12 October 2009
Having served as your president for the past four years, I feel compelled to include my reflections of this period and my vision and hopes for the future of this organization in this issue of the AHS newsletter. We have succeeded in bringing together a group of persons interested in the history of our community and in the preservation of that history. We have learned to work together to bring about three very successful publications as well as working toward creating a presence at each of our past four Red Apple Day celebrations in Auburntown.
Our greatest challenge still lies before us in the writing of our community history. This task will require a great amount of time and energy on the part of our society and will require an even greater effort to complete the project. It is my hope that our publications committee can begin this task during the coming year so that some conclusion can be reached within an acceptable time. Participation of our membership in this project is the most crucial element.
During our four years of existence we have enjoyed many great programs and presentations. We have had numerous guests speak to our group that would bring about envy from any other historical society. The caliber of our programs has been excellent, and we are grateful to all those who have taken the time to share their knowledge with us. Our members have also stepped up to provide programs of interest, and to them we are also most grateful. Indeed, the caliber of our own membership is such to take great pride in. It has been your interest and participation in this society that has brought about any successes it may have achieved.
In looking toward the future we see that our greatest challenges lie ahead. There is much yet to be accomplished, and the greatest achievements of this group are yet to be realized. The foundation of this society is now well established with our corporate status having been obtained from the State of Tennessee and our 501(c)3 Non-profit status pending approval by the U.S. government. We have a world-wide presence on the Internet and a great relationship with all the area newspapers and radio stations. We are positioned to move forward and achieve the goals as outlined and enumerated in our charter.
There are those I wish to personally thank who have been instrumental in assisting this group with the progress it has made. Thanks to Mary Hughes without whose effort and support this organization would not have been possible. Thanks to Richard Jones for his work in maintaining our meeting records, in getting our newsletters circulated and for all his contributions toward making our Red Apple Day booth successful. Thanks to David Dunn for offering the AHS a meeting place that has served us well these past four years. Thanks to my wife, Claudia, for her work in creating our Internet website and for her contributions to our most recent publications. And thanks to our membership who have attended our meetings and supported us through all our projects and endeavors. Without you there could be no Auburntown Historical Society.
With Kindest Regards,
Auburntown Historical Society
Auburntown Historical Society
P.O. Box 114
Auburntown, Tenn. 37016
President Danny Nichols
Vice-Pres. David Dunn
Secretary Richard Jones
Treasurer Mary Hughes
Membership in the Auburntown Historical Society is open to all persons having an interest in the history of the Auburntown Community. Annual membership dues are $15 per individual. Additional household family members can be added for $5 each. Meetings are held each 3rd Thursday of each month (except for Nov. and Dec.) at 7 p.m. at the
Fellowship Hall of the Auburntown Church of Christ.
Persons wishing to make contributions to our effort or simply wishing to communicate with our membership are invited to contact us at the address above.
Don’t Forget the October Meeting!
The next meeting of the AHS will be Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Auburntown Church of Christ. The AHS Board of Directors will meet at 6 p.m.
Fellowship, Food and the Future
The Oct. 29, 2009, meeting will offer the opportunity for fellowship among new and potential members as we launch a new era in the history of our organization. Following a 6 p.m. Board of Directors meeting, the Auburntown Church of Christ Fellowship Hall will open for a potluck dinner and annual business meeting.
We encourage all members to attend, since we will be electing a new slate of officers to lead the AHS as we proceed with our future archival and publishing plans. Current members are urged to bring guests who may be good future members for our group.
Please remember during October to invite everyone interested in the preservation and celebration of Auburntown’s culinary heritage to bring a dish and eat with us. Our desire is that all dishes brought that evening will be from recipes in Treasured Recipes and Recollections. With 300 of these books sold (none left), there are plenty of folks who could add to the dinner!
Is it time to renew your membership or give the gift of membership to someone else?
Clip and return to AHS (one per person or family)
Additional family member:_________________________
Areas of Historic Interest:__________________________
Willing to serve on _______________________committee.
Amount of Check/Money Included:____________________
Let’s each recruit one new member during the new year!