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ALL MEETINGS ARE THE SECOND THURSDAY OF EVERY OTHER MONTH(JAN,MAR,MAY,JULY,SEPT,NOV) AT 7PM AT THE
VETERAN TOWN HALL CORNER OF JOHNSON HOLLOW RD & ROUTE 14 MILLPORT NY(UNLESS OTHERWISE ANNOUNCED)
THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME & VOLUNTEERS ARE ENCOURAGED.  HELP US TO KEEP THE PAST PRESENT.
 
 

 

 

Town of Veteran Historical Society

 

Meeting Minutes

 

08 November 2018

 

 

Date: Thursday November 08, 2018

 

Present: (19) Bev & Ray Benjamin, Linda Burke, Gloria Campbell, Dick & Jean Coon, Steve Fieno, Anita Hesser,

 Lonnel & Mary Johnson, Sharon Keough, Evanna Koska, Shirley Lant, Marlene Little, Andrew & Shelby Martin,

 Joan O'Dell, Joanne Ripley and Tim Rodabaugh

 

 

 Members Joining (1) or renewing (1) their dues: Joan O'dell joined us. Marlene Little became our first Life

 Member.

 

 Reading of the last meeting minutes: Adopted by: Bev Benjamin, 2nd by Marlene Little

 

 A quorum was established at the beginning of the meeting. Meeting began at 7:00 p.m.

 

Treasurer's Report: Balance remains the same as the last meeting $11, 770.62. Remainder of report was

suspended til the January meeting per Gloria. 

   

Old Business:

 1) none

 

 

New Business: 

1) Gloria began the meeting by introducing the officers to everyone. She was very pleased with the

 attendance tonight. She reminded all in attendance of the membership levels: $10 for a regular single

 membership per year, $100 for a single life membership, $150 for a family (couple / partners) (living under

 one roof). 

 

2) Steve Fieno reported for the Building Committee. He continues to have difficulty getting in contact with

 the owners of the old Botsford home in Millport. The society would like to have the portico's on the porch

 of the home as the porch is slated for demolition. These porticos were hand carved by Talitha's father

 William Botsford. He also reported that the any notifications on the grant application would most likely not

 be heard until early December. 

 

3) Marlene Little reported for the Cemetery Committee. A lot of work has been done this year with work

 in Van Duzer being done last weekend. She is working on a calendar of dates for 2019. Gloria asked

 that we focus on the cemeteries we have been taking care of so that the Town of Veteran is not relieved of

 it's responsibilty for Van Duzer and Sullivanville cemeteries. Work continues on proving some of the other

 town cemeteries. 

 

4) Anita Hesser reported for the Fund Raising Committee. The Fall Bake sale will be next Friday November

 16, 2018 at the Horseheads American Legion. Set up will begin at 3:30 pm and the sale will go til 7:00 pm.

 If you are able to assist please let her know. Everyone is encouraged to bake. Baked items can be dropped

 off at the town hall on Friday the 16th between 10:00 am and 11:00 am. If you live on the other side of the

 town Marlene Little will accept baked goods at her home.

 

5) Gloria proposed an amendment to our by-laws with regard to the length of terms of office. After much

 discussion those in attendance felt that removing the length of terms of office from our by-laws made sense. 

 This is due mainly to our small group. Gloria will continue to work on this so that we can get the proposal out

 to all members and it can be voted on at the January 10, 2019 meeting.  

 

6) Elections will take place at the January 10, 2019 meeting. Nominations for offices must be submitted in

 writing. All members whose dues are paid in full will be eligible to vote at the January meeting. 

 

Speaker / Presenter: Joan O'Dell, Historian from Horseheads. Joan presented an interesting talk on the dying

art of "Dowsing". With her assistant Marlene Little she demonstrated how dowsing works when searching for 

the location of a grave / body. This also works when looking for water to drill a well. Joan offered her

 assistance with dowsing to us during nice weather. Joan also asked about a cemetery which is said to be

 located on Terry Hill in the area formerlly known as "East Grove". We will look more in to this to determine

 where this may actually be located. Joan would like to see the towns working more closely together on projects

 which benefit all. 

 

Date / Time of next meeting: Thursday January 10, 2019 at the Town Hall @ 7 pm

 

Adjournment / motion & second: Motion to adjourn made by Joanne Ripley 2nd by Ray Benjamin 

 

Submitted by: Shirley Lant, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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