President Jack Smith opened the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7:00 p.m. at The Old Town Hall. There were 25 members and guests present.
As the first order of business he asked the secretary to read the minutes of the previous meeting of October 8, 2001.
After the minutes were read, he 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 Anna Allen and seconded by Jean Fischer. The motion was unanimously passed by the members present.
Jack asked for the treasurer's report. In the absence of Barb Wolfe, Jean Fischer reported the following: as of this evening there is a balance of $780.70 in the checking account. Our money market account currently has a balance of $4,773.07.
Jack asked the members if there were any outstanding bills to present to the treasurer this evening, and there were none.
Following under old business, Jack reported on the renovations to The Old Town Hall. John Nagel has begun the electrical work on the building. Be reminded that although the air conditioning has been approved, all of the electrical wiring, etc., must be done first.
Regarding the upcoming Bicentennial project, Jack further reported that we have begun the paper work required to obtain a grant to help with our water wheel project since there is $28,000.00 available.
The Avon Historical Society is in possession of the 501(C)3 non-profit status which makes us tax exempt and eligible to apply for the grant. Some of the other local historical societies do not have this and therefore are not tax exempt.
One grant application has been completed, and we are permitted to apply for as many grants as we want to put in.
Dr. Fischer updated the members on the ongoing project to photograph and document the historical structures in the City of Avon with particular emphasis on the French Creek District. A discussion was held regarding applying for a grant to help cover the cost of this venture.
Further Dr. Fischer reported that it has been suggested that a video be made of the architectural structures in The French Creek District for future reference.
As a reminder there will be a very important meeting on January 7, 2002 at Avon City Hall regarding the historical overlay zoning ordinance. Please plan to attend this meeting if possible.
Jean Fischer next reported on the progress of the decorating committee for the city buildings. She has been successful in finding a crafter who will do the framing of the 3 Rose Mitock paintings for a lot less than her earlier estimates and the work is now in progress.
Jean also continues to collect artifacts and has recently obtained black and white photos and post cards of Avon at the turn of the century and is working with Ellen Young, Clerk of Avon Council who is a former graphic designer.
Ellen has offered to assist in copying these photos onto photo-quality paper to be put into an album for viewing at Avon City Hall. Jack inquired of Jean if she thought perhaps we should apply for a grant to assist in the cost of this project and she replied that she did not believe so at the present time.
Under new business the members were reminded that our club will be host to Santa at The Old Town Hall on Saturday, December 8, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m. Speak to Jean after the meeting if you can help on the committee.
Jack reminded the members that the annual Christmas Party would be held on Friday, December 14, 2001 [at 6:30 pm -- please bring a dish of "finger food"]. Nancy McGhee reported that she had spoken to Marilyn Misencik this past week and the Christmas party will still be held at her home.
There was a discussion regarding the possibility of having quite a large turnout for the Christmas party this year in view of the fact that we currently have 149 members. Nancy stated that she had discussed this with Marilyn and she really didn't feel that that many people would show up.
Nancy and Theresa will follow up with Marilyn, and fliers will be sent to all members with the necessary information. [Members will be contacted by phone and email for an RSVP.]
Jack reported that on November 17, 2001 there would be a re-cycling program sponsored by the City at Avon Isle Park. We have been offered a table to pass out any handouts.
Jack recognized George Bliss who stated that he has been on a private mission to correct the misspelling of Nagel Road. It has been incorrectly spelled on county maps for years and hopefully the new 2002 county map will have the correct spelling.
Jack added that it is instances such as this that should be brought to our attention as we as The Avon Historical Society strive for authenticity in records. The Nagel family who have such a long legacy in our city should certainly have their name spelled correctly on all road signs and maps. He thanked Mr. Bliss for his efforts in this regard.
Ron Larson added at the end of the meeting that he believed it was time to honor the work and dedication of Dr. & Mrs. Fischer and he has taken it upon himself to dedicate a plaque which everyone is invited to view during the annual Candlelight Walk the first weekend in December. The plaque will be mounted on the oldest and hardest rock in Avon located at the Old Avon Village.
There being no further business to conduct, a motion was made by John Eldred to adjourn the meeting which motion was seconded by Ron Larson and unanimously passed.
Following the close of the meeting Jean Fischer introduced Jack Perry, a history teacher from Wellington who presented a wonderful, entertaining portrayal of Sergeant York that was enjoyed by all.
Respectfully submitted, Nancy McGhee, Secretary