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