JANUARY 9, 2020, 7:00 p.m., Wilder City Building


Submitted by Richard McCormick

Attendance: 55

President Steve Battistone welcomed members and guests to the meeting. He offered public condolences for the family of Jesse Herald, a society member who recently passed away.

Richard McCormick, substituting for Jim Schroer, read the minutes of the previous meeting.

Glen Elsener presented the treasurer’s report, showing a balance of $7,918.91, and promoted the Kroger Community Rewards program. He announced that the Society is now participating in the Amazon Smile program, another fund-raiser.

Richard reported on gifts and donations, including a collection of items from Ervin Loos donated by Jill Fessler and datebooks from a former Newport police officer donated by the Campbell County Public Library.

Jan Lester reported that 2020 membership currently stands at 71 total, but renewal forms just mailed and some renewals had arrived since she last counted. The goal for this year is to reach 300 members. Jan noted that 365 newsletters had been mailed and announced that the Society would appreciate additional technology sponsors.

Regarding correspondence, Jan has mailed a few books that were ordered online and answered some genealogical queries.

On the subject of old business, Steve informed the audience that there has been no recent activity at the Taylor mansion in Newport. It is in foreclosure and may need to go through probate. Newport is paying close attention to proceedings.

Steve announced that Jill Fessler had informed him of available grant money. The Society needs assistance in writing grant requests and Steve asked attendees to forward names of anyone who might be able to help.

Ken Reis said he had contacted the Garst Museum to provide archaeological expertise to the gentleman who has a collection of Native American artifacts that he may donate to the Society.

Steve and Ken will be visiting 2 sites to research a possible future group bus trip – Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village and another museum in Lebanon.

Future Meetings:

February 13 - “Show and Tell” at Wilder City Building.

March 12 – “The Bourbon King,” speaker Bob Batchelor, at the Syndicate in Newport

April 9 – “Donaldson Lithography,” Wilder City Building

May 14 – “Spring Grove Cemetery,” Wilder City Building

The business portion of the meeting concluded and Steve turned the floor over to the evening’s speaker, Shane Goins, who discussed Interesting Bits of Newport Syndicate History as Gleaned from Local Newspapers of the Day.

Minutes recorded by Richard McCormick


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