Regular Meeting of the Avon Historical Society, 6-5-00

President Mike Wolfe opened the June meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7:00 p.m. with 12 members being present.

As a first order of business the minutes from the last meeting were read and approved. The financial report indicated that we currently have $632.32 in our checking account ...

Mike reported the sad news to anyone who was not already aware that a long-time member of the Avon Historical Society and club trustee, Jack Kearney had past away suddenly this past Sunday. A motion was made by Dr. Fisher and seconded by Bill Furnace to donate a book to the Avon Public Library in Jack's memory.

Dr. Fischer then gave an update regarding the recent electrical problems we have experienced. A friend of Dr. Fischer's came over and said we had a problem with blown fuses. Dr. Fischer contacted Mitchell Heating. The problem with the wires and water downstairs was fixed and the plugs and furnace are all working fine now.

Dr. Fischer next reported on the progress being made on the application to the Ohio Bicentennial Commission to obtain funds for our club for a bronze historical plaque honoring Dr. Norton Strange Townshend.

This was a very long process completed by Jean Fischer which compiled 13 pages and the cover letter. A suggestion was made by Mrs. Campbell who is the Bicentennial Coordinator that we should place some emphasis on the fact that the Avon Historical Society is a very small organization and really needs their financial help.

After several more phone calls and one missing 2-page form completed, and preparing 12 copies for commission members - the application for Dr. Norton Strange Townshend, a famous Avonite who died in 1895 and is buried in the Avon Mound Cemetery was submitted to the Bicentennial Committee.

If our application is approved, the cost of the plaque would be paid 1/3 by the Longerberger Basket Company, 1/3 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, and 1/3 by the Avon Historical Society.

Regarding old business as everyone could see, the plastic sheeting has been removed from the outside of the window. Of course due to today's inclement weather, the scrapping party is being canceled, but it was agreed that we would meet on the next 3 Mondays - June 12th, June 19th, and June 26th at 7:00 p.m. to complete the scrapping and painting of the windows.

It was agreed to also bring shovels and gardening tools to spruce up the flower beds.

A short discussion followed regarding the purchase of storm windows for the building. Early estimates of cost range between $2,000.00 and $3,000.00. Currently we have over $5,000.00 in the treasury. More discussion on this major purchase will follow.

Next Bill Furnace presented a his slate of candidates for office for the next calendar year as follows:

President Mike Wolfe

Vice-President Jack Smith

Secretary Nancy McGhee

Treasurer Barbara Wolfe

There being no further nominations from the floor, a motion was made by Jean Fischer to accept the slate of officers as presented. The motion was seconded by Ann Allen and unanimously approved.

Bill Furnace also mentioned that we are still in need of chairpersons for several positions. Presently these committee positions have been filled:

Publicity Bill Furnace

Membership Del Fischer

Photographer Marian Kennedy

Mike Wolfe will be working on obtaining heads for the other committees. Jean and Del Fischer have graciously offered their home as the site of this year's Christmas party.

Mike next reported that 12 members had attended the annual Inter-Society meeting held in Amherst on Wednesday, May 31st. There was a total of 75 members at the meeting. Jean Fischer remains president of this organization. It was announced that on July 19th the Brownhelm club would be hosting a pot luck dinner at Mill Hollow. More details will follow.

Since there was no program scheduled and the weather prohibited us from working on the windows, Mike & Barb Wolfe entertained us with a recap of their recent 2-week vacation down the Rhine River. It was greatly enjoyed by everyone present.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m. and the members present enjoyed Girl Scout cookies and coffee.

Respectfully submitted, Nancy McGhee, Secretary

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