Attending: Rick Helwig – Chairman, Tom Paul – Vice Chairman, Henry Shaw -Treasurer, Suzanne Allen, Polly Horn, Robert Souder, Linda Paul, Valerie Hamill, Scott and Renee McCroskey, Joe Heiberger, Monty McGowen, Bob and Nancy Merkle, a man from Reynoldsburg.
Monty McGowen attended with the photograph of his great grandfather James R. McGowen of Johnson Co., Illinois who served in Company D of the 31st Illinois as a nurse in the regiment hospital. Monty shared his grandfather’s Civil War record papers.
Secretary’s Report: Richard Helwig passed out the minutes form the last meeting and they will be posted on the website.
Treasurer’s Report: Henry Shaw reported there is $140 in the bank account. $60 is outstanding from the Student Day gate.
Past Campaign Reports:
Artillery Show – May 2-3: John & Kathy Beckley set up his tent
School Days in
Sunbury – May 15-16: 250 students from 4 schools and about 30
homeschoolers went through 10 Stations on Friday. There was no
response from many schools who attended last year. Joe Heiberger
volunteered to visit schools next year to encourage participation.
Keeping the progression between stations to the right time was a
problem which Rick will address next year by having a gun fired when
it is time to change stations. The R.O.T.C. Cadets and adults
enjoyed assisting with the program. It was suggested they might be
encouraged to drill for a session in the future. Ladies’ Aid
Society had it’s debut and was very well received.
Memorial Day, Rosecrans’ Headquarters, Myers Inn: Rick Helwig set up his tent and display in the north yard but was asked to move to the front porch where he was very busy discussing his weapons and the Headquarters Unit. Linda and Tom joined him. This is a good visible place for the unit. The Ladies’ Aid continued to educate from the Tavern room of the Inn.
Other Up-Coming Campaigns:
Upcoming Programs to be held before the monthly meeting:
Unit Flag: Bill will follow-up getting an estimate for the headquarters’ flag.
Rosecrans Memorial: Tom reported on the progress of a memorial to General William S. Rosecrans. In spite of good press and many speaking engagements, the money is coming in very slowly. The gentleman who offered to make the model has been out of the country.
Once again the availability of the Delaware Co. Bicentennial Funds was discussed. Rick explained the remainder of the funds which will probably be around $3,000 will go to the Big Walnut Area Historical Society because they were the only 501(c)(3) organization willing to allow Bicentennial Funds to go through their account thus saving the expense of setting up a new non-profit organization. The BWAHS will decide how the money is to be spent.
Meeting was adjourned.
Polly Horn pro tem for W. D. Comisford
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