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Membership Dues to be Increased Starting July 1st 2017

Why, you ask?  Good question.  Our membership dues have been at the same level since the organization started offering memberships!  That has been a long time. Fifteen years?  It has been a topic of conversation at many of our yearly Face to Face board meetings and we have always just gone back to not making an increase after much debate.  Well, this past Face to Face meeting we had a very frank discussion about our dues structure and how it might not possibly sustain the organization.

We had to make a couple really hard decisions regarding membership dues and conference fees.  The bottom line is that we have to increase dues and conference fees because the expenses that we incur with processing the dues have increased.  PayPal takes their cut with every transaction and rightly so as they offer us an easy way to collect the dues and fees.  So we set a new dues schedule and we felt that it really wasn’t a significant hardship.  We raised each membership level by $5.00.  That means Senior dues will be $40, Individual will be $45 and Family will be $65, however we left Organization at $100.00.

What we also did was eliminate the Lifetime Membership due to the cost of making the plaques.  There is a high cost to making those plaques but most importantly if we cannot keep money flowing in with membership dues then eventually we will not be able to turn out our newsletters or have an operating cushion.  Many of our regular members have turned Lifetime – I am sure it is because of the beautiful work that Dan does on the plaques.  So, as of July 1, 2017 the dues will be increased and the Lifetime Membership will be eliminated.  The other change we made was to increase the conference fees for the same reason, processing fees, $5 per category.   We felt it was a very minor increase but needed an explanation.  If you have any questions or comments please email us at [email protected].

-Sarah Woodall

FRIENDS OF OHIO BARNS Picnic October 17 2015

Twenty-five intrepid individuals spent part of their Saturday at High Banks Park, Columbus, for our annual fall picnic. We were greeted by gray skies, drizzle, and COLD. It was really cold.

Brave Souls Face Down the Cold

Dan Troth supplied the group with charcoal, burgers, brats, and buns which Ric Beck happily cooked, with plenty of advice from everyone crowded around the grill trying to keep warm.

After enjoying all the side dishes brought by the attendees, especially Dan’s favorite, “applesomething-dessert,” we listened to a presentation by Gwyn and Gary Stelter, and Larry Seward on the Lucy Depp Park and Settlement.

In 1853 Abraham Depp and his family of freed slaves from Virginia purchased land from Lucas Sullivant in Columbus, Ohio. The original homestead became Depp Station on the Underground Railroad. In later years the Depp property was subdivided and sold to black families. The original Depp farm is now the location of Lucy Depp Park and Depp Settlement. After a very interesting talk on the Lucy Depp legacy, we took a group photo around the charcoal grill, and everyone tried to smile and not shiver.

Of course since this is the Friends of Ohio Barns organization, Dan found us a barn to tour. This was a later plank framed barn on the park grounds. This was a very interesting barn, I think this was the tallest barn I’ve been in. As my Dad would say, “Sure would store a lot of hay.” The park district is seeking guidance on how to utilize this structure, maybe as an event center because of its ideal location.

Highbanks plank barn circa 1910-20Picnic Tour of Highbanks Barn

After the barn tour, and with our group longing for more, Dan took the remaining dozen or so of us to the 1828 barn that he moved from Waynesville, Ohio to Delaware in 1998 and converted into his home. Fortunately for Dan and his unannounced muddy-boots group, his wife, Robin, was not at home! As Dan said, “Better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission.”

Submitted by Dave Hamblin