2020 Annual Meeting Report…

It has been a tough year for many, but we hope the holidays provided a chance to count our blessings and connect with loved ones, whether in person or via modern technology.

The Union County Museum Society, the non-profit, volunteer organization that owns and operates the Union County Museum, did not hold an in-person annual meeting in 2020, due to the COVID 19 pandemic and its impact on public gatherings. Instead, all business was conducted via email and traditional mail. The quarterly newsletter was published in early September, presenting necessary information about the proposed budget and board of directors positions up for election.

Accomplishments and other news from the year included:

  • Staining the exterior of the museum
  • Taking steps to improve the museum’s online presence by updating and upgrading the website and improving the quality and amount of social media posts. This project is under way and will be completed in 2021.
  • Rearranging the artifacts in the courtyard
  • Improving landscaping at the Little White Church
  • The museum received a bequest for $8,402 from an estate
  • Nod and Linda submitted a cultural support application to the cultural trust, hoping to receive money to help cover lost revenue from not being able to be open to the public this season.
  • Linda created a new window display heralding the days of a summer visit to the soda fountain – the menu prices are especially fun to ponder.
  • Linda kept the curb appeal of the museum attractive with planters full of blooming red geraniums!

The annual Museum Yard Sale took place Friday and Saturday, September 18 & 19, to record-breaking success! We so appreciate all the hard work Carol puts into organizing the fund raising event every other year.

Nod Palmer has led the museum board of directors since agreeing to take the position of president in December 2019. Josh White has served as vice-president since that time, as well. Other officers are Linda Bond, Secretary; Carol Mulvany, Treasurer; Sharon Hohstadt, Curator. Also serving on the board are Richard Hohstadt, Pat Miller, Merle Miller, Louise Weeks, Ann Rodriguez, Judy Emmons, Carolyn Young and Janet Dodson.

Individuals interested in serving on the Board of Directors are encouraged to attend board meetings, host and otherwise become familiar with museum operations and to express their interest to the president. Board member responsibilities range from hosting to recruiting, training and scheduling volunteers, through building maintenance, budgeting and bookkeeping, archiving and accessioning, creating exhibits, marketing and fund raising. It is clear, running a museum of this quality requires many activities and a myriad of skills. The busy board welcomes additional help. People interested in getting involved in any aspect are encouraged to contact Linda Bond, 541-910.8263 or jefflindabond@gmail.com.

Help the Union County Museum collect, preserve and present the history of Union County and the surrounding area. Join the Union County Museum Society; membership fees start at just $10 a year! Become a volunteer – there are all kinds of volunteer activities in addition to hosting. There is certain to be one that suits your interests and skills.

We look forward to a brighter 2021 and hope to see many of you in the museum, beginning Mother’s Day – our traditional season opening.

Take care and stay healthy!

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