Some 20 people attended the annual general meeting of the 100 Mile & District Historical Society on April 23.
Society president Ulli Vogler gave a succinct overview of the previous year and the society’s accomplishments. She thanked all the executive, members and volunteers who contributed to the successful events held at the 108 Heritage Site, including the Barn Dance, Halloween party; and the July 1 celebrations.
“Special thanks to Ken Long, Robert Babcock and our two students who helped so much at the Heritage Site. Because of their excellent customer service, our overall donations increased.”
The society’s concern about needed repairs and renovations for various buildings on the Heritage Site prompted them to send a letter to Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett requesting funds.
The funding was needed to re-chink two of the heritage buildings; install a new roof, new flooring and stairs and wheelchair ramp for the stage; and install new porch flooring, railing and wheelchair ramp on the museum building.
Much to the delight of Vogler, the society received a $24,000 cheque. A visibly emotional Vogler thanked Barnett, who attended the AGM, for all she did in getting the financial support.
“I was hoping for about $10,000, but getting all the money to pay for all the repairs is amazing.”
The society is looking forward to 2016 with enthusiasm and more projects, she added.
During earlier meetings, society directors and members discussed expanding the site and its obligations by taking over the Cariboo Challenge, Jack Gawthorn Memorial Sled Dog Race.
Still in the planning stages, they are renaming the event to The Vintage Winter Carnival, which will include the sled dog races and the likelihood of other activities. The sled dog date is set for mid-January.
It’s a natural fit, director Len Doucette said about the Heritage site and the history of sled dog races in the Cariboo.
“With the combined talents of the Cariboo Challenge and the society members, raising funds will be a whole lot easier.”
The society is also thinking of holding Halloween celebrations, possibly a Harvest Fair and a Christmas fair in the old barn site, possibly having the vendors half indoors and half outdoors, Vogler explained.
“We are looking forward to a busy and exciting year. We have wonderful volunteers, but could always use more.”