Meeting Minutes

General Meeting – Sunday March 26th, 2017

President George Hewitt called the meeting to order at 2:04 pm with 28 in attendance.

Eleanor, in the absence of Secretary Sylvia Farrell, read the minutes of Sunday Feb 26 General Meeting.  Helen found an error 19th Century instead of 18th.  Marilyn moved minutes be accepted with that correction, seconded by Helen.  Carried.

No Treasurer or Curator Reports as both were absent.

George and Garry drew the tickets for the third Share the Wealth Lottery Draw.

$20.00 Winners                                                                                $300.00 Winner

0051   Peter Bozanis                                                                       0171   Peter Oldenziel

0188   Thelma Seymour

0139   Brittany Parliament

0046   Sharon Browning

0094   Sandra Riddell

0054   Diane Juzkow

0194   Crystal Rueping

0018   Ron Swartman

0170   Rossie Baillie

0069   Eleanor Parliament

George asked Marilyn Pearce who is chairing the Durham Agricultural Project for the 150th Anniversary of Confederation to speak on the search for farmland still in the same family from 1867 and prior to the present time.  Sixty plus are already listed while the hunt goes on.  Cheryl Timbers of Uxbridge is responsible for Uxbridge and Brock Townships.  Another part is the recording of information on the following organizations – Women Institutes, 4H, Junior Farmers and Agricultural Fairs. (Beaverton is the 3rd oldest in Durham)  Artifacts such as farm machinery etc would be appreciated for a display to be held in Port Perry in September.

Reports:

Antique Show:  Eleanor – 26 spaces filled with 5 more confirmed

Program: Eleanor – General Meeting Sun April 23 – Speaker Guy Scott; Topic: “109th Battalion from Victoria County”

St. Patrick’s Potluck – held on Sat. March 25, had 34 present with proceeds of $170.00

Archives:  Ken –       Received architectural plans of the Beaverton Post Office done by Henry Madill, son of Ben Madill, banker.  He also did plans for Beaverton P.S.

Genealogy – Garry  1.  From Ashley Van Kuren, Brock High School student going to Vimy, seeking information on Lieutenant John Alexander Proctor to research, but unable to find anything even though his family was                   prominent in Beaverton history.

  1. From Judy Humphries – Chair of Gravenhurst Archives –  researching WWI veterans in Gravenhurst looking for more information on three Adamson brothers born there but moved and listed as farmers in Beaverton area by WWI-Arthur Roy Adamson, Thomas Clark Adamson and Clarence Lorne Adamson.  Clarence is listed as a casualty on our Cenotaph.

History Circle – Helen

Friday April 7 at 7:30 a week earlier than usual due to Easter Friday Topic “A Man (Richard McMillan), A Farm (South Eldon manse farm or glebe) and a Village (Kirkfield)”

Membership – Judy 45 members

Harold Lodwick Award Report – Eleanor

The $2000 award given to Eleanor on July 1st has been spent on items to assist the Society to better serve our community – a dehumidifier to be used in our archives to preserve items donated to us – a refrigerator to be used on occasions when we serve food at community events – 4 year warranty on the refrigerator – 11 new carafes for tea at public events – a spin mop to keep our buildings clean and a surge protector.

Thank you to the Lodwick Family and the Harold Lodwick Award Committee for this opportunity for our Society.

Misty Lambert chose the following Share the Wealth tickets for the fourth and final draw.

$20.00 winners                                                                    $300.00 Winner

0011   Pam Vincent                                                                         Claire Jeffery

0115   Sherrin Nicholson

0186   Lorna McDonald

0069   Eleanor Parliament

0181   Tanya Brown

0165   Mary Cassidy

0134   Joanne Godfrey

0090   John Little

0065   John Grant

0179   Chris Gillespie

Eleanor introduced Stephen Rensink from Greenbank.

His topic was “Magic Flutes” His Interest in flutes started only seven years ago but in that short time he has collected and made flutes of which he had over 20 on display for us and a story for each one.  He has also just completed 3 flutes made from oak trees that grew from the acorns sent home from Vimy.  One of which will be played at Vimy by Ryan Mullens of Calgary.

Garry thanked the speaker.

Paula Warder reminded us of National Film Day, April 19 which will be observed in Beaverton for a daylong of films at the Town Hall.

George gave reminders:     -Friday April 7 at 7::30 pm History Circle

-Thursday April 13 at 7:30 pm Executive Meeting

-Sunday April 23 at 2:00 pm – General Meeting with speaker Guy Scott on the “109th Battalion from Victoria County”

 

Herb called for adjournment.  A social time was enjoyed with lunch by Judy and Eleanor.  Many stayed to speak to the speaker Stephen Rensink.

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General Meeting – February 26th, 2017

President George Hewitt called the meeting to order at 2:05 p.m. with 16 in attendance, including Lisa Rance from Orillia.  In the absence of Sylvia Farrell, Eleanor Parliament read the minutes of January 22, 2017. George moved adoption of minutes as read, seconded by Marilyn Engledow. CARRIED.

The first draw for Share-the-Wealth tickets with Merethe Vestergaard picking the winners was held.

$20 winners:  #0182 George Brown                      #0012 Jeanette Koot                      #0066 Lore Grant                                                           #0127 Beaverton Lions                  #0043 Rick Tarullo                         #0101 Don Dalzell                                                          #0070 Eleanor Parliament             #0068 Cyndi Schaffer                  #0156 Donna Snider                                                      #0114 Irene Skinner                                                           $300 winner: #0159 Lynn Lester

No reports from the treasurer or curator, both being absent.

Membership – Marilyn Engledow – reporting 35 members

Antique Show – Eleanor Parliament – 23 spaces are filled. Patti Madill accompanied Eleanor to Port Perry Antique Show to be introduced to our dealers, seek new dealers, and hand out advertising.

Summer Student application has been received by Canada Summer Jobs, given an identification number, but no particulars about time or money granted.

Program- Eleanor Parliament – Sunday March 26 at 2:00 the speaker will be Stephen Rensink on “Magic Flutes”.

Archives: Ken Alsop reported receipt of World War I letters from Angus Lightfoot and a World War II letterd from Andy Colville, from Helen Ray duplicates of Irene Colville’s scrapbooks and from Marie McRae a list of members of St. Joseph’s Church in 1911.

History:– Helen Alsop – the next History Circle will be Friday March 10, the topic being “History of the Telephone in our Area”

Genealogy – Garry Veale- enquiries : 1. from Find a Grave website making certain of name of Stone Church Cemetery;

  1. from Aaron Hope from the Ontario government seeking newspaper dated March 29, 1947 – did not correspond to dates for Express issues;
  2. from Gordom Wright seeking information re: Henry Edward Carr who died in 1902 in Beaverton — unable to find this;
  1. from Douglas Campbell looking for burial place of Eldon ancestors James Campbell and Grace Morrison – Garry found them in Stone Church Cemetery records;
  2. from Lisa Rance of Orillia asking for information on Eldon Donald, a lost McCuaig love song and information on Islay settlers as her husband is going to Scotland.

Second Lottery Draw

$20 winners:   #0001 Isla Jeffery                 #0172 Karen Proskos                         #0176 Neil Parliament

#0039 Ira Furniss                #0115 Sherrin Nicholson                  #0164 Anne Link

#0045 Jane Gill                    #0086 Raymond & Lori Shier         #0126 Beaverton Lions

#0116 Bob Hope                                         $300 winner: Mary Cassidy

Program – Show and Tell

  1. Alvin Thomas showed a chair brought by the Vallentyne family when they immigrated here.
  2. Ken Alsop had a folder re: the Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’ s coronation, June 2, 1953; and a folder about a carpet made by Queen Mary
  3. Garry Veale showed a picture of the Veale barn on the Eldon side of Simcoe Street built by his great grandfather.
  4. Marilyn Engledow showed a 1967 Centennial plate
  5. Julie Everett had a $1. Bill from 1967- 100 years celebration of Canada; American Notes- a book by Charles Dickens on a visit to America in 1843; and a book by a Globe and Mail columnist with cartoons by Duncan Macpherson.
  6. Cliff Prophet had bills to show how prices of funerals have increased, and a picture of his father’s hearse, as well as 3 gold watches
  7. Eleanor Parliament showed a copy of music “Canada” written by Fanny (King) Roach for the Diamond Jubilee of Canada in 1927, performed first in Orillia by the Orillia Kilties on July 2, 1927
  8. Helen Alsop told the story of her great-aunt Agnes Morrison born May 1, 1867 who was taken for a helicopter ride from Gravenhurst in Centennial year. She had taught in that area. Helen also drew attention to the Memorial Book with only one new entry— Greta McEachern.
  9. George and Debbie Hewitt showed two items from Youtube: “Big Ben” clock in London, England and “Spitfire 1944″ the story of landing on turf in Wartime English airport.
  10. Lisa Rance spoke about her husband going to Scotland in June to search for family information.
  11. Misty Lambert had researched Victorian era cookbook writer, Mrs. Beaton, gave her history and had cooked for her share of lunch today 3 kinds of cakes, shortbread, various cookies, muffins and buns, plus 4 kinds of jam — a bountiful lunch from Mrs. Beaton’s recipes.

George thanked all for their contributions to Show & Tell and reminded us of:

  1. Executive Meeting, Thursday, March 9 at 7:30
  2. History Circle, Friday March 10 at 7:30
  3. St. Patrick’s Supper, Saturday March 25 at 6:00
  4. General Meeting Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 with the speaker, Stephen Rensink

On “Magic Flutes”

 

Adjournment was moved by Marilyn, followed by lunch by Misty and tea by Marilyn. A social time was enjoyed.

 

General Meeting – January 22nd, 2017

General Meeting Jan. 22, 2017

Garry called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

Marilyn passed around sheets for volunteers for Winter Carnival and lunches for General Meetings and History Meetings.

The minutes of the Nov.27 meeting were approved by Marilyn and seconded by Helen as read by Sylvia, carried.

Treasure’s Report : read by Garry. Income $32,389.44, Expenses to date $31,095.45, net Income to date $1,293.99. Moved by Garry, seconded by Marilyn, carried.

Heather gave the Curator’s announcements.

Membership: 23 members to date with 3 more today.

We were reminded by Marilyn that the Share the Wealth tickets need to be handed in by Feb.22.

Antique Show: Eleanor announced 13 contracts for next year. Next year we will be interviewing for a new summer student. We will miss Susan Holder as she was an excellent summer student.

Program for General meeting on Feb.25 will be Show and Tell. Please bring an item and tell its story.

History: Helen announced the next meeting is Feb.10 and we will show the video “Romancing the Stone” which is the moving of the jail.

The next executive meeting is Feb. 14 at 7.30.

Marilyn adjourned this portion of the meeting.

 

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General Meeting November 27th, 2016

Garry called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

The minutes of the Oct. 23th meeting were read by Sylvia, accepted by Debbie, seconded by George, carried.

Treasurer’s Report given by Debbie. Total Expenses to date $27,250.38, Income to date $29,416.34, Net income to date $2,165.96. Debbie moved acceptance, seconded by Judy, carried.

Curator’s announcements read by Garry.

Membership for 2016 is 54 with 16 members for 2017.Jane will accept members at social time.

Antique Show: Eleanor has 5 contracts for next year. Plans are under way for Robbie Burns Dinner.

Marilyn announced that $1000.00 will be given to the Society by the Gift Shop.

The Tickets for our annual Share the Wealth Lottery are available from society members.

The nominating Committee will be Helen, Marilyn, and Scott.

Eleanor introduced Matthew Fairbrass who spoke on “The Lost Airmen of Muskoka”. Interesting to hear about the lives of airmen lost in the war. Garry thanked Matthew.

The Annual General Meeting is Jan. 22 at 2.00 pm.

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General Meeting Oct. 23, 2016

Garry welcomed everyone and especially so many past presidents of our society to our 40 year celebration.

Sylvia read the minutes of the September meeting. Ken moved the acceptance.  Marilyn seconded, carried.

Debbie gave the Treasurers report. Debbie moved acceptance, George seconded, carried.

Curator’s announcements given by Heather.

Membership: Jane announced 54 members for 2016 with 3 members for 2017.

Antique Show: Eleanor has 3 contracts in for next year.

The Program for the next General Meeting Nov.27 is Matthew Fairbrass: “The Lost Airmen of Muskoka Project”.

History: Helen announced the next history circle is Nov. 11 at 7.30. We will take a “ hands on “look at the holdings of the outer archives.

Eleanor introduced our guest speaker George Duncan on “Vanishing Barns in Ontario”. He had many interesting pictures of barns we have already lost and explained why barns were built certain ways.  Ken thanked him.

John Grant our Mayor gave us a certificate from Brock to commemorate our 40 years.

Garry then gave us a picture presentation of faces and happenings of our last 40 years.

Toni took pictures of our past presidents.

The Christmas Bazaar, Bake sale and New to You is Nov. 5. Helpers still needed.

The next executive meeting is Nov. 8 at 7.30.

The meeting was adjourned and a 40th anniversary cake was served and a social time had by all.

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General Meeting Sept. 25, 2016

Garry called the meeting to order at 2.05.  He welcomed everyone. He then read a letter from the Beaverton Special Events stating that Eleanor Parliament who won the Harold Lodwick  Citizenship award this year designated her $2000.00 cheque to the Historical Society to be used to purchase a dehumidifier and a refrigerator for use at the meeting place.

Sylvia read the minutes of the June 26 executive meeting. Helen moved they be adopted as read, seconded by Toni, carried.

Debbie read the treasures report as of Aug 31, 2016.  Expenses to date $25,135.34. Income to date $25,045.57.  Net income -$89.77. Debbie moved they be adopted as read, seconded by George, carried.

Curator’s Announcements : Read by Garry as our curator sent regrets.

Garry also read the Membership report, 54 paid members.

Eleanor gave the Antique show report. 3 contracts in for 2016. Susan Holder our summer student finished her 12 weeks. She did a good job on tours and research. Our next General Meeting will be Oct.23 . George Duncan will be the guest speaker on “Vanishing Barns in Ontario”.

History : The program on Oct.14 will be a DVD on our last 40 years.

Garry thanked everyone who helped with Canada Day, House Tour, Fair Display, Photo Display.

Eleanor introduced our guest speaker Paul Arculus who spoke on the” Markham Gang”. He has written a book about these notorious fellows.   George thanked him for this very interesting talk .

The next executive meeting will be Tues. Oct.11 at 7.30 pm.

Ken adjourned the meeting and lunch was served by Judy and Sylvia.

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General meeting June 26, 2016.

Garry welcomed everyone at 2.05.

Sylvia read the minutes of the May 22 general meeting. Paul accepted them as read, seconded by Heather, carried.

Treasurer’s report read: Expenses to date $12,452.90. Income to date $10,691.39. Net income to date -$1,761.51. Garry moved it be adopted as read. Seconded by Ken, carried.

Curator’s report given by Jane.

Membership to date is 53.

Antique show report given by Eleanor. Attendance was down but we raised the price of admission. Our profit was $ 7,768.62 down $100.00 from last year .  She thanked everyone for their help.

History: Helen announced next meeting will be Oct. 2 showing the DVD on our history. The House Tour will be July 24 from 1 to 5. Canada Day will serve Strawberry Shortcake from 11 to 3.

We had a discussion about the volunteers for the museum tour days.

Garry thanked Eleanor for all she does at the Museum.

Garry then informed everyone of Jane’s resignation as of Aug.19, 2016. We all thank her for her dedication to our Museum. It will be hard to fill her spot.

Eleanor introduced Tom Mohr our guest speaker who spoke on the failure of the bridge over Rice Lake and Paul thanked him.

The next general meeting is Sept. 25.

The next executive meeting is Aug. 9.

Toni adjourned the meeting and lunch was served by Dianne and Evelyn.

 


 

General Meeting May 22, 2016.

Garry called the meeting to order at 2.00pm. He welcomed guests and members.

Sylvia read the minutes from April. Marilyn moved they be adopted as read, seconded by Ken, carried.

Garry read the Treasurers report : Total expenses to date $10,308.27. Income to date $7,655.14, deficit -$2,653.13. Garry moved the adoption of this report, seconded by Marilyn, carried.

Jane gave the curators announcements : The following members will receive their Ontario volunteer service awards: Helen Alsop 40 years, Ken Alsop 40 years, Tom Mangan 5 years, Cliff Prophet 30 years, Judy Prophet 25 years.

Membership to date is 51.

Eleanor gave the antique show report : 36 contracts. Susan Holder will be our new summer student. Our grant was cut this year. As a result Eleanor has worked out Susan will work for 12 weeks instead of 14 and the society will pay almost the same as last year. The next general meeting on June 26 will be on “Archaeology”, speaker Tom Mohr.

History given by Helen . History circle will be June 10th at 7.30, topic “Businesses in our Area in the Past and how they have Changed”. Helen thanked all who helped with special display for our anniversary. Garry thanked Helen for all her work to make this a success. Helen also announced that the topic for Beaverton Fair this year will be “Businesses in our Area in the Past”.

New Business: Antique Show June 4 and 5, volunteers still needed. Please hand in tickets on Quilt, Afghan and Gift Certificate.

Also need volunteers for manning the Jail.

Eleanor introduced the guest speaker Nancy Eves on the topic “ The Bottle Floats for 60 Years”. What an interesting story came from just a bottle found in Lake Couchiching and a lot of research. Garry thanked her .

Next executive meeting is June 14 at 7.30.

Marilyn adjourned and lunch was served by Tony and Marilyn.


 

General Meeting April 24, 2016.

Garry welcomed everyone at 2.00pm.

He announced this as the “clipboard” meeting as all the events coming up need helpers to volunteer on the different “clipboards”.

Minutes: read by Sylvia, approved by Marilyn after corrections, seconded by Paul, carried.

Treasures report: read by Garry in Debbie’s absents, total expenses to date $8,937.10,income $9,129.62, net income $192,52, approved by Heather, seconded by Marilyn, carried.

Curator’s announcements: read by Jane.

Membership: 47 members and 1 complimentary.

Antique Show: Eleanor has 28 contracts signed.

Program: General meeting May 22, Nancy Eves presenting “The Toronto Carrying Places”.

History: May 13 the DVD “Behind the Scenes” will be shown. Our 40th anniversary celebration is April 30 and May 1 and will show off some of our archives treasures.

New Business: Marilyn still has tickets for the antique show draw. We are open for the season May 21 and need volunteers. The audio – visual equipment has been upgraded.

Eleanor introduced the guest speaker George Parker on “ The Rice Lake Bridge Failure”. With many maps and models he helped us understand. George thanked him.

Our next executive meeting is May 10 at 7.30.

Marilyn adjourned the meeting and delicious lunch was served by Julie, Helen and Eleanor.


 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The president called the meeting to order at 2:04 p.m.

He thanked all those who contributed to the St. Patrick’s Pot Luck on Saturday May 10 and to Helen Alsop for the first display in celebration of our 40 years existence, Welcome was given to guests attending: Ron Baird, Sarah Cowley and Art Thornton as well as speaker Grant Karcich.

The third Share the Wealth draw was made by Eleanor Parliament. A list of $20 winners and the $300 winner, posted in the Meeting Place.

The minutes of the February 28 meeting were read by Eleanor Parliament as Sylvia Farrell was absent. After several errors were corrected, the minutes were moved for approval by Paul Thatcher, seconded by Herb Furniss. CARRIED

The treasurer, Debbie Tanner, gave the financial report with total income to date: – $10 734.62, total expenses $6 867.49 leaving a net income of $3 867.13.

Marilyn Engledow moved acceptance, seconded by Heather Monument. CARRIED

Curator’s Report: Jane Veale

  1. Attention was drawn to an article on Lake Simcoe Living website re the unveiling of a replica of the Emily May, a side wheeler boat that plied the waters of Lake Simcoe in the 1800s with Beaverton as one of its ports of call. The project was undertaken by the Innisfil Historical Society.
  2. Reminder to pick up the Spring edition copy of Lake Simcoe Living as it features Beaverton’s Elmwood Avenue as winner of Canada’s Garden Street award.
  3. An e-mail from MP Ted Falk regarding his proposal that there be a substantial raise to the federal donation tax credit for donations to registered Canadian charities (of which this Society is one).
  4. Cannington Historical Society is having a meeting Monday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. to recognize the contribution made by Canadian soldiers in the liberation of France followed by a show and talk re: the Carvings & Graffiti from the Vimy tunnels.
  5.  A reminder to pick up newsletters and a copy of coming events.
  6. Jane will be absent from the office on Good Friday, March 25
  7. Paul Weston is using the Meeting Place April 2 & 3 and April 9&10.

Committee Reports:

Membership – Jane Veale: As of March 16 – 40 members

Antique Show – Eleanor Parliament: 28 places filled

History – Helen Alsop: History Circle – Friday April 8 at 7:3- p.m. “A Man (Horace Lapp), a Building (326 Mara Road) and a Project (Researching buildings)

Archives – Ken Alsop: Retrieving materials of 40th Anniversary Archives display

Genealogy – Garry Veale:

  1. Thank you to Helen for assisting Roberta Miller while Garry was away
  2. Ann Rexe re: Henderson/McNabb ancestry – information from 1861 census and Stone Church Cemetery burial records
  3. Sara Drawehn was sent copies of obituaries for Elizabeth Jane Carson, May 3, 1920 and her daughter Mary E. Snoddon of Brock
  4.  From Ray McGillvary a request for birth place of Dugald McGillvary of Eldon. Cemetery records showed his wife from Argyleshire. An item in our resources showed the Victoria Warder had an obituary which Garry found in the microfilms at Lindsay Library which confirmed Dugald was also from Argyleshire. South Eldon Cemetery records showed his father as John. From this information Garry enabled Ray to piece together more relations backgrounds.
  5. Gordon Richardson of Ottawa seeking information on Tyree emigrants to Brock, but they settled at Manilla, out of our area.

New Business:

  1. Open House, April 30 and May 1 to show off some of our archival materials and antique collection which are rarely or never on display, to share with the public in honour of our 40th Anniversary.
  2. Betty Clark’s 80th birthday at Beacon Church on Saturday, March 26, 2-4 p.m.
  3. Garry announced Misty Lambert as Garden Convener.

The fourth Share the Wealth draw was made by Grant Karcich. A list of $20 winners and the $300 winner, posted in the Meeting Place.

Guest Speaker:

Grant Karcich, our guest speaker was introduced by Eleanor Parliament. With the aid of a visual presentation of maps, photographs of artifacts, people and buildings together with oral commentary, an excellent informative talk gave us insight into the trails used to connect waterways, and finally some being roads such as Simcoe Street which runs from Oshawa into Thorah Township. Rae Fleming thanked the speaker.

Garry reminded us of:

  1. Executive Meeting, Tuesday April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
  2. General Meeting, Sunday April 24 at 2:00 p.m. with guest speaker George Duncan “Vanishing Barns in Rural Ontario”.

Marilyn moved adjournment. A social time followed with lunch provided by Helen Alsop and Eleanor Parliament.

 


 

Feb 28, 2016

Garry called the meeting to order at 2:05 pm

Minutes were taken by Diana Zubac in the absence of Sylvia Farrell.

Garry brought attention the signup sheet for our annual St Patrick’s potluck on Mar 19. Reminding

those wishing to attend to add their names to the list .

The first draw for our share the wealth draw started with Merethe Vestergaard drawing the tickets.

10 $20 ticket were drawn and one $300 dollar prize. Names posted at the Meeting Place

The minutes of the Jan 24th meeting were read. That a history report had been omitted from the

minutes was noted. Helen Alsop moved to accept with the amendment, seconded by Merethe Vestergaarde. Carried.

The treasurer’s report was not read due the treasurer’s absence and there was no report at hand to

be read.

Jane gave her Curator’s Report

Membership Report: Jane reported 36 paid up members to date.

Garry read Eleanor’s reports: Antique Show Report. To date we have 24 contracts confirmed

The program for the Mar 20 meeting features Gant Karcich speaking on the Scugog Carrying

Place. We have applied for a federal grant through Canada Summer Jobs. The winter carnival made

a profit of $712.09

History Committee Report Helen Alsop – Mar 11 features Cliff Prophet reviewing the ambulance service in North Durham Region . Helen asked for lunch committee volunteers.

New Business – Garry briefly described fire escape procedures to be noted in the case we have to

evacuate the building.

The second draw for the Share the Wealth Lottery was held with Toni Wrate drawing the tickets.

The 2nd draw for $20 ticket winners and the $300 ticket was completed. Names of winners, posted at the Meeting Place.

The program continued to the Show and Tell segment:

Jane Veale displayed an antique ice cream scoop.

Mike Cole proudly displayed a painting of British battle cruiser, “Inflexible” captained by his grandfather during World War I and related a bit of its history.

George Hewitt showed a pair of high leather boots he had found at home. He was unsure of their source or what they would be called. Members of the audience confirmed they were snow boots or could be worn with snow shoes.

Kevin Boyle showed stone tools, an old self turning screw driver and wood artifacts.

Lloyd Johnston displayed a thumb latch from the blacksmith shop of John Holmes in Cannington and a

copy of the 1828 deed to his house on Simcoe St.

Julie Everett showed and discussed a collection of cookbooks mostly printed the Canadian West in the 1900 to 1910 era.

Mary Grant invited us to attend the Kirkfield Historical Society meeting featuring Gary Scott’s talk

on Ghost Towns of Ontario and to Kirkfield’s Irish Stew Supper on Mar 12. She also shared a miner’s

light candle holder dubbed a “sticking Tom”.

Diana Zubac displayed an old porcelain tobacco jar.

Brain Goadsby showed his collection of historical Beaverton photographs and Huron artifacts.

Helen Alsop shared a school writing exercise book and a speller, both used in the school system but no longer part of the curriculum.

Garry did a slide show on the McTaggart album, pondering why so many of his relatives appear in it.

Garry thanked Eleanor for all the work she puts into our display bulletin boards.

Next executive meeting is Mar 8th @ 7:30 pm

Next monthly meeting is Mar 20th when Grant Karcich will speak on the Scugog Carrying Place

Adjournment at 3:15

 

General Meeting Jan. 24, 2016

Garry called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. He thanked all who helped make the Robbie Burns supper a success.

The minutes of the Nov.22 meeting were approved by Debbie and seconded by Marilyn as read by Sylvia, carried.

Treasure’s Report given by Debbie. Income $30,165.01, Expenses to date $33,173.79, net Income to date -$3,008.78. Moved by Debbie, seconded by George, carried.

Jane gave the Curator’s announcements.

Membership: 26 members to date.

We were reminded by Marilyn that the Share the Wealth tickets need to be handed in by Feb.21.

Antique Show: Eleanor announced 20 contracts for next year.

Program for General meeting on Feb.21 will be Show and Tell. Please bring an item and tell its story.

Education: given by Garry. Grade 2 and 3 from Beaverton came for a Pioneer Christmas. Scott was helped by Jane and Eleanor.

Genealogy: Garry had 2 inquiries.

The next executive meeting is Feb.9 at 7.30.

Marilyn adjourned this portion of the meeting.

 

Annual General Meeting Jan.24.

Helen accepted the minutes as written, seconded by Eleanor, carried.

All reports are filed with the minutes.

Curator’s report – Jane. Treasurer’s report – Debbie . Antique Show – Eleanor.  Archives – Ken. Genealogy –  Garry. Gift shop – Marilyn.  History – Helen.  Membership – Jane. 59 members in 2015.Property – Paul given by Garry. Social – Helen. Education – Scott given by Garry.  The president gave his remarks. Garry thanked everyone for their dedicated help this year.

The meeting was turned over to Diana Zubac for the election of officers. Ken nominated Sylvia as secretary, seconded by Garry, carried.

Helen read the slate of officers proposed by the committee:

Past President Helen Alsop, President Garry Veale , Vice President George Hewitt, Recording Secretary Sylvia Farrell, Corresponding Secretary Toni Wrate, Treasurer Debbie Tanner, Curator Jane Veale, Archivist Ken Alsop, Officers at Large Herb Furniss, Betty Clark, Paul Thatcher, Scott Gardner.

Being no other nominations  moved that nominations be closed, seconded by Garry, carried. The officers were then sworn in by Diana.

Gary took over and asked us to look at the cards of thanks from the school students.

 Marilyn adjourned the meeting and lunch was served. 




 

General Meeting Nov.22, 2015.

Garry called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

The minutes of the Oct. 25th  meeting were read by Sylvia, accepted by George, seconded by Helen, carried.

A sign-up sheet for our Christmas Pot luck, Nov.28,2015 at 6.00 was sent around.

Treasurer’s Report given by Debbie. General Account Balance $2,255.28, Antique Show $8,173.15, Lottery $3,027.68, Total in all Bank Accounts $13,456.11. Total Expenses to date $30,496.16, Income to date $27,137.30, Net income to date -$3,358.86. Debbie moved acceptance, seconded by Heather, carried.

The bazaar was a successful venture with proceeds almost the same as last year. Thank you to all who helped, supplied food, baking, new to you articles, shopped and ate lunch. The gift shop did very well.

Jane read her announcements and acquisitions. We had 1152 museum visitors from May to September.

Membership for 2015 59 with 4 members for 2016.She will accept members at social time.

Antique Show: Eleanor has 7 contracts for next year.   Scott is planning a Grade 3 program  before Christmas and McCaskell Mills School in Cannington is also working with Scott.The High School has asked for information on Vimy Ridge.

The annual meeting is Jan. 24. Jane asks you to put Volunteer hours in your reports.

The next history meeting will be Jan. 8 at 7.30. All are welcome.

Marilyn has the Share the Wealth Tickets to give out.

New Business: Nominating committee will be Helen, Debbie and Heather.

Our speaker was unable to come because of the snow storm. We will reschedule Matt Fairbrass for May. We watched the DVD “Our Town – 1938 made by Eric Wratt. Well worth watching.

The next executive meeting is Tues., Jan. 12th, 2016.

Merethe adjourned the meeting and lunch was served.

 

 

 

General Meeting Oct. 25, 2015.

The Town Crier called the meeting to order at 2.02 pm.

Garry then welcomed everyone and informed us of the passing of Don Grant one of our members.

Sylvia read the minutes of the September meeting. Herb moved the acceptance.  Marilyn seconded, carried.

Debbie gave the Treasurers report.

Jane gave the curator’s report.

Membership is 58 for 2015 with 2 members for 2016.

Antique Show: Eleanor has 4 contracts in for next year.

The Program for the next General Meeting Nov.22 is Matthew Fairbrass: “The Lost Airmen of Muskoka Project”.

History: Helen announced the next history circle is Nov. 13 at 7.30 on “Remembrance”.

Archives: Ken received some patents from Betty Wyse.

Eleanor introduced our guest speaker Bill McKee Town Crier. He told us of the pomp and ceremony of town criers. He has won many Provincial, North American, and World Awards. George thanked him.

The Christmas Bazaar, Bake sale and New to You is Nov. 7. A list was passed around for helpers.

The next executive meeting is Nov. 10 at 7.30.

Heather adjourned the meeting.

Lunch was served and a social time had by all.

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General Meeting Sept. 27, 2015

George Hewitt Vice President called the meeting to order at 2.05. He welcomed everyone and read a thank you from our president Garry to all who helped to make our summer activities a success.

Sylvia read the minutes of the June 28 executive meeting. George moved they be adopted as read, seconded by Marilyn, carried.

Debbie read the treasures report as of July 31, 2015. General account $5,916.03, Antique show $8,220.46, Lottery $3,027.68. Total in all bank accounts $15,964.17. Expenses to date $24,276.08. Income to date $23,754.28. Net income -$521.81.

Curators report was read by George as Jane and Garry were manning the Jail House for that Sunday.

George also read the Membership report, 58 paid members.

Eleanor gave the Antique show report. 4 contracts in for 2016.

James Winacott has completed his 3 years with us. He has been an asset and to show our appreciation some took him out to lunch.

The program on Oct. 25 at 2.00 pm will be Bill McKee “The Art of the Town Crier”.

Helen gave the History report. Many thanks to the people who helped with the display “Country Living” at the Beaverton Fair.

On Fri. Oct. 9 at 7.30 pm the History Circle will show the 25th Anniversary video, created by Toni and Eric Wrate.

Ken gave the Archives report.

Eleanor introduced our guest speaker Millie Morton who spoke on her book “Grace” about her Mother’s experiences as a rural school teacher. Many of us in the audience could relate to these changes. Sylvia thanked her .

The next executive meeting will be Tues. Oct.13 at 7.30 pm.

Marilyn adjourned the meeting and lunch was served with a great deal of chatting about our past.

 

 

General meeting June 28, 2015

Garry welcomed everyone at 2.05.

Sylvia read the minutes of the May 24 general meeting. Ken accepted them as read, seconded by Eleanor, carried.

Treasurer’s report read: Total in all bank accounts $16,936.22. Expenses to date $16,387.18. Income to date $13,620.57. Net income to date -$2,766.57. Eleanor moved it be adopted as read. Seconded by Heather, carried.

Curator’s report given by Garry.

Membership to date is 57.

Antique show report given by Eleanor. A great success with profit up $6,918.24 compared to $6,155.53 last year. Expenses were also up. She thanked everyone for their help.

Helen announced the Fair Display will be Country Living.

Marilyn announced Christmas in July will be July 18.

The summer Outing will be Aug.11 at the Bobcaygeon Museum.

Eleanor introduced Brian Isaac who spoke on Beaverton, Eldon, Thorah Patents. It seems we have many clever people in our area who patented lanterns, window screens, dressing and bolting, brick kilns, garment stretchers, mountings for motors etc. Ken thanked Brian.

The next general meeting is Sept. 27.

The next executive meeting is Aug.13.

Marilyn adjourned the meeting and lunch was served.


 

General Meeting May 24, 2015.

Garry called the meeting to order at 2.00pm. He welcomed guests and members.

Sylvia read the minutes from April 26.  Eleanor moved they be adopted as read, seconded by Marilyn, carried.

Debbie read the Treasurers report : General account $8,143.74, antique show $4,576.30, lottery $3,063.53, total in all bank accounts $15,783.57.  Total expenses to date $11,357.94. Income to date $9,068.58, deficit $2,289.36. Marilyn moved the adoption of this report, seconded by Helen, carried.

Jane gave the curators report : If anyone is interested in being a volunteer guide please talk to Jane. The Torch relay for the Pan Am games will be in Beaverton on June 8th around 4pm.

Membership to date is 52.

Eleanor gave the antique show report : 31 contracts. James Winacott has started back for this summer.

History given by Helen . History circle will be June 12th at 7.30, topic Steam Thrashing.

Garry gave the genealogy report.

Eleanor introduced the guest speaker Rae Fleming. His topic was Vimy Ridge and the Canadian involvement. Sylvia thanked him.

Carol Granger brought her relative’s memorabilia and spoke on their involvement in the war.

Next executive meeting is June 11 at 7.30.

Next general meeting is June 28 at 2 pm. Brian Isaac will be speaking on patents of Eldon and Thorah Twps.

Marilyn adjourned and lunch was served by Eleanor and Sylvia.


Minutes of General Meeting Sunday April 26, 2015

President Garry Veale called the meeting to order at 2 p.m. with 23 present. He welcomed the speaker, Sher Leetooze and her husband Roger as well as visitor Emily Sydney.

Eleanor, in the absence of Sylvia Farrell, read the general meeting minutes of March 22. Marilyn Engledow questioned a $30 winner, but the minutes were correct as written—$300 winner. Marilyn moved adoption of minutes seconded by Misty Lambert. Carried.

Garry read the treasurer’s report in the absence of Debbie Tanner showing: Income to date $8462.12; Expenses to date $9228.81; Net Income -$766.69. Garry moved adoption of treasurer’s report. Marilyn seconded. Carried.

Reports:

Curator’s Report – Jane

  1. The 2015 volunteer Awards Ceremony of our Society has been moved to Lindsay Armouries on Friday May 29 at 7:30 instead of Orillia as it interfered with our history meeting. Congratulations to Larry & Sylvia, Farrell – 5 years, Judy Burton – 10 years, Doug MacPhail 15 years, Doreen Goard – 20 years and Eleanor Parliament – 25 years.
  2. Cleanup day is Tuesday May 5 at 9 p.m.
  3. Paul Weston will be using the Meeting Place on May 9 and 10.
  4. Cannington Historical Society on Monday May 11 at 7:30 features Dorothy Duncan talking about her new book Mariposa at Table. See the poster on the entry bulletin board.
  5. Wilfrid Village Festival and Historical Walking and Driving Tour on Sat. June 19. See bulletin board poster.
  6. Pick up your newsletter and 2015 events flyer at the back as well as copies of the Durham Discovery Guide, Lake Simcoe Living and Wayback Times featuring Vimy Ridge article.

Membership – Jane. As of April 24 membership stands at 52.

Antique Show – Eleanor. We have 27 contracts in. Advertising continues.

Programme – Eleanor. Rae Fleming will speak on Vimy Memorial.

Summer Student – Eleanor. We have received a federal grant of $5214. for 12 weeks at $11 an hour for 39.5 hours per week for our summer student who will commence work on Sunday May 17.

Community Hours Students – Eleanor. I hope that the same two students as last year will clean the jail before clean-up day and hopefully some raking.

Archives – Ken. Ken reported arrivals of boxes from Cal Calder’s and Bert Harris’s estate.

Genealogy – Garry. An inquiry came from Roberta Miller regarding William Underdown, George Westcott(farmers in Thorah) as well as Angus Chisholm of the Glenarm area. We have received some very generous monetary donations to the Society in thanks for assistance with genealogy queries.

History Circle – Helen. Friday May 8: “Trains and the Operation of Railways”.

New Business:

  1. Museum opens Saturday May 16. Clipboard sent around to recruit volunteers for tours on weekends in May
  2. Marilyn spoke about food requirements for antique Show in June – Clipboard circulated to sign up for baking.
  3. convener still needed for Christmas Bazaar, November 7
  4. Garry expressed thanks for those who attended Digitization Project meeting on April 22, 7p.m.

Eleanor introduced our guest speaker Sher Leetooze from Bowmanville, a story-teller and writer on varied subjects. Her topic was WWI Nurses for old Ontario County—well documented with stories and a visual digital presentation of pictures, etc. to show working conditions of that time.

Julie Everett thanked the speaker. Marilyn moved adjournment. A time of fellowship and book buying from the speaker followed with lunch supplied by Helen Alsop and Diana Zubac.




 

General Meeting, March 22, 2015

President Garry Veale called the meeting to order at 2:03pm with 21 present. Ken & Jennifer Litton were visitors.

Draw #3 Share the Wealth Lottery with ten $20 winners and one $300 winner was made by Helen.

Minutes of the Feb. 22 meeting were read by Eleanor for Sylvia. Motion to approve minutes was made by Ken Alsop, 2nd by Herb Furniss. Carried.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Garry in Debbie’s absence. To Feb. 26 expenses were $7,659.38, income $8,789.72 and Net Income $1,130.34.

Curator’s Report – Jane Veale

Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for our Society to be at Orillia, Wed. June 10.

Cannington Historical Society meeting Mon. April 13 at 7:30 features re-enactors Glenn McKnight and Robert Bell in “Hope Boys” and “The War Bride”. On May 11, Dorothy Duncan is the speaker on her new book “Mariposa at the Table”

Jane will attend the March 30 Collections Management Workshop, sponsored by the Kawartha Lakes Culture & Heritage Network (of which we are a member) at the Bobcaygeon’s Boyd Museum.

Reminder to pick up our newsletter and 2015 events flyer, Durham Discovery booklet, Simcoe Living and Wayback Times featuring Vimy Ridge.

Membership – Jane: as of March 20, 45 members.

Archives – Ken: donation from Barbara Brayshaw of account books 1909-1914 of Percy Byrne, jeweller of Beaverton

History Circle – Helen: April 10: “A Man, A Farm, A Hamlet”. A lunch committee is needed for this meeting.

Genealogy – Garry: an inquiry for obituaries which were located in the microfilmed Beaverton Express and forwarded. .

New Business:

A get well card and 60th Wedding Anniversary card were circulated for signing.

Garry asked for a volunteer to head the Christmas Bazaar held in November.

A Fire Drill procedure for this building was followed through on by Garry.

Executive meeting, Thursday April 9 @7:30pm

Digitalization Information Meeting on Wednesday April 22 at 7:00p.m.

Draw #4 for Share-the –Wealth lottery was held with ten $20 winners and one $300 winner picked by Jane Veale. The list of winners of both draws will be posted in entry.

Eleanor introduced the speaker George Parker from Cobourg whose topic was “The Blairton Iron Mine 1820-1881, Canada’s First Hard Rock Mine”. His visuals and descriptions prompted much interest and many questions which continued during lunch provided by Judy Prophet and Doreen Goard after adjournment by Marilyn.



 


General Meeting Minutes of Sun. Feb. 22, 2015

President Garry Veale called meeting to order at 2:08pm. welcoming 4 guests present, Jane and Eileen Lewington, Jamie and Misty Lambert. Attendance of 20.

Heather Monument made the first draw for 10 Share the Wealth, $20. winners and one $300. winner. Names of the lucky winners are posted in the Meeting Place entry.

Minutes of January General Meeting were read and on a motion by George Hewitt and seconded by Ken Alsop the minutes were approved as read. Carried.

Jane Veale gave curator’s report with 2 new acquisitions being on display: a sugar bowl with Beaverton Harbour scene from Aggie Campbell Rogers and a Swedish Petroleum Stove given in memory of Wilfred Manning 1915-1987 by Mary Lou Robillard. Newsletter received and posted from Beaverton Chamber of Commerce. Volunteer nominees confirmed for the Ontario Volunteer Awards.

Membership 35 as of Feb. 20 with 7 complimentary.

Treasurer’s Report read by Marilyn Engledow with total in bank accounts: $16,146.80; expenses $5,183.98; income $3,899.80 and Net Income, -$1284.18.

Next four reports given by Eleanor Parliament: Antique show with 22 contracts received. Summer Student application sent to Canada Summer Jobs. Program Sunday March 22 with George Parker “Blairton Iron Mine 1820-1881-Canada’s First Hard Rock Mine”. Robbie Burns Dinner had a profit of $1462.45.

President Garry Veale explained that an Executive Motion passed April 10, 2014 stating financial, committee reports and minutes at the general meetings be dropped was rescinded by the Executive at the February 12, 2015 executive meeting. A motion was carried that we have abbreviated reports, artifacts shown, minutes of the previous general meetings and announcements made at each general meeting so that the general membership is kept informed about what is taking place in our Society.

Genealogy – Garry Veale – a request from Lorraine Snow for information about Hugh Graham of Carden area.

History Circle – Helen Alsop – no March meeting. April 10 Meeting: A Man, A Hamlet, A Farm.

Executive Meeting – Thursday March 12, 7:30pm. Digitalization Meeting Wed. April 22, 7:00pm at the Meeting Place.

Sign-up sheet for St. Patrick’s Supper circulated.

Winning tickets for second draw by Helen Alsop. Names posted.

Show and Tell was the program for rest of afternoon. Many items of historical interest were presented along with humourous readings from exhibits. Ken showed a huge map of Beaverton 1910 showing buildings, lots and streets at that time with no idea who made it or why.

Marilyn moved adjournment. Lunch was served by Julie Everett and Eleanor Parliament with discussions of items and the map.

Eleanor Parliament.

 




General Meeting Jan. 25, 2015

Helen called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

The minutes of the Nov.23 meeting were approved by Marilyn and seconded by Tony as read, carried.

Jane gave the Curator’s announcements.

We were reminded that the Share the Wealth tickets need to be handed in.

Helen gave the President’s announcements.We need help for the Winter Carnival on Feb.7. History Circle meets Feb. 13, topic “Hatched, Matched, Dispatched.Feb. 22 meeting will be “Show and Tell”.  We need people to do lunch for the History Circle, also periodically clean this building and put out garbage. Thank you to all who made the Burns supper a success.

Heather adjourned this portion of the meeting.

Annual General Meeting Jan.25.

All reports are filed with the minutes.

Curator’s report – Jane.  Treasurer’s report – Debbie . Antique Show – Eleanor.  Archives – Ken. Genealogy –  Garry. Gift shop – Marilyn.  History – Helen.  Membership – Jane. 61 members in 2014.Property – Paul given by Sylvia. Publicity – Rae was absent. Social – Helen. Education – Scott.  The president gave her report.

Helen thanked everyone for their dedicated help this year. We still have a deficit but it is considerably less than last year.

The meeting was turned over to Donna for the election of officers. Ken nominated Sylvia as secretary, seconded by Scott, carried.

Eleanor read the slate of officers proposed by the committee:

Past President Helen Alsop, President Garry Veale , Vice President George Hewitt, Recording Secretary Sylvia Farrell, Corresponding Secretary Toni Wrate, Treasurer Debbie Tanner, Officers at Large Herb Furniss, Betty Clark, Paul Thatcher, Scott Gardner, Curator Jane Veale, Archivist Ken Alsop.

Being no other nominations these officers were sworn in.

Garry took over and thanked everyone for their work over the years. Marilyn adjourned the meeting and lunch was served.

 

General Meeting, Nov.23, 2014.

Helen called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

The minutes of the Oct. 26 meeting were accepted as printed by Paul, seconded by Marilyn, carried.

Helen sent around two sign-up sheets for our Christmas Pot luck, Nov.29,2014 at 6.00 and lunch  committees for general and history meetings.  Will set up Fri. at 10.00 am for Pot Luck.

Marilyn gave the Society a cheque for $900.00 from the Gift Shop.

The bazaar was a successful venture with proceeds almost as good as last year.  Thank you to all who helped, supplied food, baking, new to you articles, shopped and ate lunch. The gift shop did very well.

Thank you to Merethe for decorating buildings.

Jane read her announcements and acquisitions. We had 1175 museum visitors from May to September. We gratefully acknowledge the receipt of $1,545.00 from Heritage Organization Development Grant.

Regarding membership new and renewals for 2015 will be accepted by Garry or Jane.

Committees at work: Eleanor is attending antique shows and making plans for next years show.  Scott is planning a Grade 3 program  before Christmas. Garry continues to conduct genealogical research.

The next history meeting will be Jan. 9 at 7.30.  We will focus on some noted Canadians, some of whom have had a connection with our area.  All are welcome.

The January meeting, Jan. 25 will feature our annual meeting, where we will hear about all the activities In 2014.

The financial report can be viewed on the bulletin board.

The  Christmas Pot Luck will be Nov. 29 at 6.00 pm.

The Burns supper will be Jan. 24.

New Business: Nominating committee will be Garry, Eleanor and Heather.

Eleanor  introduced our guest speaker Ron Brown.  He showed us 125 unusual things to see in Ontario. Paul thanked him for showing us places we should go and see.

Marilyn adjourned the meeting and lunch was served by Judy Prophet and Diana Ziebak.

 

General Meeting Oct. 26,2014
Helen called the meeting to order at 2.00 pm and welcomed everyone.

George moved the acceptance of the September 28 minutes as printed. Marilyn seconded, carried.

Jane gave the curator’s announcements. She noted our acquisitions. The Brock township library extends an invitation to their genealogy workshop at the Cannington branch on Nov. 13,2014 from 1to3 p.m. Beaverton Special Events is holding a party to celebrate Beaverton’s 130th anniversary on Nov. 19 at 7pm in the Beaverton Town Hall. All are welcome. Memberships new and renewed for 2015 will be accepted by Garry or Jane.

Helen explained we are running a rather large deficit and although trying to economize expenses keep increasing while income does not.

This coming Sat. Nov.1 is our bazaar. Please come out to help, purchase, eat with us and make the day a success.

George Hewitt will be laying our Remembrance Day Wreath at the cenotaph on Nov. 11.

The next History Circle will be Nov. 14. Please bring along any story of an ancestor, or any family member from your past.

Former members Joan Grant and Mac Bayes have died.

We received a card from Barbara Brayshaw.

Thank you to Paul, who with the help of Herb did some repairs to the posts on the porch.

If you wish to go to Keswick to take Sandra Greenhalgh out to lunch please mention this to me.

The committee for the Burns supper will be Eleanor, Marilyn, Tony, Penny, and Dianna.

Next month our speaker for the General meeting on Nov.22 will be Ron Brown “ 115 Unusual Things to see in Ontario.
Eleanor has prepared a bulletin board display about brick in our community.

Eleanor introduced our guest speaker Dr. John Carter on “Brickworks”. He feels we need to preserve our Industrial Heritage. He showed us many different bricks and had a slide show on many brickworks in Britain and also the Don Valley Brickworks in Toronto. Bruce MacAlpine thanked him.
Ken adjourned the meeting.

A delicious lunch was served by Judy Burton and Heather Monument.

 

 

Minutes of September 28 General Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 by Donna Richardson who was filling in for the president.

The minutes of the June 22 meeting, which were printed on the Internet were  moved for approval by of Herb Furniss, seconded by Garry Veale.  CARRIED.

Donna noted the summer activities of our Society: Canada Day, at which we served strawberry shortcake; the House Tour; Ramara Yesteryears Festival, at which we had a display; the Woodville Family Festival where we also had a display; the August outing to the Markham Museum; and the Beaverton Fair, at which we had a display.  She thanked the volunteers who helped at these events, and noted that at the money-raising events, we did not do as well financially as last year, especially at the House Tour.

A list was sent around for people to sign up to bring things for the Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 1, our next fund-raising venture.

People who volunteered at the museum welcoming guests and showing them around were thanked.

The next history circle will meet Friday, October 10 at 7:30. The topic will be “Lodges or fraternal organizations of Beaverton”. Two of our own members and 3 others are coming to tell us about their lodge.

At our next general meeting on October 26, Dr. John Carter will speak about “Brickworks”.

Jane, our curator, noted that proceeds from the lottery went towards a new computer and scanner which will enable ease with digitizing. Five more Welcome Wagon packages were produced. Three people are researching the fall fair on our microfilm reader.  Memberships will be accepted.

Donna mentioned four former members who had passed away in the past four months: Margaret Pearson; June Emes; Allan Green; and Ruth Bray Alsop.

Herb Furniss moved to rescind a motion of November 24, 1996, which read that “…the Beaverton Thorah Eldon Historical Society members wish to be of service to the community. However, in order to preserve our identity, we will keep the use of the Meeting Place on an occasional basis. Therefore, it is our policy to limit the use to any organization to no more than four times a year.” This motion   was seconded by Paul Thatcher and accepted unanimously by our members.

Eleanor Parliament made the motion that “ the Beaverton Thorah Eldon Historical Society wishes to be of service to the community. Our policy will be to make available the use of the Meeting Place to any group at the discretion of the Society executive.” This motion was seconded by George Hewitt.

Eleanor introduced our guest Rick McNamee who gave a visual presentation on the Township of Ramara, along with his informative comments. He was thanked by Herb Furniss

Herb Furniss moved adjournment at 3:00 p.m.

Lunch was served by Eleanor Parliament and a social time was enjoyed.

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Sunday June 22, 2014

President Helen called the meeting to order at 2:10p.m. She welcomed visitors: Ron Baird, his daughter, Melissa Hayward-Bowler, granddaughter, Lily Bowler, Doris and Bill Major and Ron Readman.

In Sylvia Farrell’s absence, Eleanor Parliament recorded the minutes.

Last month’s minutes were on the website, sent to those with e-mail and a copy in The Meeting Place lobby. Rae Fleming moved the minutes be adopted, seconded by Toni Wrate. Carried.

Helen read a card from John and Anne Hawthorn thanking the Society for catering and providing this building for Anne’s birthday celebration. Sandra Greenhalgh, who has moved to Keswick, also sent a card thanking the Society for the time she enjoyed with us and gave a donation. Sandra was a very supportive member in working in the Museum.

The curator, Jane Veale, showed the following acquisitions from–

Florence Fennell: tea pot, sugar bowl, Hawtin Bros. calendar stand, chocolate box

Marjorie Stuart, friend of Dorothy Duncan: a variety of kitchen aids

Ted Westlake: brush axe

A Gunn shortening can was purchased at the Antique Show. The Gunn family were an early prominent family in the Beaverton area

Rae wondered about how we express our appreciation for donations as we used to have a tea each fall. Helen stated we had voted at Executive to give out a complimentary membership for the year.

Brochures from the Big Bite available for pick up here. The Chamber’s Special Edition Spring Newsletter is available to peruse in the lobby bulletin board. T-shirts and sweat shirts are on sale for half price in the Old Stone Jail. Office hours will change on Sept. 1 to Tuesday and Friday mornings, 9-1pm. Memberships are available for this year during lunch time after this meeting.

Helen gave the following information about recent activities:

1. The Antique Show, June 7 & 8, our main fund raiser was a success due to the great efforts by members as well as volunteers from the community who performed many tasks. She gave thanks to Eleanor who worked all year to present this show.

2. On Thursday June 19, Scott Gardner aided by James Winacott, Liz Gardner and Eleanor Parliament had a Pioneer Picnic tour of Log House and Old Stone Jail, old fashioned games, singing and a fun time for Grades 1,2 & 3 from Beaverton School. Marilyn took photos.

3. Sylvia Farrell and Helen Alsop attended Brock High School on Thursday June 19 for the unveiling of historic photos, some from our Society.

The next big event is Canada Day, Tuesday July 1st. A signup sheet was sent around for helping at this celebration.

The House Tour is July 27. We’ll be calling people to help with that.

On Tuesday August 12, we are having our annual summer outing. This time we will visit the Markham Museum. A sheet was circulated for sign-up with name and phone number.

Helen asked to fill out the sheet at the back for lunch for general and history circle meetings.

There will be no general meeting until September 28 or a history circle until October 10.

We have been asked to put on a display at the Woodville Family Festival on July 12 from 10a.m. to 4p.m. She asked for volunteers to man the table. Eleanor volunteered and Rae said if his table was beside ours he could also help.

Eleanor introduced our guest speaker, Paul Francis, professor at Georgian College in Geography, Surveying and Mapping, Ontario Land Surveyor and President of Northway/Photomap/Remote Sensing Limited of Barrie. His hobby of beekeeping started at 13 for several years and restarted in 2001.With the assistance of a power point presentation, Paul covered these topics—Honey Bee Life Cycles, Honey Products and their non-typical uses and the current problems that are hitting the beekeeping industry very badly with reductions in the bee population. Many questions and comments were made at the end of the speech.

George Hewitt thanked the speaker and gave him a token of our appreciation.

On a motion from Marilyn the meeting adjourned

Lunch served by Helen and Eleanor followed with many staying to visit and talk to the speaker.

SUNDAY MAY 25, 2014

Donna welcomed members and guests, Ted Barris our guest speaker, and James Winacott our summer student in the absence of our president Helen.
She thanked everyone who helped with clean up day and reminded everyone the museum is open 5 days a week, closed Tuesday and Wednesday during July and August, weekends only from May 17, June and September. The gift shop is open the same time. We still need museum workers from 1:30- 4:00 pm in June.
Jane read the curator’s announcements. Two acquisitions received from Mary Carberry, a hair receiver with a lid depicting Simcoe Street and from Barbara Brayshaw 2 meat hooks that likely came out of the butcher shops.
At the May executive meeting a motion was made that the General meeting minutes be posted and put on the website. This past Monday Jane and Garry worked on our website and were able to accomplish placing April 27 minutes as well as adding some pictures, updates and fine tuning the site.Future updating and additional pictures to be posted. Please check out website and let Jane know of any suggestions, improvements etc.
The regional Municipality of Durham is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year and to mark this special occasion an Open House will be held at Regional Headquarters on Thursday, June 26 from 5-9 pm. Poster on the bulletin board.
The Senior Achievement Award Program deadline date is June 15. Please speak to Jane for more information.
Letter received from the Beaverton 180 thanking us for the assistance received in the signage project. On Sat. June 14 at 10 am the inaugural Park to Pier Walk will take place. For more information, please refer to the bulletin board.
Coming events: Antique Show June 7@8th. Admission $4.00.Raffle tickets available. Tue. July 1st Canada Day Celebrations. Museum and gift shop open. Strawberry Shortcake available from 10.30 til sold out. Sun. July 27 Annual house tour from 1 to 5. Tickets are $15.00. Our next general meeting is Sun.June 22 with speaker Paul Francis “The sting of the Current Bee Situation”. The Next history meeting is June 13 at 7.30 at the Stone Church Cemetery. See Jane Veale to join our Society for $20.00.
Eleanor Parliament introduced our guest speaker Ted Barris author of “The Great Escape”. It was our Canadian Prisoners of war who were instrumental in creating this great story. What they thought of and had to do in order to escape was amazing. Our home town Art Hawtin was in the camp at this time. Very lively and interesting speaker. He was thanked by Bruce McAlpine.
Lunch was served by Marilyn and Debbie.


 

SUNDAY APRIL 27, 2014

President Helen Alsop opened the meeting at 2:07, welcoming visitors Dale Doner, Ken Wilson, Dianna Vandenburg and Victor Isaacs.
The president explained that at the last executive meeting Herb Furniss made a motion that minutes not be read or committee reports presented in order to shorten Sunday General Meetings. This motion carried. Since no process was put in place for the handling of minutes, the minutes of March 23 were read as minutes have to be kept and approved. Eleanor Parliament in the absence of Sylvia Farrell read the minutes which were accepted by a motion made by Marilyn Engledow and seconded by Judy Burton. CARRIED.

The following announcements submitted by the curator were read by Helen:

l) The application for the summer student has been approved by Service Canada

2) Thanks to Liz Gardner who was seamstress for 3 period costumes displayed here at the front. We also received Min Wolters’ period costume as she has moved to Ottawa.

3) Min also donated a painting by her husband Herman of Beaverton harbour buildings.

4) The following members will receive Ontario volunteer Service Awards at Orillia
June ll: Rae Fleming 20 years; Marilyn Engledow 10 years; Evelyn MacPhail and Elaine Buckstein 5 years, the latter being presented in Toronto

5) Jane will be out of the office on Thursday May l, making up her hours on Friday, May 2, 9:00 – 1:00

Income to date for 2014 was $8 537.08 while expenses have been $10 370.19. You can see that We are running a deficit. We ran a deficit of $4 502.97 in 2013. Any suggestions about saving money or bringing in more funds are welcomed. We are placing two of our maturing GICs into safe investments with higher yields.

A group of Drummondville, Quebec students have been on exchange in Beaverton this week and were shown through the museum on Tuesday morning, April 22.

On Friday evening May 9, Ken Wilson will be speaking about the Kirkñeld Quarry.

Clean-up day is Monday, May 12 beginning at 9:00. We welcome anyone who can come to help.

We will be catering to Anne Hawthorne’s birthday party on Saturday, May 24.

The museum will open on Saturday May 17. A sheet went around for volunteers to sign up for duty.

Tickets are available to sell for the Quilt Raffle for the Antique Show. Helen has tickets.

People are needed to help with lunch on May 9 and the June and September general meetings.

Ted Barris will be the speaker on May 25 on his latest book The Great Escape–a meeting not to be missed.

The president called on Eleanor Parliament to introduce Nancy Eves, our speaker for the day who compiled the power point presentation “Pebbles, Stones and Local Quarries” Present were people who were knowledgeable about the homes, ruins, old Stone Jail, the Stone Church, Kirkñeld Quarry and Laidlaw Fences and gave commentary about the pictures on the screen.
Donna Richardson thanked the speaker.

The meeting was adjourned for lunch prepared by Sandra Greenhalgh and Eleanor Parliament and a social time was enjoyed.