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  With cactus thorns in our gloves, and paint on our clothes, the place looks pretty darn good as we continue to grow . . . grows?  (From Chris' own book of "Not Quite Poetry")
  I appreciate and thank so much the handful of workers who braved the heat and spent their energy on some needed tasks at the History Center this summer.  There is so much to share I don't know where to begin, and trying to distill my words to fit space allowed is a challenge.
  Always nagging, our organization's biggest task is living within our space:  The office/gift shop/archives area (AKA, the 1946 ARMY barracks) is undergoing another shuffle as we look for more room to add storage shelves & cabinets to house the books, photos, and local histories.  On Wednesdays every bit of surface is used by the committee for archiving.  The Museum is continually fitting in new items and shifting display cabinets to house the collections.  From a constant flow of donations, their challenge is to keep as much as possible out of storage and put more on display for your enjoyment.  The classroom history liaison project is expanding, hosting thousands of students and visitors throughout the year, giving regular tours of the buildings and local history presentation.  Even in the church and social hall the rooms are pushed and transformed to accommodate special events and weddings.  The yard and gardens are evolving with more plants, "yard art" and continual care.  Curb appeal and the beauty of our buildings are our responsibility and gift to the community character.  You can see, as our mission grows, so does the use of the facility, and that requires constant monitoring.
  Other achievements this summer:  Repair of the 3 broken stained glass windows in the church; installation of window shades in the museum and a new carved wood sign on the porch; carpet cleaning; new paint for the floor entry of the History Center; re-hanging all 3 of the huge heritage quilts in the church (our orphaned brown & gold quilt is finally "home" from the Community Center); a whopper of a good yard sale/fundraiser; and bids for fencing, outdoor lighting, driveway resurfacing and building foundation renovation reviewed.
  The building foundation problem is new and must be addressed soon, and of course was not budgeted for.  So, we are dedicating the proceeds from our September 25th spaghetti dinner-welcome back"50's theme" party, and the October 22 Lakeside Heritage Days luncheon for that purpose.

  Be there or be square for the September 25 dinner meeting.  Bring family and friends to enjoy the car show (5:00), the food (6:00), and quest speaker (7:00) Johnny McDonald, author and motor sports writer for San Diego Union: "100 Years of Racing in San Diego County"--and it all started in Lakeside! $10.00 donation, reservations are necessary.  Call 619-561-1886.
  Hmmm, did I forget to mention the Historical Society nominating committee is working on the slate of officers for the next administration--be sure to say "yes, I can do that", when they call you.  Two positions are available:  Meeting program person, and recording secretary.  The job starts in January, the education is invaluable, and the rewards are many.

Guest Speaker For September
Betty McMillen, Vice President

  The guest speaker for our September 25th dinner meeting will be Johnny McDonald, author of "San Diego Motor Sports: 100 Racing Years." He is also a former motor sports writer for the San Diego Union, covering major events for over 25 years.
  He is the former president of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association. We will step back in time with Johnny as he tells us some interesting facts in his book ...some of which are about the Paradise Raceway drag strip and Balboa Stadium midgets and modifieds. This all started back in 1907 with Barney Oldfield, right here in Lakeside. Johnny's books will be on sale too.
  Bring a friend and enjoy a classic car show by the Monday Night Car Club, beginning at 5:00 PM. The Spaghetti Dinner will be served at 6:00 followed by our speaker, Johnny McDonald, at 7:00 Our Museum will be open as well so you can browse and take a step back in time.

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