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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Online Meeting via Zoom

Karen Peters
Jess Ano
Susan Albert
Merri Peck
Linda Joss-Dyke
Gil Dyke
Nancy Cressey

Karen Peters called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. There was no open discussion since we held the meeting online due to COVID 19 restrictions. We then reviewed the minutes for the meeting of June 10th. Jess Ano moved to approve them as read and Gil Dyke seconded her motion. It carried unanimously. Susan Albert presented the treasurer’s report. Our bank balances as of June 30th are as follows:

Operating Account $9,157.18
Building Transfer Fund Account 128.00
Zachay Memorial Account 2.010.00
Keegan Memorial Building Construction Fund 85,225.40
Petty Cash Fund 100.00
Adirondack Foundation Account 44.306.41

The balance of the Adirondack Foundation Account is from May 31. Update for June is still pending. Merri Peck moved to accept the treasurer’s report and Linda seconded her motion. All voted in favor. H&R Block is still working on our IRS Form 990. Susan reported that she requested a new credit card reader with chip reading technology from PayPal.

Our communications for the month included an email from Charles Haselton. He has suggested that we try to solicit donations from well known wealthy individuals. Karen replied that we will do this once we have the building plans. Karen sent a card on behalf of the WHS to Donna Griffin and said that Donna called to thank her. We got an email from author Jay O’Hearn who said he has a 20 year old letter from Jean Huntington describing her contacts with Noah John Rondeau. Karen sent a thank you to Peter Spring for purchasing and donating the book A Guide to Architecture in the Adirondacks by Richard Longstreth. Karen thanked Bill Waldy and Guy Stephenson for mowing and weed whacking our property.

We received an inquiry about the Schwartz Trail. Karen referred the individual with the question to Guy who is familiar with that trail. We received a photo of Wilmington Kiwanis members from Dennis Keegan. We also had a phone call from someone who has 14 eight inch dolls dressed in the costumes of the Santa’s Workshop characters. She has offered them to us as a temporary loan for display. Karen is working on developing a form for temporary custody of items.

Karen reported that we now have a donate button on Facebook. We are listed as a non-profit and anyone can set up a fundraiser. Karen did one for her birthday to test it out and raised $220. The Whiskey Run is postponed to June 19, 2021. Ginny Crispell has been working on the Annual Report. It will be done soon. Karen advised us that she will not be here for the next meeting. Merri will host the meeting on Zoom.

Linda reported on fundraising. The Annual gift card basket raffle is on Facebook now. Linda reported that it is up and running and she will send out tickets tomorrow. She has asked if the Little Super Market would be willing to sell tickets. The drawing will be held at the Community Center at 4pm, September 12th, whether or not the festival of Colors takes place.

Merri is doing some research for the Historical Marker project. Karen, Susan and Patrick have put in much time updating our website.

The Wilmington parade to celebrate Independence Day will be held on Thursday, July 2nd. Vehicles in the parade should start lining up on Bilhuber Road at 4:30pm and the parade will start at 5pm. Karen and Bob Peters will have their truck in the parade to represent the WHS and they will toss our leftover Whiskey Run T-shirts out into the crowd. Wilmington night at the movies will be on July 9th. It will be a pop up drive in movie at the Youth Center baseball field. The movie, “The Sand Lot” will start at 9pm. The WHS was invited to sell refreshments at this event as a fundraiser. Karen has asked Pepsi for donations and Linda has asked for donations of snacks from Valley Vending.

Merri has been researching various hard drives for backup storage. She found a five terrabyte drive for $149 and a twelve terabyte for $199. Gil made a motion to purchase the hard drive and Linda seconded his motion. All voted in favor. Merri will purchase the hard drive which she deems most appropriate. The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey


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