President Jack Smith opened the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7:00 p.m. at The Old Town Hall. There were 28 members and guests present.
As the first order of business he asked the secretary to read the minutes of the previous meeting of October 6, 2003. 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 Mike Wolfe and seconded by Mary Lou Moorman and by voice vote unanimously approved.
Jack then asked for the treasurer's report. Barb Wolfe reported that as of this evening there is a balance of $1,573.83 in the checking account. Our money market account currently has a balance of $5,938.62. Jack asked the members if there were any outstanding bills to present to the treasurer this evening and Dr. Fischer presented a bill for $108.24 which represented the recent cost of mailings and postage for the annual membership drive. A motion was made by Margaret Peak and seconded by Bob Moorman to approve the payment of this bill and by voice vote the motion was carried.
As our next order of business Dr. Fischer spoke on behalf of the Small Town Avon Committee and encouraged everyone to go to the polls and vote on election date and in particular for Charter Amendments 18 and 19. Actually vote for all the issues of the Charter Review Commission as they are all necessary.
Mike Wolfe then took the floor and stated that he had a plastic greenhouse that can double as a garage and a couple of thousand feet of orange tile if anyone would like all or part of it. See Mike after the meeting.
Regarding the committee to inventory historical structures in Avon, we are reminded that it is very important to jump on this because if our issue passes, we have to be ready to go. We have accumulated a lot of materials to get started on this project and we can't forget about it. Our photographer is Eric Jaworowski and we thank him for his work thus far.
Bill Furnas then spoke regarding the Small Town Avon Committee and wanted to remind the audience that many of them did not realize the many hours of hard work that have been put into this project by Del and Jack. Things just don't happen unless people behind the scenes are doing a lot of hard work. and many thanks go to Del and Jack for their continuing dedication and work.
Jack Smith also wanted to thank everyone who was willing to come forward to help also. What a wonderful town Avon is, and thankfully many of us want to keep it that way.
Ron Larson has agreed to serve on the preservation committee. Ron has a first hand knowledge of what is happening in town. People will approach him if he wants structures before they are torn down. He is dedicated to the preservation committee. We can organize this more at our next meeting. If you want to volunteer to serve see Jack after the meeting.
Regarding the newspaper coverage pushing our side of the issues, a few of our members were able to get their letters published, Chuck Huene in The Press and Carla Wible in The Journal. But one of the bigger disappointments was The Sun. They had several of our letters they could have published, but they refused. They chose instead to take a stand as did The Journal and The Press to vote against the charter review recommendations.
Dr. Fischer again reminded the group regarding the upcoming election, if you have a neighbor that thinks our way, get him to the polls. We anticipate a very close vote, and every vote will count.
In response to a question from the audience on whom he would recommend we vote for on council, the president responded that we as the Avon Historical Society do not endorse any candidate for office. Also if our charter amendments win, we will need an active council member who will help see them implemented. Discuss this with Jack further after the meeting and he will go in more detail privately.
The President then asked Nancy McGhee for a report on the Christmas Party and she reported that the date is Monday, December 1, 2003 at the Avon VFW. Coctails are 6 to 6:30 p.m. and appetizers and desserts will be served at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. The club will provide the liquid refreshments. If anyone would like to help Nancy and Theresa set up and decorate see her after the meeting.
Be reminded that we will once again be hosting Santa at The Old Town Hall in cooperation with the Avon Lions Club on Saturday December 6, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. Santa will light the Christmas tree at the Gazebo, there will be singing and some speeches and then Santa will proceed to town hall. We will be decorating The Old Town hall on Tuesday evening December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. and would appreciate anyone who can come and assist.
There being no further business to present at the meeting the president entertained a motion from Stan Hawryluk to adjourn the meeting which motion was seconded by Mike Wolfe and by voice vote unanimously approved.
Respectfully submitted, Nancy McGhee, Secretary
MINUTES OF THE AVON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, December 1, 2003
Jean Fischer nominated Robert J. Gates, Jr., as the representative of the Avon Historical Society on the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Bob Gates has a sincere interest in Avon's history and is committed to preserving our landmarks.
One of Bob's hobbies is photographing Avon's century homes; he also collects old pictures of Avon landmarks. He has assisted Agnes Zilka with her art work by providing photographs.
Bob enthusiastically supports history education. He personally sponsored a field trip from St. Mary's School to the Lorain County exhibition of the Ohio Bicentennial at the French Creek Nature Center.
The nomination was seconded by Mike Wolfe. There were no other nominations, and Bob Gates was unanimously elected.
Respectfully submitted, Nancy McGhee, Secretary