1998 Annual General Meeting
14 November 1998
Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Church
First Mennonite Church welcomed the Mennonite Historical Society of
Alberta to meet at their church on 14 November. Our AGM coincided with
a series of lectures given by Dr. John B. Toews of Regent College, Vancouver.
This gave persons interested in Mennonite History another reason for
visiting Coaldale on the second weekend in November. As a society, the
MHSA was pleased to be part of this occasion.
Tour of the Coaldale Museum
The site of the Museum is the old meeting place of the Coaldale Mennonite
Brethren Church. Mary Goertzen and Helen Toews prepared a collage of
historical pictures, explained what progress had been made to date and
shared their optimism for the future. Apart from serving as the Town
Museum, it will also serve as a cultural centre for the community.
Annual General Meeting
Anne Neufeld welcomed the 30+ persons who came to the meeting and the
Interim executive committee (Henry Goerzen, Peter Penner, Harold Friesen,
Irene Klassen & Richard Harder) led the meeting.
History as God and Man Interacting
Henry Goerzen, as interim Chair, addressed the group with on the theme
of history as God and man interacting and challenged the group to measure
up to the mandate as laid down in the MHSA bylaws.
The draft Bylaws as were published in our fall newsletter were discussed
in detail and amendments were made. By consensus, the group determined
that the 1998-99 Executive will prepare revise the Bylaws in correspondence
with the discussion.
What History We Do and How?
Peter Penner presented a number of his thoughts on this topic.
Discussion of MHSA Goals for 1998/99
- collect materials from y our own family, your parents, or your grandparents.
- Compile a family history, a biography, or an autobiography
- Videotape your family and attach a complete commentary
- Tape your grandmother's or mother's story
- Ask how congregational seniors clubs can become involved
- If you write an obituary, include the answers to the journalistic
questions and send a copy to the MHSA
- Make a list of individuals who can assess the value of things that
should be preserved
We have a very modest bank account of $343.62. Keith Hunsberger of MCC
(Alberta) will conduct a financial review of the MHSA for the 1999 Annual
Anne Neufeld, chair of the Nominating Committee ran the election with
the following results:
Chair: Henry D. Goerzen, Box 7, Site 18, R.R. #1,
Didsbury, T0M 0W0
Executive At Large: David
- Richard Harder, Didsbury, Northwest Conference
- Mary Burkholder, Duchess, Eastern Alberta
- F. David Dyck, Coaldale, Southern Alberta
- Cornelius Warkentin, Tofield, Northern Alberta
- Henry Driedger, Far Northern Alberta
1998/99 Nominating Committee:
Helen Friesen, Calgary
Anne Neufeld, Coaldale
Peter Penner, Calgary
Representation at Mennonite Historical Society of Canada
Ted Regehr, Calgary, will represent the MHSA in Waterloo on December
Alberta Archive Project
A substantial amount of materials have been amassed by the MHSA over
the years and are stored, albeit securely, at the home of Henry &
Discussion resulted in a general consensus that unpublished materials
should probably go to a Mennonite archive with professional staff and
suitable environmental controls. Published items, such as books and
stories that are bound or published and can be stored on a shelf could
be added to a basic historical library made up of Mennonite books, Mennonite
periodicals, conference yearbooks, aids to research, church histories,
newsletters, family histories, etc. As some of these items will be held
as microforms, a microfilm reader and computer hardware will be needed
to facilitate research.
Webster Note: All the above was extracted
from the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the MHSA which were
prepared by Peter Penner.