Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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Minutes, January 22, 1999
Mark Van Horn, Acting Secretary

Present: Helen Bechdel, Candy and Bob Dannaker, Gay and Jim Dunne, True Fisher, Melady Kehm, Rob Gannon, Lisa Horlein (Arts Administrator), Romayne Naylor (President), Bob Fenichel, Nora Serotkin, Dave Eggler (Treasurer), Peter Scheeman, Colina Jordan, Mark Van Horn (Secretary).

 

Locale: Helen Bechdel's home

 

Call to Order: Meeting called to order by Romayne at 8:10 PM. Romayne began with member introductions to Nora.

 

Minutes: Rob suggested that Mark compile the minutes and supply copies to the Bellefonte Library. He added that this should be done every year or two. "Glasman" should be changed to "Plassman" in the attendance. Melady made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected. Bob D. seconded and the minutes were accepted.

 

Treasurer. Dave distributed the financial report. He said that the fund raising letter brought in over $3,000. Lisa said it is actually $3,170 at this point. Lisa and Romayne sent out thank-you letters to the donors. Bob F. moved to use November as the official fundraising letter month. Peter seconded and the motion was passed. Dave also reported that the Victorian Christmas Arts & Crafts Show made over $1,700 for BHCA. He added that everything is close to the budgeted figures and it "looks like pretty smooth sailing" until the end of the fiscal year. He stated that there may be funds for "extra initiatives."

Lisa said that we will receive $500 of the requested $1,000 from the Garver fund.

Melady asked Lisa to get an explanation for the reduced award.

Dave has been working on getting BHCA an e-mail address. Bob F. said that Vicon will give free internet access plus web space to non-profit organizations.

 

In addition, Dave mentioned that our computer is currently a 386 and that he would like to upgrade to a Pentium. We could either look for a donation or this could be one of the "extra initiatives". He said that a Compaq 333Mhz can be obtained for $599.00. Bob F. moved to form a subcommittee to investigate the computer acquisition. Peter seconded and the motion was passed. Dave said he will give a computer report next month. Bob F. also asked Dave if we can get a better return on the BHCA savings. Dave said he'd move more into a money market fund. Gay moved to go ahead with the money market transfer. Peter seconded and the motion was passed.

 

Arts Administrator: Lisa passed around the mail. She said that there may be a story written about BHCA in the CDT's summer Active Living section. This will be a "behind the scenes" story.

Lisa received responses from four people from the fundraising campaign saying they would like to volunteer. Lisa asked committees to provide her with schedules of their events. The PCA local government grant award was over $4,500, an increase from last year's $4,000. The funds should arrive in April. Gay reinforced Lisa's need for an e-mail address for publicity use.

 

BHCA Gallery at Gamble Mill: Dave said there's a show in progress and to look for it in CDT's Weekender. The next show starts in March and features the children of Bellefonte schools. He added that the schedule is almost filled for the rest of the year. The last show of the year will be a big one. The subject will be Bellefonte street scenes, old and new, as well as before and after views of Bellefonte architecture. Stained glass will be in the show too. Romayne asked if we should solicit art from people in town for the show. Dave wasn't sure and Candy said that networking would be better than a general plea.

 

Old House Fair: No report.

 

Summer Sounds: Melady reported that there will be a committee meeting in February. The Community Band wants to do the second concert. She added that bagpipes might be an interesting concert, but she wasn't sure if people would want to hear one hour of bagpipes. Melady reminded us that next year will be the last for her to chair the committee.

 

Film Forum: Gay said that a series of animated films are in the works.

 

Library Concerts: Jim stated that the next concert is on February 21. The concert on March 7 will have The Victorian Brass doing "Peter and the Wolf. It will be a brass quartet with narration.

 

Victorian Christmas: True reported actual BHCA earnings of $1,741 from a show with over 50 vendors. The six vendors in the Plaza were very pleased. Jim said that the turn out at Adam & Art was very good. True added that there was one problem with a vendor in the C&J store. Peter helped smooth things out, and the vendor moved to the YMCA. Romayne mentioned that she liked the selection and arrangement of the vendors. Candy asked if the low-end vendors do well. True said that they do and many of them return year after year. She also said that the silent auction went well. True finished by saying thanks to everyone who helped.

 

Garden Club: Candy didn't go to the meeting but heard that the tours will still be in June as it seems to be the best month tours. There is a flower box project at the courthouse in progress and 500 more bulbs were planted in Tallyrand Park this year.

 

Local Government Grant: No Report.

 

Building Lighting: Jim is getting discouraged by the slow progress. There is the possibility of a workshop on building lighting to be held in Adam & Art with HARB.

 

Old Business: Rob G. is updating the old web site to mirror the new web site, so now we have two identical sites on the Web.

 

New Business: Dues are due, $10.00.

Bob D. mentioned that the Omar Bar wants to put a soda machine on the sidewalk in front of the bar. He suggested that we lobby against it. Candy added that a barrage of phone calls can make a difference.

Romayne will have surgery in February and Sue will preside over the next meeting on the 19th at Adam & Art. Colina said that Sue, who runs Boscaino's, want to have the building recognized as historic. She asked Rob G. to look into it.

Gay said we should update the phone, address and e-mail list of BHCA members.

 

Adjournment: Mark moved and Candy seconded the motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 9:47.

BHCA Financial Report
February 19, 1999

 

 

1/22/99-

7/1/98-                    1998-1999

 

 

2/19/99

2/19/99                     FY Budget

INCOME

Dues

 

40

60

170

Interest

 

14

323

590

Other Administration

 

2,134

2,134

2,000

Artscape

 

0

0

0

Film Forum

 

1,600

1,711

1,675

General fundraising

 

190

3,248

2,700

Gallery at Gamble Mill

 

35

870

1,400

Garden Club

 

0

1,289

300

Old House Fair

 

0

0

1,070

Summer Sounds

 

500

1,617

2,000

Talleyrand Park

 

0

0

0

Victorian Christmas

 

0

4,403

4,100

Other projects

 

0

48

290

TOTAL

 

4,513

15,702

16,195

EXPENSES

Administration

 

1,032

3,358

5,850

Artscape

 

0

157

0

Film Forum

 

0

1,096

2,475

General fundraising

 

100

548

460

Gallery at Gamble Mill

 

36

1,254

2,075

Garden Club

 

45

378

300

Old House Fair

 

0

0

1,070

Summer Sounds

 

0

1,340

1,380

Talleyrand Park

 

0

0

0

Victorian Christmas

 

0

2,661

2,395

Other projects

 

0

9

290

TOTAL

 

1,214

10,801

16,195

ASSETS 2/19/99

Checking acct

2,622

 

COMMENTS:

 

General savings

5,324

 

(1) Finances are at a "high water mark" -

MM Fund

10,263

 

-- little more revenue until

 Talleyrand Park savings

1,576

 

December.

Garden Club savings

1,345

 

(2) PCA grant of $3734 received -

 Artscape savings

0

 

apportioned $2134 to admin &

CD's

5,001

 

. $1600 to FF

TOTAL

26,132

 

(3) $500 Garver Fund grant received.

 

Submitted: David H. Eggler, Treas.