From the President – August, 2012

Barry Nelder

Barry Nelder

The slate of officers for the 2012-2013 year was presented to the members at our July Meeting. The slate was approved in a unanimous vote. At our first Board meeting, on July 23, John Gordon was elected as Chairman of the Board. A motion was also made that our elected officers become ex officio voting members of the Board. All but two members of the board were present and the major item on the agenda was reviewing and adopting the 2012-2013 budget.

Things may be a bit tight this year, as we did not all the local government support we had hoped for but with some juggling we should be able to continue all the projects and services currently in progress. Several new projects will have to be put off to another year. A donor has offered to cover the cost of the laptop and computer projector we need so badly for History Center programs. That gives us a second computer for use by volunteers at the History Center. Two upcoming capital projects we are still working on finding funding for are a new carpet for the History Center and new shelving and storage racks for the Library/Archives. Darlene is working on firm cost estimates for these two projects.

We had a wonderful turn out for our July program which was sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council. We packed 73 people into the History Center. At least two-thirds were non-members from the community. Our program for August will be Morris Bass, of the CSS Neuse State Historic Site in Kinston. Looks like we will have another great program – see you all there.