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President's New Year Message

hands," we put on nine successful events raising money to pay the bills and increasing our public relations, increased our advertising venues promoting the building for rent, revised financial reports and procedures and came together at our general meetings with good interesting programs.
  We could not have reached this point without your support and we hope you will continue to play a part in helping us maintain the momentum.
  The Holiday Home Tour in December was an exceptional success, and many, many thanks go to John and Donna Swink for their hours of vision, organization, and talent in chairing the event.  The presentation of homes were wonderful and the food and entertainment outstanding.  Remember, it's always the first Saturday in December, mark your calendar for 2007.
  The surge of interest in history (The LHS commodity and mission), including people's own family history, is noticeable in those visiting our museum and research archives.  This organization has the unique ability to enrich people's lives with local history stories.  People come to the archives looking for photos, biographies, information about the house they live in, their neighborhood and special buildings around town. (Did you know there at least five homes built entirely of rock unique to Lakeside?)
  At our goal planning meeting, members talked about ways to secure the future of the Society (more fundraisers and financial gifts needed to increase the Foundation Fund), requested to focus our general meetings on historical programs and less business, suggested to update our brochure, write better job descriptions for our volunteers and attract new volunteers by having an orientation open house, bring back monthly newsletters and, a "wish-list" was compiled.
  Something new, cruise and travel destinations have been suggested for the membership (that will require surveying your interest), and next October we will celebrate the 30th Lakeside Hometown Reunion (aka Lakeside Heritage Day).  A big event is planned to incorporate that day with the re-enactment of the 100th anniversary of the Great Race of 1907 here at the Lakeside racetrack around Lindo Lake.  We will need lots of help to manage this once-in-a-lifetime event that will bring a lot of attention and recognition to the town of Lakeside.  Call me to get involved (561-0372).

  As always I welcome your comments and suggestions . . . and help!  See you January 22nd  at our Chuck Wagon Chili Dinner meeting and program - 6:00 p.m.

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