Sunday, April 4, 2021

BHOSA April News and Volunteer Fair

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

The Bishop Hill Museums & Organizations will host their Volunteer Fair on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at the Bishop Hill Museum, 304 S. Bishop Hill Road, from 1 to 3 p.m. No registration is required. Individuals searching for volunteer opportunities in Bishop Hill, Illinois, can learn about what its organizations have to offer by attending the fair.

Representatives from the Bishop Hill Arts Council, Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, and the Henry County Museum will be onsite to answer questions and provide information on volunteering with their respective organizations. Volunteers are especially needed during this year’s 175th-anniversary celebration of Bishop Hill’s founding. If you would like more information contact Bryan Engelbrecht, IL-DNR, at 309-927-3345.

April News from the BHOSA

The prospect of having a meeting of the BH Old Settlers in April is canceled until word of a surge in Illinois is made clear and more people in Henry County are vaccinated  A meeting is proposed for Wednesday, May 12,  at 6 o’clock at the school, subject to COVID guidelines.

There was a problem with the Colony School's furnace and thermostat at the end of February resulting in damage to bathroom fixtures and plumbing. Repairs are underway. Insurance will cover these repairs except for a small deductible.

Joella Krause has agreed to serve as Treasurer of the Old Settlers and will be confirmed by the Executive Committee on April 6.  She will begin her office in April.  Beth Magnuson has been acting as Treasurer pro tem and will continue to serve as Secretary.  

May will be the prime time for planning our 175th celebration and parade, so please plan to attend the meeting if you can.  Our regular meeting date is changed from the first Wednesday to the second Wednesday to provide a current Treasurer’s Report for the previous month to be reviewed at the monthly meetings.

Please contact President Anderson (309-883-9209) with any questions or comments regarding your participation.

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

2021 Swedish Stomp and Scamparoo Canceled

For the second year in a row, the Bishop Hill Swedish Stomp & Scamparoo has been canceled. We hope to be racing again this time next year. We will celebrate our 25th Stomp in 2022! Any fees already collected for this year's event will be returned with our apology. Thanks to our supporters for understanding.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Swedish Stomp & Scamparoo Sat, April 24, 2021

As spring returns and the world turns green, mark your calendars for some fun and fitness at this family-friendly event: The 2021 Bishop Hill Stomp and Scamparoo.
Embrace the season; grab your race gear and run/walk this rolling 5K course through beautiful Bishop Hill, IL. Join us at the Colony School on Saturday, April 24, 2021. The race begins at 9:00 am, registration starts at 7:30 am.
A free Scamparoo for kids ages six and under will follow the Stomp.

Register online or download, print, and mail this registration form
For additional information or to volunteer to help with this event, contact BHOSA President, Randy Anderson, at 309-883-9209.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

BHOSA February News & President's Message

Happy Groundhog Day. It seems fitting to report that little has changed over the past year, but with a new year, we are all hopeful that things will get back to some semblance of normalcy.

There are many things to do this year with the 175th Anniversary of the founding of Bishop Hill Colony and the 125th Anniversary of the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association. Planning for the parade on September 11, 2021, will require help from all members and volunteers and the executive committee is meeting to develop plans which we will share with you in the coming weeks and months. We welcome your input and you are encouraged to submit ideas and suggestions as we develop our plans for 2021. You can contact us by email, letter, or phone with the information at the end of this eMail.

With the Covid-19 restrictions, communication has been limited with our membership. Hopefully, we will be able to have a meeting of the membership soon. I plan to send out a meeting notice for April 7, 2021, depending on the situation regarding Covid-19. I will be sending out more frequent newsletters this year. Our regularly scheduled events are on the calendar, with the first event being the Swedish Stomp, subject to Covid-19 circumstances at that time. Please mark your calendar for Saturday, April 24th, and be available to help with this event. You will be contacted with details of where and what aspects of the Stomp your help is needed.

The capital campaign is being extended through 2021. The “Adopt a Window” project will also run through 2021. At present, our goal of $21,000 for window restoration is near 75%. Changes to current tax laws make it easier and more advantageous for taxpayers to contribute to charitable organizations at the present time. Hopefully, this will continue. Consult your tax professional for information on charitable contributions in 2021. Maintenance of the Colony School is a constant concern, and the next major project slated to begin this year is tuckpointing of the Colony School. Our Capital Campaign hopes to raise $50,000 to cover the cost of restoration of the Colony School brickwork. All contributions are gratefully received. The Bottom Line: With the shutdown of the Colony School in 2020, and the cancellation of all our fundraising events 2020 has been a year of diminishing returns. Income has relied solely on donations and membership dues, but with regular membership of $5.00 per year, expenses have far outweighed income for 2020.

To encourage more dues income for the Old Settlers’ we are offering a Lifetime Membership to the Old Settlers’ for $1000. Regular annual dues remain at $5.00 through 2021 and will be reviewed later this year to be increased in 2022. In the meantime, if you have paid dues for 2020, Thank You. If you have not paid dues we ask that you send your dues and consider including an extra donation to help with expenses at the present time. We look forward to hearing from you and being able to have a full meeting in the near future.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2021.  
Take care out there. 
Randy Anderson, Co-President 
Roy Magnuson, Co-President 
For the Executive Board 
Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association 
Contact us:   
BHOSA / PO Box 68 / Bishop Hill, IL 61419  
Randy Anderson:  309-883-9209 
Roy Magnuson: 
Beth Magnuson:  309-737-0260

Monday, September 7, 2020

2020 Old Settlers' Day and School Reunion Cancelled / Membership Renewal Request

Until this fall, the BHOSA has set aside a special weekend to commemorate the 1846 founding of the BH Colony. We’ve celebrated its descendants and our newer settlers with food, music, fellowship, but this year, all is different. There will be no Old Settlers’ Day and the Colony School Reunion has been canceled. Current covid guidelines have forced us to limit the size of our congregation and we must act to protect our members from the lingering threat of virus. 

The BHOSA holds its annual Membership Drive during the month of September. Until this season, it has been a time to meet with our supporters, update our membership roster, and most importantly, to hear and incorporate some much-needed feedback in planning for the year ahead. We have not held a regular meeting since January 2020, so we are reaching out to members here, online. Please take the time to download a membership form. Make any necessary updates to your information and mail it to the BHOSA with your $5.00 dues. Feel free to use the reverse side of the form to add your thoughts on any project or direction you’d like the OS to consider while planning our 2021 agenda.

We appreciate your input!

Since 2021 is the 175th anniversary of Bishop Hill’s founding, we are asking for ideas from you, our members, on how we should observe this milestone. Every five years the BHOSA holds a parade through town; 2021 is a parade year. We need folks willing to help organize this exhibition. We need sponsors, marchers, and groups to create floats. PLEASE contact us to share any ideas you have. 

We Need Your Help To Plan Our Future
We need you!

As each year comes to a close, the BHOSA nominates and votes for a new slate of officers. Our current officers are Randy Anderson and Roy Magnuson – Co-Presidents, Jasa Todorovich – 1st Vice President, Jeff Olson – 2nd Vice President, Treasurer – Beth Magnuson, Secretary – vacant – Beth Magnuson, Pro Tem.  This Executive Board will stand until we are again able to meet, vote, and approve new candidates.

Help us plan the future BHOSA.
If you are willing to serve as an executive or can nominate someone for a position, please come forward. During the time we have been cloistered, the Executive Board has met regularly to oversee maintenance projects and review operations. To continue, we need members to contribute by serving; we must have help to move forward toward what we hope will be a busy anniversary year. 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Good News: Work continues on the Colony School

Bishop Hill has been a beehive of activity these past few months. We have taken full advantage of the slowdown in traffic triggered by social distancing to make much needed improvements to our infrastructure and our buildings. The buzz of activity can be heard everywhere in town – including the Colony School.
Earlier this spring the BHOSA announced its window renewal project. We are approaching the hallway mark in our work, with more progress promised soon. The dilapidated doors to the exterior cellar stairs on the west side of the Schoolhouse were replaced with a sturdy, custom-built pair by Van Wassenhove Construction. That’s one more item from our maintenance list we can now check as done!
The letters that were to be mailed soliciting funds for our “window adoption campaign” were politely delayed in light of our current economic instability. Yet news of this project reached sponsors online and I am happy to report that some windows have already been claimed! Donations have come in from members who wish to support the BHOSA by dedicating a window to an individual or in the name of a family. We appreciate all contributions - in any amount - but if you are interested in reserving a window in the name of your clan or to honor a special person, please email President Randy Anderson or email President Roy Magnuson for details.          

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

2020 Bishop Hill Car Show Cancelled

Our hopes of returning to business-as-usual this summer are fading fast. The Midsommar Maypole festivities that are usually held on the lawn of the schoolhouse were cancelled. The July Antique Show has also been deleted from the summer lineup.
As the BHOSA continues to comply with all the covid19 restrictions – designed to keep us healthy and safe – we announce the cancellation of another or our sponsored annual events: The Bishop Hill Car Show.
While it’s possible that Bishop Hill could shift into Phase Four under the Restore Illinois plan as early as late June, the organizers of the Bishop Hill Car Show feel that the uncertainty of this promise makes it too difficult to continue with plans to hold the event this year. We look forward to a safer, bigger, show in 2021, unhampered by virus. We hope all our loyal participants and fans of this show will join in supporting the event next year. Thank you for understanding.