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The President's Messge
Volume 9, Issue 4
From Glynn Marsh

September 2007

As I start into the last three months of what has been three years of
serving as President of your Historical Society, I want to take this
opportunity to thank all my colleagues in the Society who have worked to
help make the Historical Society  a respected organization in our
community. It is hard to believe that next year will mark the tenth
anniversary of the founding of our organization. We can be proud of what
we have accomplished so far, but we also need to look ahead to even
better and more challenging things.

As some of you will remember, our group came into existence following
the vote to merge the Village of Clayton with the unincorporated parts
of old Randolph Township (effective January 1998). This means that the
City of Clayton also will be celebrating its tenth year of existence in
2008. We have pledged to work with them to make historic materials
available for their celebration. At the same time, we will be planning
activities to celebrate the founding of our own group. More details will
be coming out in the January newsletter, but here is a preview of one of
our initiatives for 2008. Our very popular “History Photo of the Month,”
which appears in the Englewood Independent on the first Wednesday of
each month, will be devoted to previously unpublished historic photos of
people, homes, businesses and other sites that were located within the
boundaries of the old Village of Clayton or parts of the Township now
located in the City. We have quite a few photos in our archives, but if
anyone reading this newsletter has more photos to share, please contact
me so we can make use of them. This brings me to another point.
For the past three years, our society has averaged about 250 members.
Because of this support, we have been able to maintain a high level of
visibility in the community through (1) our participation at local
festivals, (2) our presentation of regular history programs and displays
provided free of charge at the Ward Center or at other local facilities
upon request, and (3) our publications in the form of a monthly historic
photo in the Englewood Independent, quarterly newsletter, The Randolph
Times, “Then and Now” history calendar (2004 bicentennial), two“Memories
Booklets” (2006 and 2007) and a six-week-long National Road Bicentennial
Exhibit mounted in the Englewood Government Center (2006).  Also, during
the past two years we have taken a photo inventory of all sites along
Route 40 and Route 48. All of these endeavors have been applauded by
local residents and visitors to the area. These activities were achieved
through the hard work of a core of Society members who number about
fifteen.  After ten years, this group is running low on energy.  I and
other board members are asking that more of you, our silent but
supportive majority, begin to take a more active role in the activities
of our organization.  Volunteer your services on a standing committee or
come to a monthly meeting with ideas on new programs or projects that
you are willing to guide and undertake. Preserving the heritage of
Randolph Township is worth everyone’s time and effort. Please get
involved. You will learn more about your community and meet new friends.