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Tyler County Booster - Local News
Stories Added - February 2009
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Not to late to join the Heritage Society or renew membership
Tyler County Booster - February 2009

Sincere condolences to the family of Pat Brown. Pat served on the board of the Tyler County Heritage Society
for many years (as long as I have been on the board and then some) and served as the treasurer for most of those years. She attended the annual meeting and was busy carrying out her duties to get people registered and help with collecting fees for dinner and dues. She was reelected to serve as treasurer for the next year. Our loss is heaven’s gain. She will be missed.
Over 70 folks attended the annual meeting
of the Tyler County Heritage Society held on Monday, January 26th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Pickett House Restaurant. Following a wonderful meal (as usual) the meeting was called to order by the president Elizabeth Toliver.
The invocation was given by Melvin Bell. Elizabeth Toliver presented the president’s report detailing accomplishments
during the past year. Perhaps the most significant were the enlarging of the parking lot “up the hill” and the clearing of the land for the new fiber arts building. The nature trail was cleaned up from the mess left over from Hurricane Rita using a grant from the Texas Forest Service.
Major donors were recognized for their contributions to the Society. They were Jack and Manie Whitmeyer, the estate of Linda J. Hayes, Texas Forest Service,
Durwood and Estelle Ling, Gale and Peggy Burton, Gloria Newsome, Jesse and Georgia Collins, Wal-Mart Foundation, Entergy, SRB Enterprises, Elijah’s Café, Janet Wilson, Sullivan’s Hardware, and Southeast Texas RC and D. Many thanks to these major donors and to all others who have given generously
to help with our mission of keeping the past alive for future generations.
Volunteers were also recognized for their help during the year. Those named were Jack and Manie Whitmeyer, Durwood and Estelle Ling, Jesse and Georgia Collins, Gale and Peggy Burton,
Dewey and Ann Robertson, Leslie Smith, Gloria Newsome, Jewel Bell, Sandy Taylor, Martha Pitts, Anna Beth Willis, Jean Lamar, Cathy Bolding, and Fred and Kaaren Sullivan. Thanks for your work during the year in so many different areas to help keep the Village running.
The nominating committee presented a slate for new oficers and board members of the Tyler County Heritage Society. Those nominated for positions were: President – Elizabeth Toliver; Vice-President – Fred Sullivan; Secretary – Erline Ingle; Treasurer – Pat Brown.
Nominated to serve as board members from 2009-2012 were: Brenda Cowan, Sandy Taylor, Jewel Bell, Jean Lamar, Mayme Brown, Pat Brown, and Erline Ingle. Anna Beth Willis was nominated to serve Tolly Lovelace’s unexpired term until 2011. With no nominations from the floor the slate was elected by the members. Congratulations to these newly elected board members and thank you for being willing to serve.
Following the business meeting the program was presented by Steve Hartz, author. His topic was the history and importance of old-time music. He recreated the music of the past with the help of his wife Sheryl and friend Mel Finkenberg. They used several instruments including banjo, guitar, and gourds to illustrate the old music. The program was entertaining and well-received.
After the meeting was adjourned the new board met briefly for the purpose of electing three members to the executive
board. Those elected were Brenda Cowan, Judy Kenneson, and Jean Lamar.
It is not too late for you become members
of the Heritage Society or to renew your membership. Dues are $20 for individuals, $30 for families, and $60 for businesses. You may bring your dues by the Gift Shop at Heritage Village or mail them to the Tyler County Heritage Society, P.O. Box 888, Woodville, TX 75979.



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