The Theodore Burr Covered Bridge
Society of Pennsylvania, Inc.
Monthly Business Meeting
Manheim Farm Show Building/Community
Sunday, July 11, 2021 2:00 p.m.
President Tom Walczak
called the meeting to order at 2:17 PM, welcoming everyone. Tom led the Pledge of Allegiance.
MEMBERS AND GUESTS: None
OF MINUTES: Tom reminded
everyone the June 2021 Meeting Minutes are available for review on the back
table; he will ask for approval later in the meeting.
REPORT: Bob Kuether
reported there are currently 380 members, 9 more members than a year ago.
Judy Kuether: Announced there are two games at the
back table: guess the covered bridge
name and decade it was built in the framed picture; guess the number of candies
in the large plastic container.
Saw Hunsecker’s Mill and Pinetown Bridges.
Tony Abramo: Tony reported 33 people attended the
safari, including out of state from Massachusetts and Maryland. Had a good time and good weather. Tony thanked the anonymous person(s) that paid
for his and Karen’s lunch.
Presented Tony with a patch of Colemanville
Bridge, for leading the 2020 mini-safari.
Saw 20-25 cars at Poole Forge Bridge today, so it is being seen and the
grounds are used.
President Tom Walczak -
Saw Herline Bridge which was repainted. Visited Bank’s Bridge in Lawrence county
which is still closed; abutments were re-pointed and eyebeams replaced. It also appears the four corners are rotting;
Tom will contact the County to inquire if there are plans to repair the
First Vice President Jim Smedley:
Vice President Ray Finkelstein
– Appreciated all cards and concerns for Linda during her recovery. He sees Bogert’s
Bridge frequently which looks bad and fears winds will further damage the
bridge. Also the abutment on Wehr’s Bridge has still not been repaired by PennDOT. Green
Sergeant Bridge in New Jersey is going to be repaired; includes grant monies.
Third Vice President Frank Mailey
– Thanked Tony and Karen for leading another great mini safari.
Fourth Vice President Bob Griner
– Not present.
Treasurer Bob Kuether – Bob thanked Tony for a great
safari. Per Judy, Registration Forms,
Hotel reservation information and T-shirt order forms are on the back table for
the August safari to Ohio. T-shirt
orders are due today.
Historian Fred Moll
- Fred visited Greisemer’s Bridge and the Pleasantville Bridge near Oley
and would give them a 75% rating for appearance. Structurally they are in
good shape- no holes in the roof and no broken beams. However they look a
little weather beaten.
Corresponding Secretary Pam Heisey – No report.
Recording Secretary Pam Mailey –
The deadline to submit information is
early October (exact date will be shared at next month’s meeting)
John Bechtel thanked all for the
prayers for his wife, Beverly, who was in the hospital for three months with
age 96, is on oxygen, Alda is 92 or 93 y.o. They are in
their own home with 24/7 care via hospice or family member.
dad, Tony, is doing a little better, walking with a walker, and still in the
Tom and Connie McLaughlin comprise the
Nominating Committee for 2022 Officers.
Tim announced the slate of officers:
Tom Walczak is not continuing as president;
Bob Griner, 4th VP wants to step down; Jim
Smedley, Ray Finkelstein, Frank Mailey, Bob Kuether, Fred Moll, Pam Heisey
and Pam Mailey have volunteered to continue in their
current positions. Please see Tim or
Connie if you are interested in any position.
September’s meeting will include election of officers.
September 12th meeting/annual picnic has
been changed to Saturday, September 11th at Poole Forge.
Connie McLaughlin reported the Car
Show at Poole Forge is Sunday October 17th; this also includes craft
vendors, kids’ activities, and a photographer to take pictures of the cars
going through the bridge.
COVERED BRIDGE ITEMS:
Tim McLaughlin shared a book titled,
The Four Seasons of Chester County which contained nice pictures of covered
Pat Cook thanked Tony and Karen for
planning/leading the last two mini safaris; she showed the postcard she found
of Red Run Covered Bridge at the Campground’s Gift Shop.
announced the 2022 Calendars are for sale for $10 at the back table. He ordered 400 calendars, and 150 are already
sold in the first two months.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: June’s meeting minutes were approved
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 3:20
MEETING: August 1st
meeting will be at Manheim Community Center with Bob Kuether
presenting “Covered Bridges of Cumberland County, Part 2”.
PROGRAM TODAY: Judy Kuether
led the group in games including Covered Bridge Word Search, Word Scramble of
Covered Bridge Structures and Covered Bridge Bingo.