2023 Annual Meeting and Dinner

A great success

The Historical Society held their Annual Meeting and Dinner October 21st at the Pinecrest Country Club.  43 attended, including Board Members, Staff and JCHS Members.

Everyone had a chance to purchase raffle tickets for the silent auction, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres
during the social hour, followed by a buffet dinner catered by Bo Lockwood of RRR Roadhouse, Clarion.

President Eric Armstrong welcomed all and gave an overview of the year’s activities, followed by Ken Burkett’s Year in Review:

  • Renovation and completion of the momentous move from the old archives to the new Archives
  • Overall operations, grants received and pending grants,
  • Pathstones and Intern programs that help keep us running
  • Lastly, an appeal for the JCHS Annual Giving which helps fund our exhibits and programs.

The Annual Awards were the announced. Ken Burkett presented the Arthur Altman award to the Wilma Gilstrap Charitable Foundation for years of being a financial patron, exhibiting her artwork at the museum, and for a recent bestowal. There was no Gilstrap representative to accept the award. It will be displayed at the History Center.

The Kate Scott Award was given to author and program speaker, Paul Beck (Pittsburgh), by President Eric Armstrong for Beck’s recent book, “Earle of the Air, A Biography of Brookville’s Pioneer Aviator.”

Carole Briggs presented the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award to James Sterrett in recognition of his long-time contribution to the success of JCHS as a member and patron.  This is the 3rd year for giving this award.

In its 2nd year, the Volunteer of the Year was awarded by Operations Director Kat Lyons to Brookville High School student, Gabby McLaughlin for her volunteer work at JCHC activities and events when a Jr. Honor Society student this past year. Gabby also starred in a video production “A Victorian Parlor” in full Victorian dress, which debuted at the event.

Election of Board Directors saw Tracy Zents, Larry Anthony and Linda Barnes being re-elected along with new member Walter Skryzpec of Falls Creek.