Annual Meeting and Luncheon
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Meridian Hills Country Club,
More than eighty members and guests of the Society of Indiana Pioneers met on
Saturday, November 6, at Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis for the 95th
Annual Meeting. Among those attending were the Society’s youngest Life Members, six
year old Hayden and Isaac Miller, twin sons of Kay and Michael Miller. Members greeted
one another and inspected the interesting array of items that Chairman Louise DeMore and her hard-working committee had gathered for sale at the Society’s third annual silent
In a State of the Society report, Co-Presidents Carolyn Rose and Stanley Evans related a plan to move the Society forward which was adopted enthusiastically by the
Board at its meeting in June. The plan put forth three initiatives: (1) promote the Society
through press releases and advertisements in local newspapers throughout the state; (2)
develop a program to identify and honor distinguished Pioneer Founders in each of the 92
counties to be completed by our centennial year in 2016; and (3) produce a DVD telling
the story of the Society which could be used by Speakers Bureau volunteers and made
available to libraries and historical and genealogical groups throughout the state.
Catherine Carvey and other volunteers were commended for the increased activity of the
Speakers Bureau and it was noted that the Society was well represented at the Midwest
Roots Conference in August and the Genealogy and Family History Conference in
Genealogist/Office Manager Michele Kerr reported on her work in the Society’s
office noting that she had approved 37 new member applications and 115 added lines
since last reported. She expressed appreciation for the contributions made to support the
preservation of applications and proofs and reported that the scanning of applications and
proofs continues as time and resources permit.
The membership elected the following members to the Board of Governors:
For one year terms expiring in 2011:
Martha Sue Batt
Ralph D. Gray
For three year terms expiring in 2013:
Jeffrey K. Baldwin
Louise T. DeMore*
Helen M. Dickinson
Terri L. Gorney
Marilyn H. Hoffman*
Edward L. Hultgren, Jr.
Evaline H. Rhodehamel
*Elected to serve a second successive term.
New Society Board Members
Seated (left to right): Martha Susan Batt, Terri Gorney, Helen Dickinson
Standing (left to right): Jeffrey Baldwin, Jinsie Bingham, Edward Hultgren
The Board elected the following as officers of the Society for one year terms:
Carolyn A. Rose and
Stanley R. Evans,
Marcia A. Krieg,
Robert H. Everitt, Secretary
Bruce W. Oakley, Treasurer
Michael H. Miller, Registrar
Joan R. Everitt,
2011 Society Officers
Seated (left to right): Joan Everitt, Yearbook Editor; Stanley Evans & Carolyn Rose, Co-Presidents
Standing (left to right): Bruce Oakley, Treasurer; Bob Everitt, Secretary
In a special presentation, Dr. Jim Fadely called Joan and Bob Everitt forward to
receive the Indiana Pioneers Medallions for 2010. This award, to be presented biennially,
was created in 2008 to recognize exemplary service to the Society. Evie Rhodehamel received the inaugural award in 2008. Etched crystal medallions were presented to Mr.
and Mrs. Everitt.
Bob and Joan Everitt receive their Indiana Pioneers Medallions from Dr. Jim Fadely.
Jennifer Roman, winner of the 2010 Society of Indiana Pioneers fellowship,
presented a most interesting paper on her research into the role that various
denominations played in the development of educational institutions in the state during
the pioneer period. Jennifer is a doctoral candidate at the University of Notre Dame.
Following a picture presentation of the 2010 Pilgrimages to Corydon and
Indianapolis by Pilgrimage Chair Nelson Price, Louise DeMore announced the final
results of the Silent Auction which netted nearly $1,100. Every person attending received
a complimentary coffee mug bearing the logo and mission of the Society of Indiana
Pioneers provided by Carolyn Rose and Stanley Evans. Following tradition, the meeting
was adjourned by the singing of “Back Home Again in Indiana” which was led this year
by the Miller family - Kay, Michael, Hayden and Isaac.
- Submitted by Robert H. Everitt