Larry Puzen called the meeting to order at 6:33pm at the PACE room. Those attending were Larry Puzen, Larry Szymanski, Sharon Bauer, John Mihalko, Mike Blohowiak, Katie Walters, Rock & Pam Mannigel, Claudia Ryczkowski, Tammy Brzeczkowski, John Mihalko, Roger Brzeczkowski and Norine Heuser.
Secretary’s Report – Roger made a motion to accept the secretary’s report. Rock seconded. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report – Larry Szymanski reported the check book balance is $6,649.80. Our Bakeless Bake Sale has currently brought in $260.00. Claudia made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report. Sharon seconded. Motion carried. He said the Voyageur Magazine’s subscription is up for renewal. It was decided we should renew it for $30.00. Roger said he would like extra copies of the newsletter to give to interested people. Tammy said she distributed our newsletter to several businesses in town. Claudia explained where the extra copies are in the museum. Larry Szymanski said he received a compliment on our newsletter from Mary Ann Siolka. Pam said we received a letter from the Pulaski Schools thanking us for Lorelei’s scholarship.
Brick Sales – Mike reported there are no changes to report.
Time Capsule – Claudia mentioned she will continue collecting items until after Polka Days for our new capsule. It will be buried on Tuesday, August 9th between 1:00 and 3:00pm. It will be reopened in 10 years. Mike suggested we vacuum pack everything we bury. It was then suggested we include a picture of our board of directors and officers so a picture was taken.
Polka Day Float – Pam suggested asking Jim Zajac if he would drive his antique tractor with a sign for our group. Roger suggested combining our float with the Pioneer Tractor Club. He and Tammy will work on this.
Shawano County Fair – Tammy met with someone from the Shawano Historical Society who asked if we would like to have a booth at the fair. She would need help setting up on Wednesday prior to the Labor Day weekend fair. Chris said we should gear our display to Shawano County. There will not be a charge to have a booth but whoever volunteers would have to pay for their fair entry cost. Tammy will coordinate this. She made a motion for the PAHS to pay for the entry fees of anyone who volunteers. Roger seconded. Motion carried. Rock mentioned the Seymour Historical Society sent him an email asking if he would let people know about their current display of old video games.
Black Top Bid – Larry still has not gotten the bid. He said we really need to repair our catch basin in the back of the museum. Mike Blohowiak looked at it and gave an estimate of $1,000.00. Rock made a motion to use $1,200.00 for this repair. Mike seconded. Motion carried. Larry would like this done as soon as possible, especially before the annual dinner. Larry said he would talk with Jim Zajac again about getting lighting in the back of the museum. Mike said we should also consider lighting the front of the building.
Speaker for the Annual Dinner – Claudia suggested Julia and Chris, the students from Madison, who are researching language used while growing up and how it effects your life. They have spoken with Damon Szymanski and Fr. Brendan, the owners of the Pulaski Station Restaurant and will be talking with Doris Malcheski and Theresa Bialozynski. It was decided we should wait to see how much information they would have to share. Tammy suggested, Mark Wleczyk, who contacted us on the website. He is an archivist at Marquette University and knows a lot about our area. She will check to see if he has that day available. Rock mentioned we were going to have Larry Treankler of MCL but because of health issues last year, he declined. He will check to see if he would be available as well. Pam suggested the family from Pikle Rite. Chris said he would contact them about an article for our newsletter. Claudia said the museum will be open this Thursday from 3:00pm – 4:00pm and then from 5:00pm – 6:00pm in conjunction with the speaker at the Pulaski Library, Dennis Jacobs. He will be giving a presentation about “Pulaski More Than Just Polka”. She really needs help the morning of July 26th and after the parade on Sunday of Polka Days. She then mentioned the other times she needs help at the museum and passed around a chart for anyone who could help out to fill in the open times. Norine asked if we would have a Preservation Award this year. Claudia said her mother had suggested VanAsten’s Plumbing because of all they did to restore the front of their building. Everyone approved.
Newsletter – This will be worked on. Finance Committee – Larry suggested we change the name of this committee to Strategic Planning Committee. Mike, Roger, Claudia and Tammy had met and Tammy handed out a very detailed report explaining the many ideas the committee had. After much discussion, Roger made a motion to raise our membership dues by $5.00 and add categories of Junior Membership of $10.00, Corporate Member of $500.00 and a Life Individual Member of $150.00. Larry Szymanski seconded. Motion carried. Larry will mention this at our annual meeting. Roger made a motion to go ahead with the on-line button on our website to receive donations for a one time cost of $85.00. Rock seconded. Motion carried. Norine made a motion to have a Pie Auction at the annual dinner. Katie seconded. Motion carried. (Katie offered to join the Strategic Planning Committee.) Larry Puzen thanked everyone on the committee for all of their work.
Computer Set Up for the World War I Veterans – Claudia and Larry are working on this and will have it available for Polka Days.
Chris made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Katie seconded. The meeting adjourned at 8:32pm.
Our next meeting will be August 22, 2016 at 6:30pm in the PACE room.
Minutes taken by Norine Heuser, recording secretary.