The Bremer County Historical Society met Tuesday evening, the 11 of July at 7 PM at Drenkow's office. Nine board members were present: Drenkow, Mackamul, Heinemann, Magnall, Hoodjer, Blanchard, Robinson, Hoffman, Everding. Absent: Buls and Meyer.
Robinson opened the meeting. Minutes of the June meeting were approved by Magnall. Seconded by Blanchard. Motion carried.
Treasurer's Report was read by Hoffman. Balance in checking was $15,442.02. Motion to approve by Drenkow. Seconded by Blanchard. Motion carried.
Lawyer Report: Robinson reported that he had heard back from the IA Secretary of the State with the amendments approved. Mackamul will make copies and see that the original is taken care off.
Officers: The President position still needs to be filled. Hoodjer made the motion to nominate Rod Drenkow for President. Robinson made the second. All approved.
Curator's Report: Heineman shared her thoughts on storage. The Poor Farm has room for displays of some items from the museum. They would be on loan there.
Gutter Project: Mackamul received the $2,100 grant from the Gurnsey Foundation. She also presented a new bid on the project from Bergman Gutter & Construction. All of the funds have been raised for the project. A photograph of the museum building with gutter on follows the Dept. of the Interior rules on adding something to a historic building. The board then viewed photos of the present gutter on the back of the building and other areas of the building that will need attention in the future.
Motion was made by Robinson to go ahead with the gutter project. Seconded by Hoodjer. All approved. An amendment was then made to the motion by Robinson to use the galvanized material for the gutters. Seconded by Blanchard. All approved.
Other Business: Mackamul shared with the board about a new Wal-mart grant the Iowa Museum Assoc. recently sent information about that could be used towards a new project. The building committee will make a priority list that the board can review at the next meeting.
Jan will check with Neil in Veterans Affairs to see if a veteran could help get the mold off the guns in the War Room. The Main Street road project may be at the museum vicinity in August. Drenkow shared that the water line to the museum will be replaced then at the cost of $2500. The Historical Society can do a 10-year payment plan at $250 a month.
Vacant Board Positions: There are 4 open positions on the board. Robinson & Drenkow will ask people if interested and get back to the board on more positive suggestions.
Membership Software: Internet was discussed. WLP is unable to donate. Blanchard shared that Hot Spots do not work on stationary computers. Other options and Past Perfect Software capabilities were discussed. Blanchard and Everding will work on other options to present to the board.
Brochure: Drenkow would still like to see a color brochure. He will check with Jim Infelt to see if he could donate design time.
Memberships: Different levels of membership were discussed. Blanchard shared museum brochures from her Yellowstone trip.
Motion to adjourn by Blanchard. Seconded by Hoodjer at 8:07 PM. Next meeting will be held August at Drenkow's office unless otherwise notified.