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The 2018 BLHS Biennial Exhibit

Trudi Davis

Join us at the Big Lake Historical Society's display of historical photos and artifacts. The exhibit is being held at a new location this year, in the Community Room at the Big Lake Volunteer Fire Department located at the north end of Big Lake, across from Big Lake School and next to the old fire station. This year's theme is How Timber and Mills Shaped the Big Lake Valley. The valley includes the communities of Walker Valley, Montborne, Ehrlich, Finn Settlement, Big Rock, Baker Heights, as well as Big Lake. This is an opportunity to better understand our past and appreciate the present. Docents will be present to share history, answer questions, tell stories, and guide tours of the old Big Lake town site. Melba Hall, BLHS Historian, will give a PowerPoint presentation of the history of Big Lake.

The exhibit will be Saturday, August 10th (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM) and Sunday, August 11th (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM). Postcards and copies of our book, Big Lake Valley will be available for purchase. There will be coffee, punch, and cookies to share as well as occasions to sit and visit with friends and neighbors about the past and present.


Meet the Authors

Trudi Davis

The Images of America--Big Lake Valley book, a pictorial history of the Big Lake Valley communities and former towns, was released by Arcadia Publishing June 20, 2016. The BLHS is excited to present this work to the public and would like to introduce you to the authors who made the publishing possible. Click on the READ MORE link to meet the authors and read their biographies.

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BLHS Board's Fall Activities

Trudi Davis

The fall season found the BLHS busy with a number of activities. Thursday, August 25, following the Biennial Exhibit the board met to debrief and discuss the successes and areas needing improvement. From that meeting guidelines were created in preparation for our next exhibit in 2018. Included were the possibility of a change of venue as it becomes more difficult to use the school because of school board policy and the new Big Lake Fire Hall’s community room now is being made available for such events as our exhibit. We also purposed to follow our mission and begin the arduous task of permanently archiving and preserving our collection of photos, clippings, and artifacts in 2017.

Also this fall the Society received a letter from Darrell Drummond of Drummond Associates (California) requesting that our funds be transferred to Skagit Community Foundation for management and investing. The advantage being our funds would be locally managed and the society becoming a part of the foundation benefits from the local non-profit networking. Trudi Davis began meeting with Mary McGoffin, director of SCF to begin the transfer of monies and also to evaluate the society’s legal role as a non-profit as recognized by the Secretary of State’s office.

November 9, a majority of board members attended a three-hour workshop sponsored by Washington Nonprofits and the Secretary of State’s Office, called Boards in Gear. This workshop emphasized the role that boards play in an organization's success and was designed to provide information and tools that elevate board practice. Discussions included the board's connection to cause, responsibilities, operations, and composition and development.

November 17, the board met to debrief and process the information from the workshop. Discussion centered on our identity as a board, our goals, funding, and our meetings. Results of the discussion led to a decision to separate our business meetings from our open quarterly meetings. Board business meetings will occur quarterly the third Thursday of the month, a week before the open Society Quarterly Meetings, which will focus on community education. It was also decided that the bylaws needed to be reviewed and updated. Each board member was given a copy and asked to read and edit as they saw a need and return and discuss the bylaws  at the January 19 Board Meeting.  

December 13, President Trudi Davis and Secretary Christine Farrow participated in an online webinar titled Nonprofit Legal Checklist. A discussion about compliance of non-profit organizations, the information was shared at the board business meeting January 19.