March Meeting Minutes

The Windsor Severance Historical Society met March 30, 2015 at the First Christian Church with Marge Straube, Sue Buxmann, Bonnie Steinbrecher, Hal Pearson, Kristie Straube, Nick Wharton, Gene Morey and Sandy Brug present.

We received a letter from History Colorado with an application to be recognized for the work we do. Sandy is going to check into it and send it in.

Kristie is working on our budgets for us. She received the information from Elaine Schlouthauer our treasurer. Sandy will forward the information from Austin so she can proceed with that.

Kristie is going to get us on the agenda for the April 27th meeting with the Windsor Town Board. We will meet with the Severance Town Board potentially on May 4. We will ask Austin if he will be there. This will be the official kick-off of our campaign “Fulfill Our WiSH.”

The Chamber has agreed to support our project at the All Time BBQ on June 4, 2015. We will set up a table and ask for donations. We will have information about joining and donating, pictures of the statue and hopefully Austin will be there with his “mock-up.”

We will plan a cocktail party at the “Olde Town Hall” and invite potentially big donors. We will also plan another “cookies and punch” party for the community and introduce our project. We will write up a press release for the local newspapers. Sandy will start on a letter to be sent to potential donors after the press release. We will send out postcards to others. Sandy suggested we have a program with Dr. Tom Noel aka Dr. Colorado and promote this project. Sandy is going to order some pictures from Walgreens of the statue for these different occasions.

Kristie’s suggestions for recognizing Campaign Sponsorship Levels are…only names, never amounts!

Friends of WSHS…up to $999.00

Patrons of preservation…$1000 to $9999

Generation Benefactors…$10,000 to $24,000

Heritage Founders…$25,000 to$49,999

Premiere History Supporter…$50,000 and up

We will honor these people in different ways, recognition on the website, bronze plaques, sandstone pavers or memorials, also on boards in the depot and personally recognizing the big donors at the unveiling ceremony. If we have a” big” donor maybe we could name the area around the statue for them. We will also try to have a plaque telling the story of why the WSHS thought it was important to honor these people that made all of this possible.

We need to name our statue. It was suggested that we have a contest to name our statue.

Kailee will put all of the donations that we have so far on the website. She will not put the amounts only the names and also the different memorials we have received in recent months. The website has a place to make donations for “Fulfill Our Wish.” We will use our Facebook page to promote our project.

Judy Firestien at “Von Trotha-Firestien Farm at Bracewell” will have her open house at the end of May and we could participate in that again. She will publish a book and we could buy a small ad and put a picture of the statue in it. We will have a donation booth there.

Respectfully submitted

Sue Buxmann

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