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2018 Annual Meeting

Sunday January 28 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Tyco Visitors Center at Strawbery Banke

The Friends of the South End's Annual Meeting takes place every year in January and its aim is to inform members of the events of the prior year, as well as to provide updates regarding FOSE's financial health and Board personnel changes. Each year we invite guest speakers to address the membership. We have asked Portsmouth Chief of Police Robert Merner to speak to community issues and Rockingham County Register of Deeds Cathy Stacey for a tutorial on how to access the state's online deed look-up system, as an extension of our "Countdown to 400" celebration. In addition, Strawbery Banke is generously offering free ice skate time to FOSE members both before and after the meeting.     

The agenda will be as follows:

1:00 - 1:20: members arrive and assemble, enjoy light refreshments

1:20 - 1:30: greeting and remarks by Larry Yerdon, President and CEO, Strawbery Banke Museum

1:30 - 2:30: introduction of guest speakers Robert Merner, Portsmouth Chief of Police followed by Cathy Stacey, Rockingham                             County Register of Deeds, and their remarks

2:30 - 2:45: FOSE Business Meeting, presentations by:

                   Alan Gordon (Membership)
                   Martin Hanssmann (Treasurer)
                   Ruth Maron (Newsletter)
                   Judy Nerbonne (2017 Fairy House Tour, Lister Leaf Busters)
                   Sue Shea (Special Events)

2:45 - 2:50: Sue Shea will give a brief overview of a collaborative effort between FOSE and the Portsmouth Advocates to reintroduce a house plaque program whereby homeowners can purchase an exterior house plaque to display the name of the original owner and year in which their house was built.

2:50 - 3:00: closing remarks, more refreshments, followed by ***FREE SKATE***

***SB has graciously offered FREE ice time for FOSE members on this day from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 3:00 to 4:15 PM.  The skate rental fee remains $5.***

South End T-shirts will be available for purchase at cost for $7. Cash only please.

FOSE needs your help: please offer to volunteer your time at the various events we sponsor throughout the year. There will be sign up sheets at the meeting.

The Board of Directors always welcomes those who wish to serve and is actively recruiting new members. Please join us to ensure we make 2018 another successful year for our organization and community. No experience is necessary.