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Historical Society Gets New Officers

posted Sep 27, 2011, 4:20 AM by Karl Hakkarainen   [ updated Oct 27, 2011, 10:19 AM ]
The Historical Society of Phillipston held its pot luck supper and annual meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in the vestry of the Congregational Church of Phillipston. A large turnout was on hand to recognize out-going President Thelma McMahon and to elect new officers and committee members.
Following a recap of the past year’s activities by committee members, McMahon stated that it was time for her to step down and for a new president to take the reins. She reviewed the Society’s major accomplishments during the past five years while she was president, and noted that she has accomplished the goals she set five years ago. In summary: The society published the book “The Spirit of Phillipston”, a history of the town that was written and illustrated by three society members. The society was awarded their first grant - $25,000 from the Mass. Department of Tourism -- in order to publish this book. The society’s first major fundraiser realized over $25,000 towards the restoration of the Society’s building. The society restored their building, opened it as a three-season museum, and dedicated it to the current and past people of Phillipston. They also established the Queen Lake Ice-Out which engages the whole town, provides a bit of fun during the long winter, and is a terrific fundraiser for the society.
McMahon reminded those present that the society was formed in 2000, only eleven years ago. She said, “We have accomplished so much in such a short time because of the dedication of the society’s members and the backing of the whole town.”
The Historical Society of Phillipston’s newly-elected president Linda Langevin ( R ) presents a commemorative plaque to out-going president Thelma McMahon ( L ) during the society’s annual meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.