Spring 2016 Newsletter
you to all of our members for contributing so generously.
We received more than $14,000.00 from over 300 members.
We have members who have renewed their memberships and we
welcomed new members since the Fall, 2015 newsletters were mailed.
and Kathleen Baright
and Vera McIntosh
Charles H. (Roberta) Waldron Jr
Family of D’Maris Mangelsdorf
and Velvet McCausland
Granda in memory of Eleanora Granda
Branch in memory of mother Mrs. Jessie Branch, daughter Titi Branch and
father Charles A Branch
Mr. G Vincent Dean, Mrs. Hazel T Raquet, Mr. William Brown, Mr. Kenneth
J Goeres Jr, Mr. James Capralos, Mr. Stanley Garcia and Mr. Charles W
Hobbs have passed away and we send our sympathy to their family and
of our members have already sent their 2016 – 2017 contributions and
their names will be included in the membership list in our Fall
membership year is July 1 through June 30
annual meeting was held on April 11 with ten members in attendance. Thank you to all who returned proxies so that a quorum was
reached. The minutes of the
2015 meeting were accepted and the Treasury showed a balance of
$19,965.05. A member
suggested that we send our solicitation letter along with this
newsletter in order to save the cost and labor involved in doing an
extra mailing so we are giving it a try.
An addressed envelope is included.
We also received some criticism of our web site
www.friendsofthepoughkeepsieruralcemetery.org so we are asking you to
take a look at it and offer suggestions on possible changes or even a
complete revamp. We would
gladly accept any offers to help. You
could add a comment to the name record or send an e-mail to
poughkeepsieruralcemetery.com and we are certain the office staff will
forward it to us. Officers for the 2016 – 2017 year were elected.
President Mellina Weiss, Vice-President Jane Bernhard, Secretary
Steven Mann and Treasurer Roland Butts will continue to serve along with
board members Richard Chazen, Vickie Fells and Dorcie Kuhns.
The board meets on the second Tuesday of January, April, July and
October at 12:00 noon at the cemetery office.
The meetings are open to the public.
are pleased to introduce Assistant Superintendent Brian C. Berryann who
accepted the position in November of 2015.
Brian is a life-long resident of the Town of Hyde Park where he
resides with his wife Audrey and three children, Oliver, Ford and
Winnie. Prior to coming to the cemetery Brian spent the last sixteen
years working as the Director of General Services at the Hudson Valley
Federal Credit Union. He is
a graduate from the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce 2012
Leadership Dutchess Program and a recipient of the Dutchess County 40
under 40 Awards in 2013. He currently serves as the Vice-President of
the non-profit organization Rebuilding Together Dutchess County where he
has been a board member for over 4 years.
In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors and spending time with
his family in the Adirondacks
tree planting program continues and we have voted to include tree
pruning to that budget item. Last
year we received a very generous donation from Mr. Charles H. Young in
memory of his wife Dorothy. This
gift designated for tree pruning reinforced the need for ongoing care of
our magnificent trees and we are grateful to Mr. Young
received a donation, given anonymously, from a donor advised fund at the
Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.
We also continue to participate in the IBM Matching Grants
Program and thank the current and retired employees for sending a
matching grant form with their donations
United States and Military Service Flags will be displayed at the
cemetery entrance Memorial Day and Independence Day.
We are proud of our country, grateful for our freedom and we pay
tribute to all the men and women who have kept us free and we honor
those who still serve
each newsletter we include an article about the history of the cemetery
and those who rest here. Steven
Mann has graciously provided us with the article “Smith
Thompson – United States Supreme Court Justice".
continue as a volunteer group. Anything
we purchase is given to the cemetery.
We remain grateful to the staff of the Poughkeepsie Rural
Cemetery. The office and
the grounds staff assist us with all of our projects in addition to
performing all their cemetery duties.
We would not be able to pursue our activities without their help
you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding the
newsletter, projects or possible future activities for the “Friends”
please call Mellina Weiss at (845) 473-5540