President Jack Smith opened the March 1, 2004, meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7:00 p.m. at The Old Town Hall with 22 members and guests present.
As the first order of business he asked the secretary to read the minutes of the previous meeting of February 2, 2004. Following the reading of the minutes the president asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes as read. There being none a motion to approve the minutes was made by Rodney Bock and seconded by Jim Szippl and by voice vote unanimously approved.
Jack then asked Barb Wolf for the treasurer's report and she reported that as of this evening there is a balance of $1,959.93 in the checking account. Our money market account currently has a balance of $5,962.68. The president asked the members if there were any outstanding bills to present to the treasurer this evening and there were none.
Next regarding the Duct Tape Festival planned for this summer, the president turned the floor over to Dr. Fischer. Dr. Fischer explained that he had talked with Ellen Young at City Hall who introduced him to Todd Scott who subsequently toured his house and took pictures and was eager to learn more about the City of Avon so he was told that you can spend 45 minutes driving through Avon to see all the historical homes and get a real feel for the town, he was shown our quilt, the 4 videos and Ron Larson's place. Apparently he will be taking old features of Avon and turning them into duck tape "masterpieces".
Jack then invited further discussion regarding our participation in the Duct Tape Festival and he suggested that perhaps we could share a booth with the French Creek Association since we will mainly be passing out literature and selling videos. Susie Cory stated that she had heard through the Avon Seniors Group that the original fee for renting a booth was $285.00. After president Helen Schatschneider did some investigative work and educated the committee on what the fees should be, it is now understood that the fee is more like $25.00.
Susie further stated her opinion that we should handle the booth by ourselves and not share the space with other clubs, which suggestion was agreed upon by the group.
Jack then stated that our representative to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Bob Gates, has been formally voted in by our city council. Bob stated that the first meeting would be held this coming Thursday night at City Hall at 7:30 a.m. The president suggested that anyone who is able should attend the meeting as he is to learn what is going on.
Ron Larson next spoke and stated that Greg Romes has never responded to his inquiry about the Clifton Barn. Also the option on the Casper Garage has expired without any new buyer. He learned the asking price is $295,000.00. There is nothing new on the Williams House.
Ron next explained a fund raiser he has come up with. He told the group that for the last 5 years he has applied for a D-2 wine permit for The Tree House with not much happening until this December he learned that he received the D-2 permit. He presented a fund-raising proposal for our club as follows: he has selected 2 wines, to be sold at his establishment that sell for $7.99 a bottle. The pricing is controlled by the State of Ohio. For every bottle sold Ron will turn over $1.00 to the Avon Historical Society.
We could designate a specific purpose for this fund raiser such as new signs for the Mounds Cemetery at the corner of Route 83, or other project we might want, and the whole venture should receive publicity so the public is aware of this venture. Ron further stated that he suggests this venture run for 1 full year and then be re-evaluated after the first year. A motion was made by Susie Cory to go forward with this fund-raising project with Ron Larson. The motion was seconded by Bob Gates.
Jack opened the floor up for further discussion and the group agreed that new signs for the Mound Cemetery would be a worthwhile project. Jean Fischer stated to the group that the current sign there is incorrect, the date of the first burial should be 1816 and not 1812 as presently posted. The president then named Ron Larson as head of the wine committee and the motion was by voice vote unanimously approved by the members present.
Jack then asked the video equipment committee comprised of Tom Wible and Rodney Bock to give the club a report and demonstration of what they have come up with. Tom and Rodney then presented figures and information as well as a demonstration of the research they have done regarding the club's purchase of new video equipment and also a VCR-ready T.V.
It is estimated that it would cost approximately $1,000.00 for the initial investment for top quality equipment. Following a lengthy discussion Jean Fischer suggested that we wait for a meeting with a larger attendance before voting on such a large purchase. The president and members present then agreed to table the issue until the next meeting at which time the committee agreed to repeat the demonstration to hopefully a larger group.
Jack went on to report that he has not heard from the chairman of our Oral History Committee, Pete Kratt for some time, but is hopeful that he has completed his interview of long-time Avonite, Bea Rathbun.
Also, we assume that that Eric Jaworski's committee is continuing their photographic inventory of Avonís historical structures. On a side note, if anyone is interested in serving on any of the committees we have, please see Jack after the meeting.
Jack next recognized Chuck Huene who suggested moving our regular meeting night from Monday evening to another day of the week. He stated that the major reason for this request is that the administrators of the city meet on Monday night and many times he is torn between which meeting to attend.
In the long run we might be able to invite them to come down and meet with us and/or listen to us. And on the other hand, it is to our advantage to attend the city council meetings and find out in person what's taking place in our city, many of which events affect our interests. A suggestion was made that perhaps the first Wednesday would be acceptable as the new meeting day. We will also table this suggestion for further discussion and vote at our next meeting.
Moving on with new business, the president asked Jim Szippl if he had any further information regarding the public address system note he had received from Teresa. Jim deferred to Teresa and said that she had all the details and he would rather this be discussed at the next meeting when she could present the information. Nancy McGhee added that she was aware of the problem of our always "borrowing" the public address system and that it was probably a good idea that we look into purchasing our own unit.
Jack then brought up the fact that since we have a new Bob Evans Restaurant about to open in Avon, and since it is their practice to display local historical pictures, that perhaps we could contact them and work with them by donating photos. Jean Fischer then stated that they already have 20 pictures to pick from and use. Once again Jean is on top of things. Thank you Jean.
Be reminded that Avon will be holding its annual Spring Fling on April 17th and 18th, 9 to 5 on Saturday and 11 to 5 on Sunday. There year the Old Town Hall will be open with perhaps a dulcimer demonstration again, and we can display the quilt, but there will not be any quilting or other demonstrations due to the lack of interest and traffic last year. We do need volunteers to be present at the hall during those times, so if anyone is interested, see Jack or Jean after the meeting.
There being no further business to present at the meeting the president entertained a motion from Jean Fischer to adjourn the meeting which motion was seconded by Bill Mayton and by voice vote unanimously approved.
Jean Fischer introduced tonight's guest speaker, Betty Lou Higgins of Eden Valley Enterprises who will give a presentation on Remarkable Ohioans.
Respectfully submitted, Nancy McGhee, Secretary
PROPOSED AVON HISTORICAL SOCIETY AGENDA, APRIL 5, 2004
I. Reading of minutes of meeting of March 1, 2004. Motion to approve and second.
II. Treasurer's Report
A. Any outstanding bills to present.
III. Old Business
A. Discussion of our club's participation in the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival in June, Jack Smith
B. Report from the Preservation Committee, Ron Larson, Bob Gates
C. Report from the Public Address System committee, Theresa Szipple, Nancy McGhee
D. Discussion of the report from the video equipment purchase committee, Rod Bock, Tom Wible
G. Further Discussion on new meeting night, Chuck Huene
H. Vounteers for the Spring Celebration, Del Fischer. Please volunter an hour on April 17, 10 am - 5 pm, or on Sunday, April 18, noon - 5 pm.
I. Arcadia Picture Book project, Jack Smith
J. NOTE to Jim, Bill, and Mike: meeting of the Trustees after the speaker during refreshments (Election in May)
IV. New Business
A. Next meeting, May 3, 2004; Ed Herdendorf, former OSU Professor, will present the history of the Garfield House in Sheffield Village.
B. Norton S. Townshend video committee, Del Fischer
V. Motion to Adjourn and Second
Jean Fischer - Introduction of this evening's speaker, Lorain County Preservation Network Coordinator, Marilyn Fedelchak Harley, who will explain what the network is, where it has been, and what it hopes to accomplish.