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Regular meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at 114 Valleyview Dr., Englewood, OH
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The History Center is open to the public. Scheduled visiting hours are from 10 AM to 4 PM on the first Saturday of the month, April through November, weather permitting, and also by appointment. Call 937-832-8538.

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Randolph Twp. Historical Society


The President's Message
Volume 12, Issue 1
From Glynn Marsh

January 2010

The President’s Message from Glynn Marsh

What a great year 2009 was for the historical society! As you will see
when you read the year-end reports in other parts of this newsletter,
the Society held a wide variety of special events throughout the year,
and established new records in donations and memberships. These
accomplishments reflect the hard work and support of all members of the
Society and everyone should give themselves a pat on the back. I
especially want to recognize and thank three of our outgoing board
members for their long time service. Charter member Paul Dewey has held
many important positions in RTHS since we began in 1998, including
President, VP, board member and website liaison. Shirley Whiting, a life
member since 1999, has completed four years on the board. Caroline
Bergman, who joined in 2002 and became a life member in 2008, held
offices of corresponding secretary, board member, and now head of the
Sunshine Committee. We appreciate their past good work on behalf of the
Society and hope to see them at our regular meetings and events in the

I also want to welcome the three new board members who already have
earned a fine reputation as outstanding supporters: JoeAnne Conners,
Martha Craig, and Jim Eidemiller. They and the rest of the current board
members and officers met on December 16 to discuss and formulate a
calendar of activities for 2010 (see enclosed calendar for more details).
Highlights of 2009 included the Exhibit of all RHS Class Photos from
1913-1959 in conjunction with three different schools programs, and
publication of the booklet entitled 200 Years of Randolph Township
Schools. Two outside speakers in spring and fall informed us about “the
Dam Battle” and “History of Bicycles,” and the Stump family singers
enthralled us with their a capella hymn singing at the first anniversary
gathering at the History Center in July. Members also set up tables at
the Englewood Festival and Aullwood ShopAround. The year came to a close
with our first RTHS Holiday Bazaar which brought a large crowd to the
Center to pick up white elephant bargains, delectable holiday food
gifts, SERRV handcrafts, and history photo calendars. This event was
such a good fundraiser for us that we will do it again next December.
Next time you visit the History Center, be sure to take note of
improvements to the exterior. Protective storm windows were finally
installed on the Gothic arch windows on October 20, decorative lattice
storm windows were put on the north and west basement windows, and the
south addition was painted. Many thanks to Bill Gothard for his
assistance in these tasks.

It’s hard to see how we can top 2009 for the diversity of programs
offered, but I am sure with the help of our members 2010 will be a VERY
HAPPY NEW YEAR. Our major focus for 2010 will be the life and
photographs of Edwin C. Sinks. Sinks was born in Englewood and made his
mark as a music teacher at RHS and local photographer. A large number of
Sinks’ photos have been donated by various individuals to the archives,
and these will be used in the special exhibit, which will run from June
through September. At least two other special programs are anticipated
in April and October. In the meantime, why not write up a short history
of your own family and share it on March 10 at the “Genealogy: Show and