Norfolk Historical Society Annual Meeting~24 January 2016
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall
The annual meeting of the Norfolk Historical Society was called to order by Mrs. McPhillips at 2:35 PM. Board members present were: Joanne Berkley, Anne Brockenbrough, Bill Davis, Caroline Doonan, Steve Forrest, Carter Furr, Jim Gildea, Greta Gustavson, Joyce McKeever, Peggy McPhillips, Bill Miner, and Troy Valos.
Mrs. McPhillips opened the meeting by thanking everyone for being present and also thanked St. Paul’s for hosting the event. She then gave a recap of 2015 and also noted some highlights to look forward to in 2016. Mrs. McPhillips also acknowledged the refreshments committee.
Minutes of the 2015 annual meeting were posted on the NHS website.
Mr. Gildea stated that 2015 was a good year and that we spent less than we took in! The budget for 2016 is slightly under $26,000. He said that we currently have 111 paid memberships with the majority at individual and family levels. He added that 1/3 of our income is from membership. The pledge to the Slover Library will be finished in 2018. The pledge was designated for the local history room and the naming of a conference room in memory of Louis Guy.
Proposed Amendments to the Articles of Incorporation
The proposed changes were available for review at the beginning of the meeting. Mr. Furr moved that the amendments to the Articles of Incorporation be adopted. The motion was seconded by Mr. Davis; the motion carried.
The Nominating Committee submitted a slate of officers for 2016 and new and returning board members. A motion to accept the report as submitted was made by Mrs. Berkley and seconded by Mr. Davis. The motion carried.
Update on St. Paul’s “Dig”
Mr. Warren Chauncey said that the work to find the foundation of the 1691/1699 church began three years ago. Archaeologists have found material from three different centuries. Mr. Chauncey told many interesting stories that have resulted from the dig. Mrs. McPhillips presented Mr. Chauncey with a check from NHS to help defray expenses as work continues.
Mrs. McPhillips introduced Mrs. Shirley Sellers as the featured speaker. Mrs. Sellers told the audience that she always was interested in family history and the stories about them, especially those about her great-grandmother. Mrs. Sellers was taking a writing class and started writing about her great-grandmother and it was then she was encouraged to write a book. She incorporated many of the stories in the recently published novel, Just Across the Sound. At the end of the speech, Mrs. McPhillips presented Mrs. Sellers with an honorarium and invited everyone to enjoy the refreshments.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:50 PM.
Greta Gustavson, Secretary