2015 Annual Meeting Report

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Brazos Heritage Society met on Saturday, February 21 from 3-6 p.m. at the Brazos Center in Bryan for our 2015 Annual Meeting.

Here are the highlights of that meeting:

We had approximately 10 members and several guests form the community join us for the meeting.

Mr. Casey Eichhorn, Education Director for the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum gave an excellent, and very well-received, talk on the history of the Rangers. In fact, the talk ran long because everyone was so engrossed in the topic and asked a lot of questions. We were very glad to have Mr. Eichhorn join us. He enjoyed his visit with us (he’s an Aggie!) and expressed an interest in future collaborations with BHS.

After Mr. Eichhorn’s talk, Mr. Randy Haynes presented on the history and current status (as much as known) of the Cavitt House. With the uncertain state of the house’s future, this was a timely and appreciated talk.
 

After Mr. Haynes’ presentation, I gave a short update on the Turner-Peters Dogtrot Cabin project and Temple Freda.

I then led a short discussion about doing a future symposium on buying and preserving historic homes. This idea was proposed by Mrs. Mary Wells of College Station. I believe this is an excellent idea and this will be one of the ventures we’ll be working on this year.

We then held a short business meeting. I read the report from our Treasurer, Mrs. Beverly Myers, who could not attend. The organization currently has just over $7000 in funds available, including an $800 donation from Hochhein Prairie Branch #219. I can provide you with an exact dollar amount if you would like the numbers.

While our bylaws do not require us to maintain a written budget in order to operate, I believe that this is a good idea and I will be working on pulling one together over the next couple months. Several times in the past we have had one, so I will build off the information I’ve received from Mrs. Nat Hilliard and Mrs. Colleen Batchelor to develop what I hope will be a permanent working document. While a budget makes good business sense, it is also crucial if we want to pursue any outside grant funding.

I also read the report from our Events Chair regarding the outcomes of last year’s 4th of July in Heritage Park, Boonville Days, and our Liendo Plantation day trip. This coming year, we will not be doing any day trips due to low attendance, but we are already gearing up for 4th of July. We also plan to participate again in Boonville Days as this is a good public relations event for us. Our other proposed event will be the symposium that I mentioned earlier.
 

Finally, we held our yearly elections. Our nomination committee met and the current slate of officers agreed to serve for another year. We opened up the floor for nominations at the meeting. Not receiving any further nominations, Mr. Randy Haynes moved that the slate of officers be approved. This motion was seconded and passed with no dissent.

After the meeting, many of us stayed around and chatted while enjoying a nice variety of finger foods and punch.

I want to personally thank everyone who was able to make the meeting. For those who could not, we missed you. I hope to see you at other events through the year.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or ideas please feel free to contact me. I value hearing from our membership in order to best represent your interests in how we pursue historic preservation and education in Brazos County.

Regards,

Stephanie Hilliard

President

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