Attending: Rick Helwig – Chairman, Tom Paul – Vice-Chairman, Bill Comisford -Secretary, Henry Shaw, Treasurer (absent). Various members of the HQs.
Presentation: No public presentation.
Chairman’s Report: Rick discussed the relationship of the HQ with the Big Walnut Area Historical Society (BWAHS). We are they!! We are a committee of the BWAHS and should be working together. Chuck Grape has taken a position with a firm that will have him working in Oklahoma for the next 2 years.
Vice-Chairman’s Report: No report.
Secretary’s Report: Minutes of the February meeting were passed around for review. Secretary’s report was approved and accepted.
Treasurer’s Report: In Henry absence, Rick gave a report on the status HQ and Memorial funds. HQ - $4,094; Memorial Fund - $7,128. Treasurer’s report was approved and accepted.
Upcoming Campaigns (all events need active participants):
April 14 - Antique Road Show (receiving $349) (1pm – 3pm) – Tom, Rick & Monte to work the program.
April 14 - Vendors’ Market Day (9am – 3pm) – Bill & Ladies Aid Society to work the table at the event.
May 5-6 – Mansfield Civil War Show – Bill to man the table at the event.
May 11-12 – Statehouse Encampment
May 18-19 – Civil War School Days in Sunbury (19th – Farmers Market)
May 28 Memorial Day at Myers Inn
Autumn Lakes Encampment
August 12-14 Hale Farm
September – Delaware Horse Parade
Ladies Aid Society: Quilt to be made for a raffle item. “Working on a Southern BBQ”
Fundraising: No report at this time. Meeting TBD.
Education: Working on the School Day program. Need volunteers for presenters. Close to 1,000 students already committed. Liz may be able to get students for guides. Next meeting set for April 9th .
Living History: Meetings set for April 4th .
Rosecrans’ Memorial: Discussed the activities to date. Additional bricks have been acquired for inscribing. Tom has been negotiating with Eastland Crane to move the rock to the Village Square. A quote has been received to move thee rock from Tom’s to the Village Square for less than $5,000. If approved, they will move the rock on Wednesday, March 28th. Eastland has requested a waiver from the HQ for any property damage. Rick will draft a letter. A motion was made by Bill, seconded by Monte to accept Eastland Crane’s proposal for up to $5,000 to place the rock. Motion carried.
Business: The following new business items were discussed:
Affiliation with The Army of the Ohio: Bill still talking to the The Army of the Ohio commander, Bob Minton. There is concern as to how we would fit. He suggested getting together with several of us at upcoming events: Shiloh Re-enactment; Mansfield Civil War Show; and Scio Spring Drill. Bill and Rick will try to follow-up with Bob.
BWAHS: Janet, president of the BWAHS addressed the group with her concerns regarding the statue. Appears the Board does not feel comfortable with the HQ progress with the Statue Fund. The BWAHS feels that they have been out of the loop with regards to what is taking place. It is concerned about its liability for anything that the HQ has done on the Village Square (concrete work, bricks and the potential for the rock) should the necessary funds not be collected and the project completed by October 20, 2013. Asked that progress stop while the BWAHS gets a handle on things. Would like to meet with the Village to discuss.
HQ’s reaction - SEEM A LITTLE LATE TO BRING UP AND STOP THE PRESSES. WITH SEVERAL OF THE HQ’S MEMBER HAVING BEEN ON THE BOARD OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS (CHUCK, JOE, LINDA, POLLY) IT WOULD SEEM THE BOARD SHOULD BE UP TO SPEED ON WHAT THE HQS AND THE MEMORIAL FUND ARE DOING. NOTED THAT NO CONCERNS WERE EXPRESSED BY THE VILLAGE AND BOARD MEMBERS WERE PRESENT AT THE MEETINGS WITH THE VILLAGE. HQs agreed to stop and work with the BWAHS and the Village to resolve, in order to get things moving again.
Future Demos and Public Presentations: The following is the schedule of upcoming Living History Presentations (need topics and presenters):
· April Dana, Living History 1st Person
· May Payton Seats, Telegraph during the Civil War
· June Rick Helwig, Civil War Artillery
· July Steve Cook, Civil War Journalists (Part 1)
· August Steve Cook, Civil War Journalists (Part 2)
· September Kate Cook, Underground Railroad
· October Valarie Hamill, Pauleen Cushman, Civil War Spy
Next meeting was set for Thursday, May 31, 2012. Bring a friend!
Meeting was adjourned.
W. D. Comisford
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