The East Contra Costa Historical Society General Membership meeting was held on March 18, 2018 at the San Joaquin Yacht Club in Bethel Island. Approximately 80 members and guests were in attendance.
President Dennis Nunn welcomed the attendees. He introduced Chef Robert Smith and assistant Jacque Shepherd and thanked them for their preparation of a wonderful corned beef and cabbage dinner.
Dennis also advised the members present that in conformance with ECCHS Constitution Article VIII (Amendments), the Board of Directors proposed an amendment to Article V (Officers and Board of Directors), Section 3 to change the composition of the Executive Board to include the six elected officers and the Immediate Past President reducing the size of the Executive Board from 13 to 7 and to amend Article VI (Election of Officers), Section 2 to delete the number of members on the Nominating Committee and leave the number to the discretion of the President of ECCHS. These amendments will be voted upon at the next General Membership meeting on May 19, 2018.
Nominating Committee member Tom Snyder introduced the slate of 2018-19 officers as recommended by the committee: President: Dennis Nunn; 1st Vice President: Doreen Forlow; 2nd Vice President: Gretchen Tovar; Recording/Corresponding Secretary: Shirley McCall and Treasurer: Kathy Bushman. He asked if there were any nominations from the floor and received no response. This slate will also be voted upon at the May 19, 2018 meeting.
After the delicious dinner was consumed, 1st Vice President Doreen Forlow introduced the speaker for the afternoon—Janice Pastor Smith, owner of Smith Family Farms. Janice spoke on the founding of their business which started when her grandparents immigrated to Knightsen and began farming operations. Janice and her siblings took over running the farming operations from their parents. The farm is especially renowned for their tomatoes which are considered “the best” in the entire Bay Area by many consumers. She emphasized the cooperation between all farming concerns in East County and stressed how wonderful it was to grow up in the area. Her speech was the highlight of the afternoon and greatly appreciated by the audience.
After completion of Janice’s talk, the meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.