Secretary’s Report

Secretary’s Report:

Minutes of the Annual Meeting, September 27, 2020

FVF President, Joe King opened the meeting on the lawn of the Red Barn at 1:06 PM.  He welcomed attendees and reminded everyone that our public events during this 20th year of FVF ownership had been completely curtailed by COVID-19 restrictions, except for this Annual Meeting.

He listed many of the improvements made at the Farm during our years of ownership and thanked members for their generous support and many hours of volunteer service to the organization.  He wished everyone a safe and virus-free remainder of 2020, and projected that hopefully, in the year ahead we will see the opening of the Heritage Center.

The minutes of the 2019 Annual Meeting were read and accepted in a motion made by Ann Letendre, seconded by Bob Letendre.

Treasurer, Bob Letendre, summarized the major financial highlights of FVF for FY 2019-20, which can be found on page 9 of the Annual Report.  He said a bequest from member Jean Bostrum’s estate has greatly augmented our present and future financial stability, as will the Endowment Fund at HFPG, now at $14,501.  Current assets and liabilities are delineated in the financial pages of the Annual Report.  He thanked members for their support, as the organization continues to be debt-free.  Bob also thanked the audit committee for their work in auditing his monthly reports for FY July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.

Committee reports followed.  Ann reported that we have 172 members and contributors.  The buildings and grounds are being maintained and upgraded to prepare for the conversion of the stable into the “Heritage Center.”  Displays are being put together, and vintage items culled from the various buildings have been arranged in exhibits to tell the story of this “Gentleman’s Farm” that emerged through the various periods and owners on the scenic hill that is now Valley Falls Farm.

Bob Letendre made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 1:40 PM.  Maryann seconded his motion, the meeting was adjourned.


Respectfully submitted, Jean Merz, Secretary