In a relatively calm gathering at the Blanco Library on Saturday, February 23, the membership of the Blanco Historic Cemetery Association came together for their annual meeting.
Diana Blackburn presented the proposed 2013 budget as well as the checkbook and CD balances. Karen Wagner, Page Warren, and Diana Blackburn reviewed the accounting of income and expenses for the cemetery. In three of the last four years, the report states, the cemetery has spent more than it has taken in, to the amount of $3,457.14.
The proposed budget included a $2,000 balance in case of unexpected expenditures.
Marshall Baylis moved to table approving the financial report until everyone could have a copy of the balances before them, which would move the vote to the next annual meeting. Seven members voted for the motion and 20 against. Blackburn made copies of the checkbook balance sheet and handed them out. The financial report was then approved.
The directors on the board at the time were Gail McClellan, Diane Hostetler, and Jane Miller. The membership had previously approved six board members at the last meeting and the board was down to two at the start of this year’s meeting with Miller having been appointed to fill the secretary position.
The board had proposed amending the association bylaws to remove an uncompleted section about annual maintenance contributions and fees. The proposed wording was: An annual cemetery maintenance contribution of $25 per family unit is requested of all BHCA members.
After discussion about the meaning of “contribution” and assurances that it was not a mandatory, required fee, a motion to approve the change was given. No votes were made against the motion.
After asking for nominations to the board from the present membership and receiving none, McClellan presented a list of members who had been chosen by a nominating committee. Members were asked to write down five names from the list. Those five receiving the most votes would be elected. McClellan’s term had not yet expired.
The membership elected Diane Hostetler, Jane Miller, Karen Wagner, Wyatt Finch, and Patty Coffee.
Following the annual meeting, the directors met to assign offices. Gail McClellan continues as president, Hostetler is vice president, Karen Wagner is treasurer, Jane Miller is secretary, Wyatt Finch is grounds, and Patty Coffee is general director and will assist McClellan in operations.