Dedicated To Our Veterans In Honor Of Their Service To Our Country: Lest We Forget!

Membership: Fifty percent of the Patriots' Hall Association (PHA) membership has renewed until 2-2009, and this is good. The Board appreciates your promptness. If you have not renewed yet, there is a renewal form included with this newsletter. This is one of our most important funding sources and the annual membership fees allow us to move forward with future plans for the museum.

Funding: We are very proud of what has been accomplished so far in reaching our goal of turning "The Old Rock Building" into a veterans' museum. Besides memberships, other funding sources are the honor/memorial brick project, gift shop profits, donations and contributions and grants. As work progresses onto the second floor of the museum, so much more needs to be done.

Annual Meeting: The PHA Board thanks all who attended on November 8th. We were amazed at the turn out and we hope you had as good a time as we did. Our thanks also go the Oconee Heritage Center for allowing us to use their building and to Kay Owens for the delicious meal.

Walk of Honor: A new order of bricks (35) has been set in place. Stop by to see if your order is there. If not, we should receive our next order soon. Please let us know if you think too much time has elapsed since you placed your order and we will check our master list. Things are moving along smoother now that we have found a new vendor.

Upcoming Events:

Visitors: The museum continues to be open every Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. During these cold months fewer people come by. However, just in the month of January, many large community groups have toured the museum by special request. Keep this in mind if a group you belong to needs an event. The more people we can bring to the museum, the greater the success. We've had the County Leadership Group, Boy Scout troops, Nursing Home visitors, Rotary and Lions Clubs and the Red Hats ... just to name a few.

Gift Shop: The merchandise for sale at the museum now includes PHA ball caps, PHA lapel pins, logo polo shirts, charm bracelets representing the 5 branches of the service and beautiful pen and ink drawings of the building done by local artist Paul Dohr.

Renovation: We have a plan in place to acquire funding for a residential type elevator. Allowing those with physical limitations access to the second story will double the size of the museum. The beautiful hardwood floors and stair steps have been refinished. The walls, lighting, and ductwork will be done by the end of March. We will also install a new front door and provide access to the attic third floor for storage space. The plan for the second floor is to expand our military displays, provide a library/media area, a "special collection" room, a data collecting area and a meeting/research room.

Volunteers: The PHA Board is looking for individuals with expertise in the areas of accounting, cataloguing. and tour guide director. If you are willing to give some time to Patriots' Hall and what it represents, please fill out the enclosed form or call.

PHA Board News: As many of you know, our treasurer Charlie Alexander passed away on December 26, 2007. We will miss him as our friend, a good friend of the museum and his expert accounting talent. Our sympathy and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Web Site: Due to circumstances beyond our control, our former web site has been terminated. Construction of a replacement is underway.

Power Point Program: A traveling power point program is now available and offers an excellent way to promote the museum to businesses and groups.

Veterans: Please contact us if you have anything to donate or share. This includes your personal stories.

You Our Members: Your support of the museum and your participation in PHA have contributed to the success of our Oconee Veterans' Museum for the year 2007. We have come a long way but...we still have a long way to go.

Fill out the membership form, print it and send it in.

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