Volume 10, Issue 4
From Glynn Marsh
Hurricane Ike blew through our area on September 14th, downing trees and electric lines,but RTHS members stirred up a whirlwind of their own with summer activities. The Grand Opening of the History Center on July 26-27 proved to be an exciting prelude to the tenth anniversary Society potluck on Sunday evening. A full report on the opening appears elsewhere in the newsletter, but I do want to thank everyone who participated in getting the building ready to receive some 200 guests who attended the dedication events. Our local State Representative, Arlene Setzer, came in person to present the Society with a State flag and also a proclamation from the General Assembly recognizing RTHS's tenth anniversary. An American flag and standard was presented by Jim Bruin of American Legion Post #707 in Englewood. Officials from Clayton, Englewood and Union came with kind words and checks with donations to the RTHS Building Fund in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $5,000, respectively. The Building Fund Thermometer (see insert) shows that our fundraising drive has been success- ful so far, in spite of uncertain financial times. We have collected some $32,000 to date and have pledges for another $20,000 over the next four years. We still have a long way to go before we are "out of the red." Every donation to the RTHS Building Fund shows your support for the Society and will be used wisely. Why not make a donation in memory of a friend or loved one who took an interest in local history? Their names along with those of contributors will be added to the "Wall of Donors. "
We have ordered protective storm windows for the seven Gothic arch windows in the main display area. This should cut our heating bills by some 25-35%. The window covers will cost nearly $1,000 each, but we should recoup these costs over the long term while we also improve the comfort level in the building and cut down by 85% on harmful UV light which will fade our displays. The Society has submitted a funding request to Vectren Energy Corporation to help cover some of the costs of purchase. We anticipate hearing the results of our application soon.
At the September meeting, members approved changes in the Society's Bylaws which go into effect immediately. The changes which affect members are modest increases in some dues to help cover increased publication and mailing costs. For 2009, individual members will pay $10.00 dues per year ($8.00 for persons over age 65), and families will pay $15.00 per year. Other dues levels remain the same. Please take note of these changes when you renew.
Finally, to facilitate mail delivery and avoid the confusion of a street address and P. 0. Box in two different cities, the Society has installed a mailbox at the Center. Beginning on October] , all mail to the Society (i.e., membership dues, donations, inquiries, ete.) should be addressed to: RTHS at 114 Valleyview Drive, Englewood, OH 45322. The P.O. Box in Clayton will be discontinued at the end of 2008.