Minutes of June meeting (Mackamul): No corrections. Board accepted.
Treasurer Report (Huser): Balance in checking $5,046.99. Report accepted.
Curator’s Report (Heinemann): Discussion on using the $500 memorial from the Wissink estate for the Past Perfect Upgrade. The computer hardware is fine. It took from 2009-13 for volunteers to complete the inventory. Coffie moved to use the $500 gift towards the Past Perfect upgrade. Seconded by Hoodjer. Motion passed with 1 opposed.
Outreach: Everding shared with the board that Coffie would be putting on a program Aug. 5 & 12 in the afternoon. The Speaker Series will be starting in the fall. Coffie presented her storyboard on the Ice Man. Program would be held in Albrecht Wing, then upstairs, and then outside under a 9x9 covered area for ice chunks. The board approved of the new program.
Everding will be delivering copies of the new brochure to the Bremer County Libraries.
E-Newsletter: Blanchard will start the first issue.
Events: Heritage Days committee reported that everything is falling into place for the float.
Bremer County Fair dates are July 29 - Aug. 4th. Heinemann is in charge of the display in the Log Cabin.
Collections: Blanchard & Heinemann attended a Past Perfect Workshop in Cedar Falls. They got a few other ideas like a map of the museum layout, scavenger hunt, “hands on” or “Stop, don’t touch” signs. IMA conference is coming up and will be held in CF. Coffie wondered if there are any fund raising courses.
Blanchard has finished the first drawer with the digitizing project. The board then discussed having a host for the photos and whether to sell them. Huser would like to see a policy set up for photos. Decision was tabled.
DAR took away their items they had stored at the museum except the Charter and Banner in the front hallway.
Building: Huser is still working on the internet situation.
Hundley received an insulation quote from Chris Lee for $2400 to get up to a R50 value. Areas with flooring are unable to make that rating. Doors will have to be cut into the attic space. An independent auditor from Mid America will tell how much will qualify for the rebate.
Fire extinguishers: Six new extinguishers were purchased at $30 each. Smoke alarms are already to hang up.
Dean’s Light Box quote is for 24 LED Exit Lights, 4 emergency lights, and one Emergency sign. 29 total fixtures. Quote is $1384.34. They didn’t think we needed carbon monoxide detectors since they are troublesome and we are not open in the winter. Huser suggested requesting a grant from the Masonic Lodge for the exit lights and insulation. Mackamul will get it ready.
Hasps and padlocks have been installed. Elevator door on 3rd floor is screwed shut now. The bushes have been taken out. Hundley wanted to wait until spring next year to plant new. He will cut down the stumps.
Other business: Coffie would like to see a long-range plan for the Historical Society’s building. Board decided to set up a long-range planning committee. Volunteers include: Coffie, Blanchard, Hundley, and Hoodjer.
Pending Grants: Kwik Star, Wal-marts, and Sam’s Club have not sent out notifications yet. The Bremer Co. Community Foundation grant was not funded. The Natural Historic Preservation Trust Grant will notify in August.
Publicity: Blanchard told the board about online Facebook advertising. The Sumner Library uses $10 area for events coming up. The Forgotten IA History page and Bremer Co. page was suggested for a posting. Hoodjer made the motion to use $20 the first time for Facebook advertising. Walton made the 2nd. Motion passed.
Flea Market: The next dates are Nov. 2nd & 3rd. Mackamul will check to see if a booth is still available. Marlene DeVries and Blanchard will run the booth. Volunteers are needed to move things in and out of The Center building.
Open Sign: After various ideas were discussed, it was decided to repaint the present sign in brighter colors.
Coffie asked the board what are we doing inside? It needs to be a livelier place.
Volunteer coordinator: Blanchard would like to see if someone could take Heinemann’s place with the Volunteer coordinator job since she wears a lot of different hats.
Security: Some admission money went missing. Security is needed in the office. Decision was tabled for more discussion.
May Annual Meeting Program: After various ideas were discussed, the board decided to have Blanchard speak on Emma Cronin.
The next meeting will be held August 14th at 7 PM at Jim’s Shell station. Motion to adjourn at 8:56 PM by Blanchard. Seconded by Hoodjer. Motion carried.