Dear VAHS members,
Most of us are heavily involved in the season's activities, and that certainly pertains to the Venice Area Historical Society. We at VAHS hope you have time to take advantage of our informative lectures. Betty Intagliata has planned an interesting new series about "Southwest Florida's Native Americans.” As we know, this area was populated long before our Snowbirds started showing up!
This newsletter also includes an update on the status of the Circus Train Car Project. Our Oversight Committee has been working closely with our contractors to maintain a productive stream of work. This restoration project is complex and multi-faceted with "hidden" factors that can, and do, surface along the way; however, progress is being made.
Soon we will be asking for membership registration for the VAHS Annual Meeting and Luncheon scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, at the Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club. (Please see the article herein.) Also, please note an article about an agenda item for that meeting addressing the need to increase our annual dues in the fall of 2019. In accordance with our Bylaws, approval from the general membership is required for the increase.
Of course, I always enjoy promoting the VAHS Speakers Bureau. We are fortunate to have a group of dedicated members who have created informative presentations that are available to multiple organizations. If you would like to participate or need a speaker, please contact me for further information.
On a sad note, I wish to acknowledge the passing in December of Charlotte Neagle, a longtime member and active supporter. Charlotte served the Society in a number of ways, demonstrating her desire to promote our area's history and our efforts to present it to the general public. We will miss her. We were also recently informed that our community lost an historic preservation advocate, James Hagler, Venice’s former Director of Historical Resources, who had pursued or supported several initiatives to save and restore historic structures in our area. His services to the Venice area are surely worthy of recognition.
Best wishes to all of you for an enjoyable winter season!
Clarke Pressly, President