Volume 10, Issue 2
From Glynn Marsh
What a difference three months make! When I wrote my message for the January 2008 newsletter, our group was bemoaning the lack of space at the Ward Center and the need for finding a more visible and permanent location for the historical society. Now I am recalling the old adage "Be careful what you wish for!" By a stroke of good luck, the Englewood Dunkard Brethren Church at 114 Valleyview Dr. came up for sale in early February. After many hours of discussion and several special meetings, board members of your Society have made a bold move and purchased this historic building to use as our offices and History Center. The layout of the building will serve our needs now and into the foreseeable future. We will move there in late April or in May.
The next few years will be an especially busy and exciting time for the Society, and we will need all the support of our current members and the community at large to make the history center a reality. Already, we have received promises of continued support from the three cities we serve, and several of our members have made generous donations, even before we have mounted our Official Fund Drive. Plans are underway, as this newsletter is going to press, to (1) publicize the History Center Fund Drive in local papers and through presentations to local clubs, fraternal and business groups, (2) apply for start-up grants from several locally-based charitable foundations, and (3) seek in-kind gifts from local businesses and skilled artisans. Why not be one of the first to respond to our Building Fund Drive by completing the Pledge Form in this newsletter and supporting us at a level that is comfortable for you? You can be sure that the monies you donate will be carefully spent not only to help us preserve the past but to insure that the Society advances into the future.
Members already have come up with unique ways to help the Society. Several have arranged for their churches to donate surplus furniture for the History Center. So far we have fifty folding Samsonite chairs and the promise of at least fifty more, a number of 4-, 6- and 8-foot tables, and a few file cabinets (we will need many more). Monetary donations to the Building Fund are vitally important so we can start to retire our debt. One individual was kind enough to donate $90.00 in silver quarters that magically turned into $1,170 based on the current value of silver! How many of you have old coins stashed away that you would share with the Society? Maybe you are one of those individuals who puts their pocket change in an old jar every night - why not share these coins with the Society? Do you have a special skill and time that you could donate to the Society? For example, some painting will need to be done, some bricks in the walls will need to be tuck-pointed, sections of the foundation need to be re-plastered, a chain-link fence removed and some landscaping done. I am sure all of us could benefit from some physical activity to get back in shape after this long winter. See you at the History Center on May 14th if not before!