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.
Read the “Inside Story Of The ECC Historical Society” from the June/July issue of 110 Magazine.
With the co-operation of beautiful weather we hosted our annual Opening Day on April 1. The event was chaired by Mary Black with the assistance of members and featured the dedication of the new Kathy Leighton Resource Center. The center was built by ECCHS volunteers known as “The Breakers” with help of many local businesses. The center was dedicated to Kathy Leighton in honor of the many, many hours Kathy has spent in collecting, sorting cataloging and identifying the myriad of documents and photographs that have been donated to ECCHS over the years.