Historical Society Names New Board, Sets Goals

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The new board of the historical society has a good base from which to start business, thanks to the events of Payson's 125th Anniversary celebration. Around $17,000 was raised through the commemoration's activities.

Judy Buettner is the new president of the board of directors for the Northern Gila County Historical Society. She and her fellow officers were elected on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the society's annual membership meeting.

The new officers, in addition to Judy Buettner, are Charles Brown, vice-president; Nancy Purkey, treasurer; Barbara Gustafson, recording secretary; and Roberta Feyereisen, corresponding secretary.

Joining them on the board are returning members Jim Buettner, Conrad Okerwall and appointees Nancy Purkey and Lita Nicholson. Barbara Gustafson and Doc Holiday were elected to fill in remaining board seats.

Retiring board members Jinx Pyle, Jayne Peace Pyle, Gaylene Riepel and Judy Baker were also present at the meeting, along with general members.

"The new board and I want to express our thanks to the 2007 board for their successful fund-raising efforts, the new air conditioning in the museum, the updated computer system in the museum, and all the hard work on the 125th Celebration, including the women who made the special commemorative quilt. It is really a beautiful work," President Buettner said.

"The 2008 board members are enthusiastic about plans for the future, including new events and exhibits at the museum, repair and maintenance on buildings and expanded publicity for the museum," she added.

Buettner said she believes the new board needs to be very hands-on.

"It works best and makes it possible for everyone to know what's going on. It is how we were successful getting the new library built," she said.

Earlier in October, the historical society's board set a number of goals for the coming months:

  • Clean out and organize the acquisitions building
  • Clean out and organize the archives and install a humidifier
  • Do more publicity
  • Check for asbestos
  • Raise Haught cabin and put foundation under it
  • Have electricity checked
  • Work with Tonto Apache Tribe
  • Address water damage of buildings
  • Outside maintenance
  • Fund-raising and special events
  • Firetruck restoration
  • Air conditioning for gift shop

"We're just now getting our plans together. Work on the building needs to be a priority," Buettner said.

The historical society is an all-volunteer organization and has an open invitation to all Rim Country residents and visitors to join the ranks.

"We especially need people interested in helping with the work on our acquisitions and archives. We're really excited about working together for the future. I feel we're a real unit now," Buettner said.

The new board also set the next meeting date for 9 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Rim Country Museum. All NGCHS members are invited to attend board meetings.

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