Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California
President’s Message - Summer 2018
By Les Snodgrass President's Message
As I sit here thinking about our expansion project, museum, library/archives, and membership I can’t help but be proud and impressed with our society and its accomplishments. I’d venture there aren’t many nonprofit organizations out there that have done, and continue to do, what we have with the resources we have. Let’s list some of those accomplishments.
In our 36 years of existence we:
- Maintained 100% compliance with all federal, state, and local documentation and filing requirements.
- Constantly operated with a balanced budget.
- Purchased our property, moved the Old Schoolhouse onto it, and refurbished the building such that it could be utilized as a museum.
- Constructed a 1,670 square foot addition that houses our library/archives, work room, and archival storage area. (Expansion Phase 1)
- Operated a museum that is open to the public and averages over 2,400 visitors annually.
- Restored the Hastie Bus and built a building to house and display it.
- Collected and cataloged over a thousand artifacts and displayed many of the same.
- Collected and cataloged over 900 books of local interest.
- Maintained a collection of 80 cubic feet of documents and 14 cubic feet of photos.
- Annually hosted two major events — the Twentynine Palms Weed Show and the Old Timers Gathering.
- Raised just over $150,000 to date to fund the addition of a 2,222 square foot multipurpose building. (Expansion Phase 2) Started construction of the same.
- Produced a quarterly Old Schoolhouse Journal and distributed it to our members.
That and more was accomplished with volunteers and donations. And, by the way, our general operating budget for 2018 is $18,290. As of 31 May we had 253 active memberships. I’d say we do pretty darn good.
As you can see elsewhere in this issue the expansion project is moving along nicely. That has been due to the efforts of some excellent volunteers, service providers and vendors. They are:
|Larry Bowden||Rollie Bowden||Jamie Sommers|
|Jim Krushat||Greg Mendoza||Jim Mallard|
|Chris Grabow||Jacob Smith||Phil and Breanne Kline|
|Kim and Bill Ortamond||Art Parker||Kevin Cole|
|Jim Thornburg||Clark Construction||Bill June Plumbing/US Rooter|
|Hi-Grade Materials||Builders Supply, 29 Palms|
I want to especially recognize Jon Hove of Hi-Grade Materials. He and his company donated a quarter of the concrete for the project. As I previously stated our plan is to get the most out of our available funds by doing as much possible with volunteers and donated materials. If you can help in any way—providing labor, skills, material or cash—we would be most appreciative. Just give me a call at 760-861-5801 or email email@example.com.
Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. ~ Unknown
Johnnie Hastie's Bus - On the road again!
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