Spring 2018 General Membership Meeting – Mark your Calendar

Sunday, March 18, 2018

We are happy to announce our annual Spring General Membership Meeting coming up Sunday March 18, 2018. Chef Robert will prepare a wonderful corned beef meal in celebration of St Patricks Day. Please note time changes. It is time to revisit our Board of Directors and the nominating committee will be on hand to update all members on nominations for the 2018-2019 Board. As well as information on updating our Constitution. Our speaker will be Janice Smith from Smith Farms located down the street from the Historical Society on Sellers Ave. She will share their story with us as well as all the activities that surround Smith Farms. You will be surprised by what you will learn about this corner stone in our community.

1:30pm – No Host Cocktails (Please note time chnge)

2:30pm – Dinner – Chef Robert’s Complete Corned Beef and Cabbage meal

3:00pm – Guest Speaker Janice Smith of Smith Family Farms

(History and activities of the farm)

Location – San Joaquin Yacht Club, 550 Riverview Rd, Bethel Island

Cost – $20.00 per person

Please make your reservation by Monday, March 12th.

For information call:  Jody Merriam 925 240-0288


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2018 Opening Day at the Museum – Saturday, April 7

East Contra Costa Historical Museum opens for the 2018 season on

Saturday, April 7, 2018 1:00-4:00 p.m

Ending its winter hiatus, the East Contra Costa Historical Society announces the opening of its Museum and grounds to visitors on Saturdays and the third Sunday of each month from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting in April and continuing until the end of October.

Weather permitting, a celebration to honor Opening Day has been scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Byer/Nail House Museum, 3890 Sellers Avenue, Brentwood/Knightsen (near the intersection of Sellers Avenue and Sunset Road).

The day will feature tours of the Museum by period-costumed docents, 30 minute school lessons in the renovated Eden Plain School, toe-tapping music provided by the Brentwood Concert Band, flag raising and Pledge of Allegiance, old-fashioned games for the children, along with several other family oriented events and displays.  A show of local quilts entitled ‘Family Quilts ~ Community Heritage’ will be held.

Refreshments including home-made ice cream, lemonade, and cookies will be available.  Join us for a lunch of hot dogs, chips and a soda for a nominal price.

East Contra Costa Historical Society hopes the area’s residents will join them in kicking off another year of Museum tours.  The event is free to the public, although donations are always welcome to assist in the operational expenses of maintaining the Museum and its grounds.  Come join in a day of fun on April 7th  at the Museum.



Review of November 2017 Membership Meeting

ECCHS held its General Membership meeting at the San Joaquin Yacht Club on November 19, 2017.  1st Vice President Doreen Forlow welcomed the gathering at 2:00 p.m.  There were 91 members and guests in attendance.

At the meeting an amendment to the East Contra Costa Historical Bylaws Article III—Duties of Officers and Directors was presented for a vote and passed.  The amendment revised Section 6 to read “The Treasurer shall be responsible for the safekeeping of the Society’s funds, maintain adequate financial records, and deposit all monies received with a reliable bank in the name of East Contra Costa Historical Society. Monies shall be paid on numbered checks and signed by at least two Society officers OR by approval via e-mail (with the e-mail attached to the invoice) when the amount exceeds the limit as set by the Executive Board.  The Treasurer shall collect dues and shall render an annual report based on the Society’s tax year.”  The amendment also revised Section 7 to read “The Executive Board shall have the power to conduct all affairs of the Society, except where the Constitution or Bylaws require a vote of the membership.  The Executive Board shall decide questions of policy that for any reason cannot be acted upon at a meeting of the Society and perform such other functions as designated in the Bylaws or otherwise assigned to it.  The Executive Board will render an annual budget for the Society based on its tax year.”

San Joaquin Yacht Club Commodore Andy Rowland welcomed ECCHS to their facility and introduced Chef Robert Smith, Yacht Club members Keven and Pat Houde and Jacque Shepherd who assisted the Chef in the kitchen.  A delicious turkey dinner prepared by Chef Smith and served by teenagers Isley, Trey and Brian was consumed.

Our speaker for the event was Diane Burgis, Contra Costa County Supervisor for East County.  She listed a few of the Supervisors accomplishments this year including receiving a $70,000,000 grant to aid in mental health issues, appointment of new District Attorney, working with East County Conservancy in preserving 13,000 acres of open space.  Diane also stated she is an activist in advocating against the Delta tunnels proposed by Governor Brown—this was met with a resounding round of applause.

Supervisor Burgis told of her early life growing up in Lafayette and graduating from Alhambra High School in Martinez.  She became a single mother of 3 children under the age of 10 and searched for a job that would allow her to be home with her children as much as possible.  She became the director of Friends of Marsh Creek, a volunteer organization.  She spoke to the group on the importance of non-profits and volunteerism.

A raffle prize of a $50 bottle of wine & wine holder donated by Tom & Wendy Snyder was won by Kathy Griggs, a new member of ECCHS.

Doreen again thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 4:30 p.m.

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