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Annual Meeting, June’16

Notice is hereby given of the annual meeting of the Members of the Grundy County Historical Society on Saturday June 11, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. in the Assembly Hall of the Grundy County Historical Society Heritage Center at 465 Railroad Avenue, Tracy City, Tennessee 37387.

A business session will be conducted to elect persons to the positions of:

Secretary
Treasurer and Chairperson of Finance Committee
Chairperson of Publications and Publicity Committee
Director at Large from Membership
Director at Large from Community

A motion from the Board of Directors will be presented recommending that Article III Section 7 of the By Laws be amended as follows:

Section 7. Quorum: A quorum shall consist of a majority of the persons elected, qualified and serving on the Board of Directors.

(The purpose of this amendment is to exclude lifetime members of the Board of Directors from the quorum count since these members seldom are able to attend meetings.)

A motion from the Board of Directors will be presented to grant lifetime memberships to Catherine Flury and Anna G. Goforth.

Board of Directors Slate of Nominees for June 11, 2016 Election

Lanny Bell,   Secretary, 3 Years

 Lanny is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University where he was awarded a B.A. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation he served 2 years in the U.S. Army , stationed in Germany, assigned to an artillery Fire Direction Center for a 155 mm self propelled howitzer battalion. After completion of his military service Lanny was hired as project manager at Combustion Engineering in Chattanooga that was a manufacturer of components for nuclear power plants. Thereafter he was employed for 30 years at Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) at Arnold Air Force Base where he served as project manager in the G Range test area that utilized the world’s largest 2-stage light gas gun that is capable of launching projectiles over 15,000 miles per hour. Upon retirement from AEDC, Lanny and his wife, Wanda, initiated Still Waters Mountain Retreat that they currently own and operate. Located behind their home on Pigeon Springs Road near Tracy City, the retreat consists of rental cabins, a “chapel” (meeting facility), a small lake and hiking trails. Lanny completed a 3 year term as vice president of Grundy County Historical Society in June 2015.

Ronald P. Buffington , Treasurer and Chairperson of Finance Committee,  3 Years

Ron is the incumbent Treasurer and Finance Committee Chairperson, having served in that capacity since June 2010. He also serves as the information systems and technology equipment manager for the Heritage Center. Ron retired in January 2010 as General Manager of Monteagle Sunday School Assembly where he served for 10 years. Prior to coming to Monteagle he was General Manager for Principal Financial Group in Birmingham Alabama. Ron served for 26 years as an aviator in the Alabama Army National Guard where he rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was raised in Birmingham and attended Samford University where he was awarded a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. He maintains a part time residence in the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly and a permanent residence in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he and his wife, Denise, ardently follow University of Alabama football and other sports.

 

Chairperson of Publications and Publicity Committee, Carla J. Hill-Ocando, 2 Years

Carla was educated at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta from 1996 – 1999 where she was awarded a B.A. Degree in Liberal Studies with a a minor in Spanish. She further attended University of Alaska 1994 – 1995 where she achieved the Dean’s List in the Spring of 1995. She worked as a volunteer in the Special Collections Department of the Atlanta Fulton Public Library System from 2005 -2007 where she organized and inventoried the Margaret Mitchell Collection. This effort resulted in 2 grants from the Preservation Assistance Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For the last year Carla has been administrating a records management project at the Heritage Center that was funded by the Community Fund for the South Cumberland Plateau. The project, nearing completion, involves cataloguing books and materials in the library and research center and training staff in records management and professional library practices and policies. In addition, Carla has initiated an application on behalf of Grundy County Historical Society for document preservation assistance from National Endowment for the Humanities. Carla grew up in Pelham and authored Pelham’s People of Color: 1850 – 1950.

Bobby Wiggins, Membership Director at Large, 3 Years

 Bobby was born and raised and still lives in Summerfield with his wife, Doris. As a young boy he engaged in the social activities in and about Summerfield including square dances and other social events sponsored by Highlander Folk School. He knew Myles Horton, founder of the school, as well as May Justus, who was brought to Summerfield with her friend Vera McCampbell to teach and improve the quality of life of the children and adults of Summerfield. At an early age Bobby became interested in the collection and restoration of cars and other motor vehicles. His collection concentrated on Chevrolets and grew to the point that General Motors Corporation gave him an award for having the best collection of Chevrolets in the world. In 2005 he held an auction of the collection that attracted buyers from around the world. He belonged to 20 antique car clubs and was inducted into Hall of Fame Car Clubs in California and Indiana. He has been active in the National Convention of Car Clubs. Bobby during his business career was engaged in coal mining in Grundy County in the 1960’s et seq. He owned a fleet of trucks that hauled coal and experienced the coal miner labor strife of that period. Bobby has been a member of the Board of Directors of First National Bank of Tracy City and Monteagle Chamber of Commerce. He also transported Harlem Globe Trotters players, other personal and equipment throughout the country.

Dale Layne, Community Director at Large,  3 Years

Dale was born and raised in Palmer. He now lives in Coalmont with his wife, Emily, and 3 children. He has served as alderman of Coalmont and on the Board of Directors of South Cumberland Community Fund. Dale was one of the charter members of Rotary Club of Grundy County. He is a member of Sewanee Masonic Lodge 405 and Order of Eastern Star Tracy City Chapter 266. He owns and operates Layne Funeral Home with facilities in Palmer and Altamont.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlander Folk School June ’16

Ridley Wills, II presents Highlander Folk School: the Place.

Ridley has spent much of his life researching and writing Middle Tennessee history.

He has completed 22 books. His first book The History of Belle Meade: Mansion,

Plantation, and Stud, won the 1991 Tennessee Book Award. Other books include over Old Enough to Die (1996), Touring Tennessee: A Postcard Panorama 1898-1955 (1996), Tennessee Governors at Home (1999), Belle Meade Country Club: The First 100 Years (2001), Joe C. Davis Jr. 1919-1989 (2001), Gentlemen, Scholar, Athlete: The History of Montgomery Bell Academy (2005), Yours to Count On (2007), Jessie and Ridley (2008), The Hermitage at One Hundred (2009), Heritage, Highballs, and Hijinks (2010), The YMCA of Middle Tennessee (2011), Nashville Streets & their Stories (2012), Disastrous Deaths (2014), and 150 Years of History along the Franklin and Granny White Pikes (2015)

Ridley is active in various educational, preservation and religious organizations including membership at The Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville, and has served as chairman of boards of Montgomery Bell Academy, Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, and Tennessee Historical Society and as a member of the boards of National Trust for Historic Preservation,  The Belle Meade Plantation, Cumberland Museum and Science Center, Land Trust of Tennessee, Monteagle Assembly Endowment Corporation,  Samaritan’s Incorporated, and YMCA Foundation of Middle Tennessee. In 2010

Ridley became an emeritus member of Vanderbilt University Board of Trust where he had served as trustee since 1988. I n May 2016 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by The University of the South. Ridley is a member of Grundy County Historical Society and has been a significant contributor to the development of the Heritage Center and its gallery on Summerfield that features the most extensive material on Highlander Folk School displayed anywhere. He has conducted numerous lectures on Highlander Folk School and authored Highlander Folk School, Grundy County’s ‘Public Nuisance’ published in Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Volume LXVI Winter 2007 Number 4 page 351 – 368.