of Veteran Historical Society
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
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.
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
membership per year, $100 for a single life membership, $150
for a family (couple / partners) (living under
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
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.
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
4) Anita Hesser reported for
the Fund Raising Committee. The Fall Bake sale will be next Friday November
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
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
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
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
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