Meeting Minutes: Fall 2008

November 16, 2008


18 October 2008

The fall meeting of the Permian Historical Society was held 18 October 2008 at the Crockett Room in Ozona, Texas. WWII was the theme for the event, which was attended by fifty-one people.

Registration began at 9:30 a.m. Coffee, juice, fruit and pastries were available for breakfast. Books by the day’s presenters and others were on display for attendees to peruse and purchase.

Betty Cash, Program VP, welcomed everyone and introduced the meeting’s speakers, whose presentations were well-received. The programs included:

  • History of Ozona and the Davy Crockett Statue by Patsy White
  • Gibbs Field and the Winfield Hangar – World War II in Fort Stockton by Betty Hargus
  • “Who Was James W. Scott?” Solving a Mystery in the Sheffield Cemetery by Don Jackson
  • The Awful Truth, A Young Man’s WWII Letters from the Philippines by Suzanne O’Bryan
  • The Gun That Never Was by Russell Smith.

Ballots for Best Presentation were filled out and collected – the winner to be announced at the spring meeting.

Following a delicious casserole meal catered by Chatterbox, the business meeting was called to order by President Peggy Kelton.

President Kelton thanked the kitchen crew for a job well done. She expressed her hope that everyone will be in Midland on April 25th for the spring meeting.

J. Tillapaugh announced that the winner of the Best Presentation award for the April 2007 meeting was Dr. Robert Trentham, who gave a PowerPoint presentation titled The Wink Sink.

The motion to accept the minutes of the April 2007 as printed was seconded by Doug Damron and passed.

Investments Chair J. Tillapaugh reported that as of September 30, our finances were not too bad. As could be seen in the specifics of his printed report, we are cash strong, our income flow is good, and our expenses and income are well matched. We can only hope that things get back on track sooner rather than later.

Jim Collett, Membership VP, asked that attendees fill out the membership card that was in their registration packets and pay their dues for 2009.

President Kelton announced that two directors’ terms have expired. Charlena Chandler of Terrell County has agreed to serve a second term and the Board has proposed Shelly Shackelford of Winkler County to serve. Since there were no nominations from the floor, Betty Cash moved that Charlena and Shelly be accepted by acclamation. Evelyn Stroder seconded the motion, which passed.

President Kelton announced that PHS was open to an invitation as to where to hold the fall 2009 meeting. Betty Hargus of Pecos County extended an invitation to PHS to hold the meeting in Ft. Stockton, which will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2009. The date will be announced at the April 2009 meeting.

George Grounds, age 84, won the prize for oldest in attendance and Cade Allen, age 23, won for the youngest. Door prizes were won by Duane Cash, Pat Owsley, and Jenny Waters.

Evelyn Stroder asked for a round of applause to show our appreciation for Julia Cauble Smith, retiring annual and newsletter editor, for the tremendous effort she put into catching us up on our annual production and for her hard work in general for the society. The response was loud and long.

Ozonan Mark White thanked all for making the long drive to Ozona to attend the meeting and expressed his hope that all would have a safe trip home.

President Kelton asked the members to be sure to pick up their annuals and reminded people who are not members that they may buy one for $25.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Peggy Kelton, President

Sue Ann Damron, Secretary

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