It’s hard to summarize a whole year’s worth of work in an hour or so, but that’s exactly what happened at the Annual General Meeting of the North Grenville Historical Society this past Wednesday night.
It was a financially successful year for the Society, with a year-end surplus of $2,839. The Car Rally and Dinner fundraiser was a big hit this year, along with a healthy number of donations and income from membership dues. The Society received grants from the Municipality of North Grenville and the Ontario Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport’s Heritage Organizations Development Grant, as well as an important corporate event sponsorship from Urbandale.
Some other key points of interest mentioned at the meeting were a potential partnership with the newly formed Rideau Valley Archaeological Society, the ongoing work on the environmental history project (which involves converting the extensive environmental records collected by Dr. Fred Schueler and Aleta Karstad to a format that can be included in the Society’s archives), and the various ongoing tasks and projects being done for the archives.
There was no need for a formal election this year for the Society’s Board of Directors. Two board members were resigning (Joan Yeaton and Amanda Dunn – who will remain as a volunteer), and two new board members were appointed. Lise Treau de Coeli and Nancy Johnston will join Kenneth Mews, Bill Adams, Heather Render, Bill Kinnear, Amanda Gould, Karen Nickelson, Winston Kinnaird, Ron Gould, Donna Gould and Jennifer Rushton on the Board of Directors for 2018.
The evening concluded with a very personal presentation from Spencerville resident Brenda Ball on the impact that her late husband, Brad Hubbard, had on heritage property conservation in Eastern Ontario. Brad was well known in the heritage conservation field and was frequently consulted on many projects, even if he wasn’t directly involved. He had a deep enthusiasm for heritage properties and it showed in his numerous projects. It must have been very difficult for Brenda to talk about the career of her husband and best friend, but she was able to speak eloquently right up until the final sentence of her presentation, when her emotions finally rose to the top. It was a poignant end to an evening celebrating the year’s achievements of the Society and the lifetime achievements of a good man who cared passionately about heritage.