Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California
President’s Message - Summer 2020
By Les Snodgrass President's Message
To comply with state requirements, we closed the museum effective March 18th. In early June we received word that museums could reopen on or after June 26th and we began making the required preparations so we could reopen on July 3rd. Unfortunately the number of COVID-19 cases in California began to climb and on July 1st the Governor ordered museums and other indoor operations to close. At this time we have no idea when we will be permitted to reopen. When that time does come we are prepared. Toward that end we have:
- prepared the required COVID-19 Workplace Plan,
- placed "sneeze guards" at the docent desk and cash register counter,
- obtained masks and gloves for our volunteers,
- obtained hand sanitizer for our volunteers and visitors,
- obtained sanitizing wipes and spray,
- prepared and placed the required signage, and
- conducted required volunteer training.
Although the museum has been closed, things are still happening behind the scenes. Treasurer Nolan Lockwood continues keeping up our financial records and paying the bills. Rosalie Mendoza has ensured that our membership records are up to date and members are notified when their membership requires renewal. Dana Bowden and Melanie Robbins have been rearranging and restocking the gift shop. Cheryl Erickson, Erika Schmitt, and Dana Bowden have been working on rearranging and updating our exhibits. Our special projects chair, Cathy Snodgrass, continues to work on applying for grants and, under her accessions chair hat, works on catching up on the long neglected inventory. As always cleaning and maintenance is required and getting done. So it's kinda quiet but always busy around here.
The thing that is hurting us the most is the loss of revenue from gift shop sales and visitor donations. Although the museum is closed the expenses go on. The utility bills still arrive regularly, repair and maintenance expense are still a fact. It would help significantly if each of you would send a donation. Large or small it would help. We currently have 246 memberships. If each one donated even $10 it would go a long way towards making up the shortfall.
Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.... You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
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