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. 
Sincerely, 
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:  r.j.anderson61419@gmail.com  309-883-9209 
Roy Magnuson:  magnuson1947@gmail.com 
Beth Magnuson:  bethannmagnuson@gmail.com  309-737-0260