President Mike Wolfe opened the November 6th meeting of the Avon Historical society at 7:00 p.m. with 22 members being present.
As a first order of business the president asked the secretary to read the minutes from the last meeting. The minutes were read and approved.
The president then asked the treasurer, Barbara Wolfe to give the treasurer's report. Barb reported that as of October 31st there was a balance of $749.59 in the checking account. As of this evening there are 24 paid members and she is still taking dues after the meeting. The treasurer's report was approved as read.
Under old business Dr. Fischer gave up an update on the storm windows project. As everyone could see the storm windows are up and look great. Dr. Fischer reported that since the windows were not all exactly the same size, that a separate template for each window had to be made. The employee took about 4 hours to do all of the windows with his boss here much of time. They were very pleased with how everything worked out as we are.
Dr. Fischer then reported that as of this morning he had received a letter the Ohio Historical Society through Phil Ross enclosing a draft of the text for our historical marker titled "Norton S. Townshend, M.D." which he read to the members present.
Next he read the original text prepared by Jean and himself that was submitted to the Ohio Historical Society for approval. As a comparison he then read the 100 word text prepared by Mr. Ross that he requested be proofread and if approved be returned to them.
There was a short discussion regarding the 2 essays of Dr. Townshend and it was agreed that to please Mr. Ross, we would go with his version. The only deviation he made from our original draft was deleting the fact that Norton S. Townshend was buried in Avon's Mound Cemetery.
A motion was made by Jack Smith that we accept and approve the draft of the text received from the Ohio Historical Society to be put on the marker, which motion was seconded by Margaret Peak and passed unanimously by the members present.
It was suggested that while accepting their draft of the text that perhaps we could still contact the Ohio Historical Society and ask that Dr. Townshend's burial place be put back in the text. Jean Fischer then explained that the committee wanted the markers to be universal and not specific and this may be the reason they deleted this fact.
Continuing with old business Barb Wolfe reported that she had spoken with June Kearney regarding her feelings on what we could donate as a memorial gift to her late husband, Jack. June has stated that she would like to give each school in Avon a copy of the Flag tape in Jack's memory.
It was suggested that the Avon Historical Society would donate $60.00 for the purchase of 2 tapes, and the $65.00 we are holding from Jack's relatives would be used to purchase the other 2 tapes. The total cost for 4 tapes would be $125.00. A motion was made by treasurer Barb Wolfe to proceed with the purchase of these 4 tapes which motion was seconded by Margaret Peak and passed unanimously by the members.
The president then opened the floor for new business and Jean Fischer brought everyone up to date on the upcoming Christmas activities. On Saturday, December 2nd at 6:15 p.m. we will again host the community Christmas party. There will be a cleaning parting here on Monday, November 27th at 7:00 p.m. to prepare for the party.
Everyone is invited to pitch in. Gene Traxler will again graciously provide the Christmas tree; John Aunspau will be Santa; we will provide the hot chocolate; and the Lions Club will provide the candy and fruit for the children. As Jean and Dr. Fischer will be out of town and not available she will be calling for volunteers to help.
Jean Fischer then reminded everyone that the annual Christmas party will be held at her home this year and everyone is asked to bring an appetizer to share. The party will be on Sunday, December 10th. Originally it was to start at 7:00 p.m. but after some discussion it was agreed to move the time to 5:00 p.m. because the next day is a work day.
Dr. Fischer reminded everyone that they have room for quite a few cars in their driveway, but cautioned everyone not to park in front of their house because they may get ticketed because there is not ample room without blocking the sidewalks. You can park on the other side of the street and down Bauerdale.
Dr. Fischer then stated that with the approval of the members present he would like to invite a couple people to the Christmas party -- Rose Mitock who has provided us with the beautiful paintings that we sell; and John & Jean Traxler who have donated the Christmas tree for the hall for many years -- both of these people are also neighbors of the Fischers and it would be a nice way to thank them for their generosity.
There being no further business to conduct, the president then turned the floor over to Jean Fischer who gave a wonderful, interesting report on the Cahoon family, Avon's first permanent settlers.
The evening was concluded with coffee and refreshments.
Respectfully submitted, Nancy McGhee, Secretary