LEE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
LEE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
To Our Members:
At its July 1, 2014 meeting the Executive Board of Lee County Historical Society made the decision to move the Stella Grobe Research Center from its current location at 113 Madison Ave. to 113 S. Hennepin Ave., next door to Lee County Genealogical Society, located at 111 S. Hennepin Ave. The two storefronts communicate via a passageway that can be enlarged to facilitate travel between the two. The move is scheduled to begin on or about September 1, 2014.
The objectives of this move are twofold: first, one of good business sense, to give each Society better access to the resources of the other – rather than competing against each other, we will be more able to work with each other; and second, to facilitate a potential merger of the two organizations into a single new organization, thus ensuring the survival of both.
An Advisory Committee, made up of members of both organizations, met several times over the first several months of 2014. Their job was to weigh the pros and cons of such a merger and present them to both Boards. A copy of the Advisory Committee’s proposal, dated March 19, 2014, is attached to this correspondence.
The Boards of each organization reviewed the Committee’s proposal and found it to be well-reasoned and acceptable. Each Board then voted unanimously to present the merger proposal to their respective memberships for a vote.
The combined Boards then met several times to give detail to the above mentioned moving plan and merger proposal. They emphasize that the merged organization shall be named Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society. They further emphasize that Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society shall retain sole ownership and control of the names Lee County Genealogical Society, Lee County Historical Society, [the] Rita Welsh Memorial Library, [the] Stella Grobe Research Center, and [the] Old Settlers Memorial Log Cabin. This will be clearly stated in Article I of the Bylaws document that accompanies the merger proposal.
On August 18, 2014 we will hold an informational, question-and-answer meeting, for members of both organizations, so that you may learn more about the proposed merger. Our lawyer, Mr. Doug Lee, will be present that evening to address any questions about the legal steps needed to complete our task. The meeting will be held in the 2nd floor meeting room of KSB Hospital at 7 pm. Please plan to attend if at all possible.
On August 25, 2014 paper ballots stating the merger proposal, featuring a simple yes/no question, will be postal mailed to all members of both organizations and are to be returned by postal mail no later than October 8, 2014 (45 days from the mailing) to the law firm of Ehrmann Gelbach Badger Lee & Considine LLC, Suite 100, 215 East First Street, Dixon IL 61021. They will first be tallied by the law firm, with a second tally to be held by tellers appointed at the October 13th meeting. The results will be announced at that same meeting.
Patrick Gorman, President
Lee County Genealogical Society
Lee County Historical Society