In January, the Friends of Hoover met at Capers and heard Mayor Brocato give his State of the City speech. There was a record turnout and many joined us afterward for our Open House that included tours of our Archive and the Folklore Center. People were impressed with the newly arranged and decorated archives and enjoyed learning about activities at the Folklore Center. We gained five new members as a result of the open house. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this a successful day!
Charles Hickman has completed a history of the Hoover School System. It is the result of many hours of interviews and research. We are working with him to insert photos and prepare the manuscript for publishing.
Archives Chairman Tom Bailey, Arnold Singer, and I visited two businesses and the McWane Science Center to examine professional display panels. We witnessed the manufacturing process at Expo Displays in Trussville. We are purchasing panels that allow for easy setup and flexibility in our displays.
Twelve Hoover public safety officers were recognized at the February Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. HHS presented each officer with a copy of our Hoover history book. Congratulations to Paul Huckeba of CB&S bank (one of our corporate sponsors) who was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Hoover Chamber of Commerce for 2017-2019.
The Society will elect new officers for 2017-2018 at our March meeting. Nominees are: President-Arnold Singer, 1st VP, Programs-Anita Dillon, 2nd VP, Membership-Carolyn Kolar, Treasurer-Jim Lyons, Assist. Treasurer-Inez McCollum, Recording Secretary-Pam Thompson and Corresponding Secretary-Jean Butterworth.
Jim Langley has organized a wonderful Spring Trip for us on April 6th. Members and friends are invited. Payment must be received by our March 21st meeting. See trip details elsewhere in the newsletter.
We are working with Erin Colbaugh to develop plans for Hoover’s 50th Anniversary. We were asked to provide a list of Top 10 Things That Have Impacted the Growth and Development of Hoover. Tom Bailey compiled the list. The plan is to have Mayor Brocato include this information as he speaks to various groups throughout the year. We were also asked for a list of 50 Things You Didn’t Know About Hoover.
We hope to see you at the General Meeting on March 21st!