Latest from Vale Club's President:
NEW PROCEDURES AT GENERAL MEETINGS
We are off to a great start, and I hope the enthusiasm continues. If you attended the September general meeting, the schoolhouse was packed. I apologize to those who had to listen from the porch through the windows! The Vale Club membership has reached 174 which includes 24 new members. It’s very exciting. The Vale Club board met on Sept. 24, and we had a lively discussion on a variety of issues. Here are a few highlights:
• Starting with the Oct. 8 general meeting, all clipboards with sign-up sheets and envelopes will be placed on a table (in good weather on the front porch; in bad weather in the kitchen separate from name tags and other information for review). Members will have the opportunity to sign-up BEFORE the general meeting begins or AFTER the speaker ends. It is very disruptive to pass these sheets around during the meeting and have members reaching for their checkbooks or asking their neighbor for change!
• Starting with the Oct. 8 general meeting, I will call committee chairs or their designated representative who requested time on the agenda to come to the front of the room. Each will be given two minutes to make her report.
• The acoustics in the schoolhouse are not the greatest but it is what it is. I would like to urge all members in attendance to be polite to the presenters and please refrain from sidebar conversations while others are speaking.
• The board also voted to allow all vendors who rent the schoolhouse the opportunity to place an advertisement, up to one page, in the newsletter the month prior to the event free of charge. This affirms our position which has not been clear in the past.
As always, please call or e-mail me with any questions or concerns!
Vale Club President
FVS BOARD MEETING RECAP
The Board of the Friends of the Vale Schoolhouse met on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the schoolhouse to lay out our annual goals and to start a list of associated short-term goals. As one of the major goals is to keep the Vale Club members apprised of our efforts, here are some of our plans for the 2019-2020 year: • As you have seen and heard, our First Vice President, Charlene Willess, has been working together with Vale Club on a fundraising project, namely the Big Dog Pottery items embellished with the schoolhouse logo. • In addition to on-going maintenance, our Building and Grounds Committee is starting to assess the parking lot and potential changes to allow for more effective parking. • Our Governance Committee just finished reviewing and updating our rental policy and will be reviewing our insurance policies and conducting a strategic planning and organizational development session in 2020. • Finally, our Historic Preservation is working to determine what documents should be kept for the long term and where they should be stored, while at the same time keeping the Vale Club history alive with our membership through newsletter articles, artifacts in the schoolhouse, and presentations. Know that our meetings are open to all – if you would like to attend, just let me know. And if any of the above efforts spark your interest, committee members of FVS do not need to be on the FVS Board.
We’d love to have you join us!
Liz Brouckman, FVS Secretary