January 2020 Minutes



A Meeting of the Mahanoy Area Historical Society was held on Thursday January 30, 2020 at 7 PM at the Rhoades Downtown Center.  Attendance: Frank Senglar, Charles Palulis, Paul Coombe, Peg Coombe, Kathy Wufus, Joan Goodman, Anne Evans.

The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a prayer from Kathy Wufsus

The minutes of the November 2019 meeting were read and approved on a motion by Kathy Wufsus and seconded by Frank Senglar.

Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer’s November 2019 report indicated a balance of $26,799.63
The Treasurer’s December’s 2019 report indicted a balance of $27,039.34. The largest yearly expenditure was insurance
The Treasurer’s reports were accepted on a motion made by Joan Goodman and seconded by Kathy Wufsus.

Correspondence and Communication

Frank Senglar reported that Francis Burke received the Girardville Parade registration form, and has the historical society’s magnets to use in the parade.
Mahanoy Area Chamber of Commerce invited the Historical Society to become a member. Paul Coombe proposed that the Historical Society become a member. This was seconded by Joan Goodman. All members present were in favor. No one opposed. Application was completed and given to Treasurer.
Mahanoy City United Veterans Organization Parade Committee invited the Historical Society to attend the Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2020. Paul Coombe made a motion that the Historical Society help the parade committee. Frank Senglar seconded the motion.  All present approved, no one opposed. Discussion followed on suggested activities.

Unfinished Business as addressed in the November meeting notes

By –laws revision and election of new officers for 2020 and 2021

1.A brief meeting was held at the Mahanoy Area Historical Society was held on Thursday December 12,2019 at 3:00pm at the Rhoades Downtown Center. Attendance: Peg Combe, Judy,Williams, Andy Williams, Peg Grigalonis, Kathy Wufus, Betty Ann  Chescattie, Paul Coombe, Marylou Henninger, Anne Evans, and Paul Coombe.

2.New membership letters  for 2020 were completed for mailing.

3.By-laws –revised by-laws by the By Law’s committee were distributed to members for their review. Voting will take place at January meeting

4. Officer  Ballot- Election of new officers  for 2020 and 2021 took place. Ballot results: President Charles Palulis, Vice President Peg Grigalonis, Secretary Anne Evans, Financial Secretary Frank Senglar. There were no candidates for Treasurer.

The current Treasurer Paul Coombe agreed to serve another term   two(2 ) years unless a candidate steps forward.

Unfinished Business

1.By-laws  - Discussion of the revised by-laws and notation of changes to Article 10 was presented by Paul Coombe

2.The By-law committee members were Paul Coombe, Frank Senglar and Anne Evans.  A motion to accept the changes was made Peg Coombe and seconded by Kathy Wusfus.  All member approved the changes , no one opposed 3. Paul Coombe will help A.Evans with office email account.


New Business

1. Newly elected officers were seated

2 .Professor Nick Kupensky contacted Paul Coombe regarding Bucknell University ‘s plans to repeat the Fr.Kubek  historical event  in Mahanoy  City on April 18,2020. The University is anticipating approximately 30 people,including some from Europe to attend the event. Fr. Carroll from St. Mary’s Byzantine Church in Mahanoy City will conduct a 4:00 pm liturgy followed by a dinner at St. Mary’s Center in Mahanoy City. Information was relayed to Mr. Coombe of a Russian newspaper printed in Mahanoy City in 1892 and recently found in Ukraine.

2. Schuylkill County s’ Historical Societies will conduct an annual event at the Fairlane Village Mall on February 8,2020 10:00-4:00 pm.  Mahanoy Area Historical Society will participate.

3. The Treasurer discussed:

a. ordering  4 easels as requested by Peg Grigalonis. Anne Evans donated a wooden easel to our society.

b. Peg Grigalonis requested purchasing a display rack. A vote was postponed until Peg’s presence at a meeting

c. Rebinding of Directories per Peg Grigalonis email . Cost projections were included.

d. Hard copy of Lament ordered by Treasurer @ $20.00

e. copy of Robert’s Rules purchased

4. Frank Senglar discussed repair of Security System. Peg Coombe will contact Mr. Ward


The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Kathy Wusfus and seconded by Peg Coombe


Next meeting March 26, 2020

Submitted by  Anne Evans  








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