Fwd: Annual Meeting 9/28/02.
- Hi everyone,
In a message dated 9/30/2002 8:06:50 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> THE SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE S.S.CITY OF MILWAUKEE[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Members held on September 28, 2002
> Location: City of Milwaukee in Manistee
> The meeting was called to order by President Duane Nugent at 4:00 PM.
> President Duane Nugent gave a review of the highlights of the year
> since the last meeting of members in September of 2001.
> From a financial standpoint the past year was very difficult. The major
> contributor to this poor financial performance was the location of the
> ship. It is difficult to find unless you are familiar with Manistee.
> To correct this situation the emphasis of the Board was to find a new
> location. Many sights were reviewed but none were available to the
> Society. In the Spring of 2002 it was brought to the Board's attention
> that the Moonlite Motel, located on Highway 31 on the North end of
> Manistee, might be available for purchase. The location is excellent
> with good exposure to Highway 31 and good docking on Lake Manistee with
> adequate water depth. The property has a marina and RV park as well as
> a motel.
> The asking price was $1.300.000. After several months of negotiation an
> agreement of sale was entered into at a price of $900,000, subject to
> The Society obtaining a loan from the USDA in the area of $1.250,000 to
> cover purchase of the motel, moving the ship and upgrading certain
> facilities at the site.
> An application was submitted to USDA in September after the Society and
> the project were deemed acceptable by the USDA. We did not get approval
> for 2002 funding and we are waiting to see if we are approved for 2003
> Reports by Roger Griner, Jim Kelly, Kirk Lorenz, Jed Jaworski and
> Richard Taber dealing with their area of responsibility were made.
> Volunteer recognition certificates were awarded by Duane Nugent and Jed
> Duane Nugent then called for nominations to fill the five vacancies on
> the Board of Directors. Six nominations were made:
> Bill Herd, Kirk Lorenz, Roger Griner, Pat Brandon, Colleen Foster, and
> Richard Taber.
> The voting was very close. The inspectors of election certified that
> Herd, Lorenz, Griner, Brandon and Foster were elected.
> President Nugent then asked for volunteers to serve on various
> committees for the coming year. The committees were Ways & Means,
> Restoration, and Museum Planning. Several members volunteered.
> The next order of business was the breakup of the meeting into four
> groups with the charge to consider what each group thought the vision of
> Society should be over the next year and out five years and ten years.
> The groups spent 20 minutes on this project and each made a presentation
> of the group vision to the meeting. A summary of the visions is
> The meeting adjourned to a potluck supper at 6:30 PM.
> James B. Kelly, Secretary
> VISION SUMMARIES
> 1. All four groups mentioned that an appropriate name is a priority.
> Historic Landmark, railroad connection, good logo, historic car ferry,
> and attractive signage were all mentioned.
> 2.Three of groups wanted the appearance of the boat improved as well as
> the site itself.
> 3. Two groups thought a professional management team was very
> important. The team should be experienced in running a motel and RV
> park as well as the museum aspects of the ship. Consider subcontracting
> the motel, RV park, and marina operation.
> 4. Two groups thought the apron and car deck were important to show how
> the ship actually operated.
> 5. Other priorities included:
> -Mannequins to show what the crew did at duty spots.
> -Shore based package boiler to allow operation of steam driven
> -Offer package deals with tour companies
> -Elevator or chair lift
> -Get retired seaman to help in promoting the ship and fund raising
> -Give questionnaires to Chamber of Commerce
> -Nostalgia-dancing on deck-mystery weekends.
> -Adequate parking
> -Group conferences on board.
> -Upgrade motel for higher paying guests. Exit motel business when
> finances permit.