Annual Meeting 2017

At the end of last month business was settled for the year at the Society’s 2017 Annual Membership Meeting. During this time the general membership and the board convene to reflect on the progress made over the past year and make the necessary plans to succeed in the next. This meeting marked the 79th time that business of the Society was carried out since its founding. A number of individuals were recognized and of course there was a program highlighting one of the many historical topics of the county.

The night began with a salute to the flag lead by Gene Decker and the invocation provided by Reverend Dick Cassel. The president’s report was then issued, which covered the numerous accomplishments of the Society over the past year and touched upon the many individuals that have made our success possible. It is amazing how much can happen in a matter of twelve months. Looking back, it really is the small accomplishments and the daily efforts that have the most impact. With that we thank those who made that success possible.

Following the President’s report, the Treasurer issued a report on the financial status of the Society, which I am pleased to report is in good standing. The Nominating Committee then presented their selections for new board members and it appears we will have some fine new additions come January. It is important to note that a good deal of work goes into the nomination process. Keep an eye out for future posts introducing each new Board member early next year. With the election of new board members we also took the time to thank those who are stepping down from their current positions. We are grateful for their service and wish them the best in the future.

President JoAnne McQuilking giving her report

To conclude the business meeting, the Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Andy See for his exemplary work digitizing records. Keep an eye out for a future post highlighting his accomplishments, since they are too numerous to list here. In short, Andy has been diligent in his attendance and is a fine example of how small daily tasks can make a big difference. We thank Andy for his work and look forward to his continued service to the Society.

After business concluded for the evening, guests made their way to the Clark House to close out the evening with some light refreshments and a program exploring the fascinating history behind Silas Clark and his house. The presentation included old photographs and maps of the structure the Society has called home for so many years. Many fantastic questions were asked and the unanswered ones will surely lead to more research and a more complete picture of the home’s history.

With the meeting now over and business in good standing, we have our sights set on the goals for the year to come. Now it is up to us to face the challenges ahead in 2018! Thank you to all that attended and we look forward to working with you to improve the Society in the coming months.

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Through a broad range of activities, The Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County seeks to promote a greater appreciation of the Indiana community's rich heritage and a better understanding of life today.

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