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September 11, 2006


Board meeting called to order by Terri Ohr at 7:30 pm.


Members present included:  John Tsacrios, Chuck McPherson, Joe Turner, Marvin Moore, Buddy Gross, Dean Robinson, Shirley Galatas, Bill Justice, Mike Sanders, Kathleen Moore, Pat Moore, Bob Valentine, Anne Epling, Bill Wallace, Terri Ohr,  and Lorelei Keif. Guests included: Susan Gibbons, and Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard and Clearwater Communications Director Doug Matthews.


Minutes of June 5, 2006 approved.


Treasurer’s report given. Balance as of 9-11-06 was $6174.50. Report attached.


All visitors to the meeting were welcomed by Terri Ohr.


Special presentation and brief address by City of Clearwater visitors: Mayor Hibbard asked about our problem with property damage.  He asked if additional lighting would help.  The board requested, in addition to lighting, for more police patrols and enforcement.  Mayor Hibbard introduced the city’s concept of archiving Clearwater Stories, in a similar fashion to oral histories presented on the National Public Radio show All Things Considered. The city would like to partner with CHS.  This could be a possible fundraiser but most definitely a way to preserve and pass on local oral history.  Doug Matthews provided more details.  Doug asked for the board to designate a few people to be in charge of gathering input for the city.  It was decided that Mike Sanders and Bill Wallace would serve in this function.  Please pass on any names of people you believe should be interviewed for this project to Mike or Bill.  Also, let them know if you are interested in being an interviewer.  Please also include any suggestions of groups Doug should contact.  Doug’s e mail is and his phone number is 727-562-4661. 

A motion was made by Dean Robinson : We, as a society, support the Clearwater Stories Project.  The motion was seconded by Pat Moore.  The motion carried.




A. Membership Committee- Bettie Mease

Bettie was unable to attend as she is at home recovering from surgery.  She will be at the November fish fry.


B. Program Committee- Jay Rhodes

 Jay was unable to attend the meeting.  Terri reported that he is making progress with the November fish fry and will provide an update at the next meeting.


C. Public Relations- Dean Robinson

Dean shared recent articles in the local press.  As of June 5th CHS has been mentioned in 25 articles so far this year.  Terri asked Dean to double check and make sure our address is included in any articles.  Dean presented the board with a framed article regarding the history and closing of The Clearwater Beach Hotel.  This was donated by Wallace Lee.  Lorelei to send a thank you note.  The Plumb House made the Imogene Hub of Imogene, Iowa thanks to Buddy Gross’ son-in-law.  A note about our team approach to rat control was included in that publication.


D. Museum Committee- Dave Perkins

Our rat problem has been tackled, for the most part, by Buddy Gross.  Bill Wallace will re-enforce our dining room exterior door.  Someone has been trying to break in again.  Terri shared an e mail that we received from a neighbor.  In part, the email asked what we are doing to fix up and maintain the appearance of the museum.  Terri will respond to the e mail.  Mike Sanders has posted a No Trespassing sign from the city.  We did have another recent break in but nothing was taken.  Joe Turner was able to respond to the alarm.  Lorelei reported on recent donations.  A small desk was donated.  A male mannequin was also given for the bomber display.  Lorelei reported that a local designer, Deborah Devine recently walked through the house and gave suggestions for re-arranging the furnishings.  After the items are rearranged, Ms. Devine will come back for a final walk through with suggestions about small adjustments.  The decorator donated her time for this project.  A work day was scheduled for Saturday September 30th at 9am.  Please attend if you are able.  Buddy will have someone check on the upstairs A/C and report at the next meeting.


E. Artifacts and documents Committee- Joan Turner

Preservation- Mike Sanders

Mike reported that the city reinstalled the Seminole Bridge marker at Mike’s request.  Mike was able to get the city to fashion a marker from items the city already had at a considerable savings.  Mike also attended the dedication of Howard T. Remick Park and made a brief speech. Terri stated that she received two old menus from Siple’s restaurant.  Terri donated some old postcards of Clearwater.  George Fulmer donated some old photos.


F. Historical Research Committee- Pat Moore

Pat presented a 1949 Pram Races program that was recently donated.  Laddie reported on grant progress.  It is an exciting prospect but we need more money as funds are matched by the state.  Our status as a museum also needs to be clarified.


G. Fund Raising Committee- Helen Wilcox

No report.


H. Homestead Committee- Lorelei Keif and Anne Epling

Sign up sheet passed around for Saturday shifts at the museum..



The nominating committee proposed their slate for November board elections.  Report attached.  Slate comes from committee and needs no motion.  Seconded by Bob Valentine.  Slate to be published in newsletter.


Bill Wallace described the bricks being recovered on Cleveland Street.  They are being stored on his property.  Anyone who would like to help with cleaning them up please call Bill.  We hope to sell the bricks or use them in some fashion.


Motion to adjourn was made by John Tsacrios. Second by Bill Wallace.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15P.M.


Respectfully submitted,


Lorelei Keif, Secretary