The Bremer County Historical Society met, Tuesday, March 14th at 7 PM at Drenkow's office. Nine board members were present: Lindell, Mackamul, Hoffman, Heinemann, Everding, Drenkow, Blanchard, Robinson, Magnall. Absent: Jahnke, Hoodjer, Buls, Meyer.
February minutes stand approved with two corrections. Three people have actually been paying for the web page. Lindell had paid for a year. German to Iowa correction - St. Paul's is one of the places the panels will be at.
Treasurer's Report read by Hoffmann. Balance in checking is $12,467.38. The treasurer's report stands approved. The flea market sales were $737.50.
Curator's Report: Heinemann reported that the Cedar Valley's Book III is the next in the series to be published. April 8th from 10 - 12 will be a scanning day at the museum for the public to bring in photos from the 1970's onward.
The Antique Appraising event is set up for March 25 from 10- 4 PM at the Waverly Public Library. Heinemann only has 11 items lined up so far to be appraised.
Flea Market: Attendance was down by 500 people. March is usually lower. Many leftover items were given to Trinkets & Togs afterwards. Blanchard and DeVries enjoyed doing it. Blanchard suggested that we wait a year before doing it again.
United Way Grant: Lindell talked to the Carey school 4th grade teachers and to Jill Krull. We need to get commitments this spring to get the rest of the tours completed.
Board Vacancies: Lindell wants to resign. The board discussed various skills needed with future board members. For example: administrative skills, media or communications, fund raising, building experience, etc.
Drenkow suggested staying at 15 board members and to try to involve other towns. Blanchard suggested helping out smaller historical groups in our county. Lindell suggested keeping outreach going. Lindell will send out a letter to mayors in Bremer County to see if they have suggestions on people to serve on the board. Drenkow also suggested setting up a recruitment committee. Administration and Development could get together for the recruitment committee.
Fee Structure: The board discussed the membership cost. Blanchard shared that other museums charge from $40 - 65 for memberships. The trend is leaning away from lifetime memberships. Sponsorships were suggested. Everding suggested $20 for single memberships and $30 for families. Drenkow will list proposals for the annual meeting for amendments to the by-laws. A vote has to take place before any changes. The fees could be taken out of the articles of incorporation and by-laws.
Membership Update: Drenkow shared that addresses have been found for past members. The Past Perfect software has a membership features in it. Ideas are needed for a premium for memberships.
German to Iowa Banners: If any else has an idea where the banners could be displayed, let Rod know.
Guernsey Grant: Mackamul applied for the Guernsey Grant for the balance of the gutter project. They are requesting an interview. Blanchard and Mackamul will attend.
Antique Appraisal Event: Heineman reported that there is 11 items line up so far for the appraisal event.
Scavenger Hunt: Blanchard inquired whether the Wartburg Scavenger was still visiting the museum. Everding will check into it.
Other: Everding reminded the board that there is a lot cleaning to be done before the May opening.
The next meeting will be held Tuesday, April 11th at 7 PM. Location will be announced.
Motion to adjourn at 8:28 PM by Robinson. Seconded by Blanchard.