Present: Alicia Miller, Elaine Gladhill, Terry Eisenhauer, John Gorman, Lee Royer, and Darwin Seiler.
Staff: John Miller and Clint Rock
Alicia Miller called the meeting to order at 6:35 pm
- The Minutes of the September meeting were approved on an Elaine Gladhill/Lee Royer motion. Vote was unanimous.
- The September treasurer’s report was tabled on an Elaine Gladhill/Lee Royer motion. Vote was unanimous.
- Elaine Gladhill and Darwin Seiler discussed the presentation to the Thurmont Historical Society on September 20. Elaine said that the presentation generated a lot of interest and resulted in numerous visits to the museum.
- Alicia Miller discussed the Road to Independence event on October 10 saying that it was poorly attended but was very informative and entertaining.
- She went on to discuss other upcoming events, noting specifically the South Mountain Partnership meeting on October 16 and the Christmas at the Museum event on December 19.
- She noted that there were currently no updates on the winter education programs.
- She also pointed out that 2016 will mark the 5 year anniversary of the Incorporation of the FMPB, Inc. and urged board members to begin thinking of ideas for an event and publicity.
- She added that the Preservation March originally planned for 2016 will be postponed until 2017 in honor of the 155th anniversary of the battle.
- Clint Rock stated that there are currently no updates on the status of the grant applications for the Battlefield Park improvements.
- Alicia Miller stated that there is a new exhibit at the museum and encouraged board members to go check it out, if they haven’t, already.
- She also gave a reminder that books are taxable, in the receipt book.
- She also suggested that the board purchase a bike rack, for the park, after observing cyclists visiting the museum. John Miller added that bicycles parked against the building detract from the museum and could cause damage, over time.
- She went on to discuss fundraising and membership. Marketing memberships and the cost of dues were discussed. It was agreed to keep membership dues at their current amount on a Elaine Gladhill/Terry Eisenhauer motion. Vote was unanimous.
- She also mentioned the interest of the being more involved in grant writing, in the future.
- A new board member as secretary was discussed. Joe Mackley was suggested and John Gorman offered to do so, as well. It was agreed to discuss more in depth at a future meeting.
- A discussion involving the Monterey Pass Eatery, formerly the restaurant at Blondies, was discussed.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm on a Terry Eisenhauer/Lee Royer motion. Vote was unanimous.
Clint Rock, recording Secretary
For Gary L. Muller
Present: Alicia Miller, Elaine Gladhill, Ken Brown, Terry Eisenhauer, John Gorman, Joe Mackley, Steve Patterson, Lee Royer, and Darwin Seiler.
Staff: John Miller, Michael Christopher, Jeffrey Geesaman, and Clint Rock
Alicia Miller called the meeting to order at 6:38 pm
- The Minutes of the August meeting were approved on an Elaine Gladhill/Joe Mackley motion. Vote was unanimous.
- Michael Christopher presented the Treasurers Report. The report was approved on a Elaine Gladhill/Joe Mackley motion. Vote was unanimous.
- It was agreed that Terry Eisenhauer, Charlie Strausbaugh, and John Miller will function as a budget committee, with Terry as lead of that committee.
- Alicia Miller discussed the Road to Independence on October 10.
- Michael Christopher discussed the South Mountain Partnership meeting at the Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue fire hall on October 16.
- Alicia Miller went on to discuss other upcoming events, noting a presentation to the Thurmont Historical Society on September 20 and the Christmas at the Museum event on December 19.
- John Miller discussed conducting education program/docent training over the winter. Date TBD.
- No updates on the preservation march proposed for July of 2016 were available.
- Michael Christopher stated that the Township is working on grant funding opportunities to develop the trails and related infrastructure to the 116 acre battlefield site.
- John Gorman said that the Blue Ridge Summit Garden club will be developing and implementing a landscape plan for the museum site.
- The Management Plan was approved, as presented, on a Joe Mackley/Ken Brown motion. Vote was unanimous.
- Fundraising, Marketing, Membership, and advertising were all discussed, together. Alicia Miller noted that the attendance, sales, and contributions at the museum were low over the most recent weekend and that the museum will soon be closing for the year. Ken Brown added that the number of FMPB, Inc. members is very low. It was agreed that ways to increase membership and promote the battlefield need to be a priority.
- John Miller mentioned several artifacts recently found for purchase. The Board agreed to the purchase of a gum coat, following an attempt at negotiating a lower price on a Ken Brown/Lee Royer motion. Vote was unanimous. The asking price of the gum coat is currently $4,500. It was also agreed to purchase the Oliver Horner collection of artifacts at the asking price of $1,500 on a Elaine Gladhill/Joe Mackley motion. Vote was unanimous.
- John Miller discussed a newly developed Park Quest program for children; an education program for Junior Historians.
- The Secretary position on the FMPB, Inc. board was discussed. It was agreed that the possibility of a new Secretary or the appointment of a recording secretary will be revisited at the annual meeting in 2016.
- Michael Christopher noted an open house at newly renamed Monterey Pass Pub and Eatery on September 30.
- He also suggested a “thank you” photo opportunity at the battlefield with the Franklin County Commissioners and Visitors Bureau.
- Alicia Miller pointed out that the last day for the Museum to be open in 2015 will be November 22. She suggested having refreshments to thank docents and volunteers. It was agreed to purchase the refreshments on a Joe Mackley/Ken Brown motion. Vote was unanimous.
- John Miller added that the 5 year anniversary of the FMPB, Inc. will be in the coming year and that the board should consider a celebratory event.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:14 pm on a Joe Mackley/Terry Eisenhauer motion. Vote was unanimous.
Clint Rock, recording Secretary
For Gary L. Muller