BONIFAY — Sue Brown was voted in as the new president of the Holmes County Historical Society during their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10.
Buford Williams was voted as secretary, Lavonne Tardif was voted to remain treasurer, David Bevan was voted to remain historian and John Coomer stepped down from management duties to assume responsibilities as a life-time member of the Historical Society.
Williams said that the biggest trouble facing the Historical Society was the diminishing membership.
“We’ve got to cry for help,” said Williams. “Due to members dying off or not attending any more the Historical Society is in dire need of help.”
He said that membership dues were only $10 and that they meet at 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Historical Society, which is located at 412 W. Kansas in Bonifay.
“This is a plea out to anyone who has interest in preserving the history of Holmes County,” said Williams. “We don’t want to end up like that tomb stone up north that reads: ‘Here lies Lester Moore; Four slugs from a .44; No Les No Moore.’”
Williams said one could be a supporter and/or member of the Holmes County Historical Society without having to attend the meetings.
“We don’t want our Holmes County Historical Society die on the vine,” said Williams. “I know there’s people out there who are willing and wanting to support their history. It’s our roots and our history we’re trying to protect and we appreciate all the support we can get.”
According to the minutes of the previous meeting held Thursday, Nov. 8, President Lois Cypher called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m.
After the minutes were read, Tardif noted that the money in the bank as reads, $278.03 should read $268.03 and it was approved.
Member Sue Williams said that Buford Williams had sent his letter on improving our membership to the editor of the Holmes County Times-Advertiser but did not know if it had been printed as of that date.
Bevan said he was still working on “Dr. Paul’s contribution to our community” and plans to search for further information in the local library. He also reported that he cleaned the grave of George Banfill, founder of Bonifay.
They decided to hold their Christmas Party and regularly scheduled membership meeting on Saturday, Dec. 15.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Holmes County Historical Society will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8.