The meeting was called to order by President Donovan Bowley at 7:02 P.M. Attending were Stephanie Smith, Phelps Brown, Cynthia DellaPenna, Gwen Brodis, Marie Berry, Bob Appleby, Joe Berry, Bill Jones, Ron Smith, Jean Beckeler, John Beckeler, Donovan Bowley, Ann Leadbetter, Barbara Ludwig, Mary Ireland and Linda Hillgrove.

SECRETARY’S REPORT: The July 21st Minutes ere summarized by Linda Hillgrove and were unanimously approved. 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer, Gwen Brodis, transferred from Savings $1,290.00 to pay MMG Insurance Company, and Income of $95.12 from Coastal Opportunities. Other Expenses were: Gaylor Brothers, $52.48; Central Maine Power, $25.30; Maine Hosting Solutions, $19.95 for a Total of $1,387.73. Balance on Hand in Savings: $4,520.82 and $629.26 in Checking.

WEBMASTER’S REPORT: Webmaster, Bob Appleby, reported the service is running well.

OLD BUSINESS: Members Mary Ireland, Cindy DellaPenna, Bill Jones, Bob Appleby, Donovan Bowley and Linda Hillgrove have volunteered to help transcribe the Hope Records book. Bill Jones brought up the subject of the Beaver camp (now Knox County Fish and Game) the second oldest camp in town. Also there are hand tools and farming tools to be hung and cataloged by volunteers. Contact Donovan if you have time to help. The Nominating Committee members are to report back at the September20th meeting regarding the nominated people for the October Annual Meeting through 2017.

John Beckeler donated his copy of Anna Hardy’s “History of Hope, Maine” to the Hope Historical Society. Cindy DellaPenna noted that Hope General Store is now offering her book, “An Array of Hope: Social News of Hope, Maine – 18888 to 1907”.

 PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Ann Leadbetter, Program Coordinator introduced John Boeckeler who spoke and showed some of his collection of black and white photos taken in area historical societies such as Union Historical Society, Hope Historical Society, Bates Museum in Fairfield, the Canterbury Shaker Village and the Kimball-Jenkins House in New Hampshire donated by Carolyn Jenkins (deceased in 1980). It is now a gallery and art school. He stopped photographing around 2004 when digital came into vogue. He felt a few years later that the quality of digital improved and now feels digital is the best quality for his photographs. He donated most of his old developing equipment to Colby College when he went to digital. He uses an ink jet printer with pigment ink which makes the photos last longer. Refreshments for the September 20th meeting will be provided by Ann Leadbetter and Marie Berry.

The meeting was adjourned around 8:30 P.M. with refreshments served by Barbara Ludwig, Linda Hillgrove and Marie Berry.

Respectfully, Submitted, Linda Hillgrove,  Secretary