Dear VAHS members,
l hope all of you have been enjoying the season as winter changes into spring. Just as the weather is changing, the same is true for the Venice Area Historical Society. At our Annual Meeting on March 19, we carried out the membership transition of our Board of Directors from the past year to the coming year.
Concluding two-year terms were Bill Jervey, Ed Gates, and Tom Bowers. It was an honor to have them on the Board, and we sincerely thank them for their service to the Society as well as to the community. We are fortunate that in the coming year Bill will serve on the Development Committee and continue as an advisory member of the Plaque Committee, and Ed will continue to support the Depot Committee and theCircus Train Car Oversight Committee.
Our new 2019-2020 Board Members for the next two years are Sue Chapman, a former President and very experienced member of the Society; Carol Bailey-Werth, our long-term Membership Chair and previous Board Member; and Mike Murphy, a longtime supportive member of the Society.
We are pleased that all four officers on the Board will continue serving next year with Betty Intagliata as Vice President, Brenda Holland as Treasurer, Mary Huba as Secretary, and yours truly continuing as President. Thus, VAHS will have an experienced crew to take the Society into the new year.
I also want to extend our appreciation to three new committee chairs: Sue Chapman, who recently took the reins of our Development Committee; Mike Murphy, who will take over as Finance Committee Chair; and Jeana Hilligoss, who will be leading our Education Committee, a position she held a few years ago. All of these experienced individuals provide the kind of leadership skills needed in those positions. My personal thanks to each of them for their contributions to the Society.
We have many other volunteer opportunities to help the Society, such as docent duty at the Historic Venice Train Depot; committee support in a number of different areas; assistance with special events, like the Venice Museums Day coming up on May 18; and participation in the VAHS Speakers Bureau. If any of these volunteer opportunities sound interesting to you, contact me or any Board Member and we will be glad to discuss it with you. Best wishes to all of you for an enjoyable spring season!
Clarke Pressly, President