MINUTES FOR NOVEMBER 21, 2017
    The meeting was called to order at 7:00 P.M. by President Donovan Bowley. Members attending were Ron Smith, Donovan Bowley, Cindy Della Penna, Margaret Morse, Juanita Johnson, Jarvis Johnson, Ann Leadbetter, Gwen Brodis, bob Appleby, Bill Jones, Linda Hillgrove and guests, Darlene Barrow and Jeff Connon.

    SECRETRY’S REPORT: Secretary, Linda Hillgrove, summarized the Minutes for October 17th, 2017, which was unanimously accepted.

    TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer, Gwen Brodis, reported Total Income of $5,174.78; expenses of $179.30; with Balance in Savings: $15,093.47; Balance in Checking: $41.49, which was unanimously accepted.

    OLD BUSINESS: The Election Day bake Sale saw $498.00 and $327.00 from the pie sale held in October and November by Marie Berry at the Open House held at the Hope Historical Home.
    Donovan informed us of a history treasure chest which will have donated items from Maine’s past for educating the elementary students about their town’s history. Donovan showed a photo of the last load of lime kilns being hauled to Rockland by Ed Harris. He also found a book at Camden Library called, Maine Forts.

    NEW BUSINESS: Ann Leadbetter reminded us to give special thanks to Marie and Wayne Berry for maintaining the grounds this summer. A Purple Heart was donated by Barbara Ludwig.

    Refreshments for the evening were provided by Juanita Hunt and Ann Leadbetter.

    Certificates of Appreciation will be presented by Bill Jones to Caleb Harvey Yates and Christopher Gage Yates, second and fourth graders respectively at Hope elementary School for their bottle donations to the Hope Historical Society.

    PROGRAM CHAIR: Program Chair, Ann Leadbetter introduced Jeff Connon who lived near Hobbs Pond in the summer during the 1960s. Jeff shared some of his memories of “Old Eph” Ephraim Baird who loved to fish and hunt and walked wherever he went. “Eph” saw a sign “du duk in” at Jeff Connon’s home. “Eph” was hard of hearing and had difficulty reading and thought it was an inn, tied up his boat, headed up the hill and asked for a drink. William Potter, John Salisbury and Hilda Brazier loved to fish and put in a dam at the pond to hold more water and fish as the pond was very shallow in the summer. Other members had stories to share about Ephraim Baird. Sherman Baird was his nephew. Darlene Baird Barrow shared stories and pictures of her uncle Ephraim along with group photos of other family members.

    Our December meeting will be the Annual Pot Luck Christmas Brunch, at 9 A.M. on Tuesday, December 12th at the Hope Historical Home. Please bring a dish to share.

Respectfully Submitted,

Linda Hillgrove, Secretary