Sharon Historical Society

Updates from the Board of Directors

Current Bylaws of the Sharon Historical Society

Current Directors of the Sharon Historical Society

President - Gary Sullivan

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Treasurer - Carolyn Weeks

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Clerk - Ernie Varitimos

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Past President - Shirley Schofield

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Chief Archivist - Joanne Douglas

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Director - Donald Williams

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Director - Deb DeBassio

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Director - Jan Parr

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Director / Editor 'Heritage Hunter' Newsletter - Carol Gannon

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Director - Todd Arnold

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Director - Mary Alioto

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Director / Webmaster - Kevin Earley

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Director - James Keating

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Director - Sandy Bailey

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ARTICLE IX SECTION #2 of the current bylaws state: “The Board of Directors shall consist of no less than eleven (11) and no more than fifteen (15) Directors” … “Directors must be current members in good standing of the Society.” Additionally “Good Standing” is defined, in¬†ARTICLE IV SECTION #3 (a) of the current bylaws, as: “Each prospective and renewal member shall pay appropriate dues annually. A member in good standing is one who supports the Society‚Äôs mission and is current with payment of dues.”¬†ARTICLE IV SECTION #2 outlines the 3 membership types: Individual voting memberships (currently $19/yr dues, never increased, to be reaffirmed annually by vote of directors), Corporate/Business non-voting memberships (represented by 1 voting individual), and the now discontinued “Lifetime” membership, grandfathered into “good standing”. Furthermore,¬†ARTICLE VII SECTION #2 states: “Any society member, with one or more years of good standing, shall be eligible for nomination and election to any elected office of the Society.”

To see more info about our upcoming nomination meeting and subsequent annual election of directors/officers, follow @SharonHistory on Facebook and read the updates from directors below and we will keep you in the loop! Please submit any nominations in email to SharonHistorical@gmail.com,¬†or nomination committee member and director, Donald Williams at donalddnwllms@aol.com,¬†or reach out to a director you’re familiar with and check back to ensure your nomination has been conveyed to the committee. This page will be updated to contain a list of finalized nominations after the member-nomination virtual meeting. Stay tuned for more info regarding voting procedure.

November 12, 2020 at 7:30PM EST
Our next Annual meeting will be held via video-conference, with an election of directors.

  • As our bylaws require, a meeting seeking the participation of the fullest quorum of membership available, to offer an opportunity for member participation in the Society’s direction, is held once per Quarter. These meetings may be the opportunity for elections to the board of directors. See more information on elections in our bylaws and policies.
  • The SHS Board of Directors typically meet the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:30PM, unless otherwise stated here, on Facebook, or in the Quarterly Heritage Hunter newsletter.

Important Meeting Minutes

March 8th, 2020

Membership Meeting

Updates

September 19th, 2020

A Letter from Shirley Schofield

Dear Members of the Sharon Historical Society:

Last December, an annual election was held. That election violated the Society’s established procedural protocols and immediately sparked a crisis of leadership on the Board of Directors.

At the March 2020 Quarterly Meeting, the membership voted overwhelmingly to invalidate that flawed election process and to restore the Board as previously constituted. The re-instated Board worked diligently to appoint members to vacant Board seats, revise the Society’s bylaws, plan for a new election and work to secure and administer the Society during an unprecedented internal crisis, as well as a worldwide pandemic.

A few members continued to oppose the work of the Board and, instead, actively sought to thwart the direction of the membership. These efforts to intimidate and bully on the part of a few rogue members cannot and should not be allowed to overwhelm the continued efforts of the Society and its Board to advance the mission that has been our foundation since 1982.

I encourage you to visit our website at www.Sharonhistoricalsociety.org to read the official minutes of the meetings referenced here and decide for yourself.

The Society recently mailed the August 2020 Heritage Hunter newsletter and ballot which outlines the current situation and the path forward. Please refer to your copy of the Heritage Hunter for instructions on how to virtually attend critically important, upcoming meetings on October 8 and the Annual Meeting on November 12, and how to submit your ballot. We hope you will make your voice heard and we appreciate your continued support of the Sharon Historical Society Inc., as we plan for a stronger, brighter future.

Very respectfully submitted,

Shirley Schofield
Past President

Updates

August 21st, 2020

A Letter from Shirley Schofield

Dear Members of the Sharon Historical Society:

We are all negotiating challenging times. On top of the usual life challenges, we are doing our best to protect each other from the risks of the latest virus. We hope that you are staying safe. Even though the museum is closed, you can be sure that we are taking steps to maintain the facility and protect our precious artifacts. You are encouraged to visit our website www.sharonhistoricalsociety.org for important updates.

As members of the Sharon Historical Society, we are also working our way through internal challenges and your support is needed more than ever. We are looking forward to getting the pandemic under control and returning FUN to our society. We hope that you join with us during the upcoming virtual membership meeting and fully participate in the upcoming election. You will be able to join by your computer or by your cell phone.

We want to remember all of our members and friends who have moved onto the great historical society in the¬†sky. We are dedicating this year‚Äôs annual election in the memory of our¬†long-time, dedicated member and my¬†fellow SHS Class of ’46 classmate and friend, Bob Parrish.

Sincerely,

Shirley Schofield
Past President

August 21st, 2020

A Letter from Ernie Varitimos

Dear Members of the Sharon Historical Society:

We want to update you on our recent efforts and the current status of the Sharon Historical Society.

During a Special Board Meeting held in June, 2019, it was plainly evident that the Society leadership was struggling. There were a number of grievances that were expressed by a member, who with one or two other members abruptly left the meeting. Based on the inadequacies of the bylaws at that time, efforts were made to develop new ones.

As you all know, the Covid-19 pandemic came to town, resulting in closure of the museum. The Board has continued to manage the day-to-day business and shift into full preparation for an election that is compliant with CDC guidelines. 

In May, 2020, we sent out the Heritage Hunter Newsletter and solicited input from the full member-ship. Newly drafted bylaws were posted on our website and all members were invited to review and vote if they supported them. Members were also asked to indicate if they were interested in serving in leadership positions. There was resounding support for the new bylaws and a number of you did indicate willingness to serve as an officer or board member. If you are interested in serving as an officer or on the board of directors, we recommend you review the requirements and duties described in the newly approved bylaws.  See the bylaws and other important updates posted on our website. 

As our Society Matriarch, Shirley Schofield, has requested, we need your support more than ever.

Please join us on October 8, 2020 at 7:30 PM. for our virtual membership and nominating meeting and then again on November 12, 2020 at 7:30 PM for our annual membership meeting and election.

Ernie Varitimos
Clerk/Secretary
Board of Directors

July 31st, 2020

The Board of Directors would again like to thank our members for the input they recently provided by submitting their Membership Information form from our last newsletter. We want you to know that we are diligently working toward holding our annual election of officers and board members.

As you know our previous bylaws and our newly approved bylaws propose that we hold an annual full membership meeting and election in June. Due to Covid challenges we continue to have the museum closed. We are doing on our best to develop an alternative way to hold a membership meeting. There has been some recent interference with our postal service, but we are working through this.

Our new goal is to conduct a full membership virtual meeting. Stand by for more details in our next Heritage Hunter newsletter. Again, we appreciate your continued support! Stay Safe!!

Board of Directors

Sharon Historical Society

July 16th, 2020

Thank you to all who returned their member info forms from your last issue of the SHS Heritage Hunter. We are happy to announce an overwhelming majority support of the revised bylaws! The bylaws, found here, are now effective. Thank you for helping us progress forward in this difficult time! Thank you to all those who renewed memberships and for all additional GENEROUS donations, we want you to know how happy we are to have you! Stay tuned to your mailbox for info on an upcoming digital SHS membership meeting with an election of officers. We will update the membership with clear details as decisions are made for the safety of our members and the integrity of our democratic process.

April 1st, 2020

The Sharon Historical Society has opted to postpone activities scheduled for the foreseeable future, at our Yellow Schoolhouse museum, at 16 High st., Sharon, due to the global COVID-19 virus. The Board of Directors is closely monitoring the situation and will update the hours of operation at a safe time for our members, volunteers, and archives. Stay tuned for updates regarding the Annual Meeting of members scheduled for June!

Dues ($19.00) for the year 2020-2021 may be delayed or accepted digitally to account for our temporary COVID-19 closure. Stay tuned