Gillett Area Historical Society

April 27, 2017

 

Present:  Mike Lambrecht, Lorraine Gentz, Deanna Smith, Katie Lambrecht, Jackie Begolke, Donna Bubolz, Heather Fifield, Rod Fifield, Josh McCarthy, Larry Buchholz, Steve Frederick, Leola Schneider, Lynn Merline, Lois Reimer

 Agenda: President Mike Lambrecht called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Leola Schneider moved to approve the agenda; Rod Fifield seconded; motion carried. 

 Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted with corrections that KNX Party Band has committed to be play at the Ice Cream Social and Antique Tractor Show and that Caleb and Ethan Lally will be doing lawn work rather than garden work that was reported in the last minutes. Heather Fifield moved to approve the minutes; Deanna Bubolz seconded; motion carried.

 Treasurer’s Report: Deanna Smith gave the highlights of her treasurer’s report. Lorraine Gentz moved to approve the treasurers report; Heather Fifield seconded;motioncarried.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Old Business

  1. Scholarship – We 11 received applicants. Donna Bubolz, Katie Lambrecht and Josh McCarthy are to review applicants and will select the recipient of the scholarship.
  2. Summer Intern – Holly is still uncertain of her summer schedule. She would not be available on the weekends. John Gildemeister may be interested in helping. Deanna will contact John.
  3. Regional Meeting – Friday September 8th. Volunteers will be need to help on the evening of Thursday, September 7th for setup.
  4. Spring Cleaning – List was passed around again. Group cleaning is scheduled for Saturday, April 29 beginning at 9:00 AM. Rod will be bringing a thatcher, sweeper and trailer for lawn care. Received quote from Ascher Janitorial for window cleaning. Quote for cleaning windows and screens would be $562.50. Deanna Smith moved to approve the window cleaning; Lorraine Gentz seconded. Mike Lambrecht will contact Ascher Janitorial tomorrow.
  5. Pass Perfect Training – Heather and Jackie will be attending.

New Business

  1. Ice Cream Social and Antique Tractor Show:Christmas Tea Idea – If anyone has any ideas, let Lorraine know.
    1. KNX Party Band has committed to playing at the event.
    2. Permits have been turned in and road use permit has been approved. The other permits will be going to council in late May or early June.
    3. Mike and Rod will contact the Lena, Pulaski, Suring and Seymour tractor clubs.
    4. Food – GAHS plans to get items from Pat’s market like last year. Mike Lambrecht contacted Jordan Rank regarding ice cream. If we purchase ice cream from Rank’s Northern Dairy, he will lend us a cooler for both ice cream and soda.
    5. Donna Bubolz will be donating a quilt to raffle during the event. The raffle tickets will sold ahead of time. Rod will be looking into the getting the raffle tickets. There will be 500 tickets books printed and tickets will be at price of $1 per ticket or 6 for $5.
    6. Mike Lambrecht will contact OJs again regarding pies to raffle when the event gets closer.
    7. Advertising:
      1.                                                               i.      We will use the same poster design as last year. Rod will work on modifying the posters and getting fifty posters ordered.
      2.                                                             ii.      We will do an inventory of posters and then figure out what needs to be ordered at the next meeting.
      3.                                                           iii.      Mike Lambrecht will look into how to get permission to hang signs on the welcome to Gillett signs.
  2. Lambeau Field Volunteers – Not interested for this season.
  3. Front Screen Door – Rod Fifield and Mike Riesch will be discussing further.

 The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.   Our next meeting will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the Museum.

 Submitted by:

 Katie Lambrecht, Secretary

 

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Gillett Area Historical Society

March 23, 2017 

Present:  Mike Lambrecht, Lorraine Gentz, Deanna Smith, Katie Lambrecht, Jackie Begolke, Donna Bubolz, Heather Fifield, Rod Fifield, Josh McCarthy, Larry Buchholz, Lynn Merline

 Agenda: President Mike Lambrecht called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Deanna Smith moved to approve the agenda; Lorriane Gentz seconded; motion carried. 

 Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as published. Rod Fifield moved to approve the minutes; Jackie Begolke seconded; motion carried.

 Treasurer’s Report: Deanna Smith gave the highlights of her treasurer’s report.  Rod Fifield moved to approve the treasurers report; Heather Fifield seconded; motion carried.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Old Business

  1. Scholarship – Jamie Parker from Gillett High School has applicants and will provide them to the board for April’s meeting. Katie Lambrecht, Josh McCarthy and Donna Buboltz to review once applicants are received.
  2. Summer Intern – Still waiting to hear from Holly. Potentially Holly and her mother, Tami, will work together this summer. Nothing has come out of the school meeting.
  3. Basement Clutter – Per Rod, most of the items need to stay. A partition will be made to hide the remaining items. Deanna will look for curtains; Lorraine will hem the curtains; Rod will install.
  4. Farm Display – Deanna spoke to Gary Yeager. He would like to see the display be generic rather than representing a specific farm. A committee will be made up to work on this display. Deanna, Nancy and Lynn have volunteered. They are looking for additional volunteers.

New Business

  1. Spring Cleaning – A list was passed at the meeting. Saturday, April 29th has been set aside for cleaning beginning at 9 AM. Anyone able to help is welcome. Cleaning can also be done at any other time as well.
  2. Ice Cream Social/Tractor Show:
    1. Raffle permit has been received.
    2. Mike and Rod will contact the Lena, Pulaski, Suring and Seymour tractor clubs.
    3. Food – Plan is to get items from Pat’s market like last year. Mike Lambrecht will talk to Jordan Rank about ice cream prices and using his cooler.
    4. Lorraine will be working on a committee for cakes.
    5. Heather is contacting the KNX band to see if they are available and interested in playing again this year.
    6. Starting time/registration has been moved up to 10 AM as requested by several participants.
  3. Lawn & Garden Projects:Pass Perfect Workshop – Jackie and Heather will be attending a Pass Perfect workshop on June 20th. If interested, contact Heather. The registration fee will be covered by GAHS.
    1. Rod is contacting Caleb and Ethan Lally regarding helping with gardens
    2. Deanna is also working on getting help with the gardens.
    3. Pay for garden help will be $10 per hour. Josh McCarthy moved to approve; Donna Bubolz seconded.
    4. Rod will be purchasing weed and feed and will supply the bill to Deanna.

 The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.   Our next meeting will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Cracked Cup.

 Submitted by:

Katie Lambrecht, Secretary

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Gillett Area Historical Society
Meeting Minutes

February 23, 2017

 

Present:  Mike Lambrecht, Lorraine Gentz, Deanna Smith, Katie Lambrecht, Heather Fifield, Rod Fifield, Steve Frederick

 

Agenda: President Mike Lambrecht called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Additional items added to the agenda were discussing the farm display in the basement and Gillett Library Easter egg hunt. Rod Fifield moved to approve the agenda; Deanna Smith seconded; motion carried. 

 

Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as published. Rod Fifield moved to approve the minutes; Deanna Smith seconded; motion carried.

 

Treasurer’s Report: Deanna Smith gave the highlights of her treasurer’s report.  A new CD was opened at Peshtigo Bank. The majority of the banking has now been moved over to Peshtigo National Bank in Gillett with Wells Fargo being the secondary bank. GAHS will maintain a balance in the Wells Fargo account so fees are not incurred. Notable expenses for the month included payment for the billboard on Hwy 32N (now paid through December 2017), post office box renewal, and insurance renewal. Heather Fifield moved to approve the treasurers report; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Old Business

  1. Scholarship – Jamie Parker from Gillett High School has applicants and will provide them to the board for April’s meeting.
  2. Wall of Honor – A space was purchased in February for Claire Grotelueschen LaLauzerne. There are seven spaces claimed in the new section and spaces available in section three and all of section four remains open.
  3. Car Mural in Basement – D Mendez is to paint a mural of a car coming into the basement on two large canvases. It has been discussed that the car will be the front view of a car, possibly a sedan similar to the Smith car.
  4. Summer Intern – Holly Umentum is still undecided about this summer. She is looking for something with more hours. GAHS is also looking for a garden intern possibly from the 4H club. Also discussed was help from the teen court at the school and Eagle scouts. Both groups need community service hours or projects.
  5. Lawn Care for Summer – Bruce Hansen will cut and trim lawn.
  6. Regional Meeting – September 12, 2017 from 9 AM to Noon. Lorraine Gentz is to contact Jane Seymour regarding details. Mike Riesch will be opening Earth Haven for guests to tour as well.
  7. Electrical and Utilities – Mike Riesch and Rod Fifield turned off some of the unneeded power in the museum and carriage house.

New Business

  1. Calendar Sales: There are calendars lefts. They will be sold for $5 rather than $10. Next year plan to order only 125. This year two batches of 100 were ordered. The second batch was ordered since the first had sold out so quickly. Rod Fifield moved to approve the reduced price; Steve Frederick seconded; motion carried.
  2. Spring Cleaning – April 29, 2017 at 9 AM will be the group meeting for cleaning the museum. There will also be a sign-up sheet for cleaning to be done at other times distributed during the March meeting. Adam Asher will be washing the windows.  Rod Fifield moved to approve the expense; Steve Frederick seconded; motion carried.
  3. Project List – The project list for this year includes the following:Tractor Show and Ice Cream Social is July 9, 2017. There will be a list at the March meeting regarding tasks to be completed.
    1. Steve and Rod are to review the basement clutter and report back during the March meeting.
    2. Mike Riesch to paint the stones on the foundation. He will accept help from anyone who is willing.
  4. Insurance for Little Red Car – Mike Lambrecht is to contact Haggerty regarding an insurance quote on the car.
  5. Farm Display – Jaeger family donated funds to have a display of farm items at the museum. Deanna Smith will contact Gary Jaeger regarding his vision for the display.
  6. Gillett Easter Egg Hunt – The museum will donate $50 for the Easter egg hunt that takes place at the school. Last year there were approximately 300 participants.
  7. Meetings for March and April will be held at the Cracked Cup. Heather Fifield will contact the Times Herald to update the meeting postings.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.   Our next meeting will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Cracked Cup.

 

Submitted by:

 

Katie Lambrecht, Secretary

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Gillett Area Historical Society Meeting Minutes

January 27, 2017

 Present:  Mike Lambrecht, Lorraine Gentz, Deanna Smith, Katie Lambrecht, Heather Fifield, Rod Fifield, Josh McCarthy, Mike Riesch, Leola Schneider

 

Agenda: President Mike Lambrecht called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Additional items added to the agenda were discussing the car mural in the basement, salting of sidewalk in front of the museum and getting high school students involved. Josh McCarthy moved to approve the agenda; Rod Fifield seconded; motion carried. 

 

Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as published. Rod Fifield moved to approve the minutes; Leola Schneider seconded; motion carried.

 

Treasurer’s Report: Deanna Smith gave the highlights of her treasurer’s report.  GAHS received a generous donation of $25,000 from Bill Neuman again this year. Per discussion and review of checking accounts during the meeting, a new CD will be opened at Peshtigo National Bank and Deanna will move funds from Wells Fargo to Peshtigo National Bank as discussed. Peshtigo Bank will become the main bank for GAHS. Rod Fifield moved to approve the treasurers report and movement of funds between banks; Mike Riesch seconded; motion carried

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Old Business

  1. Billboard on Highway 32N – billboard has been renewed for a year at a cost of $1,100.
  2. Raffle Permit – has been renewed until August 2017. It needs to be renewed annually. There is no notice sent when the renewal is due.
  3. Utilities – budgeted amount has decreased for this year from $150 in the past to $130 for the next year. No audit has been done.
  4. Christmas in the Park – Lorraine reported on the event. Many children came to the museum. There were activities for them and cookies. Tea was not provided this year. The event was a success.
  5. Christmas Decorations in Zipple Park -  Josh McCarthy will take down the tree in the park and return the decorations to the museum.
  6. Tractor Calendar Sales – 200 calendars were purchased for a cost of $1,190. So far, $930 of calendars have been sold.
  7. Propane heater in Carriage House – the heater is working wonderfully per Rod.
  8. Scholarship – Josh McCarthy has been working on the scholarship. Staffing has changed at the school and Josh has a new meeting with Jamie Parker at the school regarding the scholarship. The status of the scholarship for 2017 is uncertain. Many other organizations in the community are facing the same issues because of the change of staffing at the school.
  9. Wall of Honor – Engraving was done in fall. Six more slots have been sold for the spring engraving. Some of the participants have requested a picture of the wall be sent to them when it is finished.

 

New Business

  1. Spring Cleaning: Discussion of spring cleaning occurring the last week of April and/or the first two weeks of May. It will be discussed more during the March meeting. Mike Lambrecht will check with Mike Ascher on a price for window cleaning. Painting of the back porch will be on the list of tasks for this year.
  2. Lawn Care – Deanna Smith is contacting Bruce Hansen regarding lawn care.
  3.  Project List – The project list for this year includes the following:Calendar to Bill Neuman – Deanna will be sending a calendar to Bill Neuman.
    1. Agriculture Farm Project – Don is making display boards for an Agriculture display to be located in the museum. Possibly the basement with the other farm tools.
    2. Steps/Porch to the rear entrance need to be painted.
    3. Mike Riesch to paint the foundation. He will accept help from anyone who is willing.
    4. Storm door on back and front entrance to be replaced. Mike Riesch and Rod Fifield will work on it and can purchase new doors if determined necessary. Leola Schneider moved to approve the expense if needed; Deanna Smith seconded; motion carried.
    5. Mike Riesch is planning to touch up the bathroom.
  4. Calendar to Bill Neuman – Deanna will be sending a calendar to Bill Neuman
  5. Summer Intern – GAHS would love to have Holly Umentum back this year. Lorraine is also contacting the high school to look for another helper that Holly could potentially train.
  6. Northwoods Regional Meeting – Lorraine expects to be contacted by Jane Seymour around June. The meeting will take place in the fall in the Community Center. Approximately 40 people are expected.
  7. Christmas Tea & Ice Cream Social – stay tuned for further updates. These items will be discussed at later meetings.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.   Our next meeting will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the Community Center.

 

Submitted by:

 

Katie Lambrecht, Secretary

 

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Gillett Area Historical Society Annual Meeting Minutes

October 27 2016

Following a delicious chicken dinner (catered by Jerry Luther) at the Gillett Area Ambulance Garage meeting room, approximately 27 people attended our Annual Meeting.

GAHS President Rod Fifield gave a summary of the past several years, which highlighted changes to the Museum itself, landscaping, the building of the Carriage House, replacement of the driveway and sidewalk, and erection of the Wall of Honor.  We now have two sections that are engraved and two more sections available for those who wish to pay tribute to someone.  The restoration of Nick Stromer’s Little Red Car and the hanging of the restored mirror ball in the Carriage House were also mentioned.

 As President of the GAHS, Rod Fifield proposed a change in our by-laws.  He’d like to see the term of office reduced from three years to two years.  Donna Bubolz moved to accept this change; Lois Riemer seconded; motion carried.

 Deanna Smith elaborated on her treasurer’s report, which had been handed out.  She also mentioned that Nancy Smith will, because of health issues, no longer be publishing our quarterly newsletter. 

 Election of Officers 

The following nominations were made: 

President: Mike Lambrecht

Treasurer: Deanna Smith

Vice President: Lorraine Gentz

Secretary: Katie Lambrecht 

The President requested that the Secretary cast a unanimous ballot for the slate of officers; ballot cast and election completed. [note: No Board Members mentions in minutes]
The meeting closed at 7:10 p.m., at which time the program commenced.

Program

 Robin and Joan Rolfs, owners of Audio Antique, LLC, Hortonville, gave an entertaining presentation on their collection of gramophones and Victrolas.  Joan has her BS in Business/Interior Design, and Robin has his BS and MS in Technology Education.  Their business specializes in phonographs, Nippers, dolls, and related antiques from the Victorian period to the 1940s.  They have written several articles on Nipper for local and state newspapers.  They are also the authors of several resource books:  Phonograph Dolls and Toys, Nipper Collectibles, and Nipper Collectibles Volume II.  

 Respectfully submitted,

Heather Fifield, Secretary

 

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Gillett Area Historical Society Meeting Minutes

September 22, 2016

Present:  Rod Fifield, Lorraine Gentz, Deanna Smith, Heather Fifield, Jackie Begolke, Steve Frederick, Mike Lambrecht, Josh McCarthy, Marti Matyska, Lois Riemer, Leola Schneider, Larry Buchholz

President Rod Fifield called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.  After a few additions to the agenda, Leola Schneider moved to approve the agenda; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried. 

The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as published. Deanna Smith presented her treasurer’s report, noting that she is bonded.    Jackie Begolke moved to accept the treasurer’s report; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Unfinished Business

Annual Meeting:  October 27, 2016. Gather at 5:45 p.m.  Buffet dinner at 6 p.m.  Lorraine has arranged for the Rolf family to display their gramophones, etc.

Lorraine has reserved the Ambulance Garage, 225 W. Park Street, for this event.

Tickets will be available at The Cracked Cup, or reservations can be made by calling Lorraine Gentz at 920-855-6445.  The cost is $15 per person.

Anyone available is asked to come to the Ambulance Garage at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 to set up the tables, etc.

Deanna got from Focus on Energy several tips on reducing our energy bill.  She will talk with contractors to get more information.

Wall of Honor:  Engraving of the first two panels is completed; second two panels are erected but do not have granite yet.  We will soon have 40 more blocks available.

Christmas Open House, Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m.  Because Marti will be out of town that weekend, the Laura Ingalls Wilder program has been cancelled.  Lorraine will see about coordinating the Open House.  We will discuss this further at our October meeting.

Rod will get propane for the carriage house heater, which should solve the problem.

Wheels & Wings in Oconto on Saturday, September 17.  Mike Lambrecht took the Little Red Car.  Don and Sandy Pederson and Rod Fifield attended with him.  This was good publicity for GAHS.

Scholarship Committee:  Josh McCarthy has scheduled a meeting with Becky Woelfel at the High School.

Tractor Calendars:  The calendars are available.  Mike Lambrecht and Deanna have taken some to their establishments to sell.  They are $10 each or five for $45.  A GAHS brochure is to be included in each calendar. Calendars will be available at the Annual Meeting.

 New Business

Lorraine has offered the Museum for one of her clubs to meet in October and November, since the community room at the Library is not available.  Steve Frederick moved we approve this request; Deanna Smith seconded; motion carried.

Marti is having "Gillett Evolves" posters made for the front stairway.  Mike L. and Josh moved the Scandinavian trunk to the bottom of the front stairs after the meeting.

Marti is planning an elementary school outreach program for Gillett’s third-grade students.  She is planning a coloring book and perhaps a scavenger hunt.

Lorraine has removed leaves with white fungus from the peonies.  They are bagged and need to be burned.

Deanna Smith moved to adjourn at 8 p.m.; Josh McCarthy seconded; motion carried. Our next meeting will be the Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 27, at the Ambulance Garage.  All are encouraged to attend.

Respectfully submitted,

Heather Fifield, Secretary

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Gillett Area Historical Society Meeting Minutes

August 25, 2016

Present: Rod Fifield, Lorraine Gentz, Deanna Smith, Heather Fifield, Jackie Begolke, Donna

Bubolz, Mike Lambrecht, Marti Matyska, Mike Riesch, Katy Lambrecht, Lois Riemer

President Rod Fifield called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. We began with a half-hour tutorial

on accessioning by Lorraine Gentz. Deanna Smith moved to approve the agenda; Lorraine

Gentz seconded; motion carried.

The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as published. Deanna Smith presented her

treasurer’s report. She then talked about contacting WE Energies to do an energy audit for a fee.

Mike Riesch moved we authorize payment for an energy audit; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion

carried.

Unfinished Business
1. Annual Meeting: October 27, 2016. Lorraine has arranged for the Rolf family to display

their gramophones, etc., at a cost of $50. Lorraine has reserved the Ambulance Garage

for this event. Marti will make tickets for the Annual Meeting. Several will work with

her on publicity. We will meet at 1 p.m. on October 27 to set up the tables, etc.

2.Wall of Honor: Rod will contact Schneider Monument about having the engraving done.

3.Christmas Tea, Sunday, December 4, 2016. We will have the Tea at the Museum, with

the Laura Ingalls Wilder presentation being held in the Carriage House. Marti has plans

to work with the schools to get more exposure for the event. Rod and Don Pederson will

see about connecting the thermostat for the propane heater in the Carriage House.

Deanna will see if Linda will submit a grant request to Thrivent for publicity for this

event. Jackie talked about submitting because she is also with Thrivent.

4.State Historical Society Grant: Marti wrote it so money from the Ice Cream Social/

Antique Tractor Show could be counted as our matching funds. She will get help from

Wisconsin Computers in Oconto Falls to find out what we need for the digitizing project.

5.Mike Lambrecht will see that the Little Red Car gets to Wheels & Wings in Oconto on

Saturday, September 17. Don Pederson and Rod Fifield attend with him.

6.Tractor Calendars: Rod will work with Todd Daniels to finalize the design. We agreed

to order 100. It was suggested that a GAHS brochure be included in those distributed to

the tractor clubs. Rod and Mike L. will visit the clubs to distribute the calendars.

New Business

1.Lorraine requested a new screen door for the front of the Museum. Mike Riesch will see

about this.

2.Lorraine needs about 10 holes dug for the butterfly bushes. Mike Lambrecht will take

care of this.

3.Marti and Mike R. will meet on September 12 to get the pictures hung on the front

stairway.

4.Rod said he thinks three-year terms are too long. He will write up a bylaws proposal

changing terms to two years.

5.GAHS Board: Terms expire for Rod Fifield, Deanna Smith, Heather Fifield, and Marti

Matyska. Deanna is willing to stay on as treasurer. Rod and Heather will stay on the

Board but would prefer to give up their offices. Marti will drop from the Board, opening

a space for Katie Lambrecht to become a Board member and take over as Secretary.

Lorrainie Gentz moved to adjourn at 8:05 p.m.; Donna Bubolz seconded; motion carried. Our

next meeting will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2016, at the Museum. We need to

finalize plans for our Annual Meeting at the Christmas Tea at this meeting. All are welcome to

attend.

Respectfully submitted,

Heather Fifield, Secretary

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Gillett Area Historical Society
July 28, 2016

Present: Lorraine Gentz, Deanna Smith, Donna Bubolz, Steve Frederick, Mike Lambrecht, Josh McCarthy, Mike Riesch, Katie Lambrecht, Lois Riemer, Leola Schneider, Marti Matyska

Treasurer Deanna Smith called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Lorraine Gentz moved to approve the agenda; Leola Schneider; motion carried.

Donna Bubolz moved to accept the minutes of the previous meeting published; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried. Mike Riesch moved to accept the treasurer’s report as published; Mike Lambrecht seconded; motion carried.

Old Business:                                                                            

  1. 4th of July/Car Show:
    1. Nick Stomer (grandson of Nick Stromer) saw the car for the first time and was very impressed and happy to see the car restored.
    2. During the parade, Deanna and Heather ran out of candy. Next year we will need to purchase more candy to make it through the parade.
    3. Antique Tractor Show:
      1. General Comments:

                                                               i.      Approximately $1,112 in proceeds from the tractor show and ice cream social, which is less than last year, but we had more expenses than past years as well. Last year $1,135 was made on the ice cream social.

                                                             ii.      $252 was made to go towards the scholarship fund from voting.

                                                            iii.      Had more people than in the past.  Advertising helped and tractors were a big pull for people to attend.

                                                           iv.      Received many compliments about the event.

                                                             v.      Many people who lived in Gillett for a long time and have never been to the museum, toured it for the first time during the event.

  1. Mike Lambrecht’s Report:

                                                               i.      For next time, include the complimentary voting ticket in with the welcome packet. It was too confusing for the participants to have to get them in a different location.

                                                             ii.      The food was in a good location.

                                                            iii.      Request to use the cooler from Jordan Rank again in the future. This worked well to keep the beverages cool.

                                                           iv.      Advertise a sponsor board for local businesses as another way to pay for the costs of the event.

                                                             v.      Think of ways to increase community involvement. Example – working with other groups/organizations.

                                                           vi.      We kept popping breakers in the Carriage House.  Perhaps an electrical upgrade is needed? Keep in mind the limited capacity during the Christmas Tea.

  1. Leola Schneider’s Report:

                                                               i.      Sent out through email.

                                                             ii.      For next year, do more bars instead of cakes. The frosting became really sticky in the heat.

                                                            iii.      In general, the ice cream social portion ran smoothly.

                                                           iv.      Leola received old pictures during the event. It is not known who is in the pictures. Leola left them at the museum.

  1. Steve Frederick’s Report:

                                                               i.      Not many people took the wagons.

                                                             ii.      Handicapped trailer was used more.

                                                            iii.      Suggested a banner for Zipple Park to advertise the parking during the event.

  1. Future Ideas:

                                                               i.      If the event continues to grow, consider event insurance in case of rain. Event insurance will reimburse for costs that cannot be refunded (food, band, etc).

  1. Annual Meeting on October 27, 2016
    1. 1:30 PM setup at the ambulance garage.
    2. 5:45 PM Social followed by dinner at 6:00 PM.
    3. Lorraine has reserved the ambulance garage. The rental last year was $25, after part of our fee had been returned for cleaning up the ambulance garage when finished.
    4. Tickets will be $15 per person. Last year’s cost for catering was about $10 per person.
    5. Catering will be done by Jerry Luther again.
    6. Gramophones will be displayed – the display will cost $50.
    7. There are three officer positions available on the Board of Directors. Rod has stated that he will not be president again.
    8. Water issue has been taken care of by Tim Soper at no charge.
    9. Deanna is going to contact Oconto Electric Cooperative regarding an energy audit.
    10. Wall of Honor
      1. New wall is up – total of four sections.
      2. Engraving is not yet done.
      3. New form was created by Marti Matyska.
      4. Christmas Tea
        1. Laura Ingalls Wilder presentation is a go. The cost is $350 for the presentation, and the presenters are staying at Marti’s house.
        2. Talked to Kay about not being able to have the tea the same day as the events in the park.
        3. Contact Mrs. Britton at the school about sending flyers home with her students because she does a Laura Ingalls Wilder unit in class. Also contact fourth grade teacher to see if they would be able to tie in with their Wisconsin History unit.
        4. Make sure we submit for a Thrivent action team for this event as well.
        5. Grant Done by Marti
          1. We won the grant.
          2. $500 will be received with the contingency that GAHS matches $500 received.
          3. The grant is for a storage unit for digitizing pictures.
          4. Pictures will need to be copied from Nancy’s computer.
          5. May have to update GAHS computer. The storage unit is only compatible with computers with 3 USB ports.
          6. The grant was applied for two years ago as well. We did not get the grant that time.

New Business:

  1. Wheels and Wings
    1. 8th Annual Event takes place on September 17, 2016, in Oconto.
    2. Mike Lambrecht will take Little Red Car on Friday and will be at the show on Saturday.
    3. We need a better display for the info on the Little Red Car.

                                                               i.      Steve Frederick suggested an aluminum sign

                                                             ii.      We don’t want the info to be blowing around like it was on the fourth.

                                                            iii.      Need display of story/pictures/statistics.

                                                           iv.      Need indoor/outdoor rug.

  1. Looking for help at the event  (Rod Fifield and Don Pederson helped on the fourth. Would they be willing again?)
  2. Old Gun Event
    1. Decided against the event based on recent events in the world.
    2. We would have to take out special insurance and it would be difficult to coordinate.
    3. Could potentially be dangerous.
    4. Scholarship – Josh is meeting with school once school starts again.
    5. Friends of Library Event
      1. Cider Days is the first Saturday in October from 9AM to 2 PM
      2. There will be a road rally for quilts.
      3. Museum will not be open during the event. In the past, no one came to the museum during the event.
      4. Calendar Preview
        1. A sample was available for the meeting.
        2. They cost $5 each. We will sell for $10 each.
        3. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund.
        4. Building Committee
          1. Mike Riesch will paint the foundation and do touch ups on the building and in the bathroom.
          2. Hopefully will be done by the end of August.
          3. Bathroom door upstairs locks from inside. Mike will check on both doors.
          4. City of Gillett Tourism and Marketing
            1. Advertising events for free.
            2. Social media push.
            3. Will be advertising -

                                                               i.      Annual Meeting

                                                             ii.      Christmas Tea

                                                            iii.      Tractor Show

                                                           iv.      Link to GAHS website

  1. Contact Josh for any other clubs/advertising.
  2. Lorraine will be doing a tutorial on accessioning during next meeting.

Meeting was adjourned. Lorraine motioned; Josh seconded. Motion carried.

Katie Lambrecht, Secretary pro tem

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Gillett Area Historical Society
May 26, 2016

Present:  Rod Fifield, Lorraine Gentz, Heather Fifield, Steve Frederick, Josh McCarthy, Marti Matyska, Mike Riesch, Leola Schneider

 President Rod Fifield called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Leola Schneider moved to approve the agenda; Steve Frederick seconded; motion carried. 

 Lorraine Gentz moved to accept the minutes of the previous meeting published; Mike Riesch seconded; motion carried.  Mike Riesch moved to accept the treasurer’s report as published; Josh McCarthy seconded; motion  carried.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Unfinished Business

  1. In talking about spring cleaning, Lorraine requested that the barber chair be moved to the carriage house and the old refrigerator be moved to the basement.  The guys will check out the possibilities.  For those who have committed to cleaning an area, we ask that it be done before our opening on June 4.  (We still need an attendant for that day.)
  2. Marti Matyska is still working on her front stairway project. 
  3. Mike Riesch reported that upstairs bathroom is functional, and he found and hung the old door.
  4. The propane heater in the carriage house has been installed.  Don Pederson will check it when the weather cools.
  5. Josh McCarthy gave the parameters for our proposed scholarship in 2017.  The school’s application form will be used. When the time comes, the committee (Josh, Donna, and Katie) will review applications.
  6. Lorraine Gentz reported that Wesley Magee is doing a good job.  Lorraine has purchased six butterfly bushes for the garden.
  7. The Antique Tractor Show will be combined with this year’s Ice Cream Social on Sunday, July 10.  Mike Lambrecht will chair the event.Annual Meeting:  October 27, 2016.  Lorraine has arranged for the Rolf family to display their gramophones, etc., at a cost will be $50.  Lorraine will reserve the Ambulance Garage for this event.
    1. Lorraine Gentz moved we purchase two banners from Jeff Hertwig; Steve Frederick seconded; motion carried. Steve Frederick and Marti Matyska will design and order two banners to be put on one of Steve’s wagons in the July 4th Parade.
    2. Leola Schneider moved we spend the money required to put on this event; Mike Riesch seconded; motion carried.  We will need to invest in insurance, food, etc.
    3. We will charge $5 for the cake, ice cream, and beverage.  Other food will be available for purchase on the grounds.  Randy Winkler will make 18 gallons of booyah.  Pat’s Market will work with us regarding burgers and brats.
    4. The Pulaski Antique Tractor Club has been invited, as will others.
    5. Leola Schneider moved we set aside our “no liquor” policy for one day to have a beer tent on the grounds; Steve Frederick seconded; motion carried.  The beverage cannot leave Museum grounds.
    6. Once this event has been approved by City Council, we will have to get busy on publicity – radio, newspapers, posters, fliers, websites, etc.
  8. Mini-Grant:  Marti has written a grant requesting funds to get GAHS documents off Nancy Smith’s computer and into the GAHS office.
  9. Wall of Honor:  Rod has contacted Schneider Monument about having another section erected and the engraving done.  (After Rod and Steve looked at the front of the Museum, it was decided to leave the fir tree and install the new section of Wall to the east of it.)
  10. Christmas Tea:   Sunday, December 4, so Marti’s speaker can do her Laura Ingalls Wilder presentation.  We feel the cost of $200 is worth getting our organization out before the public.
  11. Museum Sign:  Deanna reported that Jeff Hertwig will make an overlay changing May to June -- at no charge.

 New Business

  1. Rod would like to display our Little Red Car in the car show at Zipple Park on July 4.
  2. Rod showed a drawing of Nelson’s Plywood (circa 1942) that has been donated to GAHS.  Rod will see if daughter Erin can frame it; if not, we will contact Mitch Meunier.
  3. Mike Riesch said Earthaven will be having a sale the weekend of June 11-12.  He also brought two boxes (and has many more) of Avon Collectibles.  His idea was that we auction them at the Ice Cream Social.  It was suggested at 2:30 p.m.  Having an auctioneer would be helpful. Does anyone have any connections?

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.   Our next meeting will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the Museum.  At this meeting, we’ll have to nail down details for the Ice Cream Social & Antique Tractor Show.  Please try to attend.

Respectfully submitted,

Heather Fifield, Secretary

Gillett Area Historical Society
April 28, 2016

Present:  Rod Fifield, Lorraine Gentz, Deanna Smith, Heather Fifield, Jackie Begolke, Donna Bubolz, Steve Frederick, Mike Lambrecht, Josh McCarthy, Marti Matyska, Mike Riesch, Katie Lambrecht, Larry Buchholz

President Rod Fifield called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Lorraine Gentz moved to approve the agenda; Deanna Smith seconded; motion carried. 

 The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as published. Deanna Smith gave some details of her treasurer’s report.  Then Donna Bubolz moved to accept the treasurer’s report; Josh McCarthy seconded; motion carried.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Unfinished Business

  1. A sign-up sheet was passed around for spring cleaning.  We ask that it be done before our opening in June.
  2. Marti Matyska is researching pictures for the front stairway.  She’s looking for a ladder that can be placed on the stairway for hanging the pictures. 
  3. Mike Riesch reported that Tim Soper has done the plumbing. Since Deanna told Mike that the old door was nothing special, Mike will buy a door so the bathroom is functional again.  Mike also purchased sealer for the foundation.
  4. Mike Riesch worked with Tim Soper on the new propane heater in the carriage house. Mike will have someone else make sure it is working properly.
  5. Josh McCarthy reported that we are too late for a scholarship this year.  The deadline for next year is March 15, 2017.  Josh, Donna, and Katie now have time to make some recommendations.
  6. Lorraine Gentz reported that Wesley Magee will be helping her with the gardens starting April 29.  Rod will help Lorraine with pruning a particular tree.  Lorraine has purchased six butterfly bushes for the garden.  Rod will check the function of the light on the flag.
  7. Since no one stepped forward to head the Cemetery Walk, it will be dropped for this year.  We can always start it again.
  8. After some discussion, it was decided to combine the Antique Tractor Show with this year’s Ice Cream Social on Sunday, July 10.  Mike Lambrecht, Josh McCarthy, and Steve Frederick will work on the logistics of this event.  Once details are decided, Heather will help with publicity.  Steve suggested banners from Hertwig that could be displayed on his wagon in the July 4th parade.
  9. Annual Meeting:  October 27, 2016.  Marti has a lead on a speaker regarding gramophones.  We decided she should spend the $200 to get a program that will draw attendees.
  10. Mini-Grant:  Marti will put in 2 hours on this; applications are due June 3, 2016.

 New Business

  1. Wall of Honor:  The current spaces have been claimed.  We decided to have another 20-block section erected.  Rod can see about this when he schedules the engraving.  Steve will help Rod move the little tree; Lorraine will find a home for it.
  2. Christmas Tea:  Sunday, December 4, so Marti’s speaker can do her Laura Ingalls Wilder presentation.  We feel the cost of $200 is worth getting our organization out before the public.
  3. Lorraine Gentz reported that our offer to host the Northwoods Regional Meeting in September 2017 has been accepted.  We would host in the morning, providing refreshments, and suggest people visit Earthaven while they are in our area.
  4. Summer Intern:  Lorraine will contact Holly Umentum about starting June 1.  Deanna Smith moved we give Holly a $1,200 scholarship this year; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried.  The amount will be given out in thirds monthly.
  5. Museum Sign:  After some discussion, we decided to try to staff the Museum Saturdays and Sundays, June through August.  Deanna will contact Rick Raatz to see if he can modify the current sign to reflect this change.

 The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.   Our next meeting will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at the Museum.

 Respectfully submitted,
Heather Fifield, Secretary

Meeting Canceled in March 2016 Due to Weather.  Not Rescheduled.

Gillett Area Historical Society Meeting
February 25, 2016

Present:  Rod Fifield, Lorraine Gentz, Deanna Smith, Heather Fifield, Josh McCarthy, Marti Matyska, Mike Riesch, Karen Young

President Rod Fifield called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Deanna Smith moved to approve the agenda; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried. 

Deanna Smith moved to approve the minutes of the previous meeting; Josh McCarthy seconded; motion carried. Deanna Smith gave some details of her treasurer’s report.  Then Lorraine Gentz moved to accept the treasurer’s report; Karen Young seconded; motion carried.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Unfinished Business

  1. At our March meeting, we will schedule spring cleaning to be done in April
  2. Donna Bubolz told Holly Umentum that she will be our intern again this summer.  Holly is excited about it.
  3. Marti Matyska is working on pictures for the front stairway.  She’s researching the potential contents of a Norwegian trunk.
  4. Mike Riesch reported that the new bathroom floor is in and the old vanity has been removed and replaced with Josh’s help.  Next will be Tim Soper to do the plumbing.  The bathroom should be ready by the time we open in the spring.
  5. Lorraine Gentz talked about the walk-through done by her committee.  She explained the display items in the dining room and how she’d like to have them rearranged.  We agreed to give it a try.  Josh can help her on Saturday morning, March 5.
  6. Rod Fifield and Don Pederson have hung the new propane heater in the carriage house.  Mike Riesch will check with Tim Soper to see if he can do the propane hookup.
  7. Josh McCarthy discussed the scholarship proposal.  Lorraine suggested he contact Brian Bloesel at Gillett High School for direction in developing the guidelines.

 

New Business

  1. Deanna said Bruce Hansen will mow lawn for us again this year.  Lorraine will check with Logan Doll to see if he might be available to help with the gardens.
  2. The KNX Party Band has offered to play at our Ice Cream Social again.
  3. If we are going to have another Cemetery Walk, the event will need a new chairman.
  4. Lorraine Gentz will check with St. John’s Lutheran Church to see if they might be interested in doing a joint event to celebrate their anniversary (Sunday, July 3).  An antique tractor show has been suggested for this or possibly a fall event. 
  5. If we’re going to have a Christmas Tea, we might want to look at other heating options for the screened porch.
  6. Our Annual Meeting will be Thursday, October 27.  Marti will check on the cost of a potential speaker.  It was suggested that she be presented as a show and that we invite the community.
  7. Our Wall of Honor will have only a couple of openings after the spring engraving is done.  Before erecting another section of Wall, we need to know if there is interest to warrant the expansion.  It was suggested that we ask Nancy Smith to put something in the next newsletter to see if there is enough interest.
  8. There is a Mini-Grant opportunity that is due June 3.  Marti will put two hours into writing a grant.
  9. Lorraine Gentz wondered if GAHS would be interested in hosting a Northwoods Regional Meeting in 2017.  It would be in August or September.  We could host in the morning, providing refreshments, and suggest people visit Earthaven while they are in our area.  Mike Riesch is okay with this idea.
  10. Deanna Smith received a call noting that our Oconto County Fair is 75 years old and wondering about 1940’s style of dress.  Deanna will get more information and forward it to Marti.
  11. Mike Lambrecht is not with us tonight because he and Katie are having a baby.  Rod moved that we give them a baby gift; Marti seconded; motion carried.  Since Deanna has baby things at The Cracked Cup, she will handle this.

 At 8:10 p.m. Deanna Smith moved to adjourn; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried. Our next meeting will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2016, in the Community Meeting Room of the Gillett Public Library.

Respectfully submitted,

Heather Fifield, Secretary

Gillett Area Historical Society Meeting 
January 28, 2016

 

Present:  Rod Fifield, Lorraine Gentz, Deanna Smith, Heather Fifield, Donna Bubolz, Steve Frederick, Mike Lambrecht, Josh McCarthy, Marti Matyska, Mike Riesch, Karen Young, Katie Lambrecht  

President Rod Fifield called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Lorraine Gentz moved to approve the agenda; Josh McCarthy seconded; motion carried. 

Shirley Dittman, who is associated with Thrivent Financial, gave a brief presentation about how GAHS could receive funds for its projects from Thrivent.

 Heather read the minutes of the Annual Meeting.  Deanna Smith moved to approve the minutes of the previous meeting; Mike Lambrecht seconded; motion carried. Deanna Smith gave some details of her treasurer’s report.  Then Donna Bubolz moved to accept the treasurer’s report; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried. 

 Unfinished Business

  1. Deanna’s e-mail of October 26 detailed the finances of the Annual Meeting:  Hall rental $100 - $25 returned for cleaning up; Gillett Shell for food $350; Marti Matyska for decorating and door prizes $44.27.  We had six guests for dinner and 29 paid dinners for $348, leaving us with a cost of $121.27.  Funds well spent for exposure to the community.
  2. Christmas Tea:  We had a profit of $347.90.  Priscilla Druckrey’s Barbie doll exhibit was free.  Marti sent a detailed e-mail report of the Tea on January 9, which will be included with the notes for reference in the future.
  3. Mike Lambrecht gave a detailed report on Nick Stromer’s Little Red Car.  We provided Lambrecht’s Garage with a letter for their taxes.  They had donated $3,184.85 in parts plus the hours of labor.  At Rod’s suggestion, Deanna Smith moved they receive a brick in our Wall of Honor; Donna Bubolz seconded; motion carried.  Ron and Mike will be asked how they would like the brick to read.

 New Business

  1. We welcomed our new Board members – Steve Frederick, Mike Lambrecht, and Josh McCarthy.
  2. Our officers are President – Rod Fifield, Vice President – Lorraine Gentz, Treasurer – Deanna Smith, and Secretary – Heather Fifield.  Donna Bubolz moved we keep the same officers; Mike Riesch seconded; motion carried.
  3. We will do spring cleaning in the month of April.  Each Board member is asked to sign up for a room and clean it at his or her convenience.  Rod will get four more sets of keys made so our new members each have one.
  4. Marti Matyska would like to create a display of maps and pictures up the front stairway.  Lynne Martin-Erickson will help with the project.  Heather Fifield moved we allow Marti $1,000 for this project; Donna Bubolz seconded; motion carried.
  5. Mike Riesch has put in many hours working on the upstairs bathroom.  Now it needs to be completed before we open in the spring.  He is working with Karen Young on the flooring and Tim Soper on the plumbing.  Donna Bubolz moved we allow Mike $1,000 to finish this project; Heather Fifield seconded; motion carried.
  6. Lorraine Gentz had a list of several items she felt should be relocated.  After some discussion, a committee comprised of Lorraine, Deanna, Rod, Steve Frederick, and Mike Lambrecht will meet to tour the space and devise a plan for the coming year.  We discussed possibly donating to another organization tables and display cabinets we no longer need.  They will also see if curtain dividers would be feasible in the attic.
  7. Marti Matyska moved we have a propane heater installed in the carriage house; Deanna Smith seconded; motion carried.  Rod Fifield will work with Don Pederson to complete this project.
  8. Donna Bubolz said Holly Umentum is interested in being our intern again this summer.  Lorraine Gentz moved we hire her again this year; Steve Frederick seconded; motion carried.
  9. Rod suggested we offer a $200 scholarship to GHS seniors to get our name out in the community.   Donna Bubolz, Josh McCarthy, and Katie Lambrecht will work on the parameters for this.
  10. Deanna feels we have too much money in our checking account.  Donna Bubolz moved that she move $25,000 into a 1-year CD; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried.

 At 8:40 p.m. Deanna Smith moved to adjourn; many seconded; motion carried. Our next meeting will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016, in the Community Meeting Room of the Gillett Public Library.

 Respectfully submitted,

Heather Fifield, Secretary

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Gillett Area Historical Society ~ Annual Meeting
October 22, 2015

 Following a delicious chicken dinner (catered by Jerry Luther) at the Gillett Area Ambulance Garage meeting room, approximately 38 people listened to Marti Matyska expound on the one- and two-room school houses in the Gillett area.  Those contributing to the discussion received an apple from the “teacher.”

 GAHS President Rod Fifield gave a summary of the past year: 

  • Little Red Car’s body was redone thanks to Ron and Mike Lambrecht.  It also has beautiful new upholstery thanks to “Seat Doc,” John Baumgartner and Cathy Campshure.
  • Mike Riesch is making the upstairs bathroom beautiful and functional again.
  • Wall of Honor was erected in front of the Museum.  There are still some spaces available.
  • Holly Umentum was our summer intern, while Logan Doll helped Lorraine Gentz with the garden.
  • Don and Sandy Pederson restored the mirror ball from the Pavilion and hung it in the carriage house.
  • The Ice Cream Social again featured the KNX Party Band.
  • Our second Cemetery Walk was blessed with perfect weather.  People gathered at the Museum to socialize afterward.

 We will hold a “Christmas Tea with Barbie” at the Museum on Saturday, December 5, from 1 to 4 p.m., in conjunction with Gillett’s other Christmas activities.  It will feature Priscilla Druckrey’s Barbie doll collection.

 Board Members:  Terms expire for Carol Brown, Dave Pelow, and Leola Schneider.  We extend many thanks to them for their years of service to GAHS.  Our new Board members will be Steve Frederick, Mike Lambrecht, and Josh McCarthy.  We welcome them and look forward to their new ideas.

 The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

 Respectfully submitted,

Heather Fifield, Secretary

 

Gillett Area Historical Society
September 24, 2015

Present:   Rod Fifield, Lorraine Gentz, Deanna Smith, Heather Fifield, Carol Brown, Marti Matyska, Dave Pelow, Leola Schneider, Josh McCarthy

Excused:  Jackie Begolke, Mike Riesch

 President Rod Fifield called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.   Deanna Smith moved to approve the agenda; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried.  Leola Schneider moved to accept the minutes of the previous meeting; Marti Matyska seconded; motion carried.  Deanna is investigating the foul-smelling water at the Museum.  Marti has sent for a raffle license for GAHS.   Dave Pelow moved to accept the treasurer’s report; Leola Schneider seconded; motion carried. 

Unfinished Business

  1. Wall of Honor:  Schneider Monument submitted a bid of $3,100 for our Wall of Honor in front of the Museum.  It will be 3 ½’ high and 12’ long.  Deanna Smith moved we go with this proposal; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried.  Rod Fifield will call Schneider Monument tomorrow.  A letter requesting approval was sent to those who had submitted names; responses are still coming in.
  2. Mike Riesch reported via e-mail hat the bathroom will be ready to paint next week.  He will try to get the storm door on the porch installed next week also.
  3. The Little Red Car is still at The Seat Doc for upholstering.  Then it will go back to Ron Lambrecht so he can continue to work on getting it running.
  4. Cemetery Walk, September 20:  Lorraine Gentz reported that it went very well.  Sixty-three people attended.  Presenter Jim Klemp flew here from Oklahoma to make his presentation.  Nancy Smith created Cemetery Walk books, which she donated.  They sold for $5 each and are still being sold at The Cracked Cup.  Our treasurer reported we made $579 on this event.  Lorraine has announced that she is bowing out of the Cemetery Walk next year.  If we wish to continue it, someone else will have to take over.   
  5. Cider Days, Saturday, October 3, 9 a.m.- 12 noon:  Lorraine will man the Museum from 9 a.m. to 12 noon but does not want to be alone.  Heather will ask Jackie Begolke if she can help out.  Marti will come about noon to take over as long as Museum coverage is necessary.
  6. Annual Meeting, Thursday, October 22, at the Ambulance Garage.  Marti will create a program on one-room schools.  Lorraine will investigate having the meal catered.  Dave Pelow moved we sell tickets; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried.  Marti will create posters and submit the event to The Oconto Reporter.  Rod will publicize this to members in our annual letter, which needs to go out soon.  (Update:  Jerry Luther will cater the Annual Meeting with chicken, potatoes and gravy, relish tray, bean casserole, coleslaw, dinner rolls, and an ice cream cup for dessert.  Tickets will be $12 and are to be purchased ahead of time.  We will gather at 6 p.m. and eat at 6:30.  Those who can help with set-up should come at 1:30 p.m. for an hour or so.)
  7. New Board members:  Term ends for Carol Brown, Dave Pelow, and Leola Schneider.  We are still looking for new Board members.
  8. Christmas Tea, Saturday, December 5, 1-4 p.m.  Marti created a list of what must be done to pull off a Christmas Tea. Lorraine knows someone with a Barbie doll collection, so we will go with a doll/toy theme.  Please give toy-type decorations to Marti for the tree, which will be in the curved window.  Deanna and Angela will handle small sandwiches, which will be served buffet-style.   Others volunteered for various tasks.  Lorraine suggested tickets be $6 in advance and $7 at the door.

New Business

  1. Wish List for annual letter:  HELP!  We need more members to continue.
  2. The schedule for manning the Museum during the summer was tabled for the time being.
  3. Rod would like to make moving the barber chair a winter project.
  4. Lorraine asked to have Logan Doll help with cleaning up the gardens for the fall.  OK.
  5. Dave Pelow has talked with a couple of military bands.  The major issue is the cost of their transportation, estimated at $500 to $600.  Rod feels he can solicit funds for sponsorship from various military organizations (VFW, American Legion, etc.).
  6. Rod will check out the light fixture in the women’s room next week.

 

At 8:30 p.m. Deanna Smith moved to adjourn; Leola Schneider seconded; motion carried. Our next meeting will be our Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at the Ambulance Garage.  Watch for more details in the annual letter.

espectfully submitted,

Heather Fifield, Secretary

Gillett Area Historical Society

August 27, 2015

 

Present:   Rod Fifield, Lorraine Gentz, Heather Fifield, Jackie Begolke, Carol Brown, Donna Bubolz, Marti Matyska, Mike Riesch, Leola Schneider

Excused:  Deanna Smith

 

President Rod Fifield called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.   Leola Schneider moved to approve the agenda; Carol Brown and Jackie Begolke seconded; motion carried.  The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as published.   Carol Brown moved to accept the treasurer’s report; Jackie Begolke and Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried. 

 

Unfinished Business

  1. Walk of Honor:  Rod Fifield took us outside to explain some options for this project. Marti Matyska proposed we send a letter to those who have send money for the Walk of Honor, including a deadline for replies.  We then voted to have a “Wall of Honor” in front of the Museum.  Rod will contact Lisa Schneider at Stone Creations to see where we go from here.
  2. Mike Riesch is making progress on the upstairs bathroom.  We still need to look at flooring and plumbing.  Mike also picked up a storm and screen door for the porch and a light for the bathroom.
  3. The Little Red Car is now at The Seat Doc for upholstering.  It will be on display at the Museum for the Cemetery Walk and Cider Days.  Then it will go back to Ron Lambrecht so he can continue to work on getting it running.
  4. Cemetery Walk, September 20:  Lorraine Gentz has all her workers and cookie bakers.  Somebody will be at the Museum.  Guides should be at Wanderer’s Rest Cemetery as 12:15 p.m. to get the locations of the presentations.   
  5. Holly Umentum was a very conscientious worker for us this summer. Donna will pick up Holly’s final check from Deanna tomorrow.

 

New Business

  1. Cider Days, Saturday, October 3, 9 a.m.- 12 noon:  Kay Rankel would like GAHS to work with the Library on this event.  Steve Frederick has agreed to transport people between the Library and the Museum.  Lorraine will work but needs help.  Donna Bubolz has donated a throw-size quilt for us to raffle off at $1 per ticket or 6 for $5.  We will have the quilt on display at The Cracked Cup, the Cemetery Walk, and Cider Days.  The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the GAHS Annual Meeting on October 22.  Rod will talk to Kay to see if GAHS can use the Library’s raffle license number.  Then Marti will make up posters and raffle tickets. (Update:  We cannot use the Library’s raffle license number.  Silent auction?)
  2. Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 22.  Rod will ask Kay if the Library meeting room is available or if we need to look for another location. It may be a potluck meal.  Rod will contact Steve Conto about a possible presentation on Viet Nam veterans. (Update:  Library meeting rooms will not be available to anyone in October.  We need to brainstorm for a new location.  If you have any ideas, please check them out for us.  We do not want to book a program until we have a location for our Annual Meeting.  Should we minimize the meeting and hold it at the Museum?)
  3. New Board members:  Term ends for Carol Brown, Dave Pelow, and Leola Schneider.  We’d like to get some new Board members, so all are asked to recruit.
  4. Christmas Event, Saturday, December 5.   Lorraine knows someone with a doll collection that may be available for display.
  5. Frank Meunier has asked when we’ll be hanging his sign.  (Rod and Don Pederson talked about it August 28, and plan to hang the sign next week.)
  6. Lorraine would like the barber chair moved out to the carriage house.
  7. The light bulb in the ladies’ room is burned out.
  8. We need to order mulch for next spring.
  9. Lorraine asked Mike to top a tree.
  10. We need a PR person/team for the Christmas Tea. Marti Matyska will make a list of what needs to be done.  Then we’ll see if we can handle it.

 

At 7:35 p.m. Donna Bubolz moved to adjourn; Mike Riesch seconded; motion carried. Our next meeting will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2015, at the Museum.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Heather Fifield, Secretary

Gillett Area Historical Society

July 23, 2015 

Present:   Lorraine Gentz, Deanna Smith, Heather Fifield, Jackie Begolke, Donna Bubolz, Mike Riesch, Leola Schneider

Excused:  Rod Fifield, Dave Pelow

Vice President Lorraine Gentz called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.   Deanna Smith moved to approve the agenda; Leola Schneider seconded; motion carried.  The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as published.  Deanna Smith said of the $691 deposit, $336 was from the Ice Cream Social, $230 was donations, and $125 was memorials.  The treasurer’s bond has been paid.  Two CDs will be maturing soon.  Leola Schneider moved to accept the treasurer’s report; Mike Riesch seconded; motion carried.  

Unfinished Business

  1. Walk of Honor:  We have $2,400 paid toward this.  Lorraine suggested that sometime before our next meeting we go to Seymour to view the actual items pictures in the photos Sandy Pederson sent.
  2. Mike Riesch will start dry-walling upstairs bathroom this week.  Paint colors and flooring will need to be selected soon.
  3. Ice Cream Social:  Leola Schneider’s report was discussed.  Heather sent thank-you notes to Steve Fifield, Rick and Karen Herzog, and the KNX Party Band for their donations.
  4. The Little Red Car is now at The Seat Doc for upholstering.
  5. Cemetery Walk, September 20:  Nancy Smith is sending letters to the presenters.

New Business

  1. A calendar was passed around for people to sign up to cover a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in August.   August 1 – Leola; August 2 – Rod & Heather; August 8 – OPEN; August 9 – OPEN; August 15 – Lorraine; August 16 – Deanna; August 22 – Closed/Fair; August 23 – Closed/Fair; August 29 – Donna; August 30 – Lorraine.
  2. Mike Riesch will see about getting a screen door with storm panels for the screened porch.  He will also get items needed for the bathroom.  Deanna will see that he gets our tax-exempt number.
  3. Holly Umentum has been doing a fantastic job with Past Perfect.  Heather and Jackie will get with her the second week of August for some training.  Holly has received one payment already and has submitted hours for the second.
  4. Lorraine would like have some pictures hung; Rod should be able to do this.
  5. Lorraine would like to remove some documents from their frames, have them laminated by CESA, and get them filed in our office.  We do not have space to hang everything.

 At 7:35 p.m. Donna Bubolz moved to adjourn; Deanna Smith seconded; motion carried. Our next meeting will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at the Museum.

Respectfully submitted,

Heather Fifield, Secretary

Gillett Area Historical Society

June 25, 2015

Present:  Rod Fifield, Lorraine Gentz, Deanna Smith, Heather Fifield, Jackie Begolke, Carol Brown, Donna Bubolz, Leola Schneider, Nancy Linzmeyer, Karen Young

Excused:  Marti Matyska, Dave Pelow, Mike Riesch  

President Rod Fifield called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. 

At 7:15 p.m. we began our regular meeting.  Deanna Smith moved to approve the agenda; Leola Schneider seconded; motion carried.  The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as published. However, Lorraine mentioned that we still do not know if Gary Kopitzke will be available to portray Rev. E.C. Kumpf.  Donna Bubolz moved to accept the treasurer’s report; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried. 

 

Unfinished Business

  1. Walk of Honor:  Nancy Linzmeyer explained what had happened with Tadd Krueger’s equipment that he will not be able to engrave as planned.  Nancy made several calls to try to locate someone to do the work.  Eventually she, and then Rod Fifield, ended up at Stone Creations in Shawano.  It was suggested that we have the names sand-blasted on granite which would be mounted to a wall.  Nancy wondered about having the wall outside.  It was decided that we should send a letter to the donors explaining our dilemma and asking if they still want to be a part of it or if they’d like their money refunded.  Rod will check with Stone Creations to see if something can be done outside.  Then he will inform the Board members by e-mail.
  2. Mike Riesch and Rod have been working on the upstairs bathroom.  The area will be roped off until the area is safe.  That means there will be no access to the turret for a while.
  3. Ice Cream Social, Sunday, July 12.  The KNX Party Band is booked.  Steve Fifield will donate the use of a tent, which will be set up Sunday morning.  We used Leola’s notes from last year’s Ice Cream Social to assign tasks for this year.  Rod will again do a 50/50 raffle.  Leola will contact those not at the meeting to see if they can help.
  4. The Little Red Car is not running, so it will be on a float in this year’s July 4th Parade.  Donna Bubolz will contact Jeff Hertwig about banners.

 

New Business

  1. A calendar was passed around for people to sign up to cover a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in July.  July 4 – Rod & Heather; July 5 – Donna; July 11 – Leola; July 12 – Ice Cream Social; July 18 – Lorraine; July 19 – Deanna; July 25 – Lorraine; July 26 – OPEN. 
  2. Christmas Open House, December 5, 2015:  Leola moved that Rod conact Bernie Young about his display of carvings to see if they could be displayed at the Museum; Jackie Begolke seconded; motion carried.
  3. We discussed items offered to GAHS.  We do not have room for everything.  People should contact the Accessioning Committee (Lorraine Gentz) before bringing potential donations to the Museum.
  4. Both summer intern Holly Umentum and garden helper Logan Doll are working out very well.

  5. Rod will contact Frank Meunier regarding possible disposition of the Coast to Coast sign we have in the carriage house.
  6. Rod presented an investment option offered by Jerry Gillespie.  It would be for a 10-year term.  Those present were asked to investigate other options.

 

At 8:25 p.m. Deanna Smith moved to adjourn; Leole Schneider seconded; motion carried. Our next meeting will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at the Museum.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Heather Fifield, Secretary

Gillett Area Historical Society

May 28, 2015

 

Present:  Rod Fifield, Lorraine Gentz, Deanna Smith, Heather Fifield, Marti Matyska, Mike Riesch, Leola Schneider  

 

President Rod Fifield called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Deanna Smith moved to approve the agenda; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried.  The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as published.  Leola Schneider moved to accept the treasurer’s report; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried. 

 

Unfinished Business

  1. Mike Riesch will get to work on the bathroom now that school is out.  He will remove tile and flooring and frame in where the shower was.  Rod will help Mike as time permits.
  2. Cemetery Walk:  Sunday, September 20, 2015.  Those being portrayed will be Cal John (Ron Hinz); Dr. Baldwin (Jim Hansen), F.W. John (Wayne Strei), John Klemp (family member), and Rev. E.C. Kumpf (Gary Kopitzke).
  3. Walk of Honor:  Nancy Linzmeyer will work with Tadd Krueger.  They’re aware that we’d like to have it done by July 4.
  4. Rod is working with Ron Lambrecht on the little red car.  Ron hopes to get it running this week.
  5. Ice Cream Social, Sunday, July 12.  Rod will see about booking the KNX Party Band.  The cost will again be $5 per person for refreshments.  Info for publicity is to be to Lorraine by June 12.  She will contact newspapers.  Marti will print posters, which several of us will distribute around Gillett.
  6. Women’s Room:  Marti and Jackie cleaned it.  Marti painted the inside of the closets and created hat stands.  Marti said Jackie was a great help.  Acid-free supplies were purchased to store clothes so they can be rotated for display.
  7. Marti is working on a pictorial display for the front staircase.  Rod will see if Robert Davis has a ladder that can be adjusted to use on stairs so Marti can hang pictures and/or maps of Gillett up the front stairway.
  8. Lorraine reported that Logan Doll, a GHS junior who will be attending UWGB for horticulture, has been helping her with the gardens.  He is a very nice and knowledgeable young man.
  9. The mirror ball is in the carriage house with new mirrors attached, thanks to Don and Sandy Pederson.  Don has devised support for it to be hung.  The Wood Workery will donate the use of equipment to help hang the ball.  Thank you, Don and Sandy, for all your hard work.

 

New Business

  1. A calendar was passed around for people to sign up to cover a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in June.  June 6 – Lorraine; June 7 – Deanna; June 13 – Leola; June 14 – OPEN; June 20 – Marti; June 21 – OPEN; June 27 – Rod & Heather; June 28 – OPEN.  We discussed changing our sign to reflect our actual hours of operation.  We also wondered if, considering our shortage of manpower, we should be open only one day each weekend.  No decisions were made.
  2. Summer Intern:  Marti created a job description for Holly Umentum’s position.  Lorraine Gentz will be her supervisor.  Holly’s priorities will be (1) Past Perfect accessioning; (2) tours for small groups; (3) light housekeeping (dusting, sweeping, straightening) as time permits.  Rod will contact Holly.
  3. Leola Schneider said the Oconto County Youth Fair is celebrating a landmark this year.  She will talk with Doug McMahon about the possibility of lending some of our artifacts for an historic Fair display.
  4. Lois Riemer had left a phone message that the Frank Melchior family has a duffle bag they’d like to donate.  We already have two; so, before we accept the donation, we need to know more about the bag.
  5. Museum Cleaning:  Leola finds she is unable to clean the kitchen.  Rod and Heather will tackle it the second week in June.
  6. Rod Fifield will again contact Gillett Cement Products for their promised donation of top soil, which Rod and Mike will use to fill in low spots in the lawn.
  7. We decided not to participate in the EAA Warbirds Fly-In in Oconto on September 19.
  8. Nancy Smith brought up the “V for Victory” sign that had been near Gillett City Hall.  Leola will see what she can find out about it.

 

At 8 p.m. Deanna Smith moved to adjourn; Lorraine Gentz seconded; motion carried. Our next meeting will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at the Museum.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Heather Fifield, Secretary