Meeting Minutes: 9/8/12

LAKE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Board Meeting
Saturday September 8, 2012 10am
Nice Clubhouse, 3000 Lakeshore Blvd, Nice
707-274-8323
Directors, Officers and Committee Chairs present: Phil Smoley, Catherine Quistgard, John Parker, Patricia Wilson, Floraine Chalk, Jackie Ridgel, Randy Ridgel, Bonnie Skee, George Stimson, Tony Marchese, Nick Voegtly, and Vi Smoley along with guest Vonn Fuqua.

The meeting was called to order at 10am by President Phil Smoley. John & Nick led the pledge of allegiance.

The minutes of the August 11, 2012 were opened for discussion. Bonnie asked to have the minutes revised to show that the June 9, 2012 minutes were approved at the August meeting, Catherine moved to approve, John seconded and the minutes were approved to be revised.

Tony Marchese reported on the 2011 financial review. Tony discussed the occasional reimbursement for mileage. In order to be reimbursed the person needs a receipt and proof of insurance. We cannot pay otherwise and need to remind the Treasurer of that. Only pre-approved expenses and regular reoccurring expenses can be paid per the bylaws.

It was agreed we need a Policies and Procedures handbook. Also we need a manual from the Security Company for the alarm system.

By-law task force: The committee will meet Thursday, November 8th at Phil’s office at 5pm.

Website update: Some members are still concerned about anyone downloading our photos off the website. The general consensus was to leave it as open access. Our website is still www.lakecountyhistory.com. Nick moved to authorize George to purchase the domain name elystagestop.org up to $50, John 2nd the motion was approved.

Pomo Bulletin: Jan Cook was unable to attend but notified us that the next issue will be mailed early October. Business card Ads are $25 per issue. The cards can be sent to Jan and the money should be mailed to Florence Peck, our treasurer.

This issue will include an article about Anderson Marsh from John Parker and Kathy Scavone. Jan is planning to have a permanent column for Ely news.

Nominating Committee: A new director for District 2 is needed as Val Onellion has moved out of that area. Phil suggested we incorporate this with the By-law committee on November 8th.

Past Perfect program: Nick would like to download the program on the computer at the Nice Clubhouse. John would like it on a laptop so it could be taken to different locations. Ideally it needs to be a multi user. Phil asked to have it installed at Ely.

John Parker was notified of a Public Hearing and Negative Declaration by the County of Lake. Indian Island is one of the 37 properties listed to have the zoning changed. John would like to speak on our behalf before the Lake County Community Development Department on September 27, 2012. Phil authorized John to speak on our behalf as follows: The LCHS requests that any decision related to zoning and development of Indian Island and any other historic site that they take into consideration the historic nature of the parcel and consider the sensitive nature of the site during the land use planning process. Catherine moved to approve, Jackie seconded and all were in agreement.

Events: Our next general meeting will be September 23rd from 2 to 4pm at the Lower Lake Museum Schoolhouse. Linda Lake will be our speaker. Floraine will be unable to make it but will go ahead and make a basket for the opportunity drawing and send it with Catherine.

Ely Stage Stop: Greg asked that Phil try to get donations of paint for the barn. He feels we need 30 to 50 gallons. Patricia will contact Mendo Mill and Hazmat. Lunch is needed every Saturday for Greg and the crew working on the barn.

Catherine delivered a butter churn to the Ely Museum that had been stored and repaired by Don McCloud. Don may also have some other items that he would be willing to donate. Catherine will work with him on that.

Tony suggested contacting the Wine Alliance for a donation next year.

Books: Vi reported we had a book order from the Lakeport Museum for 46 books and Kelseyville Pharmacy continues to order regularly. Book sales at this year’s Lake County Fair totaled $439.75.

Upcoming Events: The Kelseyville Pear Festival is the last Saturday in September and our new stage coach will be on display in the pavilion. Val Onellion is handling the CLHS booth that day along with some volunteers.

Our Thanksgiving Dinner will be November 18, 2012 and it is going to be pot luck. The Historical Society will provide the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and drinks. All attendees will be asked to bring a dish to share. Randy is working on where it will be held. John Parker will be the speaker telling the story of Kelsey and Stone. Randy will speak about the McCloskey fighting cock ranch and perhaps trigger a discussion about the gas well in Kelseyville.

Membership Report: Nick reported that we had 29 memberships, new and renewal, sign up at the Fair for a total of $536. The donation bottle contained $26.30. We have 385 current members.

Our next board meeting will be November 10th at the Nice Clubhouse.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Bonnie Skee

Meeting Minutes: 8/11/12

Lake County Historical Society
Board Meeting
Saturday August 11, 2012 10am
Nice, Clubhouse, 3000 Lakeshore Blvd, Nice
707-274-8323
Directors, Officers and Committee Chairs present: Phil Smoley, Catherine Quistgard, Jan Cook, Floraine Chalk, Vi Smoley, George Stimson, Kevin Engle, Val Onellion, Jackie Ridgel, Bonnie Skee, Florence Peck, Randy Ridgel and Greg Dills.

The meeting was brought to order at 10:00 am by President, Phil Smoley. Kevin led the pledge of allegiance.

Treasurers Report: Florence reported than she is working on a budget. Tony Marchese completed the audit but was not in attendance to report on it. We have approximately $95,000 in the money market account and $3166 in our checking account. Items recently paid out were $500 for the scholarship, Insurance premiums and Pomo Bulletin expenses.

At the June picnic the opportunity drawing that Floraine Chalk donates, we collected $140 in addition to $270 in memberships. Jackie asked about the oysters and shrimp that Kevin brought to sell. We lost about $55 and it was decided again that we need to get approval on those special items first.

Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum: Val advised that they have a docent that is willing to be in charge of finance at Ely. Kevin said that Vonn Fuqua wanted to re-order Ely merchandise. Val mentioned that we may want to change some items first. Greg arrived and said we really need to get those items ordered right away. He suggested we approve up to $3000 for tee shirts, hats, coffee cups, etc. Catherine moved to approve $3000, Kevin seconded and was approved. Greg will get flyers printed for the upcoming Lake County Fair.

Greg reported that they will start building the barn this Saturday and received an updated bid from Kelseyville Lumber for $12,439.56. Catherine moved to approve up to $12,500, Kevin seconded and all were in favor. Greg asked if we could donate food and drinks for the volunteers. Vi, Florence and Catherine volunteered. Greg also wanted everyone to know that we need to wait until next spring to start fundraising at Ely. The County donated the sign for Ely and will be installed as soon as possible. The flagpole is in place.

Greg mentioned we need to purchase some Round-up to kill the poison oak. Randy made a call and Ronnie Bogner volunteered to handle that for us. Marilyn Holdenreid has agreed to help the Ely docents put a catered dinner together in October. We can possibly net $1000 to $1200.

Someone from the County contacted Greg and suggested we put the Cable Car on the Ely grounds. The County will build a foundation and a cover for it. Kevin moved to accept the offer, Catherine 2nd and it was approved. The stage we purchased will be at the Pear Festival.

Website: George reported that elystagestop.org is available for $6.50. George will advise Bit Sculptor. The lakecountyhistoricalsociety.net is ready to expire. George will change the homepage to lakecountyhistory.org and stop the .net website.

The Ely group would like more control of their link to the website.

Nice Clubhouse: Kevin recently acquired an 1880’s Boston flat grand piano and it was brought to the Nice Clubhouse. Kevin said it would be worth between $25,000 and $35,000 once it was tuned and cleaned up. We now have 4 pianos and not near enough room for them. We discussed having a sale or putting them on EBay to sell.

Events: The Lake County Fair will be from August 30th to September 2nd and the theme is “Summers Biggest Blast”. Val will be working on that and Bonnie is looking for volunteers to work our booth.

Our next General Meeting will be September 23, 2012. Randy is looking for a site and a speaker. Our Thanksgiving dinner meeting will be November 18, 2012 and we are going to do it pot luck this time. We are also looking for a place to hold the dinner. It was mentioned that we should recruit sponsors for events to defray our costs.

Our next Board Meeting is September 8th.

Val and Patricia Wilson would like to do oral histories. Jackie is concerned about “ burn out” from Val as she is involved in so much. Phil appointed Val & Patricia to do oral histories after Val said this is something she is really interested in.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:40pm

Respectfully submitted,
Bonnie Skee, secretary

Meeting Minutes: 6/9/12

Lake County Historical Society
Board Meeting
Saturday June 9, 2012 10am
Nice Clubhouse, 3000 Lakeshore Blvd, Nice
707-274-8323

Directors, Officers and Committee Chairs present: John Parker, Florence Peck, Jackie Ridgel, Randy Ridgel, Nick Voegtly, Kevin Engle, Floraine Chalk, Vi Smoley, Tony Marchese, Greg Dills and Bonnie Skee.
Guest: Vonn Fuqua

John Parker brought the meeting to order at 10:15am in the absence of President Phil Smoley.

The minutes of the April 22, 2012 Board Meeting were opened for discussion. Floriane motioned to approve as submitted, Nick seconded and minutes were approved.

Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum: Our annual picnic will be held at Ely on June 24th. Greg is working on having the inmates from the County clear the brush and weeds. He will try to get a horseshoe pit constructed. Our speakers will be John Parker, Randy Ridgel, Greg Dills and Greg Blinn and will possibly get Rob Brown and Kelly Cox to speak. Randy will arrange for a port-a-potty. We are looking for old washtubs or something appropriate for ice and drinks.

Greg reported that a permit from the State is needed for a 50/50 raffle. The Ely Core Group is being reconvened by Val Onellion.

A Science Camp was held a few weeks ago and had almost 90 students attend.

Greg Dills received a request to consider another museum on Highland Springs Road by Anna Ravenwoode for a price of $449,000. The request was unanimously declined.

Scholarship Update: Tony reported that our $500 scholarship was awarded to Rachel Sutton of Middletown High School. We had 14 applicants. Her essay was titled “Stage roots to romance to riches”. She had a total weighted 3.82 grade point average and also played varsity basketball, softball and volleyball. Tony will invite her to our picnic.

Audit: Tony will begin working with Florence on the 2011 audit on June 18, 2012.

Treasurers Report: Florence reported that our Westamerica Bank account balance is $1447.76 and the State Farm Bank money market account balance is $99,174.28. She will be making another transfer from the money market account to keep our working account balance above $3000 to prevent a service charge. Our recent expenditures are the Pomo Bulletin, Insurance premium and the cost of the new security system.

Fund Raising Ideas: Phil Smoley suggested we sell advertisements for the Pomo Bulletin in addition to the business card size we currently have. Nick will propose this to Pomo Bulletin editor Jan Cook. Phil as suggested an annual fund raising dinner and possibly increasing the membership dues.

A Budget Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 26th 5pm at Florence Peck’s office.

Membership Update: Nick reported that we have 436 active members of which 116 are life members and 3 are complimentary, therefore we have 317 dues paying members. We need to recruit for memberships.

Floraine asked Nick about a few people who are not getting their Pomo’s. Nick will check on it.

Books: Vi reported that she has an order from Kelseyville Pharmacy for $538.96.

Kevin moved to nominate Sheralyn Riewerts for Assistant Treasurer. Vonn reminded us that since she resigned as Treasurer, Florence is still the Assistant. Kevin revised his nomination to Florence Peck for Treasurer and Sheralyn Riewerts Assistant. Bonnie seconded and the motion was approved.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:00pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Bonnie Skee
Secretary