May 2012 Newsletter

May, 2012  ­­                                                                             Volume 9, No. 5

NEXT MEETING:  Annual meeting and pot luck

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

6:30 p.m. pot-luck, 7:00 p.m. meeting

Place:  Cravath Lakefront Building

          Whitewater Street, Go Under the Arch and Left


Annual Meeting: 

During the year (September-May), the Whitewater Historical Society holds five meetings.  The first four are program meetings with what we hope are topics of history that are of interest to both members and the general public.  Our May meeting is our Annual Meeting where we socialize with a pot-luck dinner and then take up matters our entire membership needs to vote on or should be aware of.  It is a time of reflection on what was accomplished the past year as well as a time to look ahead at the upcoming year. 



6:30.  For the pot-luck, all you need to do is bring a dish to pass and it does not need to be fancy!  Bring your own eating utensils and special drinks.  Coffee will be provided. 


Annual Meeting: 

7:00 p.m.  If you can’t make it to the pot-luck, but want to attend our meeting, this will begin around 7:00. 


Annual Meeting Agenda 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Adoption of Agenda
  3. Minutes of the 2011 Annual Membership Meeting
  4. Introduction of 2011-2012 Board Members
  5. Review of 2011-2012 Activities
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Presentation of Slate of Board Nominations and Election
  8. Report on Depot Restoration Project
  9. Highlights of coming events in 2012-2013


Slate of Officers for Election:

President:  Ellen Penwell                                            Secretary:  Carol Cartwright              

Board (3-year term):  John Newhouse                        Board (2-year term):  Renae Prell-Mitchell


As always, anyone can be nominated from the floor and we encourage it!!



The contract has been signed with the construction company for the depot project and the city is setting up a scheduling meeting as this newsletter goes to press.  By the Annual Meeting next week, we may have a work schedule.  A special July newsletter will update members on the progress and give some updates on the grand re-opening. 


Re-opening the Museum and Society Improvement Updates

The board’s efforts to get ready for the depot re-opening have been moving on successfully.

  • Logo:  The board has chosen a new logo and is working with the graphic artist to “tweek” it.  It is a modern and dynamic image that the board feels reflects the changes that the society is undergoing—moving forward; and the logo reflects this new era.
  • The UWW student marketing teams created six plans with a wealth of information.  The board is going to pick out the best of these ideas and move to implement them. 
  • The advertising students have created their written radio spots that will probably be produced this summer and utilized for our grand re-opening of the museum.
  • The web site will continue to be developed over the summer, and should be up and running for the re-opening.  Students have also developed two videos for the web site, one on the society as a whole and the other on the renovation project. 
  • The board is planning for a tentative late September re-opening of the depot.  A big celebration is in the planning stages and work has begun on the first exhibits, the railroad and depot history exhibit and the Esterly Seeder exhibit, both of which will be featured at the grand re-opening. 



There were a few more memberships that came in since the last newsletter and the society would like to thank these members and all the members who gave so generously last year.  The funds raised will go primarily to costs involved in getting our first exhibits up and running for the grand re-opening.  Special thanks to the following for recent donations:

            Individual Memberships:         Linda Loomer

                                                                Kay Drexler

            Engineer Level:                       Richard & Veronica Telfer

            Conductor Level:                     Jim & Julie Caldwell



As you can see from the front page, next year (September issue) will be Volume 10, or the 10th year the newsletter has been published.  The editor and board hopes it has done a good job in keeping members updated about society activities.  But, it has an “old-fashioned” kind of look and the editor thinks it needs an upgrade.  There are a number of newsletter templates on the web that the society could use to give the newsletter a more polished look or we could create our own.  To improve the newsletter, the editor would love to have someone to help—especially on the production end as she is “creatively challenged.”  If you have any interest at all, please contact Carol Cartwright (262-473-6820 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).  Thanks and have a happy and safe Memorial Day.