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       Happy New Year 2020

 

Greetings from the Town of Veteran Historical Society.       

The Town of Veteran Historical Society has made great accomplishments in the past year, all thanks to the dedicated volunteer members who continue to participate in the Society's work.

Fund raising is our only source of income at this time and thanks to our Fundraising Chairman, Anita Hesser we continue to thrive. Our bake sale in November was a huge success. Our dedicated bakers always come through for us to make sure our sales are a success with pies, cookies, breads and all kinds of delights!. We always need volunteer bakers and helpers. In May we had our second annual Craft Fair at Raymour & Flanigan Furniture Store in Horseheads. What a success it was. We held a bake sale, served hot dogs, meat sauce, chips and drink. We had a table with our articles for sale, and held a Chinese auction. The event was a huge success, and we thank all who participated. The crafters, bakers, volunteers and the Raymour & Flanigan staff and store that invited us to use their site. We have already started plans for our 2020 Craft Fair. This year it will be held in November 11/21/2020 at the Horseheads American Legion.

We continue to sell our cookbooks, throws, hats, and Christmas ornaments. We have a new returnable Can and Bottle drive starting this year. You can drop off your bagged returnables in our new receptacle outside the Veteran Grange building at 777 Ridge Rd Horseheads. We will return them for you and all the moneys will be used to realize our dream of a museum for our area.  Help us to continue our goals and help the environment at the same time. 

We have made great progress in our goals to better The Town of Veteran Historical Society. As most of you know we are a 501C tax exempt organization. The volunteer members have worked long and hard to reach this goal. We are now working on our Permanent Charter for the Society through NYS and hope all is approved this year. This is one of the final steps needed in our guest for a museum. We always need your help. You can donate to the Society, money or artifacts pertaining to our town and get a tax deduction. Our area is the Town of Veteran, which includes Millport, Pine Valley and Sullivanville.  We would love you to share old pictures, artifacts or stories pertaining to our area and moneyed items are tax deductible for you the donor.  We would love to have old pictures of the businesses that were once prosperous in our area. We recently were gifted a beautiful oak pew from the Pine Valley United Methodist Church that was established in 1896.

We are actively working on our dream of a museum to house our many artifacts since we are now a recognized organization. We hope you will become involved in making this a reality. We have established a Building Committee to diligently work towards this goal. We have paperwork in for 2020 and hope to have exciting news to announce this year in regards to our quest for the museum in our area. Any member with grant experience, or ideas please let us know about them.  Please share your expertise so we can continue to "Keep the Past Present".

Our ongoing Cemetery Projects are doing great. Our cemeteries, not recognized by the town look fantastic, all due to the dedicated volunteers who weed whack, rake and haul brush so we can continue to honor our past residents and honor our military. We also helped two of our Active Association cemeteries, to keep all in our area looking good. This is a great project to get involved in. Anyone with Boy or Girl Scout troops or 4-H groups, all help is needed and appreciated and it is a great community service. Our new schedule for 2020 is 5/30, 6/20, 7/25, and 9/19/2020.  Please check our website for which cemetery will be done when.

You may now be a life member or a family life member for a fee of $100 for an individual or $150 per couple/family under one roof. You may still be a regular member for just $10 per year. Also available now are Gift Memberships, if you would like to give a gift of membership to a friend or loved one please contact the Society. This new Life Member policy will help to eliminate mailing and will save the TOVHS money in reminder mailings. Please be sure to update your information with us, so we can keep you informed as to our activities. We would love to have new members or our regular members become life partners in our Society. Dues are due by December of each year. Our May, June, July and September meetings will be now be held at the Veteran Grange 777 Ridge Rd Horseheads, N.Y.  The January, March and November meetings will be held at the Veteran Town Hall on Route 14 in Millport, N.Y.

Remember we depend on members to help with our fund raising, planning, brainstorming, and volunteering and to attend our meetings. Please put the 2nd Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November on your calendars and join us in helping to "Keep the Past Present".

Please check our website for updated meeting minutes and for upcoming events. www.townofveteranhistoricalsociety.com , and check out our FaceBook page.  Become a member today! It is only $10 per year due by December of each year or now become a new life member. Just email us at veteranny@yahoo.com or if you have any questions please write us at Town of Veteran Historical Society 777 Ridge Rd Horseheads NY 14845 or feel free to call me at 607-739-0753.

Have a great 2020!

 

Respectfully,

Gloria Campbell/President


 

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