Friends of Vermeule Inc. Meeting Minutes; January 8, 2015
Members Present: Janice Allen, Mary Forbes, Peg Glicklich, Nancy Piwowar, Johanna Salvemini, Nick Ciampa.
Meeting called to order by President, Mary Forbes at 7:40 PM
Minutes from December 11 meeting were summarized, and accepted with one spelling correction.
Treasurer’s Reports: Peg Glicklich presented a Treasurer’s report dated January 1, 2015 showing the following balances:
Checking Acct. $ 4,310.43
Savings Acct. 26,389.10
CD (05/31/2014) 42,816.03
Held by Borough 5,200.00
Report was placed on file.
Drake House: Nancy Piwowar updated us on Drake House activities, including the following:
Genealogy – Young children are getting involved, learning about the past.
Interns, and Archivists have served the Drake House with grants from The Plainfield Cultural and Heritage Program, and from Union County.
A grant was received from the 1772 Foundation, for security and lighting at the site.
Many children participate in local history programs.
Maintenance: Nick reported that Champion Roofing had caulked the seams of all skylights. There is still some water leaking in during prolonged rain.
Educational History Program: The Civics Dept. of the N.P. School System is interested in holding a meeting of teachers and supervisors in the Mansion, to show how the Mansion can be a teaching resource. Mary Forbes is our contact.
Mr. Tom Mazur, heading the NPHS Photography Club is another contact.
Music at the Mansion: The Somerset Brass Quintet will perform on Sunday afternoon, February 15. The theme of the concert is Mardi Gras.
Linda Russell, a music historian and performer has been contacted. Mary will pursue plans for her to perform this Spring.
New Business: FOVM will send a letter to the US Postal Service, requesting a reversal of their decision to not provide a unique zip code for North Plainfield. Fleetwood Museum will also send a letter.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:32PM.
Submitted by Nicholas A. Ciampa, Secretary