The Friends of the New London Public Museum (FNLPM) held its Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the American Legion Hall in New London.
During the Annual Meeting, Jennifer Grumann and Beth Staudenmaier were elected by FNLPM members to 2-year terms on the FNLPM Board of Directors. Karl Block and Brenda Hansen were also elected for their second, 2-year term. Paulina Krolow was elected to her first full 2-year term after coming to the FNLPM Board in 2011 to fulfill a vacant term. They join Barbara Laib and Nathan Penn who also serve on the FNLPM Board of Directors.
Outgoing board president Maria Schere, highlighted FNLPM’s 2011 accomplishments which included the group’s successful application to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. FNLPM also introduced its new membership program last year; Scherer reported that 51 Founding Members have been secured to date and thanked the members in their attendance for their support.
Scherer also announced that with the financial support received from Founding Members and other fundraising efforts in 2011, FNLPM is awarding its very first grant to the New London Public Museum: a $1,500 grant to underwrite the cost of a new “Curiosity Corner” at the Museum. Slated to be installed later in 2012, the Curiosity Corner will be a permanent fixture in the museum; a place for guests of all ages to interact with the museum’s collection in a more meaningful and sensory-dependent way.
Scherer closed her comments by handing over president’s duties to incoming board president, Karl Block. Block recognized Scherer for serving four years on the FNLPM Board of Directors, including the past two years as board president. Charlene Engel and Deb Silvers were also recognized for their service on the Board.
Museum Director, Christine Cross, concluded the evening with a presentation, “Friends to Advocates; Getting our Voices Heard.” Cross explained that most communities of New London’s size are not fortunate enough to have a multi-topic museum; one that has collections representing natural history, earth science, Native American history and culture, and local history all under one roof. She also shared that FNLPM members are advocates and a “voice” for the Museum’s efforts to preserve and promote its collections.
For more information on becoming a member of the Friends of the New London Public Museum, visitwww.fnlpm.org, call920-982-8520, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Friends of the New London Public Museum (FNLPM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Membership support is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.