May 28, 2024

Hello Members and Friends,

Our last regular meeting was a week later than usual because the Board accommodated my wish to attend my grandson’s high school graduation in Alberta. At our meeting on the 22nd of May, Joan reported that she had been in touch with Jon Bartlett and his wife, Rika. Joan let them know that we are looking for funding for an organizer so we could perhaps plan to have the 2026 Historical Federation Conference in Grand Forks. We have not given up on hosting this conference. Joan invited Jon and Rika to attend our Annual Picnic.

We are signed up for Founders Days on July 13th and 14th, the Greenwood Car Show on August 17th and the Rock Creek Fair on September 14th and 15th. I will get our vendor form in for the Grand Forks Fall Fair this week – it will be held on September 7th and 8th. We will be looking for help with our table for the Grand Forks Fall Fair. The Grand Forks Fall Fair does not charge non-profits a fee.

Heard from Sina at the Jewel Lake Resort. They were happy to take our excess poles. Ken Fehr and I will be travelling up on Thursday – weather permitting to get the grass cut and do some trimming. Bob McTavish suggested that we might want to put a sign-in sheet kiosk at the cabin too. We have a guest book inside, but it might be nice to know who visits when we are not there. The antlers are up and look great.

Yesterday a crew from the Boundary Woodworkers and the BHS drove up to the Upper Phoenix Cemetery to install the cement crosses, Malcolm Anderson’s headstone and the little picket fences. Looks wonderful. So pleased to have the Upper Cemetery look so good – no one should miss seeing it now. Thanks for all the help: Bob McTavish, Dick Jones, John Walders, Mel Carroll, Ken Fehr, and Frank Talarico. I am still hoping that we can install an information kiosk.

We passed a motion at the May meeting to proceed immediately with getting Al Donnelly’s book about buildings in Greenwood reprinted but Mel Carroll lent us his copy of Al’s book and it is an original. Les Is going to take pictures of the “pictures” and insert them – it will be so much nicer. We are still hoping to have it for sale at Founder’s Day. Les is working on the pictures in Al’s other book.

Got word today that the sign for Lois Haggen Park has been corrected. Bronwen Bird sent a note and a picture. Nice to have this done – the new signs look fabulous.

Our Annual Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 11, 2024 at our Jewel Lake cabin from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. It will also be a Celebration of Al Donnelly’s life. We are anticipating lots of stories and memories of Al. We are hoping that his friends will be able to attend – I am still trying to get addresses or phone numbers.

This year you are welcome to bring a bag lunch, but Bob is going to take his barbecue and we will throw some hot dogs on (we’ll provide the wieners and the fixings). Goodies and watermelon as usual – coffee and lemonade.

Our next regular meeting is on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 – 1 p.m. at City Park. This is our last meeting until August.

In history,

Doreen Sorensen