Historical society votes in 2015 officers

Stevenson: ‘We are actively at work’

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

* Sheriff’s Office more than a man on a horse

ROCKINGHAM — The slate of officers for the Richmond County Historical Society will remain the same in 2015 as in 2014.

Members voted at the group’s monthly meeting on Monday at City Hall in Rockingham. Dr. John Stevenson will remain president, Misty Reeder is vice president and Joanne Cadieu is treasurer. In addition, Robbyn Sumpter is recording secretary, Neal Cadieu is corresponding secretary and the board of directors is filled out by Betty McBride and Jimmy Pippin.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Dr. John Stevenson, left, president of the Richmond County Historical Society, thanks outgoing board member Tom MacCallum for his years of service with a plaque of appreciation.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Dr. John Stevenson, left, president of the Richmond County Historical Society, thanks outgoing board member Tom MacCallum for his years of service with a plaque of appreciation.

Pippin is the new addition. He takes the place of Tom MacCallum, who rotated off the board after serving in June 2010, when he was appointed to fill an unexpired term.

“You’re off the board, but you’re not off the hook,” Stevenson told MacCallum before presenting him with a plaque of appreciation.

Though a quip, Stevenson’s right. MacCallum will remain the point of contact for the nonprofit group’s newsletter and will remain co-chair of the Leak-Wall House committee.

Stevenson noted that MacCallum has handled the newsletter since the September 2013 edition, and “our newsletter has improved significantly.”

MacCallum also will be the featured speaker, along with his wife, Mae, in presenting the history of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. That meeting begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at City Hall in Rockingham and is open to the public.

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Stevenson noted the historical society has 64 life members — and the most recent paid over the holiday break. The newest life member, Stevenson said, is “over 90 years old.”

“We have suprrises all the time,” Stevenson said. “You never know what’s gonna happen at the Richmond County Historical Society.”

He said the group is in good shape, both in terms of membership and financially. Stevenson said the organization owns nearly $900,000 in assets. Joanne Cadieu, treasurer, echoed Stevenson’s remarks about the society being in good financial standing.

* The Richmond County Historical Society Endowment Fund has $63,885.47 as of Sept. 30, 2014

* The Leak-Wall House Fund balance is $120,759.94 through Sept. 30, 2014

* The Walter and Betty Reid Endowment balance is $363,792.57 as of September 2014. This endowment provides funding for the garden and grounds of the Leak-Wall house.

Each of the endowments is invested by the Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte.

 

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