This is an invitation and reminder of our April 3 meeting which will be held at the Nor’westers and Loyalist Museum STARTING AT 7:30 PM–not our usual time of 8:00 PM. This is a joint meeting with Encore that promises to be a very interesting session featuring Jennifer DeBruin who will share some of the processes of writing historical fiction. Of special interest is the fact that her work is embedded in the history of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry which gives it a particular relevance to our work on local history. Some of her characters are tied to the United Loyalists which connects this presentation to some of the exhibits of the Museum. Early arrivals to the evening will have the opportunity to tour the Loyalist section of the Museum. As in the past, there will be refreshments following the meeting. If you are able to contribute a dessert, please contact Suzanne Bujold Bleile at 613-525-3806.

We are only six weeks away from our Annual General Meeting scheduled for May 1 at the United Church in Alexandria. We have some serious concerns to deal with related to the future of the Society. They are: SOCIETY LEADERSHIP: There is a need for members willing to serve on the Board (both Graham Wells the current Vice-Chair and I have indicated that we will not seek another term) If youare interested in standing for the Board please contact Graham at 613-528-4485. FINANCES: We are basically secure for the next couple of years providing there are no unusual expenditures needed. However, our normal expenditures have exceeded our revenue for several years now by several thousand dollars. That is not sustainable without obtaining new sources of funding either through donations or bequests from members, increasing membership fees, or succeeding in securing help from granting agencies. GHS STRUCTURE: As I write this there is a reevaluation of the relationship between the Nor’westers Museum and the Historical Society occuring. That will need serious reflection and discussion.

The Annual General Meeting is also a time to gather over a potluck supper, share our reflections on the past year and enjoy each other’s company. I hope that I will be able to share your company on both April 3 and May 1. Also as I write this another snow storm is on the way. However, there is the promise of warmer weather to melt that snow and, perhaps, get me excited about a possible Spring. Either I am getting cranky in my older age or it really has been a long, cold winter. See you on the 3rd at 7:30 in Williamstown.