[wendell-meetinghouse] Wendell Meetinghouse News

Chris Queen christopher_queen at harvard.edu
Mon Aug 22 12:52:13 EDT 2011

Dear Friends of the Wendell Meetinghouse,


Thanks to all who dropped by the Meetinghouse booth at Old Home Day to say
hello.  We saw many old friends and met a lot of new ones.  Lemonade was
flowing, tee-shirts and postcards were selling, and the raffle was a huge

A special thanks to Marianne Sundell for organizing and running the
raffle, and to Melinda Godfrey, Paul Godfrey, Charles Smith, and Jerry
Eide for helping to construct our booth.  And thanks to the twenty
community members and businesses who contributed products and services to
the raffle. 

We made $728.50 on the raffle!  In addition, $935 in donations were
received, for a total of $1,663.50 for the day.  


Since the two matching grants were announced on July 17 – a double match
by the end of Old Home Day, and a one-for-one match by October 1 – we had
raised $1,400 before Old Home Day.  

With Saturday’s proceeds, we exceeded the $2,500 necessary for both
matches – six weeks early – qualifying for the $4,000 pledged by our
anonymous donor.

Grand total for one month and three days of fundraising: $7,063.50. 


These funds will enable the Friends to work with Jerry Eide to clear all
the refuse from the building and to cover exterior surfaces with a fresh
coat of paint before the snow flies.  

We will announce work days in the fall for all who would like to practice
their dumpster-tossing and paint-brushing skills.  Stay tuned.


We have permission to use the Wendell Senior Center on the Third Monday
for our monthly meetings.  We will begin this schedule on September 19. 
Please mark your calendars for that and the following meetings: October
17, November 21, and December 19.  Next year’s meetings (third Thursdays)
will be confirmed in a later newsletter.  All meetings will be at 7:30 pm.


October 17 is our Annual Meeting, according to the Friends of the Wendell
Meetinghouse By-laws.  All voting members are urged to cast their votes
for officers at that time. While the by-laws recommend staggered terms for
the three officers, we will have to elect all three this year. 

Charles Smith’s latest three-year term as president will expire after
nearly a decade of leadership; Nancy Reibschleager’s interim appointment
as treasurer will expire; and Melinda Godfrey will retire as clerk after
years of devoted service.  Self-nominees are welcome for all three

Nancy and I plan to run for treasurer and president, respectively, and we
are hoping that an enthusiastic Friend or Friends will run for clerk. 
Recordkeeping, and, we hope, assisting with grant-writing, will become
increasingly important in the coming months. 


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Chris Queen, convener

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