Volume 9 , Number 4 , Summer 1986
The White River Valley Historical Society was founded for the purpose of bringing together people interested in history, "especially the history of the upper reaches of the White River Valley" (to use the phrasing of our Constitution). We are to discover and collect material about the history of the area, to disseminate historical information, and to arouse interest in the past through a number of means.
I mention these charges from our Constitution to suggest that the Society has been remarkably successful for the past twenty five years in fulfilling its purpose and objectives. An active membership and dedicated leaders have caused the organization to thrive and grow through the years. I am, therefore, excited and more than a little awed with the opportunities of this next year. Let me suggest some things that I would like to see us do to continue, and to improve, the good work of the Society next year:
One. Let us increase and expand our membership, so that more and more people can become actively involved in the good work of the organization. While the county directors have the duty of promoting membership drives in their respective counties, the most effective way of adding to the membership roll is for every present member to encourage someone else, or several someone elses, to become members. The dues of eight dollars (twelve for a couple) is the bargain of the decade.
Two. In addition to bringing in more new members, we should work to improve attendance at our quarterly meetings. These affairs provide opportunities for good fellowship, for exchange of information and ideas, and for the gaining of information through the excellent variety of programs that are presented. Our meeting place at The School of the Ozarks is centrally located and has good food available at a reasonable price. It would speak wonders for the seriousness of our committment to the Society and its purposes if a much greater percentage of the membership attended each of the meetings.
Three. We need more people to contribute articles for publication in the Quarterly. Also, we must locate a new editor for the Quarterly. For an historical society, a publication such as our Quarterly is an absolute necessity. It is the communication link of our members who live some distance away, and provides the most tangible evidence that the Society is meeting its objectives.
If you are willing to write for publication, to be considered as editor of the Quarterly, or if you have someone to recommend, please contact me at once.
We have a great organization! I am proud to be part of it, and to be able to serve as your president.
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