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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Wilmington Community Center


Karen Peters
Guy Stephenson
Doug Wolfe
Starr Hough
Donna Griffin
Nancy Cressey
Judy Lawrence
Marc duBois
Merri C. Peck

Karen Peters called the meeting to order at 7 pm and began our open discussion on “Wilmington Changes Over Time: Structures and Places.” Karen showed slides of various buildings and places in Wilmington to include gas stations, restaurants, and churches among many other things. Judy Lawrence contributed a list of all the gas stations known to exist in Wilmington. Doug Wolfe had photos and information about the engineer shack on Veterans’ Memorial Highway and the ski center buildings at Marble Mountain and Whiteface.

The business meeting began at 8:10 pm. Donna Griffin made a motion to accept the June minutes as read. Guy seconded her motion and all voted in favor. Donna then gave the treasurers report. The balance in our operating budget is $9,369.02. The Adirondack Foundation Account balance is $41,754.40 and we have $2,000.00 in the Zachay fund. There is $100.00 in the transfer account and $100.00 in petty cash. Our net income from the Whiskey Run was $6,906.56. Donna suggested that we deposit $4,000 of that into the Adirondack Foundation account and leave the remaining amount in our operating fund for now, reviewing in 60 days to see if we can deposit additional funds to the Adirondack Foundation Account. Merri moved to deposit the $4,000 as suggested and Nancy Cressey seconded the motion. It carried unanimously. Karen reported that we spent $750 for three scanner printers. We expect these printers will save us money on ink since they have ink tanks as opposed to the cartridges which have been a major expense for us. The money spent for the printers was from a donation that was earmarked for technology. There is some money left and we decided to look into purchasing an overhead projector or a scanning mouse. Merri will research the projector and Doug will forward information on the scanning mouse to Donna. Karen said we made a $75 donation to Wilmington Fire and Rescue for their assistance with the Whiskey Run. We need to include this in the budget for next year. Guy Stephenson made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report and it was seconded by Merri. All voted in favor.

Karen advised us that the UPS Store which made plaques and medals for the Whiskey Run charged us only for materials. All the labor was donated as an in kind service through McKenzie Pond Partners.

Discussion then turned to communications. Karen sent a thank you note to Wilmington Fire and Rescue for their assistance with the Whiskey Run, and to Tony Beck for assisting with the Lake Placid Elementary School’s 4th grade History Fair Project in cooperation with the WHS. A thank you was sent to Starr Hough for her continuing support of the WHS. Additional thank you letters were sent to Mr. Robert Reiss, Ms. Kathryn Reiss, Julie Robards, John Collins, Mary Cirbus and John Peck for their work in connection with the AARCH/Wilmington Historical Society tours of Santa’s Workshop held on Thursday, June 29th. We had a question from Peter Spring as to whether we had considered the old school house on Haselton Road as a possible home for the WHS. Karen replied to him that while it is a historical building that should be preserved, it would not meet the needs of the WHS.

Merri responded to a research request from the Bailey family. There was another request for some photos. Merri reported for the Library, Museum and Historical Sites Committee that we now have the new printer/scanners and our next research day will be Tuesday, July 18th from 10 am to 1 pm.

Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee that we did a great deal of publicity for the Whiskey Run, much of it through targeted social media. The publicity was successful—we had 208 runners. We will meet in mid- October to start planning for next year’s Whiskey Run. We will need a large tent for the Whiskey tastings and we need to make it known that the whiskey tasting is open to the general public and not just the runners. Next year’s Whiskey Run will be June 16, 2018. Our next program will be “Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks” at Marble Mountain Lodge on Friday, July 7 at 7 pm. The Program with the 4th grade students at Lake Placid Elementary went well. On September 23rd the students’ Heritage Fair projects will be exhibited at the North Elba Historical Society.

Nancy reported for the Membership and Nominations Committee that we currently have 91 paid members with no memberships received during June. After coordinating with Donna it appears that some names may be missing from the list so Nancy will update it as soon as possible. Nancy will also send out reminder letters in the next week or two to members who have not yet renewed.

Plans for the Festival of Colors were briefly reviewed. Our bulletin board is up in the Post Office and Patrick McIntyre has made some changes to our website but he is still working on it. Donna sent in a package of information nominating the Methodist Church for an award from AARCH. Karen reported that the ski photos wall at the Olympic Museum will focus on trail names as the theme.

The person who is to remove the trailer cannot take it until the Gatling gun is removed. Doug suggested we offer to purchase a small storage shed since the town has made no progress in determining where the gun will be located. Roy Holzer made a suggestion that the WHS should have a banner made to display at the next Whiskey Run. Many of the runners were unaware that the race and raffles were to benefit the WHS. Donna made a motion to have a banner made at the UPS Store. Nancy seconded the motion and all voted in favor.

Donna then moved to adjourn and Merri seconded her motion which carried unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Wilmington Historical Society


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