The Chester Municipal Heritage Society was established in 1981 to promote and cultivate awareness of the unique heritage of the Municipality of the District of Chester for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations through the preservation of historically significant properties and the delivery of educational programming.
Chester Municipal Heritage SocietyMinutes of Meeting, January 10, 2017Chair: Carol NaussBoard Members present: Hilary McCarron, Nancy Hatch, Danny Hennigar, Joyce Hiltz, Mickey Lantz, Marina Davidson, Cindy Lamson; James Isaacs, MemberRegrets: Dave Stronach, Fran Underwood, Wayne Cameron, Jim Barkhouse, Richard Stevens, Carolyn Conrad.The meeting was called to order at 7:05PM. Carol shared Wayne’s request to move our monthly meeting to the second Tuesday of each month. Everyone was in agreement. The purpose of tonight’s meeting is to discuss proposed By-Law changes and to review Board structure.The CMHS By-Laws have become outdated and no longer conform to the template recommended by the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks. Barbara Richman met with Carol, Nancy and Cindy in the fall to suggest how we might proceed with revisions to bring the CMHS By-Laws into conformity with other similar organizations. The draft circulated to members highlighted proposed changes.Members present went through the document, item by item. A number of changes were proposed. A second draft to incorporate the changes will be circulated to the Board for a final review. The revised set of By-Laws will be presented at the Annual General Meeting on April 28th for Members’ approval. If Members approve the revisions, the document will be submitted to the Registry of Joint Stocks for review and authorization.The review continued until 8:40PM. Cindy recommended we postpone our discussion about Board structure until next month’s meeting. Everyone agreed.Business Arising and Updates shared by Carol: Student employment applications have been filed;No decision yet on status of VIC summer operations;Hawboldt sign has been repainted by Richard Eldridge;Question to James & Fran about proposed membership flyer mail-out;Application to fund the municipal-wide heritage home signage project has been approved by Council. Request will go to the NS 150 Forward fund;Dudley and Tru are working on the picnic basket fund-raiser tentatively scheduled for July 29 (beef tenderloin or salmon; salads; wine or beer; picture of Sir John A.); Carol has completed the uploading of Oak Island files for on-line access;Christmas decorations will be sorted and re-packed shortly (Hilary, Cindy and others).Motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:55PM mad by Hilary.Next meeting: February 14, 2017, 7 PM (location to be decided).Respectfully submittedCindy Lamson, Secretary Chester Municipal Heritage SocietyAnnual General Meeting, May 8, 2015The Annual General Meeting of the Chester Municipal Heritage Society was held on Friday, May 8th at St. Stephen’s Parish Centre, Chester. The meeting began with a pot luck supper, enjoyed by 26+ people. Carol Nauss, Chair of the CMHS, introduced our Guest Speaker, Dr. Brian Tennyson, retired Professor of History University of the College of Cape Breton and author of fourteen books and many papers. Dr.Tennyson delivered a thought-provoking address, citing the lack of good data to provide precise information about the exact number of men and women who served in the Great War. He explained how enlisting to fight was perceived to be a great honor and few envisioned the real horrors of war. He also referenced Nurse Edwina Lordly who enlisted as a nurse and served with the Red Cross in France. Carol thanked Dr. Tennyson and presented him with a gift certificate to Oceanview Garden Centre in appreciation for his contribution to the evening’s agenda.The Society’s Annual General Meeting was called to order by Chair Carol Nauss at 7:40PM. A package containing the Chair’s report, Committee activity reports and the financial report were distributed for review. In addition, a copy of the Society’s latest newsletter was included. Carol cited the efforts of Dudley Grove’s year-end 1806 fundraising letter as a significant contribution to our bottom line. Treasurer Richard Stevens presented the year-end Balance Sheet, a Profit and Loss report (previous year comparison) and a proposed operating budget for 2015. Ted Cleather moved the Treasurer’s report be adopted as read, seconded by Hilary McCarron. Motion carried.Nominating committee: Cindy Lamson and Mickey Lantz reported that all sitting members have agreed to re-offer.as members of the Board. After asking three times for additional nominations from the floor, the nominations were closed. Cindy moved for acceptance of the report, seconded by Marina Davidson.Carol Nauss invited all members and friends to support the upcoming events, commencing with the Official Opening of the World War I Display at Lordly House on June 1st; the Auction and Flea Market on July 11, the Opening of the Underneath It All Exhibit on July 19th, and the House and Harbour Tour on August 22.Garry Zwicker moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:40PM.Respectfully submitted,Cynthia Lamson, Secretary