currently at $ 1, 960.55. The Adirondack Foundation account is $41,244.52. Linda Joss-Dyke moved to accept all of the treasurer’s reports. Gil Dyke seconded. The motion passed. The IRS 990 form is due on May 15, and will be filed thru HR Block. Donna will open a new account at NBT specifically for the John Zachey Fund money.


All thank you notes for the Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run 10K Race sponsor money received to date have been sent.
Recent information from Bob Reiss is that AARCH has offered to get help to get Santa’s Workshop on the list of National Historic Places Registry.


We received a Whiteface Mountain patch circa 1950 from Jeri Wright.
A deed of gift will be sent to the Winch Family for Olympic memorabilia. The next research day will be Tuesday, May 16, 2017.


The following programs have been scheduled for 2017:
Sat., June 17, 2017: Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run--- 9:30 am--- www.adkwhiskeyrun.com
Thursday, June 29—Santa’s Workshop Tour (WHS with AARCH, fee for tour) (Bob Reiss),10 am – 1pm
Friday, July 7— Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks (with author Sandra Weber) --7 pm-- at Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, just off Whiteface Highway
Friday, July 21—“Old Time Religion—Camp meetings” (with Merri Peck & Dan Gould) -7 pm ---at Wilmington Holiness Campground
Wednesday, August 23—Historic Bridges of the Adirondacks (Steve Engelhart of AARCH)—7pm – Wilmington Community Center
September 9—Festival of Colors—theme “School Daze”, 10 am-5pm, Festival Field

Karen Peters, Bob Peters, Linda Joss-Dyke, and Gil Dyke attended the Adirondack Sports & Fitness Expo in Saratoga Springs on March 18-19 to promote our Whiskey Run 10K.

Next Open Discussion:
May 3: Wilmington Journalism: newspapers, columns & reporters


As of April 2, 54 members have renewed.
Nominations of Officers to be voted on at our Annual Meeting on June 7th were made as follows:
Linda Joss-Dyke nominated Karen Peters, as President.
Donna Griffin nominated Merri Carol Peck as Vice President
Linda Joss-Dyke nominated Nancy Cressey as Secretary
Donna Griffin nominated Gilbert Dyke as Trustee (3-year position)
All nominations were seconded by Guy Stephenson. Nominations will remain open until the Annual meeting on June 7th.

The 2017 Membership was mailed.


Fundraising Committee: Linda reported that the response of sponsors for the WWW race has been great. Five distillers had committed to participate. Karen sent out the report to the committee members. Linda will distribute car stickers at the beginning of May. Great Escape tickets will be ordered for resale.
Other old business items were tabled until the next meeting.


Donna Griffin participated in the ADK Foundation Webinar about Investment of funds.
Nominations for AARCH annual awards are open. Karen Peters recommended that the WHS nominate the Wilmington Methodist Church for its recent rehabilitation efforts. Linda Joss-Dyke moved, Jessica Ano seconded, the motion passed. Donna Griffin will complete the nomination forms.
Merri will order from Tech Soup, Updated Office software, and Adobe Illustrator.
Bob Peters will be asked to investigate and order a new printer.


Linda Joss-Dyke moved to adjourn the meeting. Guy Stephenson seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 9:15pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Gilbert E. Dyke, Trustee (in absence of Secretary Nancy Cressey)


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