YMA members celebrate year’s accomplishments

YMA members meet

A full house at our annual meeting

A new roof, new events, new business practices and a continuing mission to protect our old mill were celebrated by Yates Mill Associates’ members and leaders at our annual meeting.

Rainy weather forced the annual get-together to move inside the park center at Historic Yates Mill County Park, but did nothing to dampen our pleasure at seeing close to 50 loyal supporters and welcoming new friends. Those new friends include Ernest Dollar, the executive director of the City of Raleigh Museum, whose keynote address touched on ways YMA and the museum can work together and with other historic sites in the region to expand our preservation and celebration of North Carolina’s past, present and future.

Larry Hancock, chairman of YMA’s board of directors, welcomed the group and called for reports from secretary Gary Coates, treasurer Sheila Hunter Wooten, head miller William Robbins and president Margaret Lillard. Download our annual meeting program, which includes highlights of YMA’s activities over the past year.

YMA honored longtime volunteer Jenny Haase with the Henry Marshall Award, presented to an individual who has provided outstanding contributions to the restoration and promotion of Yates Mill. The award is named in memory of the former N.C. State University Farm superintendent who was an early protector of Yates Mill and who devoted countless hours as superintendent and in his retirement to help in the mill’s restoration. Mae Marshall, his wife, presented the plaque to Haase.

Ernest Dollar

Ernest Dollar addresses the group, with Mabel Dorsey's framed tribute at left.

We also paid tribute to Mabel Dorsey, another early champion of Yates Mill who was instrumental in founding Yates Mill Associates. Dorsey, who passed away late last year, will be honored with a framed photograph and tribute that will be hung in the park center.

The membership said goodbye to departing board members George Lennon and Margo Metzger, while other board members with expiring terms agreed to stay on to fill partial terms left open by a couple of early departures. We also were sad to announce that longtime YMA supporter and board member J.D. “Dick” Thompson will step down, though he was immediately elected to serve as an emeritus director.

The members re-elected Robbie Wooten and outgoing vice president Carolyn Solomon to new three-year terms on the board. Board members Dan Solomon and Marsha McNamara agreed to stay on to finish the terms of a couple of members who were obliged to step down early.

Four new board members were enthusiastically welcomed to their new leadership roles in YMA (and you can read more about them in an upcoming blog post). They are:

  • Nick Fountain
  • Mark Fountain
  • Linda Edmisten
  • Merritt Jones

In a brief session after the annual meeting, the full board voted to re-elect officers Margaret Lillard (president), Gary Coates (secretary) and Sheila Hunter Wooten (treasurer) to one-year terms, while Art White moved from a directorship to a one-year term as vice president. Larry Hancock was also elected to serve another year as chairman of the board.


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