The Bremer County Historical Society met, Tuesday, August 8th at 7 PM at Drenkow's office building. Eleven board members were present: Mackamul, Hoffman, Heinemann, Meyer, Drenkow, Robinson, Blanchard, Hoodjer, Everding, Magnall, Buls. Three guests were present: Ann Rathe, Terry Lindell, and Jillian from the Waverly Public Library.
President Drenkow opened the special meeting that city leaders and the public were invited to. Twenty-five were expected. Drenkow presented an ambitious program that would require volunteers and money.
Items discussed were the museum building, renovating the museum facilities – possible new addition, increasing the membership, community outreach programming, and hiring professional staff.
Some other important items brought up were internet & telephone service, improvements with membership like sending out newsletters or letters, outreach ideas and a fund drive for building needs. Ways of receiving community support were discussed.
Mackamul presented photos of the museum rooms, recent projects, building issues and outreach the historical society is doing presently.
The group decided that a membership drive and maintaining the building are priorities. Costs will need to be figured out. The Preservation Group can help look up available grant opportunities.
Drenkow will inquire on the cost of installing a 3” water line after the group decided it would be best to have for the future in case the museum does not stay in the building.
Robinson made the motion to go ahead with the 3” water line. Blanchard made the 2nd. Motion carried.
A motion was also made by Blanchard to go ahead with hiring Amparage for a membership drive. Robinson made the 2nd. Motion carried.
Everding presented information on phone plans for the museum.
After discussion on the web page, Robinson made the motion to reimburse Blanchard for the web page cost. Buls made the 2nd. Motion passed.
Heinemann reported that the local veterans can do volunteer work, but not cleaning the guns. She does have a person lined up for that.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:12 PM.
Next meeting will be held September 12th. Location to be determined later.