The Bremer County Historical board met Tuesday at 7 PM at Drenkow’s office. 10 board members present: Drenkow, Everding, Hoffman, Mackamul, Mueller, Robinson, Hoodjer, Blanchard, Bell, and Buls. Absent: Magnall and Meyer.
Agenda: Approved by Robinson. Second from Blanchard. Motion carried. Minutes: Approved by Robinson. Seconded by Mueller. Motion carried. Treasurer’s Report: $8,407.69 balance in checking. Blanchard approved. Bell seconded. Motion carried.
Curator’s Report: Jan resigned from the board. She will stay on as curator and send a written report to the meetings. See her report for details on the Cedar Valley Memories III book, the vibration monitor, recent donations, and an interesting artifact that has been donated.
Treasurer Change: Drenkow reported that Dave Huser is interested in joining the board and taking over the treasurer duties when Rosie retires.
Pre-paid VISA cards and web site providers were discussed. Robinson made the motion to authorize Bell to purchase a prepaid card to pay for the web site hosting. Blanchard made the second. Motion carried.
Pay request from Blanchard for the balance of the web site fees she paid for. Mueller made the motion to reimburse Blanchard for the balance of her fees from the web site. Robinson made the second. All approved.
Everding would like to contact Tom Baker to write an article about the gutter project. Mueller made the motion to have Baker write the article. Robinson made the second. Motion passed.
Spending needing approval was discussed. Blanchard made the motion to enact a funding threshold. Any expense not over $250 does not need board approval, but two members of the Executive Committee need to approve the expense. Hoodjer made the second. Motion passed.
Drenkow discussed core type of funding and growing membership. He felt a budget was needed and that the board needs to run more as a business instead of a club. He suggested a membership drive first showing what we will be doing. Benefits to offer were then discussed.
Everding told how radio station 101.9 fundraises.
Mackamul showed examples of cards to send out. Bell talked about podcasts or sending out an article about an historical item in the museum.
The board decided to create a committee to decide on membership levels and benefits. Robinson made the motion and Hoodjer the second. Motion carried. Committee members are Bell, Everding, Blanchard, and Mackamul.
Drenkow discussed changing the number of board members needed and terms of 4 years at the maximum. Since it is hard for board members to do all the work required, Hoodjer suggested hiring someone to help with the load.
Blanchard suggested delaying changing the articles of incorporation and creating a committee to identify other changes that need to be made. She made the motion and Bell the second. Motion carried. Robinson and Drenkow will be committee members.
Annual Meeting is May 1st. A committee was formed to set up arrangements. Everding and Blanchard will be the committee members.
Other Business: Bell shared that he talked to Terry Lindell. May term in 2019 will have a Public History course. Students from that could help with a collection display.
Blanchard showed the board the book she compiled on the story of the lady that committed the murder at the Waverly House titled “Emma Doesn’t Haunt Here”.
Next meeting will be held March 13th at 7 PM at Drenkow’s office. Meeting was adjourned at 8:34 PM. Blanchard made the motion. Hoodjer made the second to adjourn. Motion passed.