To Collect, Preserve and Celebrate the Rich and Unique History of McDonald County
Members: Al Chapman, Chair; Karen Dobbs, President; Phyllis Chancellor, Vice President; Judy Rickett, Treasurer; Jane Lant, Secretary; Sam Alps, Angie Brewer, Judy Duncan, Gene Hall, Paul Lewis, Margarette Mitchell, Linda Patterson, Nancy Rowse, Alice Snodgrass, Kathy Underwood
Guests: La Sandra McKeever and Dylan Thomas
In addition to welcoming our guests, Al announced that Sam Alps has resigned as Chair of the Exhibit Committee, but thankfully she will continue serving as a member of the committee. We can’t give Sam enough credit for all she has done during her 5 years as Chair. Think back to the time when there was only bare walls---- now look at what the museum looks like today….the Museum is now recognized as one of the best in the State and Sam deserves much of the credit for that.
This is also a good time to mention the Volunteer Appreciation dinner on the 15th. First, the Board is so grateful to Nadia Cavner for hosting the dinner. What a wonderful thing that she does for the Historical Society. This gives the Board and members a chance to honor the volunteers that make the organization what it is today. Karen, at the dinner, also presented a special award to Lynn Tatum for her Presidential leadership to the Society over some 5 years. Her leadership was key to bringing in the right people, including many of our volunteers, to the jobs that had to be done.
The Treasurer’s report was presented by Judy showing the Preservation fund at $303.00, the Newsletter Fund balance at $6,324.52, the Dorfman fund at $270.00 and the working capital (general fund) of $31,953.94.
Karen reported that Brian Stigals will purchase and install new doors for the Museum and the Sheriff’s house. Gene will continue to look for someone who can install pipe railing for the Museum and Sheriff’s house steps. In addition, he will look to see if we can identify a tractor to move the farm equipment from the front yard to the back area behind the Sheriff’s house.
Kathy gave Sam’s report on artifacts that were considered for acceptance by the Board. These included a number of items from Jean Bird including Life magazine “Pearl Harbor, 50th anniversary special issue of Military History’s Pearl Harbor, Ex-POW Bulletin “American Ex-Prisoners of War”, Army Times Special Edition “Welcome Home”, 3 Life Magazines “Great Pictures of the Century, Special Collector’s Edition “The White House 1972-1992, booklet “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things”, Magazine “The 100 Greatest Military Photos”, booklet “60th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Remembered”, newspaper articles-Sale Hospital open house, “I was afraid so much that I got tired of being scared”…article on the cutting down of the tree in front of the Courthouse, POW tie, Grant Bird’s bible given to him in 1932, Missouri Masonic Manual belonging to Abraham Grant Bird, book “Girl Scout Leader’s Guide”------ In addition, Jerry Winegar provided a copy of “In Joplin, 1986” and a large number of miscellaneous photos, newspapers donated by Amy Overstreet. All were approved by the Board.
On behalf of Sam, Kathy requested that funds for “Halloween at the Museum” be available. The Board approved $250 for the candy treats to be given out.
Karen, on behalf of the Education committee reported that only a couple of 4th grade classes have yet to tour the Museum. This year, Ronnie Rogers and Jerry Winegar, both Veterans, also met with the classes during their historical tours. Bringing the veterans perspective & experience is a wonderful addition to the historical information students take away from these tours.
Kathy reported that our membership is now at 185 plus 63 “Friends” of the Society. In addition, as Chair of the Nominating and Election committee she reported that there appears to be more applicants than openings on the Board. Some individuals still needed to be contacted to see if they are willing to serve as Officers and members of the Board. Needless to say, we are pleased about the number who are willing to serve on our Board.
As Chair of the Jail Recognition Committee, Kathy and her committee are continuing to put together the draft application to the State for recognition of the old jail as a State Historical site.
On behalf of the Collection and Management Committee, we received a check for $250 from Walmart. In addition, we appreciate that Walmart is continuing to provide personnel to assist the committee with documenting and entering the artifact data into the computer.
Karen, in her President’s report, gave a number of dates of upcoming events, including Nov. 19 for a combined Board retreat and meeting starting at 10am at Jane Lant’s cabin, the General Society meeting and election on Nov. 18, 2pm at the Pineville Community Ctr , Snake Co audition on Dec.1, General meeting on Jan 20… The speaker for the Nov 18 meeting will be Marideth Sisco from the State Historical Society. Other event dates include Halloween at the Museum , Wed, Oct.31 and the Veteran’s Day Event on Sunday, Nov. 11.
Enuf for now… all be safe.. Al