Minutes of Society Meetings

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November 14, 2019

The November meeting was held on the above date at the Community Center. The President called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM followed by the flag salute and moment of silence. There were 12 members present: Harry Silvers, Ann Franzen, Rick Franzen, Meg Ellis, Eileen Chesla, Michelle Freudenberger, Mark LeMire, Doris Underwood, Keith Zane, Rick Haines, Stephen Cramer and Sue Shannon. Two guests, Wayne Vogel and Dick Blair, were also in attendance.

The business portion of the meeting was suspended while Wayne Vogel presented what he knew about the wreckage from Capt, Emilio Carranza’s airplane that is in his possession. He showed us two artifacts: a wooden piece and a metal and linen piece.

Old Business

The cleanup at the Pepper House was done on Monday, Oct. 12 with Eileen Chesla, Mary Ann Silvers, Ann and Rick Franzen as volunteers. The Friendship School cleaning will happen at another time.

The Tabernacle Fall Festival was held on Nov. 3. The Franzens and the Silverses manned the booth giving out Tree Lighting flyers and speaking to interested people.

Our new website officially launched in October with many different categories to explore. Neil Wilkinson was the developer of the site, with the material coming from the Society.

New Business

The Pepper House Room Committee has presented a plan to paint the right front bedroom a light cream color with celadon green trim. Carolyn Cuviello, Eileen Chesla and Mary Ann Silvers will make a quilt to fit the Civil War period of the room. The Cuviellos donated a box spring for the room and Eileen Chesla will sew curtains.

The 2020 budget was presented by the Budget Committee (Rick Franzen, Glen Petrauski and Mary Ann Silvers) and discussed by the members.

President Franzen brought up the possibility of doing road cleanup in Tabernacle to raise funds. Both Zimmerman and Bozarthtown Roads are available. Each time we clean a road the Society gets $200. We will start with Zimmerman Road before the holidays. If that goes well, we can clean the road twice in 2020 and possibly do Bozarthtown Road once or twice as well. This project compares favorably to the Strawberry Social in terms of time and energy required and funds generated. The Franzens, Silverses, Cuviellos, Michelle Freudenberger, Doris Underwood and Joe Barton all said they would be interested in helping with the road cleanup.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25. The next meeting will be a social/meeting on December 12 at the home of Mary Ann and Harry Silvers. An invitation will be sent to all members. The next regular meeting of the Society will be on March 12, 2020.

Respectfully submitted by

Ann Franzen

Secretary


October 10, 2019

The October meeting was held on the above date at the Community Center. The President called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM followed by the flag salute and moment of silence. There were 9 members present: Mary Ann Silvers, Harry Silvers, Ann Franzen, Rick Franzen, Meg Ellis, Eileen Chesla, Bill Sprague, Glen Petrauski and Sue Shannon. Five guests, Neil Wilkinson, Janet Mozitis, Megan Mozitis and Marty Mozitis, were also in attendance.

Old Business

The Semi-annual cleanup of the historic buildings was scheduled for October 21 and 22, and members were asked to volunteer.

President Franzen reported on the establishment of our Tabernacle Historical Society website. The website is about to launch and the Society is grateful to Neil Wilkinson for his expertise and guidance. The site will have historic photos and information about the Civil War veterans buried in the old cemetery. More information and features will be added in the future.

Rick also explained about the historic sites self driving tour he has been working on with Harry Silvers. They are adding more site descriptions as well as more accurate driving directions to make the tour more user-friendly than before

Mary Ann Silvers and Eileen Chesla have volunteered to start planning the decoration of the Pepper House rooms. They will pick a room, set a time period to represent, chose paint colors and then complete with furniture and accessories.

Our President attended a recent meeting of the Indian Mills Historical Society and reported that both societies have much in common and can prosper by cooperating and sharing resources.

Dues for 2020 were collected, as they will be throughout the year.

New Business

Program Chair, Sue Shannon, introduced our speaker for the evening. Tony McNichol, the Archaeologist and Cultural Resources Planner for the Pinelands Commission presented a fascinating program on the Brotherton Reservation. He discussed the 1758 establishment (and subsequent dissolution) of the Brotherton Reservation in socio-historical context with reference to the French and Indian War as well as the Walking Purchase and the Treaty of Easton.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05. The next meeting will be on November 14. There will be a short presentation by Wayne Vogel who will show some of the wreckage that was found from Emilio Carranza’s plane crash in Tabernacle in 1928.

Respectfully submitted by

Ann Franzen

Secretary


September 12, 2019

The September meeting was held on the above date at the Community Center. The President called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM followed by the flag salute and moment of silence. There were 10 members present: Mary Ann Silvers, Harry Silvers, Ann Franzen, Rick Franzen, Meg Ellis, Eileen Chesla, Peggy Pitney, Rick Franzen, Glen Petrauski and Sue Shannon. Two guests, Neil Wilkinson and Suzanne Buckley, were also in attendance.

Installation of New Officers

New officers were sworn in for the term of 2019-2022: President, Rick Franzen; Vice-President, Mary Ann Silvers; Treasurer, Mary Ann Silvers and Secretary, Ann Franzen. President Rick Franzen thanked Harry Silvers for his service as Treasurer and reviewed Mary Ann’s many accomplishments as President. Mary Ann was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a Certificate of Appreciation. Harry was also presented with a certificate and a boutonniere. Rick then outlined his goals for the Society going forward.

Old Business

Mary Ann reported on the success of the recent Chicken Barbecue. The Society and our partners, Tabernacle Rescue Squad, each made a profit of $2,128.06 after serving 423 dinners.

Glen Petrauski and Ann Franzen and were thanked for manning the Friendship School during the “Passport to History” Open Houses this year.

The semi-annual cleaning of the Pepper House and Friendship School was scheduled for October 21 at 9:30 AM with an additional date of Oct. 22 if required.

New Business

Dues for 2020 were collected, as they will be throughout the year.

A motion was made by Glen Petauski and seconded by Sue Shannon to reimburse Ann Franzen for $25.99 for a new photo album for the Society. It passed by voice vote.

President Franzen explained about the work being done to launch a website for THS with the help of Neil Wilkinson of the Indian Mills Historical Society. Neil offered to give access to members of the Society to the webpage under construction for the purpose of giving feedback and suggestions. The site will include information, photos and links to documents such as the oral histories that have been collected over the years.

Rick reported on the work he, Harry and Mary Ann are doing to update and improve the auto tour of our historic sites. Better descriptions and directions (including GPS coordinates) will be included. Some historic markers are missing, some are missing township stickers and some additional sites may need to be marked as well.

Committee assignments for the year were reviewed and volunteers thanked. Additional help will be needed on some assignments.

Buildings and Grounds – Harry Silvers, Cemetery Sextant – Keith Zane, Budget – Rick Franzen, Mary Ann Silvers and one other member-in-good-standing, Historian – Mary Ann Silvers, Historical Site Committee – Rick Franzen, Harry Silvers and one or two others, Librarian – Mary Ann Silvers, Membership – Ann Franzen and one other, Museum – Ann Franzen and one other, Programs – Sue Shannon, Refreshments – Meg Ellis and Publicity – Ann Franzen.

After listing the goals Mary Ann Silvers had enumerated for the Society in the past, Rick discussed the future directions for the Society. Among the topics outlined and discussed were: documentation of the dairy and poultry farms, the facebook page, networking with our neighboring historical societies, meeting with Township and School District officials regarding space needs, roadside trash pick-up, our Scholarship Fund, designating the time periods for rooms in the Pepper House, a newsletter and transcribing oral histories.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35. Refreshments were served, including a special cake in Mary Ann’s honor. The next meeting will be on October 10 when we will have a speaker, Tony McNicholl of the Pinelands Commission, on the history of Brotherton Reservation.

Respectfully submitted by

Ann Franzen

Secretary


July 11, 2019

The July meeting was held on the above date at the Community Center. The President called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM followed by the flag salute and moment of silence. There were 9 members present: Mary Ann Silvers, Harry Silvers, Ann Franzen, Rick Franzen, Meg Ellis, Betty Orme, Bill Sprague, Michele Freudenberger and Doris Underwood.

Old Business

The Charities Registration has been completed and we are in compliance with the State of New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs. A check was sent in the amount of $330 to cover the years 2010-2015.

The annual Chicken Barbecue in partnership with theTabernacle Rescue Squad will be held on July 20 from 1 to 6 PM at the Community Center. Unsold tickets need to be returned to Mary Ann so they can be sold at the door. Betty Orme, Mary Ann Silvers, Ann Franzen, Eileen Haines, Midge Hangley, Carol Touchton, Donna Wallen and Sharon Grovatt have volunteered to make potato salad. Michael’s Event Catering will again provide the cole slaw at no charge. Peggy Pitney, Eileen Chesla, Glen Petrauski, Bill Sprague, Carolyn Cuviello, Barbara Toms, Sue Shannon, Ann Franzen, Mary Ann Silvers and Betty Orme will be baking desserts. Mary Ann Silvers, Harry Silvers, Ann Franzen, Rick Franzen, Keith Zane, Eileen Chesla, Carolyn Cuviello and Glen Petrauski also volunteered to work during the event. We will need to bring some of the potato salad on Friday night in order to package it for take-out orders in advance.

New Business

Letters of thanks were sent to Corky and Laurie Lowe for their gift of an antique yarn winder and a Conestoga wagon jack; to Betsy Piner for her check of $100, to Wilma Davison for her check of $100 and to Janice and Joe Rubino for a box of vintage toiletries, books, bottles and other items.

Rick Franzen and Jim Cuviello moved the loom from the kitchen to the left bedroom in preparation for acquiring a wood burning cook stove and a dry sink.

The Corporation Annual Report filing has been completed. Rick Franzen made a motion to reimburse Mary Ann Silvers for the $33 she paid on our behalf. Meg Ellis seconded and the motion was approved.

Mary Ann thanked the Society for our support during her tenure as President. She reviewed the accomplishments of the last few years including painting and new roofs on the Pepper House and the Friendship School, new windows at the Pepper House, new siding on the Cemetery Buildings and much more.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05. As there is no meeting in August, the next meeting will be on September 12 when we will have the induction of new officers.

Respectfully submitted by

Ann Franzen

Secretary


June 13, 2019

The June meeting was held on the above date at the Community Center. The President called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM followed by the flag salute and moment of silence. There were 13 members present: Peggy Pitney, Keith Zane, Carolyn Cuviello, Mary Ann Silvers, Harry Silvers, Ann Franzen, Rick Franzen, Barbara Toms, Meg Ellis, Bill Sprague, Eileen Chesla, Sue Shannon and Glen Petauski. In addition, there were 5 guests: Michele Freudenberger, Doris Underwood, Penney Haines, Bob Ritter and Carol Ritter.

Old Business

Elections were held at the May meeting. The new officers will be: Rick Franzen, President; Mary Ann Silvers, VP and Treasurer; Ann Franzen, Secretary. They will assume their new roles at the September meeting.

The 3rd Grade Tour was held on Monday, May 20 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. All went well. Each class was presented THS commemorative bookmarks and pencils. The cost of $99.02 was re-imbursed to Mary Ann Silvers who made the payment.

The Memorial Day Parade occurred on May 25. Betty Orme presented the THS flowers, Mary Ann Silvers, Ann Franzen and Peg Pitney manned the table at the Pepper House and gave tours. Rick Franzen filled in as emcee for the event.

The Strawberry Social of June 8 was a success. We brought in $717 and paid $180 for the strawberries. Profit was $537 – enough to finance our scholarship.

More trench and stone work was done at the Pepper House by Keith Zane and his crew of teenage volunteers. Keith was also thanked for the work he and his son, Nathaniel, did in placing new Township logo seals on the THS historical signs around town.

Ann Franzen was re-imbursed for the $56.57 she spent on curtain rods and shades for the first floor of the Pepper House. A motion for this was made by Eileen Chesla, seconded by Barbara Toms and approved by a voice vote.

Mary Ann completed the very complicated Charities Registration online. Fees of $30 and $55 were paid by Mary Ann. A reimbursement motion was made by Sue Shannon, seconded by Bill Sprague and passed by voice vote. In order to be in compliance with the state, FY 2010-2015 forms will also need to be filed.

New Business

The annual Chicken Barbecue in conjunction with Tabernacle Rescue Squad will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 1 to 6 PM at the Community Center. The tickets, priced at $15 each, were distributed to the members to sell. Un-sold tickets are to be returned to Mary Ann to be available for sale at the door. Volunteers are needed to make potato salad, bake desserts andwork on the day of the event.

Keith Zane said that he is exploring with the Methodist Church the possibility of using their facilities next year for the Barbecue and the Strawberry Social.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30. A presentation followed by Marisa Bozarth on “Agriculture in the Pine Barrens”. The next meeting will be on July 11. Refreshments followed the meeting.

Respectfully submitted by

Ann Franzen

Secretary


May 9, 2019

The May meeting was held on the above date at the Community Center. The President called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM followed by the flag salute and moment of silence. There were 16 members present: Peggy Pitney, Keith Zane, Carolyn Cuviello, Mary Ann Silvers, Harry Silvers, Ann Franzen, Rick Franzen, Barbara Toms, Meg Ellis, Betty Orme, Carol Touchton, Bill Sprague, Ralph Shrom, Eileen Chesla, Sue Shannon and Judy Witowski-Argentine.

Old Business

Paper ballot elections for officers were conducted by Bill Sprague. Elected were: Rick Franzen, President; Mary Ann Silvers, Vice-President; Mary Ann Silvers, Treasurer and Ann Franzen, Secretary.

Update on Pepper House renovations: The exterior has been painted light gray by Revive Painting who also painted the exterior trim of the new windows. The inside window trim will be done soon, and we are waiting for the three outside doors to be replaced.

A check for $500 has been sent to the Seneca Scholarship fund to be awarded to a graduating senior interested in college studies of history, government or education.

The Friendship School will once again be open each 1st Saturday this Summer as part of the Burlington County Passport Program. Ann Franzen, Glen Petrauski and Mary Ann Silvers will be taking some of these dates.

New Business

The annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 25, 2019. Ann Franzen suggested that we use Harry Silvers’ truck as a float this year. She, Carolyn Cuviello and Eileen Chesla will decorate it.

The Strawberry Social will be held on June 8 at the Community Center. Various tasks were assigned. Keith Zane volunteered to bring water, ice tea, hot dogs and rolls. Lots of volunteers are needed to cut up strawberries, bake cakes and help during the event.

The annual Chicken Barbecue will again be in July. The date will be determined later, but July 20th is a possibility.

The committees outlined in the by-laws were discussed and members were urged to volunteer for one or more of them.

Rick Franzen asked about the wreath presentation at the parade. It was decided that Betty Orme would do the honors on our behalf.

Keith Zane reported that he and his student-volunteers will be cleaning and resetting some of the tombstones in the Cemetery. He also said that Nathaniel Zane will be placing new Township seals on the historic markers around town and may also work on creating a video/power point presentation on Tabernacle History.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30. The next meeting will be on June 13 when we will have a presentation on farming in the Pine Barrens by Marisa Bozarth.

Respectfully submitted by

Ann Franzen

Secretary


April 11, 2019

The April meeting was held on the above date at the Community Center. The President called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM followed by the flag salute and moment of silence. There were 14 members present: Peggy Pitney, Stephen Cramer, Keith Zane, Carolyn Cuviello, Mary Ann Silvers, Harry Silvers, Ann Franzen, Rick Franzen, Barbara Toms, Meg Ellis, James Cuviello, Eileen Chesla, Bill Sprague and Sue Shannon.

Old Business

The Dine and Donate Night at Upper Crust generated a profit of $125.00.

Work was done by the ROTC and the Boy Scouts under the direction of Keith Zane. They are clearing out the overgrowth of brush and trimming the trees along the left side of the cemetery. They are also replacing the broken fence posts and rails on the same side and will continue on other dates.

The same volunteers have trenched around parts of the Pepper House foundation and filled the trenches with stone that had been provided by the township.

The Cuviellos, Barbara Toms, Mary Ann Silvers and the Franzens cleaned out and re-organized the two Cemetery buildings.

Spring Clean Up dates have been set for April 29 and 30 in order to be ready for the Third Grade Tour. The tour will take place on May 13 with a rain date of May 20. Volunteers are needed for both the clean-up and the tour.

Nominations were announced for new officers. They are: President – Rick Franzen, Vic-President –Mary Ann Silvers, Secretary-Ann Franzen and Treasurer-Mary Ann Silvers. Elections will be held at the May meeting and anyone else who would like to be an officer can still be placed on the ballot by contacting Mary Ann Silvers.

New Business

Keith Zane made a motion to designate $500 for a scholarship to a Seneca graduating senior. The motion was seconded by Meg Ellis and approved by voice vote.

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There was a discussion about a fundraiser to be held at our Cemetery that would dramatize the lives of some of the residents buried there. A committee has been formed to plan this event. Keith Zane, Rick Franzen, Mary Ann Silvers and Stephen Cramer volunteered for this project.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM. The next meeting will take place on May 9. Betty Orme volunteered to bring refreshments.

A program followed the meeting. It was a presentation on Vincentown History presented by the President of Southampton Historical Society, Bob Ritter with his wife, Carol.

Respectfully submitted by

Ann Franzen

Secretary