YMA members celebrate another year, add a new board member

We welcomed familiar and new faces to our annual membership meeting, held May 2 at A.E. Finley Center for Education and Research in Historic Yates Mill County Park.

Margaret reports

President Margaret Lillard gives her report

After appetizers and social time, attendees gathered on the outdoor patio to hear from YMA President Margaret Lillard about the past year’s work to preserve the mill while increasing outreach efforts within our community.

YMA Secretary Jill Adams and YMA Treasurer Corinne Dunn shared previous meeting minutes and the treasurer’s report for member comment and approval. William Robbins revealed some lesser known custom mill work that took place this past year. Shims and bucket boards are needed to keep the wheel turning — it’s literally the little things that make a big difference!

Following Tom Wentworth’s enlightening presentation on the flora of the park (see summary below), the YMA nominations were read and the election of new board of directors members took place. Jill Adams, Bob Harkness, Margaret Lillard and Marsha Ragsdale were re-elected to new three-year terms, while members welcomed Karena Potter to her first term on our board.

A popular volunteer at the park, Karena’s resourceful and innovative ideas include a program she runs with her husband, Jon. Country Dancing in the Mill Yard is now a monthly family program, coinciding with corn-grinding events. Twice each corn-grinding Saturday, history comes alive in music and fun for mill visitors, who can join Karena and other costumed interpreters in learning 19th century country dances.

(After the meeting, the board re-elected our officers for another year as the executive committee: Margaret Lillard as president, Bob Harkness as vice president, Jill Adams as secretary, Corinne Dunn as treasurer and Leslie Meadows as at-large representative to the committee.)

Volunteer of the year

Here’s to Jill Adams, our volunteer of the year!

Jill Adams, who keeps us on course as a long-time supporter and board secretary, was honored with the Henry Marshall Award for our volunteer of the year.

We gave a new award this year to mark the support we’ve received from a number of businesses in the Triangle. Our inaugural Business Partner of the Year is Trophy Brewing Co., which has purchased large amounts of custom-ground cornmeal for use in making Yard of the Month at their nearby brewery on Maywood Avenue. Cans of the beer, which is sold during warmer months, feature the YMA logo and Trophy regularly promotes our organization along with the tasty brew. The business owners have also opened doors and opportunities for us to work with them and other Raleigh businesses to support Yates Mill in the future.

Marsha raffle sale

Marsha is a happy raffler

We concluded our meeting with our popular raffle featuring jewelry, gift cards, handicrafts and of course, a Yates Mill goody basket with cornmeal! Thanks to our ticket buyers and donors!

Don’t forget, if you are a current member of Yates Mill Associates, you’re invited each May to attend the members’ meeting to elect board members, hear YMA news and help us make decisions about our mission to preserve and celebrate historic Yates Mill.

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