Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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September 12, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Home of the Knupps, 441 N. Spring Street

Present: Keith Koch, President, Romayne Naylor, Vice-President , Jim Dunne, Secretary, Dave Eggler,  Joann & Dick Knupp, Gay Dunne, Jeanne Newlin, Sally Houser, True Fisher, Colina & Ralph Seeley, Gary & Susan Hoover, Joseph Griffin, Melady Kehm. Philip Ruth, Julia Kasdorf, Mary Vollero.  A quorum was in attendance as defined by the BHCA bylaws.

Minutes - Minutes of 5/31/14 were approved.

Treasurer’s Report (Dave Eggler, click here for the report) - Dave reviewed the report.  The Arts & Crafts Fairs is the money maker.  Romayne asked if BHCA pays for music st union scale. No (JoAnn, Jim & Dave)  Treasurer report approved (Ralph, True).

Committee Reports:
Summer Sounds (JoAnn): Summer Sounds need new people. It was a successful season.  The one rain out was Tommy Wareham.  30 attended.  Repaz Band to be asked for next year -They are from Williamsport - the oldest community band in country.

Sunday Afternoons at the Library (Jim):  Sundays, 2:30 PM at CC Library & Historical Museum.  Dianne Toulson has almost finished with the concert schedule.

Gallery at the Gamble Mill:
     Watercolor 4 Now - May 31 - September 13
     Off the Wall - 3 Dimensional Art - September 13 - January 10

Edible Landscape Garden (Jim): Wonderful year because of favorable rain.  The expanded space works very well.  Swiss chard provided to Faith Center food bank.  

Bellefonte Victorian Christmas (Sally JoAnn): JoAnn reported tha the house tour will include the homes of the Decusatis & Bill Tressler, The Centre County Library which is celebrating its 200th anniversary, and possibly the Hastings Mansion.  Still others possible.
     Arts & Crafts Show - George Baney can’t make the date, but should have another group to operate the model railroad exhibit..  Kiwanis will do breakfast with Santa in the Middle School Cafeteria, and the Rotary will do lunch.

Poetry (Julia, Colina) - At the Bellefonte Art Museum, Fridays, 7:30 PM  
Fliers were distributed. Theresa Stauffer is organizing a poetry group and will be involved in the poetry sessions.  They will present readings 1st Monday each month, 3:30-5 PM at Cool Beans.   Bellefonte Moth - personal stories - in preparation by Julia.  MC - Ann McCarthy was involved in first PRX radio Moth Hour.  Candy Dannaker is interested in story telling in Bellefonte.   Jerry Fisher, WBLF, may be interested in airing on radio.
September 19 - Bellefonte Moth
October 17 - Katherine Bode-Lang: Book launch
November 21 - Julia Spicher Kasdorf: Poems from the fracking fields

Old House Fair - .  Melady wants to expand committee.  Erin Hamerstadt will be asked for ideas.  Jackie Melander would offer some advice.  Sue Hannegan may help.  Meeting to be planned week of Sept 28, possibly for lunch.  Volunteers welcome.  Topic suggestions  - multiple (ask Melady) possibly 1 ˝ days.  Oct or Nov 2015

Historic Preservation Committee - Need to set up committee structure.  Jeanne has some done some work with Sue Hannegan and is doing some work on own with Sue’s survey. She has an index to Sue’s survey   Copies of survey are at Centre County Historical Museum (labeled “Bellefonte Borough Survey - Sue Hannegan”) and the Borough.  53 houses were studied with reference to 200 houses.  Melady may have slides from Rob that go with report.  Jeanne plans to scan the report.  Sue has taken photos of all houses in historic district.  Garman - Jeanne talked with Bruce Cramer about artifacts.

Talleyrand Park (True): Grant money is available for riparian repair on the creek using mud sills and log veins.  Work will begin very soon.  The brick walk along track at the Train Station will be lengthened to accommodate longer trains

Board of Directors: Joanne Tosti-Vasey will replace Nancy Noll - Appt by Keith

New Business/ Comments:  Romayne - 40th BHCA anniversary will occur in 2016.  The 25th anniversary was celebrated shortly after 9/11/2001.
     Gary - The Borough will replace Train Station gutters, the down spouts will be repaired, and the bricks repointed.  One train car will be restored and available for short excursions.  Congratulations to the Bellefonte Historic Railroad Society for their efforts.

Elections: The Bylaws designate a meeting in October as the annual meeting at which time all officers are elected; Board of Directors elections will be held next year.

The officers of the organization shall be a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
Section 1. Election of Officers
All officers shall be elected from the membership at the Annual Corporation Meeting, to serve for a term of one year or until their successors are elected.  They shall take office at the end of the annual meeting of the year of their election.  

No person shall be elected to the same office for more than four (4) consecutive years.  If any of the offices becomes vacant for any reason, the office shall be filled by an election at the next general membership meeting.

        Board of Directors - Composition

Officers of BHCA : Keith Koch, Romayne Naylor, Jim Dunne, Dave Eggler.  
Elected 9/3/13: Jonathan Eburne, Jeanne Newlin, Patrick North, (Nancy Noll), Joseph Griffin.
Nancy Noll resigned.  Keith Koch appointed Joanne Tosti-Vasey to fill her position.

Next BHCA Meeting - Friday, 7 PM, Oct 24 at the Bellefonte Museum

Jim Dunne, Secretary