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A Message from the President


Spring 2024

What a Spring!  I can’t recall a longer stretch of fine weather!  As I write this, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and I am reflecting on another great season for the Venice Area Historical Society.

First, I am so pleased we have been able to relaunch our newsletter.  I want to thank new member, Bill Haberthur, for stepping up and taking the reins so that we can all be better connected to one another and the work of the Society.  Bill has a lot of great ideas for improving our newsletter and communications overall, so stay tuned for more ways to stay informed and involved.

At our Annual Meeting in March, our members voted overwhelmingly to change the Society from a membership organization to an outward-looking community service organization.  With our new bylaws, the Board of Directors is now charged with the full responsibility to manage the affairs of the organization.  Your Board takes this responsibility seriously and vows to work hard to meet the needs of the community and the desires of our members.  The Board appreciates the confidence you have shown and is committed to maintaining that confidence by always staying connected to our members as we go forth.  Please email me at president@veniceareahistoricalsociety.org if you have any questions or ideas for VAHS.

VAHS had another successful fundraiser in the annual Giving Challenge with 73 people contributing to our ongoing financial strength!  We are truly grateful for all the support!

As we look forward, we are working on plans for the following:

  • Venice Centennial Celebration - preparing for and participating in the 18-month celebration of Venice's founding.  If you have any ideas about the Venice Centennial Celebration, please email me at centennial@veniceareahistoricalsociety.org;
  • Fall/Winter programs such as The Betty Intagliata Lecture Series and the Speakers Bureau;
  • More exclusive membership events, such as the recent reception at the USAAF Student Officers' Club, the last surviving intact structure in situ from WWII;
  • New member recruitment and orientation;
  • Docent training at the Historic Venice Train Depot and the Circus Car;
  • Historic Preservation Projects:
    • advocating for the restoration of the "Pavilion" - the hyperbolic paraboloid canopy at Venice Beach;
    • joining in the efforts to save the historic and architecturally significant buildings at Warm Mineral Springs in North Port; and
  • Other exciting events.

We are excited by so many opportunities to advance our mission of celebrating and preserving history in Venice, and we hope you are too!  As always, we could not do it without our members, and so we thank you for your support!



Sincerely,

Frank Wright, President

Venice Area Historical Society

PO Box 995, Venice, FL  34284-0995

941-412-0151

www.veniceareahistoricalsociety.org

information@veniceareahistoricalsociety.org



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