Historical Society's Silver Anniversary

Annual Meeting 2016

Dear Wakulla County Historical Society Members and Friends,

On behalf of the Wakulla County Historical Society, I am inviting you to help us celebrate our 25th Silver Anniversary. Our dinner meeting will be held Tuesday, October 11, 2016 with membership renewal beginning at 6:00 p.m. Our program will begin at 7:00 p.m. The celebration will be held at First Baptist Crawfordville Christian Life Center in downtown Crawfordville. In-A-Chord of The Capital Chordsmen of Tallahassee will entertain us in "perfect harmony." The cost of the buffet meal of pork, chicken, and all the trimmings will be $25.00. This year, we ask that you pre-pay for your meal by mail or at Museum. Please see the flyer for full details.

I am coming to the end of my time as your president, and wanted to thank you for your support. It has been challenging, fun, and fulfilling to be a part of Wakulla County Historical Society. We can be proud of what has been accomplished from 1991 when we were founded to today. I will continue to serve on the Board of Directors in other capacities.

When I think back over my tenure, the most rewarding part of being your president was to be recognized in the community as being part of an organization of value and purpose. We are not just part of a small vision that is seen locally, we are part of a national program of historical preservation. It is often said that WCHS is a model organization and each of us can be proud of that compliment.

We will vote on our new slate of officers at the annual meeting. Following are the nominations for 2016/2017: Executive Officers: President, Debra Jay; Vice-President, Tonia Welch; Vice-President for the Heritage Village Park, Murray McLaughlin; Treasurer, Jennifer Raker; and Secretary, Arlene Vause. Board of Directors: Cathy Frank, Betty Green, Carolyn Harvey, Cal Jamison, Gayla Kittendorf, Mary Ann Laird, Tanya Lynn, Mark Perrin, Rita Sparkman, Helen Strickland and Sandra Vidak. Associate Directors: Brent Thurmond, Clerk of Court, Randy Lewis, AIA Architect, Richard Harden, Wakulla County Commissioner, Susan Payne Turner, Prime Meridian Bank, Lynn Thompson, Attorney, Diane Curlee, Bookkeeper and Karen Taylor, CPA.

WCHS Board Members are required to be dedicated to promoting the goals of our Society and be willing to contribute their valuable time to various historical projects.

Through the efforts of our board and volunteers, we have become a well-known resource for historical preservation of local history. To name just a few of our highlights of the year: Museum and Archives opened three days a week for genealogy research and to view rotating exhibits, monthly historical programs about our area; we maintain eight local historic cemeteries; monthly genealogy programs; December Open House at the Museum; local parades and festivals; and recipient of a $50,000 grant for the Heritage Village Park.

The Quarterly "Historic News in Review" continues to be a valuable source of information with historical articles and all the current news of WCHS. It is a free benefit to our membership. We are regularly featured in The Wakulla News and The Tallahassee Democrat. WCHS has a strong social media network including wakullahistory.org website, wakullahistoricalsociety.wordpress.com (blog), Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest with thousands of visitors each year.

Thank you to all our volunteers. We couldn't have made these great strides without you. Your contribution is priceless.

Once again, I want to say that it has been an honor to serve as your president.

With warmest regards,

Cathy Gray Frank

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