Minutes – January 2012

Rosenwald Project Planning Committee Meeting

January 13, 2011

Peterson Conference Room, Mars Hill College

 The Rosenwald Project Planning Committee held its meeting of January 13, 2012 in the Peterson Conference Room of Mars Hill College.

Attending were:  Lenny and Beth Ross, Caroline Twiggs, Scott Donald, David and William Wyatt, Mark Norwood and Teresa Buckner.

Willa Wyatt, committee chair, opened the meeting at approximately 10 am.

Willa went over the list of meeting dates for 2012.  They are as follows:  January 13, February 10, March 8, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9 and December 14. The March date is on a Thursday, because the ARC will meet with Madison County Rotary to hear a presentation from Carol Shields, who works with the Hamilton Rosenwald Project, near the coast of NC.

After some discussion, the group decided to move the May meeting to May 4 at 9 am, so that the Rosenwald Scholars can participate.  (May 11 will be the day before graduation, and they will have graduation rehearsal.)

Willa reported that she plans to go present a program about the ARC at a meeting of the Madison County genealogical society.  She will take one of the Rosenwald Scholars with her, and she encouraged other committee members to attend.

Caroline has sent photos and a write up about student participation in the Anderson Rosenwald School Project to the Presidential Honor Roll office.  She also plans to send a letter of support referencing those volunteer efforts.  She feels these contributions, with others, will help Mars Hill College to receive the Presidential Honor Roll designation again this year.

January 28 will be the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at Mars Hill College. There was a lengthy discussion about how to best use the students who will be volunteering that day at the site.   Mark Norwood and Scott Donald discussed at length the work that would be necessary to complete construction of a trail from the school down to the spring at the bottom of the hill.

Lenny Ross volunteered to bring some dirt for the project; David Wyatt will bring some railroad ties to the site. David will also try to get a local surveyor to mark the property line before the workday, so that the students don’t accidentally put part of the trail on neighboring land that does not belong to the school.

Caroline said that Colie Brown, and possibly the other Rosenwald Scholars, will pass out information about the Anderson Rosenwald project in the community on the workday.

There was some discussion about having another workday in the spring that would be specifically for the members of the community.  This might be a good way to get more community involvement.

The next meeting of the Rosenwald Project Planning Committee was planned for Friday, February 10, 2012, at 10 am at Mars Hill College.

Respectfully submitted,

Teresa Buckner