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  There has been a lot of activity around the Lakeside Historical Society since our last newsletter: The February 3rd and 4th Children's Art and Music Show, sponsored by the Woman's Club of Lakeside, brought a lot of visitors to the old church and the Museum -- a great community outreach project.
  A week later the Museum Committee put on a fundraiser in the old church building where 76-plus guests were treated to a wonderful afternoon tea and music from the old grand piano, played by Doris Fletcher. This was followed by a delightful vintage fashions program, door prizes and opportunity drawing. Thank you so much to Barbara Whitlock and committee for all your efforts.
  And then 2 weeks after that Janis Shackelford and Betty McMillen organized the Chicken-Pot-Pie dinner to coincide with our Feb. 27th general meeting. The purple, green and yellow Mardi Gras theme was fun and the speaker from MARA filled us in on developments on Maine Avenue. We had a good crowd, the 50/50 drawing was popular, and thank you to all who attended, making it a successful night.
  March 3rd and 4th was the San Diego and Imperial County Congress of History Conference. The conference celebrated the 125th anniversary of San Diego County's great railway and real estate boom from 1881 to 1890.  The Lakeside Historical Society participated with a presentation about Lakeside's part in that era, a book sale table, photo display, and overall promotion of the church building use and museum exhibits.
    The California Southern Railroad became the western terminus of the Santa Fe Railway system, and opened rail competition into California for the first time.  It also triggered the "great land boom" of Southern California, during which many of our local, coastal towns and cities were founded, most of which were often not more than water-stops for locomotives.
  As the railroad system grew, inland communities -- Lakeside for one -- benefited as well.  And, of course, that was a great time for Lakeside.  L.H.S. member Pat Elwood wrote an essay about those railroad days for one of our past newsletters, telling that the railroad came to Lakeside in 1889, when the town site was only three years old.  During this brief but lively period, every part of the town boomed.  And here we are today.
  Sorry, I got off on a tangent.  March 17th & 18th is the

Woman's Club Quilt Show and L.H.S. will be serving a lunch -- come to the old church and see the beautiful quilts. Only $3.00 admission, and buy some lunch.  Mix in a couple board meetings, committee meetings, phone calls, store duty, and a visit from Ken Kramer "Around San Diego," this President has been busy.
  The next board meeting is March 24th, 9:30 a.m., and the next general meeting is March 27th at 7:00 p.m., at the Historical Society.  See you there.

From The Volunteer Corner


  The only way to be sure of what you are missing is to START LISTENING! As you think about how to spend your listening time, keep in mind that you have two purposes for listening:  1. To connect with people and, 2. to learn.
  In volunteering we need to take the time to obtain a feeling for who each one is as a person.  When was the last time you paid close attention to someone and what they had to say?  Do more than grab on to facts--start listening for words, feelings and meanings.  Ask some questions about the person to build a connection.  Also listen with your heart.
And, to work as a good team, there are crucial things we all need to hear in order to take action.  The best place to start your listening is by being quiet.
  President Theodore Roosevelt was a good listener.  Once at a gala ball, he became tired of meeting people who returned his remarks with mindless pleasantries.  He began greeting people by saying:  "I murdered my grandmother this morning."  Most people did not even hear what he said, but one diplomat did and remarked to the President, "I'm sure she had it coming to her!"
  Are you a good listener?

Help! Donation Needed


  The Historical Society kitchen is in need of a newer gas stove.  A good clean used stove would be just fine.  The one we have looks good but the pilot light is always going out and the fumes from the gas buildup is scary . . . we don't want to blow up the place.  If you have a good gas stove 30" wide to donate please call the History Center at 561-1886.

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